How to develop self discipline: Lessons from young Indian athletes at Rio

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In a country where official apathy towards sports-persons has sparked an outcry (at least on social media), the efforts of PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar have been lauded by one and all.

Each of these gifted athletes have one thing in common – a dogged sense of self discipline.

Their passion has fueled their drive to become the best at what they do. And becoming the best at something requires a superlative resolve, determination and self discipline.

While for most of us, a work day includes getting up in the morning by about 7 – 8 AM, going to work, eating 3 – 5 meals, working, meeting a few friends, socializing a bit, getting back home and dozing off,  these young athletes have stuck to tough regimen for years together, denying themselves even of small pleasures such as having a favorite dish or surrounding themselves with gadgets and accouterments that teenagers take for granted.

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With a Hobby-Make your Life Fantastico

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With a Hobby-Make your Life Fantastico

By Somali K Chakrabarti

Hobby Fantastico

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When

You’re jaded, and 

want to add a little zest to your life

Pick up a hobby – play a sport, go on a drive,

Listen to music, prime your canvas, or explore wildlife;

Make a change for good, give to the society something back,

Life is not only about making a living, but also about making an Impact

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How do you Motivate yourself everyday?

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

 

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

This quote by Zig Ziglar sounds funny for sure, but, hey read it again and you’ll not only find yourself agreeing with it, but may also follow up with the question ‘How do we motivate ourselves?

Motivation

External factors such as recognition or rewards are a great source of motivation, but unfortunately we cannot always depend upon external triggers to find motivation. As a matter of fact, we have to face setbacks, deal with rejections, and yet we need to keep going.

So, how do we motivate ourselves in the absence of external triggers?

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3 Paradoxes of Entrepreneurship

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

Entrepreneurship in India is a growing trend, spurred by the boom in e-commerce and rising investor interest. With this burgeoning interest in entrepreneurship, a number of courses, programs and workshops have mushroomed with the claim to help in turning entrepreneurial aptitude to the story of untold riches.

How useful management education is, for an entrepreneur, is a question that pops up frequently. Can entrepreneurship be taught?

After all, some of the biggest businesses have been built by people who never attended a B school.

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5 Skills that you can develop with Blogging

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

 

Blogging as a trend is on the rise, with blogs increasingly emerging as a mainstream media platform.

Whereas earlier the Blogosphere in India was heavily dominated by men, but now many women students, homemakers and working women are also entering the blogging arena. The availability of blogging platforms, formation of blogging communities and the widespread use of social media, make it very easy to start a blog.

The ability to express oneself creatively through blogging is a reason that draws many people towards blogging. Blogging provides a means of personal development.

Not only that, some skills acquired from blogging can also be put to use in one’s professional life. Let’s have a look:

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What to say- What Not to say when you Lead

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 By Somali K Chakrabarti

“The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” ~Dorothy Nevill

 

“Isn’t it surprising how many things, if not said immediately, seem not worth saying ten minutes from now?” ~Arnot L. Sheppard, Jr.     

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How to Develop Effective Communication Skills

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By Bhudeb Chakrabarti

If any men were to ask me what I would suppose to be a perfect language , I would answer that in which a man speaking to five hundred people of all common and various capacities should be understood by them all in the same sense which the speaker intended to be understood   ~ Robinson Crusoe

 

Essence of Communication

Conveying effectively what you intend to convey, without leaving it subject to interpretation, is the essence of communication.

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How to trump the Curse of Success

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

Overcoming challenges brings success, success brings its own challenges.

Success has its own attractions, but it also has the side effects.

 

The Initial stages of the Journey To Success 

When you start something new as a professional or as an entrepreneur, or in sports or in a creative field, you generally start with a high risk appetite.

Path to successYou are enthused and you put in your best efforts and toil for your success.

You make mistakes, learn from them and grow on your experiences. Any positive feedback you get adds to your levels of motivation and bolsters the hope of further positive outcome.

When success finally knocks the door, you’re excited; you get adulation from all quarters and you cherish the attention.

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5 Lessons in Teamwork from Shamitabh

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

Shamitabh – the movie with an unusual name formed by merging the names of the characters Daanish (played by Dhanush) and Amitabh (Bachchan), is a movie with an unusual theme.

Now before you think that this post is a review of the movie, I need to tell you it is not. This post is about the compelling thoughts conveyed beautifully through the story of Shamitabh.

A mute lad Daanish, who is obsessed with movies since he was a child, harbours the dream of becoming a film star. Akshara (played by Haasan), an assistant director, helps him to overcome his handicap and communicate through a borrowed voice with the use of technology. Amitabh Sinha, a cynical drunkard and a failed actor, with a baritone voice, who lives in a graveyard, becomes the voice of Daanish. The duo turn out to be a winning combination and Daanish, renamed as Shamitabh, becomes a superstar. 

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10 Quotes on Nurturing Talent

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 By Somali K Chakrabarti

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How many times while reading a gripping book, or while seeing an awesome movie, or while watching an interesting game have you been completed fascinated by the performance of the artists, singer, writer or player and wondered at what makes them so amazingly talented.

Blessed are the people who are born with unique talents and are more gifted than others. When talent is honed and nurtured with rigor and discipline, and presented with the right opportunities, it leads to extraordinary results.

Talent is the multiplier. The more energy and attention you invest in it, the greater the yield. The time you spend with your best is, quite simply, your most productive time. ― Marcus Buckingham

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