Exponential Organizations -The new Change

By  Darpan Sachdeva

 Salim Ismail is a sought-after speaker, strategist and entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley and Global Ambassador at Singularity University. Here he delivers a talk on the new breed of exponential organizations and explains how it will completely disrupt most major industries and change how business is done in the future.


“Today, if you’re not disrupting yourself, someone else is; your fate is to be either the disrupter or the disrupted. There is no middle ground.”

― Salim Ismail, Exponential Organizations: Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, and cheaper than yours

Salim Ismail, founding Executive Director at Singularity University, is the top expert on how to both build Exponential Organizations and transform your current company into one. This model of business will be essential in the upcoming years. Salim discusses in the video the reasoning behind why there is so much stress between older and younger generations in the workforce, as well as how a linear organizational growth is no longer going to work in this world.

“The Exponential Organization The modern corporation takes great pride in how fast it can bring products and services to market compared to companies in the past.”
― Salim Ismail, Exponential Organizations: Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, and cheaper than yours


Exponential Organizations –  New organizations are 10x better, faster and cheaper than yours

-Yuri van Geest


,Blog Photo Darpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of Nobelthoughts.com. With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity. 


30 Major Causes of Failure

by  Darpan Sachdeva

Why we fail

There is so much of content on leading an inspiring and successful life found out there  now a days,But while there is much information about what leads to success there isn’t much about the major causes of failure.so i thought of sharing here the 30 major causes for the failure from Napoleon Hill’s classic book,Think and Grow Rich, has helped thousands of people achieve financial freedom, happiness and peace of mind.

Life’s greatest tragedy consists of men and women who earnestly try, and fail! The tragedy lies in the overwhelmingly large majority of people who fail, as compared to the few who succeed.

1.UNFAVORABLE HEREDITARY BACKGROUND. There is but little, if anything, which can be done for people who are born with a deficiency in brain power. This philosophy offers but one method of bridging this weakness—through the aid of the Master Mind. Observe with profit, however, that this is the ONLY one of the thirty causes of failure which may not be easily corrected by any individual.

2. LACK OF A WELL-DEFINED PURPOSE IN LIFE. There is no hope of success for the person who does not have a central purpose, or definite goal at which to aim. Ninety-eight out of every hundred of those whom I have analyzed, had no such aim.

3.LACK OF AMBITION TO AIM ABOVE MEDIOCRITY. We offer no hope for the person who is so indifferent as not to want to get ahead in life, and who is not willing to pay the price.

4.INSUFFICIENT EDUCATION. This is a handicap which may be overcome with comparative ease. Experience has proven that the best-educated people are often those who are known as “self-made,” or self-educated. It takes more than a college degree to make one a person of education. Any person who is educated is one who has learned to get whatever he wants in life without violating the rights of others. Education consists, not so much of knowledge, but of knowledge effectively and persistently APPLIED. Men are paid, not merely for what they know, but more particularly for WHAT THEY DO WITH THAT WHICH THEY KNOW.

5.LACK OF SELF-DISCIPLINE. Discipline comes through self-control. This means that one must control all negative qualities. Before you can control conditions, you must first control yourself. Self-mastery is the hardest job you will ever tackle. If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self. You may see at one and the same time both your best friend and your greatest enemy, by stepping in front of a mirror.

6.ILL HEALTH. No person may enjoy outstanding success without good health. Many of the causes of ill health are subject to mastery and control. These, in the main are:

a. Overeating of foods not conducive to health

b. Wrong habits of thought; giving expression to negatives.

c. Wrong use of, and over indulgence in sex.

d. Lack of proper physical exercise

e. An inadequate supply of fresh air, due to improper breathing.

7.UNFAVORABLE ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES DURING CHILDHOOD. “As the twig is bent, so shall the tree grow.” Most people who have criminal tendencies acquire them as the result of bad environment, and improper associates during childhood.

8.PROCRASTINATION. This is one of the most common causes of failure. “Old Man Procrastination” stands within the shadow of every human being, waiting his opportunity to spoil one’s chances of success. Most of us go through life as failures, because we are waiting for the “time to be right” to start doing something worthwhile. Do not wait. The time will never be “just right.” Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.

9.LACK OF PERSISTENCE. Most of us are good “starters” but poor “finishers” of everything we begin. Moreover, people are prone to give up at the first signs of defeat. There is no substitute for PERSISTENCE. The person who makes PERSISTENCE his watch-word, discovers that “Old Man Failure” finally becomes tired, and makes his departure. Failure cannot cope with PERSISTENCE.

10.NEGATIVE PERSONALITY. There is no hope of success for the person who repels people through a negative personality. Success comes through the application of POWER, and power is attained through the cooperative efforts of other people. A negative personality will not induce cooperation.

11.LACK OF CONTROLLED SEXUAL URGE.Sex energy is the most powerful of all the stimuli which move people into ACTION. Because it is the most powerful of the emotions, it must be controlled, through transmutation, and converted into other channels.

12.UNCONTROLLED DESIRE FOR “SOMETHING FOR NOTHING.” The gambling instinct drives millions of people to failure. Evidence of this may be found in a study of the Wall Street crash of ‘29, during which millions of people tried to make money by gambling on stock margins.

13.LACK OF A WELL DEFINED POWER OF DECISION. Men who succeed reach decisions promptly, and change them, if at all, very slowly. Men who fail, reach decisions, if at all, very slowly, and change them frequently, and quickly. Indecision and procrastination are twin brothers. Where one is found, the other may usually be found also. Kill off this pair before they completely “hog-tie” you to the treadmill of FAILURE.

14.ONE OR MORE OF THE 6 BASIC FEARS. Poverty, Criticism, Ill health, Jealousy, Old age, Death.

15.WRONG SELECTION OF A MATE IN MARRIAGE. This a most common cause of failure. The relationship of marriage brings people intimately into contact. Unless this relationship is harmonious, failure is likely to follow. Moreover, it will be a form of failure that is marked by misery and unhappiness, destroying all signs of AMBITION.

16.OVER-CAUTION. The person who takes no chances, generally has to take whatever is left when others are through choosing. Over-caution is as bad as under-caution. Both are extremes to be guarded against. Life itself is filled with the element of chance.

17.WRONG SELECTION OF ASSOCIATES IN BUSINESS. This is one of the most common causes of failure in business. In marketing personal services, one should use great care to select an employer who will be an inspiration, and who is, himself, intelligent and successful. We emulate those with whom we associate most closely. Pick an employer who is worth emulating.

18.SUPERSTITION AND PREJUDICE. Superstition is a form of fear. It is also a sign of ignorance. Men who succeed keep open minds and are afraid of nothing.

19.WRONG SELECTION OF A VOCATION. No man can succeed in a line of endeavor which he does not like. The most essential step in the marketing of personal services is that of selecting an occupation into which you can throw yourself wholeheartedly.

20.LACK OF CONCENTRATION OF EFFORT. The “jack-of-all-trades” seldom is good at any. Concentrate all of your efforts on one DEFINITE CHIEF AIM.

21.THE HABIT OF INDISCRIMINATE SPENDING. The spend-thrift cannot succeed, mainly because he stands eternally in FEAR OF POVERTY. Form the habit of systematic saving by putting aside a definite percentage of your income. Money in the bank gives one a very safe foundation of COURAGE when bargaining for the sale of personal services. Without money, one must take what one is offered, and be glad to get it.

22.LACK OF ENTHUSIASM. Without enthusiasm one cannot be convincing. Moreover, enthusiasm is contagious, and the person who has it, under control, is generally welcome in any group of people.

23.INTOLERANCE. The person with a “closed” mind on any subject seldom gets ahead. Intolerance means that one has stopped acquiring knowledge. The most damaging forms of intolerance are those connected with religious, racial, and political differences of opinion.

24.INTEMPERANCE. The most damaging forms of intemperance are connected with eating, strong drink, and sexual activities. Overindulgence in any of these is fatal to success.

25.INABILITY TO COOPERATE WITH OTHERS. More people lose their positions and their big opportunities in life, because of this fault, than for all other reasons combined. It is a fault which no well-informed business man, or leader will tolerate.

26.POSSESSION OF POWER THAT WAS NOT ACQUIRED THROUGH SELF EFFORT. (Sons and daughters of wealthy men, and others who inherit money which they did not earn). Power in the hands of one who did not acquire it gradually, is often fatal to success. QUICK RICHES are more dangerous than poverty.

27.INTENTIONAL DISHONESTY. There is no substitute for honesty. One may be temporarily dishonest by force of circumstances over which one has no control, without permanent damage. But, there is NO HOPE for the person who is dishonest by choice. Sooner or later, his deeds will catch up with him, and he will pay by loss of reputation, and perhaps even loss of liberty.

28.EGOTISM AND VANITY. These qualities serve as red lights which warn others to keep away. THEY ARE FATAL TO SUCCESS.

29.GUESSING INSTEAD OF THINKING. Most people are too indifferent or lazy to acquire FACTS with which to THINK ACCURATELY. They prefer to act on “opinions” created by guesswork or snap-judgments.

30.LACK OF CAPITAL. This is a common cause of failure among those who start out in business for the first time, without sufficient reserve of capital to absorb the shock of their mistakes, and to carry them over until they have established a REPUTATION.

Blog PhotoDarpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of Nobelthoughts.com. With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity.

The 13 Best TED Talks for all faces of life

by  Darpan Sachdeva


There’s a quote attributed to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. that says the following: “The human mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”

That’s what the TED conferences do: they stretch the dimensions of your mind. Each TED speaker has 18 minutes to present an idea worth spreading in the most innovative and impactful way they can. Speakers range from Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, to a young man living in a remote village in Malawi who–at the age of 14– built a windmill for his family, from an old textbook.

Below you’ll find what I consider to be the 13 best TED talks for all faces of life. This is a massive post, so I suggest you bookmark it, and then come back to it when you have time to select the talks that interest you.

Medical Science

Jill Bolte Taylor’s Stroke of Insight

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained brain scientist who suffered a stroke in 1996, at the age of 37, in the left hemisphere of her brain. She spoke of her experience at TED and wrote a memoir about the experience titled “My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey”.

Although the talk is, in part, about a brain scientist observing firsthand what it’s like to have a stroke, it goes much deeper than that. Dr. Taylor also explains her discovery that through the right hemisphere of the brain, the part of her brain that was untouched by the stroke, inner peace is just a thought away.


William Li – Can We Eat to Starve Cancer?

Angiogenesis is the process our body uses to grow new blood vessels. A typical adult has 60,000 miles worth of blood vessels. The smallest blood vessels are called capillaries–we have 19 billion of them in our bodies–, and they’re the vessels of life; however, they can also be the vessels of death. We get most of our blood vessels in the womb. Blood vessels grow in adults only under special circumstances, such as when we have an injury.

The body has the ability to regulate the amount of blood vessels that are present at any given time, through an elaborate system of checks and balances.  When we need a burst of blood vessels, the body can do this by releasing stimulators.  When those excess blood vessels are no longer needed, the body prunes them back.

However, sometimes there’s a defect in the system, and the body can’t prune back excess blood vessels, or it can’t grow new ones at the right place and at the right time.  This causes disease; there are about  70 diseases that have an imbalance in angiogenesis as their common denominator. Cancer is one of these diseases.

Cancers start out as a small, microscopic nest of cells.  This nest of cells can’t get any larger, because it doesn’t have a blood supply; so it doesn’t have enough oxygen or nutrients to grow.  Although most people have microscopic cancers in their bodies after a certain age, most will never grow to be dangerous.  This is because of the body’s ability to balance angiogenesis, which prevents excess blood vessels from growing and feeding cancers.

One way to treat cancer,  Li explains, is to cut off the blood supply.  However, Li argues that instead of concentrating on curing cancer once it happens, we should concentrate on preventing cancer. Li goes on to say that diet accounts for 30 to 35% of environmentally caused cancers.  So Li asked, “What could we add to our diet that would prevent our bodies from creating the blood vessels that feed microscopic cancers?”  That is, “Can we eat to starve cancer?” The answer is, “yes”.

Here are some examples of foods which inhibit abnormal angiogenesis:

  • Red grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Soy beans
  • Green tea
  • Lemons
  • Apples
  • Nutmeg
  • Tomatoes

Li explains more about these foods, and their role in preventing cancer, in his talk.


Personal Development

Tony Robbins – Why We Do What We Do and How We Can Do It Better

Personal development author and speaker Anthony Robbins explains in his TED talk that when people fail to achieve something, the defining factor is a lack of resourcefulness. He adds that if people are resourceful enough–if they’re creative and determined enough–they’ll find a way to achieve what they’re after.

In addition, Robbins explains that our ability to be resourceful largely depends on what we choose to focus on. Every moment of your life you’re making the following three decisions:

  1. What am I going to focus on?
  2. What does it mean? (The minute you focus on something you give it meaning. And whatever meaning you give to it produces emotion.)
  3. What am I going to do? (Emotion then drives you toward taking action.)

Robbins then gives examples of how these three decisions shape your life. As an aside, during the talk there’s a great exchange between Robbins and Al Gore, who’s sitting in the audience.


Matthieu Ricard: Habits of Happiness

Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard explains in his TED talk that we can train our minds in habits of happiness. He explains that often, in our quest for happiness, we look outside of ourselves. We think that if we get this or that, we’ll be happy. However, our control over the outside world is limited, temporary, and often illusory. So, if our happiness relies on something external, we’re on shaky ground.

The way to achieve happiness–which is a sense of well-being, serenity, and fulfillment–, is to look inside of ourselves, instead of looking outside. We need to realize that it’s the mind that translates what happens outside of us as either joy or suffering. Therefore, it all comes down to training the mind. Ricard adds that the best way to train the mind is through meditation.


Do Schools Kill creativity? | Sir Ken Robinson


Ken Robinson argues in his TED talk that, today, creativity is as important in education as literacy. However, the way in which the educational system is set up, we’re educating children out of their creative capacity. He refers to a quote attributed to Pablo Picasso by saying that all children are born artists; the challenge is for them to remain artists as they grow up, given the way in which they’re schooled.

For example, Robinson explains that if you’re not prepared to be wrong, then you’ll never come up with anything original. Kids will risk being wrong; but by the time they grow up, most of them have lost this capacity. They’ve become frightened of being wrong. We’re running the educational system in such a way that we’re stigmatizing making mistakes.

Robinson argues that the school system creates people who live in their heads; and slightly to one side (since the subjects taught in school are mostly left-hemisphere subjects). He adds that the system is predicated on academic ability, because it was created to meet the needs of industrialism. You probably heard the following as a child:

  • Don’t go into music; you won’t find a job as a musician.
  • Don’t study painting; you don’t want to be a starving artist.

The consequence is that many highly talented, brilliant, creative people, think that they’re not very smart; the things that they’re good at were not valued in school.  Robinson argues that we can’t afford to go on that way.



Juliana Rotich: Meet BRCK, Internet access built for Africa

Tech communities are booming all over Africa, says Nairobi-based Juliana Rotich, co founder of the open-source software Ushahidi. But it remains challenging to get and stay connected in a region with frequent blackouts and spotty Internet hookups. So Rotich and friends developed BRCK, offering resilient connectivity for the developing world.


Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of sixthSense technology

At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data — including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper “laptop.” In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he’ll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.


Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers — and as a counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling.


Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks — including death itself — at the university’s 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005.


Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, Failure and the Drive to Keep Creating

Elizabeth Gilbert knows a thing or two about failure. Publishers rejected the former diner waitress’s memoir Eat, Pray, Love (Penguin Books, 2007) for almost six years. Once the book finally broke through, it wasn’t long before Oprah — and the rest of the world — couldn’t stop talking about it. Then it was adapted for the big screen and became a global box office hit.

Gilbert had made it big. The pressure was on for a repeat. In her TED Talk, she says it was all too much. She considered quitting while she “was behind,” but she didn’t.

“I knew that the task was that I had to find some way to gin up the inspiration to write the next book, regardless of its inevitable negative outcome,” she says.

Gilbert did write that second book and it bombed. She had failed again, but didn’t throw in the towel.

She describes how she found strength in identifying with her former unpublished, struggling aspiring writer self. In facing a new challenge, she did the same thing she did when she was a failure: She got her ass back to work, as she says.

“My point is that I’m writing another one now, and I’ll write another book after that and another and another and another and many of them will fail, and some of them might succeed,” she says, “but I will always be safe from the random hurricanes of outcome as long as I never forget where I rightfully live.”

Her advice: No matter how many times you fall down, fight the urge to stay down. Get up. Again and again, get up.


Sarah Lewis: Embrace the near win

Hard truth: Not everything you do will be a masterpiece, especially when you’re first starting out.

In her eloquent speech, art historian and critic Sarah Lewis talks about the benefits of almost but not quite succeeding, which she calls the “near-win.” The Harvard grad and current Yale faculty member argues that our almost-failures are necessary, even crucial, steps along the way to success. Failing to reach your goal can actually sharpen your game plan and strengthen your resolve to go after it. Never give up.

“What gets us to forward thrust more is to value the near-win,” Lewis says. “A near-win gets us to focus on what right now we plan to do to address that mountain in our sights.”


Why giving away our wealth has been the most satisfying thing we’ve done

In 1993, Bill and Melinda Gates took a walk on the beach and made a big decision: to give their Microsoft wealth back to society. In conversation with Chris Anderson, the couple talks about their work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as their marriage, their children, their failures and the satisfaction of giving most of their money away.


Can India become a global hub for innovation? Nirmalya Kumar thinks it already has. He details four types of “invisible innovation” coming out of India and explains why companies that used to just outsource manufacturing jobs are starting to move top management positions overseas, too.

Blog PhotoDarpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of Nobelthoughts.com. With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity.

Things Motivated people do on daily basis

by  Darpan Sachdeva

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People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.
-Zig Ziglar

1. They set goals

Highly motivated people are always working for something. They know what they want, and they search for ways to achieve it. They are all for setting goals. They always have  goals which are SMART:

  • Simple
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Time-driven

When they set themselves a goal, they are  specific as possible. “Lose 5 pounds” is a better goal than “lose some weight,” because it gives you a clear idea of what success looks like. Knowing exactly what you want to achieve keeps you motivated until you get there. Also, think about the specific actions that need to be taken to reach your goal. Just promising you’ll “eat less” or “sleep more” is too vague — be clear and precise. “I’ll be in bed by 10 pm on weeknights” leaves no room for doubt about what you need to do, and whether or not you’ve actually done it.

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” ~ Jim Rohn


2. They move on

Highly motivated people don’t dwell on problems. If they mess up on some thing, they don’t try to push it away. They don’t let their mistakes stop them from achieving their goals. Instead, they look at these mistakes as nothing but simple moments in their life. They accept them, learn from them, and move to the next thing on their to-do list.

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”  – Johnny Cash


3.They work hard

There’s no way around this. If you are afraid of hard work, success is far less likely to come your way. You have to be ready to make sacrifices, work long hours to achieve your dreams, and pick yourself up after every setback.

Hard work is what separates the best from the greats. Talent alone is no assurance of success.

“It seems the harder I work, the more luck I have.” —Thomas Jefferson


4.They don’t go a day without giving thanks.

They realize the importance of being grateful. Not just once in a while either‒every single day. Start each day by giving thanks for your life and the lives of those your love most, and you’ll find your levels of motivation soar to levels you never knew they could reach.

“‘Enough’ is a feast. Buddhist proverb

5.They surround themselves with other highly motivated people.

Your surroundings have a colossal impact on yourself, whether you believe it or not. Spend most of your time with like-minded people to get inspired and learn from them, instead of going downhill around naysayers and haters.

It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company-George Washington


6.They Build their willpower muscle:

Your self-control “muscle” is just like the other muscles in your body — when it doesn’t get much exercise, it becomes weaker over time. But when you give it regular workouts by putting it to good use, it will grow stronger and stronger, and better able to help you successfully reach your goals.

To build willpower, take on a challenge that requires you to do something you’d honestly rather not do. Give up high-fat snacks, do 100 sit-ups a day, stand up straight when you catch yourself slouching, try to learn a new skill. When you find yourself wanting to give in, give up, or just not bother — don’t. Start with just one activity, and make a plan for how you will deal with troubles when they occur  It will be hard in the beginning, but it will get easier, and that’s the whole point. As your strength grows, you can take on more challenges and step-up your self-control workout.

“You may fetter my leg, but Zeus himself cannot get the better of my free will.” – Epictetus


7.They aren’t afraid of failure

There’s a popular saying which states that success happens outside your comfort zone. It’s true. In order to become successful, you have to push yourself and suppress your fear of failure. Failure isn’t the worst thing that can happen. At least you can learn something when you make a mistake. No trying is the worst.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison


Blog PhotoDarpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of Nobelthoughts.com. With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity.

7 secrets to success as seen by successful people

by  Darpan Sachdeva


Why are some people more successful than others? There’s really no mystery: It’s because they do things differently than people who are less successful. Here are seven things that very successful people do every day. Embrace these habits and you can greatly accelerate your own success.



They are Absolutely and Relentlessly Passionate about What They Do

 When you have true passion for something, nothing will stop you. You simply will not give up. In fact, if you do give up, it means there was not true passion. Passion is not a temporary thing – it is a consuming drive that impacts all that you do. Consider the case of Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani girl who, at age 15 was leading a movement in her town to get all girls to school. Despite the cultural aversion to female education, she did not stop. And when the Taliban targeted her and she lay almost dead in a London hospital, she fought her way back and continues her fight, with much more recognition and much more international support than she ever had in her hometown. She has become a “force” on the international scene.

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They Work Hard, but They have Fun Doing it

 All successful people admit that what they do is fun for them. No matter what you may think about Donald Trump’s politics, he has always said that he gets his biggest kicks out of making deals. He has written a book about it; he has had some failures and a few bankruptcies, and he is pretty blustery. But when he is at his finest and when he is having the most fun, he is making deals. Warren Buffett loves the “hunt” He loves researching companies, digging deep into their workings, and then making investment decisions based upon that. He has loved that since he was a teenager, and that will not change.

They Focus on a Singular Thing at First.

 No matter how many fingers successful people may have in many pies now, they are all begin with a single focus in mind. Many of the have stuck with that focus; many others have “diversified.” But that ability to focus, which actually comes from their passion, is what brought them to the “dance” of success. Consider the case of Richard Branson and his company the Virgin Group. As a high school dropout, Branson was not willing to accept the fate of most dropouts. No, he had a focus – a single focus – and that was music. He began selling records out of a church basement and grew his business by opening up an online store that was able to under-sell other retailers. Once that business was successful, he opened brick and mortar record stores. Each time he achieved success, he moved onto the next venture. Ultimately, he sold his music “industry” and focused on the next single purpose – making air travel easier and more affordable for people – and Virgin Airlines was born.


They Have Persistence Through Failure

 This trait also stems from passion and a love of what one does. In a recent book on successful people, author Richard St. John said, “Failure can either be your school or your funeral” as he summed up what successful people have had to say about their failures. J.K. Rowling loves to make up stories and to write. Almost penniless, with two boys to raise, she persisted. She persisted through over 200 rejections of her first Harry Potter novel, and look where that persistence has gotten her now.


They Push Out of Their Comfort Zones

 Three young men living in New York and barely making a living designing websites for small businesses and community organizations, got a contract to develop a website for a community organization that sponsored a flea market/craft fair venue. In the course of getting information about the organization, they heard lots of grumblings from craters about E-Bay – its high fees and its total lack of support. They knew nothing about crafts, of business ventures, but they pushed themselves out of their “zones” and started Etsy. The rest is an amazing story. Today, Etsy is a publicly-traded corporation with an estimated wort of $2 billion.

They Look for a Problem to be Solved by a Big Idea

 Nick Woodman was frustrated that he could not film himself surfing because he had no way to securely fasten a camera to his body. He developed a belt, which he began to sew himself using a sewing machine borrowed from his mother. The belt was hugely successful and he then went further developing an entire line of Go Pro cameras.


They Continue a Learning Quest

 Successful people never stop being curious and never stop learning new things. If you were to ask Oprah Winfrey to enumerate the things she has done to be successful, one of the first things she will say is that she has never stopped learning. She has an insatiable thirst for knowledge and understanding, and, for years, that was reflected in her daily shows.


Many will say that there are other important traits to consider when looking at the lives and ventures of successful people. These 7, however, are a pretty good start.

Blog PhotoDarpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of Nobelthoughts.com. With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity.


15 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was in My 20s

by Darpan Sachdeva


1. Family is everything – They are the ones who will be there no matter what. I’ve had both friendships and relationships come and go in my life and the one constant has always been my family. Regardless of the situation or circumstance, my family has stood by me through the good times and the bad. They are the ones who will always be there – treat them like they are the greatest people on earth because they really are.


2.Time is an illusion.  When I was younger, it always felt like I had my whole life ahead of me.  So, I kept on procrastinating; putting off reading that book I’ve always wanted to read, not dropping a message to a friend I haven’t seen or talked to for a long time, not exercising daily, not saving and investing, not going out.  Now, I look back and I realized I’ve wasted so much time planning and not acting.


3Take more risks.  When you’re young, you have more opportunities to fail.  More opportunities to fail means more opportunities to learn.  More opportunities to learn is more opportunities to succeed.  Plus, you become wiser and stronger in the process.


4.Don’t work hard, work smart.  Don’t stress the small stuff at work.  More importantly, don’t let your work schedule your life.  Take control over your life and schedule it.

5.Manners are essential. One of the things that irks me more than anything else is poor manners. A simple ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ will get you so much further in life. This extends to taking the time to thank people for things they have done for you or for helping you. A simple Thank You card in the mail will absolutely make someone’s day.


6. You can’t change a person or save the whole world in one go.  You can’t change anyone.  That’s God’s job.  Your job is to accept and love them for who they are.  The change will follow.  If they’re sucking out your energy, learn to love them from a distance.

You’ll go crazy trying to save the world.  It’s frustrating!  What you can do is try to save one person at a time.  How?  Be a friend.  Listen.  Empathize.  Share your time.  Let them feel they matter.  Never underestimate the power of kindness.

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7.Learn about Finances. Even if it might be boring, or not applicable immediately to you, learn about finances. To make money, you need to understand money, unless you luck out (which very few people do).Money does actually matter, sadly. Try and have some kind of cushion: it’ll come in handy if things go wrong, but it’ll also come in handy for experiments.


8. Find happiness within yourself, not from other people, and certainly not from things. Unhappiness leads to terrible choices.At the end of the day, be happy. I mean this literally – do not go to bed cranky. You will not wake up feeling better in the morning. Do whatever you need to do to get those negative thoughts out of your mind and focus on something happy to end your day.Be Happy in whatever you do. If you’re not, why push yourself through it (be it life, work, personal relationships, hobbies, etc.)


9.Learn to love yourself.

You can’t possibly live a fulfilled life until you learn to love yourself completely. When you look in the mirror, tell yourself you’re handsome, or beautiful. Say it often. You’re unique and no one looks quite like you. Embrace it. Love it. Other people will only love you more for it.

10. It’s you versus you. That’s it.

Stop comparing yourself to others. You might never be the strongest person in the gym, the richest guy on a Forbes list or the fastest guy in the marathon. If that upsets you, you’re missing the point. Instead, concentrate on being better today than you were yesterday. If you keep doing that, you’ll be successful. It may not happen right away, but if you stay focused on improving just a little every day, you’ll amaze yourself.


11. Stop worrying so much about what other people think.

Letting the opinions of your peers influence your decisions is one of the worst things you can do. You’ll realize later just how foolish it was. The only thing that is important is what you think and feel about yourself.

12. Make good friends, the ones who will stick during bad times. And remember not to rely on people for happiness.


13. Health. Take care of your body now and you will have to spend less on fixing it later. Eat healthful food, workout, and stay away from the typical vices – your body will thank you later in life.


14.You’ll get your heart broken.  Maybe once, maybe twice.  It’s all part of the package.  Only a very few are lucky enough to end up with their first love.  Most mortals will have to meet a few wrong people before they meet the right one for them.


15. Be honest with yourself and others.Always be true to yourself and others. Period. Honesty gives you peace of mind, and peace of mind is priceless. Relationships built on the foundation of lies won’t last.


And finally as an add on bonus advise over the 15 things above to myself would be,

the one and only one:

Learn how to code

Learn to code

Blog PhotoDarpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of Nobelthoughts.com. With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity.

4 Principles from Mary Kay to success

by Darpan Sachdeva

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Mary Kay Ash,the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics,atributed her success  to the development of self confidence and faith  in herself  and all the people in her vast organisation.,which now consists of  more than 250,000 independent beauty consultants worldwide.

Mary Kay preached and practised that the first in achieving success is to firmly  believe that you are an excellent person who deserves success.Here are her 4 principles  to help create an image of excellence and begin create an atmosphere of  success in your life.


1.Imagine yourself successful.

Always picture yourself successful.Visualise the person you desire to become .Set aside the time each day to be alone and undisturbed.Get comfortable and relax.Close your eyes and concentrate on your desires and goals.See yourself int his new environment ,capable and self confident.


2.Reflect on your past success.

Every success be it large or small,is self proof thata you are capable of achieving more success.Celebrate each success.You can recall it when you begin to lose faith in your self.

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3.Set definite goals

Have a clear direction of where you want to go.Be aware when you begin to deviate from these goals and take immediate corrective action.


4.Respond positively to life.

Develop a positive self image .Your image ,your reactions to life  and your decisions are completely within your control.


Blog PhotoDarpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of Nobelthoughts.com. With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity.

(Video) The Power of love and peace

by  Darpan Sachdeva 

We live today in a world where there is so much need for love and peace like no time ever before.Although love is some thing which mankind has always needed to survive and exist in the universe.Today we need a world  where there exists love ,harmony ,tenderness and above all Peace.As we live and grow,love is the only way for us to be in the state of being in any and all of its forms,

Love surely has been expressed so differently by great thinkers from Picasso to Plato. “At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet,” Plato once said.  Luckily, we have real poets (and musicians and artists and philosophers) to put this elusive and complex feeling into words.

Poets & Authors On Love:

1. “Love consists of this: two solitudes that meet, protect and greet each other.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

2. “Love is like the wind, you can’t see it, but you can feel it.” ― Nicholas Sparks

3. “Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” — Franklin P. Jones

4. “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” — Charles Schulz

5. “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” — Robert Heinlein

6. “Love loves to love love.” ― James Joyce

7. “It is better to love wisely, no doubt: but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all.” — William Makepeace Thackeray

8. “Love is a smoke and is made with the fume of sighs.” — William Shakespeare

9. “Love is the answer to everything. It’s the only reason to do anything. If you don’t write stories you love, you’ll never make it. If you don’t write stories that other people love, you’ll never make it.” — Ray Bradbury

10. “We’re all a little weird, and life’s a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” — Dr. Seuss

11. “The opposite of love is not hate; it’s indifference.” — Elie Wiesel

12. “Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby: awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess.” — Lemony Snicket

13. “Life is a flower of which love is the honey.” — Victor Hugo

14. “Love is quivering happiness.” — Kahlil Gibran


Musicians On Love

15. “Love; it will not betray you, dismay or enslave you. It will set you free.” — Mumford & Sons

16. “Love is something sent from Heaven to worry the Hell out of you.” — Dolly Parton

17. “Passion makes the world go round. Loves just makes it a safer place.” — Ice T

18. “Love is a promise; love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.” — John Lennon

Philosophers On Love:

19. “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” — Aristotle

20. “Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses.” — Lao Tzu

21. “In dreams and in love, there are no impossibilities.” — Janos Arnay

22. “There is no remedy for love but to love more.” — Thoreau

Actors & Directors On Love

21. “Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.” — Bruce Lee

22. “Love is the hardest habit to break, and the most difficult to satisfy.” — Drew Barrymore

23. “Do you know how you tell real love? It’s when someone else’s interest trumps your own. I like to put it that way: trumps your own. Love of somebody else — of family, of your kids — becomes the most important, most worthwhile thing in your life. It’s what you foster and protect.” — Brad Pitt

24. “We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.” — Orson Welles

25. “Love is a game that two can play and both win.” ― Eva Gabor


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Artists On Love

26. “Love is the greatest refreshment in life.” — Pablo Picasso

27. “Love always brings difficulties, that is true, but the good side of it is that it gives energy.” — Vincent Van Gogh

28. “Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding.” — Diane Arbus

Famous Leaders On Love

29. “Love is a friendship set to music.” — E. Joseph Cossman

30. “Love never claims, it ever gives. Love ever suffers, never resents never revenges itself.” — Gandhi

31. “Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.” — Benjamin Franklin

32. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Unknown On Love

33. “Love is a little world; people make it big.” ― Unknown

34. “Love is not measured by how many times you touch each other, but by how many times you reach each other.” — Unknown

35. “Love is an emotion experienced by the many and enjoyed by the few.” — Unknown

36. “Love without reason lasts the longest.” — Unknown

Blog PhotoDarpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of Nobelthoughts.com. With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity.

11 Entrepreneurial Lessons learnt from Shark Tank.

by  Darpan Sachdeva


The show Shark Tank, where entrepreneurs pitch investors for capital, has some great business lessons to learn from..

1.Hustle is necessary, but not sufficient. A common refrain entrepreneurs on the show resort to when they’re about to get the nix from all five sharks is: “But I’m such a hard worker! I will toil night and day to make this business a success!” And every time, one of the sharks — usually Mark Cuban — will respond with something to the effect of: “You and everyone else on this show!”

We’ve argued that the world belongs to those who hustle. And it does. If you’re lazy, you’re not going anywhere in life. But in business, hustle is a given. You have to work hard to be a success, but working hard doesn’t guarantee you’ll be successful. If your business sucks and your product is a complete lemon, it doesn’t matter how hard you work. You’re going to fail.

Its a combination of Right Vehicle  with Right knowledge and Right You .When these 3 things are in place ,this will bring in success.

Hustle, but make sure you’re hustling in the right direction.

2) Do your homework. When Mark Cuban negotiates and tells you a deal is final, he means it. I’ve seen enough episodes to know this, so I cringe when an entrepreneur tries to negotiate further and loses a deal entirely. You won’t have the benefit of seeing most people you’ll negotiate with on TV in advance, but you can still do plenty of due diligence — like researching their past deals and talking to their business partners.

The most successful entrepreneurs also know enough about the Sharks to customize their pitch. They tell each one why he or she should personally be interested in the business.

3) Know your business.: what does that mean exactly?

“Know your business and industry better than anyone else in the world.” –Mark Cuban

First, you need to know your numbers — sales, cash flow, debt, margin, and so on. The sharks often hesitate to make a deal with entrepreneurs who don’t know important data points like their customer acquisition cost.

But knowing your business extends far beyond having a handle on your numbers; it requires a deep understanding and grasp of the industry you’re competing in. Lots of entrepreneurs come on the show pitching a product or service they think is truly unique,

There are also plenty of entrepreneurs who come on the show with dreams of conquering certain industries (food, clothing, apps, etc.), but have no idea how those industries actually work; for example, they have a food item they want national grocery stores to stock, yet they aren’t aware of the huge amounts of money big corporations spend to secure that shelf space and what an uphill battle breaking into the market will require. Consequently, their plans to succeed are naive at best — completely misguided at worst.

A perfect example of entrepreneurs who came on Shark Tank without really understanding their industry (or even business) was a pair of doctors pitching a social network for their fellow MDs called Rolodoc. The docs had no clue how social media worked, or even what it was, despite the fact that their business idea would supposedly revolve round it. Consequently, they stumbled over even very basic questions about how their idea would be executed and how it would actually make money. Mark Cuban called it the worst pitch in Shark Tank history.

Before you start your business, research the heck out of the industry.

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4.The best businesses solve real problems. The entrepreneurs that succeed in landing a deal usually have one thing in common: their business solves a real problem. Typically the problem the entrepreneur sets out to solve was one they experienced themselves.

The businesses that typically fail at securing funding don’t solve an actual problem. They’re either novelty products or products that solve a problem that doesn’t actually exist.

5) Investors buy into people as much as ideas. The Sharks get most excited about a passionate, likeable entrepreneur. Be honest. If that’s not you, and you need investors, consider finding a partner who fills this role.

6) Don’t be blinded by passion. Here’s another recurring theme on the show: the overly-passionate entrepreneur who’s poured their heart and soul into their product and is absolutely convinced that their business is the next big thing/will change the world…even though everyone else can plainly see that their idea is an utter dud.

“I think passion is overrated. Everyone has a lot of passions. I have a passion for sports – a passion for music. That doesn’t make it a business, and that doesn’t make you qualified to run the business.” –Mark Cuban

It’s hard to knock these folks. Their passion and emotion is well-intended and is frankly admirable in our day of “overwhelming meh” aloofness. Ideally, you should love doing the thing you’re trying to make money at. But passion isn’t enough. Just like hustling can’t transform a sow’s ear into a purse, if nobody wants your product or service, passion in spades won’t magically turn your business into a success. In fact, that unchecked passion can blind you to warning signs that you’re on a sinking ship — before you know it, you’ve invested years of your life and thousands of dollars into an emotionally and financially costly failure.

7) Know your numbers. This is the number one lesson from Shark Tank. Whether you’re presenting to a team of investors or simply working to grow your business, it’s critical that you understand how much cash is coming in and out of the business. While you might think that most entrepreneurs on Shark Tank have a handle on their books, many believe that their passion will sell their wares. However, as we’ve learned from many of the Sharks, passion only gets you so far—numbers tell the real story.

8) Be humble. When a young entrepreneur appeared on the show to sell his custom clothing, he expressed the business drive that the Sharks love, but things started to fall apart when he talked about his lifestyle. Aside from asking for a starting six-figure salary (when the company has only grossed just over $315,000), he also lost some Sharks when he declared, “I’m now living the L.A. life.” As Shark Daymond John, founder of FUBU, expressed on his Twitter feed, a statement like this isn’t very appealing to a potential investor looking to form a responsible partnership.

9) Focus on the customer, not on yourself.
It’s hard to overstate this. Sometimes, some of the Sharks can appear on the show to have soft hearts, especially when they see entrepreneurs who are incredibly passionate about their products and have already overcome long odds to keep their dreams afloat. When it comes time to make a deal, however, an entrepreneur’s personal story is really only compelling if it demonstrates that he or she has a compelling insight into customer needs.

10) If you’re not making money, it’s just a hobby. Kevin O’Leary has a saying, “Any business that after three years isn’t profitable isn’t a business, it’s a hobby.” There’s nothing wrong with hobbies. They’re fun and provide a creative outlet. But don’t fool yourself into thinking that your little manly-scented artisanal soapmaking experiment is a promising biz just because you’ve sold 8 bars on Etsy.

11) Just because your friends and family love your idea, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen people pitch what is obviously a stinker of a business, only to be stunned when Mr. Wonderful declares, “This is insanity! I forbid you to continue!” How do these incredulous would-be entrepreneurs invariably respond? “But all my friends and family think it’s a great idea!”

Of course they do. They’re your friends and family. They think you’re awesome, so they think everything you do is awesome; it’s the halo effect! Even if your friends and family do realize your business idea is a bad one, they probably wouldn’t say so. They’re worried you’ll shoot the messenger and so they’ll simply tell you what you want to hear.

Take the husband/wife creators of “Elephant Chat.” They invested $100,000 of their own money into developing their product – a little plush elephant stuffed inside an acrylic “communication cube” that a spouse could place out on the counter to let their partner know they wanted to talk about an issue in the relationship (“the elephant in the room”). It retailed for $60. They swore everyone they talked to thought it was an amazing idea. None of the sharks took the bait.

Blog PhotoDarpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of Nobelthoughts.com. With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity.


21 Entrepreneurial Quotes to adhere to‏

by Darpan Sachdeva

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After giving away  many of my years to entrepreneurship,i do often  give this question to my self and around –What is Entrepreneurship? 

To the untrained eye, an entrepreneur may appear to be a person who has started his or her own business. While this is technically true, there’s so much more to the journey of entrepreneurship than just bringing a business idea to fruition. Its the power of problem solving be it in any field and sphere of life and to do it profitably.

The nature of being an entrepreneur means that you fully embrace ambiguity and are comfortable with being challenged regularly. Choosing this career path is completely irrational because the odds of succeeding are dismal, but most succeed because of their unwavering belief, laser focus on delivering and persistence.

One thing that always helps me through the ups and downs is to connect with some of the greatest minds during the journey.I strongly believe true entrepreneurship is all about masterminding.

Down below are some of  my favourite quotes for an entrepreneur  to live by:

1.”Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda, Jedi Master. 

2.“Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.”– Guy Kawasaki, founder of All Top.

3.“Winners never quit and quitters never win.”– Vince Lombardi

4.Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”Steve Jobs

5.“My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long University education that I never had — everyday I’m learning something new.”- Richard Branson

6.“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”- Thomas Edison

7.”The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese proverb.

8.”When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” Henry Ford 

9″Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” Mark Twain, author.

10.“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Albert Einstein

11.“As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.”- Donald Trump

12. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”Winston Churchill

13.Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” – Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group.

14.“If you don’t know what to do with your life, do something that saves lives. The world is full of of people in need, be the part of their life that fills that need.” – Sanjeev Saxena.

15.“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”– Martin Luther King, Jr.

16.”Success is how high you bounce after you hit bottom.” – General George Patton.

17.Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. – Dr. Napoleon Hill 

 18.“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”- Mark Twain

19.“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”- Bill Gates

20.“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game’s winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that’s why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan, NBA Hall of Famer.

21. “Always deliver more than expected.” —Larry Page, co-founder of Google.

Blog PhotoDarpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of Nobelthoughts.com. With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity.  

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