How to read body language

I’m a fan of Joe Navarro. No, the Jane’s Addiction guy. But the former FBI agent and supervisor who’s written multiple books on body language and non-verbal communication. Two of my favorites include: Louder than Words and Hunting Terrorists: A Look at the Psychopathology of Terror. I loved the second one, it’s hardcore psychology and […]

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 […]

The devil’s advocate

I’m certain you’ve heard that phrase before. And I know you can think of at least a couple of people who’ve always “played the devil’s advocate.” Particularly when you’re either bouncing off one of your ideas or are passionately making an argument/case for something that’s not the norm or challenges the status quo. You know […]

Coaching and communicating with assumptions

While I have discussed “the map isn’t the territory” before, I haven’t really dwelled into the other two important aspects of coaching that I absolutely swear by. NLP practitioners across the board would call these principles “pre-suppositions.” A pre-supposition is basically an assumption purely for convenience’s sake and that’s perhaps my biggest disagreement because I […]

How much is too much?

Is a lame but critically important question. It can drive those highly self-aware people, creatives, philosophers and your mom crazy! The real challenge is that there isn’t a metric that would quantify or validate if you’re reached “enough” or “too much.” You simply feel it in the gut or have an intuition and that’s basically […]

This post on productivity makes a heck of a lot of sense!

And thankfully, I didn’t write it. Ramit Sethi did! Check out his insanely awesome post on productivity (for the weird, as you would call it)! It’s different from the usual posts that you would read on productivity. It talks about details, psychology and most importantly the fundamentals. Here’s a gist of what you’ll read: Fundamentals […]

The I/R Theory

Found this excellent resource on the I/R Theory. Something I deeply believe in. In fact, I just spoke about this in a mastermind session I concluded like 15 minutes back! The concept has been instrumental in shaping my beliefs about who I am and what my roles are. One of the biggest learning was to […]

Advice to 20 year Olds…

I hate Gary Vaynerchuk for inspiring entrepreneurs to do shit. Half of them do good for themselves. The remaining 25% would fail and go back to doing what they always have done. The rest of them become wannabe-Garys. And that’s a problem. I logged into LinkedIn this afternoon to check on the feeds and review […]

Want to help? Stop giving advice!

Yeah, you read that right. Stop giving advice. Particularly when a friend/family member/spouse/parent/child approaches you for help. Now, I don’t mean you should push them off the cliff or leave them hanging there. Don’t be stupid. What I mean is this — almost 99% of the time people play games (unconsciously, of course!) which makes […]