“Getting the Job Done” – An issue to ponder on

These days most of us rush to ‘get things done’, often multitasking in some desperate attempt to make life efficient and productive, both at work and at home. Most people are told or choose to “get the job done” any which ways!

I think this is a problem. The problem with this is from a learning or transforming perspective where we constantly “do” or “act” and we cannot learn or benefit from our actions and experiences.  Continue reading ““Getting the Job Done” – An issue to ponder on”

The “Unusual” Poster-Boys

 

Posters have been an integral part of our lives now. We see many at the billboards – some selling products, some propagating a message and rest for everything else. Typically most posters have a brand ambassador aka Poster-Boy. Most of us, including ‘Yours Truly’, connect with few of these Poster-Boys because of the trust one has in the Poster-Boy’s persona, ability and/or sincerity. Today I write in honour of the 2 “unusual” poster-boys who have influenced my life and whom I have put high up in the billboard in my mind. Continue reading “The “Unusual” Poster-Boys”

Three Steps to Optimism

I like to participate regularly in few online forums and break-time discussions. In almost all of these forums and discussions I have noticed a common pattern – The best ideas are from people who are optimist. By optimist I mean people who have a good feeling about everything and start on a note of cheer and belief.  Such people embrace optimism — inside themselves without any pretence. It is their deep-seated behaviour. It is a gift to understand how to project, share, and inspire with optimism. It is an even greater act of generosity to be inspired by optimism from others and to be willing to receive it.


The capacity to be a natural recipient of ideas and other peoples' optimism is what makes for the ultimate optimist. You may be open to experimenting with new things, but do you truly see the good in something before the bad? The order of this thought process is critical: to try and see everything good in an idea before seeing anything bad. I request that you read the previous line once again…


While most of us like to think we do, and would therefore self-describe ourselves as optimistic, more often (if we are truly honest with ourselves) we are natural critics (even cynics). Continue reading “Three Steps to Optimism”

Masses rejoice at the lack of Wisdom


Continued from previous blog post "WISDOM runs aground" 

 

An unceremonious tug-o-war led to sudden departure of Wisdom from the shores of Maximum City. With Wisdom gone… thick black clouds cover the city today and people are wondering whether to worry about the weather anymore since high tide does not endanger the pau-bhaji and gola stalls any more. Few weeks earlier when Wisdom came, masses were ignorant of the dangers of the mega-structure just opposite JW Marriot (Juhu Wala Marriot). The ignorant masses, as always, rejoice at the lack of Wisdom (no pun intended). Continue reading “Masses rejoice at the lack of Wisdom”

33 Lessons taught by life and by best friends

Are you living today better than you did yesterday?

This is one of my favorite questions and one we should ask ourselves from time to time.  It allows us to really pinpoint what is working and what is not, what life lessons we have learned, what progress we have made, and what more we need to learn and unlearn.


We are all aware that life is a journey and our goal should be to take as many steps as we can in the right direction. To know that despite the fact that we may make mistakes along the way, when we look back on where we have been, we will be able to see just how far we have come.  Our views and beliefs are more developed, our understanding of our purpose is becoming clearer, and overall we are just living today in a better way than we did yesterday.  We are learning from the life lessons that have come our way.


Here is the list of 33 lessons that life and my best friends have taught me. The list is not exhaustive and the lessons have no particular priority. Continue reading “33 Lessons taught by life and by best friends”

Wasting time in the pursuit of happiness!?

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” ~Socrates

At times I get so involved in exploring a new idea that time passes quicker than it generally does. More often than not, I do not reach the intended crux of the new idea. Any wild exploration is  a meandering journey taking unexpected dips and turns… eventually leading to finding the new idea (good scenario) or finding something unexpected (will-do scenario) or finding nothing at all (dammit!)! At the end of such explorations I wonder whether the idea was really worth the time spent on it? Would it have been better to delegate the exploration to someone who has a better grasp of the idea? Shouldn't I be doing more meaningful structured tasks? Am I really up to writing a blog? Wouldn't it be better to write content for someone and get paid instead?

As I ponder over these time-spans not so well spent, my first impulse was to think of it as something negative — Wasted Time! But was time really wasted? Continue reading “Wasting time in the pursuit of happiness!?”