Thursday, February 5, 2009

Robin's 11 rules to change the world.

Robin's summarized his great wisdom in 11 simple points in a post called 'The 11 rules to change our world'

Reproduced from his blog. 
The 11 Rules To Change Our World

1. You be the change you dream of seeing (Thanks Mahatma Gandhi). "If everyone of us would sweep their own doorstep, the whole world would be clean," observed Mother Teresa. She was right.

2. Make time every day to reconnect to your highest ideals and boldest dreams. Without hope, people perish. 

3. Leave every person you meet better than you found them. Life's too short to withhold encouragement and kindness. 

4. As I wrote in 'The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari", see every setback as a stepping stone and every problem as a blessing in disguise. Contrary to what critics might say, these are NOT corny aphorisms. They are timeless truths of humanity. (And critics are just people too scared to grow their dreams anyway - pay no attention to them. The world needs more people lifting people up rather than putting people down).

5. Go the extra mile in everything you do - you don't need a title to be a leader. And on your deathbed, you'll never regret expressing the best within you

6. Do what's right rather than what's easy. Being a great person isn't a popularity contest. Many of the greatest leaders were disliked because they refused to bend to the winds of public opinion. That's called Strength of Character

7. Care for your health. You elevate the world by elevating yourself and your health really matters. Why be the richest person in the graveyard?

8. Tell your kids they are geniuses - and how much you adore them. Each of us are born geniuses but lose that gift within the first 6 years of our lives as we adopt the fears and limiting beliefs of those around us. Your kids are the leaders of the future. Grow their potential. Now.

9. Learn something new every day. As you grow, you begin to see possibilities you didn't have the eyes to see before. Read from an inspiring book, listen to an audio program, visit a good blog, go to a powerful workshop or have a conversation with an elder. One idea is all it takes to transform your life.

10. Keep your life simple. Please. The secret to success and happiness is building your life around a few important things. The person who tries to do everything accomplishes nothing. As I recently mentioned on my blog, "What's the point in being busy doing the wrong things?"

11. Remember that life is a mirror and we receive what we give out. To get more joy, give more joy. To have more respect, give more respect. To realize your dreams, help others realize theirs.

P.S. I've written these lessons to help you make this year the single best year of your life yet. And to do my part to improve things. I need your help!

If you were inspired by The 11 Rules To Change Our World, you can inspire others - and do YOUR part to improve our world. My goal is to circulate this list across the world via The Net within the next few hours. TOGETHER we can touch so many people. Just circulate The 11 Rules to all those you know. Let's change the world by spreading good ideals rather than celebrating negative ones. Thank you.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Dip - Must Read

If I can pick only one person who is an idea machine, its Seth Godin. The Dip is one of his books and I got a chance to read the manifesto written on it before its publication. Download it in, another great place for ideas. 

It is about being the best in the world. He argues why and how to be the best in the world. 

Quotables from that manifesto.

The reason that being the best in the world is worth so much is that few can do it.
Scarcity carries a premium

The way you become the best in the world is by quitting the stuff where you can’t be the best.
That leaves you the resources to invest in getting through the Dip.
It’s that simple.
Quit the dead ends and invest in the Dips

Can you do everything? Of course not. Breadth isn’t the point. The point is that in a world of
infinite choice, in a world where the best in the world is worth more every single day, the only
chance you’ve got is to find a Dip and embrace it. Realize that it’s actually your best ally. The harder
it is to get through, the better your chance of being the only one to get through it.

Go read it..