Oct 16, 2018 - World View    No Comments

Doers FTW

I was recently very surprised to find that many of the doers I know are not familiar with the “Man In The Arena” quote.

It’s an extract from a Theodore Roosevelt speech, a paragraph that had great influence on my life.

Man In The Arena Theodore Roosevelt Quote

It’s amazing what we can do once the fear of rejection and criticism are manageable.

Criticism has its place of course. Brene Brown points it out correctly in the following talk. I will leave the punch line for the video. Hint, look for the 7:00 min mark.

Thanks to @glueckpress for sharing the video with me and to @Ingrid for the image above.

Imagine for a minute that there is no fear and no one is judging you. Whatever that is holding you back is gone. What would you do?

Why not just do it?

Oct 10, 2018 - World View    No Comments

The Lucky One

I am often called lucky.

Imagine you worked all week preparing for a test. You beat your temptations and saved the marshmallow. You aced your test.

Your best friend says, oh you are very lucky. How does that feel?

Yes, I am lucky in many regards and grateful to be so.

But I take offense when I am told that I am lucky to have a job that lets me travel.

Of course I was lucky that my parents sent me to good school. Lucky to be born in a time when we have internet. Lucky for the parents I got.

But I did not eat a lot of marshmallows to be here. All those months without direction.

It Took Me Ten Years To Be Lucky

It took me ten years to be lucky.

Oct 4, 2018 - World View    1 Comment

True Luxury

One of the greatest joys of life is to do great work. To do work that matters.

Great work has the potential to bring change. Your work might not change the world for everyone. Changing someone else’s world is just as good.

After all change begins with one. Like a cigarette butt that can burn down a whole forest.

Great work is just as tiring. Caffeine is often the drug of choice for doers. But that’s only enough to win the battle.

To win the war, there has to be a higher driving force. Often something very personal. An obsession. There is no room for right or wrong. It is what it is.

Personally I don’t think the reasons matter. If its selfish, let it be. Do it for yourself, just be clear on why you are doing it and be willing to go all the way.

Find What You Love And Let It Kill You.

[Source of the quote is debated, I always thought it was by Charles Bukowski]

Obsession wakes you up before your alarm goes off. It installs a sense of urgency. Makes you hustle. All you want to do is to do your work. Nothing else matters.

You will do whatever you have to do to feed your obsession. The late night shifts, the early morning sprints.

It’s one of life’s true luxuries. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. You will know when you find it. It will take charge and make you a prisoner.

Give in because it’s worth it.

May 19, 2017 - Obsessions    6 Comments

Bringing Home A Taste Of Hyderabad

My good friend Lucky Murari got married recently and that took me to his hometown, Hyderabad.

The last time I went to Hyderabad was during my 12th grade when our batch went on a 6 day pleasure trip.

A lot has changed since then. The current state of Telengana was still part of Andra Pradesh. You might find this hard to believe, I disliked travel back then and hated train journeys even more.

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Mar 7, 2017 - Life Hacks    No Comments

First Aid Kit For Urban Travel

A first aid kit is like a pair of fat-pants. You hope you never have to use them, but it is nice to know that they are there in case you need them.

Traveling exposes your body and mind to experiences that you are not used to. It should, otherwise what is the point of traveling? When things do not always agree with your body, you need your first aid kit.

I have had a first aid kit since the first time I traveled abroad. I have used something from it on every single trip. When you live in India you do not realize how cheap and accessible medication is. We have a drug store on every corner in any major town.

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