Uncommon Sense

Ten Principles to Transform Your Work and Life

“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” 

People tend to order their lives according to “conventional wisdom,” a generally accepted set of principles that may include centuries-old folk sayings or that may have arisen from contemporary experience. These sayings and beliefs have become so ingrained in the public mind that they are often referred to as “common sense.”

In both your business and your personal life, following conventional wisdom is usually the “safe” approach. But, the people who make a remarkable difference in the world are typically those who examine conventional wisdom with a critical eye, using “uncommon sense.”

Most people don’t question conventional wisdom. It’s just “the way things are.” Others see it as a handy starting place for examining their own values. Using uncommon sense, they often discover wisdom that is far from conventional.

Somewhere along the way, someone questioned conventional wisdom, examined it from all sides, developed new principles, and produced human progress.

Common sense told the medieval world that the Earth was the center of the universe and the sun revolved around it. Copernicus followed uncommon sense to a new understanding of the universe and our place in it.

Uncommon Sense is not aimed at turning conventional wisdom on its head or debunking the wisdom of the ages. It seeks, instead, to encourage a creative look at things often taken for granted, to provide fresh insights into old verities.

I have lived long enough to acknowledge the value of wisdom based on generations of experience. I have also lived long enough to know that those who follow conventional wisdom uncritically may end up in a rut that leads nowhere.

So when I hear someone quote an old saying that suggests it’s the wisdom of the ages, I start looking for footnotes and often find them with the nuggets of uncommon sense they contain. That sort of skeptical examination has served me well, and I recommend it to those who want to enjoy, discover, and achieve fulfillment in their lives.

The conventional explorer, in crossing a stream, may look at the stones rising from the water as islands of stability in the swirling current. And that they may be. But the creative explorer will stop and turn the stones over to determine whether priceless gems might lie beneath or what veins of gold might be incorporated in their mass.

Ancient adages are like those rocks in the stream, assuring the crosser that it’s safe to step here. Those old saws serve a useful purpose. But unless we’re willing to turn them over and look at the other side, we may never know what nuggets of wisdom, what omens of triumph, what uncommon principles lie underfoot.

Om Namah Shivay

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In 1923, eight of the wealthiest people in the world met. Their combined wealth, it is estimated, exceeded the wealth of the government of the United States at that time. These men certainly knew how to make a living and accumulate wealth. But let’s examine what happened to them 25 years later.

President of the largest steel company, Charles Schwab, lived on borrowed capital for five years before he died bankrupt. President of the largest gas company, Howard Hubson, went insane. One of the greatest commodity traders, Arthur Cutton, died insolvent. President of the New York Stock Exchange, Richard Whitney, was sent to jail. A member of the President’s Cabinet, Albert Fall, was pardoned from jail to go home and die in peace.

The greatest “bear” on Wall Street, Jessie Livermore, committed suicide. President of the world’s greatest monopoly, Ivar Krueger, committed suicide. President of the Bank of International Settlement, Leon Fraser, committed suicide.

What they forgot was how to make a life! Money in itself is not evil! Money provides food for the hungry, medicine for the sick, clothes for the needy. Money is only a medium of exchange. We need two kinds of education. One that teaches us how to make a living and one that teaches us how to live.

There are people who are so engrossed in their professional life that they neglect their family, health, spiritual life and social responsibilities. If asked why they do this they would reply that they were doing it for their family. Our kids are sleeping when we leave home. They are sleeping when we come home. Twenty years later, we’ll turn back, and they’ll all be gone. Without water, a ship cannot move. The ship needs water, but if the water gets into the ship, the ship will face problems. What was once a means of living for the ship will now become a means of destruction.

Similarly we live in a time where earning is a necessity but let not the earning enter our hearts, for what was once a means of living will be become a means of destruction. So take a moment and ask yourself….has water entered my ship?

RICHNESS is not Earning More, Spending More Or Saving More, but “RICHNESS IS WHEN YOU NEED NO MORE”

Have the best of weekends ahead…

Once Again Please Remember The reality of Wealth:


Om Namah Shivay

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How Rich People Think

 “A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.” –Jonathan Swift

A lot of people think that rich people are just lucky; that they stumble into their fortunes. But, actually, the way you think can have a great deal to do with the size of your bank account.

Middle class believes money is earned through labor… World class believes money is earned through thought.

“Ready money is Aladdin’s lamp.”

—Lord Byron

The average person believes the harder they work, the more money they’ll make. Their linear thinking equates labor and effort with financial success. This is why most people aren’t rich. They’re following an outdated model of success and are confounded when they reach middle age with little money to show for twenty years of hard work.

The rich know that creative thinking is the highest paid skill in the world. Independent, creative thinking is the most valuable asset anyone can acquire. So while the masses are trying to figure out how to put their kids through college and retire on half of what they can barely exist on now, the great ones are building empires, living in abundance, and donating large sums to their favorite causes. This sets off a psychological domino effect, because once a person thinks and lives at this level of abundance, they know even greater levels of success are possible through the vehicle of creative thought.

Most of us were told as kids that if we paid attention in school, got good grades, and went to a respectable college or university, our success was virtually guaranteed. The reality is that few people who follow this formula ever get rich. They survive, and some become the most successful people in their families. But world-class wealth is rarely achieved by people who follow this model. The rich eventually figure out that training your mind to find solutions to difficult problems is the real secret to making money. The good news is that this is possible for anyone who conditions their mind to think this way, and then transforms thought into action. 

 “If you follow the beliefs, philosophies, and strategies of the rich and take action, you have a legitimate shot at becoming a millionaire. The secret is not in the mechanics of money but in the level of thinking that generates it. Once you learn to embrace this, your earning potential is limitless.”

Om Namah Shivay

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You want to be successful

“You want to be successful. Everyone does. But your actual words might be undermining your chances of success. The things you say in the office, no matter how innocuous they seem to you, might be knocking you down the career ladder and putting the top position you dream about out of reach.

Your career is too important to be tanked by a few negative phrases. Here are the seven things you should strike from your workplace vocabulary if you want to achieve the success you richly deserve:”

  1. “That’s not in my job description.”

When you accepted your current position, you had a good idea of what the responsibilities and workload of the role would entail. Throughout the months or years since you settled into your job, however, your role has expanded and changed shape. Some of these changes have probably been good, while others have made you wish for simpler times. When a boss or manager piles another responsibility on your already sore shoulders, it might be tempting to pull out this classic gem of work avoidance.

The better option, however, is to schedule a time to talk to your boss about your role. A specific conversation about your place in the organization is a good time to bring up the particulars of your job description, not when you’re asked to get something accomplished. No matter how stressed you are or how valid the complaint, dropping this phrase only makes you look lazy and unmotivated.

  1. “It can’t be done.”

Throwing in the towel makes you look like a quitter — and quitters don’t get promoted. Instead of giving up on a project entirely, frame your response in terms of alternative ways to get the work accomplished. Very little is truly impossible, and most managers and executives want forward-thinking problem solvers to climb the corporate ladder. If you offer solutions instead of giving up, you’ll be seen as a valuable member of the team.

  1. “It’s not my fault.”

No one wants to work with a blame shifter. After all, it’s just a matter of time before this person eventually shifts the blame onto you. Take ownership of your mistakes instead of pointing out where others have fallen short. Admitting to a mistake shows character and the ability to learn and grow from problems. Pointing the finger at someone else strongly implies you’ll never truly learn from your errors.

  1. “This will just take a minute.”

Unless something will literally take only 60 seconds, don’t overpromise and underdeliver. Saying something will only take “a minute” also has the side effect of undermining your efforts. Most likely the reason the particular task won’t take long is due to the benefit of your professional experience and acumen. By saying it will “just” take a minute, you’re shortchanging what you bring to the table.

  1. “I don’t need any help.”

The rugged lone wolf type might be the hero of most action movies, but they’re unlikely to become the hero at your company. You might think you can go it alone on a project or in your career, but teamwork is essential. Being able to work with others is the hallmark of a good leader; you’re unlikely to climb your career ladder always flying solo.

  1. “It’s not fair.”

Life isn’t fair, and often your career won’t be as well. Instead of complaining, you should look for specific and actionable workarounds to the problems you encounter. Is it unfair a coworker got to run point on the project you wanted? Maybe, but instead of complaining, work harder and go the extra mile. Finding a solution will always be preferable in your professional life to whining about a problem.

  1. “This is the way it’s always been done.”

Doing things the way they’ve always been done is no way to run a business. Just ask some of the companies which toed the line, accepted the status quo, and went under. Adapting to an ever-changing market place is really the only way to survive in an economy constantly being disrupted by the next big thing.

You don’t have to be a slave to the trends, but you also can’t stick your head in the sand and hope things go back to normal. Instead, come up with creative solutions to new problems and innovate, and you’ll soon be in the driver’s seat taking your organization into the future.

Everyone wants to be successful, so make sure your words aren’t holding you back. These seven phrases are career kryptonite — by avoiding them, you can fly into your future and become a successful superstar.

Om Namah Shivay

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How can I become like Bhakt Prahlada?

Happiness and success, both depend on your ability to give. This ability to give is in your consciousness, in your mind. And it is not the object that you give that matters but the attitude of sharing.


What is the difference between Punya and Paap?

Punya is a debit card – pay first and enjoy later.

Paap is a credit card – enjoy first and pay later.

KARMA is a restaurant, where there is no need to place order 

we are served, what we have cooked..!

“Think twice… Act wise.”


 See that there is no inside and no outside. If you think something is inside then something is outside also. If you think something is outside, that is inside also. So real blossoming is when there is no inside and no outside. Everything is same, in and out is same.


Q: How can I become like Bhakt Prahlada? Could it happen automatically or do I need to make an effort?

Guruji: It is like you are asking me, ‘Gurudev, how I can like something? How can I like mangoes? How can I like bananas?’

You have no way to like it, it simply happens. Your very desire that you want to be like Bhakt Prahlada, know that you are already on the Path, you are already on the way.

As your vision broadens, you go for the highest. Prahlada went for the highest. ‘Ahlada’ means happiness. ‘Prahlada’ means bliss. Even this story of Hiranyakashipu, his goal was prahlada (bliss).

Today, you find people around like Hiranyakashyapu. You know what Hiranyakashyapu is? ‘Hiranya’ means money, ‘Kashyap’ means one who sees only money and nothing else; no relationship, no father, no mother, nobody. Money is the biggest. For money sake they can drag their parents to court, or do anything. They are all Hiranyakashipus.

What do they want? Their goal is to bring up prahlada (bliss). And bliss cannot be in the captive of Hiranyakashipu. It will always go towards Narayana.

Only the highest self can bestow the highest bliss. For that courage needs to be there. Narasimha is courage; courage like a lion. So when the human consciousness is roaring like a lion, and it has authority like a king of the forest, it is stable.

Prahlada sits on the lap of Narasimha on one side, and Lakshmi sits on the other lap. That means, wealth comes to you when Prahlada (bliss) is already there with you. That is the whole story of Prahlada and Hiranyakashyapu. It’s so beautiful!

And who is not only looking for money? But one who is like a lion, he is not just looking for money only. He knows money and everything will come automatically. And it will come without effort. So he destroys Hiranyakashyapu and uplifts Prahlada who is Ananda (bliss). This is the inner meaning of the story.

Om Namah Shivay

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Mission and Purpose in life

Mission is our destiny. It is what some people could read in the palms of our hands. It is what the position of the stars may signal at the moment that “we” manifested in the physical world.

As we can see our being manifests something in life-like a piece in a big jigsaw puzzle. Our mission is what has been already “written” and goes beyond any human interpretation.

For example, Bill Gates is a multimillionaire. Do we think that his mission in life is to “make money”? 

Obviously that is just a very childish appreciation of his mission in life. Any of us could “guess,” think or have a “point of view,” but none of us is capable of knowing how his mission in life relates with other beings and life for something greater to happen. Just like the domino effect.

We discover our mission in life as we live life.

On the other hand, “purpose in life” is another made up word by great thinkers, philosophers and such.

There is no purpose in life unless we make up something like: “To help people,” “to help God,” “to help ourselves,” “to learn,” etc. Notice that as long as one uses “nice words” to describe a “purpose” then most individuals will like that. They will accept it.

However, these writings are the expression of going beyond the façade of “nice beliefs,” and “pretty words” and seeking acceptance.

We make up a purpose in life and we believe that this purpose is the “reason” why we are here. See? Even we believe that giving “reasons” is the way that life operates… 

When we see that we are part of the Totality, of the big jigsaw puzzle, to know the “self” becomes very important.


Because that is needed for bringing joy to our lives. In one word: Enjoyment.

Let us say that “piece 666” of the jigsaw puzzle “thinks” that it has a “purpose” in life. “Piece 666” will go out of its way to “achieve” that “purpose,” not realizing that its destiny is to fit in nicely into the jigsaw puzzle along piece 667 and 665 and others…. Just to be “ONE.”

Because “piece 666” does not realize about its mission in life, that piece will suffer when expectations are not met.

Obviously, if piece 666 spends sometime in looking at “itself,” that is its shape, form, size, thickness, etc… while enjoying those specific dimensions and seeing the way to fit into the “common good,” then life will do the rest; that is, to get the other pieces around, magically… because those pieces fit right at a particular time. This is what we call through the “will of God,” or through “Life unforeseen circumstances.”

A purpose is something that we think about when we do not realize that there is a mission underneath.

Therefore, happiness is not the “purpose of life.”

That is a thought… a “nice” thought.

Happiness is the enjoyment of the “now” while seeing our mission in life unfold. Just like a “detached observer.” 

Please see that “I am not doing anything,” “I am not making it happen…” as most “Life-coaches” would like us to believe. I am just opening up and enjoying what it is “now” to let new things to happen by itself. That is, we trust the intelligence in life.

Of course, some may not be happy with that. Some may want to change and shape up life according to what “I want.” We could name that disease with a pretty label: “being the master of my own destiny.”

“You” are not separated from the Totality.

“You” as separation is an illusion and so is “I.”

Through our thoughts we have created those personalities. We have given life to that “ego.”

Piece 666 cannot live apart form the jigsaw puzzle. Without it, Piece 666 is nothing…. When that “ego” is gone, then Piece 666 is no longer piece 666 but … the whole jigsaw puzzle itself… then “it” is truly something

Om Namah Shivay

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True Customer Service

One Saturday, my wife, Deb, and I headed out to our favorite restaurant for an early lunch. It’s a chic Newport Beach research and development kitchen that experiments with new menu items before putting them in their well-known chain of restaurants.

Their food and ambience are spectacularly perfect, and for more than two years, and during one hundred visits, the experience and service were always exceptional.

They have an incredible cheeseburger. That particular day, we’d already each had an appetizer and drinks when a new server came by to take our order. He described the day’s special — a buttermilk and bacon waffle with Vermont maple syrup topped with a sunny-side up egg. It sounded decadent, but I had already worked out and had my heart set on a cheeseburger.

My wife loves a fried egg on top of her burger, so I asked if they could add an egg. Being Scottish, I also asked how much it would cost. The server said, “two bucks, but I’m not sure the kitchen can do it.”

After checking, she said, “The kitchen can’t add the egg. They’re too busy.”

The restaurant had just opened, and the kitchen was making sunny-side up eggs for the waffles. But when someone tells me something isn’t possible, and my wife is involved, I don’t give up easily. I waited a few minutes and ordered the same thing with another server who knows us well. He grimaced. “Let me see if the kitchen can do it.” Same answer: “They’re too busy and aren’t prepared to do anything that isn’t on the menu.” We didn’t get it.

We asked to speak to the manager. The minute she arrived, you could tell she was ready for a battle. No smile. No positive gestures. Just a simple, “I understand you have a problem.”

I explained that I simply wanted a side order of an egg. She said, “We can’t do that.” I asked, “Why?” Her response was: “We only order a certain number of eggs per day, and we have to save them for our special waffle. If we don’t have the egg, we can’t sell one of our most popular dishes.”

“So let me make sure I’m tracking here. I spend at least $6,000 a year at your restaurant, and I have one simple request for a two-dollar egg for my burger. You are telling me you can’t make that happen because you only order enough eggs for your waffle dish?” She said, “Yes.” I asked, “As a manager, wouldn’t you rather be one egg short and throw away a waffle that probably cost you fifty cents to make than throw away a loyal customer who brings you $6,000 a year?” She said, “It’s our policy.”

It was clear to me at that point that the manager – and perhaps the whole restaurant – had no clue about the value of a customer. But she could still save the situation, if she wanted.

I said, “You know what I would do if I were you? I’d send a busboy two hundred feet to the grocery store next door and buy  half a dozen eggs. That might cost you a couple of bucks. You wouldn’t have to throw away a waffle, I’d have an egg, and you would make me one happy customer. She said, “I can’t do that.”

I looked her square in the eyes and said, “We are never coming back. This egg just cost you $6,000.”

And you will want to read on because the story doesn’t end there. Todd and Deb don’t just skip dinner and go home…but instead go elsewhere and discover what true customer service is really all about. It’s a great lesson about how one little thing (like giving your customer an egg for their burger) can make a really big difference. This gem of what I like to call “can-do” customer care is essential to put your business on the path to unlimited success.

Om Namah Shivay

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