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- Big Mind, small mind (#101)
A popular idea in the Zen tradition—Big Mind, small mind—sets out to explain two different, and extreme perspectives of looking at the world.
One is looking at everything from the cosmic scale, aka the Big Picture, broad view mind-set.
Most astronauts undergo a profound cognitive shift when they observe the home planet from space for the very first time. It’s famously known as the overview effect. Looking at the whole of Earth in one view, is overwhelming usually, and makes many astronauts realize the pointlessness of many important things. National borders, wars and conflicts, politics, news, money—they all seem meaningless. You see the Earth as one small, pale blue dot. No problems look too big. No place looks very vast, but empty space. Earth is just a small planet viewed from the darkness of nothingness.
This is the Big Mind. When you have a big-picture, Big Mind perspective, mostly everything seems so small and of little significance. You tend not to get too caught up in the everyday obstacles and competitiveness that life brings forth. You don’t take stuff seriously, and mostly eliminate any small regrets or negativities which may creep up into your mind.
And the other extreme is looking through the nitty-gritty details of everything. Having a small mind view makes you prone on checking anything within your hands distance as important. That all things are extremely, extremely significant and you need to pay a lot of attention to basically everything. And you ought to take an infinite things a lot more seriously is the way of the small mind.
One is at the mountain-top, with a high feeling that nothing matters. And the other is tightly engrossed in believing everything matters. The Big Mind avoids detail at all cost, for the small mind—detail is vital for survival.
Note: a common tendency may be to get the terms Big Mind / small mind mixed up with an open mind / a narrow or fixed mind. But they are not the same. For, that (on the open or narrow extreme) is in link to acceptance and negligence. And this (Big Mind, Small Mind) is on perspective.
These two minds are extreme extremes. The fact is you cannot live a great life with having a perspective on either end of the spectrum forever. It mustn’t be a choice, it’s a decision of combination.
Just try thinking about what might happen if you try living with a complete-fixed perspective based on either end of the spectrum.
When you live every second, thinking and believing spiritedly that most things in the world are trivial, viewing the world through the Big Mind lens, you’re actually putting yourself in a very dangerous place—a spot you don’t want to be in. Having this mental-model makes you overlook any detail, and that isn’t usually always good. For instance some detail is really essential for survival. If you think about it not only do you put yourself in danger, but the world around you too falls into a big danger loop. We can’t just not take anything seriously. Well, we can … but it’s futile. If you take nothing seriously, you may not take yourself seriously. And that could again mean serious danger.
On the other end, taking everything quite seriously, always being caught up in the smallest of literal trivialities and being so engrossed into detail as to not having the skill of setting back and looking at the world from a certain distance, is also a very foolish thing to do. Sometimes, generally, we delve into a task so deep and get engrossed so much into the detail and perfection of it, that we come back to our senses much later, assessing, “what in the world did I even do the last 3 hours?”
That’s a pretty lousy feeling. Imagine staying in that sort of tiny little bubble all your life. Not getting any chance to take some steps back, judging the world from a distance, looking at the big picture.
So. Either of the two extremes is not a good place we want to be in. But it’s important we get a realization of when we want to be looking at things from a distance, a bigger perspective, the Big Mind view, or when we really want to take a look at some serious detail and perceive the world with a small mind view.
It’s not easy to do. We will get stuck sometimes for;
– not caring enough, or caring too much.
– Avoiding the important detail, or getting too preoccupied with it.
– Steering away from constructive negativities and criticisms, or becoming overwhelmed with all the bad noise reaching our ears.
But, if we first accept the two extremes of the mind perceiving the whole world, I think we’ll be better understanding of the times we really want to dig in or when we want to be looking at the big picture. Because forever being on either extreme is not a good choice.
An idea from the Zen tradition—Big Mind, small mind is the two extreme ways we perceive the world.
– Big Mind looks at things from the bigger picture. It looks from a distance, not worrying too much about detail. Big Mind believes a certain many things to be trivial and of little significance. It hates negativities, rather thinks most of them to be pointless.
– small mind, the opposite, likes detail. It gets stuck and engrossed into the little things, seldom getting opportunities to look at the world from a distance and questioning the meaning and purpose of things.
Both extremes are not a good place to be at.
To really understand the world, it’s significant to know when to use the Big Mind, and when to turn to the small mind. Using our tendency for Big Mind and small mind thinking at proper intervals will be wise.
- Radio Headspace: Big Mind Small Mind (Spotify Podcast)
A popular idea in the Zen tradition—Big Mind, small mind—sets out to explain two different, and extreme perspectives of looking at the world. One is looking at everything from the cosmic scale, aka the Big Picture, broad view mind-set. Most astronauts undergo a profound cognitive shift when they observe the … Continue reading “Big Mind, small mind (#101)”
Today and this post together mark day and article #100 on this blog. The enthusiasm and desire to write everyday and share it with a delightful audience through this blog still reside sincerely in my heart, perhaps now more than ever. Since day 1 I’ve tried writing the best I … Continue reading “100”
“It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.” Leonardo da Vinci The mind is eminent for its resistance. We occasionally experience resistance even to doing things that we deep-down really want to do. And that’s strange, isn’t it? Although; I completely agree with what the great … Continue reading “099 The Resistance (at first)”
I read and think. Warren Buffett Bill Gates has revealed an important practice which helped him think very well during the early years at Microsoft. Twice a year, Gates would take a 7 day Think Week. He would go to a secluded location in Hood Canal, Washington with stacks of … Continue reading “098 Think Week”
Fear always screams loudest when your magic is closest Robin Sharma (EHM) Fear protected us (as it still does, but to a different extent). It was quite important at the time for our homo Sapiens species, when they were hunter-gatherers living in the wild, hunting for prey every afternoon, to … Continue reading “097 Fear”
Vicious cycles. They’re rather deadly. And you don’t want to be stuck in one. I think one of the finest parts about experiencing life is all the differences, all the amazingly vast and diverse stuff on our planet (and beyond!). There are so many different people and a limitless … Continue reading “096 Breaking the Chain”
As I begin writing my 95th article of this blog (with many more to come!), I feel a little reflective today.I had a simple intention with my article writings, which I still follow. Ever since COVID-19 hit, the longer we were told to “stay at home”, the closer I shifted … Continue reading “095 Reflection on this blog”
There’s something unsurprisingly odd about doing “fun stuff” that we would even go the extra mile to do it. Here is a video I found on Twitter which depicts more clearly, through a public experiment, the meaning of my statement. In the video: The creators of the whole video wanted … Continue reading “094 Turning difficult into fun”
Our entire lives are basically a series of habits. We do things habitually for the bulk of our time on this planet. But habits can turn into our worst enemies sometimes, and worst enemies do everything they can to forbid us to live our best. In order to prosper one … Continue reading “093 Creating good ways to live”
Here is a great Brazilian Classic story, about a fisherman and a businessman. I found it really relatable and I hope you like it too. Note: this article was originally published on Paulo Coelho’s blog post. The fisherman and the businessman There was once a businessman who was sitting by … Continue reading “092 The fisherman and the businessman”
Reading books has recently become one of my many favorite things to do. I read everyday for a number of reasons (highlighted further below in this article). I made a goal of reading 25 books from cover to cover this year and I’m presently just one short of that big … Continue reading “091 Why I read”
Here’s the thing. We make stuff seem really complicated. Like really, really complicated. The two key words in the above phrase are make and seem. We live in a time where people tend to get vanquished by “information overload“. You’ve surely heard those two words together before. Information overload or … Continue reading “090 Knowledge and TMI”
In a past article, I wrote about something known as the flow state. To explain it in rather pretentious terms, a flow state is an intense, yet a passively relaxing state of mind where you have an extreme sense of clarity and you are able to do whatever it is you want … Continue reading “089 The flow state zone and running”
You’ll find two kinds of clichéd “motivational” advice given by “successful people” out there. One side says you have all the time in the world. Your life is just getting started. Be patient and trust the process. And the other says you’re running out of time. You need to have … Continue reading “088 Running out of time?”
“Find what you’re good at. Whatever it is, and become excellent at it. Lauren Rowe Okay, so the brain isn’t that good at multi-tasking. In fact it isn’t good at all. The human brain isn’t “fit” to multi-task. No matter how great we think we are at doing multiple stuff … Continue reading “087 The brain doesn’t multi-task well”
Today is special. It marks day-100 on my journey of becoming a Spanish speaker. Just a hundred days ago, I started all the way from scratch. I only knew one word, “hola”. I was sure to persevere in my study of the language though. I knew I wouldn’t quit. Not … Continue reading “086 Why I’m learning a different language”
It feels great to see more and more people and large organizations take giant leaps forward in making the world a more diversely thriving place. We’re all, as a species finally beginning to see the effects of having different people with their valuable distinct perspectives to work and be friends … Continue reading “085 A kid’s perspective on diversity and inclusion”
Do you easily get overwhelmed by the number of tasks on your to-do list? Do you struggle to make ends meet with all the “stuff” you need to do in a day? Do you go to bed at night with overdue tasks? If yes (or really even if you answered … Continue reading “084 The Not-To-Do List”
The immense, limitless potential of human imagination is amazing, just to put it softly. The ability to see what there isn’t is an innate trait to humans and it’s what makes us so different and so much more intelligent than all other organisms on Earth. Imagination and thinking has forever … Continue reading “083 Science-Fiction inspires, not predicts”
Science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once wrote a summed-up proposition about the 3 phases “every revolutionary idea” passes through (before it becomes what it is destined to become; revolutionary). The three stages every new revolutionary idea passes through according to the great Sci-Fi writer are: It’s completely impossible. It’s possible, … Continue reading “082 Three phases of ideas & Moore’s law”
Christopher Columbus, Sir Isaac Newton, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Thomas Edison, Edmund Hillary, Yuri Gagarin, Neil Armstrong, Marie Curie, Mahatma Gandhi, Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, Roger Bannister, Eliud Kipchoge, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk. These brilliant names are just a fraction of a fraction of the wonderful women and men who … Continue reading “081 But it’s never been done before”
Being the species we are, it’s not really easily grasped by us that all our actions are driven through the motivations of our basic needs. It’s a very complex system of motivation and reward, and includes a lot of deep dendritic paths but they all meet at the main node … Continue reading “080 Gratification”
Our proneness to characterize and categorize things to the extreme spectrum is what I like to term the “Extreme Classification Proneness”. We easily make blunders during categorizing things, people, places and the vast stuff which makes up the world. This happens because our basis on the categories are not apt. … Continue reading “079 Extreme Classification Proneness”
Burned out. We’ve been hearing that a lot relatively lately. People ranging from the 9-5 job category to famous YouTubers, celebrities, singers, and those “following their ambition” have shared about their perspective on burnout or have been burned out themselves. Whether you have a schedule that has the power to … Continue reading “078 What is Burnout?”
You probably know this but I’ll say it anyway: On average people spend 2 hours of their day on social media apps alone. And we check our phones like 58 times a day. But averages can be deceiving – some might be using social media for 4-6 hours a day … Continue reading “077 How to stop checking your phone all the time”
A politician, legal scholar, military commander, lawyer, banker, economist, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, an influential interpreter and promoter of the U.S. Constitution, as well as the founder of the nation’s financial system, the Federalist Party, the United States Coast Guard, and the New York Post newspaper. First secretary of the treasury, writer … Continue reading “075 Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Never Stopped”
You never know where one small curiosity can lead you to. Something that I believe is collectively the most incredible thing we can all do, or at least attempt to do is to follow every curiosity that arises along our path. I do in most cases heed to my own … Continue reading “074 Following every curiosity”
It seems we have a natural tendency toward making mountains out of molehills. When some “stuff” is viewed from our inherent perspectives, it appears to be so big and impactful. We say that our whole life depends on that one thing. Well, theoretically, no- it doesn’t, life depends on oxygen … Continue reading “073 Life isn’t all that serious”
We live in a world where people are constantly trying to “get better”. We want to become so-called professionals, or grandmasters if you like. And luckily or not, it has never been a greater time in history to be able to imitate the actions of people already in the world … Continue reading “072 Originality makes you a professional”
Have you ever watched some “motivational video” and just felt the adrenaline flow through your veins? Perhaps you even get up after watching it and land some push-ups on the ground just like the ripped guy on YouTube you saw do a few seconds ago, talking about “HARD WORK” and … Continue reading “071 Motivation is overrated”
“It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it Seneca Time is something that I think many people can agree on being one of the most important elements of life. We say from time to time, “I don’t have any … Continue reading “070 Why we never have enough time”
Okay, this may sound weird and very strange but I’m sort of afraid of peaches. All of this started when I was on my morning run like last week, and completely out of nowhere, my mind sent me a signal of me eating a peach. Biting it wholly. And just … Continue reading “069 I’m afraid of peaches”
Richard Branson launched into space on 11 July, 2021. Just 9 days later on 20 July, Jeff Bezos went to space on his rocket. These were incredible achievements. Truly amazing giant leaps in space exploration in the private sector.But yesterday, 16 September, 2021, 2 months or so after the two … Continue reading “068 Inspiration4”
* This article is beyond what I usually talk about but I felt I could share about this subject here since my curiosity about space is like another part of me. And my recent learning process on astrobiology and other topics related to space exploration allow me to talk about … Continue reading “067 Aliens?”
Chasing is great! And being able to chase things down is a really good trait to be acquired with in today’s world—and as it really always has been. To be clear: this is about our hunter-gatherer ancestors who had to hunt food everyday or rather “chase” food to survive. So, … Continue reading “065 Why chasing almost never works”
We’ve all probably heard someone say, “Life is hard” and at some point in our lives, we’ve all probably even experienced life’s hardness and it’s unwanted challenges thrown across our paths which make us feel like a failure or just unhappy. You see I think that life is what life … Continue reading “064 It’s hard either way”
You know what. Life’s hard. Whatever you do. But life is also amazing. And we feel moments of pleasure from time to time. I’m one of a kind who believes that children, like literally even toddlers have the same stress levels as the most accountable adults in today’s society or … Continue reading “063 Kid’s stress level=Adult’s stress level”
You inevitably may have heard people say “Life is all about …”They say things like:“Life is all about happiness““Life is all about freedom““Life is all about the next step““Life is all about getting back up““Life is all about this moment““Life is all about purpose““Life is all about balance“And many others… … Continue reading “062 What life is really “all” about”
I’ve always been somewhat greatly intrigued by the intricate ways of human thinking. In particular the concept of human bias, perspective, and human error in ways of perceiving the world, attract me greatly. And in the last couple of weeks or so, my curiosity for them has intensified and in … Continue reading “061 Why Human tendency intrigues me”
* This is part two of 059 We believe what we want to believe (1/2). Our biased tendency of having rigidly fixed beliefs of those which we want to be true are present in all of us due to human error or “just nature things” if you would like to call … Continue reading “060 Why we believe what we want to believe (2/2)”
“When the facts change, I change my mind – what do you do, sir?” ― John Maynard Keynes.Unfortunately not all are like John Maynard Keynes. But we can be, and this article expresses the importance of doing so. Believing what you want to believe and only supporting your own valued beliefs … Continue reading “059 We believe what we want to believe (1/2)”
Some days just get tough. You may also know them as the “bad days”, when just nothing seems to go right. Yes, there are those kinds of days or at least they are “days” which we organize to be in the “bad” category. And hypothetically we’ve all been through them. … Continue reading “058 Tough Days”
It’s really funny, but I think many people would agree with me on this one that good news really doesn’t often meet the fame of achieving the spot at the headlines. Why? We’ll get to that in a minute. But short answer is that if it would, journalists would lose … Continue reading “057 Good news never makes the headline”
“The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.“ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Through small bits of observations, I’ve come up to … Continue reading “056 The 5 Minute Flow State”
* This is part 2 on the Happiness subject. You can read part 1 here. Revolution. Technology. Evolution. Greater average life expectancy of individuals. Declining poverty rates. Rise in educated individuals. Democracy. Freedom. Skyscrapers, air conditioners, cars and transport, landing on the moon, hoping to reach Mars, computers, books, schools, … Continue reading “055 Are we getting Happier? (2/2)”
* This article is the first (of two) on the subject of happiness. You can read the second part here. Psst… I think you’ll like the second one more. The first one looks to define happiness by taking in a deeper psychological approach rather than a common philosophical one. We … Continue reading “054 What is Happiness? (1/2)”
2020 may well have been the most despised year of this generation, but somewhere, somehow, due to situational circumstances, many came across correspondingly relative thoughts when we went into the second half of 2020, “I can’t believe that half the year is over already”. And sometime when we went into … Continue reading “053 Time flies”
There is a powerful simple proverb, which can take diverse forms. If well understood, that comprehension can save a lot of time lost due to confusion and blaming, and can create great consequences. It goes: The only one who can lead you is you. Why this is so important to … Continue reading “052 The way to lead”
“Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.”—Leonardo Da VinciWe can mold that quote into something similar for the purpose of this article:“Doing something without desire spoils the heart, and it makes you hate what you’re doing. Doing something you don’t want to do … Continue reading “051 It’s hard to do what you don’t want”
“ should verb1. used to indicate obligation, duty, or correctness, typically when criticizing someone’s actions. “ Authority tells us to live in a certain way. It directs us to “should do” defined things. And to live in a way that we’re supposed to. This authority comes in various forms from … Continue reading “050 Should-s”
I love to run. And (usually) runners like to go for “hill runs” to train their legs to get better at running. Going downhill is fun and a generally easy track to be on. Whereas, even though going uphill can be fun if you’re up for a challenge, it isn’t … Continue reading “049 What going uphill can teach us”
“Not every day is good but there is certainly good in every day” Almost always we tend to classify days as being a good day or a bad day. The same grading is then applied with people (one is either a good person or a bad one), the decisions we … Continue reading “048 There is good!”
This may well be the most controversial title I’ve chosen for any of the articles I’ve written so far, but hear me out by what I mean when I say “stop social distancing“. Even though it’s not great timing to write about this subject since most countries are almost on … Continue reading “047 Stop Social Distancing!”
“Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.”—Leonardo Da Vinci (a lifelong learner) Leonardo Da Vinci had one of the greatest minds in history. Usually when most non-artists think of art, we can picture the charming Mona Lisa or simply our thoughts lead to … Continue reading “046 Learn the Da Vinci-an way”
‘Vivo’, the Sony Pictures Animation musical is rooted upon a kinkajou, deeply passionate about music, who sets about on a journey of a lifetime to fulfil a dream of an old friend by delivering a love song. The “original songs” were written by Lin-Manuel Miranda who even voices the kinkajou … Continue reading “045 ‘Vivo’”
“We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.” — Anaïs Nin The House of 1000 Mirrors is a Japanese Folktale which expresses a great deal upon perspective and the statement above by Anaïs Nin.The fable goes like this:Long ago in a far village there was … Continue reading “044 House of mirrors & two dogs”
“One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn’t exist…Without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist”― Stephen Hawking We love perfection. I mean who wouldn’t want to be a perfectionist, right? In things that really matter to us in whatever we do, we … Continue reading “043 Imperfection and wabi-sabi”
How many times have you heard someone say “Don’t worry, it’s going to be all right.” Well, if they mean to say that not worrying will solve the problem, they have it all mistaken. Not worrying will not solve the problem. But neither would worrying about it. It’s really simple … Continue reading “042 Worry serves no purpose”
I made up a simple theory from a few basic observations. I hope you find it as intriguing as I did. This is what I came up with:When you don’t have something, you want it. And when you do have that thing, you don’t really want it. This isn’t only … Continue reading “041 When you have it, you don’t really want it”
The Universe began from the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago. Now, even though the Big Bang is a relatively difficult subject to comprehend than most others and we don’t even know all about it yet, and hence there’s always some or the other research going on to improve it’s … Continue reading “040 The Universe is inter-connected”
You may have heard this at least once if not myriad times in your life that- “you should write it down”. ‘it’ can refer to anything ranging from your goals, thoughts and ideas or a documentation and record of your day. It’s pretty much a cliché now (and annoying, sometimes) … Continue reading “039 Why write it down”
Doing things everyday isn’t easy. It’s simple to understand—you just have to do the thing everyday—but it isn’t easy to do. In yesterday’s Article 037, I wrote about the advantages of doing things everyday. Making a task a daily habit is the best way to get good at it. Continuous, … Continue reading “038 How to do things everyday”
Doing things everyday is the best way to get better at anything. Without any speculation, there’s no substitute for getting the work you need to do, done. Just do it everyday. Don’t break the streak. After a while it’ll be like you cannot, you just cannot break the streak of … Continue reading “037 Doing Things Everyday”
You probably are aware of some of the research which divides the cerebrum of the brain into two hemispheres: Right and left. People normally like to refer to the classification as being a left brained or right brained person.The “right-brained” are generally creative and imaginative thinkers and work with their … Continue reading “036 Right or Left Brained?”
“Man is what he believes”—Anton Chekhov Think about who you want to be, then become, by believing—who you want to be. Yesterday’s article “033 Subconscious” talked about the subconscious mind being a “memory bank” and the confederate through which we are able to carry out each and every automatic and … Continue reading “034 Auto-suggestion”
“Everything is within your power,and your power is within you.”―Janice Trachtman “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” ―Carl Jung The subconscious mind is something I like to call a “memory bank”. It is responsible to define all our automatic … Continue reading “033 Subconscious”
We can learn a really great deal of understanding of the power of compounding and stacking small behaviors and habits—the large magnitudes of consequences and the differences made by small and negligible thoughts and objects in our everyday life—from geckos!Here’s how: First, a little bit of science. But I promise, … Continue reading “032 What we can learn about small things from geckos”
Yesterday’s article “030 Curiosity” was on the great significance on curiosity and the art of questioning. Today, we’ll look at how we can use curiosity to our advantage in our work life and/or business. Curiosity is something that if applied to businesses and people’s work lives, I believe- will build … Continue reading “031 Curiosity for work and business”
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”—Albert Einstein “Adults are fools. Children are wise. For children everything is new. The adult hasn’t seen a new … Continue reading “030 Curiosity”
Productivity in simple terms is getting significant things done. The key word in that definition is “significant”. We often mistake productivity to just getting things done and that’s not a good way to look at it. Productivity is a measure of a person’s efficiency and shouldn’t be calculated only through … Continue reading “029 Productivity, Time and Energy”
Note: This article is not only on running. Eliud Kipchoge, a Kenyan long-distance professional runner aka “the greatest marathoner of the modern era” has countless achievements to his name. He is the world record holder in the marathon with an official time of 2:01:39, set on 16 September 2018, at the 2018 Berlin … Continue reading “028 No human is limited.”
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” – Franklin D. Roosevelt. What is it you fear? Ask yourself that question right now. I’ll wait. Ask yourself, “What is it that I fear the most?”. Try making a mental list of the 3-4 things that you are afraid … Continue reading “027 On the other side of fear”
Debates—professional, political or informal—are one of the few things in the list of activities in existence which I find very unproductive, rather to some extent, inevitably useless. Why? Well, there’s a lot of reasons why I find debates just pointless. Here are a few, please do (or don’t) feel free … Continue reading “026 Why I find debates unproductive”
So many of us—so often in life, as though always—have the tendency to make everything—every choice, decision, person, or article we like “or” dislike—an either…or situation. It’s always either this is good or that is good. And it always ends bad because, according to this principle way of living and … Continue reading “025 Say “and” NOT “or””
In Article 022 on “SMART Goals” I talked about how we can create “smarter” and better goals that are more reliable, and make it simpler to achieve them—because of the so-called fact that we have hence made that goals are one of the most accountable tools for success. You can … Continue reading “024 Systems and Goals”
Ah, the Summer Olympics. One of the most celebrated sporting events internationally. The games that provide countries the most pride when their athletes win medals. And for the athletes — winning a gold medal might just be the biggest achievement of a lifetime for them. So many (Olympian athletes and … Continue reading “023 Olympics 2020”
We all have heard how goals are so important in determining success in everything, really and in any field. We need to be having a meaning and a direction to achieving something. As Napoleon Hill says is his so famous book “Think and Grow Rich“—“The starting point of all achievement … Continue reading “022 SMART Goals”
The following is an excerpt from Ray Dalio’s book Principles (you can find the Linkedin post for it by the author here): “It is a great paradox that individually we are simultaneously everything and nothing. Through our own eyes, we are everything—e.g., when we die, the whole world disappears. So … Continue reading “021 The Evolution of The Universe”
I’ve heard many people say (particularly teenagers like me), “The gloomy weather makes me sad.” or “I hate this kind of weather, it always makes me feel down” or “The weather makes me depressed.”I, for one, just cannot understand the connection between the weather and a person’s frame of mind. … Continue reading “020 “The weather makes me sad””
This article is indebted to and inspired from a scene in the Netflix series “Greenhouse Academy“. Imagine a hypothetical situation where you need to make a life or death decision. It’s going to be complicated. Try to visualize a train having twenty innocent people on board. The train is trying … Continue reading “019 There’s always another choice”
The following article was influenced by the famous journalist, Malcolm Galdwell’s first book ever written—The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. Gladwell defines a tipping point as “the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point”. Once an idea reaches the tipping point, the idea spreads like … Continue reading “018 How ideas tip”
There is a huge difference between the two words “choice” and “sacrifice”. Yet, people use the word “sacrifice” where they really should mean “choice”. Let me explain- I’m sure you must have heard the word sacrifice many times. People say, “Oh, he’s sacrificing his dream job for his family.”, “I … Continue reading “017 Choose, don’t sacrifice”
This article is inspired by a YouTube video created by the amazing Casey Neistat. You can watch it here. Now, let’s get to it. We are told: “stay in the safe zone”, “don’t ask questions”, “do as you’re told”, “live in your lane”, “learn to sacrifice”, “don’t dream too big”, … Continue reading “016 Do What You Can’t”
3 weeks ago—6th July, 2021 marked one year of being vegan for me. It’s been a great journey and I intend to keep it going maybe forever. Here’s why and what I’ve learned from being vegan for a year. Note: This article is not intended to persuade anyone to be … Continue reading “015 One year of being vegan”
Whether you’re a writer or even if you’ve ever considered writing an essay or a novel sometime in your life, you may be well acquainted with the “blinking cursor” syndrome. The phase where you just sit in front of the screen and watch the cursor blink every second, without doing … Continue reading “014 Blinking cursor…”
In 1994, Steve Jobs was interviewed by the Santa Clara Valley Historical Association. (You can watch the whole interview here.) And what he said in that interview is probably the most wisdom per word ever spoken and certainly really one that just opens your mind and makes it explode! OK, … Continue reading “013 Secrets of Life”
“Success comes through sustained effort. (The key word in that sentence is not “effort.” It’s “sustained.”)” —Todd Brison Being consistent with a task. Anything. In any field, I believe is the most dominant factor to winning. Talent, effort, desire, discipline, strategy, execution plans—all those revolve around being consistent. Talent is … Continue reading “012 Consistency: the art of showing up”
Yesterday, June 20, 2021, Jeff Bezos and his amazing crew consisting of Mark Bezos (his brother), Wally Funk (oldest person to go to space, 82) and Oliver Daemen (youngest person to go into space, 18) made history by launching into space and coming back safely to Earth. They did it. … Continue reading “011 Jeff Bezos goes to space”
“Comparison is the thief of joy” once said President Theodore Roosevelt. To some extent, I think it’s the same with social media as well. Sometime in 2020, I came across the famous documentary on Netflix ‘The Social Dilemma‘. And after watching it, I, very foolishly and almost uncontrollably decided to … Continue reading “010 Social Media: The thief of joy?”
Once upon a time, a traveler came upon three bricklayers. When asked by the traveler, “What are you doing?” the first bricklayer replied, “I’m laying bricks.” Asked the same question, the second bricklayer answered, “I’m putting up a wall.” The third bricklayer considered the query and responded with pride in his … Continue reading “009 Different perspectives”
I typically don’t like routines that much. I love to do something new everyday. Something special, a new experience or learning something new. As much as I crave living like that everyday, I still, unfortunately or not, have a daily routine (which I find amazing, appreciatively) like most do. And … Continue reading “008 My daily routine-ritual”
In Part 1 we looked at how Elon Musk focuses more easily by minimizing his task switching and only focusing on one company at a time and how he dreams bigger than comprehensible for some—and then believes in his dreams and works on achieving them. Let’s pick up where we … Continue reading “006 What can we learn from Elon Musk? (Part 2)”
Elon Musk. Founder, CEO and Chief Engineer at SpaceX. Early investor, CEO and Product Architect at Tesla. Founder of The Boring Company. Co-Founder of Neuralink and OpenAI. One of the greatest entrepreneurs in history and in the top among the richest people in the world. He wants to make humans … Continue reading “005 What can we learn from Elon Musk? (Part 1)”
History is packed with many famous and successful (and unsuccessful) people who kept a journal. Visionaries like Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, Mark Twain and Thomas Edison are only to name some. I don’t exactly know what those people wrote about but from my research I think they … Continue reading “004 Journaling”
In my very first article—Article 001 of the blog I talked briefly about how I got started with this blog and some of the subjective challenges that I faced while in the first stages of setting up the website—and which I think many people also face when starting out on … Continue reading “003 Why I started a blog”
Yesterday on July 11, 2021—Sir Richard Branson flew to space in his Virgin Galactic Unity 22 Spaceflight with three other astronauts. It was the company’s “First Fully Crewed Spaceflight” with the great founder of the company on board. Watching the live stream of the launch on their website at home … Continue reading “002 Richard Branson goes to space”
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