- Laugh as often as you can, the more you laugh the funnier life becomes.
- Laugh at bad jokes and laugh at yourself, life is far too short to take yourself too seriously and it’s better to be ridiculous than to be boring.
- Never assume that the people you love know how you feel – tell them, show them, convince them and prove it to them every day.
- Listen first, then talk.
- Defend your point of view but accept when you are wrong.
- Learn to apologize, to admit your mistakes and learn to accept compliments.
- Take care, take your time and take risks.
- Make decisions, make mistakes, make fun of yourself and make friends of strangers.
- Be modest but not invisible and always give credit where credit’s due.
- Don’t be too quick to judge, first impressions are just that, impressions.
- Be patient, be positive, and be vulnerable.
- Be happy, be sad and above all be yourself.
- Surround yourself with people you admire and never be ashamed to ask for help.
- Embrace your flaws, perfection is boring.
- Do things that you are passionate about, and you will soon realize that your life is full of things that you love.
- Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty, life is messy, get stuck in.
- Don’t be a victim, be a survivor.
- Learn to bask in the sunshine and dance in the rain.
- Remember that youth isn’t wasted on the young, youth is just matter of perspective. Stop complaining about your age, in ten years you’ll wish you were the age you are now.
- Never settle, never give up and never let go of your dreams, regret is far worse than failure.
- Whatever happens, at the end of every day step back, take a deep breath and smile.
1. Christopher Columbus discovered America and the fact that the Earth is round.
Ancient Greek mathematicians had formulated theories about the roundness of Earth some 2,000 years before Columbus lived. Also, while many credit Columbus with the discovery of America, viking Leif Erikson actually discovered it first in 1,000 A.D.
2. Vincent Van Gogh cut off his ear.
Many of us were likely taught that the famous artist sliced off his own ear while struggling with mental illness. New findings suggest that fellow artist Paul Gauguin cut it off with a sword during a fight with Van Gogh.
3. Different tastes are detected on different parts of the tongue.
The entire surface of the tongue equally detects different tastes, whether it’s sweet, salt, bitter or sour. It’s actually a protein on the tongue that detects the taste of something sour.
4. There is no gravity in space.
There actually is, it’s just significantly weaker compared to here on Earth. Gravity in space is actually responsible for keeping the moon in orbit. Objects in space that appear to be defying gravity are in reality just in a state of free fall.
5. An apple fell on Sir Isaac Newton’s head, thus helping him discovery gravity.
Newton did devise his theory of gravity after watching an apple fall from a tree. However, the idea that it actually fell on his head is nothing but a myth.
6. Humans evolved from chimpanzees.
While its true that humans share a common ancestor with chimpanzees, the two species actually formed two separate lineages. The two different species formed separately over 6 million years ago. We’re in the same taxonomic family and share a common ancestor, but anyone who says humans “evolved from monkeys” is very much in the wrong.
7. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb.
Edison actually bought the patent for an incandescent bulb from the widow of a fellow inventor named Heinrich Goebel. Before Edison had his lucky breakthrough, around 22 other inventors had toyed around with incandescent bulbs.
8. Ben Franklin flew a kite and discovered electricity.
The story goes that Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity by flying a kite with a metal key attached to it during a lightning storm. When the kite was struck by lightning, the charged passed down the string and into the key. There is no real evidence to suggest that this story ever actually took place. In fact, many today argue that had it really happened, Franklin would have likely died from the electrical shock.
9. Diamonds are made from coal.
It’s cool to think that something as beautiful as a diamond would come from coal, but diamonds are actually formed in vertical shafts full of rocks formed by volcanoes. The correlation doesn’t make sense, anyway: Coal is found on the surface of the Earth while diamonds are found in the Earth’s mantle and eventually carried up by volcanic eruptions.
10. Chameleons change colors to camouflage themselves.
Chameleons actually change colors for a different reason. Colors on the lizards change both as a characteristic of mating behavior and as a method to regulate their body temperatures. For example, they change from a light to dark color to absorb more heat. Still cool, though!
- If you’re changing the world, you’re working on important things. You’re excited to get up in the morning.
- Especially in technology, we need revolutionary change, not incremental change.
- My job as a leader is to make sure everybody in the company has great opportunities, and that they feel they’re having a meaningful impact and are contributing to the good of society.
- Lots of companies don’t succeed over time. What do they fundamentally do wrong? They usually miss the future.
- Many leaders of big organizations, I think, don’t believe that change is possible. But if you look at history, things do change, and if your business is static, you’re likely to have issues.
- I think as technologists we should have some safe places where we can try out new things and figure out the effect on society.
- If we were motivated by money, we would have sold the company a long time ago and ended up on a beach.
- If you say you want to automate cars and save people’s lives, the skills you need for that aren’t taught in any particular discipline. I know – I was interested in working on automating cars when I was a Ph.D. student in 1995.
- It really matters whether people are working on generating clean energy or improving transportation or making the Internet work better and all those things. And small groups of people can have a really huge impact.
- We don’t have as many managers as we should, but we would rather have too few than too many.
- If you ask an economist what’s driven economic growth, it’s been major advances in things that mattered – the mechanization of farming, mass manufacturing, things like that. The problem is, our society is not organized around doing that.
- What is the one sentence summary of how you change the world? Always work hard on something uncomfortably exciting!
- I do think there is an important artistic component in what we do. As a technology company I’ve tried to really stress that.
- We want to build technology that everybody loves using, and that affects everyone. We want to create beautiful, intuitive services and technologies that are so incredibly useful that people use them twice a day. Like they use a toothbrush. There aren’t that many things people use twice a day.
- You need to invent things and you need to get them to people. You need to commercialize those inventions. Obviously, the best way we’ve come up with doing that is through companies.
- You may think using Google’s great, but I still think it’s terrible.
- We have a mantra: don’t be evil, which is to do the best things we know how for our users, for our customers, for everyone. So I think if we were known for that, it would be a wonderful thing.
- I think it is often easier to make progress on mega-ambitious dreams. Since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition. In fact, there are so few people this crazy that I feel like I know them all by first name.
- You know what it’s like to wake up in the middle of the night with a vivid dream? And you know that if you don’t have a pencil and pad by the bed, it will be completely gone by the next morning. Sometimes it’s important to wake up and stop dreaming. When a really great dream shows up, grab it.
- I have always believed that technology should do the hard work – discovery, organization, communication – so users can do what makes them happiest: living and loving, not messing with annoying computers! That means making our products work together seamlessly.
Larry Page – an American computer scientist and internet entrepreneur who co-founded Google Inc. with Sergey Brin. He will be the future CEO of the proposed conglomerate, Alphabet Inc.
She started screaming out of fear. With a panic stricken face and trembling voice, she started jumping, with both her hands desperately trying to get rid of the cockroach.
Her reaction was contagious, as everyone in her group also got panicky.
The lady finally managed to push the cockroach away but … it landed on another lady in the group. Now, it was the turn of the other lady to continue the drama.
The waiter rushed forward to their rescue.
In the relay of throwing, the cockroach next fell upon the waiter.
The waiter stood firm, composed himself and observed the behavior of the cockroach on his shirt. When he was confident enough, he grabbed it with his fingers and threw it out of the restaurant.
Was the cockroach responsible for the ladies’ histrionic behavior? If so, then why was the waiter not disturbed? He handled it near to perfection, without any chaos.
It is not the cockroach, but the inability of those people to handle the disturbance caused by the cockroach, that disturbed the ladies.
It is not the shouting of our parents, our bosses or our partners that disturbs us, but it’s our inability to handle the disturbances caused by their shouting that disturbs us.
It’s not the traffic jam on the road that disturbs us, but our inability to handle the disturbance caused by the traffic jam that disturbs us.
It’s our reaction to the problem that creates chaos in our life. We should not react in life – instead, we should always respond. The ladies reacted, whereas the waiter responded. Reactions are instinctive while responses are well thought of.
A beautiful way to understand life. People who are happy is not because everything is right in their life. They are happy because their attitude towards everything in their life is right.
– Extracted from a speech by Sundar Pichai
I always wonder why my colleagues still have coffee outside when there is a coffee machine in the office. Eventually I understand it’s not the taste of the coffee. Sometimes you just need to get some fresh air outside and relax. Now during workday after lunch, like my colleagues, I would walk down the Café and have a coffee there.
As one becomes mature, life will be adjusted without notice. You’ll prefer a decent meal in a restaurant instead of fast food, eat slower, really taste the food, and have a cup of tea or coffee after the meal. You start enjoying the bitterness. You start paying attention to details and observing people around you. You understand although the waitress smiles at you, it doesn’t mean she likes you – it’s simply the basic politeness to customers.
Wisdom comes with age. After all the life lessons are learned – you will treat yourself when you have the spare money; you will make the doctor’s appointment right away when you notice something is wrong early on; other than pure entertainment, you will watch the movies and read the books that make you feel good and can inspire you; you will have a clear vision and know how to navigate through each crisis. At one time you will understand no matter how you can’t bear the lost, someone will still walk out of your life; the job is just a tool to earn a living; and life is too short to fulfill all the dreams.
Life has so many things to be proud of. One day when you look back, those rejections from others, the mistakes you had made, the issues at work – they are actually not that important. Everything happens when it needs to happen. Good things fall apart so better things can pull together. Everyone is where they need to be. People change so you can learn to let go. You will never miss out on what is meant for you, even if it has to come in a round trip.
If there is one message I want you to take from this blog, it’s that – We Can Be Happy. Our attitudes determine everything. We choose how to live our life. So just enjoy it as much as you can and fill yourself with joy. And accept what life throws at you – the good, the bad, the bitter, the sweet. Life is like a cup of coffee – in the end all that is bitter will be sweet.
Note: “All that is bitter will be sweet” is extracted from Rumi’s poem.
- The boss is always right.
- If the boss is wrong, see rule 1.
- Those who work get more work. Others get pay, perks, and promotions.
- The more intelligent a person, the more hard-working a person, the more committed a person; the more number of persons are engaged in pulling that person down.
- If you are good, you will get all the work. If you are really good, you will get out of it.
- When the bosses talk about improving productivity, they are never talking about themselves.
- It doesn’t matter what you do, it only matters what you say you’ve done and what you are going to do.
- A pat on the back is only a few centimeters from a kick in the butt.
- Don’t be irreplaceable. If you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.
- The more crap you put up with, the more crap you are going to get.
- If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.
- When you don’t know what to do, walk fast and look worried.
- Following the rules will not get the job done.
- If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.
- Everything can be filed under “Miscellaneous” or “Future Release”.
- No matter how much you do, you never do enough.
- You can do any amount of work provided it isn’t the work you are supposed to be doing.
- In order to get a promotion, you need not necessarily know your job.
- In order to get a promotion, you only need to pretend that you know your job.
- The last person that quit or was fired will be held responsible for everything that goes wrong.