Own My Growth

Helping folks with practical tips to manage themselves better


Month: January 2022

A Problem-Solving Tip


Imagine you are at your work desk reading some report when a colleague comes across and wants to take your guidance on dealing with a problem. Of course, you are happy to help him out. So you ask him to Read more…

Attributes That Matter


Recently, a friend and former colleague asked me for references of good people I know who might be interested in joining his team. The conversation took an interesting turn as my friend, and I started listing out what both of Read more…

Play Your Own Game

Play YOur own game

He has an admission into a better college. That colleague has received a bigger pay-hike than I have. Those friends have gone on a holiday while I am stuck here, working. That friend has got a great break at this Read more…

Law Of The Garbage Truck

Law of the garbage truck

Thirty years ago, while riding in a New York City taxi, international keynote speaker and positive psychology leader David J. Pollay narrowly escaped a life-threatening car crash.  The driver who almost caused the accident started yelling at the cab driver, Read more…

Share And Learn Better

share and learn better

You learn something new every day whenever you work on something you love (or do what you love). The learning could happen in multiple ways. It could be something you observed, experienced, or read that made you pause and think, Read more…

Are You Open Minded?

Open Minded

If someone were to ask you, “Are you an open-minded person or a closed-minded person?” what would your response be? When I asked myself this question, the answer I gave myself was a resounding” obviously; I am an open-minded person.” Read more…

An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure

prevention is better than cure

I remember coming across this funny little poem that owes its origin to Benjamin Franklin when I was young. For want of a nail, the shoe was lost,For want of a shoe, the horse was lost,For want of a horse, Read more…

It’s Ok To Be Wrong

It's Ok To Be Wrong

One of the common mistakes I committed in my younger days was to focus too much on being right all the time. A colleague would point out an issue in my proposal, and I would work extra hard at trying Read more…

Hanlon’s Razor- A Mental Model To Deal With Our Defensive Reactions

Hanlon's Razor

Misunderstandings and neglect create more confusion in this world than trickery and malice. At any rate, the last two are certainly much less frequent.  This is a brilliant quote by Wolfgang Goethe, the German Philosopher. We spend a large portion Read more…

Same Words,Different Meaning

same words different meaning

A few days back, my family and I were on the road driving to someplace when my son sitting in the back asked me to “increase the Aircon.” So, instinctively, I increased the Aircon temperature in the car from 22 Read more…