Friday, December 4, 2009

Life is full of surprises and we are one of them...

Life is full of surprises and fun…The fun starts with your birth and surprises continue till u make fun out of those surprises!!!

The world we live in consists of order and disorder. The laws of nature are evidence of order. The many laws are so dependable that we often forget in our life. Yet, uncertainty, unpredictability, randomness, the unanticipated and the unexpected are equally enmeshed in our lives. However, if we refer to chaos as SURPRISE, we are more likely to discover its beauty. After all, we love surprises, I would say we should......

SURPRISE is life tickling us. It is a source of joy and delight. A life without surprise, is a life of boredom. We don’t have to wait for surprise to appear. We can add excitement and pleasure to life by creating our own surprises. Interested in another position, but afraid that if you applied you would be turned down? Apply anyway. For if you do, you will experience surprise. What kind of surprise? They may hire you! Wow, that would be a nice surprise. If they don’t, you will be surprised by the courage you displayed and delighted by your newfound strength. Look for areas in which you can improve and surprise yourself by creating a better you...

How ?
Share the pleasure of surprise with others. Surprise your spouse, family members and friends. Surprise your boss by showing up on time! What exotic dishes haven’t you tried? Surprise yourself and friends by trying new types of food. Mmmm, delicious! Why not explore a new neighborhood? Surprise yourself with a different mood, crowd, and atmosphere. What about your tastes in music and the arts? Isn’t it true that if you tried something different you may be delightfully surprised? The same is true with books.

Things are easy to speak, write or even listen but its really hard to follow in our life. Everybody feels lot surprises everyday and thats what I have been feeling from last couple of months. I have been feeling (I would say facing) many unexpected surprises and what I have learn from all those situation is "Dont feel pain with any unexpected surprises, instead feel uncertainty of life and try to recover and discover the joy of life"

Its really hard to follow but I have been trying those all things and and as a rusult feeling good, trying to recover my happyness by accepting reality of unexpected sruprises instead of feeling pain...!

-Ankit Gopani

Friday, June 5, 2009


In 1883, a creative engineer named John Roebling was inspired by an idea to build a spectacular bridge connecting New York with the Long Island. However bridge building experts throughout the world thought that this was an impossible feat and told Roebling to forget the idea. It just could not be done. It was not practical. It had never been done before.

Roebling could not ignore the vision he had in his mind of this bridge. He thought about it all the time and he knew deep in his heart that it could be done. He just had to share the dream with someone else. After much discussion and persuasion he managed to convince his son Washington, an up and coming engineer, that the bridge in fact could be built.

Working together for the first time, the father and son developed concepts of how it could be accomplished and how the obstacles could be overcome. With great excitement and inspiration, and the headiness of a wild challenge before them, they hired their crew and began to build their dream bridge.

The project started well, but when it was only a few months underway a tragic accident on the site took the life of John Roebling. Washington was injured and left with a certain amount of brain damage, which resulted in him not being able to walk or talk or even move.

"We told them so."
"Crazy men and their crazy dreams."
"It`s foolish to chase wild visions."

Everyone had a negative comment to make and felt that the project should be scrapped since the Roeblings were the only ones who knew how the bridge could be built. In spite of his handicap Washington was never discouraged and still had a burning desire to complete the bridge and his mind was still as sharp as ever.

He tried to inspire and pass on his enthusiasm to some of his friends, but they were too daunted by the task. As he lay on his bed in his hospital room, with the sunlight streaming through the windows, a gentle breeze blew the flimsy white curtains apart and he was able to see the sky and the tops of the trees outside for just a moment.

It seemed that there was a message for him not to give up. Suddenly an idea hit him. All he could do was move one finger and he decided to make the best use of it. By moving this, he slowly developed a code of communication with his wife.

He touched his wife's arm with that finger, indicating to her that he wanted her to call the engineers again. Then he used the same method of tapping her arm to tell the engineers what to do. It seemed foolish but the project was under way again.

For 13 years Washington tapped out his instructions with his finger on his wife's arm, until the bridge was finally completed. Today the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge stands in all its glory as a tribute to the triumph of one man's indomitable spirit and his determination not to be defeated by circumstances. It is also a tribute to the engineers and their team work, and to their faith in a man who was considered mad by half the world. It stands too as a tangible monument to the love and devotion of his wife who for 13 long years patiently decoded the messages of her husband and told the engineers what to do.

Perhaps this is one of the best examples of a never-say-die attitude that overcomes a terrible physical handicap and achieves an impossible goal.

Often when we face obstacles in our day-to-day life, our hurdles seem very small in comparison to what many others have to face. The Brooklyn Bridge shows us that dreams that seem impossible can be realised with determination and persistence, no matter what the odds are.

Even the most distant dream can be realized with determination and persistence....

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Be the 100th One......

"Every day 100s of people borne, from those 99 are borne to work for 100th one, try to become 100th one"

I was reading one magazine during my travelling from Ahmedabad to Bangalore and I found one inspiration sentence (mentioned above) from one of the magazine. Reading from the sentence what I have realized is "there are only one way to become such personality, and that is 'start some business with risk'. But generally engineers wont do this as they want to secure their life with steady income and want to keep their family happy. The only people who wants to take risk can become 100th one. I am not saying that all engineers would prefer to go for job and steady income, there are engineers who wants to become enterprenioure but are facing issue with finance. They are having a innovative ideas in their mind but are not able to take risk because of some responsibilities, family reasons and most importantly finance problems...

As per my knowledge and experience, to become 100th one and keep rest 99th under your guidance you have to go for business. Means there are two ways after your education 1. JOB 2. BUSINESS, its individuals choice to either go for JOB or BUSINESS depending upon the situations.

Last month I had a discussion with one engineering student on Airport, he wanted to start his business with innovative ideas and he could not because of some financial situation and he joined one MNC Company in Bangalore. He had a lot of discussion on this point and he had decided that if you are financially weak then you can not become 100th one and he was saying it is as simple as that. As he was senior to me I though he may have more experience than me. But still I have shared my views in front of him in polite way.... I have explained him that
- there is no age limit to start any business... So you can start your business any time... The only thing is you have to keep updating yourself with your ideas so that whenever you get chance you can start work on your new ideas on that domain which you had think on...

- Regarding financial situation, I would say if you are financially weak then start saving from your salary and even I would prefer to stay with the organization and people who are in the same field and from where you get more experience and learning points.....

- Then after some years, you can start your business with your idea and some money in a small scale, (Dont start your business with all your money and in big scale as business is risky all the way....) Once you realize it is going on smoothly, you can keep investing your wealth, profit and efforts day by day.... I am sure if you have a correct vision, hard-working attitude with innovative idea (obviously with some experience) you will definitely get succeed.

As we all know wherever there is pain there is a gain... to start your business there will be lot of pain involved, but those pain we should consider as a positive sign for Gain.... Never give up, just try your best... and some time you will realize with the result.

After this short communication he agreed and acknowledge our discussion. I hope and wish some year down the road he will be one business man and he may become 100th one......!

I have also read one book "Stay Hungry Stay Foolish" where you find 25 IIMA management persons' story, how they become industrialist and enterprenioures in different fields with their good and bad experience.... This book is really inspirable for people who wants to become 100th one....

I have my personal experience with my big brother who also had a vision and courage to become businessman but we could not able to do it before 5 years as we were running shortage of money.. So he joined some small organization with very small salary... And spent lot of effort to gain experience on that field.... After 2-3 years he started his own business in Ahmedabad with 3 people working under him... But as you know its all about risk, he was gone through lot of critical situation in terms of mental,financial and social stress but he never gave up.. His business were in loss for almost 2 years and then we loss all the money which we have saved during his job and my father's small business. Still friends he he didn't loss his courage and he become dynamic, he spent 2-3 months to analyse market and different fields.. and finally he decided to go for one business and he went for the training to understand that business from my uncle, there he spent almost 6 months of time and started that business at my native (home town).. It has been 3 years and now he is leading 7-10 people, 7-10 people are working under his guidance... I think he is on the way to become 100th one....