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Category: Personal Growth

Listen With Intent


Every few months, I gravitate to writing about one recurring theme- Listening- to remind myself to keep working at becoming a better listener. Often, we mistakenly equate communication with talking. But “not talking,” listening is as critical if not a Read more…

All Problems Are A Manifestation Of Their Root Causes.

Root Cause

If you want to be good at solving problems, you need to be good at getting to the root of issues.  Since most things are done or not done because someone decides to do it a certain way, we can Read more…

Are You A Perfectionist?


“How does one deal with a Perfectionist?” A colleague asked me recently. Without knowing the full context, I couldn’t share a cookie-cutter view of how one could deal with a perfectionist. But I provided my colleague with a few perspectives Read more…

Weekend Story- The Frog, The Bird And The Well

The Frog And The Bird

There once was a frog that lived in a well. In the dank confines of the well, Insects were ever-abundant, so the frog never went hungry. Cool, clear water was always available, and therefore the frog also never went thirsty. Read more…

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…