The number 12

December 16th was my birthday and I gifted myself in terms of resolutions for the next 12 months:
– 12 books to give enough food to my cognitive mind

– 12 runs to get back to (my love for) running

– 12 badminton tournaments so I can better understand my 6-year-old champ

– 12 chapters to be penned for the book I intend to dedicate to the love of my life

– 12 pilgrimage trips with my Mom to get back to sharing her passion

– 12 relations (close to my heart) to nurture beyond my comfort zone

– 12 lakhs in sales for my startup OneSkin.in

– 12 scotch bottles (that I’ve not tasted until now)

– 12 kgs to lose and maintain status quo for the next 12 months

– 12 hours of meditation every month to better understand the world and me

Side Note: The whole point of coming up with this list was to bring back discipline into my life that seems to be going awry. How are you doing on your bucket list?

Be obsessively Grateful

99c33cea3b25e717a5782d6a46ab26c8…to the reason of your physical existence
…to the reason of your intellectual existence
…to the reason of your emotional existence
…to the reason of your professional excellence
…to the reason of your psychological balance
…to the reason of your mental balance

Side Note: Obsession, in its positive form, can make you more resilient and improve your weak being.

Change the Question

From:
“What would I attempt to do if I knew that I could not fail?”

To:
“What’s worth doing even if I fail?”

Side Note: If you are still not getting to the right question, just follow up your choice by asking yourself, ‘Why?’

Sharing is Caring

img_20170224_183007I had the privilege of sharing my 12 years of marketing experience with roughly 60 students from Pearl Academy and while I’ve been in multiple speaker sessions earlier, this was definitely one of the most challenging ones. So much so that I admitted to the group that ‘I could actually count the number of butterflies in my tummy.’

Reason: My session would leave an impression on these young minds. It put an immediate onus on me to connect with the audience and help them clear the fog around their impression about digital as a career option.

At the end of the session, the management reached out to me asking if I would be interested in taking master classes for them. While that speaks volumes about the appreciation I got from the audience, it brought me immense happiness about the fact that I can continue to share my learnings of life, work and its convergence.

Side Note: If the above is not enough for you to start sharing, remember, ‘when you stop sharing, you start alienating.’

Why vs What?

Don’t tell me ‘what’ you do. Tell me ‘why’ you do it. I might believe in what you believe then.

Your answer for ‘why’ might inspire me. ‘What’ is another pitch adding to the daily noise I am exposed to.

Most of the search engines focussed on ‘what to do,’ while Google focussed on why do it (to organize all of the data in the world and make it accessible for everyone in a useful way).

I have a similar feeling around Amazon vs Flipkart or other e-commerce giants in India.

Side Note: As a leader don’t tell me what needs to be done, tell me why it has to be done and see the magic happen (assuming I am aligned to your why).

 

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