1. 1. Connecting the Dots

    You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

    2. Love and Loss

    Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

    3. Death

    Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

    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. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

    4. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish

    Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

    Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

    (Source: news.stanford.edu)

     
     

  2. "

    What is difficult to manage today is that everybody knows absolutely everything and everybody judges people definitely on one game. You have to accept that football is played by human beings who have ups and downs like you have in your life.

    You have plenty of tacticians in the world who have managed zero games. You have to accept their opinion - they might be right, they might be wrong as well. They have to accept that.

    We live in a world where everybody has an opinion and we have to live with that. At the end of the day, somebody always has to make a decision and that’s the guy who is responsible.

    "
    — 

    Arsene Wenger, the manager of Arsenal

    (Source: www1.skysports.com)

     

  3. "Destiny is a good thing to accept when it’s going your way.
    When it isn’t, don’t call it destiny; call it injustice, treachery, or simple bad luck."
    — Joseph Heller, “God Knows”

    (Source: iheartquotes.com)

     

  4. Open Letter to Shinji Kagawa from a Manchester United fan

    Hello Shinji,

    I called it destiny when you arrived at Manchester United. I call it injustice when you have left just two years later.

    Every United fan was genuinely excited when you arrived. Having watched you tear it up for Dortmund, we were sure we had signed a world class player who would transform the club.

    You were going to be our number 10. United had been famous for wing play, crosses and mainly the 4-4-2. We believed that you will bring about the modernization of the club, change the way we played. We were licking our lips at the thought of you and Rooney linking up.

    I still vividly remember watching the first game of the 2012-13 season against Everton. On a night when everyone else struggled, you caught the eye by nonchalantly putting Javier Hernandez through on goal twice. But you were overshadowed by the (non) contributions of one Mr Robin van Persie, a trend which had continued till date and had finally resulted in your departure.

    Over the course of the next two years, the number of games you started in your favoured position are just a handful. Gross injustice. The left wing was where you got stuck and that shackled your creativity.

    In hindsight, the second season would perhaps have been better. Wayne Rooney may have left and you may well have made the number 10 your own, but all that went down the drain when David Moyes arrived. It was silly to expect a manager who likes a Tim Cahill/Fellaini type of number 10 to understand and even think of playing you. He played you there for a game and half and was rewarded with the best football under his tenure – against Bayer Leverkusen and Swansea.

    Come the January transfer window, the club needed a ‘statement signing’ and on came Juan Mata to push you further down the pecking order. There were a few games where you both combined well, but that was just a flash in the pan.

    You are a classic example of how things are not so straightforward at big clubs like United. Having talent isn’t enough. Fate. Destiny. Luck. Lot of factors kick in and agonisingly for you and the fans, you did not have those factors going for you.

    Or perhaps it was just tactical. Maybe managers did not see your fast one touch pass & move based style fit in with the slower playing style of United. It was disheartening to see mediocre players get chance after chance while you were relegated to the bench.  But for two years, no matter how much you were mistreated, there were neither any complaint nor any whining. You have always given your best and fans will always remember that with gratitude.

    Some dreams are never fulfilled. Some goals are never fulfilled. Some journeys do not reach their destination. All we are left with is thoughts about how well it could have gone and regrets about how badly it has gone.

    You have gone back to a place where everyone adores you. Where the coach knows how to get the best of you. We are all happy for you as your talents will be on show again.

    On behalf of Manchester United and its fans, I wish you all the very best for your second innings at Borussia Dortmund. I will continue to follow your career closely. I hope that you make us regret selling you.

    Regards,

    A Manchester United fan and Shinji Kagawa admirer.

    (Source: sportskeeda.com)