Live in the present


Once upon a time, there was an old clock manufacturer who made winding clocks. He used to fabricate the inner machinery of a clock and place it in an artistically crafted and beautiful cabinet. One day after after completing the work, he said to the clock, “Look I have completed all of the work and you are ready to function. When I wind the spring, you will have to tick two times in a second (winding clocks usually tick twice a second) non-stop at least for 50 years.” The manufacturer wound the clock spring, started the pendulum, and the clock started functioning.

After a few minutes, the new clock started to think, “I have to work for 50 years non-stop ticking twice a second. That means 120 ticks in a minute, 7200 ticks in an hour and 1,72,800 ticks in a day. For 365 days in a year, there will have to be 6,30,72,000 ticks and for 50 years, my God, it will be 351 crore ticks!!” A kind of nervousness crept into various parts of the new clock. It could not move its parts. Overwhelmed by the thoughts of the tasks ahead, the clock stopped functioning. The manufacturer checked all the parts. Since there was no fault in the machinery, he started the clock once again. After the clock worked for fine for few more minutes, the thought of having to tick 325 crore times returned to its mind and the clock stopped functioning once again.

A grandfather clock in the same room was observing what was going on and it wanted to know what the problem was. After listening to young clock it said, “Look, I am 68 years old and have been functioning smoothly till now. Lakhs of clocks are working all over the world without any interruption. Why can’t you do the same? Don’t worry about the future. Just perform today’s duties and forget about tomorrow.” These wise words were an eye-opener to the new clock, which resumed its assigned duty of ticking twice a second without worrying about the future.


Wisdom Wednesdays – Pablo Picasso

Robin Sharma recites the story of Pablo Picasso:

One day a woman spotted Pablo Picasso in the market and pulled out a piece of paper. “Mr. Picasso”, she said excitedly, “I am a big fan. Please could you do a little drawing for me.?” Picasso happily complied and quickly etched out a piece of art for her on the paper provided. He then smiled as he handed it back to her. “That will be a million dollar.” “But Mr. Picasso, “the woman replied flustered, “It only took you thirty seconds to do the little masterpiece.” “My good woman,” Picasso laughed, “It took me thirty year to do that masterpiece in thirty seconds.” — Read more here

“Know what you can excel at — your ‘genius points’. Discover your talent and then work like crazy to polish them. One of the most important of all personal leadership skill is self-awareness. Know what you are really good at. Reflect on those abilities that others admire in you. Think about those capabilities that just come easy to you — and flow effortlessly from you. You might be a fantastic communicator ot have a way with people. You might posses an extraordinary ability to execute and get things done. Perhaps your special talent involves innovation and creativity and seeing what everyone else sees but thinking a different thought. Find your genius points and then develop them. Focus plus daily improvement plus time. Start today and in three to five years people will be writing about you. Calling you a genius. Celebrating your magnificence.” -Robin Sharma

The crux of this story is:

Focus + Daily Improvement + Time = Genius

Understand this formula deeply and your life will never be the same.