The power of community

A month ago, I signed up for a speed reading course. Reading faster has been a goal of mine for a long time now. But nothing I had tried before worked for me. I just couldn’t stick through any of the training programs I’d signed up for. —- One day, an Indian speaking broken English…

The secret benefit of a marathon

When I launched this blog in late February, my goal was to publish a post every single day. On the days I couldn’t write and publish a new post, I cross-posted content from my now-defunct medium blog. This way I maintained my daily streak for about 2 weeks. —- Then the first crack in my…

“On top of the world”

“Good” “Fine” Those are two words that we usually respond with, to the question “How are you doing?” When things are normal, it’s a spontaneous response, with almost no thought given to it. When things aren’t so good, we still respond with “Fine”, because we feel pressured to do it. Either way, this initial exchange…

When the student is ready…

“I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.” – Abraham Lincoln —- When someone expects you to do something hard, how often do you feel driven to do it? Not out of fear of punishment, but because: They set high…

106 days of Pranayama: How I (almost) conquered anger

“There are two things a person should never be angry at; What they can help, and what they cannot.” – Plato —- The Bhagavad Gita talks about 3 demons: Lust, Anger, and Greed. If we don’t securely lock them away, we’re doomed. And among the 3, anger was the demon that I found hardest to…

When not to quit

I made a decision to start writing regularly a couple of months ago. The first month was a breeze. High levels of motivation. The excitement of launching my own blog. It was hard not to write. The excitement dissipated after a few weeks, but I was largely able to retain the momentum. Then it got…

Whatever happens….

We had done it. A difficult project. Finally launched. Not after days or weeks of toiling. But after more than 12 months of trial and error. We had found and solved countless problems. Not only were we proud of our new product, but we also had a few delighted customers to vouch for it. —-…

When the going gets tough…use a safety net

I binge-watched 6 episodes of a Netflix series on Sunday. Almost 5 hours of TV. It was good, while it lasted. Eyes glued. The excitement of watching a thriller. Rooting for the protagonist. Hoping the villain would suffer what he deserved. —– And then after it’s all over, the eerie silence starts. Those open problems…

Komal Dubey shows us how to be “responsible”

Duty vs Responsibility. There’s a distinction. You’re doing your duty when you’re satisfying what the world expects from you. But you’re being responsible when you’re listening to your conscience and doing whatever it tells you to do. Or in other words, whenever you’re following your heart. —- Let’s say you’re a great student, always getting…

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