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Do Work For Work’s Sake

Work for work's sake

One of the significant sources of pride for me as a parent is that my kids are accomplished musicians. They have pursued and continue to pursue the musical arts for more than a decade now. Recently a friend asked my Read more…


Weekend Parable-Two Ways To Be Positive

Two ways to be positive

This morning as I was driving my son for his tuition class, we chatted about how one can keep a positive outlook even when things don’t go according to plan. I narrated a small parable to make my point. A Read more…


Responsibility Fault Fallacy

Responsibility Fault Fallacy

When it comes to problems, many are often reluctant to take responsibility because they believe that to be responsible for the problems means also being at fault for the problems. Responsibility and fault often go hand in hand in our Read more…


Meaningful Work

We want our efforts to count for something. This is the essence of “Meaning” that we seek in our life. Doing meaningful work means doing something that changes something for the better. It means you have made a difference to Read more…


You Are Like The Blue Sky

A few months back, I published a Blog, We Can See At Three Levels, in which I wrote about how we can see through our senses, through our mind, and through our consciousness. Level 1: Our senses can observe everything that is Read more…


It’s All In How We Judge Something Or Someone

How We Judge

It’s not people, things, or circumstances that upset us, but how we think about them. Stuff always happens. We then make judgments in our heads about what happens. For example, if we judge something awful has occurred, we might get Read more…


A Zen Story

Zen Story

The Obaku-San Temple in Kyoto, Japan, features a wooden carving right at the top of the entrance that reads, “The First Principle.”  This 200-year-old carving, a creation of Master Kosen, features large, unusually detailed letters that many consider a masterpiece Read more…


Self Determination Theory

Self Determination Theory

One of my mentees has recently become a first-time manager, leading a five member team. He reached out to me seeking advice on what he must focus on to be a good leader/manager. Instead of answering the question straight away, Read more…


Confucian Wisdom

Confucian Wisdom

I first got introduced to Confucian wisdom when one of my mentors quoted him while giving me feedback about having a sense of direction and presence. That quote is permanently etched in my memory – ” to know where you are Read more…


Inspiration Strikes When Your Mind Is Free

Inspiration Strikes

Isaac Newton was on a leisure walk in Cambridge when he noticed an apple falling. Seeing this from a distance triggered a flash of inspiration that led him to formulate the laws of gravity. Archimedes, the Greek polymath, was taking Read more…