Month: July 2009

Today in History – 26 July

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1957 U.S.S.R. launches 1st intercontinental multistage ballistic missile

1915 International School for Wijsbegeerte forms

1887 1st Esperanto book published

1848 1st Woman’s Rights Convention, Senecca Falls, New York

1835 1st sugar cane plantation started in Hawaii

1775 1st Postmaster General: Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania takes office


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All too often success is seen in terms of materialistic possessions and financial gains. It is easy to fall in the trap of working long hours striving to achieve a good standard of living but in the process neglecting relationships, self development, leisure pursuits, and personal happiness.

Balancing work and life will help you understand what success means to you and explains how can live your life with renewed vision and purpose. You should make sincere efforts to focus on your true priorities and develop healthy attitude to achieve success in yourself.

As you begin to achieve a better balance in your work and life you will discover new levels of creativity, fulfillment and happiness.

To create a balance between the demands of your work and your life, you need to examine what success means to you. Start by classifying your values, purpose, roles and attitudes so that you have something to measure achievement against.

People often work hard to gain ‘success’ without knowing what success really means.
You may climb the career ladder but are you fulfilled with your work? Do you live a good contented family life? Ask yourself now, when was the last time you achieved AND enjoyed something at work? What about Achieved AND Enjoyed with your family; your friends? And how recently have you achieved AND enjoyed something just for you? We receive different messages about success – through the media, our families and our culture. But ultimately success comes from leading a balanced and fulfilled life.

To define success, start by classifying your values schedule times and think about what is most important to you. Put your values at the centre of your life so that you can retain greater balance, vision and happiness in every area of your life.

Success is an attitude, and not just a set of achievements or financial gain. If this was not the case, then every high achiever would consider themselves successful. But in fact many rich famous and accomplished people have material success but do not actually feel true success or fulfilled. So understand that success is not just found in outer things but is located within yourself. Cultivate success as a state of mind so that you stop chasing false goals and expectations and start living your life focused on what matters to you.

Achievement and Enjoyment are the front and back of the coin of value in life. You can’t have one without the other, no more than you can have a coin with only one side. Trying to live a one sided life is why so many “Successful” people are not happy, or not nearly as happy as they should be.

At work you can create your own best Work-Life Balance by making sure you not only Achieve, but also reflect the joy of the job, and the joy of life, every day. If nobody pats you on the back today, pat yourself on the back. And help others to do the same.

Your life is like a jigsaw. It is made of different pieces. Ensure that you make time for each important aspect of your life – Your work, your relationships, family, leisure time and self improvement and begin to focus on your life as a whole, then success will be yours. When you encounter success, make sure you celebrate it. Celebration boosts your confidence and helps make success a state of mind.

Recognize, reward, enjoy and share success in yourself with others. Remember that a good work-life balance is achieved through mutually supportive relationships at work as well as at home.

By Rajashree Menon

Photo Speaks – UAE on Summer Holidays

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Photo Speaks – UAE on Summer Holidays

A casual walk through various streets of Abu Dhabi shows us that people have already moved for their summer holidays. Nature – dust and sand storms – does not know the problems these owners may face when they return. It is very likely that many of these vehicles, if noticed by authorities, will be fined and taken away.

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Today in History – 25 July

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1983 1st non-human primate, baboon, conceived in a lab dish, San Antonio

1981 Voyager 2 encounters Saturn

1946 1st bikini is shown at a Paris fashion show

1944 1st jet fighter used in combat, Messerschmitt 262

1933 1st Dutch live radio concert: Duke Ellington

Today in History – 24 July

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1987 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.3 (updated) released

1935 1st greeting telegram sent in Britain

1934 1st ptarmigan hatched and reared in captivity, Ithaca, New York

1870 1st trans-U.S. rail service begins

1793 France passes 1st copyright law

Today in History – 23 July

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1972 1st Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS) is launched

1947 1st (U.S. Navy) air squadron of jets, Quonset Point, Rhode Island

1937 Isolation of pituitary hormone announced (Yale University)

1904 Ice cream cone created by Charles E Menches during La Purchase Expo

1880 1st commercial hydroelectric power planet begins, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1877 1st U.S. municipal railroad, Cincinnati Southern, begins operations

1877 1st telephone and telegraph line in Hawaii completed

1852 1st interment in U.S. National Cemetery at Presidio

1827 1st U.S. swim school opens (Boston Mass)

Today in History – 22 July

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1962 1st U.S. Venus probe, Mariner 1, fails at lift-off

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Today in History – 21 July

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1984 1st documented case of a robot killing a human in U.S.

1969 Neil Armstrong steps on Moon at 2:56:15 AM, GMT

1960 In Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) Sirima Bandaranaike is world’s 1st woman PM

1959 1st nuclear powered merchant ship, NS Savannah, christened, Camden, New Jersey

1957 1st black to win a major U.S. tennis tournament, Althea Gibson

1955 1st sub powered by liquid metal cooled reactor launched-Seawolf

1928 1st woman to win an olympic gold medal – Halina Knonpacka of Poland

1884 1st Test Cricket match played at Lord’s