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Batman Quotes

One of my all time favorite movie is Batman (all 3 of them), and here is my ongoing collection of Batman quotes: 

The Dark Knight Rises 
"Oh, You think darkness is your ally. But you merely adopted the dark; I was born in it, moulded by it. I didn't see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but BLINDING!" - Bane 

The Dark Knight 
I just did what I do best. I took your little plan and I turned it on itself. Look what I did to this city with a few drums of gas and a couple of bullets. Hmmm? You know... You know what I've noticed? Nobody panics when things go "according to plan." Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it's all "part of the plan". But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds!  Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, a…

Inspiration finds its way

In midst of a crazy day and having a sickening gut feeling about something or feeling out of balance, some random inspiration came along:

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it - William Arthur Ward

Benjamin Franklin:
"Strangers are simply friends who haven't met"

"After each storm there is a promise of a rainbow"

"Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean"

"Obstacles are those things you see when you take your eyes of the goal"

Thank you, Murphy Printing for sending me direct mail brochure today that included the above wisdom.

Words of Wisdom

8,789 Words of Wisdom by Barbara Ann Kipfer Learning Do not disregard your mistakes  Act the part and you will become the part  Be afraid of standing still  Be yourself 
Working Love your work, then you will find pleasure in mastering it Plan your work and work your plan  Panic productively 
Money Money is meant to be served
Appreciation Appreciate the many things that makes your life so valuable  Never underestimate the power of simple courtesy  Converse to please others, not yourself 
Criticism  Do not criticize others when you are angry at yourself 
Time Do not wait for the ideal time to begin something 
Goals Stay on a clear course
Happiness Gather happiness in the passing moments of life
Little Things in Life Keep a splash of extra batteries
Love Love carries great expectations  Love always eases pain  Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none
History Never look back 
Communication  Communicate in a way as to leave as little room for misunderstanding as possible 
Gut Feeling Trust your instincts 
Life and Death  Don&…

8,789 Words of Wisdom

I have had this book "8,789 Words of Wisdom" that I randomly pick up and read. It's 618 pages of one liner quotes that are useful in day to day life. I have had this book for 5+ years now and I have not finished reading it.  It is a goal of mine to fully read this book, and to be live by the wisdom from the book.

To successfully achieve my goal within the next year, I am going to commit my self to write about the wisdom in my blog in a creative way.

I would like to thank Barbara Ann Kipfer to publishing this book and sharing the wisdom.

The Awakening by Sonny Carroll

A time comes in your life when you finally get it... When in the midst of all your fears and insanity you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere, the voice inside your head cries out - ENOUGH! Enough fighting and crying, or struggling to hold on. And, like a child quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to subside, you shudder once or twice, you blink back your tears and through a mantle of wet lashes, you begin to look at the world through new eyes. 

This is your awakening... You realize that it's time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change, or for happiness, safety and security to come galloping over the next horizon. You come to terms with the fact that he is not Prince Charming and you are not Cinderella and that in the real world, there aren't always fairy tale endings (or beginnings for that matter) and that any guarantee of "happily ever after" must begin with you and in the process, a sense of serenity is born of acceptance. 

You awaken…

Marketing Candidate

I have been looking for Marketing Specialist / Associate Marketing Manager for my company (Evolve Discovery) and have not been able to find couple individuals for over 4-5 months.  It’s been so frustrating because my marketing department is suffering so much because of lack of dedicated and skilled talent towards marketing only.

We have had about 500+ candidates and interviewed at least 30+, yet I am unable to find someone. I believe the three biggest challenges in finding someone fit for the position has been: 
•Lack of education / experience 
•Lack of design / technical skills, specifically Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Dreamweaver 
•Cultural fit

We did send out couple offer letters, but both have declined, with one astonishing me beyond I can imagine. 
1)Ex-Google employee looking into going towards a smaller company: accepted a different position  
2)MBA Candidate who we were willing to sponsor Visa (Origin of India) for with a remarkably higher salary then qualification spe…

Interviewing Candidates - Key Questions

As part of my job, I have become an interviewer for a lot of positions at my company. Sometimes I do the first interview and other times, I come in during the second phase of the interview process.

As I have interviewed more and more people, I have developed some key questions that are outside of the standard questions. Standard questions meaning: background, why interested in position, why left old job, strengths, weaknesses, 5 year plan, etc.

Here are my two key questions that impact my decision to move forward with candidate or not:

1) Given that you were being paid what you wanted, what would be your ideal job?
I ask this question because that tells me quiet a bit about a person. For me, if your ideal job is to design clothing, then why are you not doing it? Usually, if the person says there ideal job is somewhere align the lines of what they are applying for, it gives a good feeling that they are where they WANT to be.

2) What is your definition of stress and how do you handle stress?

Day 7: Get the Edge - The Purpose of Life

Your Purpose in Life 
does not changeis eternal is available to you each and every moment  Three Decisions Shape Your Life 
Decide what to focus on: determines how you feel, think and contributeDecide what things mean: you cannot control events, but you can control what they mean to you Decide what you will do when something happens: delays are not denials Discover the Sources of Pain 
What unique thing is happening when I feel this painWhat recent thing happens about the same time I feel the pain What consistent factor is present when I experience the pain Why Some People Don't Win the Game of Life 
They don't know the purpose of the gameEven though they don't know the purpose, they have rules for themselves and everyone else about how the game must be played Their rules are in conflict Even though they play by the rules, they don't win Sometime they get rewarded for breaking the rules They have to work with other people who all have the wrong rules They think its a life-…

Day 6: Get the Edge - Financial Freedom

Does this really work?

The Value of Stocks 

Sir John Templeton's Strategy: "Three Bucket" Asset Allocation 

Why people fail to become wealthy 

How to be wealthy right now 

Day 5: Get the Edge - The Power of Emotions

Emotions are signals callings us to action. 

10 Action Signal and Messages 
1) Uncomfortable
2) Fearful
3) Hurt
4) Anger
5) Frustrated
6) Disappointed
7) Guilty or Regretful
8) Inadequate
9) Overwhelmed / Depressed
10) Lonely

Six Steps to Mastering Emotions 
1) Identify the emotion and appreciate the message 
2) Clarify 
3) Ger curious and ask questions 
4) Get confident 
5) Get certain 
6) Get excited and take action 

10 Power Emotions 1) Love and Warmth
2) Appreciation and Gratitude
3) Curiosity
4) Excitement and Passion
5) Determination
6) Flexibility
7) Confidence
8) Cheerfulness
9) Vitality
10) Contribution

Day 4: Get the Edge - Pure Energy

The Key to Strong, Healthy and Vital Life 

The Cycle of Imbalance 

The Cycle of Balance 

Creating a Healthy / Vital / Life 

Day 3: Get the Edge - The Power of Relationships, Challenges

To be continued...

Day 2: Get the Edge - The Power of Relationships, Passion, Connection and Love

Identify the Gap Between Where you Are and Where you Want to be

Secret to handling Upsets 

Ultimate Love

Key to Outstanding Relationships

Day 1: Get the Edge - Results Workshop

Why People Don't Change 

The Pressure Cookers 

7 Steps to Conscious Change

Day 7: Personal Power - The Rapid Planning Method / Chunking

RPM will help with two things: 
1)Deciding in advance what you want to focus on
2)Get yourself to focus every single day on what it will take for you the get the results you’re really after

RPM is results-driven, purpose-focused, massive action plan that consists of three simple questions: 
1)Results: What do I really want? What is my outcome? What specific result am I committed to achieving?
2)Purpose: Why do I really want it? What is my purpose?
3)MAP: What specific actions must I take to make this happen?

•Grouping information together into ideally sized pieces that can be used effectively to produce the result you want without stress or overwhelm
•Simplest chunking is in groups of three

Day 6: Personal Power - The Driving Forces

Four Classes of Experience

1)Class 1 – peak life experiences

Feels goodIs good for you Is good for others Serves the greater good 2)Class 2 – most people avoid, but mastering them brings joy and fulfillment

Does not feel good Is good for you Is good for others Servers the greater good 
3)Class 3 – nonproductive; provide immediate pleasure, but eventually destroy our quality of life

Feels good Is not good for you Is not good for others Does not serve the greater good 
4)Class 4 – results from peer pressure and old belief systems

Does not feel good Is not good for you Is not good for others Does not serve the greater good 
The secret to happy and fulfilled life is learning to convert Class 2 experiences into Class 1.

6 Human Needs (paradoxical) 
4)Love / Connection

Day 5: Personal Power - The Goal Setting Workshop

Compelling goals contain two key components: 

1)Identify your goals: What do you want?
Something magical happens when you take generalized impulses of desire and start defining them more precisely.

2)Identify your purpose: Why do you want it? What will it give you?
Reasons come first, answers come second. When you get a big enough reason to accomplish something, you can figure out how to do it.

Day 4: Personal Power - The 3 Steps to Lasting Change

Three Steps
1)Get leverage on yourself: sometime must change, I must change it, I can change it.
2)Interrupt your current pattern or association: make a radical change to scramble your old pattern of thinking.
3)Condition a new empowering association: install a new choice and reinforce it until it is conditioned.

Any thought, emotion or behavior that is consistently reinforced will become a habit. Link pleasure to your new choice.

We cannot think in one way and act in another – Thomas Troward 

Day 3: Personal Power - The Power of Association

What drives us is our neuro-association – whatever pleasure and pain we associate to a situation in our nervous system is going to determine our behavior. 

If you want to change your life, you must change your neuro-associations.

NAC – Neuro-Associative Conditioning

To be continued…

Day 2: Personal Power - Pain and Pleasure

Everything we do in our lives is driven by fundamental need to avoid pain or gain pleasure.

We do more to avoid pain than we will to gain pleasure.

You must learn to control the motivating forces of pain and pleasure.

Your reality is based on what you focus on.

To change your behavior, you must focus your attention on:
1)How not changing your behavior will be more painful than changing it
2)How changing it will bring you measurable and immediate pleasure

You must change what you link pain and pleasure to in order to change your behavior.

Day 1: Personal Power - The Key to Personal Power

The ultimate success formula:
1.Know your outcome
2.Get yourself to take action by deciding to do so
3.Notice what you’re getting from your action
4.If what you’re doing is not working, change your approach

Biggest trap that keeps people from taking action is fear. The only way to face fear is to face it.

Session 3: Inner Strength – Your Personal Blueprint

The Three Forces That Control Your Life 
1)The Driving Force – 6 Human Needs 
d.Love and Connection

2)The Guiding Force – Map of Meaning and Action 
a.Belief system is like a map
b.We have map or rulebook in our unconscious mind that guides us on how to meet our needs and hit our targets

3)The Fuel of Choice – Habitual Emotions 
a.The emotions we live with on day to day control the quality of our life more than anything else

The Three P’s of Suffering 
1)You think your problem is permanent
2)You think your problem is pervasive
3)You think that the problem is personal

Session 2: Inner Strength – Your Hours of Power

The Key of Personal Transformation and Results 
1)State: how you feel in any given moment
2)Blueprint: your structure of beliefs and values

The Three Patterns that Create Any Emotion: The Triad 
1)Your Physiology: emotion is created by motion. What you are feeling right now is related to how you’re using your body
2)Your Focus and Your Beliefs: whatever you focus on is what you’re going to feel whether it’s true or not
3)Your Language: Questions – eliminate any habitual questions that do not serve you. Words – if you want to change your life, pay attention to the words you repeat to yourself. Certain words change that way you feel. Incantations – When you repeat a phrase with enough emotional intensity, you start to believe it.

Daily Habit 
1)Move and Breathe – 5 minutes
2)Get Grateful and Visualize – 10 minutes
3)Use Incantations and Exercise – 15-30 minutes

Session 1: Inner Strength - Decisions and Destiny

Three Pillars of Progress 
1)Get Focused: get focused and clear and make it compelling; clarify the results you desire in your life
2)Get the Best Strategies / Tools / Map / Coaching for Results
3)Get Into Action: Get integrated and get aligned

Resources vs. Resourcefulness
•Illusion: belief that we are lacking resources
•Real Problem: lack of resourcefulness (ultimate resource if human emotion)
•Change the fuel that drives the mind and you change the experience of anything you’re trying to accomplish

Two Master Lessons of Life
Gaining Ultimate Edge = the science of achievement and the art of fulfillment
Achievement:  going from where you are to where you want to go
Fulfillment: experiencing joy in the process

The Power of Decision
Emotional Fitness

The Ultimate Edge = Psychological Strength
Mental edge and focus that maximize who you are, what you’re capable of and what you get to enjoy out of life.

•Nothing changes without new action
•Every action is parented by a decision

“Once you make a decision, …

Tony Robbins - The Ultimate Edge

The CEO of the company I work for is very into Tony Robbins, the motivational speaker. He bought me Tony Robbins’s Ultimate Edge Program to listen, utilize and grow myself. I have been religiously listening to this programs and incorporating it in my life.  The next few series of blogs will be about that my journey with Tony Robbins through the Ultimate Edge Program. 

Here is information about Tony Robbins – the Ultimate Edge:

Structure of the Tony Robbins Ultimate Edge Program 

Inner Strength 
Session 1: Decisions and Destiny: Understanding and Directing the Forces That Share Your Life 
Session 2: Your Hour of Power: The Key to Personal Transformation and Results 
Session 3: Your Personal Blueprint: The Ultimate Path to Pleasure and Pain 
Daily Magic: Your Ritual for Lasting Energy, Happiness and Success 

Personal Power Classic 
Day 1: The Key to Personal Power: Harnessing the Power of Decision 
Day 2: Pain and Pleasur…

Master of Business Administration (MBA 2011)

When I was in high-school and parts of undergrad school, I had  a very  disconnected feeling from the word "MBA". Little did I know , I dropped another Masters degree to pursue an MBA, which I achieved in 2011 from Golden Gate University.

Now, I can't imagine not being in a business environment and have a very strong passion for everything related to leading, managing, and growing a business.

Book: What Should I Do With My Life?

I am currently reading "What Should I Do With My Life?" by Po Bronson. I read this book few years back (high school or college) and I am reading it again. I truly believe that every time I read this book, I get a new perspective on life. This time, I will actually be writing about it as I didn't when I first read it.

Side story about the book: When I was returning from my business trip from LA to SF (May 24, 2012). I was reading this book at the airport while waiting to board and some guy walked up to me, handed me a bible and said, "Here is the answer the question of your book." He walked away without allowing me speak to him, but I managed to get him his bible back.

Here are my excerpts from the book:

"Fear is like a wound within our emotions. If you ignore the cut, it will get infected. But it will heal itself if you pay attention to it and give it time." (7)

"Some people are born into their passions. Some never get them and don't care..... I…

High-Level Role

I currently work as the Director of Corporate Development at Evolve Discovery. I was hired on as the Associate Director of Marketing in 2010 and once I got my MBA and had extended my role to all different parts of the company, I got promoted to Director of Corporate Development. Evolve Discovery is a legal technology company with over 100 employees with multiple office location: San Francisco (HQ), Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Phoenix and New York.  It’s a litigation support management and electronic discovery company servicing Fortune 500 companies and AMLaw 100 law firms.
There are a lot of different things I do; to a point that I have lost track of everything I am involved in. I am considered senior staff, thus I am supposed to jump in any department and assist / consult anywhere necessary, but here are departments that I am heavily involved in:
-Marketing: manage all aspects of marketing -Sales: revenue and activity reporting, forecasting / pipeline management and sale…

Emotional Equations

I am in the process of reading Emotional Equations by Chip Conley.

Chapter 1 and 2: Emotions Gravity is a universal force that affects the physical world, but you may not have considered how it affects the human condition – and not just be keeping us on Earth. Gravity shapes our physical bodies, we often get shorter and closer to ground as we age. Gravity can also shape our emotional selves. Emotional baggage, for instance, is a form of gravity; we acquire more of it as we get older, and it weighs us down. The more gravity we’re fighting, the more force we require to move forward. And force moving against gravity creates a lot of friction. CEO are truly Chief Emotions Officer “Delivering happiness: A path to profits, passion and purpose” – by Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO An equation is just another way of expressing a relationship between two or more things – or two or more forces. Addition and Subtraction: when you add one thing to another, it gets bigger, and when you do the opposite, a p…