How Tobias Lütke built Shopify

I first heard this episode earlier this year and then again a couple of days back. I first heard this episode on NPR’s How I built This podcast earlier this year and then again a couple of days back. I was driving when the episode finished and I couldn’t resist but pullover my car and […]

Apple, Google, Amazon, Harley, Disney, Mattel were all started in a garage… what’s your excuse?

Before you think of this as yet another “inspirational” post, let me assure you — it’s not. Most iconic companies that we know of are believed to have humble beginnings, which is partially true. You’ve got to know the other side of the story. Check out this wonderfully curated tweet post from Historic.ly that unleashes […]

Getting more focused with limited formats

I’ve always been big on teaching and training people. It’s some thing I was born to do. I believe focused training interventions are the fastest way to up-skill teams and fast track their performance. Of course, subsequent coaching and hyper-concentrated follow-up sessions are greatly effective to make the learning permanent but not every stakeholder is […]

So, what do you do?

Every now and then I would bump into someone who would eventually ask me, “So, what do you do?” It’s one of my least favorite questions. The worst of all scenarios, however, is introducing myself in public settings. I hate it. And that’s just putting it mildly. Yet, I end up sharing a rambling of […]

Intent and action

Fundamentally, our lives boil down to just two basic aspects — what we think (intent) and what we do about it (our actions). What happens in between is just binary — you either act on your thoughts or you don’t. And that’s totally acceptable because it’s insane (and even dangerous at times) to be acting […]

The resolutions don’t matter, your sticktoitiveness does

stick-to-itiveness (noun)stick-to-it·​ive·​ness | \stik-ˈtü-ə-tiv-nəs meaning: dogged perseverancehttps://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stick-to-itiveness The last day of any year can mean a lot of things to many of us. For some, it’s the time for reflection and planning, for some its rejuvenation, for some it’s spending time with friends and family, for some its binge-watching the latest and greatest on Netflix, […]

A lot of things can be fixed by hard work

Was listening to David Goggins riff on how a lot of things can be fixed by simply working hard. And I agree with him, not because of his hard-earned accomplishments or my addiction to motivational junk (like most folks are these days), but from my own experience where I fixed my challenges by simply working […]

It’s a leap of faith

I’m a fan of animated movies. And thanks to my kids, I’ve been watching more of these than I ever have! Yesterday I decided to take sometime out with my son. Thought of watching Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse with him. Good decision — we both LOVED it! In fact, I even posted a jibe on my […]

You can’t teach people how to…

I’m a huge fan of Guy Raz’s How I Built This podcast. I’ve been following it for the past couple of years and genuinely think it’s one of the best podcasts in the space. I just love the interviews. Heard Janice Bryant Howroyd, CEO of The ACT-1 Group, the largest privately held, woman owned workforce […]