If you’re tired, suck it up!

Easier said than done. Yet, I admire Pavel Tsatsouline for saying that because some of us really do need the kick in the pants to get going. For me, that’s a lot of things but one of my biggest struggles isn’t hustling, working or even work-related challenges. It’s pushing myself to get through my kettlebell […]

Resume: a personal branding marketing collateral?

I remember the first time I created my resume. Searched online and used a sample resume as a template for an entry-level position at a bunch of places, including Pizza Hut (where I did work for a few weeks). I didn’t have a printer, so I had to visit a cyber cafe (which were minting […]

Encouraging them to do the things they don’t want to

It’s a tall order. And not every supervisor, manager or leader is up to it because it takes real skill, charisma, and influence to have people roll up their sleeves and get to work. Particularly when they don’t like it or worse, hate it! I also think ‘command and control’ is primitive and leaders of […]

A letter to a young reader

Couldn’t help but steal a piece from this marvelous Brain Pickings’ post. Maria Popova shares a letter by Alain de Botton to young readers from a compendium of more than a hundred such letters to children. Written by some of the most inspiring people on the planet, these letters illuminate on why we read and […]

You can’t ‘turnaround’ people all the time

It’s a harsh reality. One that has bitten me in the rear more than a few times. Blame it to my insatiable optimism in people, I’ve always believed that if I want to, I can help any individual turn things around for themselves in their careers, organizations or life in general. I was wrong. And […]

Too much on the plate!

Almost everyone gets to a point of overwhelming exertion to cry this one out loud, right? While for most people, it is only a phase there’s a chunk of global population for whom this is a lifestyle. Mine included. We don’t just say we’re busy, we actually are busy. And when we say we’re focused, […]

Going a layer deeper

This time last year, I was struggling to write every day. Not because I didn’t have any ideas. I was finding writing to be a chore. Something to be dealt with instead of an activity that I thoroughly enjoy, which is a fact. On the surface, my challenge seemed like a lack of passion or […]

Uncertainty and discomfort

Uncertainty and discomfort are a necessary component for us to do anything meaningful — Leo Babauta. That line pierced through my heart. Yet, it’s so reassuring. Because if you’re even a tad ambitious about making a difference to your or others lives, you have been questioned on your motives, efforts and even sanity! And it’s […]