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This was from one of my facebook contacts and I am sharing it with you now. It has proven to be the most popular picture I have ever posted on my facebook so far, with 50 shares at the time of writing.

I feel the reason for this is that the message is simple but resonates with us all.

So often we do good, help others and do not get the gratitude which we feel we are entitled to deserve. Whilst not negating we do deserve to be thanked, and we ourselves should thank others who help us we should remember that the primary reason we help others out is because it is the right thing to do. Being a good person is a reward in itself.

Ultimately however doing the right thing will pay off and you will see the benefits i.e. “positive karma”, as I explained in a previous blog, “Do the right thing”.

– Jahan Choudhry

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Many successful people have spoken about their “lucky” break, that one particular moment in their lives and careers where everything just miraculously seemed to go right. A moment where if they had not been there, or an accident which caused them to be there in the first place or meet that person had not happened, then the whole event and that “lucky” break would not have happened. That “lucky” break is what made them emerge from being a normal anonymous member of the public to becoming a major success who stood out from the rest.

A happy moment.

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Jumping for joy.

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How “lucky” is the “lucky” break?

 

The lucky break is often not so “lucky” as some may think, for a variety of different reasons.

1. Statistically.

Statistically if you try again and again at something, “the law of statistics” or the “law of probability” states that you will inevitably get what you are looking for, as long as you are going on the right path and not totally misguided. For example if you are in a market selling something, out of 100 people that you will see at least some of them will at buy what you have to offer (as long as you have done your research and it is not totally absurd e.g. selling ice to the eskimos). Also from that 10% who do respond positively, you can then generate other leads from them and expand on that customer base.

For example a month ago, I was getting an average of 40 hits a day for this blog, last week that figure quadrupled to 160+ (the evidence is provided below if you are curious), and I will continue blogging until I go on holiday to Malaysia in 3 days time. If I have a pool of 160 people who read my blog, there is far more chance of them being interested in other things I am  involved in. If I get 1,600 hits a day, that chance increases by times ten and so forth. In other words the wider you cast your net, the more likelihood you will catch “fish”, to use a metaphor.

Penultimate week of January, I had an average 42 hits a day (circled in red), and last week it quadrupled to 168 a week (circled in blue).

2. Positive karma.

In a previous blog, I spoke about “Do the right thing”, click here to read. People often get what they deserve, and not just in a negative sense. Karma can be positive. The 99 rejections you got followed by that 1, possibly life changing, “YES” is often not just a lucky break but the accumulation of all the positive karma you have gathered through your hard work.

By the way when I constantly extoll the virtues of hard work, I do not mean being a donkey and working hard on things which will ultimately be futile, but on things which you have done your research on, your feasibility studies, your due diligence on and which you know will produce results.

So keep on working hard, doing the right thing and eventually you should get your “lucky” break.

– Jahan Choudhry

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Laughter is good. Laughter is healthy. Laughter helps you to make you successful. If you are laughing at this statement of mine, then hey “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED“, I made you laugh. I at least made you experience – no matter how short-lived – a positive emotional state which has immense health benefits. I have done something good and it will come back to me as karma is not just negative, something I briefly mentioned in a previous blog called “Do the right thing.”

Laughter has many benefits and I wrote about it earlier in this blog, click here to read. I also wrote about the famous Audrey Hepburn and how she spoke of the value she attached to humour and laughter in this blog, click here to read. So from time to time I will be showing pictures of famous figures and personalities engaged in laughter or at least smiling. Partially because it is infectious as you may find out yourself, and also to show that success and laughter are not exclusive. You do not have to be a mean workaholic to be successful!

Becoming successful does not mean being mean, greedy, and work-obsessed. You can be generous, kind and have fun.

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Today it is the turn of another Hollywood legend. He is known for his good looks but I respect him as an actor. One particular moment sticks out in my memory and that is when I was watching the film “Meeting Joe Black” with a friend of mine who is actually from Trinidad, an island in the Carribean

Meet Joe Black, one of Pitt's successes.

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Trinidad, a famous tourist destination in the Carribean. My Trinidadian friend was impressed with Brad Pitt's Carribean accent in "Meet Joe Black".

 

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I myself personally thought he was very good in Fight club, where he played a completely different character. One which was very intense and to an extent almost wild. Anyway so here will be pictures of Brad Pitt, doing what we should be doing every day, even if we have our own share of problems, and that is smiling and laughing.

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In this blog I’d like to talk about someone whom I have immense respect for and a great degree of admiration. In fact he doesn’t even know I am writing this! So when he reads it, it will hopefully be a pleasant surprise for him. However before I do that. Let me talk about the phrase “Do the right thing”.

“Do the right thing”

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What do I mean by “Do the right thing?” In order to understand this you have to understand a little bit about me, however what I am going to tell you is nothing unique to me and something many can relate to me. I had seen in my life that often people were nice and “did the right thing” but did not seem to be rewarded for it or seem to succeed. In fact I remember going to one training seminar and airing the question “do nice guys finish last”. This was a Bruce King seminar (click here if for a previous blog I did about him). Bruce, if you have ever attended any of his talks, is a very practical person and to the point, very much grounded in reality and common sense without any excessive shpeel and so on. His answer was no they don’t and he gave reasons. I am sure all of us at certain time have “done the right thing” or been “nice” and not been rewarded for it or even in fact seem to have suffered from it. There are others out there who will say the world is a rough place, so you too must be ruthless, tough and “cut corners”.

Anthony Charles, a former mentor of mine. A great guy!

I haven’t said this to Anthony in so many words, so it may surprise him a little. However amongst some of the key things I learnt from him is that “Nice guys do not finish last” and you do not have to be “ruthless” (a euphemism for quite a few things) to be successful. Doing coaching and mentoring with him I changed. I felt more at ease with things and less critical of things if they did not turn out the way I wanted. We are all familiar with karma and the statement that “What goes around, comes around”, well I personally very much believe that and have experienced it. However for most of us that statement is for negative things, that is people will get their comeuppance for misdeeds they have commited! However what I have learnt and also experienced is this.

What goes around, comes around = is also for the good that you do.

What goes around comes around, including the hard work and positive things you do, though perhaps not when and where you want it exactly.

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Now this does not necessarily mean you do something nice for someone and you will see an immediate reward. The person whom you help may even be ungrateful to you or in fact downright nasty. Some misinterpret kindess as weakness or naivete. However  in the long run this good that you did will come back to you sometime in the future, not maybe from that person or that project but something completely unrelated. This realization helps us to remove any bitterness or resentment that we may have for not getting the respect, appreciation or benefits that we feel we are due as a result of doing something positive.

Even my voice changed, meaning the tone when I spoke was different. Friends observed that I sounded calmer, more grounded and sure of myself, which I was! This is a huge topic and deserves to be expanded on and in the future I will talk about Australian writer, Andrew Matthews, whose work I greatly admire.

However once again another thanks to Anthony. Anthony is currently working on Team Titanium, which is about helping people to develop their business skills and small businesses. I wish him good luck! Especially at a time when the UK is in recession and people are finding it difficult but also with London busying itself for hosting the Olympics in a few months. 2012 is an important year for the British economy and for London in particular including potential small businesses who will need as much help as they can. Anthony himself was involved in projects and work in the past to help regenerate and develop parts of East London, including the areas which will be home to the Olympics.

London, the financial centre of Europe, an image of Canary Wharf. Team Titanium is looking to help people deal with the recession and grow their businesses.

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The river Thames, London will be hosting the Olympics in a few months which will have an impact on the UK economy.

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The Olympic Stadium in London, as the city hosts the 2012 Olympics.

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–  Jahan Choudhry

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