30 Verses and Thoughts from the Bible for Victorious Living, chosen by Joel Osteen

Joel Scott Osteen, an American preacher, televangelist, author

I’m clearly a big advocate of positive thinking as the best way to achieve your goals, but it transpires that it can lead to happiness too. Know that the future is taken care of in a positive way, as you allow yourself to enjoy the present moment. Cheerfulness and self-esteem are some of the best indicators of people who lead contented lives. Happy people feel empowered, in control of their lives, and have a positive outlook on life. Feel good about who you are, and know that your victory benefits others.

You can have victory in every area of your life. You deserve this time of victory. Your steadfast focus and dedication have resulted in blissful manifestation. Pastor, televangelist, and author Joel Osteen has put together a simple and effective tool to help you set your thoughts on victory. Peace and pleasant feelings are yours right now. Let your focus be on this present moment, and savor each feeling and experience fully. You will feel encouraged and ready to face any difficulty you are dealing with. When your thoughts are filled with victory, your actions and experiences will be filled with victory—to the Glory of God!

  • Think The Way God Thinks—“No man has ever seen, heard or even imagined the wonderful things God has in store for those who love the Lord.” From I Corinthians 2:9
  • Develop a Vision of Victory—“Behold I am doing a new thing. Can you not perceive it?” From Isaiah 43:19
  • Make a Plan—“Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed.” From Proverbs 16:3
  • 'You Can, You Will: 8 Undeniable Qualities of a Winner' by Joel Osteen (ISBN 1455575712) Speak What You Seek—“Declare what is to be …” From Isaiah 45:21
  • Standing Strong During Adversity—“Put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground.” From Ephesians 6:13
  • Be Joyful Always—“For the joy of the Lord is your strength.” From Nehemiah 8:10
  • You are Approved—“Before you were ever formed in your mother’s womb, I saw you and approved you.” From Jeremiah 1:5
  • Pursue Your Victory—“This one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind, I press on towards the mark …” From Philippians 3:13-14
  • Have an Attitude of Gratitude—“Let no foul or polluting language come out of your mouth.” From Ephesians 4:29
  • Overcome Opposition—“A wide door has been open to me and with it are many adversaries.” From I Corinthians 16:9
  • Declare Blessings—“Say to them, may the Lord bless you protect you.
    May the Lord smile upon you and be gracious to you.
    May the Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.” From Numbers 6:23-26
  • 'Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day' by Joel Osteen (ISBN 0743296923) Develop a Restoration Mentality—“I will restore the years that the locust has eaten and I will bring you out with plenty and you shall be satisfied.” From Joel 2:25-26
  • Focus on The Future—“Do not cast away your confidence for it will be richly rewarded.” From Hebrews 10:35
  • Feed You Faith—“.. For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” From I John 5:4
  • Live to Give—“Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over …” From Luke 6:38
  • Live By The Spirit—“If you live by the Spirit, you’ll not fulfilled the lusts of the flesh” From Galatians 5:16
  • Release The Past—“… but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” From Philippians 3:13-14
  • 'Break Out!: 5 Keys to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life' by Joel Osteen (ISBN 1414585890) Filter Your Thoughts—“I will set no evil before my eyes.” From Psalm 101:3
  • Stand Firm—“Fear not; stand firm and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will work for you today.” From Exodus 14:13
  • Live a Balanced Life—“They have made me a keeper of vineyards, of my own vineyard I have not kept.” From Song of Solomon 1:6
  • Expect Favor—“… the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those who walk is blameless .” From Psalm 84:11
  • Forgive Past Hurts—“But let all bitterness, indignation, wrath, resentment, quarreling and slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from you.” From Ephesians 4:31
  • 'Your Best Life Begins Each Morning: Devotions to Start Every Day of the Year' by Joel Osteen (ISBN 0446545090) Raise Your Self Image—“As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” From Proverbs 23:7
  • Avoid Strife—” For where there is jealousy and selfishness, there is strife and every evil work.” From James 3:16
  • Wait and Rest—“The vision is for an appointed time. Though it tarry, wait earnestly for it, for it will surely come.” From Habakkak 2:3
  • Expect God’s Best—“Those who wait for the Lord, who expect, look for, and hope in Him, shall renew their strength.” From Isaiah 40:31
  • Be Who You are—“For you are God’s own handiwork, recreated in Christ that you may do the good works that God predestined.” From Ephesians 2:10
  • Let God Defend You—“God is just a God and He will repay the exact compensation owed you. He will settle and solve the cases of His people.” From Hebrews 10:30
  • Guard Your Heart—“Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flows the springs of life.” From Proverbs 4:23
  • Praise Him For The Victory—“But You will give us victory over our enemies… And we will praise Your Name forever.” From Psalm 44:7-8

Recommended Books

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The Religion and Philosophy of Ayn Rand

The Religion and Philosophy of Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand’s first important novel was one that she’d planned to write about skyscrapers: “The Fountainhead” (1943) is about an architect named Howard Roark who blows up a housing project he built because his design was corrupted by the influence of others. When his trial, Howard explains his philosophy that, in order to achieve greatness, individuals have to be allowed to realize their own personal vision, and not be tied down by the concerns of society. These ideas became the basis of Rand’s philosophy, called Objectivism, which she also explored in her novel “Atlas Shrugged” (1957.)

Her novels outline her philosophy of Objectivism. In her Appendix to “Atlas Shrugged”, Rand wrote,

“My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.”

We the Living and The Fountainhead have been made into movies, as has Parts I and II of a projected trilogy of Atlas Shrugged.

In James Baker’s biography “Ayn Rand”, Rand is described as “identifying religion and communism as brothers under the skin. … Both subordinated man to a higher power: religion to god, communism to the state. … [She] held firmly to atheism throughout her life; and she felt it just as important to fight the witch doctor’s mysticism as Atilla’s collectivism.”

In “For the New Intellectual”, Rand wrote,

For centuries, the mystics of spirit had existed by running a protection racket—by making life on earth unbearable, then charging you for consolation and relief, by forbidding all the virtues that make existence possible, then riding on the shoulders of your guilt, by declaring production and joy to be sins, then collecting blackmail from the sinners.

Biographer Barbara Brandon quotes Rand’s 1934 private notes in the biography “The Passion of Ayn Rand”

“Religion is the first enemy of the ability to think. … yet before they learn to think (men) are discouraged by being ordered to take things on faith. Faith is the worst curse of mankind, as the exact antithesis and enemy of thought.”

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Prem Watsa’s Recommended Books for 2014

Prem Watsa of Fairfax Financial Holdings (Canada)

Prem Watsa is a shrewd investor who is often called the Canadian Warren Buffett. He is an immigrant from India who arrived in Canada in 1972 and has been running Fairfax Financial Holdings since 1985. Prem Watsa was born in Hyderabad and studied chemical engineering at IIT-Chennai before emigrating to Canada. Under his leadership, Fairfax’s sales and earnings have been growing and it’s stock price has compounded at the average rate of 19 percent annually.

On understanding and managing risk, Prem Watsa has said, “this idea exists in the marketplace that you can take any risk, put it into a structure, into an asset-backed bond, and you can eliminate, get rid of the risk. … Protect yourself, you don’t know when Katrina comes in.”

Here are five books recommended by Prem Watsa at the 2014 annual meeting of Fairfax Financial Holdings on 09-Apr-2014, Wednesday at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall.

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Longest Boeing 787 Routes in the World

United Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Yesterday, United Airlines completed the current longest nonstop Boeing 787 route in the world. UAL Flight 98, a 787-9, left Los Angeles 10:30pm Pacific Time on 26-Oct-2014 Sunday night, and landed in Melbourne at 07:57 AM Melbourne time, 15 hours and two days later, on 28-Oct-2014.

Here is the list of top 10 longest routes for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Longest Boeing 787 Routes in the World

  1. United Airlines—Los Angeles (LAX) to Melbourne (MEL) @ 7921 mi
  2. Ethiopian Airlines—Toronto (YYZ) to Addis Ababa (ADD) @ 7154 mi
  3. Aeromexico—Tokyo (NRT) to Mexico City (MEX) @ 7004 mi
  4. United Airlines—San Francisco (SFO) to Chengdu (CTU) @ 6870 mi
  5. Japan Airlines—New York (JFK) to Tokyo Narita (NRT) @ 6745 mi
  6. Hainan Airlines—Beijing (PEK) to Boston (BOS) @ 6737 mi
  7. Japan Airlines—Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Boston (BOS) @ 6702 mi
  8. LAN Airlines—Madrid (MAD) to Santiago (SCL) @ 6648 mi
  9. Hainan Airlines—Chicago (ORD) to Beijing (PEK) @ 6579 mi
  10. Hainan Airlines—Beijing (PEK) to Toronto (YYZ) @ 6578 mi
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Twenty-Five Quotes on Being a Manager

Twenty-Five Quotes on Being a Manager

'Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader' by Linda Hill, Kent Lineback (ISBN 142216389X)“Most ideas on management have been around for a very long time, and the skill of the manager consists in knowing them all and, rather as he might choose the appropriate golf club for a specific situation, choosing the particular ideas which are most appropriate for the position and time in which he finds himself.”
Sir John Harvey-Jones, English Businessman

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”
Theodore Roosevelt, Former President of the United States

“Sure, lots of managers talk about the importance of people, but so much of that talk is lip service. Very few managers carry through when it comes to managing their human capital in constructive ways. A lot of people think that managers are jerks, and unfortunately, as a profession, we’ve earned that reputation.”
John Reh, Business Executive

“The extraordinary manager operates on the emotional and spiritual resources of the organization, on its values, commitment, and aspirations.”
Warren Bennis, American Academic and Management Consultant

“If the role of rewards is to drive performance, managers should make performance the only lever for controlling rewards. That means it is critical to make very clear to individual contributors exactly what performance—what results, within what guidelines, parameters and deadlines—the organization needs and will therefore reward.”
Bruce Tulgan, Management Consultant

'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People' by Stephen Covey (ISBN 1451639619)“Only when all managers are fully committed to needed change can an organization begin the process of getting the lower-level employees on board. These employees will sense any lack of a manager’s conviction by the way the manager expresses the need for change. Managers must be sincerely behind the proposed changes.”
Don Harrison, Former Anchor on CNN Headline News

“People are the key to success in any undertaking, including business. The foremost distinguishing feature of effective managers seems to be their ability to recognize talent and to surround themselves with able colleagues.”
Norman Augustine, American Aerospace Businessman

“A basic rule for managers is “Pass the pride down.” People like to create when they can earn recognition for their ideas. When a good idea surfaces, the creator’s immediate superiors should show prompt appreciation.”
James L. Hayes, Former president of the American Management Association

“The key, essential element in all good business management is emotional attitude. The rest is mechanics. As I use the term, management is not a collection of boxes with names and titles on the organizational chart. Management is a living force. It is the force that gets things done to acceptable standards—high standards, if you will. You either have it in a company or you don’t. Management must have a purpose, a dedication, and that dedication must be an emotional commitment. It must be built in as a vital part of the personality of anyone who truly is a manager.”
Harold Geneen, Former President of the ITT Corporation

“As a leader in your organization, how important is it for you and your managers to coach others? Plenty! If coaching is alive in the organization, then it’s probably doing things right. If there is little or no coaching going on, then you are unlikely to find real teamwork, real ongoing improvement, and true leadership.”
Linda Richardson, Management Consultant

'The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter' by Michael Watkins (ISBN 1422188612)“The achievement of stability, which is the manager’s objective, is a never-to-be attained ideal. He is like a symphony orchestra conductor, endeavoring to maintain a melodious performance in which the contributions of the various instruments are coordinated and sequenced, patterned and paced, while the orchestra members are having various personal difficulties, stage hands are moving music stands, alternating excessive heat and cold are creating audience and instrumental problems, and the sponsor of the concert is insisting on irrational changes in the program.”
Leonard Sayles, Management Consultant

“Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people.”
John D. Rockefeller, American Business Magnate and Philanthropist

“A manager’s job should be based on a task to be performed in order to attain the company’s objectives… the manager should be directed and controlled by the objectives of performance rather than by his boss… . Management means, in the last analysis, the substitution of thought for brawn and muscle, of knowledge for folklore and superstition, and of cooperation for force.”
Peter Drucker, Management Consultant

“If you are the boss and your people fight you openly when they think you’re wrong, that’s healthy. If your people fight each other openly in your presence for what they believe in, that’s healthy. But keep all conflict eyeball to eyeball.”
Robert Townsend, American Actor, Comedian, Film Director, Writer

“The secret of managing is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the guys who are undecided.”
Casey Stengel, American Major League Baseball Outfielder and Manager

'Assertiveness: How to Stand Up for Yourself and Still Win the Respect of Others' by Judy Murphy (ISBN 1495446859)“Hire the best. Pay them fairly. Communicate frequently. Provide challenges and rewards. Believe in them. Get out of their way—they’ll knock your socks off.”
Mary Ann Allison and Eric Anderson, Management Consultants

“People don’t quit companies; they quit managers. When managers talk about loyalty, what they really mean is that they can count on someone. People aren’t loyal to a company, or to the year-end results—they’re loyal to other people. And they will be loyal to managers who support their development, recognize their achievements, and understand their need to balance work and personal life. But managers will have to earn that level of performance and commitment. Make no mistake, when it comes to employee retention: the manager is absolutely pivotal.”
Barbara Moses, Career Advisor

“The worst rule of management is “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” In today’s economy, if it ain’t broke, you might as well break it yourself, because it soon will be.”
Wayne Calloway, Former Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo

“Your position never gives you the right to command. It only imposes on you the duty of living your life that others can receive your orders without being humiliated.”
Dag Hammarskjold, Swedish diplomat, economist, and author

“If you ask managers what they do, they will most likely tell you that they plan, organize, coordinate and control. Then watch what they do. Don’t be surprised if you can’t relate what you see to those four words.”
Henry Mintzberg, Professor of Management Studies

'The First-Time Manager' by Loren Belker, Jim McCormick, Gary Topchik (ISBN 0814417833)“Management is more art than science. No one can say with certainty which decisions will bring the most profit, any more than they can create instructions over how to sculpt a masterpiece. You just have to feel it as it goes.”
Richard D’Aveni, Professor of Business and Strategy

“Preventing layoffs is management’s responsibility. It’s management’s primary responsibility. In a sense, it’s management’s only responsibility. Because to prevent layoffs, you have to do a lot of other things right. And you’re much more likely to do them when you’re constantly reminding yourself that jobs are at stake and that you’re responsible for the livelihood of real people who have put their trust in you.”
Jack Stack, American Entrepreneur

“Managing at any time, but more than ever today, is a symbolic activity. It involves energizing people, often large numbers of people, to do new things they previously had not thought important. Building a compelling case—to really deliver a quality product, to double investment in research and development, to step out and take risks each day (for example, make suggestions about cost-cutting when you are already afraid of losing your job)—is an emotional process at least as much as it is a rational one.”
Tom Peters, Management Consultant

“To manage is to forecast and plan, to organize, to command, to coordinate and to control.”
Henri Fayol, French Mining Engineer

“The sign of a good manager is his ability to give and take negative feedback.”
Richard Pascale, Management Consultant

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Recent Airline Mergers Indicate an Era of Moats

Vintage Logos of Airlines in the United States

The Delta-Northwest merger, the United-Continental merger, and Southwest-AirTran merger, and the American-US Airways merger have more or less concluded the consolidation era for the domestic airline industry.

Today, the top four carriers control rougly 70% of the domestic market, versus about the top nine airlines in 2000. But, does this substantial consolidation translate to a positive moat trend for the domestic airlines?

Flying on Airlines is a Commodity Product

To win in the marketplace, any airline would need to operate at the lowest cost to obtain a competitive advantage. Southwest was the first U.S. airline to earn a moat, thanks partly to it’s brilliant marketing strategy and its one-time favorable fuel hedge positions that gave it a distinct cost advantage over other airlines. Alas, No form of competitive advantage can deliver perpetual expansion. Even the Southwest ecosystem coundn’t curtail further encroachment and other airlies, primarily JetBlue, Spirit, Allegiant, and lately Frontier have further replicated and extended the Southwest low-cost operative model.

The frequent flyer miles that airlines have rewarded to consumers are not enough to create substantial customer-switching costs. I am not completely sure that the recent consolidation has resulted in renewed pricing power for the airlines.

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The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey Movie

While working as a foreign correspondent, journalist Richard C. Morais, now editor of quarterly Penta magazine published by Barron’s, often rose in the early in the morning to sink your teeth into his interest fiction writing. His persistence paid off when his first novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey, was published in 2010 and became an international bestseller. The novel narrates a touching tale of a boy of meager means from India who navigates continents and traverses cultures to develop into a three-star chef in Paris.

'The Hundred-Foot Journey: A Novel' by Richard C Morais (ISBN 1439165653) American chef, author, and television personality Anthony Bourdain praised the book, “Outstanding! A completely engaging human story heavily larded with the lushest, most high-test food porn since Zola. Easily the best novel ever set in the world of cooking —and absolutely thrilling from beginning to end. I wished it went on for another three hundred pages.”

Four years later, the book was made into a movie with screenplay by Steven Knight and direction by Lasse Hallstrom. The movie was produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake and features Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, and Om Puri.

I endorse the book and the movie; they will move you and renew in you a respect for people who keep trying until they get it right.

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The Irish Cat : Poster and Poem

The Irish Cat : Poster and Poem

Broken whiskers,
dirty paws,
Always staying out of doors,
Stalking in and out the flowers,
Watching slimy slugs for hours,
Chasing dogs and climbing trees,
He loves heroics such as these-

And what is more,
He is sly and cunning
Just open the door
and he’ll come running
Through the kitchen,
Past the stairs
To sit upon your favorite chair.

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Carlos Slim Thinks We Should Work Less

The constant struggle to lead a balanced life is getting harder. As long as clocks have ticked, professionals have complained about overwork and lack of time. The way we live when we are not working affects what we accomplish when we are.

Carlos Slim, the Mexican billionaire recently called for a “radical overhaul in the way we work” at a business conference in Paraguay. Rather than the usual five-day workweek, he appealed that it we better put in three 11-hour days a week.

'The World's Richest Man: Carlos Slim In His Own Words ' by Tanni Haas (ISBN 1932841849) Carlos Slim expressed that having four days off a week would leave us invigorated and enthusiastic when we return for our three, albeit long, days of work and toil. Furthermore, that kind of schedule would help us to work until we are 70 or 75.

Slim also expressed his belief that this far-reaching change to work-life would provide younger workers more opportunity to enter the workforce and be a positive influence for the economy and financial markets. Overall, Slim believed that such a move would generate a healthier and more productive labor force, while tackling financial challenges linked to longevity.

Americans are the first to be censured for obsessive work habits and their fanatic sense of work-life. Many American professionals would love to consider the idea of working just five 11-hour days, let alone three, instead of the weekly 60, 70, or more hours that many workaholics put in. But then again, Parkinson’s Law famously states that work expands to fill the time allotted. So Carlos Slim might be right.

Recommended Reading: ‘The World’s Richest Man: Carlos Slim In His Own Words ‘ by Tanni Haas has an intensely rich, succinct compilation of insights as enunciated by one of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs.

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Quotations on the Inner Scorecard

Inner Scorecard Some of the greatest thinkers in history have mentioned the importance of the inner scorecard.

  • “What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.”
    Confucius
  • “This above all, to your own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, You cannot then be false to any man.”
    William Shakespeare, from Hamlet: Act 1, scene 3, 78—82
  • “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.”
    Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement address (2005)

Recommended Book: ‘How Will You Measure Your Life?’ by Clayton M. Christensen provides a business-like perspective of life, not in terms of reflecting on life in terms of profit or loss, but more in terms of ideals, ethics, integrity and brutal honesty about yourself, who you are and where you are going.

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