Difference Between Memorizing and Understanding
This is a true story from the Japanese Embassy in US!!!
A few days ago, Prime Minister Mori was given some basic English conversation training before he visits Washington and meets President Barack Obama …
The instructor told Prime Minister Mori, “When you shake hand with President Obama, please say ‘How are you?’ Then Mr. Obama should say, ‘I am fine, and you?’ Now, you should say ‘Me too.’ Afterwards, we translators will do the work for you.”
It looks quite simple, but the truth is …
When Mori met Obama, he mistakenly said ‘Who are you?’ (instead of ‘How are you?’).
Mr. Obama was a bit shocked but still managed to react with humor: ‘Well, I’m Michelle’s husband, ha-ha …’
Then Mori replied, ‘Me too, ha-ha ….’
Then there was a long silence in the meeting room.
Kham Hai Jab Tak To Hai Mitti Ka Ek Anbar Tu
Pukhta Ho Jaye To Hai Shamsheer-E-Bezanhar Tu

While you are still immature, you are a heap of dust;
When you ripen, you will become an irresistible sword.
Utha Saqiya Parda Iss Raaz Se
Lara De Mamoole Ko Shahbaz Se

Come lift the veil off mysteries,
And make a mere wagtail take eagles on.

Imam Ali (AS): "Whoever has identified his self in reality has recognized his Creator."

Stop Memorizing & Start Understanding
You cannot train birds, how to fly. By nature they learn, how high is the sky. 
Ratta Marna, rote learning, mugging up, learning by heart; is very dangerous. Look at meeting of Prime Minister Mori and President Barack Obama.
In life, personality development is important but think more to develop skills, character, values.
Our education (both Islamic and traditional) system is based on rote learning.
What, why, why not, how, what-if; is the start of learning.
There are two type of intelligence; general (common sense) and specialized (domain).
Vision and dream (inner fire) are the wings (power) of human to fly. 
Pain, hurt, guilt, shame, frustration, or anger are part of life. When some inner fire is set, one can face the storms.
Intrinsic motivation works. Now one is not striving for reward, recognition, people approval.
Personality development is superficial and it's easy to develop.
Photoshop experts can animate a lot on one's photo but building character, values, skills, vision need more struggle.
Otherwise you will stuck with herd mentality.
People buy cake with good icing from bakery. Personality means icing.

When someone is mean, don’t listen. When someone is rude, walk away. When someone tries to put you down, stay firm. Don’t let someone else’s bad behavior destroy your inner peace.

Don't think, just do
The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.
If you try and lose then it isn't your fault. But if you don't try and lose, then it's all your fault.
The only man who never makes mistakes, is the man who never does anything.
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered (having a pattern of alternating squares of different colors) by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight (sunset) that knows neither victory nor defeat.
Make voyages (expeditions). Attempt them. There's nothing else.
Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.
... wanting change is step one, but step two is taking it.
To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous (savagely cruel; exceedingly brutal) coasts.
Do anything, save to lie down and die!
If you're waiting until you feel talented enough to make it, you'll never make it.
Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
He who waits to do a great deal of good at once, will never do anything.
There's doubt in trying. Just do it or stop thinking.
Six Ways To Give Your Mind A Break: 1. Stop stressing 2. Stop worrying 3. Give rest to the problems weighing you down 4. Lighten up 5. Forgive yourself 6. Forgive others.
You don't get over the fear of doing something by not doing it.
If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.
Knowledge is power: You hear it all the time but knowledge is not power. It's only potential power. It only becomes power when we apply it and use it. Somebody who reads a book and doesn't apply it, they're at no advantage over someone who's illiterate. None of it works unless YOU work. We have to do our part. If knowing is half the battle, action is the second half of the battle.
Working on something despite certain failure is better than sitting idle.
You've thought it through. Do not procrastinate. Take a deep breath, and go for it!
Most people master the art of postponing the start.
If you want to get anywhere, you have to start somewhere.
Yesterday cannot be changed, tomorrow cannot be guaranteed; today is yours .... So believe in today .... Just do it ....
Time and nature do its job, don't wait for you.
The things that excite you are not random. They are connected to your purpose. Follow them.
It's great to have opinions, however opinions do better by WORK, not by WORD. Don't just say it, show it.
No matter how dysfunctional your background, how broke or broken you are, where you are today, or what anyone else says, YOU MATTER, and your life matters!
There’s no need to sharpen your pencils any more. Even the dull ones can make a mark.
Reach out and help others. If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. Be a vessel, be the change, be the difference, or be the inspiration. Shine your light as an example. The world needs more of that.
Sometimes it's like: If something terrifies you, you should totally do it BECAUSE it terrifies you. And then you'll do it and you'll realise, what you're capable of.
Nobody but you have to believe in your dreams to make them a reality.
You cannot move things by not moving.
Just because it's a trend, should we do it?
Until you prove what is in you, what is in you shall always be what is in you.
You don't have to roar again; In your silence, listen to your courageous inner voice say 'I will go and do it gain'.
I've found that busting your back on a daily basis to make your art good, clear, and meaningful creates the most luck.
It shouldn't take a life-changing event for you to change your life.
Don't let people intimidate (threaten) you into downgrading your goals. They intimidate only because they are intimidated by your goals.
We can talk about it, dream about it and dissect (divide) the fine print. In the end, only action satisfies our longing (a strong desire especially for something unattainable, craving).
People don't need to know, how good you are. Just smile, just slay (greatly impress or amuse) and just show.
Don't say you have started when you remain static. It takes just a step to start an arduous (difficult) errand (task)! Unleash yourself and take the courageous step tactically to accomplish the vision. When you have to do it, dare to do it!”
Sing the song and let people do the interpretation. It is your duty to sing the unsung songs and it is their duty to do the interpretation.
Don't whisper your own thoughts in one's ears, let your imagination come out and make noise as success.
Leap of Faith: If you're serious about saying Yes, just Do It. If you're not, ask yourself what's nailed your feet to the floor.
You can't make history going incognito (disguised).
Goals and dreams are not purposed to please others. I'd rather be the jester (a man in the past whose job was to tell jokes and make people laugh) who adds value to those around me than a King with no vision or intention of making a difference.
Sometimes you just do what you gotta do to get through them.
Believe you can get what you want and define what you want in such a way that you begin to visualize it as though it is a memory and not a dream.
... if you have the talent and can create, what's stopping you? You're the same creative person whether or not you have a degree in art.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
Unless you are willing to do the ridiculous, God will not do the miraculous. When you have God, you don't have to know everything about it; you just have to do it.
You rarely get closure when you leave something unknown.
If I must start somewhere, right here and now is the best place imaginable.
The only dreams that matter are the ones you have when you're awake.
People tell you that you cannot, because they do not.
What would happen if you gave yourself permission to do something, you’ve never done before? There’s only one way to find out.
Even a brick wants to be something. A brick wants to be something. It aspires (direct one's hopes or ambitions toward achieving something). Even a common, ordinary brick ... wants to be something more than it is. It wants to be something better than it is.
You'll never know the outcome unless you just go out there and just do it.
Isn't it amazing that we’ll cause ourselves more pain by thinking about, and avoiding something we’re afraid of, or something we know we must deal with, but don't want to face? The best thing you can do is just do it, just face the fear and get it over with. How do you get the courage? You create your courage by just taking action …
Learn everything you can learn now while you are young. If you think you are old now, well let me remind you that NOTHING IS TOO LATE. If you will start it now, you are never too old to do it! Don't wait for another year older for you to learn something new. JUST DO IT.
Dare to desire, dare to do.
Dreams become reality through faith and perseverance (persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success).
We're not consistent. We're not stable. We don't stick with anything. Most of the time we can't even make decisions.
In writing, there is art. And in art there is craft ...
Name the fears that are holding you back. It's the equivalent of flooding the boogeyman (monster) with light.
A person can choose to stand against adversity, but most people will run from it before they come to terms (positions) with who they truly are, a wise person watches through adversity and follows the signs when it is their turn to stand.
The problem with most of us, we waste time in seeking answers from others, of those questions we already have the solutions but not ready to do. In fact, we wait if somebody else does it for us or come up with shortcuts.
Are you waiting for the approval of someone else before you make your big move? If you are, chances are they’ve already made it.

Kung Fu Quotes
The Chinese words ‘kung fu’ translate more or less as ‘a man hard at work over a long time’. If you want to unlock the full power of kung fu, it is not going to be easy: you are going to have to work, you are going to have to sacrifice and you are going to have to suffer – over a long time. There really is no such thing as a free lunch.
I’m speaking of the pursuit of excellence in all things. All things! Presence of mind and devotion to craft. A great artist has these. A great chef. A great master of tea. There’s powerful kung fu in a well-built house or an eloquent letter, but the limit of your imagination is bones breaking and bullets flying.
Never forget that, at the most, the teacher can give you fifteen percent of the art. The rest you have to get for yourself through practice and hard work. I can show you the path but I can’t walk it for you.
If you trust yourself, any choice you make will be correct. If you do not trust yourself, anything you do will be wrong.
Any self-defense situation has the potential to quickly become ‘A life and death' situation, therefore your practice of martial arts should be undertaken, as if your very life depends on it . . .
If you take a bus, you should know when to get off!".”
Most people in the world have been tricked into believing they're not important.
A Black Belt should be ... a REFLECTION of what IS inside ... NOT the PROOF of it!
. . in Old Karate, you learned your art through pain. You learned quickly that your techniques had to be fast or powerful or both. If you did not embrace pain and it's lessons adequately, you simply did not survive.
You can choose to fight your journey every step of the way or you can embrace [hold (someone) closely in one's arms, especially as a sign of affection] it, recognizing each stumble or setback as an opportunity to strengthen your character, finesse (intricate and refined delicacy) your craft, and deepen your passion. Oh this journey can be beautiful if you allow yourself to enjoy the rain!
What you need is some time and effort to work on your remedies and the problems will be overcome as a matter of course. Our chi kung training gives us the mental clarity and a lot of energy to perform the remedies well. The same principles apply to countless people who remain miserable because of their problems. They remain miserable because of the following three reasons:
1. They do not have solutions to their problems.
2. They do not believe the solutions will solve their problems.
3. They do not have the abilities to carry out the solutions.
If they can overcome the above three factors, they will find their problems are actually opportunities for improvement.
Martial arts is not about fighting, it is about being fit and healthy, both physiologically and psychologically.

A Kung Fu Master is a Practitioner of Martial Arts Who Keeps Practicing.

If you look at any high performers, you’ll notice they have very few. They don’t give power to these inner demons.
He said a lot of high performers –top Olympic athletes, executives, and politicians–think like a squirrel.
Great performers are well-trained, experienced, smart, and in some cases, divinely talented. But the way their brains work during a performance is a lot like a squirrel’s brain, instead of an Einstein’s brain.
What does a squirrel do?
They don’t hesitate the way we do. And they’re so fast. There’s no hesitation. They go up the pole and then come back. So, imagine if a squirrel operates this way, procrastinating at each step, they’re going to die. They’re going to lose balance. They’re going to get in all kinds of trouble.
Actions drive out all thoughts.
Integration not motivation
To avoid procrastinating, make it a habit to take action. 
No push just do
Eighty percent of success is showing up.

Three brothers brought a person to Imam Ali AS that he killed their father. Imam Ali AS asked the person, why he killed. He told, that he was a shepherd and looking after his sheep, goat and camels. One of his camel entered into garden of their father. He hit my camel with a stone and camel died. I was very angry. I hit their father with same stone. Unfortunately, he died.

Imam Ali AS said, then I have to

In order to invoke the divinity within us, we are understanding the powers of the soul. Because when all the powers are in balance then divinity becomes our way of life. Purity in thoughts, Purity in words, Purity in behavior; every thought, word and action become divine. It becomes your introduction. The attribute which we want to have, will become very easy. Once we invoke these powers within us. We have to understand the Power to Discern. About what is right, what is not. What is truth, what is false. Power to be able to discern and differentiate right and wrong. Whether it is our own attribute because sometimes we cannot make out from our attributes. We live an illusion and believe our behavior is perfect. Before discerning other people, we need to discern (recognize) ourselves. Is there anything within me even subtly, even in my thoughts. God says, we need to check that even in our dreams, there is not a single thought that is not pure. A thought which is not right and which is not the truth. So the power to discern our own rituals / rites / attributes; of what is right and what is not. 1:20

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