Famous sayings in today’s world

Since childhood, we have been fed with wise sayings, some that rhyme, some that don’t, which, supposedly, were to help us face the big bad world. As a  kid, I’d never doubted and followed them to the T.

But as I grew up, things started changing. I tested these so-called THEORIES, studied people who lived by them and those who didn’t. I formed my own ideas based on my understanding of the present ever changing world. Today, things are extremely different from where I started.

Honesty is the best Policy.

YES. in an NGO maybe, or the Church. But in the corporate world, its a whole new ball-game where the stakes are higher and the falls hurt. In fact, the saying goes like “Do smart work, not Hard work!“. But believe me, a smart worker gotta work hard too, just that what he does matters more than what you do. 😛 My line is “Diligence is the best indulgence” (Since we’re rhyming, lets just play along!)

Early to bed, early to rise…

My old Manager told me he has never slept for more than 4 hrs for the past 10 years. He may have exagerrated, but I used to see it for myself (At least on weekdays) He would be in the office 2 hrs before me and leave 2 hrs after. Each day! In fact, he was the one person who kinda discouraged me from trying for a position in Management, I still consider myself too young to go that way.

Bottom line is, to be really successful today, you’ve gotta spend all your waking hours to the fullest, and compromise on sleep, (Thats something Im not ready to do.) Like Gustav Graves said (Bond “Die another day”) “You only live once, why waste time on sleep” when asked about why he does not ever sleep.

GOD helps those who help themselves

I guess the person who came up with this saying was an absolute genius. He appealed to the inner god-fearing believer in people. Everybody wants to be helped by the Almighty with immense divine power, but unless one takes the first step, he isn’t getting any. It’s always the first step that is difficult. So, in a way, it encourages people to work and never give up. Genius!!

On the other hand, what about the people who help themselves beyond their means? Corrupted individuals? They gain wealth and assets without any fear of being reprimanded (At least in India!) Who is helping these guys?

Eat while you eat, play while you play

One word… MULTI-TASKING!! There is too little time and too many things to do. So, Mono-tasking isn’t getting anyone any where. Im typing this post and having my breakfast at the same time! I’m a Geminian, I was born to multi-task! hehe

The other day, our trainer was taking our training while on phone with another person with an issue. At the same time, he was searching online for solutions for another person who just IMed him!! And I’m not exagerrating! One thing that baffles me tho’, is that ‘Is reading the morning papers in the john considered multi-tasking?’

All work no play..

In today’s competitive world, Jack’s parents send him for classes and tutorials after school. To his parents, Jack is enjoying his music, dance, judo, karate, taekwondo.. etc etc classes. But for Jack, it’s all work, cos’ its not what he wanted, but rather what his folks wanted. Although that only makes him smarter, whether he likes it or not.

Kids should be allowed to play without constant vigilance. Let them get a few bruises, break a few bones.. Girls dig scars, and there’s always a long story behind each. Let them learn  things on their own, learn to pick themselves up when they fall. Thats the fun of childhood.

Empty bowls make more noise

I’ve seen bowls which aren’t empty, but definitely make more noise than empty ones. 😛

SO….I guess it all boils down to one wise saying which has been constant throughout the ages. The statement was made by Confucius, and it goes something like this:

Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so!


16 Responses to “Famous sayings in today’s world”

  1. June 21, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    I used to have the same thoughts and tested them theories. Here’s one Mizo’s (?) wide saying, “Thil reng reng hi a lutuk a tha lo” – I think thats negative. “Pathian a rinna nghah lutuk hi a tha a ni”. 🙂

  2. 2 NotGood
    June 26, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    @Father: Funny you should say that.. They say “Too much of anything is not good”, but who is to judge the intensity? How much is too much? Its relative. I mean, you may think I write too much lines in my comments, but from my point of view, you may be writing too less.. hehe.. or maybe I know someone who writes longer, and he would yet know another who exceeds him as well.. Oh, what the hell!! TO EACH HIS OWN !!

  3. June 27, 2009 at 1:12 am

    @early to bed

    i’ve done my share of late nights at the office. increasingly realise it is pointless. the work never ‘finishes’. the work culture in corporate india is really awful, and while terms like ‘smart work’ are bandied around, it is often still a drudge. there is so much more to life than office work! lol.

  4. June 27, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    A famous saying that applies in today’s world, and something that has always given me inspiration when it comes to work and life: “What me worry?” by Alfred E. Neuman, my Idol!

  5. 5 NotGood
    June 29, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    @fed: Corporate does drain the life off you, but the trick is to survive and you will always come out on top. And “Early to bed..” is sometimes redundant when you’re in a city that hardly ever sleeps.

    @Kima: I’m sure you were probably one of the few who sent entries for the “Alfred E Neuman Look-alike-contest”, if not maybe made a contribution to “Make a dumb wish Foundation”.. hehe.. Didn’t know you were a Mad fan, The Chhamanator and me have been exchanging issues for years. Only problem is, they friggin’ stopped publishing it in India a few years back.

  6. July 4, 2009 at 4:08 am

    Posted something in a previous post of yours thinking it was your latest. Now I feel stupid. Well, I see you’re still at it. Writing great stuff. I have neglected my blog and for that matter, other blogs for quite sometime – choosing instead to frequent my Orkut, Facebook and Twitter accounts. But it feels great to be back. Keep it up. Excelsior!

  7. July 6, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    “reading the morning papers in the john considered multi-tasking?’”… in my opinion yes 😀 …

    “Diligence is the best indulgence” i like.

    Reading fedabbonn’s comment up there …i’d read somewhere..by whom i can’t recall..which went something like…”you’d never wish on your deathbed that you spent more time at work…….”

  8. 8 NotGood
    July 6, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    @Andy: Welcome back.. Thought you got lost in the real world.. 😛 Now that you’re here, hope to see your blog updated soon.. And yes, I’m still at it, turns out its a good outlet for steam after days at the office..

    @BlindDayze: Welcome to the blog (If I haven’t welcomed you before!) Always nice to see new people.. “You’d never wish on your deathbed that you spent more time at work”. On my deathbed, I’d probably wished that I’d spend more time… 😛

  9. July 7, 2009 at 12:59 am

    off topic.

    am unable to add your blog to my rss reader. do you have a feed activated?

  10. July 9, 2009 at 3:05 am

    @kima – AMEN to that brother
    Honesty is STILL the best policy in the bigger picture of life
    And sleep…ah yes…my fav commodity…an adult needs at least 7-8 hrs of sleep no matter what or who or how he is. That poor man must be stressed out physically and mentally. I wudnt be surprised if he suddenly drop dead (seriously), God gave us rest (Night and sabbath) for a reason
    He knows best because HE built us…u wouldnt take a maruti alto to a honda workshop rite? Having said that..its 3am here (hypocrit)
    I’l leave the multitasking to the fairer sex
    As my fav stand up comedian George Carlin (RIP) said on how to bring up kids….Leave the **** them alone

  11. July 9, 2009 at 11:31 am

    @ feddabonn: Yup he got feeds 🙂 I’ve subscribed a long time ago.

  12. 12 NotGood
    July 9, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    @Fed & Kima: Although I consider myself pretty techie, I am not ashamed to admit I have no clue what an RSS feed is or what it looks like, how to activate it, what it does.. etc etc.. And if Kima sez I got it, he would be the best judge. Websites are so complicated nowadays, not like back when I used to code my own site in HTML/CSS with Windows Notepad (*Bragging..).. Oh well!!

    @OPA: Of all professionals, I kinda thought you would agree with me on the SLEEP thing. I mean, how much does an On-call doc get to sleep and how often does he get woken up? Not to mention emergencies and stuff. I think 6hrs a weekday (7 at max) and wholeday on weekends is ideal, no? 😛

  13. July 9, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    @kima: hey thanks, man. i realised why i couldn’t see the feed, the blog doesnt have a name!

    @black: ask kima. he knows it, he even solved my issue! evil grin. wow@notepad!

  14. 14 NotGood
    July 9, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    @Fed: Yes.. about the name, I created the logo using Photoshop, complete with the name in it, so if I give my blog a name, it kinda overwrites the Title. So, I left it blank.. (Although I’m not sure how that matters when using Feeds.. :P)

  15. July 10, 2009 at 1:23 am

    lol, black. your blog is PERFECTLY fine the way it is! its just that i seem to have missed s’thing. just keep writing is all i ask! 🙂

  16. 16 NotGood
    July 10, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    @Fed: Thanks for the encouragement and I will definitely do that! Blog on!

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