Showing posts from February, 2012

The Best Route

I read Bird by Bird . It helps you deal with writer's block & says that you shouldn't be overwhelmed by the task at hand, rather approach it step by step. The book is a great read, but what caught my attention is an  analogy. It goes like this: Life is like driving at night. To reach your destination you dont need to see the entire road, all you need to see is what your headlight shows. Its not the complete route, but just enough to take you to your destination.  Isn't this awesome & so true? How many times have you been asked - where do you see yourself 5 years from now? what is your goal in life? I feel that its not possible to justify an answer to these questions. All we can say is, X is what i am doing currently & based on this it is likely that i will be doing X+1 in the near future. However, this doesnt mean that we should not get insured or buy a house. These decisions are based on uncertainities & necessities. It's ok to be unce

What i learnt from Delivering Happiness

Last year i read a fantastic book - Delivering happiness . It is now in my frequent read list & adorns my desk. What makes DH different from most business books is that it deglamorizes businesses & CEOs. It’s a refreshing break from  golf playing, cigar smoking, suited Jack Welch clones. Reading DH is more like reading a travel guide where the author is recounting what he learnt on the road trying to keep his head above water. Top 3 lessons:   You don’t have to be an asshole to be successful. * *  C onsistency is better than intensity. It’s ok to move slowly towards your goal. When Tony takes up running he asks marathoners their secret; they say when you start, run slowly. You should be able to breathe easily when you are running, initially your pace will be shockingly slow but over time, it will increase.   It’s easy to overlook this lesson in our fast paced lives where delay is frowned upon and there is always another mountain to conquer.  Invest in exper