Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Favorite Movies Quotes (3)

The Tale Of Despereaux
"Destiny is a funny thing. We go out to meet it and we don't always know that we are", Narrator

"The story said she was a prisoner but that wasn't totally true because she had hope, and whenever you have hope, you're never really anybody's prisoner", Narrator

"Sometimes it doesn't take much for your dreams to come true, you just have to be able to see it that way", Narrator

"Ok, remember when we said that grief was the strongest thing a person could feel? Well, it isn't. It's forgiveness, because a single act of forgiveness can change everything", Narrator

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light", Albus Dumbledore

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
"Curiosity is not a sin.... But we should exercise caution with our curiosity", Albus Dumbledore

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A Bug's Life
"Now, do you see our tree? Everything that made that giant tree is already contained inside this tiny little seed. All it needs is some time, a little bit of sunshine and rain, and voilá!.. Seed to tree... You might not feel like you can do much now, but that's just because, well, you're not a tree yet. You just have to give yourself some time. You're still a seed", Flik

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Tinker Bell
"Your talent makes you who you are. You should be proud of it!", Tinker Bell

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Patch Adams
"See what no one else sees. See what everyone chooses not to see... out of fear, conformity or laziness. See the whole world anew each day!", Arthur Mendelson

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Mulan
"The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all", The Emperor of China

"A single grain of rice can tip the scale. One man may be the difference between victory and defeat", The Emperor of China

"No matter how the wind howls, the mountain cannot bow to it", The Emperor of China

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Imaginative Mind


An imaginative mind is one that can visualize beyond direct input and one that can explore things outside of the immediate reality and vicinity.

Initializing Thoughts
Our thoughts are nearly continuous and tuning in to them can be done specifically for creative juices. Often we suppress our own ideas or thoughts in a split second without ever letting it surface to a voice or considered item. We often put a validation screen on our thoughts and bias everything we let surface by the judgments we assign or expect others to assign to that thought.

This limits our mental creativity and kills a thought that would otherwise become the start of a great associative linking of thoughts and advanced creativity. We need to let any thought be developed and explored as our mind makes the neural connections and associations with more and more thoughts. This can happen in moments or it may take hours but it most imaginative if you let a thought continue to build and linger, don’t dismiss it or kill it on purpose. Ever.

Brainstorming
Brainstorming at its best means that anything thought of on a given topic is valid. Anything goes. Any idea is considered no matter how obscure or off-base it may first seem to the logical mind. Logic is often the nemesis of creativity as we tend to judge our ideas and thoughts the moment they begin and we simply don’t give our imaginative mind a chance to develop them.

# Explore as many possibilities as you can

# Any idea is worth exploring at least for a short time
# Sometimes you need to give ideas time and let the subconscious work away

Outside the Box
The other effect our logical mind has is to keep us bounded into what seems reasonable. This unfortunately has a very negative consequence on our imagination as its very difficult to explore outside this box of reason or box of logic. The logical mind is bounded by what we know as well so anything outside this box is suppressed by any logic at first consideration. It’s important to get by this and let the creativity and idea be unbounded and originated from well outside the box.

The imagination is an amazing thing and you can certainly allow it to take hold of you in
visualizing, day dreaming or full on dreaming. We’ve all experienced the power of the mind’s creativity in dreams and its possible to enable that same creativity in waking life if it’s practiced and repeated instead of suppressed. Let your mind wander, have fun with it, just imagine what that seemingly crazy idea might actually be like if you explore it further in your mind.

Contributing to Creativity
There are a number of ways to contribute to social creativity. The ones I think have the biggest impact are the following:

# Eliminate Criticism and Complaining
Criticism and complaining are really the quickest things that kill creativity. Criticism can emotionally shut down a person so quickly that the only creative thoughts they will have is of escape or revenge. It is something that naturally transforms our minds into a completely new state unless we learn to handle criticism and control our response and state of mind consciously.

The best thing you can do with these items to contribute more to social creativity is to eliminate criticism of others, of ideas and of actions. The same goes for complaining since it encourages a very negative thought process not helpful in activating the imagination in any way. Obviously eliminating these is not easy, but they can certainly be reduced and they can definitely be done in private at least in order to minimize the influence to any audience available.

# Brainstorming
Brainstorming in a group activates the imagination of the whole group and quickly allows ideas to germinate with each other and spread between everyone’s minds. It can be done as a group on purpose with a specific topic or goal in mind or it can happen through other media with no initial intention of doing it!

# Asking Questions – Question everything
Questions come about from curiosity and of course curiosity broods creativity. Therefore, questions are a powerful action to contribute more to creativity as well. Everything a person questions, they can learn from and gain some kind of insight from. Questions about how and why something is how it is, leads to seeing more pieces of any puzzle and that puts the mind into a state where it has to think beyond the logic to imagine the solution before all the pieces are understood.

Questions are a huge part of a healthy learning process and they will trigger the mind to explore and wonder with curiosity at things. Questioning the things around you has other benefits as well, it is a useful tool to expand your relationships as well. This is because it shows curiosity to another person.

# Avoid Perfectionism
Perfectionism slows down any creative process and it quickly strangles any new ideas from emerging as it keeps the attention on an original subject or topic while it is closely scrutinized and perfected. There is some room to explore perfecting something with a creative look, but it is usually too focused on one thing where new ideas have no place to be explored until the first topic or item is first perfected.

The Perato principle is useful with social creativity as well and that is where you apply the 80/20 rule. Perfectionist try to get things to that 100% level and they spend most of their time and effort making very little progress once past that 80% point.

References:
http://learnthis.ca/2009/04/the-imaginative-mind-mental-creativity/
http://learnthis.ca/2009/04/the-imaginative-mind-social-creativity/

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Now Discover Your Strengths


The Big Idea
Have you ever wondered why today's organizations concentrate on rectifying your weaknesses? What makes weaknesses so interesting? Have you ever wondered what would happen if, instead of correcting your weaknesses, you capitalized on your strengths?

Organizations spend millions of dollars every year trying to unlock weaknesses, calling them "areas of opportunity," trying to minimize them. Can you imagine what would happen if today's organizations focused on building each of their employees' strengths? Have you ever wondered how much value can be created in an organization where each employee did what he does best?

Strong Lives Many ordinary and extraordinary people are seemingly gifted with strong lives. They are active and passionate about their work. They are successful in their chosen fields and roles, without seeming to try too hard. How do they do it?

The answer may lie in the fact that these people have, to quote the authors, "identified in themselves some recurring patterns of behavior and then figured out a way to develop these patterns into genuine and productive strengths." By "strength," we mean an activity that one executes consistently, near perfectly.

Three revolutionary tools have been found to help in building a strong life:

1. Understanding how to distinguish natural talent from things you can learn. Talents are your naturally occurring patterns of thought, feeling and behavior. Knowledge consists of facts and lessons learned. Skills are the steps of an activity. These three combine to create your strengths but none of them can substitute for the other. Of these, talent is the most important. Without a natural talent for an activity, you might enjoy some level of success but you are probably not going to excel. In the same vein, knowing your talents but not polishing them via learning more (knowledge) or practice (skills) isn't likely to lead you to excellence, either. It would be good advice for you to discover your dominant talents and then find a way to acquire the knowledge and skills you would need to refine them.

2. Creating a system to identify your dominant talents. The search for your talents must be one that is focused and persistent. You will need to step back and watch yourself, finding out more about how you react naturally to situations or circumstances. Take up a new sport and see how you like it. Engage in new activities and determine if you are inspired by them. It is possible that you'll find some activities boring or unimportant. This is normal and you must continue trying others until you discover your dominant talents. The Strengths Finder profile in Chapter 4 will assist you in this search but it will not define you completely. You must lead the search for your own talents.

3. Having a common language to describe your talents. What need, you might ask, would you have for a language that will describe your talents? We need one because the language for strengths is limited. Because of our interest in weaknesses and frailties, we have come up with a varied language that will describe weaknesses, its stems, its solutions, etc., but we have failed to create one for strengths. What exactly do you mean when you say that a person is self-motivated? What do you mean by people-skills? Why do we use negative connotations for talents? We call people inclined to action impulsive. We call people who claim excellence egotists. People who anticipate problems are called worriers. For these examples and many more, we obviously don't have a language that can describe talents and strengths well enough.

This article is based on the following book:

Now, Discover Your Strengths
By Marcus Buckingham & Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D.
ISBN 0 7432 0114 0

http://www.bestsum.com/2page/NowDiscoverYourStrengths.php

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Driving Lessons (2)

You can read part (1) here.

The Illusion Of Control!!
Two weeks ago was my second driving lesson. This time, Dad decided to promote me to the 2nd level of speed. But before that, he checked if I still remember what we did last week. And here comes the comedy!!

First, I missed up the order of actions necessary to start-up the car. And after two miserable tries, I finally did it, thanks to Allah (I often miss the orders up :D )!!

After that, Dad aims to make focus on how to make the turn perfectly. The word "perfectly" here means: assuming that there's too many cars around me, how should I keep my car on its track without touching the other tracks, which in returns means touching the other cars, which in returns means a car crash! Soooo simple.

I thought that I'm doing great, just as I'm born a driver by nature B-). Dad has another point of view... Well... Let's skip that part O:-)

But, mainly, I've noticed that I treat the driving wheel in a binary system, with no smooth redirecting, which reflected as a terrible zigzagging moving :(

In the middle of Dad's flow of instructions, and my low speed of processing them, I imagined myself going through Cairo's crowdy streets, driving so professionally; and finally after long years of suffering in public transportation, I go to work with MY OWN CAR!

I woke up from my dreams on a yell from Papa, just after an extraordinary.. stupid turn..

I was shocked for few seconds. What have I don?!! How could I be so ridicules?!! Where was I?!!!!!

I realized that I've run away from feeling not so good, to a dream where I see myself as I'd love to see it! That made me lose my attention to the current moment, and that was just about to lead to a disaster!!

It's not the first time to do so. And I'm not the first one to do so too!!

So many people scape from their current miserable lives by just dreaming.. without taking any actions to change the present to the better! I feel that it's so dangerous. It looks like taking a Psychedelic. But Psychedelic never heals diseases, doesn't it?!

There's a huge difference between "Having a vision and a goal to seek it", and "Escaping from reality by living on clouds of illusion".

Hope I made myself clear,
And pray for me to quit my bad habits :D..
Or .. Perhaps.. It's Dad the one needs for prayers O:-)


Saturday, August 22, 2009

You Came To Me



You came to me in that hour of need
When I was so lost, so lonely
You came to me, took my breath away
Showed me the right way, the way to lead

You filled my heart with love,
Showed me the light above
Now all I want is to be with you
You are my one true love,
Taught me to never judge
Now all I want is to be with you

Allahuma salay alla saedeena Mustafa
Ala habibika nabeeka Mustafa

You came to me in the time of despair
I called onto you, you were there
Without you what would my life be
Not know the unseen?, the worlds between

For you I'd sacrifice, for you I'd give my life
Any thing just to be with you
I feel so lost at times of all the hurt and lies
Now all I want is to be with you

Showed me right from wrong
Told me to be strong
Need you more than ever ya Rasulallah

You came to me in that hour of need
Need you more than ever ya Rasulallah

You filled my heart with love,
Showed me the light above
Now all want is to be with you
You are my one true love,
Taught me to never judge
Now all I want is to be with you

Song for: Sami Yusuf
Arabic version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ13Dc7VAGk


اللهم لا تحرمنا صحبته في الاخرة وفرحه بنا بوم لقاه

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Palestine Will Be Free



Every day we tell each other
That this day will be the last
And tomorrow we all can go home free
And all this will finally end
Palestine tomorrow will be free
Palestine tomorrow will be free

No mother no father to wipe away my tears
That’s why I won’t cry
I feel scared but I won’t show my fears
I keep my head high

Deep in my heart I never have any doubt
That Palestine tomorrow will be free
Palestine tomorrow will be free

I saw those rockets and bombs shining in the sky
Like drops of rain in the sun’s light
Taking away everyone dear to my heart
Destroying my dreams in a blink of an eye

What happened to our human rights?
What happened to the sanctity of life?
And all those other lies?

I know that I’m only a child
But is your conscience still alive

I will caress with my bare hands
Every precious grain of sand
Every stone and every tree
‘Cause no matter what they do
They can never hurt you
Coz your soul will always be free

Palestine tomorrow will be free
Palestine tomorrow will be free


Lyrics: Maher Zain & Bara Kherigi
Melody: Maher Zain
Arrangement: Maher Zain & Hamza Namira
© Awakening Records 2009


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Driving Lessons

Lesson Number One :)

This post has nothing to do with Rupert Grint's movie "Driving Lessons", it's about *My* Driving Lessons :D
Last Saturday, was my first lesson, supervised by my Dad ;).
Actually, I was planning for this post long time ago, but I think I'm going to switch into Arabic as my cars English vocabulary isn't that good yet :D

اخيرا... وبعد طووووول إلحاح على الباشمهندس بابا... قرر سيادته ان يحول وعوده الى افعال!

وفي الحالات اللي زي دي، لا يمكن انزل من بيتنا من غير تحميس ورفع معناويات *هايل* من عفريت العلبه (اخويا الضغير):" تبقى سلمي لي على الارصفه وعواميد النور!!!"

رحنا ااااااااااخر المدينة، حيث الجبال و الرمال والهواء الحسن. كان شارع رايح جاي، بس ماكنش فيه ولا حد رايح، ولا حد جاي، كان فاضي خالص... جو مثالي للتدريب...

اول ما ركبت مكان السواق... اترعبت!! وبدأت افكار سوداء تتزاحم في عقلي... (مش هاعرف... هاخبط العربية... هانعمل حادثه... ازاي هسيطر عليهاااا!!!! مش هاعرف... مش هاعرف... مش هااااعررررررررف!!!!)...

وهلم جره (على رأي د. عمرو)... إلا اني قررت ان لا اسمح لمثل هذه الافكار ان تسيطر عليا، وان تسلبني متعتي. فبدأت الافكار البيضا تحل مكان اخواتها السود... (اييييييييوه... دي اللحظه اللي كنت مستنياها... اكيد مش هاتكون اسوء من الـ
Python with OpernERP
زي نيد فور سبيد بالظبط... ياااه... بقالى زمااااان ملعبتش اللعبه دي)!!

دي كانت البدايه... مبشره جداااااااااا... النهايه كانت احلى... لاني قدرت امشي بالعربيه فعلا لمده نص ساعه او ساعه إلا ربع تقريبا في الشارع. كنت بلف الشارع زي ماكون بلف التراك!! يعني قدرت اني امشي في خط مستقيم وألف على الواسع والضيق كمان...

اللي في النص بقى... دا بيني وبين البشمهندس !!

بس اتعلمت عالشان تطلع ، تدوس دبرياج على الاخر خااااالص، تجيب السرعه الاولى ، وبعدين تشيل رجلك من على الدبرياج واحده واحده، وفي نفس الوقت تدوس بنزين... دوس بنزين براحه. كنت فاكره ان كل ما ندوس بنزين السرعة تزيد، بس طلع ان السرعه بتزيد من العصايه اللي في النص دي (مش فاكره اسمها). الموضوع تقريبا معتمد على الاحساس بدواسه البنزين والدبرياج و الفرامل، ودي حاجه لسه محتاجه اتدرب عليها.

بس فعلا تجربه ممتعه، ومن ساعة ما خلص الدرس الاول وانا مستنيه الدرس التاني بفارغ الصبر.

بعد ما رجعت، كان لازم احسس عفريت العلبه ان *تشجيعه* جاب نتيجه، اول ما دخلت قلت له: "شيلت 5 ارصفه، و 16 عمود، وترليتين، وبس!!!!"

يتبع... ان شاء الله

Friday, August 7, 2009

Sami Yusuf's Honorary Doctorate Speech

Sami Yusuf is one of my inspiration sources. For me, he's not just a singer that I'm one of his fans. I do respect him so much, and highly admire his believes and mentality. May Allah blesses him, and help hem to continue his journey.
Here's a part of his Honorary Doctorate Speech. If you read it carefully, You'd know what I'm talking about.


"I am absolutely honored to accept the award of Doctor of Letters. ...
You may be feeling daunted by this, but we have one thing in common.

We all face challenges in our lives, and we will all strive to overcome them.

Before I go on, I have to admit that I am not a very good Popstar. I don’t drink, don’t do drugs, and you won’t find me hauling Paris Hilton out of a nightclub at 4am. I am also shy, and I hate talking about myself, so please bear with me, I would much rather prefer to sing you a few of my songs – but I have not got any biographical ones.

So a speech it is…

I am not a man to give unwanted advice, but I can tell from my own heart that nothing has given me more pleasure than to be creative, to challenge orthodox thinking and to be the best I can be – from my personal and business relationships, to my work.

Let me explain.

Some of you will obviously be wondering who I am! It is very hard for me to explain, but simply put, I am a proud British Muslim, from London, who has only ever made music I have wanted to make – I kind of call it “Art with a Purpose

Basically I write and perform music which infuse the spirit of the Muslim character into a new sound both Western and Eastern in flavor and appeal. I have sold albums to fans in countries as diverse as Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Iran. Which is nice, but that is more of a footnote to the journey.

I created records that were unthinkable by certain Islamic scholars, creating a new market among Muslims of all ages who were not permitted to listen to any popular music without incurring the wrath of family, friends and certain religious authorities.

So - when I first started composing and song-writing, there was simply no market for my music. I was writing about my love of God – not exactly something which would get me the attention of Sony or any of the global labels. Let alone Simon Cowell!

Sitting there at the piano or violin, I never considered whether it was brave or stupid…
…to create music no-one had ever created before
… in a genre that didn’t exist
…to a market which had never bought a pop record before.
Sounds pretty stupid right!

It was just real to me, it was truthful and came from my heart.

Looking back now, I can tell you it is a relief. I certainly must have done something very right.

My own faith, my own identity led me to create this music, which spoke of my love of God and respect for fellow human beings.


All of this came about of me following my dream, being truthful with myself, not faltering or diverting when others have suggested a path I felt in my heart was wrong.

Happiness and success come when you make sure you hold your ideals and dreams as sacred, and then I assure you..

Anything and everything is possible to achieve in life."
References:
http://www.samiyusufofficial.com/?p=1372
http://www.samiyusufofficial.com/?page_id=1065

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Favorite Movies Quotes (2)

Ratatouille
"There are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations, the new needs friends", Anton Ego

"Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere", Anton Ego
"Change is nature, Dad. The part that we can influence. And it starts when we decide", Remy


"If you focus on what you left behind. You will never be able to see what lies ahead. Now go up and look around", Gusteau
"There is excellence all around you. You need only to be aware to stop and savor it", Gusteau

"You must be imaginative, strong-hearted. You must try things that may not work, and you must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul. What I say is true - anyone can cook... but only the fearless can be great", Gusteau


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Chocolat

"Listen, here's what I think. I think that we can't go around... measuring our goodness by what we don't do, by what we deny ourselves, what we resist, and who we exclude. I think... we've got to measure goodness by what we *embrace*, what we create... and who we include", Père Henri

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Spider Man II

"I believe there's a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble. And finally gets us to die with pride", May Parker


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Robots


"You can shine no matter what you're made of", Bigweld


Saturday, July 4, 2009

First, Break All The Rules


This book explores the challenge of many companies - attaining, keeping and measuring employee satisfaction. Discover how great managers attract, hire, focus, and keep their most talented employees!

Key Ideas:

1. The best managers reject conventional wisdom.
2. The best managers treat every employee as an individual.
3. The best managers never try to fix weaknesses; instead they focus on strengths and talent.
4. The best managers know they are on stage everyday. They know their people are watching every move they make.
5. Measuring employee satisfaction is vital information for your investors.
6. People leave their immediate managers, not the companies they work for.
7. The best managers are those that build a work environment where the employees answer positively to these 12 Questions:

a. Do I know what is expected of me at work?
b. Do I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right?

c. At work, do I have the opportunity to do what I do best everyday?

d. In the last seven days, have I received recognition or praise for doing good work?

e. Does my supervisor or someone at work seem to care about me as a person?

f. Is there someone at work who encourages my development?
g. At work, do my opinions seem to count?

h. Does the mission/purpose of my company make me feel my job is important?

i. Are my co-workers committed to doing quality work?

j. Do I have a best friend at work?

k. In the last six months, has someone at work talked to me about my progress?
l. This last year, have I had the opportunity at work to learn and grow?

Without satisfying an employee’s basic needs first, a manager can never expect the employee to give stellar performance. The basic needs are: knowing what is expected of the employee at work, giving her the equipment and support to do her work right, and answering her basic questions of self-worth and self-esteem by giving praise for good work and caring about her development as a person.

More wisdom in a nutshell from First, Break All the Rules:

1. Know what can be taught, and what requires a natural talent.

2. Set the right outcomes, not steps. Standardize the end but not the means. As long as the means are within the company’s legal boundaries and industry standards,let the employee use his own style to deliver the result or outcome you want.

3. Motivate by focusing on strengths, not weaknesses.

4. Casting is important, if an employee is not performing at excellence, maybe she is not cast in the right role.

5. Every role is noble, respect it enough to hire for talent to match.

6. A manager must excel in the art of the interview. See if the candidate’s recurring patterns of behavior match the role he is to fulfill. Ask open-ended questions and let him talk. Listen for specifics.

7. Find ways to measure, count, and reward outcomes.

8. Spend time with your best people. Give constant feedback. If you can’t spend an hour every quarter talking to an employee, then you shouldn’t be a manager.

9. There are many ways of alleviating a problem or non-talent. Devise a support system, find a complementary partner for him, or an alternative role.

10. Do not promote someone until he reaches his level of incompetence; simply offer bigger rewards within the same range of his work. It is better to have an excellent highly paid waitress or bartender on your team than promote him or her to a poor starting-level bar manager.

11. Some homework to do: Study the best managers in the company and revise training to incorporate what they know. Send your talented people to learn new skills or knowledge. Change recruiting practices to hire for talent, revise employee job descriptions and qualifications.


This article is based on the following book:
First, Break All The Rules
‘What The World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently’
By Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman
Simon & Schuster

Monday, June 15, 2009

Favorite Movies Quotes

Chicken Run


Bunty: The chances of us escaping are a million to one.
Ginger: Then there's still a chance!

"We die free or we die trying", Ginger

"You know what the problem is? The fences aren't just round the farm. They're up here, in you heads! There's a better place out there, somewhere beyond that hill, and it has wide open places, and lots of trees... and grass. Can you imagine that? Cool, green grass", Ginger

"Where there's a will, there's a way", Ginger
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


"It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends", Albus Dumbledore

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets



"It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities", Albus Dumbledore

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The Lion King



"Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or... learn from it", Rafiki

"You have forgotten who you are and so have forgotten me. Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the Circle of Life. Remember who you are. You are my son, and the one true king. Remember...", Mufasa


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Antz


"Don't make my mistake, kid. Don't follow orders your whole life. Think for yourself", Barbatus

Monday, May 25, 2009

Out Seeing The Fields



Briskly rising to the sky
Cold clouds rushing past
Flying hopes to never land
Light Streatching out my hand

Out seeing the fields
What is a dream
And can you tell me what is real?

Everyone else is home in bed,
And I’m out here lost in my own head,
Out seeing the fields

Freeze crystal on the bridge
Trees frozen diamond leaves
Ice stiffening the wheat
Wind underneath my feet

I only feel close to you when I’m under open sky
I only feel guided when I’m free to question why
Only when I smell the earth upon my face,
will I ever be free to fly from this place

Morning wings against the ledge
Frost trees painted on the glass
Snow covering the streets
Home warm beneath my sheets
Song For: Dawud Wharnsby Ali
Album: Out Seeing The Fields

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Because You Loved Me.. My Freinds


I was googling for some friendship quotes, when I found this amazing lyrics. I found it expressing what I wished to say to my special and closed friends.

I loved its words so much, then I realized that it's one of Celine Dion's songs :D

It's really amazing that all human kinds, regardless of their culture, faith, believes, or whatever, have some great common feelings that appreciated most of all..

It's really amazing that Allah blesses you with such an outstanding gift that's called..
True Friend

It's really amazing that Allah blesses you not only one True Friend.. but they are more than True Friend..

To my Best Ever Friends...
To the Friends of My Life...
I detected this song for You...


For all those times you stood by me
For all the truth that you made me see
For all the joy you brought to my life
For all the wrong that you made right
For every dream you made come true
For all the love I found in you
I'll be forever thankful baby

You're the one who held me up
Never let me fall
You're the one who saw me through..
Through it all

You were my strength
When I was weak
You were my voice
When I couldn't speak
You were my eyes
When I couldn't see

You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn't reach
You gave me faith 'coz you believed

I'm everything I am
Because you loved me

You gave me wings and made me fly
You touched my hand I could touch the sky
I lost my faith, you gave it back to me

You said no star was out of reach
You stood by me and I stood tall
I had your love I had it all
I'm grateful for each day you gave me

Maybe I don't know that much
But I know this much is true
I was blessed because I was loved by you

You were always there for me
The tender wind that carried me
A light in the dark
Shining your love into my life

You've been my inspiration
Through the lies you were the truth
My world is a better place
Because of you

I'm everything I am
Because you loved me

My Best Ever Friends :)
Love U All For Allah's Sake

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Creativity Thoughts


"There's nothing called 'you are not creative', everyone is creative. The point is that some choose to believe that they are creative, while others believe not!! You are what you think!"
This is one of most inspiring quotes that made a huge change in my life. If you seen my latest promo, you'd find that it was Eng. Tarek Sakr one.

Today, I found my friend Amira Aboulrous has tagged me in one of her notes at Facebook, and found it so inspiring. That's why I asked for her permission to add it here in my spot.

Here's what Amira had wrote:
Although some people are creativity gifted, there are some techniques that anyone can follow to promote his/her creativity.


One of these techniques is "paradise". Paradise technique states that you should Dream and then Solve.
When you are thinking about a creative product, you should dream about all features that this product should be supplied with and then solve (think how to make all these dream features work).

TED.com has developed a device that is unveiling the "Sixth Sense", this device is the most creative device that I have recently seen.

This is a video link for the device,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=421jDx4ROZg

Thanks to Eng.Tarek Sakr who gives creativity lectures to our team at Kinematechs, and to Ahmed Elaraishy who send me a link to this video.


PS: Amira and Ahmed were my work-mats at Kinematechs, and Eng Tark is the CEO.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

What To Do If You Make A Big Mistake


Have you ever been in a situation that someone trusted you doing some job for him/her, then you mistakenly messed it up?!!

I hope you never find yourself in a similar situation, but if you do, here are some tips you may take. I read them since quit some time on TechRepublic.com, and I found them very helpful

If possible, come up with a plan to fix the problem
Don't just walk away and wash your hands of the situation. If you caused the problem, you are responsible for coming up with the plan to resolve it. The plan needs to address the actions that need to occur, the people who need to take them, and the amount of time you think the actions will take.

Come clean with your boss
Trying to cover things up rarely works. It's important that you be in control of the message. So as hard as it will be, you should summon up your strength, take a deep breath, and go talk to your boss.

Let the boss know about that plan
In this situation, and in fact at any other time, never to go to the boss with just a problem. Go with a solution as well. In this case, go with the plan you developed and show the boss that, to at least some degree, you're in control.

Tell the affected parties
Let those affected by your mistake know what happened, but spare the technical details for now. Instead, focus on how the situation affects them. Most important, offer any workarounds you can. Ask for their suggestions as well.

Don't blame others
You're no longer in grade school. Trying to blame other people makes you look unprofessional, diminishing the opinion that others have of you. Conversely taking responsibility and admitting your mistake can win you respect.

Stop looking back
Learning from the past can help prevent repeat mistakes. However, don't confuse learning from the past with dwelling on the past. The latter involves endless self-recrimination and often self-pity, neither of which helps resolve the situation. If you find yourself dwelling on the mistake in this manner, stop it right now and read the next tip.

Prepare and issue a "lessons learned" document
"Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it. Documenting the mistake, and the steps taken to resolve it, are key in this regard. In doing so, be sure to cover the conditions that led to the mistake, the steps taken to correct it, and the measures taken to prevent its recurrence.

Apologize to those affected
Mistakes often cost others in lost time and productivity and hence frustrate them. Consequently, even if you solve the problem, the people who were affected by it might still be upset if you never acknowledge that frustration. Taking a second to apologize will go a long way toward restoring you to good graces. By doing so, you show you appreciate what they had to go through.

Put the best face possible on what happened
Everyone focuses on the negative effects of a problem. However, can you find any good things, no matter how small, that resulted from this problem? One of the most useful concepts I've learned is that of "reframing" the situation, that is, to change the way a person looks at it.

In this case, reframing the problem might take the following form:
• Yes, a problem occurred.
• Yes, the system was unavailable.

BUT the good news is:
• It happened during a slow time.
• It identified issues we need to address elsewhere in other systems.

Of course, in offering these arguments, it's helpful if you can do so with a straight face.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

وأنــا في طــريـــــقي

رغم انها مش اول أغنية سمعتها بتتكلم عن الموضوع دا. إلا أنها ابدعهم ، سواء كانوا بالعربية او الاجنبية.

بجد اغنية قمة في الابداع خصوصا الكلمات و اللحن، لانهم بيوصلوا المعني والرسالة بابداع

من الاخر: انا بحبها جدا





اداء: حمزة نمرة
ألبوم: احلم معايا

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Connect 2 Success 4 Promo

Waiting For You
In FCI-CU
El-Shafeey Hall
Saturday, 7th March, 2009
@ 10:30 am


Friday, February 20, 2009

You Just Need To Believe - Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated and 11 Annie Award-winning 2008 American animated comedy blockbuster. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation's studio.

Its story may looks a little bit tradition and classical. But what I liked about it most was the focus on the parts related to the believes of the characters. The film doesn't highlight the "battle" between the good and the bad, and the victory of the good at the end, as much as it highlights the change in the characters faith and believes.

This scene is one of my most favorites.


Shifu: Master, master ... I have ... It's... It's very bad news!
Oogway: Ah Shifu, there is just news. There is no good or bad.
Shifu: Master, your vision... your vision was right. Tai Lang has broke out of prison. He's on his way.
Oogway: That's a bad news!!! If you don't believe that the Dragon Warrior can stop him.
Shifu: The panda?! Master, that panda is not the Dragon Warrior. He's even not meant to be here! It was an accident!!
Oogway: There are no accidents.
Shifu: Yes I know. You've said that already... twice.
Oogway: My friend, the panda will never fulfill his destiny, nor you yours until you let go of the illusion of control.
Shifu: Illusion?
Oogway: Yes. Look at this tree, Shifu, I cannot make it blossom when it suits me nor make it bear fruit before its time.
Shifu: But there are things we can control. I can control when the fruit will fall, I can control where to plant the seed. That is no illusion, Master!
Oogway: Ah, yes. But no matter what you do, that seed will grow to be a peach tree. You may wish for an apple or an orange, but you will get a peach.
Shifu: But a peach cannot defeat Tai Lung!
Oogway: Maybe it can, if you are willing to guide it, to nurture it, to believe in it.
Shifu: But how? How? I need your help, master.
Oogway: No, you just need to believe. Promise me, Shifu, promise me you will believe.
Shifu: I'll... I'll try.
Oogway: Good! My time has come. You must continue your journey without me.
Shifu: Wh.. What do you..?! Master, you can't leave me!!
Oogway: You must believe.




There's another scene that I admire. It's the one between Po - the panda - and his father, when the father said:"The secret ingredient is... nothing! There is No secret ingredient. It's just YOU!"

"To make something special you just have to believe it's special."

And some other lines that I love:
"One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it."

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Hard To Learn... Easy To Remember


The secret of life is to make the best of whatever comes along.

Go in search of knowledge and experience. Let your questions and your answers reconcile.

Do your best to remember that the best kind of learning curve is an educated smile.

Share your magic with the people who share your memories.

To really know what success means, earn it. Don't rely on some elevator to get you there. The higher the floor you want to reach, the more important it is to take the stairs.

The easiest lessons to remember are the ones you learn the hard way!

Appreciate the little things that make each day unique and special.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

We Will Not Go Down


A blinding flash of white light
Lit up the sky over Gaza tonight
People running for cover
Not knowing whether they're dead or alive

They came with their tanks and their planes
With ravaging fiery flames
And nothing remains
Just a voice rising up in the smoky haze

We will not go down
In the night, without a fight
You can burn up our mosques and our homes and our schools
But our spirit will never die
We will not go down
In Gaza tonight

Women and children alike
Murdered and massacred night after night
While the so-called leaders of countries afar
Debated on who's wrong or right

But their powerless words were in vain
And the bombs fell down like acid rain
But through the tears and the blood and the pain
You can still hear that voice through the smoky haze

We will not go down
In the night, without a fight
We will not go down
In Gaza tonight

Song for: Michael Heart

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Future

  • When all else is lost, the future still remains.
  • When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened.
  • A fixed image of the future is in the worst sense a historical.
  • We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there.
  • Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.
  • Morning comes whether you set the alarm or not.
  • Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
  • Learn the past, watch the present, and create the future

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Empty World!!



Can’t stop this thinking
I went out for a walk last night
Do people really think that it’s right
Oh how they lie!!

And I don’t see myself with everybody else like you
Cause somehow things just don’t seem right

We’re living in an empty world,
Something that you’re used to

You people know how I feel
We’re living in a dream that seems real
Living life with such an appeal
We never seek the truth

And my heart it breaks in two
If you people only knew
I just fear that we’ve crucified ourselves
And the trend setters only get worse

I can’t take any more of this curse
We’re living this life to get burned
We’ll never learn
Some things must be earned

And I don’t see myself with everybody else like you
Cause somehow things just don’t seem right

We’re living in an empty world,
Something that you’re used to

Time pass, the casket is coming in fast
Just a year before a year ago I was sleeping in class
And I never paid attention to these hours of glass
And now it’s painfully so clear to me each hour that passes
As I scratch and scrounging for this minimum cash
I’m getting older growing colder
Find it harder to laugh
Find it harder to smile
It’s been a while since last
And I know I’m reaping what I’ve sewn for deeds in the past
And I know I couldn’t see past all the wealth I amassed
And I know I never thanked you for these blessings you cast
And I know I never thought of you when good times were vast
I was stupid and I’m sorry
If I could I’d go back

And now they tell me you’re the one to see when feeling like trash
And my heart and soul keep hurting more each breath that I gasp
So now I come to you
I’m stumbling and humbully ask
Lord, God help me cause I’m loosing my grasp
I need help

This life, this life used to make me smile
Now I see all the pain it hides
No I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe


Song for: The Sound Of Reason