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fire fighting skills

Fire fighting skills is unique. Not everyone possess it. If the people around reach out to you when they are facing challenges, you are their firefighter.

It’s a rare skill because people don’t reach out to just anyone asking to solve their challenges. And if you are the one to whom someone would come with the assurance that you will help figure it out, then congratulations you have a unique skill to help people.

Don’t hide your firefighting skills. Instead, when you will help others, your skills will sharpen. And just like the firefighters who risk their lives to extinguish the fire, with the skill as rare as this, you could be a hero to many, Again, just like firefighters, you aren’t doing it to become hero, but you do it because you can.

Don’t show off being a hero, be the real hero. Stand for others, solve their problems, and don’t do it to get something in return.

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fear is fuel

Fear is fuel when used productively. You don’t have to be fearless always. Fear to fail succeeds you.

Fear of the future makes us work harder. When we fear failure, we strive to succeed. Fear of death gives us courage. Fear of hearing no makes us do things that would convert no to a yes. Fear of losing makes us give your best.

Fear, when you have it in the right context, can work as the fuel to your survival and growth.

Think everything in its context. Nor fear nor courage is right or wrong. It’s how you approach them is what matters.

Use your fear to achieve your goals.

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being courageous v/s acting foolish

We all create delusion thinking that nothing will happen to us. And until that something actually happens to us, we laugh it off.

Staying safe and taking precautions is good not just for you but for the people around you too. Don’t play around with other’s health and life, be responsible and accept accountability.

Stay safe, that’s being brave. There is a thin line between being courageous and acting foolish.

Pick what you want to be.

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how a leader grab the opportunities

When others are thinking if an given opportunity is to be pursued or not, the true leader grabs the opportunity.

The leader probably doesn’t knows how he will do the task. All that he knows is that when opportunity knocks, you have to grab it with both the hands.

Opportunities are everywhere for those who are seeking it.

Do you overthink or do you grab the opportunity?

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listen to your own voice

It’s so much of noise outside. People are opinionated and somehow it’s an accepted social norm.

Don’t take feedback from the people who haven’t done it themselves. Everyone has opinion to give based on their own experience and perception. It might not necessarily fit your circumstances.

Even those who have done it, might have done it in the different circumstances. Listen, learn and evaluate their advice but the most important voice you hear is coming from right inside you.

No one knows you better then your own self. Learn listening to your voice more than outside noise.

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focus on reality and avoid delusion

Why is it important to accept the reality and avoid delusion?

What worked in the past, will not necessarily work forever. Time changes, and so does the situation.

If you were making ten cold calls to generate two appointments and now if you are generating only one appointment for ten cold calls, instead of pushing yourself or the team to get the same ratio, check if the dynamics of the market have changed, needing you to put more efforts.

If you don’t respect the market and deny the fact, you will get frustrated and clueless, while generating the sub-par results.

Trying to generate results based on the past numbers can lead you to the delusion. See what’s working now and make strategy likewise.

Avoid delusion, focus on reality. 

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should you always return a favor?

When you give something, the receiver feels obliged to give back. This is smartly used by many people and living in social set up, we are obliged to give back when we receive something. At times we know that we are falling in the trap and still we can’t do anything because we are taught that taking and not giving back is not socially desirable.

Way out is, either politely and if needed strongly deny the favor so that you don’t have to return the favor. OR when you know that favor was done with the expectation to misuse the social norm of giving back, be brave enough, and simply don’t return the favor.

Sometimes, you have to be smart on how to deal even on the agreeable norms. Not being fooled is ethical. Ethical to your own being and to nature herself.

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how to know what’s your calling is?

How to know what your calling is?

When doing something excites you, when your passion lasts not for hours, days, months and years but for the lifetime, when your quest is to learn and master everything not because you have to do it but because that makes you happy. When you feel this way, that’s your calling and that’s equally true for your human relations.

Where you feel home for years, know that’s your calling.

Catch it, hold it, embrace it. It’s your calling.

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increase your efforts , don’t reduce the goals

Your yearly goals are defined, how much efforts would be needed is reverse planned, work is going as per the plan, and you are monitoring the progress.

While checking the progress, you notice that your progress isn’t enough to achieve the defined goals. Now you have two options, either reduce the goals or increase the efforts. While it’s easy to reduce the goals, if you want to be an achiever, increase the efforts.

How to increase the efforts? Map your current efforts and results achieved so far and increase your efforts from here onwards that would support you in achieving your original goals.

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commit, take action, join the dots, repeat

How do you ensure to achieve goals?

I will be sharing my all-time favorite approach; I believe in it 100% and use it by all means. You probably have witnessed me sharing it right on this platform with you.

Step 1: Make goals

Step 2: Declare

Step 3: Commit

Step 4: Plan the first step

Step 5: Sub-divide in the actionable tasks

Step 5: Start taking action

Step 6: Repeat

It will push your boundaries and help keep you motivated as you gain momentum and traction to move forward.  The win will ensure you indeed stick to the plan and put efforts to achieve the goals.

This plan of action strategy will save you from the worst: inaction or dropping the idea altogether.

You probably have gone through the cycle of self-imposed self-doubts and over-analyzing. The little bugger creeps in with small self-doubt to hijacking the clarity and weakening your control over it—the subtle inflicting self-doubt eventually takes over the situation and commanding you to verify the feasibility of the task at hand.

You start by measuring the best, the worst, and then the all-in between scenarios, with a mindset of rejection vs. neutral. This then undeniably sets the wheels in motion to take over the control of the state and the next moment, without you knowing you will be either on to dropping the idea or selling yourself short on the goal.

Instead of adding ifs and buts, and over-analyzing, first commit to the plan, know in your heart, you can do it, and you will do it.  Be clear in your context when you discuss or even set to measure the edge cases. Get yourself set for the actionable first step.

It is crucial to commit yourself and have any action plan work for you, and in no time, you will be able to join the dots as you move forward.

What matters is the commitment and action. Everything else will follow.

Thing Big. Be Wise.

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invest your savings to generate wealth

Generate wealth by investing your savings. More you save, more you can invest. More you invest, more earnings you will generate, and if you do this consistently over the period of time, and considering the magic of compounding, you can generate great wealth.

Saving money is interesting, because from there the journey of investment begins. Don’t just save, invest because that should be the purpose of savings.

Invest your savings in your business, in the stocks, in buying the cash generating real estate, for buying the books, and to take trainings among the other investment options.

Investing more is good for the economy in general. It’s good to indulge in luxury, until you are living way below what you can afford. Don’t buy expensive stuff, if you can’t afford and never buy expensive stuff just because you can afford.

One of my all time favorite quotes, “If you buy things you do not need, soon you will have to sell things you need.” by Warren Buffet. This quote says a lot because it’s from someone who has been one of the richest man in the world since 1990’s.

You can build empire when you invest more. Because investment creates wealth, and considering return on investment v/s inflation rate, simply savings your money can erode it’s purchasing power.

Bottom line is, earn more, live way below your means, save and then invest your money where you can generate more earnings, and eventually build massive net worth.

How do you put your money at work? Are you savings with the goal to generate wealth?

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limits are imaginary

All the limits are imaginary. Unless you don’t push yourself and others to these self imaginary limits, they will not know that they can do better than the set limit.

And once you seem to have reached the limit, push it even further and you will see your limits extending.

You surely are allowed to live within the limits, but then you have to accept the success of those who has stretched their limits.

Get our of the imaginary limits if you want to live the life of your dreams.

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two options when facing a challenge

Whenever we face any challenge, we have two options. Either we start worrying, overthink, do nothing, succumb to the challenge.

Or we get into action, see the challenge as an opportunity, take control of the situation, and rise to the occasion.

Whatever option you choose, it will eventually become our habit.

One habit will lead us to the cycle of lifetime anxiety, and the other, though, doesn’t guarantee success, will boost your self-confidence and confidence of others in you. Even if you don’t succeed, you will learn and in any case, it’s a better option than doing nothing and getting controlled by the situation.

Take charge of your life, get control, rise up to the challenge.

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Average is not acceptable

If your goals are higher, if you are really serious about being successful and if you want to be an achiever, than, average is not acceptable.

Possess outstanding knowledge, deliver great work, keep impossible targets, quest for excellence, network with high achievers, take actions that are unmatched.

We aren’t born just to be an average. Make it big.

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consider it’s done

If you want to be successful, surround yourself with the people who will answer, ‘consider it’s done‘ on any challenge you throw to them. And than they will do everything that it takes to get it done. They won’t stop until they finish the job. You don’t have to motivate such people, they are self motivated.

We all have such people around us, cultivate your vision to identify these gems and throw more responsibilities to them, make them your growth lieutenant and see things getting done in weeks that were in the pipeline since ages.

Every successful team needs go getters and more you have such people, more you would grow.

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marketing isn’t about shouting out loud

If you are bombarding your audience with uninspiring posts and irrelevant updates, you are not doing marketing, you are just shouting and hoping someone will listen to you.

No one is interested in knowing from you what festival is today or waiting to read your post on yoga day unless that’s your business. That’s not marketing. That’s bugging your audience. That’s spamming. THAT’S SHOUTING.

Don’t fall in love with the likes, if those likes aren’t from the targeted audience. When you post something, your audience should be able to get value out of it, they should be able to feel relevant and they should be able to connect with you.

Build a niche, narrow your focus, have a tone, be responsible while posting. THAT’S MARKETING.

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why having courage is so important

You have all the knowledge, you know everything what you need to do, you have a solid strategy and winning tactics, but until you don’t have courage to take the action, nothing of those matters.

Our in-actions are out of the fear, mostly the fear of failing or fear of loosing something or someone. The fear take over you so much that you get consumed by your fear and even before taking any action, you find excuse of not doing what you should be doing.

This leads to a constant cycle of building up the hopes and not delivering the results. You loose the faith in yourself and so does the people around you.

Take action, you might not win but you would certainly learn how to win the next time. Moreover people will believe in you, even if you don’t win.

Practice courage and you will fall in love of being courageous. It will elevate your life to the next level.

No one has become an achiever just by making plans, only those who take actions knows that nothing more matters.

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Why to retain?


Most of us know how important it is to build a professional network or acquiring talent or growing the client list. While focusing on building, make sure you focus on retaining too.

It is easy to give up on the people and clients. Instead, if we focus on identifying the gaps, work towards filling them up and make relationships smoother, we will be able to retain the relations longer. Question is, why retain? Because longer the relations are it is easier to understand each other and more fruitful the journey become. 

Also, unless you don’t retain your existing network, building the new relations would be a waste. As with the leaking pipeline, if you will keep leaking the people from your network, all you would be left with would be much less compared to what you desire.

Don’t build new relations just because you are tired of the existing relations because the new relations will come with new challenges. Giving up is easy, retaining is smart.

At the same time, be wise, if the relationship is pulling you down, you should be wise enough to drop it.

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have clarity of thoughts to generate the results

When your thoughts are confused, it will show up in your speech, and the listener will be left confused about the message you want to deliver.

But when you have clarity in your thoughts, your speech would have the clarity as well. The speech with clarity generate the results and has the power to influence the people.

Built clarity in your thoughts, generate results and be the influencer for good.

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accept the situation to solve it


As soon as you accept the situation, it starts getting solved. Until you don’t accept, your mind will never work towards finding the solution. As soon as you accept, things start changing for the better.

The point is, never deny the challenges to the self or to others, instead, embrace the challenges you are facing and the universe will start work to find the solution for it. You might call this phenomenon by some other name like subconscious or faith or science. Whatever you call it, you will experience that it works.

Challenges find solutions as soon as you accept it.

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having clarity before moving ahead

When you are discussing working with someone, make sure the company or the person you are planning to work with understands the value you would be bringing to the work.

Unless it is clear what value you are bringing, people would have questions and doubts prevailing. Let them clear their doubts before you move ahead. If the doubts persist, its better to drop the deal.

Always have clarity before moving ahead to prevent confusion later on.

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Planing to planning, the complete cycle

Have control on your desired outcome. The formula is simple. Missing any can lead to the outcome which is not at par with your expectations.

Plan: The first step always is the planning.

Execute: The second step, execute your plan.

Monitor: Set up a system to monitor execution of your plan.

Reporting: Set up the reporting as outcome to your monitoring structure.

Action: Take the actions based on the report. This will lead you back to the starting, the planning stage.

Commit yourself to the full cycle always to achieve better than average results. Planning to planning.

Remember, winning is in the action taken.

Think Big. Be Wise.

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score on these metrics

– Always be on time (preferably a few minutes before)

– Live below your means

– Respect everyone

– Laugh and make others laugh

– Listen more

– Gain REAL knowledge (not schooling type)

– Stay away from gossiping

– Stand for others

– Share

– Be simple

– Read

And what’s the best thing? You don’t even need talent for these things. Yet, these are the precious traits to have, to learn and to expand.

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Three types of people a leader needs around

A leader needs three types of people around himself. These people guide him, work with him, and follow him on his goals.

Mentor/Coach/Support System: Always have someone whom you can reach out to when in need. This person could be your mentor, coach, your friend or family member, depending on the matter. Always have your support system ready to have a discussion with when in doubt or when you need suggestions.

Top Business Line: Pick the people who are sold to your goals, have aligned themselves to your visions, are willing to work on your ideas, who are seeing you as the leader, who supports your initiatives, and give their best to achieve what you have set to.

Manpower: Hire people who believe in what you believe in. Never hire someone because they need the job. Always hire for their attitude. Check if their values are aligned to your organization’s value before you hire. A skill could be developed later on but if you have the right mindset of the people with you, it would help fuel your growth.

I see these three type of people as,
A. Someone who is walking ahead of you and guiding you when you need it.
B. Someone who is walking with you, where you are taking care of each other, motivate each other, and walking the same path.
C. Someone who is walking right behind you. Someone who is watching your steps, who is seeing you as their guide, and reaching out to you when they need the support.

Always have these three types of people around.

PS. My interpretation of the learning from my coach Chetan Patel

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whenever needed, jump in

You took the mission. You are the leader. And as a leader, you know, only when you give freedom to others, give them responsibility and trust them, you will get the freedom to focus on the bigger goals.

More often than not, the leader either would keep himself fully occupied in the day to day tasks, keeping full control or will give freedom to everyone and will give up the control. Either way is okay depending on the personality type of the leader and how well the organisation structure is set.

Even after giving the control, the leader always should keep bird eyes view on the business and dive in as and when needed to motivate and guide the people.

This diving in should be done only when needed and should not be done because you are worried but should be done because you see there are gaps that need to be filled. Once your task of filling up the gaps is finished, set up the monitoring system, give the control back and get focused again on the larger goals.

A leader should always jump in, if it is in the betterment of the organisation.

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leverage your creativity

I know it’s an overused word and mostly misinterpreted. When you take too much risk, leveraging our finances, your capacity, it’s definitely is a risk.

At the same time, when you leverage in a creative way, it is not just rewarding but also makes a lot of sense.

When I write a speech for the early bird group which I am part of, I also write a blog of the same, I also make a podcast of the same and I also add it to my company’s training modules as and where it fits.

Next, same topics would be used for the webinars and tutorials and finally I will convert it into the book.

Once the time invested in creating the speech, I make sure I leverage it. It’s zero risks and that’s the kind of leverage we should be focusing on. Not doing it something I won’t consider as a smart idea.

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simple solutions

Do you want to be positive? Stay with the positive people and avoid those who aren’t positive.

Do you want to be focused? Stay with those who are focused.

Do you want to be an early bird? Then find the people who wake up early.

Do you want to be rich? Be in the company of the rich people.

Do you want to experience spiritually? Be with those who are spiritual.

Do you want to be financially free? Only those who has achieved financial freedom are the worth listening to.

Be with the type of people, you aspire to be.

It’s as simple as that, until we don’t complicate things, it’s simple.

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who really stops you from achieving your dreams?

This struggle between the internal and the external world is eternal. Since the ages, there is a constant struggle between what you want to do and what society expects from you. You give up and blame society because you don’t have the daring to care about your own dreams.

While it’s not easy and most give up to the pressure of family and society, those who don’t give up, live with a special feeling for themselves. They might not be the most successful in the so-called standards of society but they live a fulfilled life. They live with the satisfaction of listening to their heart.

Build your external world, the way your internal world demands and wishes and you will never live a life of confusion and disheartening.

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whom would you work with?

I called one of the realtors I deal with, he said, the market is good, inquiries will flow in June as every year. Send me your requirements and let’s take it from there.

After a few minutes, I was talking to another realtor, he said, the market is bad, there are no inquiries, nothing is moving, let’s hold and do nothing now.

While caution is required, there is a difference between being optimist and pessimist.

Which one will you work with? My choice obviously is the first one. I would like to know your choice, leave it in the comment below.

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whom would you listen to?

Achieve what you want to. It might not be easy, but it’s worth it.

A non-achiever will teach you not to think big. They will tell you why life is so difficult and why the achievers are all corrupt people. If you were taught that you don’t need to work hard to build an empire, it was because those who told you so never built the one.

An Achiever would never tell you it is easy, and will never tell you not to go for it. If you have dreams, go and chase them, achieve them, get in the habit of giving small sacrifices for achieving bigger dreams and when you achieve those dreams, you will know it was all worth it. Only an achiever teaches you WHY to achieve your dreams too.

Don’t give up being consistent, eating healthy, working out, seeing the dreams, chasing dreams, falling, failing, rising, running.

Think big. Think wise. 

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to create or to follow?

Don’t wait because it’s not proven or because no one else has done it yet. Someone always starts something new and then others follow.

You might be following it successfully but the happiness that the creation brings is not there in the following. It’s okay being the follower, to be safe, but as a side hustle, create something. Be a creator with the context of delivering great value to the world.

If everyone would start creating something positive, imagine how much could be created.

It’s easy and fun to follow, it takes stress taking capacity, daring, skills and dreams to create.Create something.

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don’t let others throw garbage to you

When the media, the people, and the politicians were talking about how dangerous Covid-19 is and how it is going to disrupt our lives, we became negative about the whole situation. The governments around the world brought the lockdown and though it’s debatable whether the lockdown was effective, it certainly made people scared about what’s going on and what will happen now. 

As soon as the lockdown was lifted, and though the cases for Covid-19 are increasing, people are turning positive. Why? Because now the newspapers are having positive news about how the economy has started reviving, the politicians have started talking positive and the people have started going to work and businesses.

Above two scenarios, clearly shows, how your surrounding affects your attitude. This makes it very important on what kind of news you read and believe, what kind of politicians you listen to, and what kind of people you surround yourself with.

Do you want to stay positive? Go ahead and read the newspapers or watch television that shows positive side of life, listen to the politicians who aren’t cashing on the situation at your cost and surround yourself with the people who aren’t throwing their garbage to you.

When you don’t allow others to throw garbage in your house, why do you allow others to throw their mental garbage in your mind?

Be with the people who are positive. It’s your choice to be positive or not. Choose wisely.

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take the first step, followed by the Himalayan efforts

Many times we hear and talk that I want to do this or that. Only if I know where to start from.

My friend, you have already started. By thinking that you want to do something, you have taken the first step. Now keep going, stop thinking and start taking actions and convert your actions into the Himalayan efforts and then see that whatever you wanted to achieve is possible.

Don’t get into the trap of work life balance if you have massive goals. No one achieve anything trying to balance life until they made it. First achieve what you want and then think of the balance.

That awesome life is awaiting you, the life of your dreams. All it’s asking is for you to put the Himalayan efforts.

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two ideas to set up the transformation

Want to transform yourself? Your way of working? Your thought process? Here are two things you can do. One is external and another one, internal.

The people that make you feel good but suggest nothing to improve you are good but look beyond them. Get into the tribe, that, when needed makes you feel good, rest of the time, keep throwing you the challenges to be better on what you are doing, even better are those who also guide you on how you can be better and stand for support when needed.

Build self-control. In one easy step, control what you are eating. If you can control what you eat, you are on the way to have very stronger self-control.

Try these two tricks and set yourself to the transformation.

PS. Someday, we will talk on the other regulars; wake up early, read books, be polite, work-out regularly, acquire knowledge.

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what is your purpose, today?

We all believe in one cause that we consider our purpose, for which we live. Like how some people say, eat to your heart, in any case, one day we all are going to die, then why not die doing what you enjoy?

Though your purpose can keep changing from time to time. What is the most important matter today, might change tomorrow. But what is your purpose today? What is that if today is your last day, you will want it to happen. Live for that purpose. Make it come true, today. Do whatever it takes to make it happen. If we live our life that way, every day, we will always live in the present working on our purpose.

By the way, do share, what is most important for you today? For me, to gather as much knowledge as I can and put it into action while laughing out to my heart.

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contemporary and futuristic

When you write, talk, present ideas or are making a point, make sure that your topic and relevant examples are contemporary or futuristic.

Putting topic and examples that are contemporary or futuristic ensures your audience will be attentive to your talk. Present them with stale topics, and you won’t be able to generate any enthusiasm in your audience.

That is why the movies, dramas, blogs, stand up comedies and even politics speak about current or future affairs as they know that’s how you connect with the audience and get their attention.

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being responsibly free


The awesome feeling today: Seeing people in the streets, cars on the roads, doing shopping, going to offices, and people living freely again. A stark contrast to what the city was two weeks ago.

While, no one is sure if the lock down was meaningful and if the unlock is a good idea, one can definitely see mix of relief and some concern for the safety on everyone’s face.

The freedom that we are so used to and for which we were never grateful most of the time, has all together a new meaning. Now, we all are more grateful for our freedom and understand how lucky we are to be living on our own terms, most of the time.

Welcome to the new grateful freedom. Let’s make sure, along with enjoying this freedom, we also do it responsibly.

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how to enjoy the greater success

Once you pick what you want to do, figure out where you have to start from. Then focus on practicing, if needed by doing it for free. Make sure your audience gets some value and in the return, you will get to do some practice. Sharpen your skills while practicing.

While you are giving it for free, on the other hand, you are converting yourself from an amateur to a professional performer. An amateur might get success occasionally but the science and the art of consistent performance are forte of a professional. And with consistent performance, comes extraordinary success.

Keep working towards building yourself up for that extraordinary success in your life.

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rationalising our decisions

We take decisions from our emotions and then rationalise them with the logic.

This is true about everything humans do. We get hang on to our ideas, business, relations, cause we support, politicians we vote, clothes we wear, things we buy, and everywhere else.

Smarter are those, who know that they don’t have to rationalise their decisions, instead to accept that it wasn’t the brightest thing to do. Instead of rationalising, move ahead if you want to be a winner in the life.

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life of no regrets

It’s just our fear that makes us believe, the things are permanent. While in the fact, nothing is permanent. And while we all know this, very few actually accept the impermanence. Those who does excel in the life because they get rid of the fear and live the life of their dream.

Are you living your dreams or stuck in the loop called permanent? Break the barriers and achieve inhuman grandeur. Make sure you live the life of no regret.

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Duality

Lately, I am reading and thinking a lot about duality and have settled with the notion that everything is in the form of duality. And how acceptance of duality can bring peace.

If I love to sleep on the weekend and you love to go outdoors, both are fine. Neither could be termed as right or wrong.

Likewise, if I prefer to be up at 4:30 am and sleep by 10:00 pm, and you prefer to be up at 9:00 am and sleep at 2:00 am, both are fine.

I can be materialistic and you can be non-materialistic.

I prefer to withdraw to myself and prefer self-time, and you can be an outgoing person who loves to hang out with friends and family.

I could be aesthetic and you could be unaesthetic. And we can live together peacefully with our own notion.

Even nature has duality, we have day and night, sun and moon, winter and summer, spring and autumn, breathe in and breathe out.

This is the duality for me. When we focus on what we believe in and stop converting others to accept our idea. When we accept that two types of people, two different ideas, two believes can co-exist, that the duality is real, we will be at ease with everyone and everything.

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respecting everyone’s individuality

I have started seeing situations in terms of how awesome at least one thing happened to me in that situation.

In the current situation, the best thing that happened to me is, that I have started talking to myself a lot. This leads me to understand myself more than ever and understanding myself leads me to accept myself even more for what I am. And accepting myself, made me stop judging myself.

And what I realized is that the above sequence has an impact on me for others too. I am more understanding of other’s situation and has more acceptance towards the people for what they are.

After all, we all are different, and respecting each other’s individuality is what makes it easier for everyone.

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we don’t listen, we imagine

We don’t listen to what is said, we hear what we imagine it to be.

Many times it has happened, when someone is saying something to me, I pick it the way I want. This is based on my imagination and fear. Because of the fear of rejection and of imagination that I might be criticised, my mind imagine it’s own version, instead of what has been told.

This equally is true the other way too, sometimes if someone criticises, my mind takes positivity of it because I imagine it that way.

What does that mean? Is it all in the head? We hear only what we want to hear based on our past experiences, fear and imagination.

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hard work or luck?

As the events started favoring someone in the business and people start talking how the person got lucky all of a sudden, my first thought always is, that he has been doing it for years, and what is being tagged as “luck”, is his hard work, his patience. And now after all these years, the “luck” finally looked at him.

You have to respect this “luck” that comes from the consistency and determination of a business person for doing it for years, before making it big.

Someone’s success always looks like luck, while our own success always is the result of the hard work. Be consistent in your own work, be creative, be determined, and luck will one day show up at your doors, too.

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everyone is biased

Everyone is ill-tempered, they cut your talk in between, they ask you to leave the meeting if you appear to be busy, they make it sure that you realize your mistake (even if it’s not), they keep praising others’ work but not yours.

When you see that everyone is doing this, remember you might be doing the same to others too. We only realize when it happens with us, and not when we do with others.

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to be still or to flow?

While I am the type of person who stick around no matter what, i also have learnt for what cause to stick around.

Only some things are worth your time and energy for extended period of time, don’t make that a rule for the things that are not your goals or if it doesn’t fit your new goal. That doesn’t mean the thing or the matter isn’t important, it might be important for someone and may not be for you.

While you have to be still like a mountain, you also have to flow like a river. Choose as the situation demands. Be wise.

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life already is a blessing

Life already is a blessing if you are alive, if you are walking, if you are talking, if you have access to the clean water, if you have food to eat if you have a bed to sleep.

Everything else is a desire, not the need. Count your blessings, you have a lot to be happy about.

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how to outgrow your fear?

How to outgrow your fear?

Stop thinking, start acting. Actions kills the fear.

Do what really scares you. Once you have done it, it won’t be scary anymore.

Do what your instinct says not to do. Because many a times, it’s just out of the fear.

Stand-up for yourself even if the opponent is way mightier.

Break the barriers, that fears you.

Get uncomfortable with your situation and feel fearful.

Don’t give up, unless it is about the life and death.

Love yourself, that would kill your fear.

Have those around you, who encourage you to be fearless.

Share what do you do to outgrow your fear?

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what a salesman can learn from a sportsman

As the CEO of August Infotech I have learned many things over a decade and a half and most important is the sales.  

I always compare sales to sports, sales meetings to sports matches, and salesman to the sportsman.

A sportsman has a simple formula for success in a match. What is this formula and how can a salesman use this formula for a successful sales meeting?

This simple formula is “preparation” and “practice“.

A sportsman does a lot of preparation before the actual game, starting from learning about the weather, competitors, ground situation, to mapping their own strengths and weaknesses. Similarly, a salesman should always prepare before the meetings, starting with learning about the prospect’s situation, their pain, the prospect’s likes and dislikes, to the competition the salesman is facing.

Likewise, before any game, sportsman practices hard in the nets. Similarly, a salesman should always practice before the meetings, from how to introduce himself, to how to greet others, what kind of questions could be asked and what answers he would give, to how to conclude the meeting, and what would be the next steps.

Just like in the sports, in the sales too, more you prepare and practice, luckier you get.

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don’t avoid small matters

The matters that open up the gaps should be dealt with immediately. Avoiding would just open up the gap wider. More you delay, further, it widens and more it widens, outsiders start seeing these gaps, and then everyone will jump in with their own agenda.

This is true for all the big matters we see around, in personal life, in the business, in the society, and in the world. We should learn from the past and should fill the gaps as we see them.

Life is never about the big challenges, it’s all about the smaller ones, that we avoid and make them so big that it becomes impossible to deal with them.

Be aware and be wise.

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self assessment vs other’s feedback

There is a huge difference between doing self assessment and asking others for the feedback. While it’s important to have others feedback time to time, it is even more important to have self assessment of the given feedback too, as everyone gives feedback based on their experience plus from their point of view. It is wise to act only after doing proper self assessment.

Even better? Your heart knows everything, talk to it and you will know what is needed to be done.

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emotional charity

Give your time and money only to the charity you are one hundred percent committed to.

Doing emotional charity doesn’t work as you aren’t committed to the cause and unlike thé businesses there is no refund policy.

I have felt this a couple of times, what about you?

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how does the WFH looks at this stage?

Work From Home started with a lot of planning, some anxiety, some set-backs, some challenges and a lot of questions.

In the mid-way it looked like this is going good but now can’t wait to go office.

And in the present, planning is going on how we can WFH for longer term, as it not just saves us a lot of time, it also creates a lot of time for everyone, which could be used somewhere else. I am planning for it, extended WFH, not just for me, but for the team as well.

What looked impossible, looks inevitable now.

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breaking the loop

Say you care, only if you mean it. If you don’t care, which also is all right, don’t say you do and just to misguide others. Misguiding might look smart thing in the short run, but you lose the authenticity in the long run.

And if you are the “caring” type, it’s perfectly fine to avoid those who aren’t caring, because until you avoid the universe will make you face such people all the time, just for you to understand that you need to avoid them.

How to do it? See if this pattern is being repeated in your life, that’s the indicator. Once you see the pattern, break the loop for your own self. You will see what difference that makes for your peace of mind and how it leaps you towards your destiny.

Everything in the life has a pattern, see it and act likewise.

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shopping in the new normal

By the time lock-down will completely go, we all will have started loving this new world of social distancing. This is going to be a huge advantage for online businesses (get online if you aren’t yet).

Even after the lock-down is over, more people would prefer ordering online and home delivery options. Ask yourself, why do we visit the brick and mortar stores? Is it just because out of the habit? and if the safety concern changes this habit, why would you go to the store? This seems to be a reality for more and more people.

I order most of my daily needed items online, from toothpaste to clothes and everything in between. I dislike standing in the queue and now with the safety concerns, it’s going to be more prominent to purchase online. What do you order online already and would you prefer online shopping post-covid-19?

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too many or just a few?

What kind of person are you? Are you a too many around type but non-significant or are you a too little but each one worth their weight in the gold, type?

Me? Easy guess.

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Gold Medal Level Performance

If you want to perform at the highest level, the most simple strategy is to practice. Any Olympian practice hard for the four years to perform in the event. It takes sweat and blood of a lifetime to win one medal and it takes a lifetime of practice to build a champion. These champions aren’t only in sports but are in all the fields.

No matter if you want to be the best programmer, or a great businessman, or an extraordinary salesperson, or a coach or an artist. Nothing is more important than practicing to improve your performance. More you practice, luckier you become. Over a period of time, your persistent practice will bring the best performance out of you.

Practice like an Olympian to perform at the highest level in any field.

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Speaking up my heart

The one awesome thing that happened recently is to clear my mind that whatever it will be, I will always speak what my heart says and whatever I stand for. While making sure my context behind the same.

That said, it always will be respectful, always because I respect people and that’s simply me. Hence, while I want to speak what my heart feels like, I also want to respect others for speaking their opinion. We can have a difference of opinion, without judging any opinion as right or wrong. When I speak my heart, it gives soothing feelings to my soul, so I understand how others feel when they get a chance to speak their heart.

Let’s start talking more to ourselves, as we truly need to understand who we are, that’s the key to be authentic.

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Why the meetings?

While the meetings are essential, they need to have a fixed start and a end time, the fixed agenda and the clear context of what outcome is expected. A proper Minutes of Meetings aka MoM should be maintained and follow up should be taken in the next meeting on the actions taken.

When important and long held matters are started taken care of, the meetings starts becoming more and more effective and probably shorter. The meetings should be the place where difficult situations and challenges should be dealt with no matter how uncomfortable the meetings become.

Again, the unnecessary meetings should be avoided and that time rather should go in productive work but that never should mean that meetings should be considered a waste of time. Meetings with the right intentions and clear agenda move the mountains when followed by appropriate actions.

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why action matters over inaction?

To do something is better than to do nothing, provided you aren’t reckless. Action brings its own challenges, because when you take the action you face your fear. But facing the fear makes you wiser and courageous.

We stop ourselves from taking actions because we build such a scary picture of the outcome that no matter how much we suffer, we don’t prefer taking action. This worsen the situation and more we delay, more we are scared.

Why not to give it a try, scare yourself while taking the action and you will know that taking the action bring you immense joy, happiness and self respect.

PS: Dedicated to people in my life who has inspired me to be courageous.

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What does success look like to me?

For me, it is to pass my good experience to others. To be able to do things that I want to do. To be able to support people. To be able to stay happy without any reason. To love every moment of life. To be around the people, who love me. To see good in others. To get acknowledged by those who matter to me. To bring joy and happiness around.

And of course materialistic success too, as being materialistically successful means we can do all the above for ourselves and for the people around. 

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What are you reading these days?

With my commitment to read 39 books this year, (yes, I know, why 39 and not 40 or 35? Well, three books every four weeks make it 39 a year ;)) I have already completed 9 books and already 4 books behind the schedule. And here is the list of the books I am currently reading and am planning to read:

Current List:
– 7 secrets of Shiva
– Home Deus
– Sardar Patel: The best PM India never had

Completed List:
– The immortals of Meluha
– The happiness equation
– Theory of karma
– High performance habits
– Make time
– Cashflow quadrant
– Animal farm
– My Gita
– Steve Jobs

On the shelf:
– Never lose a customer again
– Sell or be sold
– Indistractable
– Don’t overthink it
– Dhirubhai Ambani
– Building a storybrand
– The information trade
– The secret of the Nagas
– The oath of the Vayuputras
– Measure what matters
– Rework
– Elon Musk
– The power of now
– CEOFlow
– Super Human
– Influence
– The intelligent investor
– Meditation
– Take your time

What’s your list? Connect with me on GoodReads.com and I would love to know what you are reading.

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Transactions and relations

We all know, that every transaction involves “give and get”. If you buy something, you give money. If you eat at the restaurant, you get food and you give money. Likewise, for every transaction, it’s the same.

It’s true for any non-monetary relationship between the two humans, too. We have to give something which might be trust, respect, faith, to get love, dependency, peace. And only when we spend enough time knowing the person, we would know what the person wants. Otherwise, we end up giving what the person really doesn’t care about, but the true relationship is built when we understand the need and hunger of another person.

While it is not easy to understand what the other person wants, because we are so consumed with ourselves, it is not impossible either and with the practice, we can master it too.

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My way vs your way

We almost are certain that my way is “the right” way and that the other’s way is “the wrong” way.

  • What I think is right, and the way you think is wrong
  • What my country does is right, and your country does is wrong
  • What my religion says is right, and your religion teaches wrong
  • The way we live is right, and your lifestyle sucks
  • That we are the devas, and you are the asuras
  • That the way we do the business is the only way to do it
  • That how we treat others is how everyone should treat others
  • That I am a good person because I eat vegetarian food and you are an evil because you eat non-vegetarian food
  • Because I use fuel efficient car and you love gas guzzlers

Instead, can we agree to that my way is “my way” and I respect “your way” too?

If we learn this much, the life around us would be so much smooth.

How to learn it? Try and understand “their way” too.

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fear vs faith

What do you prefer? Spreading fear and getting the instant results that are harmful in the long term or building the faith and getting slower results that are beneficial in the long term?

We live in the bipolar world where we either get things done by fear or faith. I personally strongly believe in having “faith”, and the reason is very simple for my choice, it’s because that’s what I want people to have in me. Don’t try to generate fear in me as I won’t perform, have faith in me and I will do whatever humanly possible.

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things to thanks

The times are changing way beyond our imagination and the most noticeable difference is moving of things from hard to soft.

Face to face meetings (hard) to virtual meetings (soft).

Real office to virtual office

Things to thanks

Material to spiritual

Hoarding to experience

Self to soul

And some events changes the way we live and understand the life. This may be that time in our life when how we experience the life, will change forever.

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will we stay changed or will we change back?

While I am loving this new changed life, were air is fresher, mornings are quieter, life is slower, travelling is nil, eating is healthier, working hours are longer, reading time is incredible, webinars are being enjoyed, I also think, will it stay this way?

Or will it all become the same what it was? Is it because the lockdown is forcing us to live this way and once it is gone, if not immediately, eventually we will be the same in a few weeks or months?

What do you think?

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Every bull is a bear

If you invest in the stock market or follow the stock market, you must be knowing about the bull and bear phase. What I understand about a bull and a bear investor is, every bull is a bull until he buys and holds the shares and turns bear when the price he wanted is achieved, as then he start wishing the share price to go down, so that he can turn to a bull and buy again.

Point is, in life, we can’t be one thing all the time, we change as per the circumstances and need. We rarely have a point of view that’s constant for a lifetime. We are one side of the coin at times and another side at different times. Why then bother having so much point of views, why not instead we just be an observant and act as it is needed, without building any point of view?

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asking the questions, and answering them too

Have you encountered people who ask you questions, and start answering their own questions?

My observation is, the person sometimes genuinely has the questions but as he discusses the questions, he starts finding the answers. As it says, you have answers to all your questions. And sometimes, it’s like, I have the answers, let me create the question, find someone and share some knowledge. At that point, you wonder, who had the questions?

Nonetheless, it’s human to be such, that’s what makes us humans interesting. And even in this scenario, you actually end up learning a thing or two.

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Existence of your project

You might bring great ideas on the table, and you might enroll everyone to the idea, you might have the freedom leadership style of working which allows people to grow, and still your project isn’t progressing as well as it should. If this is the case, then try and see what the missing is.

Most of the time, the missing part would be the “existence” structure of the idea. Your idea needs a structure in the form of “time, distance and form”. A complete measurable structure, where within the freedom model, you still have control over your project. If you can have that in the place, your freedom model would generate tremendous positive results.

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when you can’t focus..

When your mind is busy and dealing with too many things at a time, what is that you would do?

Personally, I do either of the below:

  • I will do nothing, as I would be overthinking.
  • I will meditate and get my head clear.
  • I will sleep (and this is my favorite).
  • I will eat (and it’s my least favorite).
  • I will go for a walk or drive. (that was in the past, before COVID-19).
  • I will have caffeine shot.
  • I will keep staring at the wall.
  • I will not want anyone to disturb me.
  • I will want to disturb someone as I get de-focused.

And which one gets my focus back?

  • Mostly the walk, sleep, or caffeine would work.

Does this happen to you too?

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share authentically

My experience when I share knowledge, ideas, views, and experience without expecting anything in return, is that I have always received more than what I have delivered.

When I am authentic in sharing, I have noticed it touches people and they move. The return, which never is the agenda, comes in the form of good relations, respect, getting even more knowledge and inputs from the peers, and overall growth of the community.

Whenever we get a chance to share, we should share with open arms, hearts, and minds. That’s the only way to share. If you don’t feel like sharing authentically, you are deceiving the listener. And it’s okay not to share, but if you do, share with full authenticity.

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an ideal Sunday

– wake up at 4:45 am
– follow daily rituals of Early Bird Club
– attend Early Bird Meet-up from 6-7:15 am over Zoom call
– attend Early Bird Joy (core team) weekly meeting over Zoom call again
– eat breakfast
– feed birds, dogs, cats, fishes, water the plants
– read a book
– attend Webinar on the topic of sales
– lunch
– sleep
– read a book
– healthy snacking
– prepare for tomorrow’s presentation
– read a book and do affirmation
– dinner
– read
– sleep

And this will change a lot once the lockdown and the social distancing is relaxed 😁

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Surat Bookworm Club

Today we launched Surat Bookworm Club for the entrepreneurs, professionals and students of Surat, from Information Technology backgroud.

Everything started with an idea, to make people read and share their learnings. It is brainstorming when you read and discuss, which brings wisdom and wisdom brings growth, both material and spiritual.

The idea was picked up very well by my coach and the fellow IT entrepreneurs and we created a core team for the club. The brilliance of the core team created structure for the club. We divided responsibility and ran three trial runs during which we revised structure a few times, and finally today the club was launched with about 35 attendees.

It’s a happy day to see the dream of knowledge sharing platform coming true.

Learning is, if the cause is good and the context is clear, people will get enrolled and things will happen automatically.

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meetings post COVID-19

Towards the end of 2019, we had so many in-person meetings:
– business meetings
– volunteer assisting meetings for some good cause
– meetings with my coach
– meetings with team members
– meetings of various clubs and organizations
– endless meet-ups
– meetings to set-up meetings 

Starting of 2020:
– At that point, luckily, these too many in-person meetings had started being felt like a waste of time and we had started few meetings over the video conferencing. We had cut down our weekly assisting meeting with my coach from in-person to video conferencing, just to save:
– travel time
– the energy that goes into this feeling of “going out for meeting”
– the time that was going socializing before and after the meetings.

COVID-19
– Practicing meetings over the video conferencing, eventually helped me when WFH was announced as we already had started practicing it from the beginning of 2020.

In the post-COVID-19 world, I want to continue with the same number of meetings but, those would be:
– Less time-consuming
– Less expensive as no travel
– Saves natural resources
– Keeps the pollution level low
– Keeps me focused

What’s your take? Are you loving the idea of more and more video conference meetings?

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how do I relate to you?

How many of you do this?

  • Take a warm shower in the summer
  • Put on the air conditioner and pull on the blanket
  • Wake up early and then take a nap in the afternoon
  • Take two steps every time taking the stairs
  • Look into the mirror first thing as you sit in the car
  • Get upset if someone breaks the queue
  • Wondering what I am thinking right now, is exactly what someone else is thinking too?
  • Read three books simultaneously
  • Love to believe in a parallel universe
  • Love the food and don’t eat enough
  • Read newspaper starting from the last page
  • Don’t watch television
  • Loves the routine
  • Loves homemade food
  • Was fat and now live a healthy life
  • Loves to tease people and when they get upset, put all the blame on them
  • Who gets upset if not respected
  • Hate telephones
  • Love to meet people in person socially
  • But love to meet people over the internet for work
  • Who think simple is beautiful
  • Who think, I am special
  • Who wants attention



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routine that keeps me at peace

I wake up at 4:45 am, then I do Early Bird 5 AM club rituals, and then for an hour, I spend time feeding, watching and talking to dogs, cats, birds, and fishes followed by a gardening post my breakfast. I feel as much happier and relaxed as I feel during my daily meditation time.

The whole act gives me so much pleasure and happiness. It’s my habit to spend time with these species about an hour every morning and that’s one of the best times of my day. 

I start my work around 9 am and the four hours’ time that I give to myself in the morning, is the best thing I have done for peace of my mind and for my happiness. It set me up for the rest of the day.

Do you feel the same? Do you do the same? 

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Opportunities come in any form

We keep waiting for opportunities, while it’s in front of us all the time. We think the opportunity to come with trumpets blowing and people taking out a procession for it. And because of this way of thinking, we don’t see opportunities as it has a habit to come in any form and mostly silent.

Today is the biggest opportunity in many fields and instead of looking at opportunities, most of the people are busy playing games, watching television, sleeping, wasting time on social media and mostly doing nothing. And when opportunity will be gone, they would say, oh we never saw it coming.

If we just change the time available into an opportunity to learn something new, to start that long pending project, to hone our skills, then that’s an opportunity in itself. 

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Automation and Robotics

Post COVID-19, the world would be moving more towards automation and robotics. The lockdown has created urgency towards automation and robotics. The activities that could be automated would be the highest priority now for the two reasons:
– Minimize human errors
– Minimize disruption

Just like Work From Home was work in the progress for a long time, and overnight everyone found the solution for it, automation and robotics mostly have been adopted by larger companies so far, and now everyone will join the bandwagon overnight because to survive and thrive, it would be needed. 

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Step out when needed

You start a good cause, you enjoy it, and one good day you feel it’s not touching your heart anymore. It’s just human to feel so. And you don’t want to quit, hence the solution is to take a break or to check if you are overdoing it which is overwhelming you.

You can come back because we live in the infinite world, where there is no beginning and no end, which permits us to step in and step out when needed. Listen to your heart, and if it ask to step out, do so.

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When we realise the value of happiness

What we don’t realise what we have, and how much freedom we have, we run behind elusive happiness. If we start valuing and enjoying things we have in this moment, we will be much more happier.

Post Covid-19, that is what one change we will see in the new world. We are going to rise from day to day things and will move towards being happy more. If nothing else, this is one and only worth learning lesson. Things matter as long as they are our needs, otherwise happiness matters more.

Happiness is in simple thing and being happy is the ‘Moksh’ we need.

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Things move in the emergency and then stay with us

In the state of emergency, many things that were on hold gets into the highest priority. These things were on the hold, either because of it wasn’t “the time” for it or for the fear of opposition.

The emergency situation gives an opportunity to push forward the tasks that were on “agenda” and also the tasks that were on the “hidden agenda”. And what took months or years to implement, are done within a few hours. When there is a state of emergency, priorities change and what was on the back burner becomes the highest priority, without much opposition. Sometimes, we becomes Guinea Pig in this experimentation.

Mostly, whatever is implemented in the emergency becomes the new normal. Emergency goes and leaves behind the new norms, which stays with us and we start living in the new world of new normal.

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fixed menu + fixed clothes = awesomeness

Now for a few years, I am focusing on having only seven pairs of clothes, so that I can wear the same clothes week to week without thinking a lot about what to wear. And at the beginning of 2020, I decided, I am going to wear only black or navy blue shirts and t-shirts for the whole year. The reason was, by having single color clothes, I can kill the color dilemma too. Why black? I love black color, simple. So I went online (yes, I hate going to the stores) and ordered a few shirts and t-shirts for the rest of the year. 

I do have some old clothes, that aren’t black as I normally don’t discard clothes before four years (actually). I will wear them, as I am not against any color. So you will see me in odd-colored clothes sometimes.

This practice along with my habit of eating the same breakfast every day for last so many years makes my mornings so relaxing. I am never worried about what am I going to eat for breakfast, as it’s the same every single day. Plus, more or less, I have defined lunch and almost defined weekly dinner menu too.

The only reason I want to practice this is to save myself from this decision making, about what to wear and what to eat, which I feel used to clutter my mind so much. The food thing, I started doing myself and for clothes, obviously, I am inspired by Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs.

I feel awesome about it. What’s your awesomeness?

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Restoration

I always believed it is important not to do out-integrity. I always opposed restoration as I feel that when you do restoration, you allow yourself to do out-integrity again. I always told my coach also, not to allow restoration as that is like giving license to do out-integrity.

And now I believe, we humans are built to do out-integrity and we can’t escape it, because that’s the design. When we do out-integrity and don’t restore, we simply lose the relationship with the person eventually.

Restoration is awesome when used wisely, to build and maintain the relationships.

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Irony

Every time we are told to be humble, the person telling us so is mostly never humble himself.

Every time we are told to mind our own business, the person telling is mostly not minding his own.

Every time we are told not to advise without being asked, the person telling so is mostly giving advice without being asked.

Every time we are told not to judge others, the person telling so is mostly judging.

Every time we are told not to compete, the person telling so is mostly in the competition of proving.

So what is the point? Point is simple, what you teach others not to be, you become the one. Does that mean, you should not suggest? You should, but suggest when asked and suggest what is the way to it. Not the right way or wrong way, just THE WAY.

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being humble

We are taught and we know that we should be humble. Make sure you know, how much humble is enough. If you are humble more than needed, it might be considered as a lack of courage and when you are less humble, it could be considered arrogance.

When you are being humble, remember to inspire others to do the same, and while doing so, make sure you are not getting into self-praise on how humble you are.

Find your balance, how much humbleness is enough for you.

Learning from Early Bird Club today.

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be serious without being serious

As many of you already know, we are about forty odd people who are part of an early bird group. We also have a “core” team which we have named, “joy group”. This core team meets every Sunday over the phone call and once a month we meet in person, where we discuss what we can do to improve the value in the group, what challenges members are facing and how we can solve them.

When we do this meeting, we talk about serious topics, and we do it with joy. We crack jokes while taking serious decisions, we laugh, we enjoy and we feel happy all the while taking serious decisions.

This is what happiness is, in being happy in the moment, even when discussing serious talks. We all have transferred same way of working in our individual companies and learnt that we can do serious meetings without being serious.

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attract the right energy

It’s simple, energy isn’t generated, it’s transformed from one person to another. When you meet someone, the reaction of that person is the energy that you transformed to that person.

Whatever type of energy you have generated will be reflected. Next time when you see someone and if the person isn’t as positive towards you, pause and reset the energy you are generating.

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The world doesn’t need comparison anymore

This generation is about uniqueness.

No matter how good your intentions might be, the world has seen enough comparison and no one really care for more. Let a bird be a bird, a fish be fish. We all are unique with individual personalities. A fish will never fly, no matter how much you compare it, in the name of the motivation.

When you were compared, you didn’t like it, so when you compare no one would like it either. People adore their own uniqueness and at the same time other’s uniqueness too, only until the comparison starts. Let’s kill comparison, not people’s uniqueness by comparing them in the name of motivation.

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give the joy

We know how everyone is feeling in this situation. What I have learned is that people who are keeping themselves and the people around happy are feeling less stress in this situation. Then, as a leader, we should bring joy and happiness in our meetings both with the team and the clients, in dealing with people and making sure that people feel joy. This no way means, we have to not take tasks seriously, what I am saying is, we don’t have to be serious to do serious work.

Have fun, spread happiness, give joy to everyone.

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do nothing

Sometimes it is very important to do nothing. There are times when instead of doing, it is good to wait and watch. To keep patience and having faith that things will unfold on its own and what is meant for you will arrive.

When you accept what comes your way, you don’t get impatient, and hence you don’t see things as good or bad.

Sometimes, it’s important to just observe and being an observer.

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We aren’t afraid of heights

We are never afraid of heights, it’s the fear of falling that we are afraid of.

We are not afraid of any situation, we are feared of the unknown outcome of it.

What scares us is the unknown. What we know, we are scared of what we don’t know.

What if we accept whatever we don’t know, that way whoever is trying to scare us, won’t succeed. 

Have faith.

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IT World, Post Corona

The way we work will change forever. What we have been used to so far, will change forever. How soon we adopt the new way of working, will decide our fate. No matter, you like it or not, adapt to the new world.

– Work From Home is going to be a new normal.
– Physical to the virtual transition of meetings.
– Virtual events instead of physical conferences.
– Sales without meeting and marketing without events.
– Working without office.
– Everyone will like to save money.
– Flexibility and adaption will be the key.
– Cyber attacks and cybersecurity are going to be even more important.
– Large will have to compete with small. Advantage small.

How much are you prepared for the future?

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there was a time

Today, while looking back, we saw a time when we were in the locked down situation, when more than half of the world was at home, when we had been working from home and actually started missing going to the office, when for the first time we were able to breathe fresher air because of the less pollution, when we missed silly coffee talks at cafes with silly friends, when we had missed daily grind, when we had actually missed people whom we wouldn’t stand at all.

It was also the time when we had realized how important small things are that brings happiness in our lives, when we had came to know that humans still aren’t Gods, when everything we took for granted had all of a sudden looked like the luxury.

That was a time of Covid-19 and now that it’s all over, we all know what brings us the joy, how much we enjoy going to the office, how much we love the silly talks, how much we love to travel, how much we love the long drives and this time we are grateful for all these.

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answer lies with in the question

Every question has its own answer. When you ponder upon the question, and instead of looking outside, if you look within you will get the answer from the question itself. What you need to do is to observe the question.

Sounds tough? not really. If you practice it, you will see it actually gets much better answers then looking for the answers outside.

Likewise, when you expand this possibility, answer to every question for every organization, every community, every nation lies within that organization, community and the nation. 

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planning income-expense this year

In the current scenario, whatever your income plan is, remove one-fourth out of it and only consider three-fourth would be achieved. For example, if your planned income is $100, consider you will make only $75.

Likewise, add one-third to your budgeted expense. This will make sure you have room for an emergency as it can strike anytime. And the smartest thing to do is to be prepared. For example, if your budgeted expense is $50, consider it is going to be $67. This way you will have a cushion against any unseen circumstances. 

Instead of going hands to mouth, curtail your expense and increase your income. When you will do this, you will turn to be a hero for your peer groups or a role model among your friends and family. It’s the time when we will see new heroes and new role models. Let’s be the one.

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how to see the truth

We all know, the truth has many faces, there always is my truth, your truth, their truth, and the truth. Question is, how do we see the truth? Only when we become an “observer” in any given situation, instead of seeing it from the personal point of view, we can see the truth.

And, you don’t have to see the truth, it’s only if you want to.

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now that we are settling into the new normal

Now that we are settling into the new normal, and the main challenge of Work From Home is sorted out, it’s time to focus on what needs to be done next. First of all, don’t overthink, or don’t overhaul your strategy completely. See what tweaks are enough, that too if needed. 

Just think basics, what would you be doing in the normal times? do that. Focus on your strength and show-case your work where your strength is. Focus on cutting down additional noise and expenses, so that you can strengthen your profit and loss account plus your cash flow.

Don’t drain your energy on news and gossips.

Stay focused. As only focus and constant aspiration will lead you to greater success in any circumstances.

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what decides if the action is good or not?

The question is, how to define what is a good action and what is not?

A lockdown, when done in an epidemic, might not be good for the economy, but the action is taken by the government because it would save people’s lives.

A lockdown done to stop people from giving their opinion is different. The same action of lockdown, but we see the same action is good and not good.

So, what exactly defines an action? The context behind the action. Only and only your context decide the validity of your action. If the context is for good of everyone, the action is right and vice-versa.

When you take any action, see what is your context behind it.

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always repeat what you listen

When in a meeting or while discussing with someone, at the end of the conversation, always repeat what you just listen to. If you are given an instruction to do something, even if you have taken the notes, clarify what you have understood instead of just nodding that yes you got it. And when you have any given an instruction ask to the other person what he has understood.

This way you will make sure that both the parties are on the same page and if there is any misunderstanding in delivering or receiving the message it would get cleared there and then. 

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grab this opportunity

We seek opportunities everywhere to grow our businesses. How if we instead focus on finding the opportunities to serve, to connect, to give, to respect, to think of others first. With ongoing challenges, everyone is in need of people who would serve first.

And there is a ton of opportunities to serve right now. If nothing, let’s listen to those who aren’t positive, we don’t even need to make them positive, just serve by listening. Grab this opportunity to be more human.

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collaboration and iteration

Work on your idea, create basic structure, collaborate with the people, launch the idea. Then collaboratively own the idea, revise the structure as needed, listen to the people, based on that launch iterations.

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we are responsible

What we are today is because of our actions in the past and good news is, we can decide how we want tomorrow by taking the needed actions today.

Sit and think whatever’s you are today and what past actions are the reason for it. Then think again, what future you want and what actions do you need to take today for that future.

It’s our responsibility and no one else can do anything about it. Today is from yesterday and tomorrow is decided on today’s actions.

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you create history, today

In the future, people would define the year 2020 as historically important. The year that had changed a lot. The year that created a paradigm shift. The year which created economy and power shifts from one hand to another and one country to another.

2020 is the year like no other and it would be great to be on the positive side of the fortune.

As a leader, this is the year when you have to be vigilant, sharp, focused, brutal yet flexible, empathetic yet mindful. This is the year when you have to be quick and slow at the same time.

When you look back to this year, you would see how did you fare as a leader. Make most of today, do what you need to let this pass while doing so build your ammunition, and most of all remember you can win only if you are alive. Finally, remember the history, every major challenge has brought the new winner to the world. 

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leaders do what is needed

When Arjuna was feeling despair and dropped his weapons, Shri Krishna raised to the occasion and pulled Arjuna out of despair by answering to Arjuna’s doubts. The war was of Arjuna’s and Pandavas for their property, the people involved were the relatives of Shri Krishna too. He could have felt the same, what Arjuna’s felt. What the difference between the two is the context. Shri Krishna was very clear he is doing is to re-establish the “Dharma” and when your context is clear, you cannot be gloomy.

Arjuna can have a gloomy day, Shri Krishna can’t. True leader is, one who stands and lead when situation is against you.

What kind of leader are you? It’s time to be the one, like Shri Krishna.

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Build monitoring system to support your team

Build a system, set up processes and put faith in your people. And as a final step, set up monitoring and reporting system.

Everything works better when you have a strong monitoring system and that helps you let the team work with peace of their and your mind.

If you want your people to work without you interrupting them a lot, set up a monitoring system to support them.

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What is told and what is heard

What is told is not what we hear every time. When someone tells us something, our mind digs into the memory and presents us with the prejudice we have gathered from the past experience and we hear from that prejudice.

If, we really want to hear, then while hearing we have to be an observer to what is being told, instead of listening from the memory, then only we will hear what the real matter is.

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what you can control

  • to be positive
  • to be supportive
  • to do what is mindful
  • to stay put home
  • to accept so that you can think in the right direction
  • to lighten up surrounding
  • work on your pending tasks
  • read more
  • workout more
  • smile more
  • acknowledge others more
  • not trying to be a hero
  • not to send forwards
  • not to panic
  • last but not the least, meditate more

Think about what you can control and drop what you can’t.

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charged up

When everyone around is charged up and everyone is tempted to do what everyone else is doing, it’s okay to be different and break the path.

Do what your heart says and enjoys. There is no rule to follow everyone else if you don’t want to do it.

When everyone else is taking a quick short trip, it’s okay if you take slow full vacation.

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rooting for a better world

It’s not too often we face the phase in our lifetime where the events initiate, enforces, and invokes the change in our thinking, believing, and working.

We, the human race, are seeing the contagious pathogen in motion; I want to ask what’s that we ignored that the universe had to take such harsh measures to get our attention?

The contagious pathogen is out there to engulf us all; not really, it’s craving for our attention as we seem to be ignoring something so important. Hence the ripple effect has spread all over the world. The universe is asking us to keep a check on how we are utilizing the limited resources we have to our exposure. All of the natural disasters, global warming, diseases, animal diseases, bush fires, etc. are we doing enough to save the better part of living, or we yet on an “ignoring” mode?

The recent outbreak makes me ponder what are we missing? What are we not listening? That nature is trying so hard to bring us to awareness. It’s time to re-evaluate our role as humans to work for vs. against as let’s be clear we can’t win if we would ever opt to go war with the universe.

Spread good, save energy, water, natural resources, forests, decrease pollution, uplift surroundings, be positive, be kind, save humans, animals, live, love, and laugh.

It’s one life, it’s precious, and so does the universe ~ treasure it.

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when productivity is a challenge

When productivity is a challenge check following:

1. Along with pushing and motivating the team, figure out if each department is productive. See why some departments are productive and some aren’t. What right the department that is productive is doing.

2. Focus on the departments that have grown better in short and medium term and see which departments are stagnant or are going down. Analyze both the cases and see which one has the future, add more resources to that department and if needed, reduce resources in the department that isn’t doing good or shut that department if it’s not aligned with your long term goals.

3. Analyze which resources are giving optimal output and have minimum non-billable activity. Again, check what they are doing good and how you can train others to be more productive.

4. Take needed action to boost productivity.

As a leader, our focus should be on the long term good for the people and the company, and all your actions should be in the same direction. 

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how to unstuck

Because you have long term goals and you are feeling you aren’t going anywhere, first of all, accept that you need to be a rethink on how you are working. As if you are passionate about your work and working really hard but still feel stuck its time to see if what you are doing is productive and towards your long term goals.

Being productive means the tasks you are performing are towards your long term goals, then only you will get satisfaction from your work. And unless you won’t be satisfied you won’t be productive.

To get satisfaction, keep a check on how you are spending your time at work and at home. Are you actually being present at what you are doing or just going with the flow? To become present, take hourly breaks. It could be just five minutes break and during this break, get away from your desk, walk around and do one minute of breathing with closed eyes. Ask yourself a question, what task would boost your productivity and then get back to the work with a clear agenda.

This is a small but effective exercise, try it.

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play your A-game in the tough time

Play your A-game when times are tough. Instead of wasting your time watching the news, scrolling infinite messages on social media, or just doing the gossiping, focus on what you have to do. Be responsible and don’t forward any messages unless you have verified them yourselves.

You can’t change anything by wasting time, but you surely would do something creative if you are focused on what you should actually be doing.

No, I am not saying don’t be empathetic or don’t worry about the people in the world or the people around you. In fact, I am saying that instead of worrying, support them in whatever you can, if not, pray for their well-being, as that’s what we should do being the humans. And also do your work because that’s what you should be doing to uplift the morale of the people around and to really add positivity in the world.

If you are doing sales, do the sales, if you are writing the code, write the code, if you are an HR, do the job. Let’s support humanity by being productive.

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create urgency

I know we have all been told our whole life to focus on important things and to avoid creating urgency. But until you don’t create urgency for the important things, you really never consider taking important things on-hand.

Show urgency if you really want to move ahead with your important tasks.

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what moves you?

Gone are the days that you end up seeing your close-knit people rounding up for you when in need. But my recent experiences has got the essence to the center stage and has helped me get present to it. And how can I let it go without sharing here on the blog; after all, this space is my medium to share my authentic thoughts, learnings, and beliefs.

Having a mission to move others’ life for better and to create value in their life is a noble cause. Please don’t mistake it as prying or meddling, though. When one’s context is to be helpful and to support others when they are in need or facing challenges and offering a hand to strengthen them without any expectation is a moving cause. With all the respect, that space is only created when you have the right to be interested in other’s life; business or personal.

Let me introduce you to my coach and friend, Mr.Chetan Patel, from www.chetanpatel.world. For him, coaching is the business, and he is very sure that he is not doing coaching for charity, but at the same time he is widely aware of his passion and calling to nurture whoever he comes into the contact with.

I have seen him going above and beyond to cause magic in other’s life. He has enormous clarity that it’s his business to change other’s life for better. If asked, what’s my learning connected to him, then I would say he has helped me get present on my calling and ingrained the clarity that moves me and has inspired me to achieve whatever I wish.

This magic could only be done when with permission someone is showing interest and making efforts connecting with you and at every opportunity works towards generating value in your life, and sometimes with no ROI of time.

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Don’t get dragged into

In the wake of coronavirus epidemics, it’s difficult to stay sane in middle of all the news and the fake news.

While you can’t control things that are external but you can always choose not to send forwards without verifying, you can always choose to be positive and spreading the positivity. You can always choose to be the one who brings some sanity even if no one knows about it. You can choose not to get dragged into rumors and you can choose to be the one where fake news gets stopped.

Be responsible.

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the time is now and it’s yours..

It’s time to raise the bar, to show empathy, to support those in the need, to be friendly, to create value, to spread positivity, to spread happiness, to let it goes, to achieve it now, to give your best, to work for excellence, to form good habits, to speak soft, to be determined, to be flexible, to volunteer, to do work-out, to eat healthily and there can’t be a better time, TO BE THE LEADER.

Set up the high standards, and a higher bar for yourself and for others. Because the time is now and this time it’s YOUR TIME.

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Does it really matter?

If it really doesn’t matter, don’t stress about it. If it is not aligned with your long term goal, vision and mission, feel free to drop it. Get intentional, stay focused. Opportunities and tasks will keep popping up. Get present to the situation and see which one you should pick and drop everything else. 

Also, check around, are people aligned with your long term vision? If not, get who is. When you will become this intentional, your performance will skyrocket in a meaningful direction.

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Performers shows up

Performers also have all the reasons like others, they have emotions, feel fatigued, unmotivated, tired, stressed, bored, unaligned, uncommitted, everything that everyone else feels is felt by the performers. The only different thing performers do is, “THEY SHOW UP”, no matter what.

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Festivals are joy

Festivals remind us of the importance of joy in our lives. They remind us why take a breather from the rat race (or whatever race you call it). They remind us of the importance of friends and family. 

No matter if you are introvert or extrovert, we all love to celebrate festivals in our own unique way. Festivals rejuvenate us, gives us strength and hope. They bond us strong with our surroundings. 

Even if you are dead tired and just want to relax at the festival, you still feel the happiness the day brings. It’s how festivals create magic. You can feel it in the air. 

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Giving your best, but are you?

Your feeling is you are giving your best, you are managing everything, you are doing whatever you can. You are managing your work life, your family life, your social life, and everyone else too is feeling you are doing great. But you know somewhere deep down that you are just going with the flow, that the life is managing you and that you are barely making it. You aren’t giving your best, though on the surface it looks like. 

We all reach that plateau, but the real performers break the plateau and play their game their way, instead of game playing them.

Have you hit the plateau? What’s your plan to break it?

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Skills, Courage, Action.. Repeat

We all know, having skills is just one-third of the story. Another one third is courage and the last third is action. Unless you have the courage to put your skills into action, your skills won’t get a life. And when your skills get a life, you become a performer.

And to become high-performer you have to add one more quality, consistency. Consistently repeat the act of acquiring skills, having the courage and taking actions. That’s how you become a high-performance leader. 

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Three types of people

There are three type of people in any organisation.

  • Those who see themselves and the company different. They think, ‘this is me and that is the company.’
  • The second type are aligned with the company. They think, ‘this is me and that is my company.’
  • Last and final type doesn’t have any different identity about themselves and the company. They think, ‘I and the company are the one.’

Everyone has the potential to be type three if nurtured well.

As a leader, identify and put a system in place to know, nurture and move forward people from type one to two to three. Have leaders and mentors assigned to support people move to different steps. While doing so, make sure only those who are type two can support type one to move to type two and likewise for the next step.

And, the same system work in personal life. Everyone has type one, two and three people around. Know who is who.

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Create it from the future

We all have vision and missions for our companies. But how often are we present to that goal 24×7? That can be one of the reasons why very few companies can actually deliver their vision and missions.

The companies that achieve what they want are because they start living it today and 24×7 that is “Live it to believe it.”

  • If your short term goal is to be CMM level, then act like one today; don’t wait until you achieve that status but instead, take the learning from the phrase “Fake it till you make it.”
  • If IPO is your goal, start thinking and working like one; that is making decisions, functioning, and dealing like one “action speaks Volumes.”
  • If one of the goals is to be CEO of Fortune 500 companies, by now, you know the theme of what’s your best next step? Start believing and living that NOW.

Work towards creating the present to map the future and do the required groundwork that supports and helps to build towards the goal and can stand the test of time, everything works together in harmony to create the future that you desire. that is, “We reap what we sow.”

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Balance and Harmony

You can’t balance between how much time you give to the personal and to the professional life. But you can always have harmony between two.

You don’t need to give eight hours to the family everyday but when you give time to the family, stay focused. Don’t attend business calls or check emails when you are with the family. That is what matters to them. Family don’t need your eight hours, they would be happy with two hours of focused time.

Not the balance, but harmony matters.

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You are just an average..

You are just an average but the average of the five people around you. If you want to be above average, spend time with people who are above average.

Check who your connections are, whom you are spending the most time with, what their goals are in life, where do they stand today, how much positive they are, how much maturity they have. Shift yourself in the zone where you see above-average people. 

When you will raise your bar, you will raise the bar for everyone around. When they will see the results, they will understand, you don’t have to explain. Be smart, select your average.

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Current affairs

The current affairs of your business should never take over the longer-term goals. Have a system in place that takes care of your day to day business while you can work on the Vision of your company.

The growth period may test and challenge your beliefs, processes, system, and people, but that’s when you, as a leader, have to stay firm on your commitment vs. surrendering to the situation and to be present to the GOAL. Yet to know as well when to be flexible and be in the know of NOW.

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Follow the rules

As a leader, it is very important that you lead with example by following the rules. Only when you will follow others too will follow. And when you break the rules, instead of giving the reasons, own it because along with you, everyone knows that your reasons are mere reasons. Be brave enough to follow the rules, breaking the rules is easy.

Set the example and do what you preach.

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Fearless Leadership

When a leader has to take any crucial decision, he has to get present to the fact that – Is he operating out of fear? Fear of loosing the project, employee or reputation; but these all may be mere assumptions. 

Right way is to do SWOT analysis of the situation, and act swiftly. This approach leads a leader to the freedom. Freedom from anxiety, feeling of scarcity, and unnecessary worries. 

When freedom becomes the core of the leader it guides to operate likewise, the effect would be prominent as that will allow your organization to move on the growth path fearlessly. Because when a leader is free from fear, he has more clarity on WHAT’S NEXT ?

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It’s ON until it’s DONE but..

You are exhausted working on that project since long, you are drained planning the marketing, you are leading the sales, you are solving challenges everyday with your top business-line and now you need a break.

Take the break, and come back rejuvenated, recharged and rested. Because this game is always on and you have to play it for long.

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See the unseen

We all know, “What is seen is sold.” But Leadership is about understanding the things shown, and going beyond that and see what’s not.

Things that don’t surface or get highlighted are not necessarily deliberately kept hidden on purpose, but those are the gem of the details to help you as a leader to reach to the root of the subject. That is how a leader should lead the organization, by seeing what is unseen.

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when you aren’t authentic

When you aren’t authentic, you will not feel good, your body will react by catching up cold or fever, you will stop being authentic and the downward spiral of this whole matter will begin.

Moreover, only you will think that no one else can see the reason but it’s clear to almost everyone.

Be authentic, all you loose is a lie.

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LEAD don’t DEAL

Trust people, give them responsibility, empower them, train them when needed, accept their mistakes and learn from those mistakes. As a leader that is what your role is. Keeping faith and seeing new leaders emerging. Everyone is ready to take responsibility, when you give them. As a leader create opportunities, people are waiting to grab them.

LEAD, don’t DEAL.

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Benefits of waking up early

When you wake up at 5 am and give yourself three additional hours for your well being, you are already living a much better life. Wake up at 5 am, and make time for yourself..

When you will wake up early, you will find time for Fitness, Finance, Family and Friends. After all, these are the things that matter.

My daily schedule including weekends:
– 4 am: wake up and meditate
– 5 am: walk for 20 minutes
– 5:20 am: read Bhagwad Gita
– 5:40 am: get on the call with Early Birds 5 am Club
– 6:00 am: eat breakfast
– 6:30 am: read book

Benefits I have received:

  • Two hours for self. This helps me have clarity of thoughts as it’s the time when most of the people are sleeping and that means less distraction.
  • Able to read regularly and every day, helping towards achieving my target to read 39 books in 2020.
  • Connecting with like-minded people in the Early Birds 5 AM Club.
  • More time during the day and the weekend, which helped me to start Surat Bookworms Club with my coach and industry peers. I was planning for this club for a few years but finally this year, I got a chance to connect with others and get it started.
  • Regular meditation time, which is fueling my spirituality.
  • It allowed me time to write this blog daily, which again was in my to-do list since 2014.
  • We also started the podcast, again one of my dreams, by producing a podcast of the value we generate daily in Early Bird 5 AM Club.
  • Another idea of starting a Sports Club for IT companies CEOs is on the table.
  • All this while assisting Leadership Integrity Program run by my business coach.
  • Not to forget, I am producing better results at the office working as CEO.

You might take idea or two from the above. I have learnt from Robin Sharma’s Book: 5 am Club

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Your time is now..

And because your time is now, perform.

Don’t start thinking if this is the right time, if this is the right thing to do, how will I do this, should I do this. All the time is a good time and when it’s a good time, go ahead and perform.

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There is space for everyone

Old World: Avoid seeing your competitors, spy on them, try to grab his business, mess with him, never co-operate with them, waste your time and energy while doing all these things.

New World: Embrace competition and competitors, share knowledge, empower them, support their business, co-operate with them and while doing so enjoy the benefits of co-operating with your competitors.

Meet your competitors, mentor future generations together, play sports, read books, life is bigger then what you see and the game of business is like space, always expanding. Wealth and business have always grown in human history. It’s up to you how much you can create. Stars never compete for space, there is a place for everyone.

Competitors or Co-opetitors? Think.

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Don’t react but respond

They have done wrong, so we will do the same. That’s an industrial era thought.

They have done wrong, let’s not do the same. This is information era belief.

When someone do something wrong with you, don’t react but respond. Think what you want to leave as your legacy. And when you respond, don’t do it expecting things will turn good, they might and they might not. But do it because you want to leave a better world for the generations to come.

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Challenges = Growth

When good times don’t last forever, challenging times don’t either.

Whatever situation is, see what learning is there in it for you. No one has grown when they are in a comfortable situation. When you are facing challenges, always remember two faith statements:
– You are going to be much stronger and knowledgeable once this is over.
– This shall also pass.

Have faith.

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how to stay focused

There always is someone and something trying to grab your attention. There is an industry event your friend is attending and insisting you should too. But you has already planned the day filled up with an important task that is the highlight of your month’s target. You are confused as you don’t want to say no to your friend and run the risk of upsetting him nor you don’t want to feel left out either.

This is the dilemma we face every day. What should you do? First, figure out if the event really has something for you. Many times it happens that the event is of your industry but has nothing in it for you. If the event is for you, see if it is important than your highlight of the week task. If so, see if you can get the updates from your friend or from the event’s website after the event and catch up on the event leanings.

If you don’t want to attend it, talk to your friend and tell him why you don’t want to. There are always such distractions that can move you away from your focus. You have to learn how to stay focused.

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Consult your tribe

Your partner, your colleagues, your parents, your coach, your mentor, your true friends, your consultants and your legal advisors, as a businessman these people are your tribe. They are invested in you and you are invested in them. When in dilemma, reach out to them, take their advice, consult them, listen to them and they will help you reach to the conclusion that is deep inside you. They help you touch your core.

When in dilemma, consult your tribe. Talk to your tribe and listen to your heart, decision is not all that difficult.

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System and Growth

If you are looking to build a scalable business, start with a focus on building the system. You can only grow a business to a certain level without a system. We, humans, are programmed to live in a system since the time of hunter-gatherers. You will find every successful civilization in human history had a strong financial, judicial and social system. The same logic applies to any business, non-profit, or even to a religious organization.

When we have a defined system in place, we can deliver the same experience every time. Many times difference between a mediocre and a high growth company is not the knowledge, resources or capabilities, but the difference between the system or lack of it.

Imagine the successful companies and the names that will pop-up are McDonald’s, Microsoft, Toyota, FedEx, and the likes. Do they make the best burgers, software, cars or provide the best courier services, respectively? Certainly not, but what makes them successful is their process. Look around and see what companies are successful in your industry and in your region, and you will see a strong system that has helped them to be successful.

Many companies start with success but get stuck because they get blindsided with the initial success and don’t look into building the system for the growth. When you see you are stuck, start looking where your system lacks and fine-tune it to move to the next level.

Remember, every phase needs a refined system.

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On-time is bigger than the commitment

Just as commitment is bigger than intention, on-time completion is bigger than the commitment.

We have just finite time to do anything, including being on the earth. If someone is committed to some goal or task but doesn’t complete it on time, commitment might be of no use as the time for that thing matter has expired.

When you commit, have time commitment too.

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Commitment is bigger..

Intention is good but commitment is bigger. Intention when powered with commitment generates great results.

Next time when someone says, my intentions are good, also see how much committed the person is as only when his intention has commitment he would do what he intended.

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Gifts..

Humans love to receive gifts. When someone comes to meet us and if they get us a gift, we always remember the person. No matter what the gift is as it’s not the gift but the gesture that we remember.

Growing up when relatives would visit us and if they would get some gift for us, they used to be our favorite relatives. Birthdays were to be looked forward to because you would receive the gifts. To be happy when you receive a gift is a human nature.

From a business network perspective, when you are meeting someone, buy them a gift, and it could be something really small, like a pen or a book, otherwise, the person can consider it as a bribe. If you know the person’s likes and dislikes, buy the gift accordingly. The gift is to strengthen networking and to leave a positive image while building a long term relationship.

Gifts are of two types, tangible and intangible. Tangible gifts are physical and intangible gifts are non-physical like time. If you gift someone both, the person would always remember.

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Happiness..

Happiness is a human’s natural state. Anything we ever seek is happiness. We work, build wealth, buy things, run, and meditate to be happy. But instead of feeling happy within, we look for happiness outside.

We hold on to desires, grudges, and dreams and let these things impact our happiness. This problem is for the grownups, if we observe the kids, they would drop any anger in a fraction of a second and will get to their default state of being happy, while the grownups don’t lose these feelings. Only if we learn how to be childlike, we will be more satisfied and more joyful.

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Anger follows Fear

When someone is angry there always is some fear behind it. Next time when you feel anger, instead of anger taking over your emotions, stay present and see what is the fear behind your anger.

When you will know what fear you have, work on the fear, get the solution to your fear. Because when you get angry, the situation starts controlling you, instead of you controlling the situation.

It is rightly said, fearless people are happier people. It is because, in the absence of fear, anger doesn’t arise.

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Hello Leader, Hop a little..

As a leader, you have a bigger vision, higher goals and tons of responsibility. You are always pressured for time and attention from employees, clients, vendors, and social commitments, and while doing so you have forgotten the most important commitment of your life, which is yourself.

If you want to achieve your goals, contribute to the society, take care of your family, the first and foremost thing you should commit to is yourself. As a leader, you are the most important asset and no asset is good when it is stressed.

Carve out time from your busy schedule and run a little, read a little, laugh a little, take a little time for your hobby. A fit mind and fit body will support you in achieving whatever dreams you are behind. These activities aren’t time-consuming, these are the activities that clear your head from distractions and get you focused on your most important tasks.

So, hop a little, jump a little..

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Define the end time

It is important to define start time but even after defining start time for everything we still almost every time are running late because we don’t define the end time. Even when we define the end time, we don’t stick to it. People who are strict about start time, aren’t equally strict about the end time. If you want to get time to be able to do things that you want then define the end time of your meetings.

Define the time to leave the office. Define the time to hit the bed. Define end time to everything you do and that will complete the time integrity.

When you define the end time, you will be more productive as you would be focused on completing the task.

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Leaders are Writers

Along with being a reader, the Leader should also be a writer. When you read something, you are borrowing knowledge from someone’s insight on the subject, and it is a good thing. But a good leader writes too because when he writes he is sharing insight of his own knowledge.

Leaders are influencers too, so when they write, their ideas can spread easily, and it builds personal brand too. As it is easy to spread ideas, a leader should always be careful about what he is writing.

Write from your heart, write about your day to day observations, about your subject matter expertise, about how you see the industry today and tomorrow. Start writing about whatever you are passionate about. 



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Words makes the business

In Indian Spirituality, it has been said ‘the spoken words stays in the universe forever.’

The vedas and upanishads are into existence before the method of writings were invented. They were derived from the universe by the learned sages and passed on to others. It is said even Bhagwad Gita which was generated by Lord Krishna is still in the universe. In short, every word we speak stays forever. Words never dies.

It is very important what you speak, what words you use or even the words you think, as they stays forever. When seen from the business perspective a leader should always check his words as what he speaks will always stays in the company, long after the leader is gone. The words spoken by the leader will shape the company and its culture. Be wise when you speak.

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FOMO

Out of the Fear Of Missing Out we oblige to every invitation, every function, every event, and every meet-up, we don’t even let go birthday the party’s of friend’s friend because we worry that if we won’t go we will miss out. Among other reasons, the one that is very common is it’s important to socialize and network, but we have to know where to socialize and where to network.

Ask yourself, is this for me? If not, don’t have the Fear Of Missing Out. If it is not for you, choose not to show up.

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so what?

you are facing challenges in your business, you made a terrible mistake in your personal life, your car broke when you were to go for an important meeting, your flight is delayed and you are stranded at the airport, you fumbled the class, your presentation was a dud, the meet-up you organized was a flop, all the hard work you had put into the project didn’t get approval, and the list goes on. You are facing all these challenges, SO WHAT?

MOVE ON, and do what is needed instead of getting stuck in what happened. Think, WHAT NEXT

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block your time

We are always busy doing the routine work and completing our never ending to do lists, at the cost of important work, most of the time.

In today’s business world, it is not possible to ignore urgent tasks but we know that important tasks are called important for a reason and that those tasks gives us satisfaction.

Do you keep pushing away your important tasks? We all understand how to juggle between these two tasks is always challenging. What could be done is simple but not easy to follow. Block time for your important work, let everyone know not to disturb you during your blocked hours and then leave rest of your time for urgent tasks. This way you can meet the daily rigorous demand of urgent work and also have satisfaction of doing your important tasks.

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hire…

the person who wants the job, don’t hire the one who needs it.

With the needy one, you can have sympathy, but working together, neither you will go anywhere, nor will he reach anywhere. It will be a long struggle of hopes and emotions on both sides.

When you hire someone, understand if the person needs the job or if he wants the job. Hire as soon as you identify that he wants it.

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Control your output..

by controlling your input.

  • If you want to be productive, control where your time is being used.
  • If you want to complete impossible looking tasks, control your so-called urgent to-do list
  • If you want to be sane, control your emotions
  • If you want to achieve financial freedom, control your expenses
  • If you want to generate results, control on not finding the reasons.

We all have the same time on a given day, how we use it, makes all the difference. If your output is not giving you the satisfaction, see where the input needs to be fixed.

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Fearful, Courageous, and the Best

There are three types of human attitudes and all these qualities are found in the leaders too.

  • Fearful: This type performs from the fear. They have a fear of failure, fear of losing employees, fear of taking actions. As you can imagine, they live in anxiety and are less satisfied.
  • Courageous: This type are generally courageous. They take risks, build self-defined processes and structure, and perform from the belief in taking actions. They are more satisfied compared to the fearful one.
  • The best: They are the real achievers. They believe in self-discipline, believe in quality, accept only the highest standards, and their personal life also reflects the same. They are the most satisfying ones too.

No matter what kind of leader you are, you can always work towards being the best. Remind yourself all the time and be present to the belief that you are the best, have the best conversation when you talk to anyone, give the best to your clients and the team, give the best to everything you do.

When you practice being the best, you become the best.

What type of leader are you and what would you like to become?

PS: Credit, my coach Mr.Chetan Patel. Learning shared by him in “Early Bird 5 AM Club

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Competition vs Cooperation

What you cannot do individually, you can achieve together. In the modern times, business strategy is to cooperate.

Cooperation with your competitors, your employees, your clients and customers, society at large and the government is not an exception today, it’s a rule.

Just like most of the countries are cooperating with each other, same is with the corporates. We aren’t seeing any possibilities of the third world war, as countries are cooperating, and knows that the peace brings more wealth unlike a century ago when the war was more profitable, same rule is to be applied to the corporates.

Cautious cooperation between the competitors, is the new game.

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Impact

At the end of the day, as I was driving to the home, my car stopped at the traffic signal and a motor-bike came and tried to squeeze past between the two cars. Doing so, the guy scratched my car and halted right next to me as the signal was still red.

This pissed me off and rolling down the window, I said, “are you blind? can’t you see? can’t you wait until the signal turns green?”

I was really furious, and then I noticed, his 4-5 years old son was starring at me without blinking his eyes, and his wife felt embarrassed. The very next moment, I realized the negative impact of what I just said on everyone of us, including myself, the guy, his wife and the kid.

Immediately, I rolled down the window and said sorry to the guy. My exact words were, “sorry, it wasn’t that big of a deal. I could see it has a negative impact on all of us. It seems you guys are going to some celebration and I just spoiled your evening.” His reply, “it’s okay.” and he and his wife smiled at me.

Though I did out integrity, I got present and tried to restore by taking responsibility for my action. And I am sure that lessened the negative impact of the incident on all of us.

Why I choose to write about it? Because I felt I should. We should remember, things aren’t important but humans are.

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Race

There always is a race. Even when you say, you aren’t in any race, you are racing with yourself.

There are two kinds of races, one: towards the top, and two: towards the bottom.

The easier race is the race towards the bottom. The competition is fierce, you reduce your rate and your competitor reduces it further and you respond to it with a further rate cut. This race will end with neither of you winning or the worst getting out of business.

The difficult one, but the one you want to run, is the race towards the top. Give value to the client, be so awesome that only a few can do what you are doing, strive for excellence, move upward where there are few players and competition dries up.

Pick any industry and there are only a few top players dictating the market on their own terms. The rest are just surviving.

Select your race.

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The price is always right

When you are generating enough value for your customers, your price is always right. When you are running out of creativity, your price is always high.

Ignore what your clients want, and you will pay the price. Generate value and clients will pay you your price.


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Stability….

is a myth. What is not going up, is going down. What is not moving forward, is moving backward. If you are living in the myth that your business, career or health is stable, it’s time to rethink.

Boring is effective

Make your day so predictable that you don’t have to think about what next task you should be doing.

Everyday eat similar food, wear similar clothes, reach the office at the same time and leave the office at the same time, wake up at the fixed time, go to the bed at the fixed time, do the workout every day at the same time, make your day so predictable that you never have to think about what next you would be doing, and then put all your focus and thinking on doing the things that matter.

Take away thinking part from the routine. Boring is effective.

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Perseverance + Self Discipline

Along with perseverance, you need self-discipline. While perseverance keeps you moving on, good time or not, self-discipline builds inner strength to help you stay in the control. Together they support you to achieve the desired goals by being in control of yourself, your actions and your reactions. 

Show up every day at work, wake up on time, go to bed on time, eat on time, eat enough, do the workout, read books, do meditation, stay fit. Build your empire one brick at a time using this magical formula.

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Not taking any decision

So much has been written, told and taught about importance of taking decisions that we have stopped understanding that not taking any decision is also a decision, and that it’s also equally important.

Sometimes be decisive about not taking any decision.

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Why the fear?

Are you a leader who fears getting copied if you will share your success mantra? If yes, think again because a leader becomes powerful when they share. When the sharing is done with the pure context of giving, and not getting, there will be no fear.

Fear is for the people who lack self-confidence. Share what you know and abundance will come back to you. Remember when you started, someone fearlessly encouraged you, in person or not. Pass it on.

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Varnas and Departments

In the Bhagwad Gita, the four Varnas are described with the profession, duties, and qualities to be followed by the members in order to run the society smoothly. A person is added to specific varna, based on his own nature.

Four Varnas:

  1. Brahmins: Teaching and Worshiping
  2. Kshatriyas: Administration and Management 
  3. Vaishyas: Business and Agriculture
  4. Sudras: Render’s Services

Likewise, a Modern Organization also needs only the main four departments to run the organization smoothly. A person should be added to a specific department, based on his own nature and capabilities.

Four Departments:

  1. Marketing and Sales: Branding and Revenue
  2. Human Resource: Manage human resources, define policies
  3. Operations: Day to day business operations
  4. Technical: Actual people working on the operations of an organization

Philosophy hasn’t changed, it has only became modern.

Credit: Learning shared by very talented, Mr. Mitul Golakiya, in Early Birds 5 AM Club.

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Everything is connected

We are living in a connected world. Our devices are connected with each others, IoT is connecting our home appliances, we as a humans are connected via social media and networking.

But is your business connected to your belief? Are you asking yourself, if what I am doing is out of my belief? If not, what would you do to connect your business to your belief?

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Choices and Challenges

When you choose to take a job, to support a noble cause, or to become an entrepreneur, it’s your choice, live it up. Make it the best version of what you can.

Your choice isn’t something you have inherited and even if you have, it’s still your choice. And when you make a choice, challenges will come but challenges are meant to rouse, not discourage. Challenges are to grow you strong.

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Why would I follow?

Yesterday, a fourteen-year-old daughter of a friend of mine, who is currently reading Shri Bhagwad Gita as part of her School assignment asked me, why Lord Krishna would insist his followers to devote and to surrender him?

The question was very stimulating, and the answer I gave was, “because of Lord Krishna knows where he wants to take us as he knows that path. The follower might not know where he wants to go but the Lord would know where he wants his follower to go. And the only way is by devoting and surrendering to someone (Lord Krishna here) who knows what he is doing and where he can take his follower.”

I can relate this situation to a Coach’s. Only when his students are enrolled in the coach and his ideas, a coach can generate magical results and generate success. That said, keep challenging the coach, just as the kid challenged, why to do something? The following doesn’t have to be blindfold. 

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Science and Spirituality

Science and Spirituality are two complementary distinctions. What we understand walking on the path of Spirituality, eventually Science endorses it with its theory and experiments. There can never be a competition between these two as Spirituality itself is a Science and Science itself is Spiritual, and Scientist is no lessor to Yogis. 

It takes the same amount of focus to achieve the breakthroughs in Science and equally it is for Spirituality. Both are methodical, and at peak achievement, one feels the bliss. 

When talking in the terms of Programming language, Spirituality has Self (ego) and Spirit (supreme power) and programming has Local and Global variables. Whatever examples one may take, the same would be found in these examples. 

When in doubt while doing something that is scientific, look to spirituality for an answer and vice-versa.

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Bringing the best is not enough

When you bring your A team to a project, you are doing it to make sure your project is a success.

It’s an important project and you have picked the best project manager, the best technical lead, the best coders, the best resources, the best specifications laid out, so on and so forth, making sure your project is a success to start with. But if none of them is taking accountability of the project they can bomb the project.

To make project a success, at least someone if not all, has to stand up and say if something is not working, the meetings has to be where the team members has to make sure the project is moving in the desired direction and if not, raising the concern, and asking for the change and moving forward only when it looks good.

When accountability is taken, mediocrity ends. Bringing the best is not enough.

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Emotional Leadership

To be successful in today’s ever changing and ever evolving world, where nothing is stable and permanent, what makes a difference is how you manage your emotions.

Today, to be successful it is very important for anyone to be able to understand people, to have empathy and, be able to express and control own’s emotions.

An Emotional Leader is able to access and manage emotions of others and influence them to drive them to a common goal. This quality of a leader will be the major difference to lead an organisation successfully in the coming years. When used properly, emotional intelligence can become a driving force to create wonderful opportunities.

What you possess? Only IQ or EI too?

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Core Values are the Lighthouse for a Company

A company’s core values are larger then mission and vision. When in dilemma or when lost, the company’s leadership should make a decision that matches its core values. Following your core values certainly never means that the outcome would be in the favor of the company but it certainly would be the right thing to do.

When all the options are used and exhausted but still there is no clarity on a particular matter, the leader should turn to the core values of the company and make the decision based on what the core value says. Core values are to the leaders, what lighthouse are to maritime pilots.

Mission and Vision should come from the belief in the core values. It should always reflect what the company believes in and leadership should live the core values of the company. This will make sure the whole company is following the core values and there is smoothness in the implementation of the strategies. 

Core values are strong beliefs of the company, the superego of the company.

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Consistency of a Leader

Bhagwad Gita says, “He who with proper regularity eats, relaxes, works, sleeps, and remains awake will find yoga the destroyer of suffering.”

Here, the Bhagwad Gita emphasizes the importance of consistency for a Yogi. The consistency is of good eating to maintain health, regular entertainment to avoid fatigue, regularity in meditation to support his spiritual goals, to have enough sleep for recovering and remaining awake. Then only a Yogi will be able to meditate effectively and achieve the results he desires, which is of destroying his sufferings.  

Looking from the business management perspective, this could be put as being consistent and regular in actions. Just like a Yogi, when a Leader maintains his health, avoids fatigue, be regular at work, sleeps enough and remains awake, he will be able to focus enough to achieve the outcomes and goals set for the company. Just like for a Yogi, it takes lifelong practice for a leader to reach his destiny. 

While it sounds simple, everyone normally complicates it. When consistency is kept simple and is practiced, a leader can generate miraculous results. 

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Observant to the Opportunities

More than often, we keep thinking about missed opportunities. We keep telling ourselves, only if….

As Sir Richard Branson has famously quoted, “Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.” But if you don’t have the eye to see the opportunities and understanding which bus is for you, either you will miss the bus or will get on to the wrong bus.

To see opportunities that are right for you, first be the observant, start seeing things around, start sensing what’s going on, start thinking how you can convert any situation and every conversation into an opportunity. Once you will create habit of being an observant, you will start seeing the opportunities everywhere.

And once you see the opportunities that’s right for you, then it’s easy job. Be the observant of opportunities around.

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WHY of doing the Business

Every day, we should ask and remind ourselves, WHY am I doing, what I am doing.

The WHY is our purpose in doing the business, and the purpose could be anything, but making money is definitely not one of them. Money is the outcome of the business, while the purpose is always bigger. You might want to generate opportunities, bring change, challenge the status quo, whatever it might be, find it and live that WHY. 

When we work from this WHY, people having the same WHY will join us and help us in the momentum, mostly because your WHY is their WHY as well.  

Achievements

When you achieve something, talk about them in person, spread it on social media and tell everyone in every possible way. And while talking about your achievement, make sure you have your context clear.

Spread your achievements so that it can touch the people, inspire them to achieve something and move their lives. 

Talks about achievements should never be done to brag about yourself. There is a thin line between the two. Choose wisely. 

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Freedom

What is freedom?

Freedom is not to be free. Freedom is to be able to create something, to be able to speak up, to change the world for better.

Never confuse freedom with being free from doing things, freedom is to be free to build something. This something is different for everyone and is the purpose of individual’s life.

Have freedom but never be free.

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Respect

Respect is what you talk about a person when he is not around.

Respect is never to be received, it’s always to be given.

Respect is what you do when no one is watching.

When you represent your country, your action generate respect for your country and countrymen, likewise for your family and your company when you represent them.

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Selfless Action

Forgiveness, generosity, and contribution are types of selfless action.

For a company selfless action is to build a socially responsible and conscious business. The company should be giving back to the society, adding to the personal and professional growth of its people and customers.

A company doesn’t have to be big to contribute. The companies of all the sizes should build the culture of giving back. The community and the world around should be benefited from the success of a company.

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Do the small things right

Start focusing on doing smaller things “right” and you will get into the habit of doing bigger things “right”.

Make your bed as soon as you are out of the bed, get your clothes in the wardrobe, clean your desk before you leave the office for the day, shine your shoes, make your to-do the day before.

There are numerous small tasks, that look insignificant but they create our habits. Change habits, change life.


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Moksh of a Leader

When the leader is in-tune with the organization’s core values, mission and vision, there will be no dilemma in his decision making. The leader will always think of the organization’s values and never of the outcome. That’s the Moksh for the leader.

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S.A.V.E.R.S.

S.A.V.E.R.S.: My learning from the book “Miracle Morning”.

What does the S.A.V.E.R.S. mean:

S = Silence (Meditation, Prayer, Breathing to calm your mind)
A = Affirmations (Encouraging words for the self, that maps towards your goals)
V = Visualization (Step by step imagination of things you would do to achieve your goals)
E = Exercise (Any form of exercise to get blood and oxygen flowing to the brain )
R = Reading (To fill your brain with positive thoughts and ideas)
S = Scribing (Writing daily journal to process your thoughts)

I am already doing “S.A.V.E.R.” and would be adding the last piece of the puzzle to complete my “S.A.V.E.R.S” from today. Great learning from the Early Bird 5 am club today.

Leadership is all about being an observant.

1. Be an observant
2. Let your team perform
3. Acknowledge good and misses in their performance
4. Support and motivate your team to take consistent action

Leadership is freedom, but a leader should never be free. The leader should be busy observing and supporting his team.