2014 was indeed an awesome year in every area – family, work, personal growth, traveling…
Posted by Mush Panjwani on January 17, 2015
Posted by Mush Panjwani on January 10, 2015
I watched ‘Hector and his Search for Happiness’ movie on a recent flight and loved it! It’s about a psychiatrist who feels guilty of dispensing recommendations to his patients that never change their conditions or make them any happier. So he sets out on a journey to find what makes people happy. It’s quite funny, interesting and inspiriting. During his ‘research’ he makes the following 22 observations:
- Making comparisons can spoil your happiness***
- Happiness often comes when least expected
- Many people only see happiness in their future
- Many people think happiness comes from having more power or more money
- Sometimes happiness is not knowing the whole story
- Happiness is a long walk in beautiful, unfamiliar mountains***
- It’s a mistake to think that happiness is the goal***
- Happiness is being with the people you love; unhappiness is being separated from the people you love
- Happiness is knowing that your family lacks for nothing
- Happiness is doing a job you love***
- Happiness is having a home and a garden of your own
- It’s harder to be happy in a country run by bad people
- Happiness is feeling useful to others***
- Happiness is to be loved for exactly who you are (People are kinder to a child who smiles)
- Happiness comes when you feel truly alive***
- Happiness is knowing how to celebrate***
- Happiness is caring about the happiness of those you love***
- Happiness is not attaching too much importance to what other people think
- The sun and the sea make everybody happy***
- Happiness is a certain way of seeing things
- Rivalry poisons happiness
- Women care more than men about making others happy
- Happiness means making sure that those around you are happy
*** These are my favourites. Which one is yours?
Posted by Mush Panjwani on December 31, 2014
Posted by Mush Panjwani on June 17, 2014
One of Hong Kong’s top hypnotherapists, an image consultant and a fellow trainer, Sonia Samtani has been producing a series of videos called Raising the Bar. She interviews people who have done something extra-ordinary that can inspire others.
I was happy to be chosen to talk about romantic relationships, and my love story that started at the age of 15! And I hope this talk inspires people, or even one person, to improve their relationships. Great relationships can often mean more happiness, increased motivation and greater success in everything else.
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Posted by Mush Panjwani on April 27, 2014
My two weeks in Nepal were full of inspiration, with some important lessons learnt and many beliefs reinforced. Through this series of blog posts, I am sharing some of those thoughts and hoping to inspire some of my readers.
There are many things that we take for granted in life. When you are up in the mountains or in villages, a network on your phone is a privilege and Internet access a luxury. Imagine waking up in the morning completely offline, with no emails, messages or FB to check. And going through the day, using just the camera function on your phone. Once I accepted the reality, I began to see the beauty of the situation and the many benefits of disconnecting, unplugging and being offline:
- Connection. I was better connected to everything and everyone around me. I was able to better appreciate the beauty of the nature; I was more aware of the presence of other human beings and the opportunity to talk to them, listen to them and learn from them.
- Inner voice. By ceasing the flow of information and news, and other people’s opinions and updates, I was more in tune with my inner voice. I became more aware of my own thoughts and feelings. I even found solutions to some of my problems, within myself, due to the clarity and focus.
- Mono-tasking. The increasingly unusual state of doing just one thing at a time. I was reminded of the pleasures in simple things when done with mindfulness – a sip of coffee, a hot shower, breathing with awareness, a bite of wholesome food, an eye contact, a smile, listening to someone with 100% attention!
I was still connecting to the Internet for an hour or so almost every evening after the trek. I was posting photos to Facebook, blogging my daily diary, and even uploading my daily 2-minute videos to YouTube whenever the connection was ‘good’. And I found that even my connected time was so much more productive and efficient due to the focus, and the awareness that I only had an hour or two to get everything done.
Since getting back from the trip, I have incorporated some of these ideas, yet again, into my life. I have switched off many ‘push’ notifications on my phone, so I can better control the flow of information. I have again started doing emails in blocks of an hour, 2-3 times a day. I have again limited my social media time to the bare minimum, and only twice a day. I have again started switching off my phone after 7pm. It’s only been a week, but it’s working out so well then I’m unlikely to go back to the old habits.
What do you think about disconnecting, unplugging and going offline for scheduled periods of time every day? How will that affect your productivity at work and the quality of your time with yourself, friends and family?
Please also check out Dinchack Facebook page for daily inspiration.
Posted by Mush Panjwani on April 20, 2014
I was lucky to meet this girl during my recent trip to Nepal. She had climbed the Mount Everest last year, and was on her way to climb Lhotse (the 4th tallest mountain in the world). I found her story so inspiring that I recorded a short interview, using my iPhone on the spot, hoping to inspire hundreds of others who read my blog…
What inspired you most from Priyanka’s story? The courage to climb solo; the dream to climb 14 of the highest mountains; the way she finds time to follow her passion… or something else?
You may see my daily Nepal diaries here, and daily video diaries here.
Posted by Mush Panjwani on January 5, 2014
- May you live all the days of your life. -Jonathan Swift
- From our birthday, until we die, is but the winking of an eye. -William Butler Yeats
- Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again. -Menachem Mendel
- Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow. -Margaret Fuller
- Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. -Chili Davis
- To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am. -Bernard Baruch
- If I’d known I was going to live this long (100 years), I’d have taken better care of myself. -Ubie Blake
- Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you have got to start young. -Fred Astaire
- Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever. -Mahatma Gandhi
- The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot. -Michael Althsuler
- The way I see it, you should live everyday like it’s your birthday. -Paris Hilton
- God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. -Voltaire
- The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. -Oprah Winfrey
- Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new. -Sammy Hagar
- How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? -Satchel Paige
- You were born an original. Don’t die a copy. -John Mason
- Don’t just count your years; make your years count. –Ernest Meyers
- It takes a long time to become young. -Pablo Picasso
- Just hit my 75th birthday; I am feeling great. -Colin Powell
- And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that counts. It’s the life in your years. -Abraham Lincoln
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Posted by Mush Panjwani on January 5, 2014
Wow! Maysoon is extremely inspiring, super funny and very beautiful. One of the most dinchack (wow!) TED talks I’ve ever heard…
You may watch in HD on TED through this link.
Posted by Mush Panjwani on January 4, 2014
Yes, the first version of the first Dinchack app is here! Download it now from this link.
Once downloaded, Dinchack app will ping an inspiring quote to your iPhone every morning at 8am, or whatever time you prefer. If you like it, you can share it through email, Facebook or Twitter. Simple!
Starting the day with positive thoughts, affirmations or inspiring quotes can often start a domino effect resulting in a happier and more cheerful day. Try it.
Posted by Mush Panjwani on January 1, 2014
Posted by Mush Panjwani on December 23, 2013
For many of us, New Year is a time to make some resolutions and commit to bring positive changes in our lives. See if you would like to include any of the following to your goals and to-do lists for 2014:
1. Learn to be happy! Happiness is the foundation for all success and achievements. Happier people are more productive at work, better at relationships, healthier and have more energy. Practice the happiness principles daily:
- Be grateful. Acknowledge the good things in your life. Being alive, having the comforts, doing a job, having a family… are not things to be taken for granted, but to be thankful for.
- Accept what you can’t change. Don’t get angry, frustrated or disappointed at things that are beyond your control: The weather, traffic, the colour of your skin, your height, your past, other people’s thoughts and actions…
- Make others happy. Compliment more. Acknowledge when someone does something well. Be kind and helpful. Help someone solve their problem. Give your time.
- Find out what makes you happy and do that. Whether it’s nature walk, some form of exercise, volunteering, learning something new… Change your job if you have to.
2. Become more productive! Do the right things, do them well, on time and with ease. That may seem too ambitious but here are some of the ways to achieve that:
- Prioritize. Do less to get more done. Ask yourself whether you can drop it, delay it or delegate it, before you do it! Distinguish between important and urgent. Develop the habit of ‘first things first’. Do what matters most first.
- Simplify. Unclutter. Get rid of useless stuff that just occupies space – in your office, on your desk, at home, your wardrobe, book shelf, even the desktop of your computer and the number of apps on your phone. Don’t accumulate excess in the first place, and keep cleaning. When you buy something new, give away the old one. Go paperless!
- Cut your Facebook time. And other social media time. And emails. Do them in batches instead of 24/7. Switch off the push notifications.
- Sleep less. Waking up an hour earlier in the morning can be the single most critical change you can make, adding significantly to your productivity, efficiency and effectiveness. Use this time to exercise, plan, read, learn… no more ‘I don’t have the time’ excuse!
Do you have any additional tips for the two lists above? This is part 1 of a series. Can you guess what’s coming up next?
For daily inspiration and resources on happiness, motivation and success, please also see Dinchack on Facebook.
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Posted by Mush Panjwani on December 12, 2013
Would you like an inspiring quote to pop up on your phone every morning – with an ability to share it with friends?
Posted by Mush Panjwani on December 9, 2013
An excerpt from last year’s post, on Nelson’s Mandela’s 94th birthday:
- There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
- A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
- After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
- Does anybody really think that they didn’t get what they had because they didn’t have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
- If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.
- It always seems impossible until its done.
- Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.
- There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.
- We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
For more quotes and resources on happiness, motivation and success, check out Dinchack Facebook page.
Posted by Mush Panjwani on November 24, 2013
We need more of this stuff, especially to show our kids!
Posted by Mush Panjwani on November 23, 2013
During the last six months, I have tried more apps than in the last few years, to increase productivity and efficiency in managing my business. Most of them were just average, few are dinchack (wow!) and some have become indispensable. If you are looking for useful productivity apps for your iOS devices, you might like to try these:
- Evernote: This app lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders and makes these notes accessible on all computers and devices. I use it to take meeting notes, capture ideas, maintain time logs for client consultation, and even keep all the dreams, goals and plans in one place.
- Receipts: This is a great app to track your personal and business income/expenses. It allows you to create different accounts, categories, fields and capture photos of receipts to be attached with each expense. Income and expenses can be entered in any currency and instantly converted to your home currency. And finally, you can export reports as Excel or PDF.
- SignNow: How do you send invoices to clients? Create the invoice, print, sign, scan, email? With SignNow, you can just upload the PDF, drag your digital signature, save and email – totally paperless! You can also sign any documents using your finger. Works well on all devices!
- Feedly: This is an RSS reader that aggregates all your favourite websites, blogs, YouTube channels and more for easy and fast browsing, reading and sharing from any device. It actually makes reading on handheld devices more fun.
- 1Password: Probably the best app to keep all passwords in one place – plus logins, memberships, bank accounts, credit cards, IDs, secure notes. You can also generate strong passwords, and keep them in sync across all devices.
Please let me know about your favourite productivity apps through comments.
Posted by Mush Panjwani on November 10, 2013
I recently attended a sugar detox workshop by a friend who is a health coach. One of the many things I learnt was that sugar goes by many different names on food labels:
- Corn syrup
- Fruit juice concentrates
- High-fructose corn syrup
If any of the above appears in the ingredients list of your favourite food or beverage, then you are consuming sugar. Even though some sugars are less harmful than others, they are all high-calorie and must be avoided if you are concerned about weight management.
[Photo showing the amounts of sugar in common junk]
Posted by Mush Panjwani on November 2, 2013
- I am blogging on my Dinchack site regularly – over 60 posts in 6 months; from zero to 3000 views a month and growing! Please subscribe to it.
- I am posting on my Dinchack page every day – attracted 3400 fans and reached over 14000 people during the last month! Please join it.
- My training business has been picking up steadily. I managed 31 training sessions in 6 countries, touching the lives of 1703 people, since starting Dinchack 24 weeks ago! Full story here. A short video below!
- I’ve recently partnered with another business, Learning Time. And that’s getting me to push my limits of efficiency!
But I am not accepting any of these excuses, and will start writing a weekly post. I owe that to all of you, my loyal readers and followers!
Posted by Mush Panjwani on October 12, 2013
In 2002 a young lady, Gemma Rice, from a sheep farm in Australia, opened a small school in Northern Tanzania with the help of her family, friends and local Rotary Club. What started with only three students and one teacher is now a thriving school of over 1,500 students and over 400 local Tanzanian staff. The students and staff are located across three campuses and includes two boarding houses to accommodate more than 1,000 students!
Last week, I had an opportunity to join their fundraising event in Hong Kong, and meet Felix and Kim, the ambassadors. And the story of Felix really moved everyone. Starting primary school at the age of ten, attending class under a tree, writing in sand with a stick… to becoming a bus driver at St Jude so he could learn English by talking to the kids… to getting a job in the office… to becoming an ambassador and making the first trip outside Africa to travel to Hong Kong and Australia! The moral of the story:
- Change is possible. It’s OK to start small, like Gemma.
- When there’s a will, anything is possible. If Felix can do it, anyone can.
- There are still millions of people in this world who do not have access to basic needs – food, water, housing, education, medical. Those of us who have an abundance have some responsibility.
Posted by Mush Panjwani on October 5, 2013
Answer these simple questions and find out:
- Do you usually have time for the essential stuff like reading/learning, exercising, socialising, relationships, holidays?
- Do you usually get things done on time – including getting to appointments on time, whether at home or at work?
- Do you usually have written goals and plans to achieve them?
- Are your tasks usually connected to your goals and plans?
- Do you usually have a written list of priorities for the month or the week?
- Do you usually differentiate easily between urgent and important? And spend more time on important stuff?
- Do you usually focus on one thing at a time, clearing away all distractions?
- Do you usually differentiate between efficiency and effectiveness – doing things right, and doing the right things?
- Do you usually get a lot of stuff done through delegation?
- Do you often say ‘no’ to things when your schedule is already full?
The more yeses you have, the greater is your time management, and the better your quality of life! And what if your time management isn’t so great? Firstly acknowledge. Then understand that it’s a skill that anyone can learn, like driving or cooking or languages. And like any other skill, you can learn time management from books, courses, workshops… as long as you start applying the principles that you learn. Time management is a skill that you live with, so you need to make the necessary changes to your habits and behaviours.
Get a better understanding of some tested and proven time management strategies, and some practical tips, at my upcoming class at General Assembly in Hong Kong on Tuesday 8th October. Registration and details here.
[Photo at Interlaken in China – a recent short holiday]
Posted by Mush Panjwani on October 1, 2013
Another very exciting development in my life: I have just joined Learning Time as one of the partners! For three good reasons:
- To fulfil the passion to train and inspire direct sales distributors, sales leaders and salespeople worldwide!
- To achieve the dream of creating and marketing great early learning products beyond Asia Pacific!
- To help direct sellers of early learning products sustain their business with modern products and world-class service!
What’s Learning Time?
- A direct seller of early learning products for over 20 years!
- One of the top five distributors of ETL Learning products, ever since I signed them up as a distributor over 10 years ago!
- And now a publisher and licensor of high quality early learning products, with active presence in ten countries!
- A company with a vision to be the biggest publisher and marketer of the best early learning products across Asia and Africa!
My role in the company will be sales, marketing and training: developing new markets, building sales leaders, training sales teams… helping parents raise happy and successful kids through our wonderful products and services! Exactly what I did in both my jobs for 27 years.
What about Dinchack? Dinchack was my first baby, and Learning Time is the second – with a seemingly inadequate gap between the two. My challenge is to give equal amounts of attention to both, and grow them both into successful businesses!
Losing the job at ETL Learning was surely one of the best things that ever happened to me! I have been blessed with huge support from family, friends and old colleagues, and wonderful opportunities coming my way. Life has got truly Dinchack!