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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.



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.


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.


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..


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.


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. 


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.



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.


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


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.



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.


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.


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


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.



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.



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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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?


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.


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. 


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.


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.  


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. 



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.



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.


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.


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.


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.



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.