The Human Behavior – Excerpt from “We Are Completely Beside Ourselves”

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“Current psychological research suggests that character plays a surprisingly small role in human behavior. Instead we are highly responsive to trivial changes in circumstance. We’re like horses in that, only less gifted.

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The courage to succeed

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“To dream anything that you want to dream, That’s the beauty of the human mind.
To do anything that you want to do, That is the strength of the human will.
To trust yourself to test your limits, That is the courage to succeed.”

– Pravs J

من روائع الامام الشافعي – اذا المرء لا يرعاك الا تكلفا

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من روائع الامام الشافعي رحمه الله

اذا المرء لا يرعاك الا تكلفا .:. فدعه ولا تكثر عليه التاسفا
ففي الناس ابدال وفي الترك راحة .:. وفي القلب صبر للحبيب ولو جفا
فما كل من تهواه يهواك قلبه .: . ولا كل من صافيته لك قد صفا
اذا لم يكن صفو الوداد طبيعة .:. فلا خير في ود يجيء تكلفا
ولا خير في خل يخون خليله .: . ويلقاه من بعد المودة بالجفا
وينكر عيشا قد تقادم عهده .: . ويظهر سرا كان بالامس قد خفا
سلام على الدنيا إذا لم يكن بها .:. صديق صدوق صادق الوعد منصفا

A Quote From “Eat, Pray, Love”

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I absolutely loved this quote which I found online as part of “Eat, Pray, Love”:
“He probably was your soul mate. Your problem is you don’t understand what that word means. People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that’s holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you…”

Do not miss a single chance

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OK. So let’s try the feature of posting via emails!

The below is a text I loved from the “I Believe God Wants You to Know” by “Neale Donald Walsch”.

I truly believe in this. And as I discussed with my friend, life toughens us so much that we tend not to tell the people we love what we feel about them on instant basis, for different reasons; fear of being ridiculed, rejected, disappointed, misunderstood or so on. It takes so much from us not to make everyone we meet pay for what few people did for us sometime in our lives.

So read the below carefully and apply…


To find beauty in everyone you must see beauty in everyone, then announce that you see it, for in announcing it, you place it there in their reality.

Do not miss a single chance — not one single opportunity — to tell someone how wonderful they are, how special they are, how important to you they are, how incredible as a person they are, how beautiful they are inside and out. Do not miss a single opening in which to insert such a comment, genuinely felt and genuinely meant.

Make it your life’s mission today to bring to the attention of another just how extraordinary they are. Say it. Say it. SAY it. Their heart is waiting to know that their own best thought about themselves can be believed.

by Neale Donald Walsch


With Love,

Iman Ben Chaibah

10 Practical Steps to Encourage Entrepreneurship and SMEs in MENA

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I came across these interesting steps tweeted by @Ktabaza, and found them worth sharing. I think we need to adopt some more of those. Here are the steps:

  • Step 1: Build Affordable Incubation Facilities in Every City
  • Step 2: Enable Business Registration and Liquidation (in less than a week, and with no minimum capital)
  • Step 3: Enable Cross-border Work Visas (between human resources rich countries, and their neighbors with large markets)
  • Step 4: Provide Equity Funding (for US$ 10K, US$ 50K, US$ 1M, and beyond)
  • Step 5: Relax Financing (provide loan guarantee programs to SMEs with no collaterals)
  • Step 6 Plug-In Academia (transform universities to incubators and services centers)
  • Step 7: Ease Customs and Taxes (5 year tax breaks for knowledge-based businesses, and custom free knowledge infrastructure)
  • Step 8: Enable Technology Transfer (provide free technical assistance to incorporate technology in every business)
  • Step 9: Provide Mentorship (a qualified mentor is the right for every entrepreneur)
  • Step 10: Celebrate Success (embrace and promote success and create more role models)

The Rise of the Specialist (The negative aspect)

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Below is an excerpt of a book I’m reading now for Sir Ken Robinson, called “Out of our minds”. Mind you, the book was written almost a decade ago. The problem was spotted since then, and yet many still fall into it! One day the idea of a specialist will ridiculed,, one day they’ll realize.

The Rise of the Specialist

We are witnessing an exponential growth in knowledge and information on a scale that for earlier generations would have been unimaginable. The store of human knowledge is now doubling every ten years and the rate of expansion is accelerating. One result is increasingly intensive specialisation in all disciplines: a tendency to know more and more about less and less. The output of modern science is so far, for example, that any individual can properly understand only small sections of it.

Individual mathematicians, for example, can usually deal competently with only a small part of mathematics. It is a rare mathematician who fully understands more than half of a dozen out of 50 papers presented to a mathematical congress. According to Michael Polanyi, the very language in which the others who are presented goes clear over the head of the person who follows the six reports nearest to their own specialty. It seems to me that the situation may be similar for all major scientific provinces, so that any single scientist may be competent to judge at first-hand only about a hundredth of the total current of science.

As knowledge expands, greater specialisation is inevitable. The risk is that we lose sight of the larger picture of how ideas connect and can inform each other. In these circumstances we need more than access to information and ideas: we need ways of engaging with them, of making connections, of seeing principles and of relating them to our own experiences and identities. This too has important implications for the culture of organizations.

ظاعن شاهين

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ظاعن شاهين كان من الشعراء في احدى الجلسات اثناء مهرجان الامارات للأدب. يتميز شعره بين استخدام الجناس و بين الشاعرية مما أضاف رونقا لتلك الجلسة. اترككم مع بعض المقتطفات من بعض قصائده.


ما تم لي صاحب عقبك ابد ما تم

بعدك طويت الورق وفصلك نقص ما تم

الناس ترقص فرح وعنهم أنا أفماتم

يلي رحلتوا، غصب القلب تابعكم

مهما فعلتوا . . ترى روحي تتابعكم

أخذوني سايق لكم، حسبوني تابعكم

بارض خلت منكم حلفت أنا ما تم


وفي قصيدة “حمد” يقول شاهين

لي صاحب يا حمد، محّد أبد شرواه

لو باعني برّخص غالي أنا فشرواه

ما همني لو نقد، من حاسد وشرواه

بدفع حياتي ثمن لحبيبي الغالي

وبهدر ثواني الزمن لجله واشغالي

لزله عيوني عمن، يبقى ذهب غالي

بعطيه أنا رويحي وبرخص له الشروا



تسأليني ليش أحبك

وليش أنا مهتم بيك

ما قريتي في عيوني

أني متولع وأبيك

ما قريت في خطوط الكف

اني ملك ايديك

وانك انتي لو ختفيتي

عن عيوني

قلبي يتولّه عليك


أعشق تراب الوطن ومن يعشقه أهواه

واحن له افساعتي إذا تركته.. آه

هذا الوطن عزتي روحي ودمي ماه

أصرخ وكلي فخر أنا إماراتي

دبي والشارجه، أهلي وإماراتي

الكل يغني فدا، وتبقى الإمارات