Love Life Of Capricorn

Capricorn Love

One of the most goal oriented sign of the zodiac, Capricorn take everything as a serious business, and for them personal relations are no different. They are careful with their affections and take a long time to open up, before showing their passion and charm. Capricorn in their heart knows that nothing comes to them easily, so once they have decided on their partner, they are extremely determined and with the persistence of a goat they climb towards the peak slowly and work to woo their chosen one.

Capricorn have a very strong sense of responsibility right from their childhood so for them, Love also is all about bond and trustworthiness. It is very important to them and their primary requisite in relationship is stability. They most often go for a long term relationship and cherish the trait of loyalty in their partner. They care a lot about their partner and would do anything to protect their loved ones from harm.

Guided by their element, Earth, Capricorn are rooted and traditionalists in general. They have respect for age, culture and success. They avoid taking risk and want to stick to tried and tested ways and people. Most often they will marry the person whom they have known the longest. They don’t go after the flashiest person in the party rather they look for someone who is intelligent and serious. They are homely people who don’t open up to anybody easily. On most occasions, it will be their partners who will make the first move.

Highly ambitious and self made, the Capricorn are status conscious and are attracted by rich and successful people. More often than not, they marry into wealth and power. They prefer the qualities of intelligence and character in their partner rather than looks. Capricorn are so much goal oriented that they want a partner who will share their goals and help them achieve success.

Capricorn many a times delay settling into a permanent relationship as they are very ambitious. People born under this sign have a strong mental force and have great motivation to succeed. They don’t like to commit till they get what they want to achieve professionally. They are practical people and very calculative. They believe that the financial and professional stability is the foundation of steady relationship. Their goal is to remain in control of everything from their surroundings, to career as well as their relations.

Capricorn is often seen as cold and unemotional but they do have a soft and gentle side to them, hidden inside that hard and stern outer look. But this gentle side will become visible only to those who gain access to their inner circle. Moreover this control on their emotions is a positive, in a way that they don’t have a bad temper and are usually not moody. Capricorn is not an extrovert and fun person to be with, but he is not a boring person either. They are delightfully charming, knowledgeable and intelligent. They are ruled by Saturn and may have a wild streak underneath their hard exterior. Quite often they are adventurous lovers in the bedroom.

Capricorn people are extremely protective of their family and friends, and have a warm heart not only for own people but in general towards other’s sufferings. They will remain very sympathetic, caring and helpful to others. Keen to own up their responsibilities and fulfill the aspirations of their loved ones, people belonging to this sign are the ‘rock’, that their family relies on. Capricorn desires to command respect and never try to dominate their partner. They are loyal and dependable, who rarely go into some kind of flirtatious relationships or one night stands.

Capricorn have a cool head with immense patience. With these inner strength, they try to hold steady the relation in the face of any crisis. Due to this they have compatibility with host of other zodiac signs, but they get along nicely with people under the signs of Cancer and Virgo. They also have more than decent compatibility with Aries and Libra.

Capricorn want to be winners in all they do and same holds true for their romantic relations. They find it difficult to cope up with a heartbreak though it may not be visible on their face. They can hold a grudge for long. A very important lesson for them to learn is to let go, relax and be selfless in love.

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Master The Art Of Listening

Art of Listening

“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”   Greek philosopher Epictetus

The master skill and the foundation of all interpersonal relations is the skill of effective communication. We are always communicating with the people around us, not only verbally but also with our body language. If we want to be successful in connecting with people and improve our influence with them, effective communication is the master key.

Most people understand this thing but a very few are able to master it, and the most common reason is that they are not good listeners. It has been commonly observed that people are not aware of the importance of effective listening. They listen to respond rather than to understand, and if one doesn’t understand the other person, how well will he be able to connect with him. Just reflect back on your own life, you have been trained to speak, read, handle objections and many other skills but have you ever received any training that improves your listening skills?

Most people even when they make an attempt to listen, they listen to only the words with attention. But as we all know that if we want to understand the situation and the person right, we not only need to listen to the words said but also what has been left unsaid. You need to give proper attention to the body language and the emotions behind those words. You need to develop advanced concepts like reflective and empathic listening. This will require a lot of practice and patience. We summarize here some of the suggestions that may come handy:

1. Communication has to be two way

Realize that effective communication is not about you dominating the discussion, but when all parties get their due share of time and opportunity. Rather it will be beneficial, if you let the other people talk before you, as that will give you more insights into the other person’s views. I have seen many bosses who love their voice a bit too much and have a bad habit of indulging into monologue. These are the same people who later complain that the staff is mostly indifferent and there are no new ideas. Prefer to have a constructive dialogue always for bonding with your people. In the words of Simon Sinek, “A leader is the one who speaks last and acts first.”

2. Don’t just focus on listening the words

Albert Mehrabian in his book Silent Messages published a study which said that 55% of the messages are conveyed through body language, 38% through the tone of the voice and only 7% through the words. Now this study has been challenged a lot, but still it is very evident that a majority of our communication is non verbal. If you want to have a effective listening experience then develop the habit to pay close attention to the speaker’s body language and attitude. You will be able to read much between the lines.

3. Don’t judge others

Steven Covey in his book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People says that many of us are in the habit of listening others while reading from our autobiography, that is we see the things from our own perspective. Due to this we have a tendency of judging people based on our own expectations and experiences. It is said that we don’t see the world as it is, but as we are. For being able to connect with other people you need to see their world, be non judgmental while listening to them and try to understand their views.

4. Be in the current moment

It is a known fact that our mind is faster than our speech. Most ineffective people are impatient and they start to think ahead about their reply even while the other person is still speaking. This causes problems that our attention is shifted from the other’s speech to our own thoughts and perceptions. We are simply unable to grasp the point that the speaker is trying to convey. Practice the habit of remaining in the present moment and be attentive.

5. Ask questions to gain clarity

If in a conversation you are unable to understand something or have a question, it is always better to ask it then and there, rather than moving on to the next topic and not getting to know the concerns of the speaker. Most people will be more than happy to repeat what they said and with greater clarity to ensure that you understand the actual meaning behind their words. When you ask questions it gives the speaker confidence that you are interested and are listening to him with full attention.

6. Be sensitive to the emotions

Just visualize and understand the difference in the meaning of the same answer (‘I am fine’) when someone asks the same question (‘How are you’) in two entirely different situations. One where someone who has just escaped unhurt from an accident and the other one is a depressed person who has just faced another setback or rejection. I am fine, coming from the person who escaped the accident moments ago carries with it the emotion of gratitude whereas the same answer coming from a depressed person carries with it the feeling of helplessness and despondency.

For effective listening you have to understand the emotions behind the words. Try to assess the mental state the speaker is in and you will be able to get to the core of their thoughts and perceptions. This is called listening with empathy. Once you listen in this way, it gives confidence to the speaker and they open up more in front of you and connect more deeply. It leads to the development of bonding and strengthening of relations.

In the end realize that our speech gives us expression and our listening gives us understanding. Listen well and make your communication skills more effective. Tupac Shakur was right when he said:

“If you let a person talk long enough you’ll hear their true intentions. Listen twice, speak once.”

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Personality Traits Of Sagittarius

Sagittarius

Deeply immersed in philosophy and religion, Sagittarius are the truth seekers. They are curious and energetic. They have a burning desire to find out the meaning of life. The zodiac sign of Sagittarius commences on November 21st and continues until December 20th. It remains under cusp of the previous sign until November 28th and comes in full strength only after that.

Sagittarius is symbolically represented by half horse, half man, the man part shooting an arrow from a bow. This is also true of their nature as they have both human and animal qualities. They become very ruthless when they feel they have been wronged. They have a duality in their character like they could be idealistic in one situation and inconsistent in another.

Sagittarius born are divided into two distinct classes. One have extremely high ideals of life. They have great business acumen, but can never confine themselves to any one line. Even if they are  successful in one line of work, they will just as quickly throw their heart and soul into some entirely new study or line of work. Whereas people of the second class have the habit of being a fierce critic of every one else’s effort for good and their petty meanness in all matter that concern money. These people are eaten up with selfish ambition. They are also hypocrites and religious bigots of the world class.

Career

Sagittarius with their intense concentration and will power are usually successful in whatever they do. Being a fire sign they have boundless energy that make them great workers who never seem to tire until they drop with fatigue. They are executive, fearless and determined in all they undertake. Sagittarius born are goal oriented people. They will concentrate all their attention on whatever they are doing at the moment and thus prove themselves as an asset to any organization.

Their curiosity and enthusiasm make them love travelling and meeting new people. This make them good travel agents, politicians and researchers. They are optimists and love taking risks to win something big in life. They make good bosses in a way that they are extremely clever and it is hard to fool them as they are already thinking many steps ahead. Sagittarius born are creative with inquisitive mind, making them great writers and philosophers. They are mostly devoted to music and make brilliant musicians.

On the flip side Sagittarius are inclined to go to extremes in all things and make sudden decisions or change their mind rapidly. This make them extremely inconsistent. They are also very restless and impatient. Another drawback is that they are tactless and will speak whatever comes to their mind without giving a thought to the consequences making them vulnerable at the positions requiring diplomacy.

Relations

Sagittarius born are family oriented and responsible. But because of them being arrogant, too decisive and too outspoken in their speech, they are often misjudged in their criticism, and make bitter enemies. As a father they are not very strict with their children rather they themselves become child like. They allow their children to pursue whatever they like as they themselves like freedom. Sagittarius mother is rather lenient and showers children with great love. As children these people are very innocent and with a soft heart.

Romance

As a partner Sagittarius are fun loving and with a great sense of humor. They are sincere and devoted. Once they commit to a relationship, they are true to it and remain totally loyal. But being inquisitive and restless they struggle to find happiness and fulfillment in relationships. Though they don’t stray outside marriage, they always have a longing for more in their married life.

Men of this sign nearly always marry on impulse and regret it afterwards. Their partner should learn to give them freedom and share more of their quest to find meaning of life. Women born in this sign are wild, independent and outgoing. They want their partner to be intellectual and expressive. Sagittarius women love to make their husbands successful and will sacrifice everything to accomplish that. They have intense love of home and even when unhappily married they make the best of a bad bargain.

 

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Friends

Sagittarius people are spontaneous and their enthusiasm is contagious. They are always surrounded by friends as their energy is a great magnet. You won’t find a dull moment in the company of a Sagittarius friend. They don’t like deception as they themselves are loyal and honest, but they don’t hold grudges too.

They are generous and encouraging. They are always there for the people they love but hardly ever they will interfere in their affairs and are generally not possessive or jealous. But because they are not too emotional, they are perceived as cold. Sagittarius have some of the most lasting friendships with people belonging to the sun signs of Aries and Leo.

Health

Sagittarius rules the hips, thighs and liver. They suffer from rheumatism and pain of sciatica. The delicacy of throat and lungs and skin troubles is also common. They are inclined to excessive consumption of rich food and drinks, this may make their liver sensitive. In later years they may suffer from problems of nervous system.

Sagittarius Overview

Element: Fire

Ruling Planet: Jupiter

Symbol: Archer (Half human half horse)

Lucky Colors: All shades of Violet and Mauve.

Lucky Numbers: 3, 7, 9, 12

Lucky Day: Thursday

Lucky Stones: Amethysts and Sapphires.

Some Famous Personalities: Winston Churchill, Mark Twain, Andrew Carnegie, Brad Pitt, Bruce Lee, Raj Kapoor, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift

Positive Qualities: Generous, Idealistic, Intellectual, Cheerful, Optimistic

Negative Qualities: Very Impatient, Tactless, Inconsistent, Inflexible

The ninth sign of zodiac, Sagittarius is the fire sign. It gives it’s native boundless energy and enthusiasm. Ruled by Jupiter, Lord of Fortune and Expansion, these people are freedom loving. They are always seeking knowledge and remain in pursuit of adventure and new ideas. Sagittarius born are brutally truthful who deeply resent deception. People born in this sign even when successful should never cease to be actively employed because inactivity for them would mean despondency and an early decay.

Rags To Riches – Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspire your hopes”Andrew Carnegie

Born on November 25, 1835 in Scotland, Andrew Carnegie is a true example of rags to riches story that inspires everybody. He was born to a poor hand-loom weaver, who with sheer hard work and business acumen went on to become the richest person in the world. He is one of the person who have been credited as the “builders” of America.

Early Life

His family migrated to the Allegheny, Pennsylvania, US in 1848 where he took a job as a worker in a cotton mill changing spools of thread. His next job was as a telegraph messenger boy. From the early age he was very interested in reading books. His uncle introduced him to the writings of Robert Burns and William Wallace which deeply influenced him. Later when Colonel James Anderson opened his own personal library of 400 volumes to working boys each Saturday night, his passion for reading and education got a big boost. He was so impressed with the impact of books and education that when he got wealthy and started philanthropic activities, donating to libraries became his main focus.

In 1853 he started working as telegraph operator in Pennsylvania Railroad Company. By 1859 with his hard work he rose to the position of superintendent. This was the job that gave him his first lessons of management and cost control, which later turned out to be very vital for his success. He started investing in the companies known through his inside contacts and slowly accumulated capital, the basis of his later success.

Success Story

During the time of civil war (1860-1865) there was a huge demand for iron products, Carnegie worked to establish a steel rolling mill. After this the steel production became the source of his fortune. He named his company Keystone Bridge Company and made handsome profits by getting contracts through his old acquaintances in the railroads. He made some great innovations in the steel industry by adapting Bessemer process for steel making. In 1880’s he bought some of his competitors and later merged with his own company and formed Carnegie Steel Company.

In 1901 he retired after selling Carnegie Steel Company to JP Morgan for $480 million. This amount was equivalent to $13.8 billion in 2016.

Personal Life

Carnegie was so close to his mother and wanted to look after her failing health that he did not even married during her life. He married Louise Whitfield at the age of 51 and went on to have a daughter with her. He was very passionate about education and turned a philanthropist after selling his business. He donated 90% of his wealth for various charitable purposes.

His main thrust of philanthropic activities was his focus on establishment of public libraries throughout US, Britain and Canada. He is said to have funded some 3000 libraries. He also donated to help set up University of Birmingham in 1899. In 1900, he gave $2 million to start Carnegie Institute of Technology. He also funded Carnegie Institution at Washington D.C., Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and Carnegie United Kingdom Trust.

Carnegie died on August 11, 1919 in Massachusetts due to pneumonia. Before his death he had donated $350,695,653 (approximately $76.9 billion in 2015). His rich philosophy to the life was:

  • To spend the first third of one’s life in getting all the education one can.
  • To spend next third life making all the money one can.
  • To spend the last third in donating it all away for worthy causes.

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4 Quadrants Of Time Management 

Time Management

Time management is the planning and allocation of time to various activities one does to increase the efficiency and productivity. Time management encompasses the personal as well as professional works. It is basically the skill of managing yourself to the best of your capabilities within the 24 hours that have been provided daily to each of us.

So many people have given their own principles but the whole division of concept of time management into four generations as has been done by Mr. Steven Covey is just extra ordinary. He developed his whole theory starting with the concept that time management is to organize and execute around priorities. Mr. Covey has explained the natural evolution of time management in very simple terms

First Generation Concept

This earliest concept of time management revolves around only the tasks that are required to be done. This may consist of various to-do lists or reminders. The main purpose of this was to put some order into the day and more importantly put all the tasks to be done at a single place so that they are taken care of and not forgotten.

The major drawback of such a system is that it just doesn’t give precedence to any task over other. The most important task of the day is as equal as the task which could be least important. We need to consider here that being busy and being productive are two entirely different things. Purpose is to become more productive and less busy so that you get more time for yourself. Due to these shortcomings there was a need for the more developed system of time management principles which followed soon.

Second Generation Concept

To look into the future and plan anticipating the events that are expected to happen, this second wave of time management principle added the tools like calendars, schedulers and appointment books. Immediately this system turned out to be a better system as it gives some control over the future. Whereas the first generation principles were just about each day, this concept talked about planning better one’s weeks or months ahead. This gave some sort of control over time but still there was no consideration about the ranking of importance of tasks. It simply recorded future commitments to be honored.

Third Generation Concept

These time management principles started the prioritization of work based on the importance of the activities. It involves looking into the future and setting various goals and classifying them into long term, intermediate and short term goals. Teachers like Jim Rohn advocated the planning based on goals when they said, “Never start a day without planning.” They talked about the concept of setting priorities.

To prioritize various tasks is one of the very important time management skills. In the earlier concepts there used to be day lists or week lists with a lot of tasks to be completed and the most common trap people fell was to start with the smallest and easiest tasks right in the beginning. In place of this new principles taught that a better strategy is to start with the most important and difficult tasks right in the beginning of the day or the week. Reason is the Pareto principle that says that usually 80 percent of our results are because of 20 percent of activities, which may be difficult but are of higher significance. So always prioritize. In the planner always mark ‘must’ items and face them head on at the start.

These principles have given a lot of control but the drawback with these is the inherent rigidity of such tight scheduling. These concepts are in a way counterproductive to the opportunities for the development of good interpersonal relationship. They may give a boost to the efficiency but for most people satisfaction is the bigger need which can come only from doing all the tasks in such a manner that it gives fulfillment and richness to the quality of life.

Fourth Generation Concept

This latest principle of time management as taught by management guru Mr. Steven Covey divides the tasks into four different quadrants depending upon the mix of two factors, urgency and importance as given in the diagram below:

Quadrants

This concept clearly shows that efficiency of most people is low because they focus more on the urgent things rather than the important ones. Most people spend their time and energy on the the urgent things because they are visible at the moment and captures their mind so completely that they are not even in a state of thinking about the things which are not urgent and pressing but may be of the most importance in the long run.

Some of these tasks may be urgent as well as important (Quadrant-I activities) and they definitely deserve your attention but come to think of it if one gives adequate attention to the important but not urgent tasks (Quadrant-II activities), these tasks will diminish automatically. Mr. Covey suggests that best time management principle focuses on the Quadrant-II tasks. He goes on to explain that when one fails to acknowledge the Quadrant-II, the size of Quadrant-I or the crises will keep on increasing and you will not be able to work on your long term goals or the dreams.

Quadrant-III tasks are those which are urgent but not important like checking mails or answering all calls. These are the task that fill your day with the ‘busy’ work and still you accomplish nothing. Lastly the Quadrant-IV activities that are neither urgent nor important are the sheer waste of one’s time and energy. These may include the leisure or pleasant activities which most people get involved into thinking them as relaxing but not realizing that they are missing out on the opportunity of working on most important Quadrant-II tasks.

It is suggested that to begin with one needs to identify and segregate his various tasks into different Quadrants and then start focusing on the Quadrant-II activities. Initially that time has to be taken out from the Quadrant-III and Quadrant-IV activities. Slowly and gradually you will realize that the efficiency and productivity gets a substantial boost. Even the quadrant-I activities that are urgent as well as important or the crisis will also decrease in number and will result in much more calm and fulfillment in your life.

With these better time management principles you will be able to improve your quality of life and add value to all the work that you do. It takes away or reduces the stress component in your life. You become more happy and healthy, and achieve better results.

If you are also one of the persons who are struggling with increasing your business efficiency, or work and personal life balance, start focusing on Quadrant-II. Think ahead, work on the basics and do all the preventive things that keeps the number of your problems small. In short, don’t get caught in the thick of thin things.

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Effective Delegation For Success

Delegation

Many people specially those involved in running their own businesses find themselves responsible for everything their business involves and multitasking most of the times. From purchasing to marketing, from financing to billing, every aspect of their work is controlled by them. But it is a known fact that there is a limit to your time and capacity to work. When you keep controlling all the things even as the work load increases, it leads to many problems like delays or improper handling. Your work starts to suffer and to correct that ,you try to work even harder. If you find yourself stressed and stuck at such situation often, read on to gain insight into the very important skill of delegation that will free up your time and bring more efficiency into your work.

What is Delegation

Delegation is passing on the authority and responsibility of work-related tasks to a subordinate. This empowers the subordinate to make decisions in relation to the successful completion of the tasks. This skill is very vital for the managers to learn, as otherwise it will lead to stunting of the company’s growth. Delegation helps by way of increasing the efficiency, completing jobs in time bound manner and most importantly it frees up the leader from micromanaging day to day working and focus on the larger task of providing vision and direction for the company’s future growth.

Why to Delegate

The most precious resource in any business is the time. Everyone has same 24 hours in a day and if someone has the habit of micromanaging everything in their business or job then they will always end up feeling short of time. You can not make more time but you can definitely devote more of your time to the tasks that are most productive for your business rather than getting caught up in the whirlwind of doing all the other routine but less important tasks.

The power of delegation is that it allows you to focus on what you love to do and what you specialize in. The success of your business will always be limited if you don’t master this essential skill. When you take help of other people, you in a way leverage your resources and are able to find many more opportunities than you will be able to do after a long time if you try to do it all single-handedly.

Delegation also helps to increase the morale of the subordinates when they feel they are looked up to by the seniors and that they are responsible. It helps them to grow and reach their full potential.

Many people fail to delegate as they fear loss of control. They feel it is easy to do the job themselves rather than getting it done by the others as it is time consuming in the beginning. You need to pass on your vision and train the subordinate, how you want the job to be finished. It is imperative for you to realize at this stage that it may require some of your time and attention in the beginning but in the long run this will be one of the most beneficial steps for your organization.

When to Delegate

You should consider delegating a task when you feel that it is no more the best use of your time. If your skills in other areas can provide more value to the company then it is time that you delegate the current task to another person who has the necessary skills to complete it. If the task is of the routine nature and is not so much critical for the long term success of the organization then that is the task suited for delegation.

You should delegate when there are occasions that a task is required to be finished in a time bound manner and you need the help of other people to meet the deadline. Availability of trained person with the expertise to complete the task is another factor that determines whether it can be delegated or not. Lastly when you don’t have the know how of performing a particular task yourself, you need to delegate it.

How to Delegate

Once you have decided to delegate you need to clearly convey to the employee, what are the desired outcomes, restrictions, responsibilities and accountability in the new position. Provide them all the support and as Nike co-founder, Phil Knight says, “Tell your people what to do and not how to do. Let them amaze you with the results.” Keep your focus on the results as actually that is the whole purpose of delegation.

While delegation it is vital for you to see that the people to whom the responsibility is being delegated are skillful and have adequate experience in the relevant field. If the person is not already trained, arrange for providing training before transferring the responsibilities. Give them some time to settle in and observe them for sufficient period of time before you make any opinion about them.

Another important thing to keep in mind is that no two individuals are equal. The new employee might have a different approach or method of working. You should give them enough freedom to complete the task in their own style without compromising on the net outcome. Do inform them how you want the work to be done but don’t interfere too much. Let them learn on their own.

You need to ignore some initial shortcomings of the other person, keep in mind that you have been doing this task for a length of time whereas the other person is just a beginner. Your patience is required in understanding that a person who is very successful and capable in one task may not be equally successful in a different situation. Understand that someone’s output is not guaranteed forever, so if you find that the person is not up to your expectations even after giving training and time to settle, it will be wise of you to think about his shifting to another position where his talents are better utilized and he could excel.

Lastly bear in mind that delegation is neither an activity that you do and forget, nor it is the abdication of your duties. Delegation in fact is a fine art that all successful businessmen and leaders have perfected. Delegation helps to make you free to spend your time more judiciously and increase the productivity, but in the end as you move up the ladder you become even more responsible for the final outcome.

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Personality Traits Of Scorpio

Scorpio

Mysterious and strong willed Scorpio has a strong magnetic influence with which they possess a strange psychological power over others. They have a charm that can’t be ignored. Represented by two symbols, that of scorpion and the eagle, they at time seem to be a mass of contradictions. The zodiac sign of Scorpio commences on October 21st and continues until November 20th. It remain under the cusp of the previous sign until October 28th and comes in full strength only after that.

Scorpio are easily the most intense and passionate people in the zodiac. One of the major strength they possess is their ability to focus. If they put their mind to something they won’t give up until they are able to accomplish it. In the face of danger and crisis wish to have a Scorpio on your side as they are are cool and determined in any situation. When their emotions or sympathies are roused, they love to give and to help and will face any danger to be of assistance.

In their early life they are usually extremely pure-minded, virtuous and religious but once their nature is roused they are often found to swing in the opposite direction. They nearly always have two personalities, one for the world and another for themselves. In the need of the moment they are inclined to be selfish, but in contradiction to this, if they succeed there are no people more generous in paying back tenfold for any help they may have received. Some of the great humanitarians and greatest saints have been found in this period.

Career

Scorpios have a great scientific temperament, remain cool and calm in difficult situations and love to do something that makes a difference in the world. All these natural qualities help make them some of the best surgeons, doctors and scientists. Power, position and money are the factors that motivate the ambitious Scorpio. They should be encouraged to have ambition, for they will make any sacrifice or deny themselves any pleasure to achieve what they have put their mind to and so accomplish more work than any other class.

Scorpio have excellent power in writing. They are natural philosophers, deep student of nature and quite often gain fame and distinction as writers, painters or poets. They are intensely dramatic in their gift of description and are usually versatile in their talents. They also make good leaders and as a speaker, they have great magnetic power and usually appeal to the emotions and sentiments of their public more than to logic. Scorpio have a charisma to sway their audience as they choose. They always come up with clever ideas in business and politics. However they are warned to putting off until tomorrow as procrastination is one of their biggest weakness.

In their early years more often than not they go through a great deal of trouble, difficulty and even privation , but all such trials and challenges help increase their will power and ambition and sooner or later success and fame nearly always crown their efforts. They generally make two sources of income.

Relations

Scorpio is all about passion, emotion and relationship. Their association with people is thriving and warm as they observe and analyse other people’s characters better than any other class. As a father Scorpio is strict and extremely concerned and anxious about the future of his children. He is possessive but wants only the best for his children. Scorpio mother is a loving soul inside her hard exterior. She is adapt at using the right balance of discipline and love for the betterment of her children. Scorpio children are reserved and obedient. However after the age of twenty they could take a reverse turn and need to be guided as they could sometimes rush into dangers without worrying about the dangers.

Romance

Scorpio takes their own time to open up but once they fall for someone they will go with all their heart and passion. For them commitment is an ‘all or nothing’ affair. They are magnetic and can be extremely seductive. For them lovemaking goes beyond physical limitations and is a connection between two souls. Sex quality is an enormous factor for a Scorpio but where the will and ambition are dominant these people can keep the curb on their strong sex natures.

In home life Scorpio are dogmatic and expect to dominate. By nature they are extremely protective and possessive about their loved ones. This may be an unwelcome boundary for free spirited people who may feel tied down. Scorpio themselves are loyal and dedicated so they do not take betrayal lightly. If there is any breach of trust then they could be dangerously revengeful.

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Friends

No class of people make more friends or have more enemies as Scorpio, but this circle of friends is closely guarded by them. Initially they can be quite choosy about who they befriend but once someone gains their trust, they won’t tolerate anything against them. Scorpio born are honest, fair and loyal friend. They will like to help out anyway they can. As a friend they will remember everything, the good & the bad. They are generally loved and adored by those who know them. Scorpio are most compatible and will have lasting friendships with Cancer and Pisces, the other two water signs of the zodiac.

Health

Scorpio as a rule are slight and thin in early years but have a tendency to put on weight after reaching middle life. For them heart is weakest organ and they should be careful not to over strain it in exercise or in work. Scorpio rules the reproductive organs and are prone to problems and infections of the sex organs. Scorpio also rules nose, lungs and lymphatic system. It may have influence over sinus, vocal cords and blood. However they have a strong constitution and as they are ruled by Pluto they have good power to recuperate from any illness.

Scorpio Overview

Element: Water

Ruling Planet: Mars, Pluto

Symbol: Scorpion, Eagle

Lucky Colors: All shades of Crimson and Blue

Lucky Numbers: 9, 11, 18, 22

Lucky Day: Tuesday

Lucky Stones: Turquoise, Ruby and all red stones

Some Famous Personalities: Pablo Picasso, President Roosevelt, Hillary Clinton, Shah Rukh Khan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bill Gates, Aishwarya Rai

Positive Qualities: Loyal, Passionate, Resourceful, A true friend

Negative Qualities: Jealous, Obsessive, Distrusting, Secretive

The eighth sign of zodiac, Scorpio is ruled by two planets Pluto giving them the traits of transformation and regeneration; and Mars that endows with action and passion. Scorpio born are great organizers and generals on paper but detest bloodshed and strife in actual life. The highest quality that they own is the control and understanding of human emotions. This quality help them gain reputation as peacemakers and quite often they excel in settling other people’s quarrels. These people are mental fighters and are most subtle in arguments.

 

How To Motivate Your Employees

Motivation

Motivating your employees can be one of the biggest input you can provide in your company to increase productivity. It is a well known fact that the work force that is motivated and driven is more productive than those who go around doing their jobs in a routine manner. Every day people are exposed to various negative influences and failures, making it vital for the management to keep the morale of the staff high and utilize various motivational methods regularly. Keep your workers happy and results will always be achieved.

It is not difficult to motivate your people if you follow these steps:

Have A Two Way Communication

It is very easy to give the directions and demand results, but a true leader will ensure that the communication channel is not one way. It is vital that you let your employees feel that they are important; that they are heard. When you try to understand them and seek their opinion they feel they are valued and important part of organization. This sense of belonging motivates employees to work at a higher level of productivity.

Be With Them

If you lead by example, it will be having a very positive effect on the working of your people. When they see you working hard along with them and being excited about the job, they themselves will be motivated and will give more energies to their work.

Make Them Feel Significant

Remember people work primarily for themselves and their families. Their job must be fulfilling so that they feel that their talents and capabilities are being put to proper use and they are growing into better person. They should not be overloaded with work for which they need to compromise with their family time like regularly taking work to home.

Provide Incentives

Monetary benefits like incentives have always been great morale booster. Provide incentives to the employees who have done truly outstanding work. It is not necessary that these incentives be expensive but even your genuine appreciation in the form of small gifts or a handwritten note will go a long way. It will be doubly effective if you show your appreciation in front of other staff members.

Give Them Independence

Your employees feel motivated when they understand that you have faith on their abilities. As the founder of Nike, Phil Knight said tell your people what to do, not how to do and let them amaze you with the results. Instead of interfering in their job and telling them how you would have completed this task, it is better if you give your staff independence to complete the job in their own manner. It may turn out to be even better than your expectations.

Celebrate Their Wins

When you celebrate the wins of your people it is highly motivating for yourself as well as for your team. They feel driven when they see you have acknowledged their achievements and are happy for them. They bond with you more. It also give them some time to relax and recharge for the next assignment.

Treat Them Like You Want To Be Treated

One of the most motivating things in an organization is when you treat your employees in a manner you yourself want to be treated. Don’t be too hard on them for some temporary failure if you would not like yourself to be dealt with severely had you been doing the same job at the first place. Recognize and give credit to them for their smaller achievements also as you would like for yourself. In short put yourself in their shoes and then decide.

Have Worthwhile Goals

No amount of efforts will work to motivate your people if you don’t provide them with a long term vision and clear cut goals. Your goals should be clear like bull’s eye backed up with reasonable plans to achieve them. Everyone feels motivated in a powerful manner when they see progress being made in moving towards their goals. Long term vision will provide your staff with purpose and a sense of fulfillment on achieving their goals. Being bound by a common higher purpose is a highly motivating factor.

Encourage Creativity

If you encourage creativity in your organization by giving your people freedom to do tasks in their own way, they will come out with innovative ways to complete the job. They will share the resources, find new ways to use them more frugally or judiciously. They will feel themselves to be important part of the company. Encouraging creativity of your employees can turn out to be a win-win situation. On one hand it will motivate the employees, on the other hand it will benefit the company by developing a culture of mutual trust. Remember culture and values can substitute for money and resources.

Create Friendly Work Atmosphere

Your office should be having a comfortable and friendly work environment as your employees spend a significant part of their day there. Pleasant atmosphere will lead to increase in their productivity. Look after the comfort of your people by providing comfortable furniture, food or beverages and even flexible work hours if that is possible. A friendly work environment is a great motivator.

Provide Appropriate Resources

As a leader it is your responsibility that you provide the necessary resources to your team. They may be good at their work but their final outcome can be marred due to non availability of the appropriate resources. Keep in mind that no army will be able to win a war against a strong enemy in the absence of a suitable armory.

Motivating your employees is not a challenge if you seriously look into these things. Apart this just keep in mind that it is all about the relationship that you develop with your team. take out some time from your busy schedule and spend some time with your employees and know their difficulties, their ambitions, get the feed back. All these will help you to develop a stronger relationship with your employees. Not only this will help in you knowing what makes your people work, but your staff also will be motivated knowing that they are valued, respected and trusted by you.

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How To Maintain Positive Attitude

Happy Kid

For achieving any worthwhile success, maintaining a positive mental attitude is the most critical requirement. Positive attitude will let you do everything better than you could do with a negative attitude. Positive attitude will make you more resilient and happy. Even various medical studies have proven that the quality and duration of life is better for positive thinkers than those who are hopeless and have gloomy view of life. Though it may be difficult at time to maintain positive attitude when you are facing life challenges, but following tips may be helpful in doing so:

1. Enjoy Pleasure

You will do yourself a great favor once you realize that the little things are the big things. You will find that the best things in life that gives happiness to you are most often the small things we take for granted like time spent with the family, a good laugh with the friends, hugs and kisses from a loved one, a good night’s sleep and so on. Enjoy these pleasure in small things and don’t let them slip by. If you focus on these you will immediately feel bright and get in a positive frame of mind.

2. Practice Gratitude

Make it a habit to carry a gratitude journal. Don’t take the blessings that you have in your life for granted. Always write them down and relive the positive sensation whenever you feel down by reading it. It is a common human tendency that we tend to overlook many positive things and crib about one negative thing or event. So just practice gratitude and thank your creator for all other wonderful things that you have in your life.

3. Cultivate Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice when you focus on the present and accept whatever comes your way. Once you become mindful you work on development of skills in order to improve yourself to face the adverse events coming your way. By focusing on the present you are able to relieve yourself of the anxiety associated with the unknown events in future.

4. Retain A Sense Of Purpose

When there are some adverse events or you have some sense of loss it is vital that you retain your sense of purpose. Train your brain to accept that life is a mix of ups and downs, that everything just doesn’t work as per our wishes. Instead of being bogged down by the event try to focus on what you can control. Maintain your health and have regular exercise, regular sleep and healthy meals. Spend more time with family and friends. It is important to view life change as a challenge or opportunity to do something new.

5. Emphasize The Positive

As we have already talked about the habit of many people of overlooking many positives for a single negative. To maintain a positive attitude it is required that you consciously focus on the positive aspect. Have the desire and ability to bounce back from bad time. Actually it is only you who have to determine your reality, how you react to the outside world. The mental state that you are in decide how you perceive a thing as positive or negative, whether it is end or a new beginning. Make it a habit to emphasize the positive and you will be able to lift yourself to a level of higher happiness and productivity.

6. Start Your Day On A Strong Note

Just when you get up from sleep, be aware about your thoughts. Your morning thoughts can make or break the day. If you start with some kind of positive rituals by which you reinforce the blessings in your life, be hopeful about the future, inevitably you will have a rocking day. Your morning ritual can be as small as of 10 minutes but it will give your mind a positive direction. As it is said “well begun is half done.”

7. Do Some Exercise

One of the most effective and natural method to lift up your mood is to engage in some physical exercises. Follow up your morning ritual with a routine of exercise that help release into blood some mood elevating chemicals like dopamine and serotonin. These are the natural chemicals that give you a feeling of well being and you gain an added advantage of healthy body.

8. Saturate Your Brain With Positive

Negative emotions are like weeds. They do not require planting, nor do they ask for fertilizers. Whereas sweet flowers are slow and require care, like the positive emotions. It is absolutely necessary that you saturate your mind with positive material on a regular basis. This will ensure that slowly and gradually you will develop such a strong positive attitude that you will not be worried about small difficulties or adverse events. Stand gaurd at the door of your mind and don’t allow any garbage inside.

9. Hang Out With Positive People

We as social beings are greatly impacted by the company we have. It is said that you are hugely impacted in life by the 5 people with whom you spend most of your time. This holds good in the matter of attitude also. Positive attitude is contagious, so if you hang out with others who are happy and have a positive outlook, it will rub on to you too. This can be a great advantage at the time you are feeling bit down. Be careful that this holds true other way round also. You will have a bleak view of life if you hand out with toxic people with gloomy outlook. Make a judicious move and choose your friends wisely.

10. Visualize Positive Future

One of the most positive emotion is the feeling of hope. If you visualize your future in a positive manner, it will lift your mood even in the face of difficulties. Train your brain by giving positive affirmation and a bright future for a happy life. Let the hope of success and achievement; love and affection; fulfillment and joy turn you into a person who radiates positivity all the times.

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11. Watch Your Words

Words have the power to make or break anyone and that includes yourself. Watch out the vocabulary that you use on a consistent basis. If you speak words that are toxic or negative, it is but natural to have a feeling of unhappiness. Speak in a manner and the words that are self assuring and positive. This also include that little self-talk that goes on inside you. Do positive self-talk to boost your morale and attitude.

12. Re-energize Yourself

When you are all stressed up with a hectic lifestyle or have a deficient sleep pattern, it is next to impossible to have a positive attitude. Give equal importance to your eating and sleeping habits. Your body is not a machine, it needs rest and to refuel. Taking a small break or a weekend away from usual routine can do wonders for you. Spend some leisure time doing things that you love to re-energize yourself on a regular basis.

Finally I would say that in life when you develop the habit of accepting your limitations and minimizing the negative thoughts, you will be able to accomplish much more. More importantly you will be able to lead a more fulfilling life. Try out some or all of these habits and find a difference in the quality of life you live.

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Success Rules By Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan was born on October 11, 1942 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. His father Harivansh Rai Srivastava (Bachchan) was a well known Hindi poet and mother Teji Bachchan was a Punjabi Sikh. One of the most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema, Amitabh started his career in 1969 as a voice narrator. His acting debut was with the film Saat Hindustani

Amitabh got famous after he was cast in leading role in film Zanjeer in 1973. Thereafter he never looked back and at the peak of his career was called as one man industry. He entered politics in 1984 when he contested and won with highest margin from Allahabad. However he found politics not his cup of tea and retired from it within three years. He later launched a media company ‘ABCL’ which failed and almost made him bankrupt.

But with his persistence and hard work, Amitabh revived his career when he gave some remarkable performances in box office hit movies that won him many awards and critical acclaims. In 200 he single handedly changed the face of Indian television industry when he hosted the first season of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, the indian adaptation of British TV game show, ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’. The show was instant hit and Amitabh has never looked back again. He is said to be most successful Indian film star of all time. We give below some of the success rules as given by him:

1. Be Proud Of Your Work

For achieving any amount of success it is necessary that you love your work. When you work there will times when you make mistakes but right approach is when you take full responsibility of it, learn from it and move ahead. To keep thinking about the bad result will not take you anywhere, keep in mind why you started and remind you about your love for work that you do.

2. Move forward

Life is a constant battle between wins and losses; accomplishments and missed chances. During all this, many a time you will face failures. It is important to keep your spirits high at such times by asking yourself, if you lose everything what will be bottom line. How will you feel and how can you fight from there. Always be prepared for the worse. It is important to move forward daily no matter how small your steps may be. Keep pushing forward with all your spirits only this will give you growth and satisfaction.

3. Do Great Work

Results are not always in your hands but to give your best is totally dependent on you. For success you need to keep your focus right where it is required, that is at your work.

4. Be Humble

One of the great quality of all successful people is that they are humble. They understand that it is ‘WE’ not ‘I’ that is important. Always keep in mind that you are not alone, there are many people who have contributed to your success. It is important that we give credit to all the deserving people.

5. Seize The Opportunities

You need to be vigilant and open to any opportunity that comes your way, nobody knows which ones will make you successful. Amitabh seems to believe this totally as he gives his own example how he started acting on television against everybody’s advise that he is lowering his stature by shifting from big screen to the smaller screen. He went all out, with full conviction, not fearing what ‘they’ will say. This single move not only wiped off all the fiscal and other troubles that he was facing in his career instead catapulted him into a league that very few people had reached during their lifespan. So keep looking and seize the opportunities because there may be only few of them.

6. Accept The Struggle

Amitabh is a firm believer that if things happen according to your wish, it is better but if not then it is even better. He says that it is better to believe that if some things that you want to happen are not going as per your wishes, then they are going as per the wishes of a bigger force, a higher intelligence, which always know what is better for you. You need to accept the fact that life is a struggle. It is not easy but keep faith and avoid any kind of despondency. Think of these struggles and problems as another challenge that you have to face.

7. Love What You Do

For long term success it is required that you love what you do. Only passion for your work will take you through the difficult times because if you are passionate then your focus will be your work and not the results. In life competition will always be there. New people will keep coming and some of them will be equally or even more competent then you, but if you love your work, you will always be able to make through.

8. Keep Challenging Yourself

Life is the name of change. If you want to succeed then you should always look for growth, you can not be stagnant. Look for any new opportunity that may be able to take you to next level. They may be the new door to take you to even better places. Amitabh gives his own example where he say that the fear of the old troubled time drives him to keep looking for something better, more new challenges that will help him grow and eliminate any possibility of going down again.

9. Be A Good Team Player

He is a firm believer that success is all about collective efforts. You need to be around like minded people and work as a team. In your team encourage discussions but once a decision is reached then the word of captain is final. Listen to the captain of the ship. For effective work you may have disagreements before but after a consensus has been reached then you need to be a team player and follow what is good for all.

10. Have No Regrets

Successful people take full responsibility of their life. They don’t have regrets for the tasks or the things that they have done or missed in their past because they they are of the view that failures as well as success are never permanent and it is better to take them as learning lessons to adjust your approach towards life for a more fulfilling experience.

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