Own My Growth

Helping folks with practical tips to manage themselves better


Month: November 2022

Go The Extra Mile

Go the extra mile

One of the simple secrets of growing fast and consistently in the workplace is to always do more than what your job description requires you to do and what you are paid for. If you do that, you will always Read more…

What Must I Focus On?

What to focus on

Many of us struggle to answer the question, “What should I focus on?”. There is no end to the things that need our attention and focus. I have a simple mental model that helps me intuitively choose what to focus Read more…

Avoid The Comfort Of Being Average

Avoid Being Average

Many of us have a natural tendency to focus on what we are comfortable doing and avoid anything that feels difficult and uncomfortable. This attitude is particularly true in workplaces. People tend to play safe, shying away from anything that Read more…

Weekend Story- The Glass And The Lake

Glass and lake

An unhappy young lady once went to a wise old master seeking guidance to be happier. Pointing to a can of salt on the table, the wise master asked the unhappy young lady to pick up a fistful of salt Read more…

Are You Intellectually Humble?

intellectually humble

If someone were to ask me this question, my instinctive reaction would always be, “no way, I am intellectually humble,” whatever that may mean. The truth would be different if someone else were asked to comment about my intellectual demeanor. Read more…

Give Your Best- Success Vs Winning

Success and Winning

At god’s footstool to confess,  a poor soul knelt, and bowed his head. “I failed,” he cried. The master said, “Thou didst thy best; that is success.” Many years back, I came across this lovely verse in a Ted Talk Read more…

Less Leadership Is Good Leadership

less leadership

Imagine a seed is planted in the ground, and the farmer who wants it to grow into a plant keeps poking at it to examine if it is growing properly. Will the seed grow into a healthy plant? Obviously not. Read more…

Don’t Blink, In That Moment

Don't Blink

Resharing an inspiring post, That Moment, by my favorite, Seth Godin. Whenever I feel like I am not making progress or when I feel like giving up on any issue, I refer to this message for inspiration and to remind me Read more…

Beware Of Unconscious Distraction !!

unconscious distractions

A couple of weekends back, I knocked off three hours of watching four episodes of a TV show on Netflix. It wasn’t in my weekend plans to watch this show. It just happened. It was a riveting suspense thriller. Every Read more…

Intentions Vs Actions


There is a saying – the road to hell is paved with good intentions. The expression is a metaphor that implies that having good intentions alone is insufficient to ensure good outcomes. Therefore, it’s important to back our intentions with Read more…