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MARKHOR – The Youth Refinery

Refining is the process of purification of a substance by removal of impurities and unwanted elements; whereas refinery is a facility where raw substances are transformed into value-added products. This is what we already know, but have you ever thought that why do we need to refine things? Refining is not a choice it is […]

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    Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AZ_qJI3jV6exrDapBUEqK67Yu5kTgxEPf9Qd8Fnt77dYDksvZ7rnFkQ/ Leadership is a capacity to rouse or impact others towards an objective through which they can make positive changes in the society. A leader has an extraordinary convincing power through which he can manipulate others’ minds to do what is best for the benefit of humanity. Every society needs good leaders […]

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Aspire to Inspire

How glorious is the word “spire”-meaning the highest point or summit. When you just one more letter to make it “ASPIRE,” it becomes your ambition and when you mould it into “ INSPIRE,” it turns into influence. Aspiration kindles the fire of passion in your heart to achieve an aim whereas inspiration instills an urge […]

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Going beyond limits- The Markhor Spirit

Actions are something through which you can surprise yourself and accomplish things you had once only wished for, or achieve and understand something you believed was incomprehensible. Frequently we surmise that once we make progress or satisfy our fantasies, we then get the prize of staying “there” for whatever is left of our lives. After […]

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My ImpACT has Impacted Pakistan

There’s more to the word Impact than meets the eye: Break it down and you get ‘Imp Act’ where I think lies the whole idea behind this word: One tiny impact, could lead to YOUR important Act! An act that just doesn’t affect you, but others around you. It’s contagious and that’s the best part. […]

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Wilderness-The Perfect Teacher

Language defines wilderness as: “A name given to the most pristine wild lands left on the earth, uncultivated, uninhabited, and inhospitable.” Whereas all I discovered is that wilderness is a breathtaking mosaic of nature that is brutally honest and completely raw but above all A PERFECT TEACHER! Image Source: https://sayingsaboutlife.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/you-will-find-something-more-in-woods-than-in-books-trees-and-stones-will-teach-you-that-which-you-can-never-learn-from-masters/     A teacher cultivates dreams, […]

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CHALLENGES AND NEED FOR SURVIVAL – THE JOURNEY OF TRANSFORMATION

Since the inception of humans on this planet, the struggle for survival has been there too. With every passing era, humans needed different set of skills to survive. In the early times, hunting skills were necessary for survival and food. Similarly socializing skills were needed to have relationships among each other. With changing times came […]

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IMPACT-  Infusing Markhor Spirit to Produce Affective Character Traits

Lights, Camera, Impact! This is what Markhor-17 is all about. What is your IMPACT? And how to amplify it? This year MARKHOR is going to revive your souls in a magical journey of 5 enthralling days, by: I–    Infusing M– Markhor Spirit P– to Produce A– Affective C– Character T– Traits The word “character” originated […]

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What is Markhor?

Markhor – the national animal of Pakistan is the emblem of pride and nobility. Being one of endangered species, it thrives in an extremely challenging life-cycle to survive. The grace with which this magnificent animal struggles to sustain at high altitudes, rugged mountains, harsh climate and food deficit, inculcates in it resilience and adaptability. Quite […]

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Tips for survival in Snow by Pro’s

We almost all have watched the famous Bear Grylls or similar professionals on the television surviving in the wild and living on different food and resources that nature provides us. Although the Chasing snow leopard might not make you eat bugs (the team will facilitate you to a certain extent) but taking a page from […]

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Potential and success don’t usually go hand in hand

Statistically speaking, two human beings will always have something in common. It can be a fondness for a specific sport, an aversion from a certain food or even an allergy. Likewise, no two humans can be the exact same. There will always be an attribute setting them apart. Image source: Quotesgram   These likenesses and […]

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Thrive to Survive

While living life, most of us forget about striving and thriving. The fundamental difference between the two is something that never stays clear to us while living life. “The ultimate matrix of life”   The staircase destinations Surviving and thriving are two steps of the staircase. Both are the basic cardinals of self-realization and self-actualization. […]

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Chasing Snow leopards at Shogran

At a distance of 232km from the capital of Pakistan resides a beautiful sanctuary that provides relaxation for body and the soul both. To reach Shogran from the capital we have multiple routes, one of them is to journey through Abbottabad, Maneshra and Balakot.  After Balakot further we travel on the main Balakot-Naran road a […]

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The Guide to Survival in Snowy Mountains

Adventurous men have always possessed the quest for exploring nature. That is why wilderness is their best friend. But the adventure reaches its peak when snow falls on the ground with its variable characteristics. Survival for such adventure experts can become pretty tough in extreme snowy conditions. So, a guide to the true adventure serves […]

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Conquer your spirit: The leopards’ attitude

Leopard is an agile creature, gifted with the possession of agility, strength and spirit. It can survive in the most daring environmental conditions where resources like food and shelter are lacking. But the endangered species still marks a spot in the Asian mountains. Regardless of tough survival conditions the leopard has conquered its spirit which […]

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Leadership and The Unpopularity of Views

In view of most people leadership and popularity contests are interrelated. In classical trends of leadership popularity and fame was never chosen. Leadership is rather the name of doing the right tasks at the appropriate time and for the deserving people. Leaders have the ultimate aim to leave behind a conviction and will to carry […]

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Self-actualized trait

Image Source: LinkedIn The Picture Above: Highlights the stages of Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. (Self-Actualization on the top)   Maslow’s states self-actualization the last of the human’s needs, in order to live a successful life. In order to reach Self-actualization Maslow says one has to full fil their other needs that he highlighted as physical, […]

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Potential and success don’t usually go hand in hand

Statistically speaking, two human beings will always have something in common. It can be a fondness for a specific sport, an aversion from a certain food or even an allergy. Likewise, no two humans can be the exact same. There will always be an attribute setting them apart. Image source: Quotesgram   These likenesses and […]

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Know your fire

Have you ever stopped to think about that one thing in your life that just comes naturally to you? Something that you don’t have to try too hard to be amazing at, something you can maybe hope to go very far in? A hobby, a skill that just allows you to be in your zone. […]

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Transformation comes from within

Every day that you are alive in this world, every moment that you are at home, safe with a roof over your head is a miracle. A blessing. A work of chance. You did nothing to deserve an amazing family, nothing really to have food on your table. And if life wasn’t initially fair to […]

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How To Establish A Leadership Potential For Everyday Challenges

In order to make the most of our everyday life, there are several skills that we must develop. These skills ultimately develop our potential as a leader and makes it easy for us to overcome the remnant inevitable challenges. So regardless of whatever you are doing in life, one thing must always be kept in […]

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How to become a great Leader without effort

  “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership is complete attitude or behavior that becomes periodic and procedural over time. Leadership is the difference between innovation and creativity. Image Source: Pinterest   Leaders are good decision makers […]

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“I have seen more than I Remember And remember more than I have seen” blog.orbitremit.com We all have watched movies in which the characters are depressed and then asked by the company to take a break and go somewhere to gather themselves up, to refresh their soul, to widen their minds and to leave their […]

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10 quotes that will make you leave everything for wilderness

Living in cities, being shuttled from air-conditioned car to air-conditioned building, constantly surrounded by comfort and entertainment, depending on technology for everything and every time, it’s easy to become disconnected from the natural world. Nature isn’t just all the green stuff and furry critters we can see the countryside, it’s the ground beneath our feet, […]

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Tips to plan your gap year

 Bonjour! It’s August and some of the school kids might just be a little demented right now as it’s the month of high school or CIE results! Not a good time eh! Anyway my prayers go to all the kids expecting their results. Some of these little fellows will wander off to colleges and universities […]

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Why wilderness is good for students?

Since time, immemorial people have gone to wilderness to seek vision, experience a deeper sense of inner peace, and find healing. Nature has a certain kind of light and clarity that speaks clearly to the soul, calling it forth. When people go to nature, they touch a deeper part of themselves, a part that has […]

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7 ways to solve problem; Using Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. It is powerful tool to counter and solve certain problems we face in our daily lives. It only matters the ways to reach the possible […]

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5 best ways to prepare a camping menu

Hello world! How are you? It’s been quite a wonderful day till now; the sun is shining, the kids have waddled off to their schools, the air is clean and my belly is thankfully stuffed with mommy made parathay.  Wallahhi! This taste *rolls eyes*  is out of the world. Especially if you are a hostalite […]

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Yellow Boat of Hope

The Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation provides yellow school boats and other modes of transport and structures (such as bridges, schools, dormitories, etc.) to help children get to school, primarily because they are struggling through water and over large expanses of land to get to school. The Role is to help bridge the existing gap between poverty […]

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Must Try Dishes Of Pakistan

Hello Earthlings! Ramadan is over and I hope you would have preserved its blessings. Ramadan reminds me of fasting and fasting reminds me of food. And not just any food I tell you, but the yummy, spicy, rich desi food of the Pakistani cuisine. Oh man they make my mouth water. DISCLAIMER: *read at your […]

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10 ways to be successful

Walt Disney, American animator and entrepreneur probably stood ahead of everyone in queue of accomplished and successful people. But this case has not always been true.  Today Disney rakes in billions from merchandise, movies and theme parks around the world, but it wasn’t all about dollar bills right from the start. Rather Disney had quite […]

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7 things that make a great leader

  Good leaders do things well. Great leaders teach and inspire others to do things well. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime! The same concept applies to leadership. The best-performing leaders that do and teach, instill confidence in their team and share their vision with others, making them accountable while providing […]

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5 ways to prepare adventure

  We Humans, seek experiences that enrich our lives and challenge us so we can return home, transformed and upgraded. The places we’ve visited are no longer faraway dots on a map, but are instead filled with memories of the faces of people we’ve met on our trip.               […]

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5 ways to combine Vision and Action

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world. Joel A. Barker   Do you get great ideas and then plan and plan, and plan some more? After all, you want to get the details just right before you execute the ideas. Or are you […]

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Sky Is Our Limit

Hello my lovely readers! I have been thinking quite a lot about entrepreneurial ventures and women empowerment. It’s quite surprising, but let me tell you that Pakistan has been doing a wonderful job on both the forums. Below is list of young promising Pakistani entrepreneurs who believe that sky is their limit! Zymal Umer Zymal […]

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7 places to visit in Pakistan

Pakistan is not all what the news channels and newspapers portray it as. There’s a lot more to it apart from just terrorism, politics, and all sorts of other problems. You must have had at least one person say the following to you when you asked him/her about Pakistan: “Pakistan? It is too dangerous.” But […]

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7 things that make a great leader

Good leaders do things well. Great leaders teach and inspire others to do things well. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime! The same concept applies to leadership. The best-performing leaders that do and teach, instill confidence in their team and share their vision with others, making them accountable while providing guidance […]

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4 International cultural facts about Pakistan

Literature and Poetry Literature is an important aspects of our cultural life. Most of our poets reflect Islamic code and deliver the message of love and brotherhood. Similarity of thought among poets and writers of all regions is an important factor of our cultural life. Sufi poets occupy an honored place. Sufis like Lal Shahbaz, […]

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Living All You Can

Are you living all you can? If so, you are one of the few lucky souls that either is born with an incredible spirit – OR one of us, who had to learn it the hard way. You can learn to live life to the fullest. It takes practice and power to defeat the habits […]

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Importance of Curiosity in Society

Hello there! I have been thinking quite a lot about advancements that have taken place around us. To be honest they are JUST TOO MUCH!!! It’s weird, but I feel a little awkward when people discuss important new features there iPhone 107 or something has, Oh! And it just doesn’t stop there. I have to […]

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Cultivating Happiness

We always seem to want those things we don’t have. Moreover, we are often convinced that if we had those things, that we want so badly, we would finally be happy. The truth is that happiness is an attitude. It’s not something created by outside circumstances, but instead is completely within your control. You will […]

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What All Leaders Have in Common

Leadership can never be defined or attributed by a set of values. Leadership does not lie in possessing certain qualities. Certain Sociologists agree with this notion. However others disagree. Whether the quality of being a leader is innate or acquired is a never ending debate. If we look through a broad perspective, context is a […]

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Too old to be curious!?

Hello people of the internet! It’s quite a sunny day today; birds are chirping kids are waddling off to their schools, life is good and its all rainbows and unicorns at my side of the world. BUT! I can’t seem to pull a thought off my mind and it is quite interfering with my propitious […]

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Turning Procrastination into Motivation

Perhaps procrastination is a part of the human condition, having an extended period of time to accomplish something makes us delay it for the future, even if we can begin it now. Perhaps it is modern society, which often times seems to focus on immediate and instant results, rather than something carefully crafted and refined over […]

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How Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe

A leader is the individual who possesses the rare quality of leadership. Leadership is basically the capacity to guide other people. What makes people trust others? It definitely requires abstract association. Some say leaders are natural willpower athletes. Yes! There is no perplexity in this notion, as willpower drives a person in achieving a particular […]

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Youth: The Age of Revolution

Freshness, vigor, energy, spirit. These are the words that spring to mind when one talks about youth, and rightly so. The boundaries of youth are very elastic, but to get an idea, from the ages of about 14 to 30, the human mind and body are capable of shaping, forming, reshaping and reforming. This vital […]

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Sharan Valley, The Hidden beauty of Kaaghan Valley

www.gettyimages.com Kaghan valley has most popular summer holiday spots. If you love hiking, trekking or camping, then here is the perfect place for you, The Sharan Valley. This Valley is similar to heaven. Unlike other tourist attractions of Kaghan Valley, Sharan is situated on other side of River Kunhar and this is one of the […]

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Benefits of venturing into the wild

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” – Danny Kaye Our modern society seems to be extinguishing the childhood desire to explore – participation in outdoor activities has been on the decline in our youth, and often times, when there are scheduled activities, helicopter parents hover over children, killing the spark for wanderlust. […]

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Jubilee Life Insurance joins hands with Youth Impact for Markhor’15

Sunburnt in the day. Shivering in the night. This is what Markhor is. A journey. A lesson. A story of millions. A mere hundred representing millions. Some remarkable individuals giving lessons worth millions. A mind-set made, in the end, which can influence millions. Jubilee Life Insurance was an official sponsor of the MARKHOR’15 youth conference. […]

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“I had conquered my fear of hiding in the shadows and the fear of living the life itself”

“Some say don’t go searching the worlds unknown to you. I say that is what you must do. 1st oct 2015 was a day when I stepped into something that was completely unknown. I knew no one and had never been into the wild before and so it was the first dare for me. Coming […]

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My Markhor Experience (Part 1) – Through eyes of an OC Member! (No Spoilers)

“Markhor! For the past 3 years I was always curious that what actually this Markhor conference was? This year my curiosity got to me and my fate finally allowed me to attend this first wilderness based leadership conference called Markhor. Me being an Alumni of Chasing Snow Leopard, one of the other Youth Impact’s programs, […]

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“I realized that Markhor was way more than what we had imagined”

“As I pondered, I found out that there were not too many limitations if I did it my way, if everyone did it their way and make it “our way” together, whenever there is enthusiasm, there is a creative joint empowerment that a mere person is not capable of so, people say one couldn’t understand […]

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“I have learned, to SEE the change; we need to BE the change”

Markhor has been a ‘total’ experience. When I first signed up for it, I was quite unsure as to what it might all be about (mostly because of the clandestine adventure theme and to be honest MASHA ALLAH all the team takes their secret ‘secrecy oaths’ quite seriously :P’. Well, I did came in with […]

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“I Have never been this clear about my motives and goals in my life!”

“Markhor ’15 was a life altering event that has left me spell-bound from the past week! This event was one of it’s kind. Love at first sight was indeed a myth before this. Before the starting of this event I had this dilemma whether to attend this event or just let it go because it […]

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“I will bring some positive change in my society!”

A symbol of pride, for everyone who witnessed the charms and learning’s of this very event! An event where you are supposed to forget about “I” and think as “we”, where you’re taught the essentials of team work practically, where you explore yourself, your efficiencies, you deficiencies. An event where the outcome or end results […]

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Raising the Markhor nation

“Markhor was just an idea for a team of 8 enthusiasts till the sunset of June 26, 2013, when they left the meeting room of Headstart School, Islamabad with a faith that something greater is on their way. Since then the game has been changed. The spark ignited by just few souls has impacted thousands […]

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Faiq Sadiq’s Ice Cream Story

  I think no Markhor would be complete without Faiq Sadiq’s infamous ice cream story. A story that inspires Markhors from all over Pakistan to shun mediocrity and go for their goals in life no matter how many times they have to fail in order to succeed. When I first arrived at the top of […]

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Slackline: Improve your balance

Slacklining is a form of rope walking which differs from others by the fact that the rope that is tied between points is not tense neither is it tight. It is loose and has a certain degree of stretch and bounce like a trampoline. For the observer, slacklining is a breathtaking activity and for the […]

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Paintball: Fun with the colors

Paintball is a sport in which players compete, individually or in teams, to eliminate the opposition by hitting them with capsules containing water-soluble dye and an outer shell. A paintball gun is loaded with these capsules that is specifically designed for the purpose. They players compete inside a field that may contain natural or artificial […]

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Rock climbing: discover the undiscovered

blogs.baylor.edu Rock Climbing is an activity in which the participants compete to ascend or go through rock formations and surfaces. This sport is quite popular among individuals who try to test their abilities as it requires great muscular strength throughout the body. Rock Climbing is difficult, dangerous yet utterly fulfilling. It gives the person the […]

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Rappelling: overcome the Acrophobia

shenandoahmountainguides.blogspot.com An effective technique that climbers use to descend a steep cliff or mountain once they have climbed it. Rappelling requires a lot of climbing skills such as making knots and rappel anchors, using the rappel device and the back-up system. It is quite dangerous and is prone to accident if not carried out properly. […]

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Paragliding: feel the skies

www.youtube.com It is a recreational and adventure sport of daring individuals. A paraglider is the parachute, a wing actually, using which the pilots glide through the air smoothly. The direction of glide can be controlled and usually experienced pilots make that last several hours long. ‘Flying’ through the air gives you a sense of freedom […]

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Archery: an adventure exploration

bingwallpaper.anerg.com For centuries, people belonging to different areas, ethnicities and tribes have used bows and arrows for the purpose of hunting animals and also to protect themselves. In the later years, bows and arrows were used in warfare by skilled bowmen. It was a good form of defense for the cities and provided ranged support […]

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5 Keys to a Positive Personality

Positive Perception www.123rf.com You can’t do something good unless it has been given thought. Try to think in a positive and confident way. A change in the mind will be followed by changes in life. Eat Healthy www.lifehack.org The mind and body are deeply interrelated. When and if the body nourishes, the mind flourishes. Eat […]

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5 tips to improve confidence immediately

Ratify yourself ink361.com Stop listening to negative remarks and pay no heed to pessimistic thoughts. Don’t allow the negative voices to nag you through your own self.Stop the negative self talk. Disarm the negatives   www.meridianpeakhypnosis.com   Stop listening to negative remarks and pay no heed to pessimistic thoughts. Don’t allow the negative voices to […]

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5 major mistakes that can possibly destroy your future

1. Procrastination The greatest mistake a person can make is procrastination. It is a major hurdle towards success and a tempting one as well. Putting off today’s work for tomorrow causes work to pile up and stress to build. In these conditions, a person cannot have peace of mind and focus so his output would […]

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10 surprises you will find at markhor

Division into tribes. They become a part of you and your unforgettable memories here. Exercises before hiking The fun in hiking. Along with the tiredness The sunrise at the peak Nature with all its exquisite beauty The breakfast was good Camping is fun Meeting people from all over Pakistan (Cultural Festival) Conserving the nature and […]

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Facts about Mushkpuri you need to know today!

It is approximately 2800 meters above sea level!! Four kilometer long trek to Mushkpuri top starts from Nathiagali spiraling upward through breathtaking pine forests. The view of the flowery blanket over lush green summits is spectacular. The sunsets are mesmeric. The starry skies at night have nothing even near to equivalent to them. The sight […]

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Let nature be your mentor

“Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.” –Albert Einstein Wilderness can be the best mentor.  Here are the seven things you must learn while exploring nature. Thoughtful contemplation of nature teaches that we know very little about life. It is much more than we perceive in our daily life. Adventures increase your […]

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5 Mountain wildlife that are worth observing

Alpine Ibex A stocky individual from the goat family that lives in rocky regions of Europe which is exceptionally uncommon to find Snow Leopard Try not to get too excited when you see one! Giant Panda This stunning black and white animal that is highly endangered is most commonly found in China. www.acuteaday.com Pika (Rock […]

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10 photos that will make you want to attend Markhor!

These awesome speakers! Imagine all the fun they had *_* And this! (the cold and the wilderness) The bonfire, think of the old times when people gather around the fire and tell stories, well its pretty much the same. And the cultural experience!! Oh here’s another one, The dance, Dear diary! Lets go hiking!! Have […]

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10 ways to get the most out of Markhor

Markhor is not only a wilderness based leadership program but a life experience .Ask any alumni and they will tell you that explaining the entire experience is not possible in words but there are some steps you can take to enhance that experience.   1. Crack open that shell! Shy? Not so social? Well Markhor […]

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5 things that make Markhor different from other conferences

  1. Wilderness: Country’s first wilderness based leadership conference has many other things, besides leadership, to teach you. Table talks can only tell you ‘how’ while at markhor you have to apply all your knowledge and develop a strategy all by yourself. Sounds challenging, well who does not love challenges! 2.    Camping and trekking: There […]

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