“Are you a habitual waiter? How much of your life do you spend waiting?

What I call “small-scale waiting” is waiting in line at the post office, in a traffic jam, at the airport, or waiting for someone to arrive, to finish work, and so on.

However, “large scale waiting” is waiting for the next vacation, for a better job, for the children to grow up for a truly meaningful relationship, for success, to make money, to be important, to become enlightened. It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living.

Waiting is a state of mind. Basically, it means that you want the future; you don’t want the present. You don’t want what you’ve got, and you want what you haven’t got. With every kind of waiting, you unconsciously create inner conflict between your here and now, where you don’t want to be, and the projected future, where you want to be. This greatly reduces the quality of your life by making you lose the present.”

Book: “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle


“I’ve learned about leadership is that leaders are those individuals who do the things that failures aren’t willing to do — even though they might not like doing them either. They have the discipline to do what they know to be important — and right — versus what’s easy and fun.”

The Leader Who Had No Title – Robin S. Sharma


Who’s packing your parachute? An inspirational teamwork story

In the daily grind of life we sometimes fail in being grateful and recognizing all of the good that is done on our behalf. Here is an inspirational teamwork story that demonstrates that there are many people working on a team that we often fail to recognize for their good work.

This teamwork story is about a US Naval Academy graduate and jet fighter pilot in Vietnam by the name of Charles Plumb. He had completed 75 combat missions when he was shot down. Plumb was ejected and parachuted into enemy hands afterwards spending six years in a Vietnamese prison. Fortunately he survived and today lectures on the many lessons he learned.

One day while eating at a restaurant with his wife a man came up and said, “You are Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!”

“How in the world did you know that?” asked Plumb. “I packed your parachute,” the man replied. Charles Plumb in surprise and gratitude had to catch his breath.

The man then shook his hand and said, “I guess it worked!” Plumb assured him it had and said, “if your chute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today.”

That night Plumb could not sleep. He said, “I kept pondering what he might have looked like in a Navy uniform – a Dixie cup hat, a bib in the back, and bell bottom trousers. I wonder how many times I might have seen him and not even said good morning, how are you or anything because, you see, I was a fighter pilot and he was just a sailor.”

Plumb thought a lot about that man who had packed his parachute and the hours he spent at a wooden table at the bottom of the ship carefully packing his and others chutes. He held in his hands the chute; the fate of someone he did not even know.

Charles Plumb is now a motivational speaker telling this story to hundreds. He always asks his audiences after telling it, “Who’s packing your parachute?”

In our life many people have a hand in our parachutes. Are we taking the time to acknowledge them, thank them, reward them? It is very easy to overlook the work of many. When an athletic team has won a championship do you ever hear them thank the trainer, the cook, the bus driver? Do they take the time to reward them too? It takes a lot of people to create a championship team.

Who on your life works on your parachute?




To be true to yourself means to act in accordance with who you are and what you believe.

If you know and love yourself you will find it effortless to be true to yourself.

Just as you cannot love anyone else until you love yourself, you cannot be true to anyone else until you are true to yourself. Begin by not being afraid to be who you are!

As difficult as it may seem at first, have the courage to accept yourself as you really are, not as as someone else thinks you should be. Do not take action or pretend to be someone else for the sake of gaining acceptance.

Many young people believe that when they do things to please their peers, such as drink when they shouldn’t, or behave and party in inappropriate ways, they will be popular and liked. They go against the advice of their parents or their own common sense only to find themselves in trouble and not accomplishing what they set out to do.

When you do things that are not genuine or a reflection of the real you, you will not be happy with yourself and will end up confused. You’ll be confused because you won’t know whom to please, or how.

Self-respect comes from being true to who you really are and from acting in accordance with your fundamental nature.

When you respect yourself, others will respect you. They will sense that you are strong and capable of standing up for yourself and your beliefs.

When you are true to yourself, you allow your individuality and uniqueness to shine through. You respect the opinions of others but do not conform to stereotypes or their expectations of you.

To be true to yourself takes courage. It requires you to be introspective, sincere, open-minded and fair. It does not mean that you are inconsiderate or disrespectful of others. It means that you will not let others define you or make decisions for you that you should make for yourself.

Be true to the very best that is in you and live your life consistent with your highest values and aspirations. Those who are most successful in life have dared to creatively express themselves and in turn, broaden the experiences and perspectives of everyone else.

Tips On Being True to Yourself

  • Be who you are, be your genuine self
  • Follow your own value system and common sense
  • Listen to the advice of others, but make up your own mind
  • Recognize, appreciate, and develop your unique talents
  • Stand up for what you believe in and you will gain respect
  • Know that being ‘different’ is a gift
  • Understand that you are enriching others by being yourself




“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why” – Mark Twain

Please see the video attached below:


It sounds when you step with momentum, when you clap with enthusiasm and when you breathe deeply If it is not heard, if you step, clap and breathe without being heard, that means you’re not doing it with enough desire. It’s not about drawing attention, or saying here I am, it is about recovering an enthusiasm that you can not or don’t want to hide, and then share and spread it


One day you stepped and stumbled, and not satisfied with that, you kept walking without changing the course while they advised you to turn aside… and you were wrong. All saw it except you. That was, is and will always be the problem of human being who does not learn from somebody else, who has to fail for himself to be aware of the errors and make amends. But you had enough courage to shake off and keep going, lamenting yourself just a moment – which is also necessary – and promising yourself to not do it again, but knowing that you can fall back just around the corner: will and realism in equal parts… When you regain the path, holding your head high, with solid steps, go ahead and decisively, ultimately be seen and heard when you are coming.


One day you applauded reluctantly, because everyone did, without believing in what you, somehow, showed admiration. You were surrounded by people who did not repress their enthusiasm and thought for a moment that you shared it, but your palms were part of a whole and rightly were unnoticed… Don’t let you get carried away, don’t ride on any train by what we have heard so many times that they only stop once, believe me that sometimes it is better to not stop at your station, even desirable that they just speed up in that moment. Don’t join the “anything worths” because it is simply one of the most false statements I’ve ever heard. Be selective because people will be with you, calibrate if compensates you to be one way or another, to be here or there, with this or with that… and clap loudly when the occasion merits, when they leave you without words, when you thrill about something or someone, but never by inertia.


One day you breathed without passion, without thanking for being alive one more day, without having in mind that twenty-four hours ahead represent a new opportunity, to correct what you did wrong yesterday and focus yourself on where you want to be tomorrow. You breathed with difficulty because you worried too much and gave more importance to what did not come than to your small successes, you cared about own and external problems and were unable to think beyond. But there is no evil that lasts a hundred years, you knew to take fresh air and recover the pulse and while there is pulse, there is hope, don’t forget it.


After all, it might be good to make some noise and your footsteps to be heard, your palms and your breath… These are signals of enthusiasm, joy and excitement in equal parts, almost nothing.

“In our society, Marcus, the most admired men are those who build bridges, skycrapers, and empires. But in reality, the proudest and most admirable are those who manage to build love. Because there is no greater or more difficult undertaking.” – “The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair” (Novel by Joël Dicker, 2012)