Picking your battles wisely

Whoever came up with that line was a genius bar none. I’m notoriously known (within my family and friends’ circle) for just picking up one battle after the other. The worst part is that I have a hard time letting go of something in lieu of that shiny new thing I might have picked up. […]

The carrot, egg and the coffee bean

Each of us have our own way to react or respond to a stimulus. Facing adversity is such stimulus. But most of us have only learned to react to it than respond. While I believe we eventually get wiser over time, having a better perspective saves us a lot of pain and time. Some of […]

The survival mindset

One of the major reasons why people (kids and adults alike) quit Brazilian JuJutsu (BJJ) has got nothing to do with their conflicting schedules as they claim. It’s the teaching methodology. Period. I know that first hand having been part of two different (yet so similar) schools of thoughts. When I signed up for my […]

On Dependencies

There are two types of dependencies that I know of — professional and personal. And for the most part, I believe having dependencies is neither productive nor a legit status at all times. Yes, of course, there will be exceptions! There’s always one. But if you’re reading this and worried about a project that’s stuck […]

Wake up early — write, read and train

I’ve started to do it again! This week (starting Tuesday), after almost 12 years, I woke up early to write instead of meditating, journaling and reading. It’s been a refreshing change. Probably because by the time I actually go to write, I was already worn out and frustrated. It wasn’t a great experience despite how […]

Employee engagement and the leadership practice

Two of the modern-day leader’s biggest dilemmas are talent retention and employee engagement. Yes, the HR does its best to incorporate some of the best proven practices to keep both the issues in check. The challenge, however, is that these practices can only take you so far. Two specific reasons: They’re overly focused on employees […]

The law of diminishing intent

“The longer you wait to do something you should do now, the greater the odds that you will never actually do it.” There’s a high likelihood that you’ve had that experience in the past 24-48 hours. I’ve had that just this morning. I’m training with barbells just four days for the next few months as […]

Why the heck is education is so expensive?

I like to have my hands full. And if you know me well, that’s an understatement. But I’ve had this itch to look up something exciting to learn, something that would pique my curiosity, advance my skills while intellectually satisfy me. Something that will make me a better leader and a human being. After spending […]