Archive for January, 2014

Traits Children teach us daily January 28th, 2014

Vinod Kumar

Parenting is such a wonderful feeling. I seldom talk about personal conversations over this blog but this time I was tempted in writing about this very topic as it is close to my heart these days :). Watching kids live their openly instinctive life, I am tempted to learn so much from them. Kids are a bundle of energy, they are super excited about everything around them, eager to learn and curious about everything in front of them. There are tons of life lessons we can learn from kid’s behavior, we just sometimes fail to recognize. Kids attitude is about leading a healthy, lively, happy and productive life. Kids have a different way to handle themselves when compared to adults. So let me put some of the thoughts here. Think like a kid, enjoy even when you are an adult.

Top 15 traits to watch

  1. Don’t plan a lot, live life spontaneously as it comes.
  2. Kids have a lot of fun in everything they do.
  3. Kids are eager to explore and test the waters they are not sure. If they fail, they dust off and take another stab till they succeed.
  4. Kids mind are a open blank book wanting to explore and enjoy everything the world has to offer.
  5. Mistakes are a great way to learn as experiences and a process of growth. Tell a kid not to touch a lit candle, its curiosity will force it in doing. Once they get hurt , they never touch after that. Experience is what we get when we don’t get what we wanted.
  6. Obstacles are always there, knowing to get around it is the key. There is nothing that can stop a kid from doing what it wants to get done.
  7. Being creative in your imagination. A kid can play with just a twig for hours together just with their imagination.
  8. Kids are instinctively learning from people around them. As we grow we miss this unique learning opportunity of observing others.
  9. Kids are constantly questioning their understanding with – What? How? Why? Who? Whom? etc. This is their inquisitiveness part to aid learning.
  10. Kids don’t hide anything and are honest to the core. They say as they see as the moments happen.
  11. Kids are explorers, they may ask for guidance but have their own way to do it themselves.
  12. Kids don’t wear a mask to their feelings. Their face reflects their current mood all time. As adults we always hide / conceal our expressions to be diplomatic.
  13. Start each day with full zeal and enthusiasm. Kids don’t snug away from exploring the wonderful day in front of them.
  14. Kids value the time with their friends and the relationship. They are always on their friends side and have no track of time and love to hang out with their friend forever.
  15. Kids are super optimistic and see possibilities in everything they do. As adults we need to think as – “what would you do if you knew you will never fail”?

I am sure you would have learnt many more from your kids. The life lessons our kids teach us are priceless, let us learn and make a better life. Let me know your thoughts too.

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Self-Reflection – Q&A Style January 22nd, 2014

Vinod Kumar

My past does not define me, it has enabled me to learn and grow into what I want to be tomorrow.

Many a times we get a chance to listen to advice from others whenever we get into a tight situation. This has worked for many and we are in constant quest to find answers and solutions to our problems. It is difficult to keep mind out of clutter and we exercise caution as it is our instinctive nature to protect. Walking life’s path is just like driving on Indian roads, it is filled with potholes and speed breakers. It takes a seasoned genuinely driver to make the ride comfortable and lesser bumpy. It is how we navigate past these hurdles and how we make the presence of a pothole less jerky for passengers sitting inside. The concepts I am alluding is around how we tackle, handle and make the impacts less painful. It is tough and this journey needs a lot of introspection from one and all. So let me throw some basic questions at you and let us collectively answer our own-self to these questions. You are more than welcome to tag this post with your answers (on your blog) if you plan to do it.

If you want more, you have to require more from yourself – Dr Phil

Self-Reflection 101

  1. How would you define yourself?
  2. In one word, how would you describe your personality?
  3. How would you define your your life’s motto?
  4. Do you have something that everyone adores?
  5. What do you think is not in your life today?
  6. What has been bothering you lately or what is keep your thoughts busy lately?
  7. How would you define Happiness? What is between you and happiness?
  8. Is the child inside you still alive? What is the child asking for?
  9. What are you scared of? Has the fear stopping you from doing something?
  10. What will you never give up on?
  11. what is the best / worst decision you have ever made till date?
  12. What and Who is the biggest motivator in your life right now?
  13. What should never be taken seriously according to you?
  14. What fascinates you and give you energy on the very thought?
  15. What will you never do in your life? And what is that thing you said will never do, but have been doing it since then?
  16. Did you discover anything new about yourself?
  17. What worries you most about the future? And looking back, what have you been missing the most?
  18. What is the common misconception folks have about understanding you?
  19. What are the beliefs that you hold which people disagree?
  20. What are the qualities you look for in your friend?
  21. What can bring an instant smile on your face now?
  22. In exactly an one year from now, how would you be different?
  23. Why / On what do you have a hard time saying “no” to?
  24. When does your inner voice say to move on on something?
  25. If you could live your life once again, what would you want to do one more time?
  26. As you become 60-years-old, what will matter to you the most?

Changing our bad habits starts with becoming aware of aspects of ourselves that we could improve on.

These are basic questions in my humble opinion and many cross my mind as I think about life and beyond. Do let me know how of these questions resonated with you? How many more would you add to this list?

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Winners always Win – Why? January 13th, 2014

Vinod Kumar

Winning is a human instinct, we all want to be winners. We all want to succeed. We all try to do so many things and in the process fall short of reaching our dreams. Why is this the reason? Why do we feel some people always win in their life? I personally feel it is a state of mind, it is how we think about success or winning, depends on how we focus on activities in hand. I love to appreciate life as it comes and living life in each moment as it arrives. It is sometimes not what a lot agree, but this is something I love to use as mantra. Let me take a shot on what winners are made up off and these are some thoughts:

  1. Winners don’t quit, it is not about failing once. Winners have the energy to get up and find ways to chase the dreams.
  2. Winners are curious and want to understand what they don’t understand.
  3. Winners earn their respect, they don’t seek to get it.
  4. Winners live in the today with their experience from past.
  5. Winners love the journey to finish line. They enjoy the complete process, not about just crossing the line.
  6. Winners face their fears and solve them.
  7. Winners look for solution to problems around them.
  8. Winners love constructive criticism, they don’t run away from feedbacks.
  9. Winners are not trying to boil the ocean, they love each small triumphs.
  10. Winners just don’t talk but communicate their dreams through their actions.
  11. Winners want to make a difference in whatever they do.
  12. Winners know to look beyond imperfections, break the mold and move on.
  13. Winners define their success, it is not defined by others.
  14. Winners are learners for a lifetime.
  15. Winners believe in themselves, they love to workhard to find themselves in a lucky spot to go the extra mile.

So this was my small shot at this topic. Do let me know if you have the winner inside you kicking? What is running in your mind – let me know.

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Windows Phone – Tips and Tricks January 10th, 2014

Vinod Kumar

This post is inspired from my previous post where folks requested for many more to be shared esp (Senthil Kumar – MVP Client App). Thanks for pushing me to write this post nonetheless :). In this post let me write about 3 tips that I have found useful when working with my Windows Phone. Feel free to give send me your favorites too.

Calculator Tip

This is an interesting one. When the calculator is in the portrait mode it looks like a normal simple calculator (as in left image) and when it is flipped into landscape mode (as in above image), it turns into advanced scientific calculator. Neat but powerful productivity feature I found.

Mailing Tip

This is something I use frequently when mailing using my Windows Phone. A lot of times I need to set Priority and/or the “bcc” capability. These are nicely hidden in the more (…) button at the bottom of the screen when you are mailing. So am not sure how many know about this, just thought of sharing what I use frequently.

Find inside a Webpage

I travel quite a bit and I get a chance to use my phone for quick browsing. Even of a decently large screen, some of the web pages are long even after having a responsive UI design for mobile. So there is this capability just like above tip the more button (…) at the bottom of the screen which has the “Find on page” capability. This bring a similar search experience of IE when on desktops. Once you search it highlights the search term on the page in Yellow highlight. Handy, quick and simple.

I am hopeful you will find some of these tips useful and do let me know if you want me to cover more of them in the future. Thanks for reading this far.

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Taking a Screenshot of your Windows Phone 8 January 7th, 2014

Vinod Kumar

What can I say about Windows Phone 8 experience – I just love it :). Every now and then I get amazed by some neat new features which surprise me and I have a whole load to explore from this phone. You might also want to see my older post on some of the cool features that I use – Windows Phone 8 features I love using.

This blog post is a simple feature that I discovered on Windows Phone 8 that was worth sharing. How many times you are playing a game or you found a neat thing on your Windows Phone that you wished you can take a screen shot of it and use? So here is the neat tip. You can use “Windows Button” + “Power button” at the same time to take a screen shot of your current screen. It might take a few attempts, but once you get used to this, it is amazingly simple.

Below is a screenshot taken of my phone. You can see it is amazingly clear and in great resolution. I love this feature find.

PS: This tip doesn’t work on older versions of 7 / 7.5 or 7.8.

If you have other tips that you want me to share via my blog, do let me know. It is always refreshing to learn and share.

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