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Paulo Coelho

People who do useful work never bother about criticism…but those who don’t, hide their incompetence behind their authority

Paulo Coelho shares this……. 

Jean was out walking with his grandfather in Paris.
At one point, they saw a shoemaker being insulted by a customer who claimed that there was something wrong with his shoes.
The shoemaker calmly listened to his complaints, apologised and promised to make good the mistake.


Jean and his grandfather stopped to have a coffee.
At the next table, the waiter asked a man if he would mind moving his chair slightly so that he could get by.
The man erupted in a torrent of abuse and refused to move.

‘Never forget what you have seen,’ said Jean’s grandfather.
‘The shoemaker accepted the customer’s complaint, while this man next to us did not want to move.

‘People who perform some useful task are not bothered if they hear some critics to their work, but people who do no useful work at all always think themselves very important and hide their incompetence behind their authority.’

Connecting Paulo Coelho ‘The Alchemist’ with Singer Frank Sinatra… Connecting “In my Life, better to be sorry than safe” with emotional crooning of “My Way”

Just chewed Paulo Coelho’s thought for the day “In my Life, better to be sorry than safe”…. and in reflex thought came alive Frank Sinatra’s famous rendering of My Way”

Coelho thinks it !… Sinatra sings it !… Wow !

You can’t get a Six till you roll the Die or two Sixes till you roll the Dice…. so take the risk to live your ‘Dream’

Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” says it beautifully…Sing along with Sinatra on Youtube at It’s got over 5.6 million views !

The Lyrics are below too… Lovely… they have been co-written by another favourite singer of mine, Paul Anka

And now, the end is near,
And so I face the final curtain.
My friends, I’ll say it clear;
I’ll state my case of which I’m certain.

I’ve lived a life that’s full –
I’ve travelled each and every highway.
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Regrets? I’ve had a few,
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.

I planned each charted course –
Each careful step along the byway,
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew,
When I bit off more than I could chew,
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall
And did it my way.

I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried,
I’ve had my fill – my share of losing.
But now, as tears subside,
I find it all so amusing.

To think I did all that,
And may I say, not in a shy way –
Oh no. Oh no, not me.
I did it my way.

For what is a man? What has he got?
If not himself – Then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels
And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows I took the blows
And did it my way.

Yes, it was my way.

Wow !… I’ve crooned it thrice already this Sunday evening along with Frank Sinatra…. loud and passionately….Try it !… you’ll feel warm and good !

Wow ! Napolean Bonaparte’s Preserved Penis worth US $ 100000

Paulo ‘The Alchemist’ Coelho fascinates me….”If you chase your dreams,your dreams will chase you”…Wow !

love visiting his blog…he’s embarking on a spiritual retreat from tomorrow for a few days and will have access to the internet for only 20 minutes everyday…uncanny coincidence !…because I too am doing the same later this week !

Caught my eye was this link on his blog  on Napoleon’s penis…what an Investment !…unique,exclusive and cannot be recreated or replicated !…Holding History,literally and figuratively, in your Hands !

Allegedly cut off in 1821 by Napoleon’s Doctor during the autopsy and not well preserved through the years,the Penis was purchased by a New Jersey Urologist in 1977 for US $ 3000…he kept it under his bed!…his daughter has now inherited this ‘relic’ and has been offered US $ 100000

‘Time’ magazine lists the Penis in the Top 10 List of Famous Stolen Body Parts …the List is as below

  1. Maori Heads
  2. Santa Claus’ Bones
  3. Geronimo’s Skull
  4. Anne Boleyn’s Heart
  5. Benito Mussolini’s Brain
  6. Napoleon’s Penis
  7. Remains of Thomas Paine
  8. St. Francis Xavier’s Toe
  9. The Head of King Badu Bonsu II
  10. The Purloined African

Read :,28804,1988719_1988728_1988720,00.html

Just Imagine  a similar hypothetical Indian Top Ten List of Famous Departed Souls !…wonder whose body part would be a good investment !…or is this a sacrilegious thought !

I’ve categorised this blog under both ‘Investing Themes’ and ‘INVESTOR MISTAKES’ ….depends on whether you think it’s a sacrilegious investment or not !

Cheers !

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