Vala Afshar

Vala Afshar

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People's beautiful first expressions of hearing sounds for the first time

I know a man ain't supposed to cry But these tears I can't hold inside Losin' you would end my life you see 'Cause you mean that much to me You could have told me yourself That you love someone else Instead I Heard it through the grapevine... —Marvin Gaye

How to earn trust: 1. Do not lie

You are not a team because you work together. You are a team because you trust, respect and care for each other.

Here is how luck finds you: 1. Work harder than expected 2. Stay teachable 3. Give without expecting a get 4. Read and write more 5. Show up on time 6. Focus on your customers 7. Develop good manners 8. Be humble 9. Be kind and generous 10. Surround yourself with smarter people

“As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.”

In the end, only three things matter:

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Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your behavior. Your behavior becomes your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny. —Mahatma Gandhi

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What I needed to know when I was young: 1. no amount of exercises can beat a poor diet 2. salary is expense coverage, equity is wealth 3. networking is about giving 4. appreciate the people who are honest, kind and self-aware 5. first invest in yourself, then help others win

“Spend more time with people who bring out the best in you, not the stress in you.”


22 inventions that are saving the Earth

Surround yourself with people who care about and encourage you to reach higher.

Imagine what AI powered machines will be able to do in the next 5-10 years. Boston Dynamics machines flawlessly and soulfully dancing in rhythm.

The fastest route is not always a straight line.

You did not choose your: 1 birthplace 2 skin color 3 birth parents, family 4 birth gender 5 birth language 6 birth name 7 ethnicity 8 born abilities You can choose to be: 1 kind 2 generous 3 honest 4 grateful 5 respectful 6 optimistic 7 humble 8 teachable 9 faithful 10 happy

The world’s most simple ‘sorting by size’ system

In Spain, a taxi driver was known for taking patients to the hospital, free of charge. One day, he got a call to pickup a patient from the hospital. When he arrived, doctors and nurses surprised him with a standing ovation, plus an envelope of money. ???

The best demonstration of grit, persistence and self-confidence in less than one minute

This is precision tile setting at scale

A stunning view: Sebastian Steudtner, a German pro surfer, rode a wave over 115 feet tall at Nazare, Portugal