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?’

Early startup Days

When your assumptions as an entrepreneur start failing, the urge is to either sound (and hopefully) stay positive or take a step back and take stock of reality.

Are you trying hard to prove your assumptions right. Stop it and stop it right now. Acceptance of failure has been the best lesson to success. You have to accept that shit has hit the roof, pull up your sleeves, clean it up and start all over again.

What I have always liked about entrepreneurship is ‘it’ challenges the real you. It asks the true character in you to come out and face the reality. Crisis humbles all your achievements so far and you are ready (hopefully) to start the journey all over again.

Personally, the journey itself has been rewarding than the goal itself.

Side Note: I’ve always seen similarities between entrepreneurship and dating your girl. You don’t walk out because you’ve been elusive of the first kiss (surely won’t after you get it).

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.’

Blame: own It

blame1We have left our happiness and fulfilled life (professional and personal) to external factors that surround us. So when things go wrong, you know you are not to be blamed or even worse, blame circumstances. We do this inspite of knowing that these factors are not in our control.

We might feel it gives us some comfort in blaming things around us for our unhappiness, but we are gravely wrong. You are only breeding torture that will torment you at a higher degree soon.

When you do not own the blame, you don’t try to fix things.

You might be unhappy about a re-org, or about your team being unaligned to a goal, or your family’s indifference to your emotions and so on. The easiest thing to do is ‘blame them.’ But, I will be surprised if you tell me that puts you in peace with yourself.

Side Note: What keeps you moving, learning and growing are the imperfections and your acknowledgement of them in you and working to fix them. Blame has never helped anything or anyone to move forward unless we took it upon ourselves.

Let’s do Unlearn

You stop doing interesting and useful things the moment you stop learning – that’s a given.

What are the repercussions if we don’t unlearn stuff that needs to be unlearned – it translates to the same. You stop:

– learning

– growing

– doing interesting and useful stuff

Side Note: Unlearning is complex and difficult but more effective than learning itself.

Nunca te Rindas

nunca-nunca-te-rindasI’m a marathoner and love running. Couple of months back, I had some serious injuries and my physiotherapist asked me to hang my boots and look at alternatives like yoga or swimming. Nothing against the alternatives but they don’t come close to giving me the high that running does.

I must have been visibly affected by this as my daughter came up to me and said ‘nunca te rindas!’ Hearing these words for the first time, I asked her what she meant. She sweetly replied, “I kept saying this to myself when I was competing with higher belts at the Junior Karate Competition, Papa. It means ‘never give up’ in Spanish.”

Riya and I tried learning Spanish an year ago and gave up (at least I did). Apparently, my little one has been at it with the DuoLingo app. For being a Dad of a 3rd grade student who is competing at school and state level in Wado Kai Karate, Skating and Swimming, continues to get trained in Western Vocals and Keyboard and finds time for her interest of learning a new language, I had do better than hanging my boots.

‘Nunca, nunca, nunca te rindas.’

Side Note: I have started with a 3 km walk everyday and it hurts. But with a little help from my physio and a lot of help from my little one’s words, I am looking forward to my next marathon this year.

Let’s talk H2H

That’s the new buzz word and its just old wine in a new bottle. But its more important than ever before that businesses stop talking B2B and B2C and start thinking Human 2 Human (H2H).

Take a step back on all the decisions that you are about to take. Put the excels aside and put on a human lens. Will the outcome of your decision paste a smile on the face of the person who is going to be most impacted by it?

Don’t think long term all the time. Human’s don’t. If they did, our planet would have been better today.

Side Note: The time has come when we start talking acting H2H.

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