On the Edge

It's about everything which matter to you-me-&-everyone, it's about our-life, it's about the life we should live, it's about right & wrong. What I say is not every time the truth but it's what you should hear. I am Oracle, The One.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Increase productivity by your own deadlines (for Indian employee only)

I am not a regular writer of such article but I have found that people spend more time in company then required and I can’t stop myself writing this article.

I am not a regular writer of such article but I have found that people spend more time in company then required and I can’t stop myself writing this article.

Actually I have derived this theory from my regular appraisal cycle. I was in the travelling the same boat before I met a few person who thinks that “Your Performance not equal to Time spent in Company”. Let’s look at day to day life (work) of an regular employee.

Generally from 8 hours of work employee are really productive only for 5-6 hours. They in fact wasting time more than 4 hours a day. Let’s see how.

In India it’s a custom to take Tea and Breakfast in company. Well, that will take around 30 minute. Now email checking & forwarding, that will take around 45 minute(believe me on average people waste around 45 minute for that). Talking with friends and doing some personal work, which takes around 30 minute. After lunch employee want some time free like around 20 minutes (again email and forwards). What a waste !!!

Also people are not setting deadline for themselves. I always said to my team “Always keep your desk empty without file”. This is popular quote for the office worker but it doesn’t look impressive in software field till date. Well, why you want to keep some work pending, let’s finish it and go home. When you will see a deadline for going home at 6 PM, you will start working faster. For the same work which is going to take 2 hours, you will finish the same in 1 hour. You will skip the Tea other time pass activity. And in turn you will increase your productivity. There are some nice comments about the manager and time spent in company “If you leave late no one will notice you, but if you leave early you will meet your manager in parking”.

When employee stay more in company, they in turn wasting company’s power supply, Tea etc which are not at all useful to company because after all they are going to do same amount of work. Making employee spending only 8 hours in company will force the employee to work faster and with accuracy because they are not going to think of anything else during working time.

Also people think that staying more in front of the boss will give them better salary hike and performance appreciation. But that’s not true. At the end of the day “Smart boss” will always count the work done instead time spent. Now companies are realizing that to make the company success they need people who can work more by staying less in company.

Many employee specially fresher(bachelor) thinks that “What to do after going home?”. What a shame. There are thousands of possibilities to spend time and make life better. Like reading books, do some creative work like take some project on hand, create a website on any idea, read feeds, Watch movies (this really helps to reboot your system), etc.

Yar come out of the office take some fresh sun light, breath the fresh air, watch the sunset. People are going to hill station to watch sunset but they never tried to see the beautiful sunset outside their house every day.

Enjoy your work and give your time to Self and family.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Rules of an Entrepreneur

You know, I have always wondered like every other entrepreneur what makes some people just so successful and others not successful. I wrote a blog post a while back on one of my other blogs, I thought I would move over to this one because well it was just so damn popular. In working with my startup or just one of my start up ideas at DrinkingFor I have to live by the rules stated in that post in which I also found them at GoDaddy in which Bob Parsons is the original author. I am not trying to take his stage, but rather spread the ideas. Make them known to more people in more places in more types of crowds. He wrote some 16 rules to live by and I just wanted to express them to the technical crowd that reads this blog.

A vast many of these can be used in an entrepreneur type environment and I feel thats where I am moving more and more every day. So to be as powerful and rich as Parsons, I will start by living by what he says are rules to live by.

1. Get and stay out of your comfort zone.
I believe that not much happens of any significance when we're in our comfort zone. I hear people say, "But I'm concerned about security." My response to that is simple: "Security is for cadavers."

2. Never give up.
Almost nothing works the first time it's attempted. Just because what you're doing does not seem to be working, doesn't mean it won't work. It just means that it might not work the way you're doing it. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn't have an opportunity.

3. When you’re ready to quit, you’re closer than you think.
There's an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so true. It goes like this: "The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed."

4. With regard to whatever worries you, not only accept the worst thing that could happen, but make it a point to quantify what the worst thing could be.
Very seldom will the worst consequence be anywhere near as bad as a cloud of "undefined consequences." My father would tell me early on, when I was struggling and losing my shirt trying to get Parsons Technology going, "Well, Robert, if it doesn't work, they can't eat you."

5. Focus on what you want to have happen.
Remember that old saying, "As you think, so shall you be."

6. Take things a day at a time.
No matter how difficult your situation is, you can get through it if you don't look too far into the future, and focus on the present moment. You can get through anything one day at a time.

7. Always be moving forward.
Never stop investing. Never stop improving. Never stop doing something new. The moment you stop improving your organization, it starts to die. Make it your goal to be better each and every day, in some small way. Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen. Small daily improvements eventually result in huge advantages.

8. Be quick to decide.
Remember what General George S. Patton said: "A good plan violently executed today is far and away better than a perfect plan tomorrow."

9. Measure everything of significance.
I swear this is true. Anything that is measured and watched, improves.

10. Anything that is not managed will deteriorate.
If you want to uncover problems you don't know about, take a few moments and look closely at the areas you haven't examined for a while. I guarantee you problems will be there.

11. Pay attention to your competitors, but pay more attention to what you’re doing.
When you look at your competitors, remember that everything looks perfect at a distance. Even the planet Earth, if you get far enough into space, looks like a peaceful place.

12. Never let anybody push you around.
In our society, with our laws and even playing field, you have just as much right to what you're doing as anyone else, provided that what you're doing is legal. If the law is unfair to you and others, you should do everything in your power to see that doesn't happen anymore going along with not allowing anyone to push you around. Imagine if Rosa Parks would have obeyed the laws! [Thanks Katrina]

13. Never expect life to be fair.
Life isn't fair. You make your own breaks. You'll be doing good if the only meaning fair has to you, is something that you pay when you get on a bus (i.e., fare).

14. Solve your own problems.
You'll find that by coming up with your own solutions, you'll develop a competitive edge. Masura Ibuka, the co-founder of SONY, said it best: "You never succeed in technology, business, or anything by following the others." There's also an old Asian saying that I remind myself of frequently. It goes like this: "A wise man keeps his own counsel."

15. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
Lighten up. Often, at least half of what we accomplish is due to luck. None of us are in control as much as we like to think we are.

16. There’s always a reason to smile.
Find it. After all, you're really lucky just to be alive. Life is short. More and more, I agree with my little brother. He always reminds me: “We’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time!”

Source: www.spoiledtechie.com

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Lance Armstrong's Guide to Getting What You Want in Life

Lance Armstrong is one of those remarkable humans that has a story strong enough to inspire others to take action. He is the type of person whose struggles make your common complaints appear minimal in comparison. If you haven't heard Lance's story, then you've seriously missed learning from one of the most dedicated and heroic figures of modern times.

Allow me to give you a quick update. In 1996, Lance was diagnosed with testicular cancer and was found to have tumors on both his brain and his lungs. After successful surgery, Lance didn't just waddle through life and get to live a lifestyle similar to the healthiest of us, definitely not...he topped that by a long shot.

Since his surgery in 1996, he has gone on to:
  • Become a professional road racing cyclist
  • Win the Tour de France 7 times, breaking a record of 5 by Miguel Indurain and others
  • Not only did he win it, but he won it consecutively from 1999-2005
  • Named Worldwide sports athlete of the year in 1999
  • He won ESPN's Best Male Athlete award 4 years in a row
  • ...and so much more.
To be fair, if I continued the bullet-points they could really go on forever. Not only is the Tour de France one of the most grueling race courses in the world, but being able to win it 7 years in a row and after life saving surgery is nothing short of miraculous.

But as you are about to find out, Lance doesn't believe in miracles. I have been so inspired by Lance's dedication that I thought his lessons would be great advice to anyone looking to get the most out of life. Whether young or old, I think anyone can benefit from his outlook...

Know that Pain is Temporary
Sometimes, to get what we want out of life we really have to work for it; we have to battle through the hard times. I'm sure all of you reading this can relate to a time in your life where you had to literally push yourself to keep going.

However, you must also realize that pain is temporary so unless you have set impossible goals, your struggles and efforts won't last forever. The results will come to you.

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”

Realize you Have Two Choices
Whether it's seeing the positive in things versus the negative or deciding to go for something or not, there are a lot of great possibilities in life on the other side of two choices. For Lance, those two choices he decided to focus on were a great testament to his mindset: you either give up or you die trying.

“If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or Fight Like Hell.”

Go for What You Want Now, Before it's Too Late
We really never know what is around the corner. Our partner could become pregnant, there could be a family emergency where we need to lend funds, or we may even be in a critical health situation that physically stops us from completing our goals. We often wait till it is too late in life before we go for the things we want. We save money for our pensions and decide we are going to live then; the downside to that of course being that we are in our worst physical shape.

“Without the illness I would never have been forced to re-evaluate my life and my career. I know if I had not had cancer, I would not have won the Tour de France.”

Don't focus on Potential Failures
One of the things that really gets me down in life is the people that manage to talk themselves out of brilliant ideas and situations before they've even tried them out - before they've even given things a shot. Sure, you could fail at whatever you would like to accomplish; you could fail miserably. On the other side of the coin, you could also burn your hand on the toaster tomorrow morning but you're still going to put the bread in the machine.

Don't look for reasons not to do something, look for everything that is going to help you succeed in doing it.

"If you worried about falling off the bike, you'd never get on."

Put Everything into your Goals
In my opinion, half-hearted efforts are going to get half-hearted results. If you don't put the time or effort into something, you aren't going to get your desired outcome. Whatever it is that you want, literally immerse yourself in the life of having it. Study the subject, set practical hours to work on your goals and actually stick to your plan.

If you do feel like giving up, just appreciate that other people going for the same thing are feeling that as well, and while they might let those feelings take over them, you won't.

I figure the faster I pedal, the faster I can retire.

Lance is one of those people I've admired since hearing his story and watching the dedication he puts into training, day in and day out. To me, he is the epitome of success where hard work generates results.

Source: http://www.dumblittleman.com

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Accomplish More Each Day: Four Steps to Easy Delegation

You could spend two hours every evening reading tips on efficient working. You could then implement every last one of them so that you’re working as efficiently as possible, every minute of your working day.

And, all too often, you’d find that you’ve become very good at Getting Things Done. But the “things” you’re doing could be done by pretty much anyone and you’ve not made yourself any more effective. You’ll be racing through work, but, like Alice, you’ll be running hard and going nowhere.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

World coolest Jobs

Remember the days of your boyhood when the answer to questions like “What do you want to be when you grow up?” ranged from astronaut to rock star to pilot? And how many grew up to be doctors, lawyers or engineers instead? And then there are clerks, accountants, and marketing executives… You meet one in every corner. But can you imagine having a job where you wake up each morning, just waiting to put on your work shoes? Where you rise willingly, and with excitement, to meet the challenges of each new day? If you’re job does that to you, consider yourself extremely lucky.

We came up with a list of some of the world’s coolest jobs that give the words “I’d kill for a job like that,” a whole new meaning! Read on…

Video Game Tester

A boy and his video game. Nothing can come between this special relationship that can bear the test of time and stand proud. But imagine if he got paid to play video games all day long? Yes, a video game tester has got to be a top-notch gamer who can handle long hours in front of the TV. Other than that, the job is fairly straightforward. He plays the games and looks for bugs, holes or other problems. He can tell the software people that it’s too easy, too hard or just right. Comprende?


So being a lifeguard is not just about the sun, sand and waves, or bouncing babes in red bathing suits for that matter. Saving lives is definitely hard work. But while you’re at it, there’s no one stopping you from sitting ten feet above sun bathers and constantly looking out for bikini-clad beauties, and swimmers in distress, of course.

Car Reviewer

A car reviewer is a reporter, but his beat isn’t metro or politics, it’s cars. That’s right, he spends all of his time going to car shows, test-driving cars and reading up on what’s new out there. Oh yeah, he also has to put pen to paper from time to time and write a few articles.

One of the biggest Indian names in the field is that of Hormazd Sorabjee, a self-confessed car nut and the editor of Autocar India, India’s best-selling automobile magazine. Hormazd is on the jury panel for the International Engine of the Year Awards and the World Car of the Year Awards, and is also a member of the International Guild of Motoring Writers. So which guy wouldn’t like to have his job? (A sport’s writer could work just as well.)

Food Critic

Enjoying lobsters in succulent sauces, caviar, vintage wine and layers of rich chocolate could be all in a day’s work for some. How, you ask? Become a food critic. Not only do you have the luxury of walking into the best restaurants and sampling the fare free of cost, you even get paid to do it!

So the next time someone tells you not to talk about work at the table, tell them you’re just trying to make a living. Ha!

Fashion Photographer

Question: How do you get attractive women all over the world to vy for your attention by wearing skimpy clothes and making love to you with their eyes?
Answer: With your weapon of choice - a camera.

Be it for fashion magazines, Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition, and so on, when you add yourself with a camera to an exotic destination and a beautiful girl, it’s hard to see how life could get any better. A fashion photographer helps select the locations, offers input on the girls, takes the shots, and helps choose the photos. Heck, you get to meet and hang out with models everyday! You’re chances of getting any further have already multiplied ten times over! This is just a little glimpse into the lives of the Daboo Ratnani’s and Subi Samuel’s of the world.

Look carefully and you’ll find that cool jobs are all around you. Part of what makes them cool is that you generally don’t go to school for them, and they’re not quite listed in any of the job search portals. So to get your dream job, start by talking to guys you know who have cool jobs. More often than not, you’ll find a great story there, which might just inspire you to think of your idea of a to-die-for job and actually go after it!

Enjoy the recession ... enjoy the life

Source: http://blah.burrp.com

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

How to Impress a Girl

This might be helpful for hetal or vishal.. enjoy

What women want? The world’s greatest mystery continues to remain unsolved. Now come on guys, is the fairer sex really that difficult to deconstruct? Well, maybe. But here’s a tip while impressing a girl - Trust the cliches! More often than not, girls like your typical flowers, chocolates, surprises… Work with what you know and try and be creative going about it. No brainer, right? Not quite? Okay, okay… We seem to be the pros at doling out lists, so here’s a top ten that will make your life a little easy.
  • Be sweet and thoughtful instead of showy and clichéd. Try making a card, instead of buying one from the store. Or better yet, write her a letter, girls just love that! Also, give writing a poetry a go (even if it barely rhymes and ends up being corny); could do the trick as well.
  • You can never go wrong with flowers. I guess traditional red roses is alright but what you could do is surprise your girl with her favourite kind. The fact that you bothered to remember her favourite will endear you to her even more! You could also choose a flower for its significance:

Purple Lily - Beginning of Love
Orchid - Love, Beauty, Refinement
Tulip - Perfect Lover
Carnations - Fascination, Distinction, and Love

  • Girls love guys who can dance! You could use this as an opportunity to brush up on your dancing skills.
  • More often than not, a girl just wants a guy to give her his undivided attention, look into her eyes and really listen to what she’s saying. Fiddling with your blackberry during private moments with your loved one is a big no-no. Make her feel that she’s the centre of your world when you’re with her.
  • Your girl may love you enough to overlook the scruffy shoes but dirty finger nails and body odour are unacceptable. Make sure your nails are neat and you put on a nice cologne. Even the raw freshly showered male smell can be a big turn on.
  • Surprise her with an ‘impromptu’ pre-planned, pre-booked holiday/getaway. Girls just love that! But make sure you’ve snooped around a little bit before so you know her schedule is clear.
  • A way to man’s heart may be through his stomach but this holds good just as well for women. Sweep her off her feet by preparing a delectable, romantic meal for two. Even if you’re not much of a cook, she will love you even more for trying.
  • Do something that she enjoys for a change. Surprise her by bringing home her favourite chick flick or tickets to that dance recital she was dying to attend.
  • Guys like to drink beer and play pool, girls like to pamper themselves. That’s how it works. Gift her an all expense paid spa afternoon/day/weekend. It could even be just a massage or a pedicure at a nice salon. She’ll go ga ga for sure.
  • Know what else girls love? When guys remember the little things. The first time they met, their first date, first movie, special dates, yadda yadda yadda… Make a little scrapbook/journal. Include move tickets (if you’ve stored them), photographs, write a note on the paper napkin of her favourite restaurant, put in a few love post-its about how sexy she looked that other night, what she smelt of… Also, snap a picture of her reaction when she sees the trouble you went through, and stick that into the book as well. It will definitely be a moment to remember!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Stay Fit ..

This post is only for me & hetal kind of people who needs some exercise.

Hey, guys check out these sites.
1. http://hundredpushups.com/ : This one is for "the hundred push ups" training program.
2. http://www.twohundredsitups.com/ : This one is for "the two hundred sit ups".

And you guys can actually log the same on "http://hundredpushups.com/". Well, actually we all need this except Vishal, Aditi & Munno.

Start with the initial test & take the 4 or 6 week program.

Lets make our life better ...