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 12, 2013
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!
Posted by Mush Panjwani on September 20, 2013
During my last talk at the 7th HR & Training Congress in Manila, I was honored to have a few great international speakers watching and listening to me. At the end of the talk, I was obviously thrilled to hear extremely positive feedback from all of them, but the highlight was a note and two books that Pido Aguilar had left for me before he went backstage to get ready for his own talk.
The feedback note said: “Energetic, poised, infectious, life-related!” And it had three ticks under ‘strongly agree’ for Relevant, Effective and Fun. The two books he had left for me were his own: “The 7 Heartsets of True Abundance”, and “Starting Today!” And each had inspiring and personalized messages he had written for me! I was deeply touched by this beautiful act of kindness and encouragement.
Both the books are extremely inspiring and totally dinchack!. “Starting Today!” is a collection of 1001 affirmations that ‘bless your life, touch your heart and nurture your soul’. I often pick it up, open it randomly in the middle to ‘see what’s my affirmation for today’ and each one is usually more inspiring than the other e.g. Starting Today…
- I improve myself; I improve my work.
- I assume less; I presume less.
- I rise every morning with gratitude; I retire every night with gratitude.
- I take nothing personally.
- I allow nothing and no one to block my dreams.
- I keep the past in the past.
- If I need an increase in income, I increase my giving.
- I grow my money best by adding value to other people’s lives.
- I know that now is the time. Now is my time.
Many thanks, Pido! ‘May everything in your life get better, starting today’ to use your words!
Posted by Mush Panjwani on September 14, 2013
I just saw this inspiring story and video and couldn’t help post it here, even though it’s from 2012:
India’s first Ironman. Asia’s only Ultraman. Sounds impressive, doesn’t it? But Anu Vaidyanathan is a woman, and one of India’s finest triatheletes. Owner of an intellectual property firm, Anu completed her first triathlon as a graduation gift to herself. For her first Ironman competition, she trained through a year, waking up at 3 a.m. everyday to get the exercise she needed. From there, it was a steady journey onward till she had put together a consistent racing schedule that didn’t clash with her Ph.D. studies. The result of all her hard work? She finished a gruelling 3-day trialthlon (10 km swim, 420 km bike, 84.4 km run) and became Asia’s only Ultraman athlete!
A great lesson in positive self-image, goal-setting, planning, discipline and inspiring others through action!
Posted by Mush Panjwani on September 13, 2013
Reprinted from DailyMail UK. In case you are wondering how to consume 3000 calories a day, it’s easy: some pizzas, some soft drinks, some ice cream, some chocolates, some danish… I am switching to a monthly cheat day; waiting for 1st October.
Posted by Mush Panjwani on August 27, 2013
Are you guilty? What are you going to do about it?
Posted by Mush Panjwani on August 24, 2013
- Cheery tomatoes
- Lemon juice
- Olive oil
What next? Chop the main ingredients and mix together. Then make the dressing and pour over the salad. Lastly, sprinkle crushed walnuts on top and serve/eat. Visually appealing, extremely nutritious, quite filling and very delicious!
Please share your favorite salad recipe.
Check out Dinchack Facebook page for daily tips on happiness, motivation and success!
Posted by Mush Panjwani on August 10, 2013
Also check out the other blog for news and updates on Dinchack. And the Dinchack Facebook page for daily tips on happiness, motivation and success.
Posted by Mush Panjwani on August 3, 2013
This was the longest break on this blog… apologies to the readers and followers! It was due to my total focus on “Dinchack” – the training company I formed in May.
Thanks to the support of family, friends, old colleagues and the super-helpful community of entrepreneurs in Hong Kong, the company seems to be slowly but surely getting off the ground. Please click on the image to read the full story.
And check back for life-enhancing blog posts here at least once a week. Check the Dinchack Facebook page here.
Posted by Mush Panjwani on July 1, 2013
1st May must have been a lucky date to start a new business – because Dinchack seems to be going places, literally! The first 8 weeks have been nothing short of, well, Dinchack!
- Dinchack did six training events in Hong Kong, Manila, Nakhon Si Thammarat (South Thailand), Bangkok and Jakarta!
- Dinchack is now associated with a few like-minded, well-established and successful organizations like Ariva in the Philippines, Kornerstone and General Assembly in HK!
- Dinchack has started supporting Crossroads Foundation, with every paid event!
- Dinchack is now a member of BNI International!
- Dinchack has just hired two summer interns who will be trained in online marketing and admin!
- Dinchack Facebook page crossed 3,000 fans!
- Dinchack now shows up as the #1 result in Google search!
July is looking spectacular with four training events confirmed already, and a couple of more expected! On the personal front, I’ve organized myself to work 0700-1300 on planning, marketing, communications, follow-ups… meet clients 1400-1800, swim regularly in the open sea at sunrise or sunset, read related books and blogs daily… and still have plenty of time for the family.
As one of my recent FB status said, I’m incredibly blessed, extremely grateful, super excited and totally turbo charged!
[Photo from the Leadership Training in Manila. More photos here.]
Posted by Mush Panjwani on June 25, 2013
Wow, one of the best TED videos I’ve ever watched!
In this inspiring 11-minute video, mature-beyond-his-years teenager, Logan LaPlante, explains why he thinks youth should be taught to be happy and healthy, and how “hacking” his education to follow his dream is helping him do just that.
And with over 270,000 views on YouTube since his talk was published in February, I think he’s on the right path to inspiring other people to do the same.
Posted by Mush Panjwani on June 14, 2013
I just received this very moving story from Crossroads Foundation, telling us how a small contribution can make such a huge difference to people’s lives.
Posted by Mush Panjwani on June 6, 2013
Just found this great website dedicated to our favorite topic, happiness. In their own words: Action for Happiness is a movement for positive social change. We’re bringing together people from all walks of life who want to play a part in creating a happier society for everyone.
Check it out for facts, tips, resources and action steps for creating happiness for yourself and those around you. This is one of the posters that you can download from the site.
“Western neuroscience has now confirmed what Eastern wisdom has known for a long time: happiness is a skill we can learn. Research shows that happiness, compassion and kindness are the products of skills that can be learned and enhanced through training, thanks to the neuroplasticity of our brains.”
For daily tips and resources on happiness, motivation and success, also check out Dinchack Facebook page