Humility: A Powerful Virtue

I have recently stumbled across an article that talks about a topic that I am very passionate about. This is one of those virtues that is not very popular. As a matter of fact, many people don’t understand it. I’m talking about humility. We live in a time where people display narcissistic behavior because that is how we are taught to be. We live in a time of selfies and self promotion. It is believed that humility has little to no room in this society.

In my search for articles on the topic of humility, I have found this article from The Daily Good where it starts off with a friend telling a story of a sparrow trying to hold the sky up after hearing that it is falling. The friend adds that he is trying to hold the sky up too. He is then described as subtle, silent, small, and humble. The article describes the world as the polar opposite with its loudness and grandiosity.

This article goes on to describe the effects of a lack of humility which is the lack of empathy and a disconnect from. It also states how it takes a toll on the well being of society. I’ve read on as the article related how the author has read a research paper about the levels of empathy and how much they have dropped since 1980. The empathy levels have dropped 40%. At the same time, the US overall sense of well being has also dropped since 1980 to number 23 from 12.

He then goes on to relate how humility bring forth a change in the story and how it is actually gateway to strength that is profound and without parallel. Many people look at humility as a weakness. At the same time, it is commonly referred to as a favorable trait to have in spiritual books. Some of the greatest leaders and figures of spiritual practices have been described as humble among other things. Reading this article has confirmed a lot of things I have already known and believed about humility. I found that this article was not only informational, but inspiring.


9 Ways To Achieve Happiness in 30 Minutes!

Life can be a handful to deal with sometimes, as a lot can happy. In fact, almost 50% of people aren’t happy in their lives. It is understandable that every now and then, people get down and out of it, but it is sad to see that almost 50% of the Earth’s population isn’t happy with their lives. Thankfully, there is a way to change this. Simply taking small steps to achieve happiness is the way that most people would follow in order to change their lives completely. In fact, just recently an article was posted on DailyGood that states that there are 9 very peaceful and fun things that can be done in 30 minutes in order to raise one’s happiness.

Raising Activity Levels
Many people stay cooped up inside buildings, which can put a damper on their moods, so 
it’s best to simply go outside for at least 5 minutes and just get a fresh breath of air. 

Taking a Walk
It’s not good to stay cooped up inside a building, especially if all you’re doing is sitting. Simply step outside and take a 10-minute walk. The fresh air and sunlight will lift your mood.

Reaching Out
It is always good to catch up with people. Don’t be afraid to step out your bubble and talk to a friend or someone new. Creating closer bonds with people is a way to create fresh happiness in one’s life.

Get Rid of Annoying Tasks
Is there any task that is nagging you? Simply do it quickly and get rid of it. Completing an annoying task and removing it from your to-do list will help relieve much stress.

Put Yourself in a More Serene Environment
When people are in serene and placid environments, they feel much more calm and have 
great inner peace so don’t be afraid to step out of the craziness and into some calmness.

Perform a Good Deed
Many people tend to feel much happier when they perform generous deeds unto others. It 
helps to make one feel like a Good Samaritan.

Save a Life
Many people find much joy in saving others’ lives. You can simply do this by become a 
organ donor, or donating blood, and etc.

Acting Happy
Some people even try faking acting happy until they can actually feel the real happiness 
from inside out. Who knows what could happen? Just try it and see if it works.

Enrich Your Brain with New Information
Lastly, many people find joy in learning new things everyday as it enriches their brain and adds fresh information to their brains.

Overall, the article states that happiness is a very important part of life. Everyone should have the chance to experience it!

Here is the link to the full article on DailyGood

Laughter is Truly the Best Medicine in Life

Life is full of many ups and down, however, many people still find ways to laugh. Laughter is one of the best ways people express their happiness and relieve stress. It is important to stop and relax in life and learn to just laugh. Many people don’t realize that life can be stressful and some even feel like they have to keep on moving faster and faster, as they think that is the only way to get away from the lifeless and unhappy pain they carry inside of them. The cure to this is free and it’s as simple as just opening your mouth to smile and laugh.

Recently, an article was posted on Mindful’s website about how laughter is a very important part of one’s life. Laughter offers so many healthy and beautiful benefits to one’s life. For example, it is proven that people who take time to laugh have lower blood pressure and stress levels, better cardiovascular health, and overall, experience a better sense of well being. The article goes on to say that laughter can completely change one’s life, as it can make a person more attractive, fun, and also improve relationships with loved ones. Who knew that such a little thing like laughter could make a big difference in ones life?Towards the end of the article, it states that laughter is serious business, but it isn’t such a hard thing to achieve. One must simply just start off by learning to be more relaxed, silly, and spontaneous. Simply recalling funny memories, reading light-hearted and silly things, and surrounding one’s self around bubbly and positive people could easily produce much laughter. Of course, results won’t easily happen in one day, but after a while, it will be easy to notice the positive changes in one’s life. They’ll smile a lot more, be more light-hearted, and of course, laugh more often, which will help create a better effect on one’s life.

Overall, the article ends with two quotes that state that “He who laughs most, learns best” and “True laughter… destroys any kind of system of diving people.” It is extremely important to learn from these quotes and to always keep them in memory. Don’t be afraid to get up and start working on something everyone should make sure to do everyday in order to improve their lives; laughing.

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Man Decides to Invite Only the Homeless For 5 Days of Fine Dining at His Restaurant

Many people in this world do not have such a glorious or supported lifestyle and these people are usually known as homeless people. Homeless people do not have homes and either live in shelters or on the streets. It is very sad to know that people out there are living such terrible lives with barely any food or shelter. Others live their lives so fast and don’t slow down to take time to help those who are suffering. However, in order to change this just recently, an article was posted on SunnySkyz stating that the owner of a certain restaurant is taking a huge step and deciding to only invite the homeless to have a chance to experience fine dining for 5 days. 

As said before, homeless people do not get to experience the finest things in life, however there are certain very helpful and loving people out there that want to help those in suffering. Tabrizi is the owner of a restaurant who is planning to only privately serve the homeless for five days of fine dining. Many people have said numerous things about his idea to do this, as he is doing this during Baltimore’s business profit regain week, where companies have a chance to experience better sales in their business, but Tabrizi is not concerned with that right now. The article states that Tabrizi says that he thinks that the homeless suffers from both hunger and hopelessness and that most probably don’t have much dignity. He wants to change that and allow them to come into his restaurant and feel acknowledged and cared for.

Tabrizi plans to serve different meals at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. every day for five days. These meals will consist of chicken or beef with vegetables and a drink of sparkling cider and scoops of ice cream for dessert. However, they haven’t confirmed the different menus they will use totally. Towards the end of the article, Tabrizi goes on to say that it not just about feeding the homeless, it’s about showing them that there are people out there who care for them. He wants his actions to speak louder than his words.
Overall, Tabrizi has stated that equality matters and homeless people are no different than any of us. We all want to lives stress-free and good lives that are well supported and fun, but not everyone can live that way. Therefore, he wants to help the homeless feel this way by doing this sweet action. From this we can see that there are still people in this world who a strong passion to help others.

The Power Of Being Kind

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11-year-old Naomi Oakes has bad blood. That is, she has an aggressive form of leukemia and must spend the next nine months of her life in intensive therapy. She is also a huge Taylor Swift fan.

This brave little girl was not even that concerned with hr disease or her future treatments. She was upset that she would be unable to see Miss Swift perform because she would be undergoing therapy. Her father thought it would be a good idea if she commemorated this with singing one of Swift’s songs (Bad Blood, below).

He posted the video of his daughter singing the song on his YouTube account. It did the trick that he was hoping for. It seriously lifted his daughter’s spirits and made her feel better. The video began to circulate and soon it reached Swift. She was deeply moved by little Naomi’s plight.

The family had set forth a go fund me account in order to try to pay for the hospital stay and the therapy their daughter would need. Their goal was to reach $30,000. Miss Swift decided to show her support for her young fan and donate to getting her the treatment she needed.

The sum total of what Swift donated far exceeded the amount the family was seeking. She donated a whopping $50,000. Shocked and surprised by the amount of Swift’s donation, the family expressed their deep gratitude for her thoughtfulness. This was not the end of the story.

Miss Swift decided to take it one step further by contacting young Naomi. She surprised the girl with a personal call to extended her best wishes for a speedy recovery. She also expressed her deep regret that Naomi would miss the upcoming concert. This call greatly cheered the young girl up. Her spirits lifted and the worry of her family evaporated, all hope exists for a speedy recovery with no relapses.

This just goes to show that there are good people in the world that want to get involved and want to help others. Miss Swift went above and beyond what she needed to do and made one little girl a very, very happy fan.

Doing right does pay off and Miss Swift has shown us all that good is far better than doing nothing, and that a little kindness can go a very long way to making a difference in the world.

Trust, not stress, makes a good working environment

I was not too surprised to read that good bosses actually get more done and get more out of employees than those that flex their muscles and are mean to employees. A recent article on the website showed the results of studies that made the point.

A study at Georgetown University showed that the major reason people have for not being nice is that they don’t have the time. But just being too busy is not the same thing as being mean or creating unnecessary tension or stress.

It has been well documented that stress affects the immune system and33 elevates hormone levels that impact diet and weight. A lack of civility also has a negative effect on focus. According to the study, people were belittle before being asked to complete a word puzzle. Those people performed with 33 percent less effectiveness than those who had not been treated unkindly. The test group also came up with much fewer creative ideas in a brain storming session.

The test had similar results when done by a stranger. Another interesting aspect was, even seeing uncivil behavior and not being the recipient, resulted in lower performance, though not as much.

Stress ultimately costs employers, though it can be useful in a crisis type situation. Author of Emotional Intelligence and Focus, Daniel Goleman, says when there is a lot of stress, attention goes away from the task at hand to the cause of the stress. According to his research, the brain’s areas that are used for paying attention, comprehending and learning, are hijacked in order to handle the stress of an angry boss.

So, if an angry, tension creating boss causes problems, what type of boss is one that creates a positive working environment.

As I read the article, I thought about my philosophy as a boss myself and how things work best between me and my employees.

It came down to the fact that being a good, encouraging, and fair person as well as a boss led to better relationships with workers and greater productivity. Additionally, in times when I’ve been an employee, bosses who treated me as a person were at some level a friend who I trusted and wanted to please with my best performance.

The article indeed says building trust is the most important thing a good boss can do. Bosses you can have a mutual trust with, are those that you will work hardest for, simply because you have a relationship and trust each other to some degree.

Leaders who project warmth are the ones easiest to trust, and therefore the easiest to work with.

The Top 10 Happiest Countries to Live in?

Though not being a goal for everyone, it is for the most part a goal to be happy. Happiness is an excellent indicator of the country’s well-being. Disregard the economy, the politics, the power, and focus on happiness.

Here are the top 10 countries that are considered to be the happiest according to The Daily Good. Do you agree with them? Tell me in the comments!

1.) Switzerland

Switzerland is full of mountains and scenery that will take ones breath away. This country has been ranked based upon the well-being of every citizen. 96 percent of the population in Switzerland believe that they have someone that they can rely on when in need.

2.) Iceland

This country is has the highest ranking for the number of jobs and earnings in the country. There is also a huge amount of personal security, health, and well-being associated with living in Iceland.

3.) Denmark

Only 2 percent of Denmark’s population have reported to have to work long hours. The motto in Denmark is to live a balanced life of work and break.

4.) Norway

This country has good social connections, environmental quality as well as a fantastic work-life balance. Over 82 percent of adults in Norway have completed a secondary education.

5.) Canada

Those who live in Canada are reputed to be both very happy and healthy. Only 1.3 of the population have claimed or reported to have ever fallen victim to assaults. 

6.) Finland 

Finland among all the countries on this list has one emphasizes education the most. The average student in Finland scores a 529 on the PISA exam when the average is 497.

7.) Netherlands

This country has a strong sense of community in addition to community participation. Over 90 percent of the population believe that they can rely on someone whenever they are in need of help.

8.) Sweden

This country has received much prestige for its education in addition to the quality of the environment. There is also a 86 percent of voter turnout.

9.) New Zealand

This country has scored a lower than average on the amount of air particles present. In addition to this, New Zealand scores high points for the job security, well-being, and education in the country.

10.) Australia 

This country has a 93 percent voter turnout and is ranked to be one of the top ten happiest places to reside in in the world.

I am Joseph Bismark, Japa Das

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My name is Joseph Luis Eleuterio Tomacruz Bismark, but you can call me Joseph. I’m the kind of businessman who wants to be your friend.. I want you to be happy in your own life. My belief that the power of positive thinking will get you further than any self-help book that you’ve ever read. I myself had to discover this on my own. In recent years, I have built my life around pursuing my genuine interest in strengthening one’s mind. How have I done this, you may be wondering? Over the years, I’ve found having control over your own body can be a true exercise for the mind. Some may consider martial arts training to be a work out for the body. It is. However, when I spent time in this training, I found it training my mind to stay focused and positive.

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From Meeting Joseph Bismark, the man behind The Gem Collection book

Many people search for power their whole life and think that power will give them true happiness. Remember, power is within you already. So, if the power is within you, wouldn’t the happiness be there too? Think about the incredible sculpture the Michelangelo created, The Statue of David. When he finished this incredible piece, he said that David was there the whole time. He just took away everything else. Notice the artist’s power. He truly had the power of positive thinking.

When we get rid of all of the negative thoughts, we are taking away all of the parts that shouldn’t have been there to begin with. I want you to find the David within yourself. Now is the time to take control of your life by finding the positive in yourself and when you find the positive, you find the happiness too. You have the power to do extraordinary things, so stop wasting time and go out and do them.

Principles I Live By

Understanding People

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I’ve taught my employees and colleagues the importance of understanding people and seeing things from another person’s point of view. A sense of an open kind and an understanding to see how another persons sees a specific aspect of business or life can be very helpful for growing and being a better person. When understanding people and working with others, having a sense of humility and listening to their opinion is what helped me become the man I am.

Treating All People With Equal Respect

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The key to building a successful business is to treat all people with respect. Treating people with respect is not entirely easy, but I know that simply creating that mutual respect to all people can help a leader and a businessman build a business that grows. The hardest part is knowing how to treat people, but if a person listens to one’s own heart and mind, it’s not difficult to treat people with equal respect. Take time to listen to different people’s opinions, speak to a wide range of people, and work with different people often. Doing this will help exercise this ability.

Inspiring People To Take Charge

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I always strive to take charge in my life. There are countless people who have been able to take charge for their lives because they simply woke up one day and decided to. I also tell people to speak to their employees in a manner that will enable them to take charge of their own life. It’s much easier in the long run to inspire people and build a business when the leader decides to help the employees feel inspired in their lives.

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From the Facebook of Joseph Bismark

Here’s my advice for your own personal growth and leadership –

Be Open In Communication

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The most important element of leadership is communication. I’ve always advocated on being open with employees. This is because employees can tell when a leader is hiding something and is being secretive. This attitude propagates a culture of mistrust in the organization and with that one element, the entire regime can fall to pieces.

Interact With The Team

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A leader is human and human beings share lives with each other. Since the team members and the leaders spend so much time together, interacting with these members should be on top of the leader’s list. It can be something as simple as asking about their families and ambitions, but the result would be brilliant. Often, leaders organize company picnics in order to socialize with their teammates.

Be Empathetic

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Just understanding something from the other’s point of view is a small part of empathy. It’s all about showing employees that the message is received and understood. I always show empathy in a tangible way and doesn’t dismiss employees without thinking. He tries to understand their point of view and then responds to their queries and issues.

Be Dynamic

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A leader needs to be quick in thinking and must be able to grab an opportunity. When employees see how proactive a leader is, they would emulate those features as well. The corporate world of today is extremely dynamic and leaders who don’t keep up would not only fail as individuals but would also bring their company down.

Young Leaders Should Focus On One on One Networking

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Because younger leaders have been raised in a social networking age, they don’t put much emphasis on anything beyond technology. However, business is all about one on one contact but due to lack of experience, younger leaders don’t know how to achieve perfection in this sphere. This is why I emphasize on the importance of networking with people in person.

Truth Is Important, No Matter How Uncomfortable

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It is necessary to tell the truth at times, even if it leads to anger among teammates. Of course, great leaders know how to tell the truth in a way that it motivates the employees and doesn’t bop them down. He has always stressed on the importance of telling the truth to employees, whether it is regarding important decisions or employee performance.

Accept Your Mistakes

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No leader is perfect and this is the best part of the leadership process and the personal growth that comes with it. Leaders who are candid about their fallacies and limitations often go a long way because their employees see them as human. These leaders are not afraid of being wrong and losing face, but are more focused on getting the job properly done, even if it involves seeking help from others. A leader who doesn’t accept mistakes can never achieve success.

This is my vision and my ideas about taking charge and doing it the right way for success –

Change The Game But Don’t Let The Game Change You

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The corporate game is such that people tend to drift in and out of it. My life has not been without challenges, but I have overcome all of them to achieve success. How? I didn’t follow the rules of the game and didn’t let the game overwhelm me. I made my own path in life and it paid in full with great rewards at the end.

Shake Things Up Every Now And Then To Keep Yourself On Your Toes

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One of the things I don’t like is staying in a comfort zone and not daring to take any chances. I believe that along with curve balls, life continues to throw opportunities people’s way, but they refuse to grab those opportunities because of their fear of failure. This fear of failure should be used as a fuel to accelerate and skyrocket your plans instead of stalling them. I want everyone to shake things in their professional life to avoid complacency from setting in. Keep challenging yourself to remember the challenges of your journey that you so love.

Be Ambitious and Believe That You Can Do It

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Ambition is necessary to achieve any great thing in life, whether it is small or big. Without ambition, actions are directionless and there is no purpose to them. This is why I encourage everyone to be more ambitious and ask people to hope for better things for themselves. On top of that, I believe in the importance of constantly working for and towards those ambitions. When people believe in themselves and their ambitions, they can do anything and scale any hardships that might occur in life.

Be A Great Leader & Become The Example You Want People To Emulate

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Finally, being a great leader is more that just barking out orders which is why I has always been playfully regarded as an island of calm in my professional circles. I want to be the example for other people to follow. This has resulted in great success for not just myself but also for QI Group, the industry, my peers and my employees.

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Books: The Gem Collection by Joseph T. Bismark
RYTHM House Introduces New Books by Dato’ Vijay Eswaran and Mr Joseph Bismark

Mindfulness wiki
The Brain’s Empathy Gap
30 Ways To Define Leadership
How To Accept Yourself Fully
12 Truths to tell yourself after a mistake or failure

Ultimately, I believe in believing in yourself and doing what your gut instinct tells you to do. A lot of people do things because they believe that they would be pleasing others with their actions and sometimes, they do it at the cost of their own happiness. A person can never be truly satisfied in life with that attitude. It is important to believe in whatever you are doing to achieve utmost success in that field.

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“If people were to see a nicely dressed man casually walking down the street on a fine spring morning, they might wonder who he is and where he is going. By the thoughtful look on his face and his demeanor, he could be musing about how to bring happiness to a small child or what he is going to talk about in his next board meeting. At the time, no one would suspect that they were looking at a man of power and wealth who spends the majority of his time running a company and reflecting on spiritual growth. This kind, intelligent and gentle man is none other than Joseph Bismark, the co- founder of a huge business conglomerate known as QNet.

If people were asked to describe common management characteristics at a huge corporation, there might be several responses. However, most people are likely to say upper management people are strong, controlling, creative, dedicated and always focused on the profit margin. So, with characteristics like these, it makes a person wonder about Joseph Bismark’s background, and how he fits into the corporate lifestyle as a spiritual individual.

Joseph actually began his spiritual training and upbringing at the early age of nine when he went to live in a religious retreat in the Philippines. During his stay, he would learn what it was like to live without modern amenities like heating and electricity.

While at the retreat, he would receive training in the martial arts, yoga, classical guitar and become a Bonsai Master. He would also go on to become a Tai Chi coach and a qualified yoga instructor. At the time, he would have no idea that these skills and abilities would become part of his destiny and future profession. He stayed at the retreat until he was 17 years of age.

After leaving the retreat, he worked as an instructor of martial arts where he met Vijay Eswaran. They shared a mutual interest of spirituality and philosophy, which nurtured their relationship. Eventually they formed a small marketing company that blossomed into QNet.

As one of the founding partners, Joseph holds a great deal of responsibility for the company and its employees. Today, he is heavily involved with various roles including the title of Managing Director for V Founding. He also spends a large amount of his time at the RHYTHM Foundation where is a trustee.

Although, Joseph Bismark utilizes his leadership qualities to see that the business grows and profits, he is also very much involved with all employees and customers on a spiritual level. Any time employees need help all they have to do is ask.

Overall, Bismark is not that interested in his personal wealth or even material achievements. He gains peace and satisfaction from providing help and service to other people through his own spiritual growth.

The values that he learned as a small child at the retreat taught him the wisdom of working as a team and achieving goals together for his company. He enjoys happy and healthy relationships with his co-workers, and he was even voted as a favorite manager by his employees.

When Joseph is not devoting his time to work, he puts his efforts into the RHYTHM foundation in Singapore as well as the Singapore School of Meditation & Yoga. He also spends a great deal of time working on blogs, and he has even written a few books. Many people have enjoyed the “Gems of Wisdom”, which talks about his thoughts of life and striving for personal growth.

That stranger walking alone down the street might just be worth a second look. He could be the nicest fellow with a big heart and good intentions like Joseph Bismark.”