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Stumbling Your Way To Greatness

Stumbling your way to greatness

As Seth Godin says ~

“One reason people who spend a lot of time thinking about and working on a problem or a craft seem to find breakthroughs more often than everyone else is that they’ve failed more often than everyone else.”

Those who dare to fail greatly can succeed greatly as well. Falling often means you learn more than those that didn’t fall as much. I love to fall, that means I have learned something that I did not know before and I tried more than others did. Falling is a beautiful thing. If Thomas Edison didn’t try every single time he failed imagine where we would be. He failed at least a 1000 times. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.  Never Quit!

I leave you with this thought. My strength comes from the words of a great poem by Sir William Earnest Henley called the Invictus. It says :

It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishment the scroll,

I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.

Among Top Retailers At Tacori Design Studio

This week the KARATS team was among the finest retailers in the nation that had the privilege to tour Tacori Design Studio. Handcrafted in California, with greatest artisans we saw first hand how Tacori Engagement Rings are crafted. It has been a wonderful experience and we look forward to sharing what we so passionately believe in. Delivering the highest quality jewelry. Proudly made in the US of A under the California Sun.

Tacori Design Studio

Tacori Design Studio

 

Tacori Ring

Tacori Ring

Club Tacori 2014

C lub Tacori 2014

 

Honored by the BBB recognition.

Better Business Bureau chose KARATS JEWELERS as the only jewelry store to feature there special BBB advertisement. We are grateful for this acknowledgment and support from the Kansas City Community. A short and amazing clip that you will see around town with my smiling face 🙂

Click Below to see the video

Better-Business-Bureau-Gym-2014.mp4

The Significant Milestone

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A dream is yet a dream till efforts to move mountains become a reality and that, what was once conceived as a vision, has now become a reality. As one of my favorite quotes “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” by Lao Tzu keeps my diligent efforts everyday to take one step at a time moving forward in a direction where our vision and dreams exist. Today, I, “WE”, proudly introduce the Breitling brand to the Great State of Kansas. A dream that became reality through efforts comprehended by only a few. Conscious sacrifices in pursuing a dream, The American Dream, where anything is possible with the greatest of efforts directed towards a common goal.

Some may wonder, why the Breitling brand took this long and why OUR pursuit towards this exquisite and yet remarkable Swiss watch brand to bring to KARATS. To them, WE say, It is the dream to fly high, to break the status quo, to push through the unchartered territories of space and air where possibilities are limitless. It resonates with OUR vision to achieve greatness at everything we do. Push forward with a goal to be excellent. Breitling is such a brand. Fearless and Roars Excellence. It is a love affair where one just stares into the others eyes without blinking and the hearts feel the warmth. Such is a relation for our endurance for excellence.

While WE cherish this important milestone there are a few that have to be acknowledged. For without them the journey to a thousand miles wouldn’t be possible. I express my thanks to the KARATS Team. Without them I am insignificant. Then I express my gratitude to our wonderful customers and friends for their unwavering support, trust and utmost faith in us. With your love and support we will continue to conquer mountains and what may come our way. We express supreme gratitude to you and humbled that you choose us and honor us with your presence. Then, we honor, our industry friends, designers, manufacturers and supporters. We are all indeed a family. The family that sticks together no matter what may come. We are thankful to you always for being the brick wall we can always lean on. You all continue to guide us, show us the path and share the wisdoms to see KARATS prosper. It is with your humility and compassion we continue to move forward.

I and everyone at KARATS is personally grateful to the Lord in The Heavens. Without your sheer blessings and infinitive wisdom we cannot even begin to be capable to dream the dreams we dream to conquer. All we ask and pray is for the grace and infinite wisdom upon us. We are grateful to our families for letting us expand our wings and fly to whatever heights we wish to go. You all are our biggest cheerleaders and we gain our strength by knowing that you always believe in us.

Last but not least, I personally honor my grandparents, I know the struggles you endured as you grew your business half the way across the world in India and now it stands as one of the oldest and finest. You remained faithful to righteousness and built it on the highest of standards. While I do miss you both everyday, I may live my life the way you did with the highest standards and honoring you by leading the path for excellence at what we so lovingly do.

Filled with gratitude and emotion on this fine evening, living in the greatest of nation, surrounded by simply amazing people that dream big in pursuit of excellence,

Akshay Andy Anand
August 18th, 2014
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Some Of My Favorite Quotes

“The big thing is rationality. So why do smart people do things that interfere with getting the output they’re entitled to? It gets into the habits and character and temperament, and behaving in a rational manner. Not getting in your own way. As I said, everybody here has the ability absolutely to do anything I do and much beyond. Some of you will, and some of you won’t. For the ones who won’t, it will be because you get in your own way, not because the world doesn’t allow you.” ~ Warren Buffett

“The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.” -Thomas Henry Huxley

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans…”

“I wonder why it is when I plan a route too carefully it goes to pieces, whereas if I blunder along in willful ignorance aimed in a fancied direction, I get through with no trouble”

It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.
Bertrand Russell

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
Sir Winston Churchill

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.
— Thomas Paine

Akshay Andy Anand KARATS

Akshay Andy Anand KARATS

My Invocation to Leawood Rotary

On August 25th, 2011 I gave the following Invocation to the Rotary Club of Leawood that I belong too. A couple years down the road, I am remembering a great soul and an American Soldier who gave his life for our freedoms. Leawood Rotary Club is an Organization that gives its time, resources and efforts in making a difference in the world. I am a proud Leawood, KS Rotarian. Where we put Service Above Self.

INVOCATION:

They say that whatever we do comes with a price….a price for freedom, liberties and living our “dreams” is far higher than what we as individuals can EVER realize living where we live.

This nation has been built on principals of Service, Hard Work, Innovation and to stand for righteousness. Just the other day i was seeing a documentry of the days after september 11th when the United States went into Afghanistan, it really changed a lot of perspectives for me of how “this war against terrorism” was conducted as opposed to the many we have fought before.

I was amazed of how the United States only sent 7 men, yes ONLY 7 MEN from CIA to make pacts with the Northern Alliance Group that rebeled the Taliban before many other troops started coming in…..

Making a Long Story Short, it amazed me how the US conducted Drone wars against taliban and insurgents that came to our land and to our homes and tried to disrupt our way of life. Shortly after this documentry one morning i got a text message and it said “Brother Mason Died in Afghanistan”

I was taken back, i was quite and practically numb the entire day…. Matt Mason was my fraternity brother at Northwest Missouri State and was one of the 30 Navy Seals that was killed in Afghanistan and we as a country lost an honorable man, a great member of our community and he leaves behind 2 boys about the ages of 4 and 5 and an expecting daughter in the next month or so.

This man, gave his life for OUR FREEDOM, FOR OUR LIBERTIES and for our “DREAMS” that we living HERE cannot even begin to comprehend what it takes to fight those wars. That man was an honorable individual that fought for you and me amoung many others that have gone before and will continue to pay the BIGGEST PRICE for our FREEDOM.

Lets take a moment of silence and remember those that we know or those that have lost their lives so we all can live freely.

Thank You, I will be passing out a few things i got at matt’s services for you all to check out.

Being An Entrepreneur

Akshay Andy Anand

Akshay Andy Anand

The greatest of joys is to create something bigger and better than you. To put your heart, soul and everything you have to see it grow. Just like how a mother raises a child. Our Businesses is our passion, its a dream and its made with immense emotions and we as Entrepreneurs put every single bit of what we have into it.

I am so blessed to be the 6th generation in the Jewelry Business and live a life filled with passion for what I do. My grandfather would have been so proud to see KARATS in Kansas City. He would have been filled with joy to see how is generations have uplifted the family name and legacy.

I aspire to do my best each day for my business, my family, my loved ones and my community.

Akshay Anand

Aug. 8th, 2013

 

Serving God by Doing What We Love.

I was blessed today to help a deaf and mute couple that came in to buy an engagement ring. It was the most heart warming customer interaction I have ever had. I felt like it was God sent. It was sent so I could help them above and beyond the call of duty. I joyed in sharing emotions, unspoken words and yet understanding everything they asked through hand motion, the eyes spoke and the heart vibes guided me. As I helped them choose the perfect engagement ring I was left speechless. I was left to just reflect on this enlightening experience of pure love which has no boundaries, it is an emotional oneness of two bodies making one soul. It was more like Gods presence in them. Pure and unconditional love. Helping them today while going the extra mile put within me the sense of satisfaction that cannot be comprehended. I feel blessed for this day, for the opportunity to help them and once again unconditional love always is an example of heaven on earth. Simply pureness.

6/22/2013

The Kansas Citians

As much as I have gained and grown by calling this city my own, the city has given back to me ten folds. It is with gratitude and wonderful friends such as these that I grow and become a better person each day. My friendship with Phil Goff –  The Leawood Officer, John Holt – TV/News anchor, Mark Terman – A Kansas City police offer and fellow friends around have truly enriched my life for better.

Life is wonderful with great friends around. Happy Saturday !!!!

 

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