I was tired. It was the peak of the pandemic, and everyone was working from home. Even the kids were attending school online.
My day was spent in meetings, getting kids on and off Zoom calls, quick snacks and multiple cups of coffee.
It felt like the number of meetings had exploded. Every 5-minute conversation at the water cooler/coffee machine had now turned into a 30-minute meeting on my calendar.
By the end of the day, I still had emails to reply to and had barely started on the presentation, which was due in three days. …
Kiera was angry, to say the least. She was annoyed, frustrated and feeling helpless. She was justified in her reactions. After all, her smartphone had let her down. Again.
The smartphone is one of the most advanced creations of humans, a supercomputer in your hand, powered by AI assistants in the cloud and millions of apps that promise to make you more productive than a busy beaver.
And yet, Kiera’s smartphone had failed to wake her up on time, and she missed the meeting with a new client, possibly losing business worth millions. …
Hundreds of thousands of years back, primitive humans carried sticks to protect themselves from snakes and other animals, even other savages.
The cavemen with the strongest stick would survive the longest. Centuries later, in medieval times, people would carry the best swords they could afford.
Why? Because humans have always used tools to survive and thrive. Ability to invent tools has given us the power to stave off tigers, fly in the air, and communicate and collaborate globally.
Today, a smartphone is one of the most advanced tools created by humans. …
When we sleep, we get into a pure-positive state. All our worries and negative thoughts temporarily cease as our conscious mind sleeps.
The subconscious mind, though is still awake. We cannot directly control the subconscious mind, but we can indirectly suggest thoughts to the subconscious.
As Napoleon Hill wrote in his famous book, Think and Grow Rich, autosuggestion is the process of giving input to the subconscious mind.
Before going to sleep, if we take a few minutes to think positive thoughts, express gratitude for all the good that happened in the day (even if it was just one good…
I just came back from a heavy lunch with colleagues. The new Indian place nearby was perfect for the post-release celebration.
My phone buzzed, reminding me of the monthly status update. Kenji would be presenting. I rushed to grab a coffee to help me endure the next hour. I always dreaded the session, which drained every ounce of life from me and pulled me into the abyss of boredom.
Kenji was an expert in his domain and quite knowledgable. He planned his team’s work diligently and believed in detailed status updates. …
While the Indian mathematicians were busy inventing the zero, the chefs of the subcontinent were immersed in creating more than 30 distinct cuisines. The math geniuses multiplied the numerical world's complexity with the invention of the decimal point, and the chefs mixed up barks of trees, flower petals and strange seeds to unleash flavours that have delighted the foodies of the world for thousands of years.
The ancient Indian text of Rig Veda (6000 BC) has records of spices in food and medicine. Archeological evidence supports that spices were used in India as far back as 2600 BCE.
The pandemic has been the single biggest craziness of our lives. Most of us have been fortunate enough to miss the World Wars, the Spanish Flu, and many other atrocious events in humankind's history.
Some of us have reacted to the pandemic with fear and anxiety. In contrast, others have obsessed over numbers, hooked on to news and media, which has been spewing out an unprecedented amount of data analytics and infographics.
Or it’s been a mix of both, but we have been leaning one way or the other.
In the emotional camp, we see people feeling depressed and fearful…
Admit it — you hate someone peeking over your shoulders. It doesn’t matter what you are doing — you may be reading that juicy article about your favourite movie star or struggling with a complicated spreadsheet, you will hate it if your manager peeks at your screen.
Imagine you are typing away on the keyboard. Your boss comes around, stares at your screen and starts directing you. First, you will be a little peeved. Then your annoyance will grow and finally, you’ll stand up, turn around and ask — tell me which key to press.
Real-life may not be so…
If that’s your morning routine, you are my kindred spirit. And not just mine, millions of people around the world can’t get up in the morning without going through an endless alarm/snooze process.
Feeling dejected already? Read about the awesomeness of the 5 am club, and you will be downright depressed. Because some self-appointed self-improvement gurus will tell you that if you can’t wake up at 5 am, you don’t deserve to be a leader in your world.
Let’s prove them wrong.
The exercise below will take no more than 5 minutes. In case you can afford to start your…
Paul was the life of every party, but he wouldn’t stop talking. Apart from a few jokes here and there, he mostly talked about himself. He had a stash of stories about the accidents that almost killed him, the demanding customers he dealt with, his incompetent boss, and most of all, his travels. And as you would have guessed, he proudly worked as a car salesman (no offence to anyone with that job title).
After these parties, Paul would often call some of the new people he had met, to catch up over meals or drinks, but he rarely got…
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