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Commodity or speciality

If everyone is giving free shipping for the similar products, except for you, that might not be a good strategy. This is true especially if you are dealing with commodity products.

If you are dealing with specialty products, you have your say. And the customers might be willing to pay extra for shipping.

Either deal in commodity products and follow the market rules or deal in speciality products and create your own rules.

Choice is yours but rules are different on what you choose.

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Living in the loop

Some people keep doing the same thing over and over for years. It’s the same routine that they follow. Though, it suffocates at times as they can’t break out of it.

It’s a different story when you love your routine or work and totally different when you can’t break out of that loop because it’s your comfort. Many of us live in such loops and feel stuck instead of breaking the loop and trying to get out of our comfort zone.

Loops are nothing but our comfort zone that we aren’t willing to break because it feels safe in there.

What kind of loops have you created? How will you break them?

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Is there only one way?

Is there only one way to reach the goal? No? Is there any right or wrong way? Definitely not.

You can take your own path as there are multiple roads going towards the same destination. It depends on what route you prefer. A highway that takes you quicker or an in-road that takes longer but is scenic. It also depends on how fast you want to reach and how much you want to compromise on other things.

If your style is slow and someones are fast, let it be, as there is no right or wrong way. You have a goal, and you have a way, pick it and follow it.

Think what your way is? And follow the same.

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Meditate and introspect

Meditate and introspect. Nothing can be more powerful to know yourself and to break the mental boundaries.

If you meditate regularly, you will know what I am saying. It will calm you down, but not your dreams. It will give you peace but will still keep the fire in you going on. It will make you know yourself, without the need to unknow others.

Though, the best time, it says, is early mornings. And though I have experienced the magic of the early morning meditation, you can pursue it any time of the day, depending on the schedule.

Do give time to introspect too during meditation or separately at any other time of the day.

Turn your thoughts about yourself and the world around. Meditate regularly.

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Are you the creator or the reason maker?

Is it everyone else who is holding you back from what you want to achieve? Or is it your own fear and unwillingness to face the consequences of taking the risk that holds you back?

Are you the creator or the reason maker? If you are the creator, it’s not that you will achieve whatever you want. But you will have the satisfaction of trying what you wanted and will not have to find reasons for not doing what you wanted.

Every creator’s legs shake when they pursue their dream. They get sleepless nights and face challenges. But those challenges give them peace at the end of the day because they are pursuing their dreams.

Are you creating your dreams?

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Fixing the broken toilets

Do you go and fix your broken toilets? Or do you take the help of the plumber?

While there is no small work, but the focus should be on doing the work that matters. Work where you can bring creativity and your mind to create value.

When your focus is on creating value, you stop doing things that don’t generate value for others.

Do you focus on generating value or are you busy saving every penny?

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Communication is an art

If you can communicate well, you can sell your ideas and can enroll people for the action.

The lack of communication can create lot of confusion and unclear expectations. If you want people to get into the action, learn to communicate well.

Communication is the art which when used well, inspire people to take action. Remember, Only communication isn’t enough. Right communication is needed, which gives clarity and inspire further talks igniting people to find solutions.

To assume that ideas will be understood or confusion will be cleared or for that matter, questions will be answered without communication, than it’s time to rethink. That’s why communication and clear communication is the key to success.

How well do you communicate?

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Be kind even to those who aren’t to you.

Because kindness is something, you want to spread. Be kind even to those who aren’t to you.

We can either be unkind and stay unhappy while making others unhappy, or we can be kind and happy, spreading happiness around.

If someone is unkind, it’s their internal struggle making them do so. It has nothing to do with others, so be compassionate to them and give kindness in return. You never know; your gesture can change them for good.

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Creating stories and talking straight

Stories are great to convey the messages and for the learnings. But the stories created to give reasons and taking the talks to a different path aren’t needed.

There are two types of people, one who talks and hears the straight talks. They talk clear and upfront. In contrast, other types of people would make stories about everything. Even for the talks that need and can be done straight forward, they create the stories. These stories confuse others. Sometimes these are done purposely, and sometimes it’s just the habit and comes from the subconscious mind.

If you want to get the work done and make it easier for others to understand what you are saying, try not to create the stories. Be upfront and straight. And being straight in a polite way.

What is your style? Do you talk straight forward yet polite, or do you create stories and confuse everyone?

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On the fake news

Nothing fake will spread if we stop it at our end.

If rumors are going around, if ‘I’ take the accountability and not spread it further, the rumor will die.

As human beings, we love gossiping, but that’s where all the problems also get started. What if ‘we’ decide that we won’t talk about anyone who isn’t present. Neither good talks nor bad.

Let ‘me’ take responsibility that I will not use anything that is pirated.

These are all small things, but this is what builds the character of our society.

No news or gossip will spread if we decide that it’s our duty not to spread it. Even if others are spreading it, you don’t have to. Someone has to take responsibility; someone has to be the first to pull the breaks on the fake.

Let that first be ‘me.’

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So what time do you wake up?

It’s okay if you sleep till late.

But do try waking up at 5 am and don’t expect anything; feel the magic of 5 am.

Go for a walk, do some indoor workout, read, meditate, or gaze at the sky, do whatever you feel you want to do.

It’s the magic you want to feel, and once you know, you will get hooked to it. Even if you can’t keep up to waking at 5 am, you will want to.

So what time do you wake up? Ever tried 5 am?

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Annoy everyone

Annoy everyone if that’s your being and be the world best at it.

It’s always good to be the best in whatever you do, rather than doing something else and being mediocre.

Go and annoy.

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Do we really want it?

Most of us are having bigger dreams in life. We talk about being the best in the world, having a big business, reaching the sky. But do we really want it?

Most of us live a mediocre life and settle with very little. Why does this happen? What is that doesn’t make us achieve the life of our dreams? What is lacking? Or is it that we want to talk about the big goals because it sounds fancy; otherwise, we really don’t have any bigger dreams?

There is nothing wrong with either of the approaches. We can have bigger dreams, or we might be happy with smaller dreams. It is important to know what you want instead of dreaming about what others have.

When we are talking about the things that we really don’t want, we are creating delusion for ourselves. We run behind the goals just because others have them, without knowing what it takes to achieve them.

And in reality, when we have to give what it takes to make it big, we chicken out. We start to feel burnt out, need a vacation, and enjoy festivals, even if there is work waiting for us that can’t wait. This happens because in the first place, either that’s not our goal or we don’t want to give what it takes. Yes, we keep running behind that imaginary goal, which keeps us frustrate because we can’t reach there, and we don’t accept that that’s not for us.

Live the life that you want. Stop telling yourself a lie, because then you are buying others too into it.

Be what you are and live happily.

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Think before you pull out your frustration

Every time we pull out our frustration on someone, it’s like throwing up on that person. We might feel sorry after doing it, but we might have done permanent damage to someone by that time.

People aren’t garbage on whom we would throw our mental garbage. Every living being is a well-crafted creation of the divine power and deserves the peace of mind.

We might be frustrated with our own reasons, but that doesn’t give us any right to spoil someone’s day. There are people with different tolerant levels to such garbage, and they might get hurt for longer than you think. If you aren’t having a great day, lock yourself and shut down your cell phone until you think you are sane again.

Let’s take responsibility and accountability for other’s peace of mind. Because if everyone starts throwing up, the world will become even more garbage. Let’s make it a place where everyone would love to live.

Next time, if you are frustrated, think of the person you are pulling it out. Another option is to take the right action. If you are frustrated, see what is the real cause and work on that cause. Solve it. That would take the frustration away from you.

Be mindful.

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How about an unplanned year?

We are taught so much about planning, and while planning is great, it just doesn’t work for a few people.

As the new year approaches, most people will set up goals and plan to achieve those goals. While most of us can work only if we have a plan, there always are a few who would perform well when they have the goals but don’t plan them. These people know what their goals are, and they are good at getting them without major planning.

The point is if you are the one who can perform without planning, don’t get into the planning. And if you are the one who does plan, but can never follow the plans, see if you want to give ‘not planning’ a chance this year.

What important is to achieve the goal. If you are good at achieving the goals without planning, how about an unplanned year this time?

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Your circle of happiness

Saal Mubarak. It’s Gujarati New Year, and I wish everyone a Happy New Year.

As we know, we are an average of the five people around. I am sure we are making sure that we surround ourselves with those we see as successful and take benefit from the rule of average.

This new year does also surround yourself with those who are happy. When we become professionally successful and ignore happiness, eventually, we feel unhappy. Professional success and happiness are two different aspects.

While professional success is important, give equal importance to happiness and peace of mind and for the same, use the rule of average. Surround yourself with positive, happy, and cheerful people this year and expand your professional success to personal happiness too.

Let’s embrace Vikram Samvat 2077 with an open mind, open heart, happiness, and positivity.

Saal Mubarak 🙏🏻

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The middle day of the year aka “varas nau vachlo diwas”

It must be unique to India; in Gujarat, we even have this “varas nau vachlo diwas” or the middle day of the year. Which is not even in the middle of the year.

Because Gujratis follow the Lunar calendar, this day happens only in some years, which falls between the day of Diwali and Gujarati new year.

The middle day of the year can be seen as the day when the past is gone, and the future is yet to arrive. The day to reflect on the year that was, learn from it and implement the learnings in the year to come.

This day gives me a special perspective on life. I see this day as a chance to redeem the past and get ready to embrace the future. It’s the day when for me, life pauses to reflect on the past and to look forward to the future.

What are your lessons from the middle day of the year? Do you love to dwell in the past or dream the future or prefer to be in “now”? How are you planning to celebrate this “varas nau vachlo diwas”?

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Happy Diwali

Wishing everyone a happy Diwali. A breakdown year that went by has been a breakthrough in many ways.

It was the year when many things revealed; people came to know others and self a little more. The relations and way of seeing the relations changed. The way we work and what we work for change.

Most of us adapted to these changes, proving that under the surface, we all know that the change is the only constant and that when the times come, we adapt to the change. That has what kept the human race thriving in situations where other species perished.

The same thoughts are the wishes for this Diwali. The strength to stay alive and thrive, no matter what challenges we face.

Also, as a race, humans are special, and we should take care of the other species. Be kind to animals, birds, trees, and plants. To the mother nature and each other.

Let the light of hope be alive. Happy Diwali.

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Festive Gifts

Gift with love. When we gift, we feel good because essentially, as humans, we love to make others happy.

In this festive season, make sure to gift that is useful and within your budget. Post festive season, you should not stress out about overspending on the gifts as though the festivals are the essential part and parcel of life, it should not make you go crazy on spending.

Be still in your thoughts and content in your feelings.

Gifting brings happiness, so do get gifts, and be realistic.

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Being grateful and practicing gratitude

What I have learnt and practicing (not mastered), is to be grateful for what I have.

When I want to see, I see there is so much the life has given. And that most of the time when I am not grateful, is when I compare myself with others achievements or crave for the things, I don’t even need.

Funny thing is, at that point, I don’t even realize that I might not even need it.

Practicing gratitude helps to understand what I have and where my focus should be.

Practicing gratitude and being grateful has been game changer for me to understand my needs and wants.

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Putting efforts in the right direction

Just as there is a big difference between talking and doing, there is a big difference in doing and doing in the right direction.

Often, to get out of the mode of talking, we start acting without thinking if the actions are in the right direction towards our goal. Or we assume that we are busy but in reality, the work is not towards the goal. I call this “feel good” work, where the efforts are behind no goal, but we talk to ourselves that it is towards the bigger goal.

When we get out of the talking mode and into the action mode, the actions are in the right direction towards the goal and not in the direction where the actual difference your action is making is not moving a needle moving towards the goal.

Stop talking, start acting, and start acting towards your goal.

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When the day doesn’t go as planned

When the day doesn’t go as planned, especially on a jam-packed day, we tend to lose our cool and fell into the trap of anxiety. Theoretically, it is easy to say to keep cool and move on to the next task. In reality, we know that it is hard to follow.

Is it impossible to stay cool once something doesn’t go as planned? Do we really need to go cranky and make the whole day unproductive? Is there a way out? Well, what I follow is to go silent for as long as needed. Regain my calm. If needed, I take a walk or do meditation.

One of the above tricks always clicks and helps me to get back on track. It might take a few minutes to maybe half an hour, and at that point, it does feel a waste of time as the amount of work hovering is huge. It certainly helps to do this exercise to make sure that the rest of the day turns productive and not frustrated or filled with anxiety.

If you face the day when things haven’t been going as per the plan, try one of these tricks. I am sure it will certainly help.

The only challenge is to stay present to use one of these tricks in the pressured workload. And that too is possible.

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What are you gifting this Diwali?

Diwali has always been very special to me since childhood. I always enjoyed the vibe that Diwali brings. The firecrackers, sweets, new clothes, family, friends, everything has always been so much fun. Oh, and receiving the gifts.

As I grew up, receiving the gifts turned into giving the gifts, and it has been equal fun. For the past three years, the focus is shifting to gifting something meaningful and having a message attached to it.

Maybe it’s the natural evolution of life as we experience it. As the experience grows, our focus moves from fun to a different perspective.

Starting from just enjoying the festivals as a kid to making them meaningful and purposeful in sharing the ideas in gifts as life progresses.

At the same time, remember that we were interested only in the fun when we were kids, and every kid deserves it. Our ideology and our experiences shouldn’t be imposed on the kids. When their time comes to be an adult, nothing will stop them.

My theme for this year’s gift is ‘savings and investment’.

What gift are you thinking of this year?

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Read with focus on attaining the wisdom

If someone reads a lot, it is taken for granted that the person is knowledgeable and most of the time it’s true too.

But we should not confuse wisdom with the knowledge. By reading someone can gain the knowledge but wisdom comes only from practicing the knowledge. Without going in depth, and without practicing, knowledge is just the theory.

To turn knowledge in to wisdom, the most important aspect is putting the knowledge to the right action and to keep acting on it until you gain the wisdom.

Read with the aim of attaining the wisdom. Only then the reading is meaningful.

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Game of energy

Ever wonder how sometimes what we think, actually happens? From something as little as how when you feel happy, your energy can spread happiness to others too, to a collective energy can bring change in a whole society.

We normally don’t see this play of energy because we are too busy and don’t think and see things in this way.

If we want to see the world around a better place, flow the similar energy.

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The importance of clear communication

While we live in a world where we can do almost everything remotely, we cannot reduce the importance of communication without seeing other humans the whole day.

In fact, with the reduced face to face interaction, the importance of clear communication has never been more important. When we don’t communicate and communicate openly, the challenges start surfacing. If we want others to know what we want or expect, we need to communicate effectively.

If we start assuming that others will understand without being explained or given clarity, we are inviting challenges.

When we see around, we will see that good communicator can explain their ideas with clarity and edge over those who don’t communicate when it comes to getting the message delivered. And delivering the right message is the first step towards getting the desired results.

What kind of communicator are you? Do you assume, or do you prefer to have clarity? Does your communication confuse others, or does it get the job done?

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Learn not to panic. Instead, collaborate

When the customer comes with a complaint, instead of getting into a panic, the service provider should see the customer’s actual challenge.

Most of the customers are busy in their own world and don’t have time to complain. Instead, they prefer to move on to a different company (mostly your competitor), hoping that they will find the solution. This is not a good situation for either because the service provider will never know what went wrong. And the customer might face the same challenge with another service provider if the customer chooses not to communicate the challenge.

On the part of a service provider, when a client complains, it’s an opportunity. Because the customer is being your consultant, who is pointing you the gaps in your services, and for that, he is paying you too. And for the customer, if he will show the challenge to his service provider, he can expect that they will fix it. But if he will move to the next provider without communicating, he might face the same challenge.

How good it would be if the service provider sees complaints as free consultation by the customer, while the customer sees the challenges he faces as an opportunity to explain it to the service provider and get it right for the future.

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Transformation stage

We go through various transformation stages throughout our life and career. Many events forcefully make us transform and many times because we want to break the status-quo, we initiate transformation.

To most of us, the word transformation brings a feeling of something big. To some, it’s excitement, and to others, it generates the feeling of fear. But it is neither. It is just an ongoing event. It’s our perception that makes it big.

As life progresses, we can connect the dots and see that we live in the constant transformation phase. We evolve daily. Most of the time, the only difference is, we are unaware of the subtle transformations happening every day.

And, because life flows freely, the only way to adapt it to accept transformation as the permanent stage. If we understand this, we would embrace and fall in love with the transformation instead of fearing it.

Are you holding back any change? Are you afraid to challenge the status quo? Think and act. Be the change.

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finishing the task vs. completing them

When we try to handle more than we can, the focus always is on finishing the task. This means we won’t take care of the nitty-gritty and will rush to finish the job in whatever earliest possible way we can and move to the next, repeating the same pattern.

While at times, it is understandable that we have a lot on the hands, but only we would do the job right, the job will complete. Otherwise, it will come back either as not done right or half done, and that will give trouble to those to whom you have delivered the work and those for whom you are delivering the work.

We also will start looking for various reasons, but in the first place, no one else, and we are the reason for what we delivered. Everything else is just a story.

Only when we take full accountability for our actions, we start looking into completing the job instead of just finishing it.

Be accountable. Have an attention to detail approach and you will serve in a lot better way to everyone involved in the work with you.

Are you finishing your tasks or completing them?

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Expect the unexpected

Life is uncertain. This is the one truth we all know but aren’t willing to accept.

We want life to be in our control, and we wish nothing unexpected should happen. And when something unexpected happens, which always is expected, we get upset.

What, instead, if we learn to live with expecting the unexpected all the time. If we get comfortable with the unexpected, the fear of the unexpected will go away, and it will give us the strength to deal with the situation.

The challenge is, even while we know that life is uncertain for everyone, we feel that life is unfair only to us, while for everyone else, it’s fair. If we can resolve this challenge by understanding that life keeps throwing the challenge to everyone at all the levels, and become open to living with unexpected, it will give us the strength to deal with any situation.

Get in love with the unexpected and elevate your mental health and your life in general. Our love for being in control doesn’t give us peace. The only control that we have is on our mind, and that’s the highest kind of control.

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Feeling and doing

Most of the time, we don’t do the things that we feel. Our feelings and doings most of the time doesn’t match.

We do the things in the impulse, and that’s not always what we feel. What we feel is our deeper inside, which is at the core of our being. Because we don’t have time to check how we feel, we act on whatever our mind says.

What if we check our feeling every time before we do something? Will our life be different? Will it be more as we want it?

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Milestones

When I started writing my daily learnings in the form of the blog posts, I didn’t had any targets. I didn’t had any milestones set which I would strive to achieve.

The only purpose was to express myself. And today while writing this 300th post, I feel the number is a milestone for myself and now I am looking for the 350th post as a new milestone to look forward to.

I am still not looking for the milestones in my blog posts, but I am enjoying seeing the consistency with which I am able to write. While, more than the number, it is about the satisfaction of expressing myself that I am enjoying. But at the same time this sidekick of milestone is also a good idea to cherish upon.

Isn’t that how we live? We start something with the sense of a purpose, then we get into the achievements. Not that I am saying it is bad, but the purpose should always stay before the achievements.

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Live with the numbers

Instead of going only with the words, see what the numbers say. Don’t also go only with the numbers but including the numbers is certainly a better strategy.

Instead of taking the decisions based on emotions, match it up with the numbers too. If the number says a different story, you at least have a different angle, which you certainly need to think upon.

We tend to make decisions based on emotions based on how we feel for someone or something at a given time. When mapped these feelings with the numbers, we can see the real story.

Love the numbers and live them.

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Tip to stop comparing yourself

Most of us tend to compare ourselves with others. When we compare, we always feel that we are better and deserve more than others, but others undeservingly get more, which triggers us. This is natural, and this is what our mind tells us all the time.

How to tackle this situation of comparison?

Next time, when you compare yourself with someone, do the five/ten exercises. Give yourself ratings out of ten, with ten being the highest, and rate the person you compare yourself with, out of five. For example, you rated yourself an eight and the other person a four. Now see that the other person needs only one point to be perfect, and you need two points to make it to the ten.

Once done, see that you need to work double on the self, compared to the other person. Eventually, you will stop comparing yourself with others as you will start learning that comparison is useless, and focus on self-improvement is everything.

Comparison brings nothing but rage. Working on the self brings improvement, which eventually leads us to be better. But better than whom? Better than the self. You have to beat only yourself to grow.

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Handling the triggers

Learn to understand when you get triggered. And when you see you are triggered, either go silent or walk off but don’t get into the debate at that point.

Knowing the trigger and working on it would save you from the aftermath as when you are triggered, you will more likely do out integrity. And this can start a chain reaction.

When triggered, accept you are triggered and go silent if you know no better way to handle it.

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The journey of a Yogi and a Businessman

A yogi aspires to attain the highest level of self-realization. Through the thick and thin of his experience, he must remain calm, focused, and concentrated on his goal. It takes him years of practice, knowledge, learnings, and failures before he can actually see a glimpse of the success of his goal.

Likewise, a businessman’s journey should also be like that of a yogi. He has to stick to his ultimate goal without getting lured for any shortcuts to success. When a business person keeps increasing his knowledge, practice what he has learned from his knowledge and failures, and keep his head calm in all the situations while expecting the unexpected all the time, he actually sees success.

While a yogi’s success is self-realization, and the success of a businessman could be material gain, the journey of both is the same. If the businessman becomes focused on one and only one goal, stay calm, keep patience, and don’t get lured into distractions, his journey is no lesser than a yogi’s.

After all, it’s about the journey you experience. You don’t have to be a yogi to realize self; you can be a businessman, practice everything in your business that a yogi does in his self-realization practice, and still can attain the self.

No matter what you aspire, don’t forget to read the useful scriptures, have the master coaches or the real gurus, and stick to your goal.

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Life is a balance between giving and taking

We cannot give less and take more or even give more and take less. Whenever giving and taking are balanced naturally, life goes smoothly.

Plants and trees give us oxygen, and in return, we balance by giving them carbon dioxide. Employees give their time and talent in return for money and fulfillment of their goals. Citizens pay taxes, and the government gives facilities in return.

Giving and taking has to be in harmony. If plants start taking only carbon dioxide and stop giving oxygen, life can’t sustain. If employers take more work or when employees give less work, the long term equilibrium would be disturbed. If the citizens don’t pay taxes and the government doesn’t give the deserving facilities, the nation’s harmony will be disturbed.

If we don’t give back to nature, in the balance of what we take, the world’s sustainability would not be balanced.

When taking, think if you are giving enough back. Balance is the key to sustain and thrive.

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Do everything with conscious choice

We do things either out of obligations or with conscious choice. Though falling into obligation also is our choice, it is not the wiser route.

When we do anything out of obligation, it doesn’t last long, or we don’t do it as expected because we don’t feel it the right thing to do.

But when we do things with our conscious choice, we tend to stick to it for the longest time because our heart permits it.

Further, when we do things under any obligation, we are more prone to revolt and finally do things that we don’t want to do in a calmer state of mind.

Though both are the choices, pick the one you will stick to for a longer period of time.

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The beginning of the end of the new normal?

Since the beginning of the time when humans started socializing, we live together, eat together, and work together. The whole socializing is in our DNA, and it can’t be replaced by phone or video calls because we want to feel people.

What has started as a new normal is already seems to be the end of it. What has been in our subconscious as impression over the period of centuries won’t go away in a few months or years? Our yearning to meet. And socializing isn’t going anywhere.

Work From Home might stay for some as it had other benefits. Outside of that, the new normal is already counting its days.

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Be respectful to become remarkable

There are two ways of serving your customers. Either you can treat your customers as someone who is interrupting your beautiful life by doing business with them. Or you can be respectful to your customers, remember their names, giving them special treatment and become remarkable.

Being respectful or industrial isn’t dependent on whether you are a small local company or a giant having a global footprint. Instead, it depends on the management, what they think of the customer relation, how much they are training their employees, how much they care.

Be remarkable with your customer service, no matter what size your business is because business is about leaving a positive impact on others’ lives.

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Agreement and Disagreement

What I said isn’t what you heard. You heard from your perspective and disagreed.

We all have different perspectives, and many times what is told and what is heard are different. This can lead to confusion if you don’t get a chance to clear the air.

If ever such confusion arises, make sure you sort it out with open communication and clear the context of what you said.

To disagree and getting confused is natural, and to solve it, the only way is open communication because open communication can help you clear the context behind what you said.

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Freedom Model

Freedom is not about not working or not doing. Freedom also is not about being irresponsible.

On the contrary, freedom is about living without boundaries, striving for difficult goals, not bowing to the outside pressure, inspiring others instead of managing them, setting up examples instead of lecturing, breaking all the mental barriers, and taking accountability for your life. That’s freedom.

Believe in the freedom, shoot for the sky. Unless you shoot for the sky, you will not feel real freedom.

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Focus on the real cause

While facing a challenge, go to the bottom of the challenge, find the real cause, and get the solution.

Often, we start thinking of everything else as the cause of a particular challenge, followed by the steps that aren’t relevant, which leads to even more problems.

Instead, if we focus on the real cause, we can find the real solution. Otherwise, we feel we are working on a solution but won’t solve the problem, which might create even more challenges.

Think deep, what the real cause is, and then tackle it. You might find this method slow because you are anxious and want quick actions. But it is a much better way for a meaningful solution.

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Waiting for things to happen vs. making things happen

Either you can wait for things to happen, or you can go ahead and make things happen.

When we wait, we are in a reactive mode. We react when opportunity knocks, and most of the time, we can’t see the opportunities when we are in the reactive mode.

While, when we go ahead and embrace things and make them happen, we are in a proactive mode. In proactive mode, we are actually controlling what we want instead of things to happen on its own.

Neither approach is wrong. It is us to decide if we want to control our destiny or be controlled by destiny.

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The stories we should tell ourselves

The stories we tell ourselves could be the one that gives us peace, or it could be the one that takes away the peace.

It is up to us what we want from life. The stories that we tell ourselves that leaves an impression in our mind. It is these impressions that then manifest. What is manifested is the total of what we think.

Feed your mind the stories that you want for yourself. When your mind takes you to the unwanted stories, feed your mind the contrasting story of what you want it to do.

If you want success, happiness, and peace, feed your mind the success stories, as it would manifest what it is nurtured with.

The stories we should tell ourselves are the stories we want to live.

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It’s more fun when we know why

Most of the time, we go with the flow when it comes to following the rituals.

We don’t bother to know why a certain ritual is being followed. We either do things out of the fear or do it just because it is to be done without understanding; why?

Create the habit of questioning everything you do in day to day life. Be curious. Know why, and it would be more fun doing it.

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Be intentional without creating the tensions

When we know the work on hand and become intentional about that work, then the loftiest work can be completed without creating the tensions.

We create tensions when we are fearful. The fear could be because seen any number of reasons. But that leads us to spread the same, the fear.

When we know what we want, are intentional about it, and are into action, there is no fear. And when there is no fear, we are at ease, and we let others at ease.

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Be intentional without creating tensions

When we know the work on hand and become intentional about that work, then the work’s loftiest can be completed without creating tensions.

We create tensions when we are fearful. The fear could be because seen of any number of reasons. But that leads us to spread the same, the fear.

When we know what we want, are intentional about it, and are into action, there is no fear. And when there is no fear, we are at ease, and we let others at ease.

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Keep things simple

Most of the things in life are simple. It’s the human brain that makes things complicated.

It is true for both business and personal lives. Managing relations and building a business should be simple, and it is simple. It is us who makes things complicated.

When we see that things are simple, we doubt how it can be so simple and work hard to make it complicated.

And when we complicate things, we waste our energy, focus, and, most importantly, our time.

Keep things simple. That’s the best way.

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We find what we search for

How many times have you searched something on the search engine and found what you were searching for?

No matter if you are looking for a recipe, some news, or a contact number, or a product to purchase, you will find it only if you will search for it and that too with the correct keywords. No brainer, right?

Unless you don’t tap into the search engine the correct keyword, it will send the irrelevant results.

And even in our life, we find what we search for. If you are looking for nice people, you will find the same; if you be looking for success, you will find the same. If you are looking for an abundance of love, health, and wealth, you will find the same, provided that you know what you are searching for.

If your life isn’t what you want it to be, check if you are searching for the right thing.

Key is, the right search with the right keyword.

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Ask a Question

Do not take things on the face value. No matter if you read something, hear something, or see something, do not accept unless it is backed by solid proof.

When things aren’t proved, go, and question, and if you aren’t satisfied with the answers, the next step is to experiment and experience things yourself. When we experience, we know exactly how it is.

Be wise, though, when you follow this strategy. Put time only where finding the answer is worth it.

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That funny, awkward moment

I am sure we all go through that awkward moment when we call someone, and about after five seconds into the conversation, we realize we called someone else with the same first name and the last name.

Well, I did that again today, and my reaction as I realized was to apologize and accept that it was by mistake. Nonetheless, by mistake, the call ended up with a good two minutes talk, and the acceptance was very well received.

I realized that accepting that we have goofed up and made the best out of the mistake is where we should focus. After all, everything happens for a reason.

How often do you make such goof ups? My ratio isn’t bad, just because I hardly make calls.

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A replacement is not always necessary

When we are busy doing something, and when it is over, we feel void. And to fill up this void, we try to get busy.

Many times to fill up the void is more of an emotional decision than a rational. Instead, when something is over, enjoy the void, let it be the void. Who knows, the situation might bring something even better.

Why can’t it be avoided for the time being or for an extended time too? A replacement is not always necessary.

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Be remarkable

It is easy to be unremarkable. You can be in any field, make a good living, and build a thriving business and still be unremarkable. Being remarkable is not the needed step to becoming successful.

But if you want to do the work that is affecting others’ lives positively, where you inspire others to become even a better version of themselves, then focus on being remarkable.

Doing the inspiring and remarkable work is difficult, but that’s the way of life you want to perceive.

Being remarkable helps inspire others.

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How do you move to a higher level

Focus on the one goal and give everything to it. Live, eat, drink, and breathe only and only that one goal.

When you put all your energy into one thing and don’t let anything divert you from your goal, it will manifest.

Once you achieve your goal, then move to the more challenging target and repeat the same process.

This way, you will challenge yourself to move to higher levels in life.

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That one person

Whenever an important discussion is going on, there will always be one person who will personally pick the discussion. That person will focus on clutter while everyone else is trying to focus on the main agenda.

You have to see that your talks and the plans stay on track. Learn how to keep the talks on track. It’s important.

This is equally true in professional and personal lives: that one colleague, that one friend, that one cousin. There always is the one who loves to see things the way they aren’t.

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Keep experimenting or…

Usually, there are two ways to do anything either you do it yourself, which popularly is known as DIY, or you hire someone who knows how to do it and supports you in getting it done.

Which path to choose depends on person to person and situation to situation. Some likes do it themselves, no matter how long it takes and how many opportunities are missed. While others like it quick, and all that matters to them is the speed, they prefer to hire someone who can guide them through.

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What did you delete?

What did you delete? How many times do you get this question when you delete a message because it had a mistake or because you realized it wasn’t in good taste?

It’s so obvious, and still, most of us ask the question. How many other obvious things make you react in the same way?

Reflect on it. It’s hilarious.

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Give your plan enough time to generate the results

We wait a long time to take action, and once we act, we want immediate results. But that is not how things work.

Everything takes time to generate results, and getting impatient stresses you and weakens your commitment.

Be sure about the plan, give the time for the execution, and the desired results will follow.

Keeping patience is the key.

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thoughts, deeds, and words

When our thoughts, deeds, and words are in sync, we don’t live pretentious lives.

If you see you feel different inside and shows different outside, check what isn’t in the sync and fix it. When we consciously align our thoughts, deeds, and words, it’s a bliss in itself.

Are your thoughts, deeds, and words aligned and in the sync?

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Do you have the right top line in the place?

Always build the team first, and the rest will follow.

Hire the top management team, even if it is not affordable at that point in time. Pick everyone yourself. Once that is done, let your team pick their subordinates.

Many times we compromise on hiring the top line, and that pulls brakes on the growth.

Never wait for the business to flourish before building the team because it will grow only when you will have the right team.

Do you have the right top line in the place?

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Setting up the system

Work in a way where you are setting up the system for the others to follow it. The generation to come will enjoy your hard work’s fruits and take it to the next level.

This is true for the leaders in politics, business, and family.

When you are a leader, your role becomes larger than life. Be the leader who shows the path to success.

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Stay focused on your goal

When you are focused on a goal and working towards it, the journey will be full of challenges. There will be a time when you will feel to take a detour. But taking a detour sometimes doesn’t just change your route; it might also change your goal.

To make sure your detour doesn’t change your goal, keep eyes fixated on your goal all the time.

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hiring people

We normally feel empathy for those who need jobs, and we hire them. That’s not just an empty but also a sure backfire idea.

Those who need a job end it when the need is over. They jump off the bus as need is gone.

Instead, hire those who have the same goal and travel the journey together, giving whatever it takes. When everyone has the same goal, the journey becomes satisfying.

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not everything is a criticism

When you are working with a team, be open to the suggestion, especially when you have asked for it. If we start taking suggestion as a criticism and react instead of responding, eventually people will stop giving the suggestions.

And it is our loss when we stop getting suggestions. While working with others, be open to the communication.

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Don’t fix what isn’t broken

You have a solid plan, a great team and the zeal to make it happend make sure you then focus on execution part.

Sometimes when the execution is not up to the mark, instead of fixing the execution, we revise the plan and that leads to the same below par results.

Know what needs the fixing and work there. Don’t fix what isn’t broken.

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know your energy

When you talk about something or someone, check your feelings. Are you feeling happy or toxic? Does the talk brings a smile or do you frown? How you feel tells a lot about the energy that’s generated.

Either way, to understand your energy helps understand what to pursue and what to avoid.

Stay present all the time and practice understanding your energy, it would be good for your peace of mind.

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breaking the comfort zone is so overrated

If you are good at the cricket, you don’t want to move to golf which you aren’t interested in nor can play well.

There is no point in breaking the comfort zone if it’s not needed. Instead, expand your comfort zone. If you are a good batsman work on becoming the great one, don’t try a balling to prove you can break your comfort zone.

Be what you are, just be great at it. That’s all about the comfort zone. Everything else about comfort zone is so overrated.

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When we take responsibility

When we take responsibility, we should own it. We should take accountability for what we said we would do. Do it because it’s a responsibility, not because someone wants it.

It should not be someone’s responsibility to take follow-ups. It should be your responsibility to do it. When we own our words, no one has to follow-up with us because we will never let ourselves down.

The customers should be delighted for your proactivity, for you owning your words and working with full accountability. You don’t have to give discounts or chase customers for the payment because you haven’t made them track you to get the work done.

When we take responsibility, we are accountable for it.

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time is the only real currency

Only time has real value. You can generate everything, including wealth but not the time.

What you do with your time defines what you become. If you are saving money and give up time, you are giving up something that you can’t produce for something that you can generate.

You can’t afford to spare your time as a charity. Be wise with your time and focus on saving as much time as possible. Saving time doesn’t mean to be lazy, as that’s too is the waste of your time.

Build your life where you can spend time the way you want, still generating wealth for yourself because that’s how you can have QUALITY time for yourself and for those for whom you care.

Focus on where you put your time. Think before accepting any invitation, and before you jump into any business or a relation. Your choice will define if your time is invested or wasted.

Be wise. Don’t waste the only limited resource you have.

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Do not do what you love

Do what is valuable because you might be loving to drive the car, or brewing a cup of coffee, or playing sports. And you might not be interested in becoming a cabbie or a barista or might not be talented enough to be a professional cricketer.

Do not do what you love, unless what you love is valuable enough. Instead, do what is useful and then enjoy doing what you love to do as your hobby.

Be smart and play your cards right.

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When it’s time to decide, choose wisely

We all have choices to stay where we are or to do something about it. Every choice we make has an impact on our lives. Some choices have smaller, while others have an enormous impact. Some choices have a shorter term, while others have long term impacts.

If we are making choices for instant gratitude, we have to be ready for the long term consequences. For example, if we are willing to eat junk for instant gratitude, we have to be ready for the long term health consequences.

While making choices, evaluate what impact your decision is going to have on your life. Because what we choose is what we become. No one, absolutely no one is responsible for what we are. It is all our choices that have made us what we are today, and it will be our choice, what we will be tomorrow.

When it’s time to decide, choose wisely.

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have processes if you want freedom

When we have processes in place, it gives us freedom. When we have free time, we get time to be more creative. Without free time, we keep doing a mundane job.

Decide what you want to do? Keep doing the same thing or want to create a system and set up business and life in auto-mode? When you put the time in creating a design and processes, you get freedom from where it is easy to grow and comfortable for your team to follow the instructions.

Without the processes, people get confused as they do not have clarity on what you expect from them.

If you want to build the business, build the process first. Give clarity and enjoy the journey of freedom. Freedom to create, freedom to let people do their job, and the freedom to drive the growth.

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daily gratitude

It is easy to forget to be grateful in the daily rut of the life.

We live in the world which is in the constant race. Be up early because everyone else is waking up, be busy otherwise you would look lazy, keep networking otherwise you will be left out, be in the race because world is in the race.

And behind all the races, we forget to be grateful about what we have. The home, the peace of mind, the work we do, the people around, the beautiful sunrise, the birds chirping.

It is okay to be in the race as it’s fact of today’s life, just make sure you be grateful of what you have.

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Ignorance is not always a bliss

Ignorance is not always a bliss. Ignorance leads to the unknown fear, making up it’s own stories.

Even for the bliss, it’s important to go through the circle of knowledge, implementing the same and then letting it all go. That is the bliss.

Unless you don’t know what you are letting go, the bliss can’t be the real. Ignorance is not always a bliss, knowledge is.

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get the right people on-board

When there is a lot to do, start taking one task at a time and start getting them done.

If you will keep thinking and will look for endorsement from others, the pile of work will keep increasing and that will not generate results.

To generate results, you need to have a clear plan of action and the right tools. These tools could be the right people, too, because you cannot do everything alone. Get the right people on board for your mission and get support from them.

Do whatever it takes, don’t sit and think. Get the right people on-board and in the life, and be in action.

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focusing on your zen

When you know all yet, you let it be without feeling the need to change anything. When you don’t let others talk to get into your head, and are focused on your zen. That’s when you know you are on the path of peace, success and courage to lead your life and that of others.

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new challenges need new solutions

While most of the business basics are the same post-COVID, many things have changed too. What was working before COVID, might not work now.

Don’t try to sell the same solutions that are not relevant anymore. Focus on what new challenges have arisen and build your solutions around them. We live in a totally different world and this new world needs new solutions.

See the businesses with new eyes, understand what is needed by your client today, find the gaps that you can help them a bridge, and provide the solutions based on these learnings. If you are ready to take that step, there is a lot of businesses that are waiting for your answer.

New challenges need new solutions. Don’t sell cookie-cutter, old era solutions to the challenges of the new world.

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change the right thing

When the need is to change how you work, focusing on cosmetic changes will be useless. Focus on the structural change that can lead to the desired results.

Changing the logo, or making a new website, or changing your sales story would be a fruitless effort when the need is to change how you approach the work, how you manage the projects, and how you handle the challenges.

We live in a delusion when we think doing cosmetic changes would change the way we work. It would change nothing.

Make-up applied on the face doesn’t change the soul. When the need is to work on the soul, work on the soul.

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what if you are satisfied with your career?

If you are satisfied, push your limits farther. Push not because you aren’t satisfied but because you know you can do better.

Satisfaction shouldn’t hold you back on what you can do.

When we push our limits, life stays fresh. Otherwise, it becomes stale.

No matter how happy you are, never stop.

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first decide what you want

Only when we get determined about achieving something, we start finding the ways.

When we aren’t decided, our subconscious thinks of the alternatives and find reasons on how it is not-possible. As soon as we are decided, the same reasons turns into doing things.

When you want to achieve something, decide and get determined. Everything will start falling in place when you know what you want.

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the milestones

Achieving a milestone gives us pleasure and a way to look forward to the next one.

The journey is all about setting up milestone after milestones until you reach the destination.

Without the milestones, it would be a tedious journey. With them it’s a fun as we get to celebrate our small victories.

On this 250th blog post in a row, I am excited, happy for the streak and feeling full of gratitude today.

Thank you for mentoring, me, guiding me, reading my blog posts, and making it possible for me to achieve this milestone.

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when you collaborate with competitors

When you collaborate with your peers and competitors, you can make something bigger happen.

What better company can you get than having like-minded people to work on something big? When you have got a chance to collaborate with like-minded peers, grab it.

Competing is easy; collaborating is not because we are naturally competitive. When we unite, we see outside of our comfort, and it is always going to be a challenge.

Make sure you have the right structure in place so that collaboration becomes successful. And always have a glue that will stick everyone.

While it’s fun to go alone, if you want to go farther, you need a company.

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giving up isn’t easy, still, give it up

Don’t hold up on the matter that isn’t needed. When we hold on to those matters, we lose new opportunities.

The new opportunities emerge when we let go. Next time when you are holding onto something, think if holding is needed or moving forward is a better option?

Giving up isn’t easy because we get attached. When we give up, we are relieved, and we feel free. When we feel free, we see new opportunities.

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protect your time

When it’s work time, don’t indulge in personal activity and when it’s personal time, protect it.

Unless you will make it clear, people will not know and will buzz you at the odd hours too.

Living in the new normal, the line between personal and professional time is disappearing. This can disrupt your life.

To protect your time is your responsibility so that you can give justice to different roles in life. And do it with zeal.

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Why is a commitment more significant than integrity?

While I am a firm believer in integrity, it is equally essential to have committment.

Sometimes, integrity is disturbed due to one or another circumstance. And only when you are committed, you will bounce back. If you aren’t committed, it would be challenging to keep integrity once you break it.

While integrity is essential, being committed is far more significant to attain any goal.

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accepting failure is the road to success

Accepting failure is a way of getting back on track. It helps to find ways to fix the failure.

If you are in the denying mode for your failure, what is supposed to be a small problem can turn into an enormous challenge. From which it would become harder to bounce back.

Also, you are leading others in the wrong direction by continually running the propaganda about showing your failure as success.

When you fail, accept it. That will start your journey towards finding the solution. And eventually will turn into a road to success.

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looking through the haziness

Looking through the haziness when the weather is rought isn’t easy. We all experience it when it’s cloudy or foggy, which makes our vision difficult.

For example, when a pilot is flying an airplane on a foggy day and has to land the airplane, his vision isn’t very clear. To support the landing on a rough day, the pilot has the support system that helps him navigate through the fog and land safely.

Without the complete system and processes, the pilot would be landing on his judgment, which will come from his experience. With the design, he will go ahead with full confidence.

To land safely in a tough time, build a system around yourself that supports and guides you through the haziness.

What system have you built to navigate through the rough weather so that you can achieve your vision?

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don’t do the things just because others are doing it

Know yourself. Don’t do anything just because other’s are doing. It’s okay to be left out, if being in a group isn’t taking you towards your vision.

To take your own path is okay, if that is how you are. And being with the crowd is okay too, if that’s you.

Neither of the ways is good or bad, and nothing is right or wrong.

Just do what you are to enjoy what you are doing. Don’t do things just because others are doing it.

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take a break

When you are overworked, overstretched, and dragging, take a break.

Come back afresh and take the plunge into the work again. You will be more focused and determined.

Taking a break gives you the needed mental and physical space. Otherwise, you will feel gloomy, disillusioned, and the results would be the same.

There can’t be any rule, and you should know when your body and mind are asking for off time.

Whenever you need, take a break.

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Customer Relationships Manager

Customer Relationship Manager’s job is to bridge the gap between the customer and the company.

A CRM should think and act with balance. If they are talking only for one side, the whole idea of CRM is lost. If you are tracking your customers data, do that to see how you can help them, not only to get more business. Customers are smart, they know when you are helping.

We see most of the CRM from banks, insurance, mutual funds, ISPs aren’t able to generate enough faith in their customers. This can be reversed if the focus is on the helping their customers.

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the new normal phase two

We lived the new normal, and now it’s over. What was new normal a few months ago is now just the routine, and phase two has become the new normal.

With the economy opening and with more people stepping out, the new normal phase two has begun. Already plan for phase one is obsolete, and phase two needs a revised plan and strategy.

You need to see what are the challenges and opportunities in normal phase two. Because it’s an agile time, adapting to the new environment is essential.

Be an observant to see that the new normal is gone now and that we are in phase two already.

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breakdowns are inevitable

When you are on a mission, you tend to make decisions that you think would help.

You conduct the meetings, plan the next step, get everyone enrolled, and are ready to launch the task. And at the last moment, you and your team feel there isn’t enough clearance. Everyone is still confused and is in doubt.

At that point, the biggest challenge is that the announcement is made. What would people think if you will roll back the launch? How much impact will it have on the image? Will people get un-enrolled? These and more questions would arise, which will lead to fear and will stop you from rolling back, even when knowing that launching will create even more challenges. You are confused and worried as its the catch 69 situations.

The thing you should do in such a situation is that if it is not the time to launch, roll it back, and announce the breakdown. Accept and declare that it wasn’t the right time to launch.

Breakdowns are inevitable at times, and you should deal with them with courage.

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that amazing feeling

I love to write blog everyday as it’s my medium to express myself.

I get that ‘amazing’ feeling when I write it by noon. Post noon, it’s time for meetings and phone calls that consume the rest of the day. And when I write the blog just before hitting the bed, i sometimes drag. Which doesn’t generate the amazing feel that I get writing my blog.

Writing daily blog is also giving me openings on my own preferences.

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free is not viable forever

We love free things but free is not viable forever.

Sometimes we adore things only as long as it’s free. And we expect it to stay that way forever, even if we know what we are getting is valuable and involve a cost to the provider.

But how long someone can get us things for free? Either they have to start charging or they have to shut the shop. Practically, everyone would like to avoid the situation.

Be generous and willing to pay for the services that you enjoy. That’s the only way you can enjoy it forever.

Remember, free is not viable forever.

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journey of peace

It’s your job to create the peace for yourself. No one is going to take responsibility for your peace if you don’t care about it yourself. After all, others too have to take care of their own peace.

If you don’t want to be around someone who is not at the peace, how can you expect others to do the same?

To be at the peace is the solo sports. You can’t expect others to be the part of the solo sports. Yes, there can be guides, mentors, coaches, other players along the journey to tag along.

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a personality trait about you might not be the rule

You might have patience about something. That doesn’t mean you are patient for everything.

While I can be meditatively persistent about what I want, even if it takes a longer period, I can’t say the same when it comes to taking a test.

Since school days, when it comes to the test, I would finish the test off as soon as possible. Mostly the first one to finish in the exam hall. I just don’t have the patience for the test.

I recalled it today when I was giving a certification test and finished the test in forty minutes against the official time of three hours.

The point is, even if your personality trait is patience, it might not be the rule about yourself.

By the way, who else finishes the test paper before everyone else in the exam hall?

PS: Yes, I did score well if you are wondering what happened to the test results. 😁

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Do you want satisfaction?

We want to make it big and live a life of satisfaction. But we don’t want to put in the needed efforts. We don’t like to work hard, take stress and go beyond our fears.

When it comes to doing, we find excuses and reasons for not doing the required. We choose to tell ourselves stories about not doing the needed.

Or, we can pick what is our calling and live the life of satisfaction by giving everything that it takes.

It’s a choice.

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Work From Hotel

WOW, the famous hotel chain Hyatt has launched a new program. The program is specifically designed for those who are working from home and still need a break. The program is called Work From Hotel, it’s still WFH, smartly.

The Work From Hotel initiative is just one of the many ideas we have seen during this pandemic.

To cope up with challenging economy, companies are trying new things, some ideas are working, others not. The important thing is, this pandemic has given everyone an opportunity. Those who are taking the chances, aren’t going to be the sure shot winners, but they certainly have a better chance to come out as a winner, post pandemic.

What is your idea? Have you given your idea an shot?

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take your time but finish one task

Take your time,but finish one task instead of jumping on ten different tasks and not completing any.

It feels good when you are managing multiple tasks, as you feel a lot of things are started. In reality, you are loosing confidence and focus as you don’t see any task reaching to the completion.

Take one task, finish it with focus and with speed. Then move on to the next one. This is how you complete a lot of tasks over the period of time with peace of mind and better results.

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when we are in the favorable position

When we are in the favourable position, we shouldn’t take undue advantage. We think it’s smart to take benefit of others. Instead, we should think how to be fare with someone who is not in as favorable position as we are.

When someone is taken advantage of, that person learns the same and do the same when it’s his turn.

If we pass on what we have experienced, why not we spread the good for the betterment of the humanity?

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hidden agenda

We all have hidden agendas in almost everything we do.

If we are doing the charity, known agenda could be to help someone, and hidden agenda could be to earn the fame. Likewise, if we are promoting someone out of the way in the social group, known agenda could be that you wish well for the person and hidden agenda could be to earn the favor from the person in the return.

Most of the time, we aren’t even aware that we have the hidden agenda. Having hidden agenda is okay, only thing is, your hidden agenda shouldn’t topple your known agenda.

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some great learnings from early bird 5 am club

Below are some great learnings from early bird 5 am club. Value generated by many different speakers who also are part of the club.

  • The abundance of money is good because it brings you freedom. More importantly, never criticize anything that you want in life.
  • Happiness: Your actions define your happiness.
  • Learn from the past, analyze data without being emotional, and create a future with the power of observation.
  • There are always two thoughts going in our head, but listen to your heart, talk to your heart, and you will always find the answer.
  • If you doubt, you create confusion. Don’t doubt, instead, have faith if you want to reach to the destination. 
  • Follow policies yourself too, that your peer are following.
  • Success is when it is 360 degrees. I am successful when I can do the work that I love, specialize in it, and contribute to others’ success. 
  • What I learned today is that habit can be overcome by replacing it with positive habits. And I will make the list of ten things that trigger my negativity and which I will change it with positivity.
  • When you fulfill your duty, challenges will come, but a solution will follow it. Finish what you start.
  • Self-value: Know your value, respect yourself.
  • To use seasonal vegetables and also learned how many health benefits it had and how many vegetables to eat in a day.
  • Whenever I have supplied something to my subconscious mind, I have always received the answer. I will do it without doubting the subconscious mind’s capabilities.
  • I have experienced whenever I put trust and monitor periodically; it gives me the freedom to work on my tasks. It also gives freedom to my team.
  • Mock your role model. To achieve the goal, you have to remind yourself every day what your goals are and take massive actions on it.

The effort that goes into creating value is tremendous and I can’t be grateful enough to every value generators at Early Bird 5 AM Club.

Are you waking up early? Are you an IT professional? If so, I invite you to join the life-changing club at Early Bird 5 AM Club.

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Do you know what your creative hours are?

I am most productive early in the morning, and as the day progresses, my concentration, energy, and willingness all drop. And by the time it’s evening, I want to be done with the work and unwind.

It has been the same for years, and I know a few people who operate the exact opposite. Which is fine too, important is to understand what are your creative hours. Once you know your creative hours, leverage it to get the maximum outcome.

If someone is comfortable with the early mornings, and if you are in the late evening type, don’t try to change yourself. Just know what you are, be you and act likewise, wisely.

Do you know what your creative hours are? Share your thoughts.

PS. I have to make sure my early bird buddy wakes up before 5 am. If they haven’t, I have to give them the call and vice versa. Today, at 5 am, when one of my two buddies didn’t show up on the WhatsApp group, I called. I ended up calling Chirag Patel, who is not even in the early bird group, instead of Chetan Patel. Well, that was the LOL moment for both Chirag and me, as Chirag took it more gently.

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being creative and sticking to something

When you are creative, you generate a ton of ideas. Instead of sticking to one plan, you keep jumping from one thought on to another without completing the first idea.

As you aren’t sticking to one thing, you aren’t able to bring the scaling to any work. And eventually, it leads to the performance that is below your caliber.

While being creative is great, to learn to focus on one thing, scaling it up, and then moving on to the next will give you the satisfaction of making it big.

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the rivalry is a choice

You take it from the Ramayana, each of the four brothers, Ram, Bharat, Lakshman, and Shatrughan, were ready to give up the throne and life for each other. Though they were stepbrothers, they co-operated with each other.

If you take it from the Mahabharata, Pandavas and Kauravas were ready to kill each other, and that leads the whole epic to the war of Kurukshetra and killing almost entire Kuru clan.

In both the epics, the elders were equally responsible. It was the main character that made the difference. Ram and his siblings choose not to rival each other, and they prospered, unlike Pandavas and Kauravas.

If you choose not to rival anyone, no one can make them your rivals. It can be your sibling or a competitor. Instead, if you decide to co-operate, everyone can grow to a better future.

The matter of rivalry is the question of choice. It’s up to us if we want to see foes around or want to make friends.

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be the guide to the hero

Everyone is the hero of their own life. The hero doesn’t need another hero, and they need a guide to solve the hero’s challenges. The guide’s role is to support the hero to solve his difficulties and help him achieve his goals.

Hero and guide relation holds both in personal and professional lives. We hire a company that acts as our guide and solves our problems so that we can achieve our goals. Likewise, we look to the friend or relative who can guide us when we are confused and help us get clarity so that we can achieve what we want from our life.

Never try to be a hero in other’s life, as they already have a hero themselves. Be the guide.

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the only three things you can ever control

The only three things you can EVER control are your actions, your reactions, and your mindset.

Everything else is outside of your control. Never try to control what you can’t. Instead, focus on self, and control what you really can.

When we focus on controlling elements that we can, we feel peace. It’s not easy, but once you get it, you will be at peace. Once you focus only on your actions, reactions, and mindset, you will stop worrying about others are doing.

The bigger picture is, if everyone focus on only their actions, reactions, and mindset, everyone will be at peace. Again, that is something we can’t control, so let’s control what we can.

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What were your favorite comic books and video games?

What were your favorite comic books and video games while growing up?

I loved Chacha Chaudhary, Pinky, and Bill00 when I was a kid, along with Amar Chitra Katha that used to had moral stories. Mythological stories were also one of my favorites.

In the teens, I came across Archies comics and became a massive fan of Jughead Jones. Also, I read a lot of superman, phantom, mandrake, and spiderman comics. Spiderman is my favorite to date.

The reading hobby from childhood eventually turned into a more serious reading habit. Today, I love reading mythology, sales and marketing, autobiographies, history and culture, philosophy, psychology, and spirituality.

At the same time, I used to love video games from Atari and Nintendo. Some of my favorites were Pac-man, Missile Command, Space Invaders, Super Mario, Pinball, and Donkey Kong.

I still play Super Mario once in a while and Subway Surfer when I am in the mood to enjoy a good game. Oh, and once in a while, I try to read Archies and Chacha Chaudhary too but can’t read more than a couple of pages, LOL.

Share, what were your favorite comics books and video games? Do you still read comics and play video games?

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now the need is for the internal freedom

Happy Independence Day to all the fellow Indians.

Freedom brings an opportunity, and every liberty binds us to another dependency. At the core, humans like to be dependent, striving for freedom.

Though we love freedom, we are scared of it because freedom brings responsibility. Only when we accept responsibility, we become truly free.

To be free is a choice, and now the time is for internal freedom. Let’s free ourselves from biases, attachments, gender, caste, religion, you and me, yours and mine, your country and my country, your God and my God, superior and inferior, hardworking and smart working, virtual and real.

An imagination of free country gives birth to the idea of freedom. Likewise, a vision of internal freedom ultimately will provide us with inner freedom.

Today, let’s start a new movement. Let’s celebrate internal freedom.

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Do you love credit card reward points?

I love credit cards because they offer reward points and perks. Do you love credit card reward points?

I collect points fanatically. I use credit cards for various types of purposes, but the maximum points I gather are for travel. Travel reward points get me closer to flying free and upgrading my flights. I always try and double down airline and credit card points. Together they take me faster to a free trip.

Many travel credit cards also offer a lot of perks like free access to airport lounges, priority checking in and boarding, and discount on certain fares, improving the traveling experience.

I also collect points for rewards from payback.in to redeem it for amazon vouchers and use ICICI Amazon Pay card for the purpose.

While most of the credit cards don’t allow rewards points on the purchase of fuel, ICICI HP card has a tie-up with payback.in. This tie-up enables users to collect points on fuel expenses too.

I also use a separate card to maximize points on hotel stays that I can redeem against the future stay or convert them to airlines points.

And finally, a credit card that gives maximum cashback on utility expenses like electricity and gas bills.

I used to love the American Express Jet Privilege card, but it isn’t there anymore (not the card, the airlines 😛 Sorry Jet). Since then, I haven’t been able to find a purposeful replacement.

The one card I always wanted to possess is the American Express Metal card. It’s the highest level of publicly offered credit cards by American Express in India. Still, it’s too expensive against the perks it provides, so I am avoiding it for a year now. As at the end of the day, every credit card has to prove it’s worth.

Am I using too many cards? Probably? But paying all the dues on the credit card on time enhance my credit score, which is an important factor these days.

Do you love credit card reward points? What kind of credit cards do you use? Share your suggestion on what are the best credit cards in India.

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the transformational journey of early mornings and meditation

It’s been 300 days in a row since I am waking up at 4:45 am. I am grateful to be the part of Early Bird Club, where we inspire and hold each other to be up early. It would not have been possible without this group because I always wanted to be up early, and this group gave me the motivation I needed.

When we started, I never thought or planned to wake up 300 days in a row. But now at this point, I am thinking, why not give a shot to 3000 days and see if 300 days can feel transformational, what 3000 days can do?

Likewise, last year, my highest streak for meditation was 12 days, and then I thought to take a challenge of 365 days. And now when I am almost at 500 days streak, I would like to continue it for 5000 days as I see it’s changing me from inside.

What kind of experience would it be, going into the sixties with 15 years of meditation experience and waking up at 4:45 am every single day? LOL

Heartily, I am grateful to the group at Early Bird Club and also Surat Bookworm Club for the transformational journey so far.

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when an opportunity knocks

When an opportunity knocks we get fearful. Even if the opportunity is the one that we had been waiting for since long.

When opportunity knocks and you get fearful, connect with your guides and your support system. They will guide you out of the fear and will support you to grab the opportunity.

Keep your support system ready for opportunity can knock anytime.

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when you solve someone’s problems

You are adding a new way of seeing a challenge and experiencing the outcome from a different angle when someone reaches out to you with their problem, and you give them the solution.

Solving other’s problems enhance your experience.The more you solve other’s challenges, higher your grip on the topic.

When someone reaches out to you, listen with empathy, because, one, you are helping a fellow human and two, the amount of experience you are adding for yourself.

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when we are prepared

Remember, when you were in school, you didn’t prepare for the exams for the whole year and the week or night before the exams, you started studying. You were desperate, worried, and feeling a lack of confidence. This generates negative energy and the next day your exam paper didn’t go well. This is what happens when we aren’t prepared. We attract, what we prepare for.

Now remember, when you studied hard throughout the year, and as exams were appraching, you were confident, excited and eager. This generates positive energy and most of the time you would do great in the exams.

The consistent effort generates confidence and confidence generates positivity, which attracts great results.

Work every day towards the results you want and you will attract it. Ignore it and you will attract the same.

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we are responsible

We are responsible for whatever we are and whatever we aren’t.

When we blame others for any situation, we are reflecting our self-blame. When we say someone had done something to us, it is because we allowed or we aren’t ready to drop it now and take responsibility to create a better future from here onwards.

To stop blaming others, first, we have to stop living in the past. We bring history to the present and create our future. Instead, we should think of the future and take action in the present. And, this is possible only when we take responsibility for our own life.

No one else, but we are responsible for what we are and what we can be.

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faster and farther

Going somewhere? Do you want to go faster or farther?

If you want to achieve a broader vision and higher missions, you need to enroll everyone in your game and take them along. It will slow you down but will take you farther.

But when your challenge is that you want to go faster and farther too. What can you do? The answer is, find like-minded people.

When you have like-minded people with the same vision and missions, neither the speed nor the distance is a problem. Then the only thing left for you to do is to keep enrolling and aligned them as and when they seem to get distracted.

Tag along with the people who want to go where you are going, and at the pace you are going, when you don’t want to compromise speed and distance.

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Burn the bridge

Burn the bridge, challenge yourself to the new territory, give your best because until the bridge is there to go back, you will never give 100% in the new territory. 

But when needed, you should be able to rebuild that bridge you have burnt. Burn it if you have the capacity and resources to rebuild and if you can leave the ego behind and can bridge back. 

Burn the bridge, because you want to expand your own self in the new place, not because you don’t want to go back ever.

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the best answer

The best answer always comes from within. Deep inside, we know what is that we want. It’s either we don’t know how to talk to ourselves, or sometimes when we see, we confuse ourselves by adding more equations.

What can be done in such case, when you are confused? 

Connect to the “next best.” This next best can be your friend, partner, coach, mentor, or peer. Whoever you chose, make sure the person isn’t trying to influence you but support you in discovering the answer from within you. Chose the person wisely, the one who knows how to reflect your inner answer and help you reach the solution, you know.

Sometimes all we want is a confirmation from the next best. Until you discover the solution you already know, you will not feel ease with the answer. You might have to peel a lot of layers, but settle only when you feel at ease with the solution because that is the answer for you.

Simple, right? Maybe not easy, but with the practice, knowing the best answers by yourselves is achievable.

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putting to the practice to enhance the experience

Putting to the practice what you learn is very important, otherwise the learnings are just waste of the time. Without practice you can’t enhance your experience.

Everyday we come across the situations where we realize that we learned something from that situation. And to actually benefit from the learnings, it has to be put to the practice.

Life is a university in its own self, it teaches you everyday, and these learnings when practiced enhance your experience. Just like seeing food doesn’t satisfy your hunger, learning without implementing it doesn’t enhance your knowledge. 

Learn with the aim of putting it to the practice and gain the experience. 

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peace and progress

Peace and progress goes hands in hands. Unless you aren’t at peace with the self, you won’t progress emotionally, financially, and spiritually. And the only way to be at peace with the self, which I have learned is to practice the peace.

My experience lately is that the people who are at peace with themselves achieve more because they aren’t doing anything for anyone, not for war, nor peace. They are at peace with the self, and that supports their energy to flow in the right direction, which in turn makes them achievers.

Our war and our peace are always with us. When we are at peace with the self, we are at peace with the world. Which, in turn, keeps our mind focused, and we progress better. Be at peace with the self, and it will lead to progress.

Thing Big. Be Wise.

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time is everything

Time is everything. Time is precious than money.

If you can buy time by spending money, do it. Save as much time as possible because your free time is your biggest asset.

Once you create an asset, what do you do with it? Sensibly you would invest it where it would give the maximum return.

Likewise, if you have created a time asset, where would you invest it? Learning new things, building up a business empire, bringing a change, making a difference, doing volunteering, Or would you waste your asset watching television, spending time gossiping on friends, family, and politics?

When you know what difference it makes on how you invest your asset, you will invest where you get maximum return.

Use your largest asset wisely because time is everything.

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Adapt or get extinct

Adapt like Tardigrades did or get extinct like Dinosaurs got.

Learning from history, the animals who couldn’t adapt to the change in the earth’s atmosphere are no more. Those who adapted are still thriving.

Looking back to the recent history, until the 1990s, we knew only one type of stores, brick and mortar. Today most of them are at the brink of extinction because they didn’t adapt. Those who adapted to the new era are thriving. The Internet has changed everything.

Likewise, the world pre-COVID and post-COVID are already different, and while few things will return to what it was, the change has already happened. To accept this new post-COVID world, to observe it and to see what you can gain out of it is the wisest thing you can do. The most natural change that you can bring is into yourself.

We live in an ever changing world, those who don’t adapt, perils. If you think world would be what it was, this is your wake up call.

Adapt or get extinct because change is the only constant. Don’t resist the change. Instead, embrace it and make the most out of it by being at the forefront of the change.

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how to function effectively as a team

The best lesson, I have learned from Hindu mythology is how to function effectively as a team.

The world is created, managed, and destroyed by three different Gods in Hindu mythology. These Gods never interfere in each other’s work, unless help is asked for. 

It’s not that they don’t make mistakes but they own their mistakes and they fix the situation themselves or with the help of their counterparts.

This is great learning for anyone, on how a team should function. Every member of the team should know their job, what is expected of them, and then given the freedom to perform.

When anyone asks for help, others should jump in. When someone makes a mistake, they should own it and fix it alone or with the help of their peers.

A team performs effectively when everyone’s roles and goals are clear, when the team member knows what is expected of them, has freedom, allowed to make mistakes, and supported to overcome the challenges.

Same theory can be applied to the family. When everyone’s role is clear, they know how to function effectively as a team.

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there is a time to do everything

Your materialistic victory is your Vijaya, and your spiritual enlightenment is your Jay.

In the earlier years of our life, we tend to be more materialistic, and gradually we lean on spirituality.

Likewise, in the earlier years of business, the focus always is money, and then gradually, it gets into the need for Corporate Social Responsibility.

There is a time to do everything. When it’s time to gain Vijay, focus on it, and when the time has ripped for Jay, let it be Jay.

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to firefight or not?

It’s always the dilemma, to firefight or not? Should you focus on finishing on hand task first or dive into solving a challenge?

First, check if it is a real challenge, or is it a made-up challenge? Are you really needed to solve it? What if you do not solve it right away? Can it wait until you finish your on-hand tasks? If the answers to all these questions tell you that it can wait, then certainly no need to get into the superhero mode and run around to solve these challenges.

And if these challenges are the one that only you can solve (and you feel it every time so be smart), can create bigger challenges for you if not taken care of immediately, can’t be waited until your on-hand task is finished, then go ahead and dive into it.

Don’t think firefighting is a waste of time, but don’t make it your habit either. For each task, think if to firefight or not?

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Goals, strategies, tactics, adjust, achieve.

Have the goals, and write them down.

Make a strategy on how you will achieve your goals. Work on your plan every day, keep records of the day to day progress, and map it with the objectives.

When needed, please make the necessary adjustment towards achieving the goals, without adjusting them.

Working this way, you will know what’s happening, and over the period, applying tactics to your strategy, you will learn how to achieve goals.

Have goals, plan strategy, experiment tactics, adjust, achieve your goals, practice, and repeat.

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does introvert speak less?

What could be the answer to the question, does introvert speak less?

Have you ever seen two introverts talking to each other? They are unstoppable, once they find the similarity of their being.

When two introvert talks they turn into extrovert for time-being. What does that mean? What makes that happen? That’s because, when an introvert meets another introvert, they know they are meeting someone similar. When we meet someone similar, we are more open and receptive. The fear of the unknown when meeting someone who is not similar to us stops us from opening up.

If you are an introvert, you know what I am talking about. And if you are an extrovert, who want to make an introvert talk, find a similar topic, and build the conversation on it.

Simple, isn’t it?

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how to avoid communication gaps?

How to avoid communication gaps so that your plans don’t get disrupted?

Communication gaps arise when the message delivered and understanding of the delivered message isn’t clear, and not being followed up.

In today’s situation, it has become more important that everyone is on the same page. Make sure what you say has a clear message so that team doesn’t get confused.

As a next step, ask the team to share what they understood and finally drop an email so that no doubt is left.

Never end a meeting without the follow-up email.

Communicate well to avoid communication gaps.

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How to pick a book to read?

How to pick a book to read? What to read is an open question and there is no one answer to it but you can pick the book on the topic that you are interested in.

If you want to become a doctor or engineer you study science. And if you want to become a banker or CA you study commerce. Likewise, you can pick the book based on what you want to learn.

The second question is, what I will learn from the book? Books are like teachers. The students attend the same class, listen to the same words, and get the same education from the same teachers. Still, they end up taking different professions. Likewise, when we read books, we all get different learnings because just like the teacher, what books teach is one thing but what you learn from the book, you become.

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we become what we think

It’s rightly said, we become what we think. And we think, what we surround ourselves with.

Let’s surround ourselves with the people and the books that inspires us, makes us think, teaches us good things, increases our knowledge and we eventually will become that, what we have surrounded ourselves with.

If we become what we think, let’s think what we want to become.

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Amazing Deals

We rush to buy things that are on amazing deals.

What we don’t think is, if the deal is amazing for real or it’s just in our heads?

Most of the times, we aren’t even interested in what is being sold, we just want to buy it because it’s an amazing deal and we are sold to it in our head.

Instead, what if you start being rational and justify your actions? Is it for me? Do I need it? Why do I need it? Will I use it ever? Is it worth it? Will it make any difference to my life?

When the deals stop becoming amazing in your head, you will stop buying them in the real too.

Rationalize your actions.

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resilience

More you face adversities, more resilience you can develop.

Resilience is about having self-awareness, ability to think independently, self-motivated, and ability to see self from the bird’s eyes view.

How do you face tougher times? Do you succumb or do you build resiliency? Either, you can crib on the situation or you can build the inner strength in the time of adversity, the choice is yours.

How to build resilience? Just accept the situation and practice, then practice more and then practice even more.

Build resilience to overcome the toughest challenges and you will bounce back from any situation.

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keeping the windows open for opportunities

What is preferable? Keeping the windows open for opportunities or to open the window when you see the opportunity?

Chances are when you open the window when you see the opportunity, you are already too late for it. Keep the windows open for you to see the opportunity earlier and grab it before it’s too late already.

At the same time, know when the opportunity is good, just grabbing it early isn’t enough.

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building the bridges

Bridges are built to overcome the physical distance, likewise when we want to connect with someone mentally, we build the bridge of empathy.

Once this bridge of empathy is built, it’s easy to cross the gap and get into others world, understand their perspective and point of view. And when the bridge is built, they too will come and visit your world, will understand your perspective and your point of view.

Build whenever you interact with fellow humans. Empathy can do wonders in filling the mental gaps.

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to be conservative or aggressive?

What is the better way? To be conservative or to be aggressive?

Well first of all know what you are. No matter what everyone else is doing and saying. If you are a conservative being and if you are happy, being conservative is the way for you.

Likewise if you are aggressive, you are aggressive.

You will be satisfied, focused, and most importantly happy, only when you live to your true self.

To be conservative or aggressive never should be a question. Just be what you are.

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listening is an active process

Is listening to an active or passive process?

We all have this understanding that listening is passive. Think, why the good leaders listen patiently and how it helps them?

When someone is listening, their brain is firing more actively. They are listening, processing, understanding, analyzing, and preparing for the next step. While on the face of it, listening looks like a passive process, but in reality it’s a very active process. If you are a good listener, you understand how much effort goes into listening patiently.

When you are listening carefully, it doesn’t mean you don’t have anything to speak. It means, you are empathetic, tactical, active, and has the understanding to look into another point of view, and this gives you an advantage over those who are eager to speak without listening.

While listening, you get to understand the other person’s world and that gives you the power to deal around.

If listening is more active than passive process, check what kind of the listener are you?

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setting up your umbrella goal

Umbrella always reminds me of the focus.

When anyone talks about “focusing” on setting up one goal only, that focus should be like the umbrella and not on its parts.

If you focus on the parts, you can never build the umbrella. When you go out in the rain or in the sun, you carry the umbrella and its parts come along with it. Likewise, if you put a bigger goal, all the smaller goals would come along with it. 

When setting up a goal, never target what you want to achieve in the next year or two years or five years, focus on what you want to achieve in your lifetime. That’s your umbrella. Once you define your final goal, other parts would start shaping up on its own. 

Focusing on your true potential is important, otherwise, you will end up being mediocre.

Keep your focus on setting up your umbrella goal.

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when you lose interest in your passion

When we do something that we are passionate about and enjoy doing it, we bring excellent results. At the same time, it happens that we lose interest in doing it after a while. What to do at the point when you lose the interest from your passion?

There are two options, either you refocus yourself and see if your passion is still in it. Or if you are clear that you aren’t passionate about it anymore, search where your new passion is. While consistency is important, equally important is to be true to yourself and your destiny.

If you have lost your interest in your passion and doing something because you were passionate about it in the past, don’t do it. Take a break, find your new passion, and follow it.

In the short run, this might sound difficult, but that’s the way to go in the long run.

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why the leader should enroll his team in his vision?

What happens when even a visionary leader executes his vision without enrolling his team? Why he should enroll his team in his visions.

If the leader executes the idea without enrolling his team, the results would be minimum. While the successful visionaries enroll their team making sure the team understands what is happening. It’s the leader’s job to buy in all the concerned team members to make sure his vision sees the bright daylight and becomes a success.

The team can take the leaders vision forward only when the leader clearly explains them and get them on board to execute.

If you are the leader, enroll your team in your vision and they will make sure, your vision becomes reality. Because once they are in it, they will own it.

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not being competitive

How about not being competitive and creating your own path? How about keeping ahead of the curve by choosing where you want to go?

Have you ever seen being competitive is being fearful? Those who don’t want to think anything new because they fear the failure so choose to follow their competitors, who in turn are following their competitor? Why not break this chain and be courageous by being the leader?

Being different needs courage. It’s for those who want to bring the change and put all their efforts in that direction. They sometimes are slow but are definite. Those whom others want to follow.

Those who choose not being competitive, choose their own path, stay ahead of the curve, and become the leaders to others.

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sudden lottery

Okay, so this sudden lottery is the maturity you acquire at a certain age or because of a certain event in your life.

The sudden lottery of maturity is more like winning a lottery when the lottery winner doesn’t understand what to do with that money. The sudden spurt in the maturity level has the same effect. You don’t understand what to do with your maturity.

The best thing to do is to go quiet and introspect until you get used to it. And this is true for both types of lottery. Don’t try to show it off on others as it won’t take time to lose either.

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once in a lifetime opportunity

How have you been spending your time in this once in a lifetime opportunity?

Have you been binge-watching the Netflix? Have you spend time thinking and worrying about the future, but took no action? Have you been eating and sleeping just to kill the time?

Or have you used this time of isolation to transform yourself? Did you learnt any new skills? Did you figure out your goals? Did you make new connections, read books, upgraded your knowledge?

How you have spent your time during this opportunity, will define how will come out of this situation and where you will go from here.

It’s not late yet if you haven’t started.

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why meditation and how does it helps?

How to do meditation and how does practicing meditation helps?

First, how to practice meditation? You have to commit to meditation for the long term to see the difference. Sometimes, you will wonder after a meditation session if it was worth the efforts. The only way to practice meditation is to do it every day, same time, without fail and without expectations.

Enjoy the process, you will experience the outcome of your practice automatically over the period of time.

Does it help? Big time. As you progress in your meditation, you will start connecting to the self. You will know things about you which you had never knew. You would feel happier, focused, and clearer in your thoughts. Is it worth it? One hundred percent and unless you don’t practice it, you won’t know it.

Meditate. There is no right or wrong way to do it. Just practice it. It’s the lifestyle you need.

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strategies and tactics

Strategies and tactics, what is the main difference?

Strategies are out there, known to all, shared with everyone. You will find a ton of books written on the subject. It’s not difficult to know the strategies. There are management gurus and business coaches who would tell you what strategical options you have in a given space, time, and situation.

The tactics are, when you dive into the strategy, implement, experiment, learn in and out it and master the strategy.

Strategies are learned from outside, while tactics comes from living the strategy.

While strategies can be copied, replicated, and used as they are visible, but tactics are yours. Once you learn the strategy, focus on the tactics.

Strategies and tactics, how good are you to zero down on a strategy and how strong are you in applying different tactics to know what would work?

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filling up the survey forms

I like filling up the survey forms, especially if the request is from someone whom I respect and the brands that I trust.

I am very enthusiastic about filling up these surveys until I reach the point where I feel there is no end to the next buttons.

Hey brands, don’t kill my enthusiasm, keep the survey forms short. How about five questions maximum or two minutes, whichever is less?

Remember? We now live in a world where our focus span is less than a GoldFish. While the GoldFish has five seconds of focus, website visitors only has three seconds of focus time before they decide if they want to stay on the website or move.

Take the clue, if you are a marketer, make sure when you reach out to the people, your focus has to be how people feel, and plan your activity around their feeling, not how you want it.

Again, I want to fill up your survey form, just don’t push it way too much.

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create effectiveness

Create effectiveness by checking if something that you have estimated would take a year is possible to achieve in one quarter. Then see if you can do it in a month, then a week, then in a weekend.

Many times, we over estimate the work and feel it needs more time. We stretch it and we go unfocused. Instead, if you get determined and give focused time we will be able to finish the job much sooner.

Of course it’s not possible every time, in every situation and for every task but many times it would be possible.

When you are planning the task, see if you can create effectiveness and finish it in much shorter time. You will create time too, and will be able to achieve more.

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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.

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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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