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A $60,000 lesson on making your hustle work

You may have heard this before, “I tried to do <nature of business> on the side (or worse, full time!) but it didn’t work out. I was barely making ends meet, so, I quit and got back working for someone else.” Or perhaps some variation of it. I most certainly have. And I must confess […]

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leadership personal growth

Training vs Development

I try my best to read almost all of my emails. Except spam, of course! But then I must admit, I did learn a great deal of copywriting by reading all that spam. I’m not kidding! This morning I received one of Tony Iannarino‘s weekly newsletter and found this gem: Training is part of a […]

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leadership personal growth Random Thoughts

Can ‘winning’ get in the way of learning?

I’ve had countless failures in the past couple of years. Some of them were hard-fought battles, some I’d almost won, and then some that were basically half-assed attempts. Obviously, I’m not proud of those failures nor would I ever try to boast about them. (Who in their right minds would?) But there’s something about winning […]

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Fascinating personal growth Random Thoughts

They haven’t built a filter that…

I am a huge fan of movie, documentary, sports and (even) book trailers! They inspire and excite me. Maybe it’s a thing. Or just my thing. I listen to a few curated ones when I’m training heavy… as if they’re just the perfect soundtrack I need to push some heavyweights. (There’s only so much podcast, […]

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business personal growth Random Thoughts

Getting more focused with limited formats

I’ve always been big on teaching and training people. It’s some thing I was born to do. I believe focused training interventions are the fastest way to up-skill teams and fast track their performance. Of course, subsequent coaching and hyper-concentrated follow-up sessions are greatly effective to make the learning permanent but not every stakeholder is […]

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personal growth Random Thoughts

The most complete guide on photography for beginners

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this here or even elsewhere — I am quite a fan of black & white photography, particularly the street-kind that captures life in its most vulnerable or ecstatic state. And by that I mean I take quite a lot of snaps (when I can) that I obviously don’t share much. […]

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personal growth Random Thoughts

Do you deserve an increase?

Let me tell you, it’s not a simple question. And if your answer’s a “yes,” you definitely haven’t through the question deeply yet. Of course, I don’t mean to say that people don’t deserve a raise. They definitely do. But are they able to justify and communicate the value they’ve created for the organization over […]

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personal growth Random Thoughts

Random thoughts are for real

Bumped into a former colleague yesterday. It was a chance encounter but a good one nonetheless. It’s great to catch up with someone from work after ages! He was blown away with the things I have been doing lately (it’s the usual stuff that you know of… but folks these days get easily impressed with […]

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coaching personal growth Random Thoughts

The hard thing about simple things

Ever remember telling yourself, “that’s simple… all I need to do is…”. Do you? And you know what happened next? Or perhaps a few weeks back? You fell off the wagon. Right? If you didn’t, hats off to you! I, for one, have been on and off the wagon a thousand times. Or perhaps even […]

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personal growth Random Thoughts

Why I think “Off-seasons” at the workplace should be utilized well

Almost every business goes through a patch (call it “season” if you will) that is low in volume, work-wise. These are my favorites (much to people’s dismay) because it allows us to think outside the box and take up meaningful projects that both as a recharge and a much-needed break. Unfortunately, most teams don’t utilize […]