The Power Of Focus
Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson to his football player:
” I told them that if I laid a two-by-four plank across the room, everybody there would walk across it and not fall because our focus would be that we were going to walk that two-by-four. But if I put that same two-by-four plank 10 stories high between two buildings only a few would make it, because the focus would be on failing. The focus is everything. The team that is more focused today is the team that will win this game.”
Johnson told his team not to be distracted by the crowd, the media, or the possibility of losing, but to focus on each play of the game itself just as if it were a good practice session. The Cowboys won the game by 52-17.
Babbar Ali – World’s Youngest Headmaster at the Age of 16
Babbar is a 12th standard student of ”Cossimbazar Raj Govinda Sundari Vidyapeeth”, Murshidabad, West Bengal. He attends school from morning till late afternoon. But what he does after his school hours are to be watched, learned and adopted. Babbar Ali is the Headmaster of an afternoon school called “Anand Shiksha Niketan” where there are 800 students, at present. It all started 9 years back with just 8 students. The school is being run in the temporary concrete structure without any major infrastructure. At his Gurukula, Babbar provides free education to all the kids who come from far away places.
How To Get What I Want
Arnold Schwarzenegger was not that famous in 1976 when he met with a newspaper reporter. The reporter asked chwarzenegger.”Now that you’ve retired from bodybuilding, what do you plan to do next?”
Schwarzenegger answered very calmly and confidently: ” I’m going to be the #1 movie star in Hollywood.” The report was shocked and amused at Schwarzenegger’s plan. At that time, it was very hard to imagine how this muscle-bound body builder, who was not a professional actor and who spoke poor English with a strong Austrian accent, could ever hope to be Hollywood’s #1 movie star!
So the reporter asked Schwarzenegger how he planed make his dream come true, Schwarzenegger said: ” I” ll do it the same way I became the #1 body builder in the world. What I do was to create a vision of who I want to be, then I start living like that person in my mind as if it were already true.” Sounds almost childishly simple, doesn’t it? But it worked! Schwarzenegger DID become the #1 highest paid movie star in Hollywood! Remember: ” If you can see it, you can be it.”
A successful businessman I know wears a shirt with these words on it. “Don’t just pursue your dreams. Chase them down and tackle them!” You only get one life to live, so why not live the best life possible? so you can be fully satisfied at what you see and get. Just think a minute!
Railway Story – A railway worker and a railway president
This is a true railway story.
Several years ago an extremely hot day, a crew of men was working on the roadbed of the railroad when they were interrupted by a slow moving train. The train ground to a stop and a window in the last car which incidentally was custom-made with air condition was raised.
A booming, friendly voice called out, ” Dave, is that you?” Dave Anderson, the crew chief called back, “Sure is, Jim, and it’s really good to see you.” With that pleasant exchange, Dave Anderson was invited to join Jim Murphy, the president of the railroad, for a visit. For over an hour the man exchanged pleasantries and then shook hands warmly as the train pulled out.
Dave Anderson’s crew immediately surrounded him and a man expressed astonishment that he knew Jim Murphy, the president of the railroad as a personal friend. Dave then explained that 20 years earlier he and Jim Murphy had started to work for the railroad on the same day. One of the men, half jokingly and half seriously asked Dave why he was still working out in the hot sun and Jim Murphy had gotten to be president. Rather wistfully Dave explained, “twenty- three years ago I went to work for $1.75 an hour and Jim Murphy went for the railroad.”