Archive for July, 2013

Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.

“Life without limbs? Or life without limits?”

Imagine being born without arms. No arms to wrap around someone, no hands to experience touch, or to hold another hand with. Or what about being born without legs? Having no ability to dance, walk, run, or even stand on two feet. Now put both of those scenarios together: no arms and no legs. What would you do? How would that effect your everyday life?

Nick Vujicic… Born in 1982 in Melbourne, Australia, without any medical explanation or warning, Nicholas Vujicic (pronounced Voy-a-chich) came into the world with neither arms nor legs. Having had an uneventful pregnancy and no family history to expect this condition, imagine the shock his parents felt when they saw their first born, brand new baby boy, only to find he was what the world would consider imperfect and abnormal. A limbless son was not what nurse Dushka Vujicic, and her husband Pastor Borris Vujicic had been expecting. How would their son live a normal happy life? What could he ever do or become when living with what the world would see as such a massive disability? Little did they know that this beautiful limbless baby would one day be someone who would inspire and motivate people from all walks of life, touching lives all over the world.

Nick Vujicic struggled mentally and emotionally as well as physically when he was a child. However, with strong willpower, he finally came to terms with his disability. Nick said in one of his interviews: “I found the purpose of my existence, and also the purpose of my circumstance. There’s a purpose for why you’re in the fire.” Nick wholeheartedly believes that there is a purpose in each of the struggles we each encounter in our lives, and that our attitude towards those struggles, along with our faith and trust in the Lord can be the keys to overcoming the challenges we face.

By using his own actions, Vujicic showed what it means to “never give up.” The news of his engagement must be yet another example of what it means that his life is truly without limits.

In 2010, Vujicic published the book “Life Without Limits”, in which he tells how he overcame his disability to live not just independently but a rich, fulfilling life, becoming a model for anyone seeking true happiness.

“Attitude Is Everything And Self Perception Determines Direction”


Today, on August 12, 2013 I had the opportunity to meet with Nick. Such a great experience:

Live with passion!

Farshad Asl


John Wooden’s Gift From His Father!

I’m reading this fascinating first-person story of UCLA’s brilliant basketball coach today, and I like to share few things that made me think about my own father, who coached me during my young age in my home country.

In John Wooden’s book, “They Call Me Coach” he talks about 7 rules:

In Centerton, Indiana, John Wooden received a gift from his father: a two-dollar bill. More important, Joshua Hugh Wooden also gave his son a 3 x 5 card on which he had written what would become the fourth navigation point:

“Seven Suggestions to Follow”
1. Be true to yourself.
2. Help others.
3. Make each day your masterpiece.
4. Drink deeply from good books—including the Good Book.
5. Make friendship a fine art.
6. Build a shelter against a rainy day.
7. Pray for guidance, count and give thanks for your blessings every day.

John Wooden is frequently cited as an example of a values- based leader, one whose positive and productive principles were intrinsically woven into his system. What he did on the court reflected who he was off the court. Who he was, and is, is a direct reflection of the basic teachings of his father, Joshua Hugh Wooden, and the compass he gave his son for navigat- ing through life and leadership.

***A Simple Recipe for Teamwork: It is amazing how much we can accomplish if no one cares who gets the credit.

*** A leader must accomplish the difficult task of getting those on the team to believe that “we” supersedes “me.”

*** In fact, there are no “big” things,only an accumulation of little things done well.

“A Leader Must Stand Up For His Team Even When He Has to Stand Alone” ~FA

Live with passion!


The Power of Faith!

Faith without action is delusion. Faith does not wait for miracles but produces them. If you think you can or if you think you can’t, you are right.

–Henry Ford

We all have low moments, we all fall down and get hurt. We all have moments when we doubt ourselves and get into self-pity. The point is to overcome these feelings and restore your faith.

There are three kinds of people in this world:

• People who make things happen

• People who watch things happen

• People who wonder what happened

Live with Passion!


Personal Responsibility!

It’s been said over and over again. Freedom isn’t free. The reason we can enjoy freedom is because someone was responsible. Leaders led. People worked. Soldiers fought. Many died. Freedom came with a price. I believe the best way to summarize that price in a word is responsibility. Freedom and responsibility always go together. The best years of MY life are the ones in which I decide MY problems are MY own problems. I do not blame them on MY mother, the ecology, or the president or the economy. I realize that I control MY own destiny…Transformation begins with ME.


Happy 4th of July!

It was 237 years ago that we declared our independence as a country. Today, we share in this privilege of liberty to make our own choices. As I reflect on what this means to me, I am Grateful to make my own choices – Free to make plans so that I can succeed – and choose Independence from excuses. I wish you and your families the joy and safety in celebrating the 4th of July.



“Second half of the year starts NOW July 1st with the next 6 months being MORE important than the last 6 months. I………. promise to do all that I can to achieve my Goal . I will not sit on a corner wait I will seek my opportunity. I promise to go after my Goal with passion knowing that the clock is ticking… Sign and date”

Live with passion!