by Sunil Bali, 19-03-2017
At the age of 54, John B. Goodenough invented the lithium battery which powers all our smart phones, tablets and laptops – as well as electric cars.
37 years later at the age of 94, John has unveiled a new, ultra-efficient, low cost battery which uses a sodium or lithium coated glass electrolyte. It will dwarf his original invention and make it redundant.
The new glass battery will allow electric cars to go three times the distance, and recharge in minutes instead of hours. It’s also far safer as it won’t explode and can operate in sub-zero temperatures.
The new glass battery will power our future solar powered and electric vehicles, homes and industries.
But John isn’t finished yet. He still works every day as a Professor at the University of Texas.
John believes humanity has a 30 year window to come up with an even more powerful "super battery" to take us entirely off fossil fuels, before the environmental damage we are creating becomes irreversible, and says, “I want to solve this problem before my chips are in ….. I still have time to go."
So if you ever think it’s too late to be successful, just remember John B. Goodenough.
For two years a multi-millionaire was having an affair with an Italian woman.
One night, she confided in him that she was pregnant.
Not wanting to ruin his reputation or his marriage, he paid her a large sum of money if she would go to Italy to secretly have the child. If she stayed in Italy to raise the child, he would also provide very generous financial support to both her and the child.
She agreed, but asked how he would know when the baby was born. To keep it discrete, he told her to simply mail him a post card, and write "Spaghetti" on the back.
He would then arrange for the child support payments to begin. One day, about 9 months later, he came home to his confused wife. "Honey!" she said, "you received a very strange post card today."
"Let me see," the husband said a little flustered.
The wife watched as her husband read the card, turned white, and fainted.
On the card was written:
"Spaghetti, Spaghetti, Spaghetti. Two with meatballs, one without. Send extra sauce."
Live big & love deep.
by Sunil Bali, 12-03-2017
With his unique blend of martial mastery and metaphysical wisdom, coupled with his premature death at the age of 32, Bruce Lee is one of those rare cultural icons whose ethos and appeal remain timeless.
Many of Bruce Lee’s pearls of wisdom have their roots in Lao Tzu’s classic text, The Tao Te Ching which was written in 6BC.
Here are nine of the best:
- Empty your mind, let go and be like water. Water has no shape of its own but moulds itself to the receptacle that contains it. When heated to the state of steam it is invisible, but has enough power to split the earth itself. When frozen it crystallizes into a mighty rock. Water can be turbulent like Niagara Falls, and then calm like a still pond. Empty your mind, let go and be like water.
- The master observes the world, but trusts his inner vision. He allows things to come and go. His heart is as open as the sky.
- Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.
- When things go wrong, don’t go wrong with them.
- Sorrows are our best educator. A man can see farther through a tear than through a telescope. Let what tried to demolish you, polish you.
- The spirit, energy and creativity of the individual is determined by his dominant thoughts.
- Always have faith in yourself. Always be yourself. Always express yourself. Be a real human being not a plastic one.
- The successful warrior is the average man, with laser focus.
- If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.
Son: Dad, I’m considering a career in organized crime.
Dad: In the Government or private sector?
With end of year exams looming, here are the thoughts of one student:
I just realized that "never" is a contraction of "not ever" and
"blush" is a contraction of "blood rush" and also,
"studying" is a contraction of "student dying."
Live big & love deep.
by Sunil Bali, 05-03-2017
During our lifetime, we spend more time speaking to ourselves than we do to any other person.
Harvard psychologist Shawn Achor says that the most important conversations we ever have, are the ones that we have with our self. Primarily, because the relationship we have with our self influences the relationships that we have with others.
Achor’s research for his bestselling book "Before Happiness", reveals that we often speak to ourselves worse than we speak to our worst enemy.
Achor asks, "Ever loved someone so much that you would do anything for them? Well how about making that someone yourself?"
Given its universal importance, slap a mental preservation order on your mind, such that no changes can be made to its pristine, unadulterated nature without the consent of your soul.
And remember, that any conversation that costs you your peace of mind is too expensive.
Alternative definition: Independent – a locket which has your photo inside.
As the coffin was being lowered into the ground at the Parking Officer’s funeral, a muffled voice from inside screamed, "I’m not dead, I’m not dead. Let me out!"
The vicar smiled, leaned forward sucking air through his teeth, and muttered, "Too bl**dy late pal. I’ve already done the paperwork."
Live big & love deep.