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United State Air Force has a high security, super secret base in Nevada, known simply as “Area 51?” One afternoon, a Cessna landed at this “secret” base. The aircraft was immediately impounded and the pilot was interrogated.
The pilot’s story was that he took off from Vegas, got lost, and spotted the Base just as he was about to run out of fuel. The Air Force started a full FBI background check on the pilot and held him overnight during the investigation .
By the next day, they were finally convinced that the pilot really was lost and wasn’t a spy. They re fueled his airplane, threatened him that if he lands again he would spend the rest of his life in prison, and let him go.
The next day, to the total disbelief of the Air Force personnel, the same Cessna landed there again. Once again, the MP’s surrounded the plane…only this time there were two people in the plane. The same pilot jumped out and said, “Do anything you want to me, but my wife is in the plane and you have to tell her where I was last night!”
- Achieving success at any endeavour is about deciding what or how you want to be, figuring out how to get there and then taking the necessary steps to achieve that. Easy if you say it fast!! Sometimes not so easy to make happen.
Here’s a logical 8-step process to follow. Do one step each day, or as often as suits your schedule, and in 8 steps you’ll have achieved a goal. Keep repeating and before long you will have many successes to celebrate!
Day 1: Write down how you will be once you have acquired the skill or achieved your goal. For instance if you want to learn to think strategically, you might write ‘I am highly valued by my employer/clients for my ability to see strategic connections’ and/or ‘I advise and make effective decisions aligned with strategic goals.’ Put this somewhere that you will see it everyday.
Day 2: Accept that you can learn and achieve new things and retain your integrity and ability to make choices. Multi-linguists do not lose their ability to speak their native language, and can often choose which language to ‘think’ in. Becoming a strategic thinker will not reduce your technical expertise. Increasing your business profit will not make you less of a nice person. You can choose. Keep reading your goal each day.
Day 3: Start a learning activity related to your goal. This might be reading a book, interviewing an expert, watching a video, attending a network meeting, hiring a coach or attending a workshop.
Day 4: Choose one new behaviour or action that you discovered yesterday. Rehearse it – try it out yourself, or with your coach. Get comfortable saying or doing this new thing.
Day 5: Try out the new behaviour or action for real. Notice what was easy and what was difficult about it. Also notice what happened next – what was the outcome? How did others react? What might you try differently next time?
Day 6: Try out your improved version of the behaviour or action. Again, notice what the outcome is. Think about any way you can improve on it. Make sure you are continuing to learn about this skill or activity – keep reading, watching videos, talking to experts and so on.
Day 7: Keep using your new behaviour or action when appropriate and add another one that you discovered in day 3 or from learning you have been doing since then. Use the same process for this. Now you are building behaviour blocks to strengthen your ability to gain your new skill or goal.
Day 8: Celebrate your achievements so far and keep adding new behaviours or actions until you have reached your goal. Use the process of rehearsing first then using new behaviours or actions. You’re well on your way!
(source :http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/how-to-be-more-successful-in-8-days-or-less)Achieving success at any endeavour is about deciding what or how you want to be, figuring out how to get there and then taking the necessary steps to achieve that. Easy if you say it fast!! Sometimes not so easy to make happen. Here’s a logical 8-step process to follow. Do one step each day, or ...
- A Chinese walks into a bar in America late one night and he saw Steven Spielberg. As he was a great fan of his movies, he rushes over to him, and asks for his autograph. Instead, Spielberg gives him a slap and says,
“You Chinese people bombed our Pearl Harbour, get out from here.”
The astonished Chinese man replied, “It was not the Chinese who bombed your PearlHarbour, it was the Japanese”.
“Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese, you’re all the same,” replied Spielberg.
In return, the Chinese gives Spielberg a slap and says, “You sank the Titanic, my fore fathers were on that ship.”
Shocked, Spielberg replies, “It was the iceberg that sank the ship, not me.”
The Chinese replies, “Iceberg, Spielberg, Carlsberg, you’re all the same.”
( This particular joke won an award for the best joke in a competition organized in Britain and this joke was sent by an Indian.)
(contributed by: Mohan Rao on 20.08.2011)
Some of the Nation’s Symbols identified during a recent Survey are as follows :
1] NATIONAL ROBOT :
Man Mohan Singh
2] NATIONAL GUESTS :
Kasab and Afzal Guru
3] NATIONAL MESSENGER :
4] NATIONAL SECRET :
5] NATIONAL SUBMISSION CENTRE :
6] NATIONAL DAMAAD :
7] NATION’S NATURAL BEAUTY :
8] NATIONAL JEWELLERY STORE :
9] NATIONAL CLOWN :
10] NATIONAL WAITING MOMENT :
11] NATIONAL BANK :
12] NATIONAL ASYLUM :
13] NATIONAL PALACE :
(contributed by: Mohan Rao on 24.03.2012)Some of the Nation’s Symbols identified during a recent Survey are as follows : 1] NATIONAL ROBOT : Man Mohan Singh 2] NATIONAL GUESTS : Kasab and Afzal Guru 3] NATIONAL MESSENGER : Barkha Dutt 4] NATIONAL SECRET : SONIA GANDHI 5] NATIONAL SUBMISSION CENTRE : 10, Janpath 6] NATIONAL DAMAAD : Robert Vadra 7] NATION’S NATURAL BEAUTY : Mayavathi 8] NATIONAL JEWELLERY STORE : Bappi Lahari 9] NATIONAL CLOWN : Lallu Prasad 10] ...
Throughout history, humans have always been prone to accidents. Some, such as the exotic car crashes seen on this page, can be very expensive. But that’s trivial compared to the truly expensive accidents. An accident is defined as “an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss”. Our aim is to list the top 11 most expensive accidents in the history of the world as measured in dollars.
This includes property damage and expenses incurred related to the accident such as cleanup and industry losses. Many of these accidents involve casualties which obviously cannot be measured in dollar terms. Each life lost is priceless and is not factored into the equation. Deliberate actions such as war or terrorism and natural disasters do not qualify as accidents and therefore are not included in this list.
# 11. Titanic – $150 Million
The sinking of the Titanic is possibly the most famous accident in the world. But it barely makes our list of top 11 most expensive. On April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage and was considered to be the most luxurious ocean liner ever built. Over 1,500 people lost their lives when the ship ran into an iceberg and sunk in frigid waters. The ship cost $7 million to build ($150 million in today’s dollars).# 10. MetroLink Crash – $500 Million
On September 12, 2008, in what was one of the worst train crashes in California history, 25 people were killed when a Metrolink commuter train crashed head-on into a Union Pacific freight train in Los Angeles . It is thought that the Metrolink train may have run through a red signal while the conductor was busy text messaging. Wrongful death lawsuits are expected to cause $500 million in losses for Metrolink.
# 9. Tanker Truck vs Bridge – $358 Million
On August 26, 2004, a car collided with a tanker truck containing 32,000 liters of fuel on the Wiehltal Bridge in Germany . The tanker crashed through the guardrail and fell 90 feet off the A4 Autobahn resulting in a huge explosion and fire which destroyed the load-bearing ability of the bridge. Temporary repairs cost $40 million and the cost to replace the bridge is estimated at $318 Million.
# 8. B-2 Bomber Crash – $1.4 Billion
Here we have our first billion dollar accident (and we’re only #7 on the list). This B-2 stealth bomber crashed shortly after taking off from an air base in Guam on February 23, 2008. Investigators blamed distorted data in the flight control computers caused by moisture in the system. This resulted in the aircraft making a sudden nose-up move which made the B-2 stall and crash. This was 1 of only 21 ever built and was the most expensive aviation accident in history. Both pilots were able to eject to safety.
# 7. Exxon Valdez – $2.5 Billion
The Exxon Valdez oil spill was not a large one in relation to the world‘s biggest oil spills, but it was a costly one due to the remote location of Prince William Sound (accessible only by helicopter and boat). On March 24, 1989, 10.8 million gallons of oil was spilled when the ship’s master, Joseph Hazelwood, left the controls and the ship crashed into a Reef. The cleanup cost Exxon $2.5 billion.
# 6. Piper Alpha Oil Rig – $3.4 Billion
The world‘s worst off-shore oil disaster. At one time, it was the world‘s single largest oil producer, spewing out 317,000 barrels of oil per day. On July 6, 1988, as part of routine maintenance, technicians removed and checked safety valves which were essential in preventing dangerous build-up of liquid gas. There were 100 identical safety valves which were checked. Unfortunately, the technicians made a mistake and forgot to replace one of them. At 10 PM that same night, a technician pressed a start button for the liquid gas pumps and the world‘s most expensive oil rig accident was set in motion.Within 2 hours, the 300 foot platform was engulfed in flames. It eventually collapsed, killing 167 workers and resulting in $3.4 Billion in damages.
# 5. Challenger Explosion – $5.5 Billion
The Space Shuttle Challenger was destroyed 73 seconds after takeoff due on January 28, 1986 due to a faulty O-ring. It failed to seal one of the joints, allowing pressurized gas to reach the outside. This in turn caused the external tank to dump its payload of liquid hydrogen causing a massive explosion. The cost of replacing the Space Shuttle was $2 billion in 1986 ($4.5 billion in today’s dollars). The cost of investigation, problem correction, and replacement of lost equipment cost $450 million from 1986-1987 ($1 Billion in today’s dollars).
# 4. Prestige Oil Spill – $12 Billion
On November 13, 2002, the Prestige oil tanker was carrying 77,000 tons of heavy fuel oil when one of its twelve tanks burst during a storm off Galicia , Spain . Fearing that the ship would sink, the captain called for help from Spanish rescue workers, expecting them to take the ship into harbour. However, pressure from local authorities forced the captain to steer the ship away from the coast. The captain tried to get help from the French and Portuguese authorities, but they too ordered the ship away from their shores. The storm eventually took its toll on the ship resulting in the tanker splitting in half and releasing 20 million gallons oil into the sea.
According to a report by the Pontevedra Economist Board, the total cleanup cost $12 billion.
# 3. Space Shuttle Columbia – $13 Billion
The Space Shuttle Columbia was the first space worthy shuttle in NASA’s orbital fleet. It was destroyed during re-entry over Texas on February 1, 2003 after a hole was punctured in one of the wings during launch 16 days earlier. The original cost of the shuttle was $2 Billion in 1978. That comes out to $6.3 Billion in today’s dollars. $500 million was spent on the investigation, making it the costliest aircraft accident investigation in history. The search and recovery of debris cost $300 million.
In the end, the total cost of the accident (not including replacement of the shuttle) came out to $13 Billion according to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
# 2. Chernobyl – $200 Billion
On April 26, 1986, the world witnessed the costliest accident in history. The Chernobyl disaster has been called the biggest socio-economic catastrophe in peacetime history. 50% of the area of Ukraine is in some way contaminated. Over 200,000 people had to be evacuated and resettled while 1.7 million people were directly affected by the disaster. The death toll attributed to Chernobyl , including people who died from cancer years later, is estimated at 125,000. The total costs including cleanup, resettlement, and compensation to victims has been estimated to be roughly $200 Billion. The cost of a new steel shelter for the Chernobyl nuclear plant will cost $2 billion alone. The accident was officially attributed to power plant operators who violated plant procedures and were ignorant of the safety requirements needed.
# 1. Zardari – Accidentally Selected President Of Pakistan (Loss:All Pakistan wealth)
On 5 March 2008, Mr Zardari was cleared of five corruption charges only because the courts “abolished the cases against all public office holders”,including corruption and illegal use of property under NRO, the National Reconciliation Ordinance. He had another trial on the remaining charges on 14 April 2008, when he was cleared under the same NRO. On 19 April 2008, Zardari announced in a press conference in London that he and his sister, Faryal Talpur, would participate in the by-elections taking place on 3 June and that, if necessary, he would contest to become the country’s next Prime Minister. Mr Zardari subsequently became President of Pakistan. By all accounts, he ranks as the biggest and the most expensive accident in history.(source: http://www.wonderslist.com/10-expensive-accidents-history/)Throughout history, humans have always been prone to accidents. Some, such as the exotic car crashes seen on this page, can be very expensive. But that’s trivial compared to the truly expensive accidents. An accident is defined as “an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss”. ...