Excellence is possible, even without talent

Of all the random things I do out of sheer curiosity, taking the Clifton Strengthsfinder 2.0 wasn’t. After rereading some of Gallup’s publications I simply got curious to know my natural talents. Who wouldn’t be after all, right? You’ll be surprised! More than 20 million people from across the globe have taken the Clifton Strengthsfinder […]

Don’t be a snowflake, be a stoic

Found this fascinating read on DailyStoic.com. It speaks to me personally as I do get to interact with a lot of (special) snowflakes every now and then. And although I’m far from being a true stoic, the philosophy is what I often default to. But like any other practitioner, I’m still learning and there’s so […]

Just not as good… but still awesome!

I often think about this. And I’m pretty sure you do it too. But then there’ll be some who would truly believe that they know-it-all. Which is a fallacy because irrespective of who you are or what you do there will always be so much more to learn and get better. Over the years I’ve […]

You need to diversify

Not just your investments, you career too. If you’re employed somewhere. Great! Get a side-hustle. And this is particularly important if you’re slogging 14-hour-workdays and don’t see yourself working for this very firm 5 years from now. I know what you’re thinking… “how the hell am I suppose to find time for this?” I hear […]

Ever “wonder” what’s happening around us?

If you ask me, the answer’s a resounding NO! I’m a tad busy with my professional and personal priorities. Yet, there are times when I pause a little to take a look around. And guess what I end up finding… Floppotron! A musical instrument that’s literally made up of junk (well, we can’t use them […]

Getting rewarded for your service isn’t your right

Fine dining is an experience. There are dozens of them in and around my city. I love them all! Except for one damn thing — service charges. A small charge (usually 10% of the bill before taxes) that restauranteurs tack in when you ask for a check. While it’s nominal enough to be ignored, citizens […]

Let’s not get dramatic

What is it with speakers and writers that every one of their characters (at least the ones that matter) has to die or has to have a near-death experience? And I’ve heard and evaluated a fair share of speeches by wannabe speakers, trainers and leaders with the same (almost) pattern. Beats me! No, I’m not […]

Drucker’s decision-making process

Almost everything in life essentially boils down to either making a choice or doing the damn thing. The challenge is that most of us either stay stuck at the cusp of doing it or making a choice. Years ago, I bumped into Peter Drucker’s decision-making framework in HBR. It literally changed my life. For the […]

The fascinating history of the monastic tonsure!

Alright, I know what you’re thinking — this isn’t a history blog, then why the heck is he posting something as boring as the monastic tonsure for christ sake (pun intended, of course)! Listen, I bumped into this while going through my feeds and simply got hooked! And you know what happens next… I explored. […]