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Month: May 2022

Via Negativa-By Way Of Negation

Via Negativa

Via Negativa- It’s an ancient Latin phrase, and it means “by way of negation.” The origins of this term can be traced to a concept in ancient theology which sought to understand God by negating everything that God was not. Read more…

Be Willing To Say NO

say No

Steve Jobs once famously said something profound. “People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that Read more…

Don’t Aim At Success

Last weekend I was re-reading Victor Frankl’s Man’s Search For Meaning. I came across a paragraph on Success that I had highlighted during one of my earlier reads of the book. It is a good life mantra worth adopting. Reproducing it below. Read more…

Trust Yourself To The Water

Trust Yourself To The Water

To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float. ==================================== There can be no better Read more…

Wise Old Owl

Wise Old Owl

A wise old owl lived in an oak, The more he saw, the less he spoke The less he spoke, the more he heard, Now, wasn’t he a wise old bird?

Consistency Beats Intensity


The kind of life you are leading today is a compounded consequence of all choices you have exercised all your life-up until this moment. The tricky thing with our day-to-day choices is that the consequences are never evident in the Read more…

Weekend Story-The Villagers And The Well

The Well

Once upon a time, in a small village, there was only one clean drinking water well that every family relied upon. One day a stray dog was playing along the skirting when it fell into the well and died. By Read more…

Data And Decision Making

Data and Decision making

There is a difference between data and information. Data is a collection of facts, while Information is the organization, analysis, and interpretation of the facts. We make our decisions and choices based on the information we have. Data is everywhere, Read more…

Colin Powell’s Thirteen Rules

Thirteen Rules

Colin Powell was the first black U.S. Secretary of State. (Despite the smoking gun fiasco at the UN that led to the Iraq war!!) In the foreword to his acclaimed memoir It Worked For Me: In Life And Leadership, Colin Read more…

Don’t Try To Change Others


Whether you are a busy business executive dealing with a colleague who never sticks to deadlines, a frustrated customer seeking a response to repeated complaints, or a parent trying to get your teenager to be more compliant, we often find Read more…