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 […]

Your life is worth capturing, isn’t it?

I was in Grade 6 when my English teacher asked us to write a “dear diary” for the very first time. I was good at it and was instantly labeled the go-to person for “diary entries!” Who knew this could be a talent? It didn’t seem like a big deal to me. Perhaps it was […]

Hey, how did you get here?

Grades 9 through 12 were tough. I was transferred to a new school that was much smaller than the one I spent my entire childhood in. Of course, this one was much better! The teachers were sweet, polite and quite empathic. The students, particularly my classmates, were pretty rough except a few good ones — […]

A quiet professional

One of the tenets of StrongFirst, the organization I’m a part of, is that the graduates of its flagship certification programs (I was honored to be part of two of them) are quiet professionals. At first, I didn’t get it. It even sounded a little cheesy to be honest. This weekend, however, it became absolutely […]

Go out of your comfort zone to appreciate what you have

It’s day 2 of a grueling kettlebell instructions certification workshop. My hands are sore. My left biceps most certainly has been detached from its place (I hope not, the physio will probably confirm it next week). My butt is on fire with all those hip-hinged movements (swing, cleans, and snatches). Think of this as a […]

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 […]

What do you want your days to look like?

If each of us were to “begin with the end in mind,” I think that’s the second most important question to ask. After “what’s the legacy I want to leave behind?” Austin Kleon (from whom I stole the title) nailed it when he said: “What do you want your days to look like?” forces you […]

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 […]