Slow, Smooth, Fast

When I first started training for a marathon, I thought I could accelerate my development just by working harder. I believed the harder I pushed, the more training I take would get me there faster. But this approach led to frustration, burnout, injuries, and a break from the training. Until one day I stumbled uponContinue reading “Slow, Smooth, Fast”

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 to this book/audiobook 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”

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”

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”

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, or psychologically, or all of them. Your will to succeed must be stronger than your mounting desire to end theContinue 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”

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”