From Stone Age to Digital Age, Whoever Tells The Best Story Wins

One hundred billion people have walked this planet. Nearly eight billion of them are alive today. Each has a unique story to tell. No matter what generation and technology are, from the days of the Stone Age all the way to the Digital Age and everything in between, storytelling is crucial for survival as wellContinue reading “From Stone Age to Digital Age, Whoever Tells The Best Story Wins”

Lessons Learned From The World’s Toughest Man

I have read many books on a wide-range of subjects but if you ask to pick one that stands out from the rest, it will definitely be Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds, written by David Goggins. I had probably re-read and re-listened this book/audio book for more than a dozenContinue reading “Lessons Learned From The World’s Toughest Man”

Train Your Mind, Change Your Brian, Change Your Life, Change Your Reality

What we think and feel, for better or worse, has a profound effect on our lives. Our thoughts and emotions have consequences so great that they literally create our realities in the real world. Connecting the dots between the outer, physical world of matter and the inner, mental world of thought has always presented quiteContinue reading “Train Your Mind, Change Your Brian, Change Your Life, Change Your Reality”

The World’s Deadliest Pilgrimage: 1,000-day Marathon To Enlightenment

In 2015, James Lawrence completed an astonishing feat in endurance sports. Lawrence, who is also known as the Iron Cowboy, completed what he called the “50-50-50 Project”: 50 triathlons, in 50 different US states, in 50 days. Each day, he swam 3.86 km, biked 180.25 km and ran 42.2km; that was 226.31 km or 141 milesContinue reading “The World’s Deadliest Pilgrimage: 1,000-day Marathon To Enlightenment”

How To Go Against The Crowd And Beat The Crowd

Perhaps nobody made more money by betting against the crowd during the pandemic than Bill Ackman. The Wall Street Journal reported recently, the legendary hedge fund manager and CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management made two complex debt investments—one presaging the economy’s swift shutdown and the other its fevered reopening— Ackman made nearly $4 billionContinue reading “How To Go Against The Crowd And Beat The Crowd”

What Can We Learn From The World’s Greatest Freedivers

How long can you hold a breath? The average adult can manage 30 seconds. Can you reach one minute? Perhaps two? Can you fathom reaching nine minutes, two seconds? Natalia Molchanova achieved that time, the women’s world record in static apnea—holding her breath while motionless in a pool—in 2013. Molchanova, considered by many to beContinue reading “What Can We Learn From The World’s Greatest Freedivers”

Build Your Character, Not Your Reputation

HK$30,000,000,000. That’s a three with ten zeros behind it. This was how much it was worth for the biggest project I had ever worked on. Not only was the amount of money staggering, but I also got the opportunity to work with some of the best minds from around the globe. Our consortium consisted ofContinue reading “Build Your Character, Not Your Reputation”

How To Create Remarkable Moments To Make The Most Of Your Life

At the beginning of his memoir Chasing Daylight, Eugene O’Kelly wrote an extraordinary statement: “I was blessed. I was told I had three months to live.” What would you do if you had only three months to live? It’s often through contemplating death that we come to realize what is–and isn’t–important in life, and howContinue reading “How To Create Remarkable Moments To Make The Most Of Your Life”

How To Think For Yourself – The Art Of Independent & Critical Thinking

Like most people, I was cooped up at home during the outbreak of COVID-19 last year. I spent most of my time reading: books, news, articles, blogs, and social media posts. I had probably downloaded more than 50 books on my Kindle and read most of them. But I had a strange realization when IContinue reading “How To Think For Yourself – The Art Of Independent & Critical Thinking”

Stop Moving Fast & Breaking Things, Start Mastering Patience & Persistence

Many of today’s entrepreneurs and startups live by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s now-famous motto: “Move fast and break things.” Zuckerberg intended for this to inform internal design and management processes, but it aptly captures how entrepreneurs regard disruption: fast is always better. “Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are notContinue reading “Stop Moving Fast & Breaking Things, Start Mastering Patience & Persistence”

Paradoxical Leadership – Where Optimism Meets Pragmatism Creates Resilience

On September 9, 1965 while returning from a mission in North Vietnam, the US Navy pilot Captain James Stockdale‘s A-4 Skyhawk was hit by anti-aircraft fire. Stockdale ejected, breaking a bone in his back and badly dislocating his knee which subsequently went untreated and eventually left him with a fused knee joint and a veryContinue reading “Paradoxical Leadership – Where Optimism Meets Pragmatism Creates Resilience”

Bet On Things That Never Change In A World That Never Stop Changing

Things that never change in a world that never stops changing are the most important things to pay attention to. Change gets most of the attention, because it’s exciting and surprising. But things that stay the same – how people behave, how they think, how they’re persuaded – is the real meat of history. PeopleContinue reading “Bet On Things That Never Change In A World That Never Stop Changing”

Death Is Our Best Teacher. Fear Is Our Best Friend

Have you ever asked yourself why you are afraid of death? It’s normal to be afraid, of course. But exploring why we are afraid of death might be instructive on how we are to live. Do you have unfinished businesses to accomplish, ambitions that aren’t fulfilled? Are there too many dreams not pursued, loves thatContinue reading “Death Is Our Best Teacher. Fear Is Our Best Friend”

How Bad Do You Want It? How To Master Mind Over Body

  According to the coach and author Matt Fitzgerald’s best-seller: “How Bad Do You Want It?“, wanting it more than anybody else means you’re willing to suffer more than anybody else, whether it’s physically, mentally, psychologically, or all of them. Your will to succeed must be stronger than your mounting desire to end the painContinue reading “How Bad Do You Want It? How To Master Mind Over Body”

Control Your Attention To Control The Quality Of Your Life And Work

In these days of instant gratification and endless technological distractions literally at our fingertips, we are increasingly denying ourselves the ability to think and work consistently and deeply at whatever we choose to undertake. Today, you just have a few seconds to grab people’s attention. Books, blogs, videos, emails, presentations, it doesn’t matter – ifContinue reading “Control Your Attention To Control The Quality Of Your Life And Work”

Power of 1% – How 1% Better Every Day Leads to Extraordinary Growth

A famous Chinese proverb says: “A journey of thousand miles begins with a single step”. If your journey is same as mine, which is run a full marathon, it would be 42 kilometers long. On average, there are 1265-1515 steps in a kilometer (average step length is 0.79 m for men and 0.66m for women),Continue reading “Power of 1% – How 1% Better Every Day Leads to Extraordinary Growth”

Most Important Lessons In Life Are The Most Counterintuitive

A near-death experience taught me one of the most important lessons in life. I was afraid of water when I was a kid, I didn’t start to learn swimming until I was around 14. Back then I just was just kind of playing and practicing in small training swimming pool with my friends. I feltContinue reading “Most Important Lessons In Life Are The Most Counterintuitive”

How to Beat The Fear of Rejection

When you order coffee at Starbucks, did you ever try to ask, “Can I get a 20% discount?” Or did you ever try to walk up to a stranger and say “Hi, today’s birthday, can I take a selfie with you to celebrate my birthday?” Or “I just lost my wallet, can I borrow youContinue reading “How to Beat The Fear of Rejection”

How to Win Arguments And Influence People

Harish Natarajan loves arguing. It has helped him win debates against his parents at dinner table conversations when he was young. It has helped him scale heights in debating circles — he holds the world record for most debate victories. He has participated in more than 2,000 debates and is among the world’s best. AndContinue reading “How to Win Arguments And Influence People”