Tag: personal development

  • When you find yourself in a hole — stop digging

    “Act with fortitude and honour,” Alexander Hamilton wrote to a distraught friend in serious trouble of the man’s own making. “If you cannot reasonably hope for a favourable extrication, do not plunge deeper. Have the courage to make a full stop.”  Over the years, I’ve realised that we tend to get desperate when we’re in […]

  • On leading yourself

    If the world’s foremost authorities on leadership were to choose the most challenging aspect of leadership development, it will, undoubtedly, be managing or leading yourself. One can’t hope to lead others if they can’t lead themselves well. Stephen Covey, in his book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” highlighted that private victory precedes public […]

  • Outlearn everyone… just be careful

    I’ve been a lifelong learner for a reason — it helps me have the edge over my competition, peers, and myself. I think investing in self-education has been the single most crucial investment decision I’ve taken. My passion and drive for learning make me overdo things at times, but I’ve found it to be an […]

  • Building your routines around your practices; not the other way around

    I’ve been big on routines and practices since god-knows-when. It certainly seems like I’ve been obsessed with some kind of routine or a practice since I was in 6th grade. Of course, my my routines and practices have greatly evolved over the years — I don’t do shadow batting practice or eat a bitter gourd […]

  • Slipping back into the old ways…

    … of getting things done. I’ve had my share of experiments with having no goals. It’s good and I don’t think an obsessed problem solver (Restorative is my top strength) like me can function without a to-do list. Of course, the purpose of the experiment was to be productive without getting overwhelmed with the list. […]

  • The 5-Step process to get what you want out of life

    I’ve been rereading Ray Dalio’s Principles to extract some of the hidden gems I might have left out when I read it a couple of years back. And here’s one that I can’t believe I didn’t highlight or already share with you previously — the 5-step process to achieve whatever you want in life! It’s […]

  • Principles and values

    Everyone’s got values. Even thieves, robbers, and murders! The key is to understand what shapes those values and how does one intend to apply it in their lives. For me, the answer have always been in the principles that I follow. But aren’t they the same? No, they aren’t! Principles are self-evident and — as […]

  • Theorizing leadership

    I could be grossly wrong about this but people view leadership as a concept that’s to be applied than a way of life. Although there’s nothing wrong with seeing it as a concept, I feel people who think in those lines usually end up classifying leadership as an ideal theory. I’ve spoken and written at […]

  • If you seek tranquility, do less

    We’ve all struggled to separate the wheat from the chaff, the essential from the non-essential, and the important from the urgent. And it takes a lot of time and skill to get to this place where you know exactly what you will focus on. So much so that it takes an average person half their […]

  • Skin in the game

    In my estimate, 90 percent of the employees attending a training program are sponsored by their employers. (It’s probably more, but I would rather be conservative than quote something that’s not true.) And almost 50% of these attendees are on programs that may not benefit them directly — neither professional nor personally. Yet, they’re okay […]