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You aren’t the only one!

Today’s generation is under immense pressure.
It’s the pressure of self-doubt more than anything else.
This self-doubt is led by the view that everyone else, except them, has it figured out.

People seem to be eating the nicest looking food.
Wearing the nicest looking clothes.
Clicking the nicest looking selfies.

We think the other person’s life is sorted.
We think that we are not good enough.

What we fail to realize is that others are going through the same anxiety as we are!

At times, all you need to know is that you are not alone in feeling what you are feeling.

August 1st, 2021|0 Comments

This is how you go debt-free!

There is a kind of debt that is rarely talked about.
That’s emotional debt.

I cannot leave this job, because I had promised my boss I will stay.
I cannot leave this job, because I have dreams to fulfill for my family.
I cannot go back to work, because I had promised my kids I would be around.

Emotional debt is intangible. It doesn’t exist.

And because we don’t pay for it everyday, we keep on accumulating interest on it.

Here is what helps.
Treating emotional debt as financial debt.
Take it only when you need it.
Take it only when you can pay it back.
And pay it in monthly installments.

Emotional debt has killed more people than financial debt ever will.

July 31st, 2021|0 Comments

I was jobless!

At 29, I was jobless, with no money, recently married, confused, clueless.
Had no idea where I will be in life.

To all those who think they haven’t done anything in life, and have wasted so much time.

It is not about the years gone by. 
It is about the years still left!

July 30th, 2021|1 Comment

But people will like it…

A famous sculptor wanted to sculpt his final masterpiece on top of a hill and he wanted it to be his best work ever.

He worked, day and night, creating patterns and bringing the mountain stones to life.
And when it was all over, he asked a friend to come and see the end result.

The friend saw a stunning piece of art, from the foot of the hill and knew instantly that this was indeed the sculptor’s best work ever!

And so he climbed the hill, to congratulate his friend.
Once he reached, the sculptor insisted that the friend take a closer look and admire the finer aspects of the sculpture.
The friend noticed a crack and reported the same to the sculptor.

The sculptor paused for a minute. Stared at the crack.
One could see his expressions changing.
Without any warning, he took his hammer and destroyed the entire sculpture.

The friend was shocked. What just happened!

“Why did you do that?
No one would have noticed that crack from such a distance.
People would have still liked it!”

“But I noticed the crack.”

Most often we ask ourselves, “Will people like my work?”
But we often forget to ask ourselves, “Do I like my work?”

July 29th, 2021|0 Comments

Difficult decisions in 3 steps…

Step 1.

When we have choices in front of us, we also have a preferred one.
We always know of it.
Accepting that we know that choice, is the first step.

Step 2.
The next step is imagining the worst-case scenario once we have taken the choice.

Step 3.
And then, all we need to see is, if we are comfortable with that worst-case scenario.
Once we realize that we are comfortable, even with the worst, we are mentally prepared to go for it.

 

July 28th, 2021|1 Comment

People don’t care

You get up every morning.
You show up.
You do the right things.
You work really really hard.
Don’t cheat, don’t steal, don’t beg, don’t lie.

Here is the honest truth – People don’t care!

People don’t care if you are doing the right thing.
They only care if you are doing the right thing for them.

July 27th, 2021|0 Comments

A quote that will change your life in 30 seconds

Nothing changes your life in 30 seconds.

The world would want you to believe in shortcuts.
5 easy ways to do X.
2 simple steps to do Y.
Change your life in 30 days.
Change your life in 30 seconds.

But the harsh truth is, there are no shortcuts.

What will it take to be successful?
It will take everything!

July 26th, 2021|2 Comments

Your life is a joke.

How many times in a day could you laugh at the same joke again?
Once?
Twice?

But after a point, you stop laughing.
You know the twist. You know the punch. You are aware of the story.
And there’s nothing new that could surprise you.

Here is another question for you.
How many times in a day could you get upset at the same situation again?

If you don’t laugh at the same joke again, how is it that you complain about the same situation again?
That you cry over the same issue again?
That you feel hurt about the same thing again?

Once you trick the mind into believing that your life is a “joke”, you will stop reacting to stories long after it’s over.

 

July 25th, 2021|0 Comments

Are you building a company?

Most entrepreneurs end up building a company.
A company has rules.
It has a hierarchy.
It has restrictions.
It might also have good food.
And, a founder that sleeps peacefully at night.

But is it a place where people love to work?
Is it a place where they feel challenged?
Beyond a point, people stop working for money. They would want a larger cause to work towards.
The day that cause stops existing, they would leave.

When people stay back in your company despite mediocre conditions, your company isn’t a company anymore.
It has become an institution.

July 24th, 2021|0 Comments

Who is your first hop?

The biggest challenge while building a large company is communication.

How do you ensure everyone is on the same page?
How do you ensure everyone is working towards the right goals?
How do you communicate information rapidly and effectively?

The trick lies in realizing that every hop will lead to a 50% reduction.
In clarity. In direction. In all good things that matter.

The first hop is the most critical layer and finding your first hop will be your most critical decision.
It doesn’t matter what you tell them. What they tell others defines the story of your organization.

July 23rd, 2021|0 Comments

The unusual thing about unusual things

I placed two bricks on top of each other, wrapped a cotton cloth around them and created a sling knot.
Every day, I walked from home to the gym with this knot held between my jaws.
The idea is to put pressure on the cheekbones. And if you also move your head up and down, it works well for your neck.

People gave me looks.
Their responses were quite funny, ranging from “Is he mad?” to “Wow! Look at him.”

The attention I got was unusual and amusing at the same time.

Except, my cheekbones were still there.
It took 2-3 months for the effects to show up.
No effects at all was also a possibility.

Unusual things always get a lot of attention.
And we continue to measure the success of the outcome by the attention our work gets.

Attention makes us believe that we are on the right track.
But it’s never the attention that influences the outcome, it’s only our work

July 22nd, 2021|0 Comments

Let me get back to you…

Ever shared your ideas in a meeting to which the reply was,
“Let me get back to you on this?”

This statement forms the basis of most conversations in a large company.
And the reason why this is acceptable is, these big companies are tolerant of excuses.
Excuses for not being able to deliver.
Excuses for inaction.
Excuses for not deciding then and there.

Whereas you will rarely hear this at a startup. Startups are fast. They take action. Their work is outcome-based. They make decisions quickly in order to move forward, wherever and whenever necessary.
And for the same reason, large companies are so slow to move forward.

A“let me get back to you” free world can only be created if you don’t accept excuses.

An excuse tricks us into thinking we don’t have any option, even when we have many!

July 21st, 2021|0 Comments

You were happy until….

One day you are happy with what you have got.
You are working hard every day. You are content. You are fulfilled.
The next day you meet someone doing way better than you.

Would that hinder your contentment and happiness?
While your grass was green all through, would you be affected by the existence of supposedly greener grass?

If the answer is yes, here is a question to ask.
Did the greener side always exist and you got to know about it just now?
Or did it come up after you?

The grass has been and always will be greener on the other side.
Then how is fighting for the greener grass even worth it?
July 19th, 2021|0 Comments

Why is it so hard to say No?

We think if we say no, people will leave us.
We will hurt them.
They will think poorly of us.

We don’t want people to reject us, and so we find it difficult to reject them.
This is why saying no becomes insanely hard.

When we say no, we say no to a request. Not to the person.

July 18th, 2021|1 Comment

The 3 words that are not spoken enough…

“I need help”

It’s very hard for us to accept that we need help.
We attach it to our pride, which stops us from seeking help from others.
And from books. From videos. From content. From life.

Pride makes us afraid.
It forces us to not learn.
It forces us to not ask.
It forces us to pretend that everything is in control.

But here is the reality.
Every time we ask for help, we learn.
Every time we say “I need help”, someone helps.

Pride has left more people alone, than loneliness ever will.

July 17th, 2021|2 Comments

You aren’t the only one!

Today’s generation is under immense pressure.
It’s the pressure of self-doubt more than anything else.
This self-doubt is led by the view that everyone else, except them, has it figured out.

People seem to be eating the nicest looking food.
Wearing the nicest looking clothes.
Clicking the nicest looking selfies.

We think the other person’s life is sorted.
We think that we are not good enough.

What we fail to realize is that others are going through the same anxiety as we are!

At times, all you need to know is that you are not alone in feeling what you are feeling.

August 1st, 2021|

This is how you go debt-free!

There is a kind of debt that is rarely talked about.
That’s emotional debt.

I cannot leave this job, because I had promised my boss I will stay.
I cannot leave this job, because I have dreams to fulfill for my family.
I cannot go back to work, because I had promised my kids I would be around.

Emotional debt is intangible. It doesn’t exist.

And because we don’t pay for it everyday, we keep on accumulating interest on it.

Here is what helps.
Treating emotional debt as financial debt.
Take it only when you need it.
Take it only when you can pay it back.
And pay it in monthly installments.

Emotional debt has killed more people than financial debt ever will.

July 31st, 2021|

I was jobless!

At 29, I was jobless, with no money, recently married, confused, clueless.
Had no idea where I will be in life.

To all those who think they haven’t done anything in life, and have wasted so much time.

It is not about the years gone by. 
It is about the years still left!

July 30th, 2021|

But people will like it…

A famous sculptor wanted to sculpt his final masterpiece on top of a hill and he wanted it to be his best work ever.

He worked, day and night, creating patterns and bringing the mountain stones to life.
And when it was all over, he asked a friend to come and see the end result.

The friend saw a stunning piece of art, from the foot of the hill and knew instantly that this was indeed the sculptor’s best work ever!

And so he climbed the hill, to congratulate his friend.
Once he reached, the sculptor insisted that the friend take a closer look and admire the finer aspects of the sculpture.
The friend noticed a crack and reported the same to the sculptor.

The sculptor paused for a minute. Stared at the crack.
One could see his expressions changing.
Without any warning, he took his hammer and destroyed the entire sculpture.

The friend was shocked. What just happened!

“Why did you do that?
No one would have noticed that crack from such a distance.
People would have still liked it!”

“But I noticed the crack.”

Most often we ask ourselves, “Will people like my work?”
But we often forget to ask ourselves, “Do I like my work?”

July 29th, 2021|

Difficult decisions in 3 steps…

Step 1.

When we have choices in front of us, we also have a preferred one.
We always know of it.
Accepting that we know that choice, is the first step.

Step 2.
The next step is imagining the worst-case scenario once we have taken the choice.

Step 3.
And then, all we need to see is, if we are comfortable with that worst-case scenario.
Once we realize that we are comfortable, even with the worst, we are mentally prepared to go for it.

 

July 28th, 2021|

People don’t care

You get up every morning.
You show up.
You do the right things.
You work really really hard.
Don’t cheat, don’t steal, don’t beg, don’t lie.

Here is the honest truth – People don’t care!

People don’t care if you are doing the right thing.
They only care if you are doing the right thing for them.

July 27th, 2021|

A quote that will change your life in 30 seconds

Nothing changes your life in 30 seconds.

The world would want you to believe in shortcuts.
5 easy ways to do X.
2 simple steps to do Y.
Change your life in 30 days.
Change your life in 30 seconds.

But the harsh truth is, there are no shortcuts.

What will it take to be successful?
It will take everything!

July 26th, 2021|

Your life is a joke.

How many times in a day could you laugh at the same joke again?
Once?
Twice?

But after a point, you stop laughing.
You know the twist. You know the punch. You are aware of the story.
And there’s nothing new that could surprise you.

Here is another question for you.
How many times in a day could you get upset at the same situation again?

If you don’t laugh at the same joke again, how is it that you complain about the same situation again?
That you cry over the same issue again?
That you feel hurt about the same thing again?

Once you trick the mind into believing that your life is a “joke”, you will stop reacting to stories long after it’s over.

 

July 25th, 2021|

Are you building a company?

Most entrepreneurs end up building a company.
A company has rules.
It has a hierarchy.
It has restrictions.
It might also have good food.
And, a founder that sleeps peacefully at night.

But is it a place where people love to work?
Is it a place where they feel challenged?
Beyond a point, people stop working for money. They would want a larger cause to work towards.
The day that cause stops existing, they would leave.

When people stay back in your company despite mediocre conditions, your company isn’t a company anymore.
It has become an institution.

July 24th, 2021|

Who is your first hop?

The biggest challenge while building a large company is communication.

How do you ensure everyone is on the same page?
How do you ensure everyone is working towards the right goals?
How do you communicate information rapidly and effectively?

The trick lies in realizing that every hop will lead to a 50% reduction.
In clarity. In direction. In all good things that matter.

The first hop is the most critical layer and finding your first hop will be your most critical decision.
It doesn’t matter what you tell them. What they tell others defines the story of your organization.

July 23rd, 2021|