Today was the day of the first pay check..

The irony was that the money seemed to go out as quickly as it came in thanks to housing rent and payment of loans for a number of house-related deposits among other things..

What happened to the supposed delight at getting the first paycheck?

I asked a friend about it and she just said ‘loans’ and shrugged.

I remember my (late) uncle taking us out with his first pay-check and buying everyone a small gift. Nice small joys..

Given my family is in India, I guess the joy would come once my experimental bank transfer to India works.

Somehow, I still haven’t felt the joy, the raw delight, the deliriousness at receiving the first ever fruits of hard work in the ‘real world’! And I must do something about that..!

Heaven and hell to the man, the horse and the dog

A man, his horse and his dog were traveling down a road. When they were passing by a gigantic tree, a bolt of lightning struck and they all fell dead on the spot.
But the man did not realize that he had already left this world, so he went on walking with his two animals; sometimes the dead take time to understand their new condition…

The journey was very long, uphill, the sun was strong and they were covered in sweat and very thirsty. They were desperately in need of water. At a bend in the road they spotted a magnificent gateway, all in marble, which led to a square paved with blocks of gold and with a fountain in the center that spouted forth crystalline water.
The traveler went up to the man guarding the gate.

“Good morning. What is this beautiful place?”
“This is heaven.”
“How good to have reached heaven, we’re ever so thirsty.”
“You can come in and drink all you want.”
“My horse and my dog are thirsty too.”
“So sorry, but animals aren’t allowed in here.”

The man was very disappointed because his thirst was great, but he could not drink alone; he thanked the man and went on his way. After traveling a lot, they arrived exhausted at a farm whose entrance was marked with an old doorway that opened onto a tree-lined dirt road.

A man was lying down in the shadow of one of the trees, his head covered with a hat, perhaps asleep.

“Good morning,” said the traveler. “We are very thirsty – me, my horse and my dog.”
“There is a spring over in those stones,”
said the man, pointing to the spot. “Drink as much as you like.”
The man, the horse and the dog went to the spring and quenched their thirst. Then the traveler went back to thank the man.

“By the way, what’s this place called?”
“Heaven.”
“Heaven? But the guard at the marble gate back there said that was heaven!”
“That’s not heaven, that’s hell.”

The traveler was puzzled.
“You’ve got to stop this! All this false information must cause enormous confusion!”

The man smiled:
“Not at all. As a matter of fact they do us a great favor. Because over there stay all those who are even capable of abandoning their best friends…”

Source: Paulo Coelho’s Blog

3 attributes of a great football player equated to..

a good team player at the workplace?

I’ve found from time to time that great football players have 2 or more of the following 3 basic attributes –

1) Eye for pass
2) Ability to make space/find space
3) First touch and ball control..

What would they be for a professional?

1) Eye for pass = Ability to engage people..
2) Making/Finding space = Finding opportunities and taking initiative..
3) Ball control = Skill/ expertise at the job. This comes from years of practice of course..

Interesting – when I think of it like this..