How To Know Who You Are?

I think it is very hard to figure out who you are, and I think no matter how hard you try you cant just figure out yourself properly. Knowing thyself is always a mystery I guess!!

However, I found this interesting website where they explained “How to know who you are in 20 minutes?”

It was interesting for me as how come this one article can help me figure who I am in less than 20 minutes where all my family, friends or even myself can’t figure it out in all these years 🙂

Well, even though it sounds wired, may be somewhat impossible to work, but it seems pretty interesting & helpful. And I guess if it can be followed properly at least we can sketch ourselves to some extent  and find out (to some extent:P ) who we are!!(??)

Here is part of the exercise I am putting from this link.  Special  acknowledgment to Patricia for such interesting and helpful article.

This exercise requires you to be honest. If you are answering what others want to hear, you will not be seeing yourself, but a superficial image you project. Be real with yourself as you do this and you will discover the richness of your existence! It is that simple, but it is not easy. It requires the courage to be honest, and recognize you will find areas for change. Get out a paper and writing implement, and be ready to write (a computer will do, but writing by hand can trigger more creativity).

1. Beliefs: What are your beliefs? Begin writing down the first thing that you think about, and continue to write on each of these belief system components until you feel your answer is complete (or force yourself to stop at 5 minutes for this first round, and to address each part with at least a few sentences). Think about what drives your moral compass, brings you strength, what values contribute to your sense of worth and your life philosophy. Here are the three components:

beliefs about God and your spiritual life
beliefs about yourself: what messages you send mentally, physically, and emotionally
beliefs about life: how you fit into the world (your purpose), attitude, outlook, and what character traits you value

2. Personality: What traits are contained in your unique and special personality? Take 5 minutes to find and record descriptive words about yours. I have included a handy way to answer this in less than 5 minutes. God designed us all differently. Can you imagine if everyone wanted to be in charge of little details, and there were no people to see the big picture? What if everyone was a great listener, but nobody could think of anything to say? Your personality is filled with a unique combination of traits that can be used for bettering yourself and others, or for tearing yourself and others down. A person gifted in organization, for example, can choose to be domineering and manipulative, or can choose to better others with encouragement as they see the big picture and help complete projects.

Knowing your personality and giftings can help you understand areas for change, and can help you feel proud of who God made you to be. If you have never taken a personality profile test, they can be fun to try, so why not do one now? Remember, be honest. Here is a link to one I found via a google search. It is free, easy to do, and gives quick results (it took me about two minutes to answer). Give it a try! When you return, I will share my results with you too (and we will get to the most important part of this exercise!). If anyone would like to suggest another test, I am happy to review it and add it to this list (there are also excellent personality profiles tests in print). http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes1.htm

Are you back? What did you find out? Do you see yourself described in the results? You may only identify with part of the description, or you may feel you are more of a combination of two descriptions. If you are puzzled by the results, did you answer the questions honestly, or did you answer as you thought you should (rather than how you really feel)? Select the words that best describe your personality and write them down.

If anyone is curious, I scored as INFJ, and I especially liked the description by Butt and Hess (linked on the results page). It is amazing when you see parts of you described! Now, while some personality-types are eager to analyze and assess their strengths and qualities, there are other personalities that see it as a waste of time, or that hate to be labeled and “put into a box”. I suspect if that is you, you skipped the test and continued to read- am I right? No problem, you have only proven my point. People have different personalities, and this diversity is what makes life interesting.

3. Actions: Take 5 minutes to list how this identity manifests itself in actions by recording your:

priorities, interests, hobbies, talents, and giftings
influence and initiative
coping skills/ how you manage adversity
accomplishments and goals
relationships

The most important finishing touch on your identity will use up the last 5 minutes: now that you have figured out who you are, create who you want to be by making changes immediately. Look at the results. Your beliefs, your personality, and your resulting actions all merge together as pieces of your puzzle. This is how you perceive yourself, which in turn, determines how you portray yourself.

California :)

Last few months I have been hearing this song, a song full of life and energy and I added it to my youtube favorites (Here is the You Tube Link)

If you’re going to San Francisco
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
If you’re goin’ to San Francisco ………………..

Well, guess what?? I had no idea whatsoever that this song will become a truth for me so soon 😀 Is it called destiny?? Anyway, I came to California (San Fransisco) yesterday to look for jobs. I am staying with my Grad School Indian friends, amazing people, made things very easy and simple for me, I very much feeling like at home here.

The weather here is amazing and right now I am living in the heart of Silicon Valley. Every step I take here I see one company! I went to watch a movie and when I looked around there was Yahoo, McCafe, Cisco and hundred others 🙂 I am really excited seeing so many companies together in one shot!!!!!

Given current economic condition the job search is going to be pretty hard for me, but somewhere I have to start and I think the best place to start looking for is California!!

And so here begins my (another) new journey in USA…

Wear Sunscreen :)

Wanted to share this amazing video, which was made with a commencement address by Mary Schmich.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’99
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be
it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by
scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable
than my own meandering
experience…I will dispense this advice now. Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh nevermind; you will not
understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded.
But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and
recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before
you and how fabulous you really looked….You’re not as fat as you
imagine. Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as
effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing
bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that
never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm
on some idle Tuesday. Do one thing everyday that scares you Sing Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with
people who are reckless with yours. Floss Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes
you’re behind…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with
yourself. Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you
succeed in doing this, tell me how. Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements. Stretch Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your
life…the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they
wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year
olds I know still don’t. Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone. Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children,maybe
you won’t, maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky
chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary…what ever you do, don’t
congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either – your
choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s. Enjoy your body,
use it every way you can…don’t be afraid of it, or what other people
think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever
own.. Dance…even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room. Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them. Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly. Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for
good. Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and the
people most likely to stick with you in the future. Understand that friends come and go,but for the precious few you
should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and
lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you
knew when you were young. Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live
in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel. Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will
philander, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize
that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were
noble and children respected their elders. Respect your elders. Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund,
maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one
might run out. Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you’re 40, it will
look 85. Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who
supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of
fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the
ugly parts and recycling it for more than
it’s worth. But trust me on the sunscreen…

Looking Forward For a Change – A Better Nation!

History is made in this US election 2008. Even though it was all expected, it is still very surprising and overwhelming event in the US history, Barack Obama became the 44th President of United States and he is the FIRST African America President in US history!!!

Winning the election game was not an easy one, however keeping his promises for a change, for a better America, for a better nation, improving the economy and all other things he promised would be the most difficult part. So the struggle and hard work really starts NOW for Obama.

obama

When I woke up today, walking on my way to office, I felt different, nothing was literally different, same people, same crowd, same city, same roads…still I smell something different in the air, I felt a change has started happening. I don’t know if it’s the believe that things will change with Obama’s powerful presence as a President or something is really around! But I strongly felt a vibe, I could foresee a better nation, a better future for America – the land of opportunities. At work, I talked to few colleagues, and everybody seems so happy. Everybody is so much looking forward for a CHANGE, for US to come out of its critical economy stage, wars and all other issue which are deteriorating the position of this nation.

So, I hope and pray that the way victory of Obama brought hope of change, improvements, he really make these things happen. We are very much looking forward for BETTER NATION with lots of better changes!!

(More on Barack Obama from WIKI!)

Century Post !!

Yup!!! This is my 100th post. I have started this blog on January 2nd, 2008. its been almost a year, exactly speaking, 10 months 2 days, and here I am posting my 100th Post. If I could continue with the flow I started this blog, I would have reached 150+ by now, but however, I happy that I still am continuing 🙂

Even though the frequency is less, and am not at all impressed with the topics I am writing these days 😦 but I am trying my best to keep in touch with my blog!!

100posts

When we create a blog, most likely we have a aim, aim to write about our day-to-day stuff and watch the improvements, or speak out our thoughts and feel comfortable or share our view with many others in this web platform! When I started this blog, my aim was to see how my thought develop with time, the way I write in January 2008 must be different and improved than the way I write in January 2009. With this process of expressing my thoughts…sharing many interesting news I find online my aim was also to be part of the internet blog world, where my existence will somehow give my reader inspiration, knowledge or to some extent some happiness. I tried to stick to my intention but at times I failed. I was sad, depressed, unable to handle certain pressure….but I tried to recover. So when I went through my posts what I noticed interesting is the ups and downs of my regular life. There were moments when I was helpless and very upset and there were times I wasfighting back to recover and there were times I really enjoyed this amazing and beautiful life.

This is a wonderful feedback and lesson I got from my own past posts… no matter what things will work fine, you will fall down and you’ll stand again. Beautiful days are always with you…all you have to do is seek for and  stick to the believe that its there 🙂 and I learned those in this process of blogging!!

Apart from this wonderful feedback for myself, another wonderful thing this blog has given me the comments I have received from its readers. Compared to the frequency I wrote the input and suggestion and wonderful comments from many wonderful people around is really impressive!! I felt very grateful for all those reader who read my blog patiently and left their comments. Its a wonderful way of connecting with many people whom I would have never known or get in touch with in any other way possibly. Thanks to them!!

I know there are many things I need to improve, I need to concentrate on the topics I want to write about and I should be improving my frequency of posts and off course my writing styles. But I don’t want to talk about negative things in this 100th post.

I am feeling very good about this blog and my posts so far and I wish to improve even more on coming days!!!

Cloning From Dead – I Wonder How More Stranger Things We Will Hear Ahead!!!

Collected From ABCNews

Scientists in Japan say they have successfully cloned a mouse from a body that had been frozen for 16 years, theoretically opening the door to a range of possibilities from preserving endangered animals, to resurrecting extinct animals to cloning Ted Williams.

mouse

The authors of the study made no bones about what they believe the implications of their work could be.

“It has been suggested that the ‘resurrection’ of frozen extinct species, such as the woolly mammoth, is impracticable, as no live cells are available, and the genomic material that remains is inevitably degraded,” wrote the authors in the Monday edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

But the researchers say they got around the dead tissue issue by adapting new fertilization techniques for damaged sperm into a cloning technique for damaged frozen tissue. The authors of the study concluded these “techniques could be used to ‘resurrect’ animals or maintain valuable genomic stocks from tissues frozen for prolonged periods without any cryopreservation.”