When To Let Go

People change. You change. Some relationships just aren’t meant to last beyond a certain point. Unfortunately. It’s sometimes easier to let the relationship continue out of inertia unless there’s a strong catalyst to change, which means some people keep up friendships that should really be retired. One of the best things about adulthood is that […]

Think Of The Forests – Not Trees

Putting together a strategy places some real demands on a leader’s ability to think in the wildest sense. Some are great at the immediate issues – the ‘here’ and ‘now’ stuff. But they struggle to think about how things interconnect. Organizations are complicated. And the ability of a leader to appreciate and respond to this […]

An Inner Scorecard

When I first started writing, it was important to me to know what other people thought of my articles. I delighted in my positive reviews and fretted over every word of criticism. I took applause as a measure of my success. But later I understood, that public perception has little to do with the quality […]

Seize Control Of Your Schedule

Part of being effective during the hours you choose to work is developing to spend real time on what’s important even if other things – including, frequently, your own bad habits try to shove you off course. So the first step is to be as clear as possible on your priorities. What do you want […]

The Five Second No

When someone asks you for a small favor, how often do you say yes, without thinking twice. How often do you refuse? And how often have you regretted saying no? When I did my own analysis, I realized I was agreeing to do favors for people far too often – little things like giving a […]

Increase Your Salesforce

What you are about to read would be contrary to what you would expect, particularly when sales are slow, but I promise you they can yield significant results as you march toward the goal of increasing your growth by 25% every year for the next 3 years. Hire another salesperson. When your competitors are slowing […]

Start A Business

The average person has been warned of the risks of entrepreneurship. They research failure rates and recount stories of people they know or have heard about who lost their life savings attempting to venture out on their own. The great ones know self employment is the fastest road to wealth. They know the greatest risk […]

Walking And Meditation

The new behaviours I have adopted in the last 6 years are walking and meditation. A morning walk is a part of my daily routine and I wonder how did I exist before this without walking. I’m kind of surprised that it took me so long to realize how great it makes me feel. At […]

Declutter Your Life

We accumulate many material posessions in our life and it’s time for us to de clutter ourselves. Decluttering allows for flow and movement, true for the body, mind and spirit, and also for our evolution. One should de clutter our physical space as well as our mind. Start with your office desk, home cupboard, wardrobe. […]

Work Ethic

A very successful and famous professional was asked if he thought that he was lucky in life. “Yes,” he responded. “The harder I work, the luckier I get”. To succeed, commitment and focused effort towards your objective is crucial. You need to be immersed in professional work, putting in the amount of time and inputs […]

The Pomodoro Technique

This technique is very useful  when you’re starting  a big new project and you’re not even sure where to begin. Buy a kitchen timer (the pomodoro version is shaped like a tomato) and before you start work set it to 20 minutes. For that 20 minutes, you do nothing except focus on the task in […]

Cultivate Strong Self Discipline

After having coached thousands of entrepreneurs over the last many years, it is crystal clear, without an iota of doubt,  that self discipline is at the heart of their peak performance. As they say, you can take a horse to the water, but can’t make it drink. Your self discipline influences whether you are going […]

Challenge The Norm

We are all living in an unprecedented state of times and the only way to surge ahead is to challenge the norm. It starts with what you want to do in the remaining part of your life. Challenge the status quo, the easier path, try the unconventional route , doesn’t matter if you earn less, […]

Let Go

Let go of old habits to discover new perspectives. Step outside of your routine. Do something different, visit a new place, write with your non dominant hand or eat a fruit you have never tried. Be a little eccentric for a change. Step back from the rules about who you should be, and spice your […]

Culture Is Everything

Tony Hsieh, the founder and ex CEO of Zappos, had attributed the company’s success to 3 key factors – excellent customer service, company culture and investment in employees’ personal and professional development. They are the only competitive advantages that we will have in the long run. Everything else and will eventually be copied. Zappos’ culture […]

Be Relentless

Think back to some of your biggest successes in life and I am sure they were born out of discomfort, uncertainty and risk. Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain or difficulty. In fact, the greater the degree of discomfort you experience, the greater the difficulty, the […]

Make Others Successful

While reflecting on the years gone by, I have asked myself, What has given me more happiness than having achieved success in my own life. It is making others successful. Success is to me is simply realizing one’s own goals. It could be in any of these 6 areas – family, financial, educational, health, social […]

Try A New Sport

‘Padoge likhoge banoge nawab, kheloge khuddoge to hoge kharab’…..Most of our generation have grown hearing about this and since now we have achieved some laurels, it is time to try or learn a new sport. And remember, you don’t stop playing when you get old. It is the other way – you get old when […]

Start Extremely Small

According to Seth Godin, one should whenever possible ask oneself, ‘ What’s the smallest possible footprint I can get away with? What is the smallest possible project that is worth my time? What is the smallest group of people who I could make a difference for, or to? Because smallest is achievable. Smallest feels less […]

Ikigai

Ikigai as an idea existed in Japan for thousands of years. It means ‘the reason for being the thing that makes life worthwhile’. In it most modern representation, it consists of 4 concentric circles. ‘What we love’, ‘What we are good at’, ‘What the world values’ and ‘What we can be paid for’. Hence it […]

3 Musts

If you do nothing else, do only these 3 things …. Get to sleep at a set time every night, ideally by 10.30 pm. Eat your largest meal of the day at noon. Exercise first thing in the morning. When you do this , you start to feel the effects of greater focus during the […]

Picture Your Way To Success

You must first clearly see a thing in your mind before you can do it. World class athletes also incorporate the power of imagery to reinforce in their mind exactly how they want to perform. Develop the ability to tap into the power of holding a vivid, powerful image of the star you want to […]

Be Super Interesting

The person you will spend most time with in your life is yourself, so better try to make yourself as interesting as possible. Simple. Meet interesting people, have interesting conversations. Live an interesting life. To be of interesting to others, first be interesting to your own self. Cultivate your passion, chase it like crazy, however […]

Get A Massage

Massaging is the technique of application of pressure to different parts of the body to soothe it. A body massage helps relax the muscles and bones. A head massage helps relax the mind and by stimulating blood flow to the brain slows down balding. The better flow of blood circulation also results in heightened alertness […]

Act Like An Athlete

One of the best ways to create spectacular results in the most important areas of your life is through daily practice. You need to practice to get to your greatness. Robin Sharma always says – The price of discipline is always less than the pain of regret. We get inspired by great performers but what […]

Get Off Your ‘But’

Move out of your comfort zone. We all listen to you tube videos, podcasts, forwarded motivational whatsapp messages and have the impression, that we have learned something. Well could be true to some. But learning doesn’t occur until a behavior has changed. As long as you know something intellectually but you have yet to put […]

Focus On The Benefits

We all of us indulge in some sort of selling on a daily basis, be it convincing a child, selling to a prospect, giving shape to an idea, putting your views across to a VC guy, telling your friend to do something etc. What I have learnt to be really effective is to in the […]

Mindfulness Meditation

It is the most wonderful skill to teach yourself and to practice. It may look pretty simple but is the best gift I have ever given myself. All my days starts with meditation and I love it because I finally have control over my busy mind. Meditation gives your brain the break that it needs. […]

Find Your Sweet Spot

The term ‘sweet spot’ describes your motivated capabilities when your motivations and your strengths align according to Bill George. A timeless advice on motivation is to find out what you are good at and to pursue what you like to do. Each one of us would be very effective when we find opportunities that highly […]

Walk Towards Your Dreams

When we were young, most of our parents ensured that we study hard, score good marks and land up with a decent secure job, because there was a lack of awareness of any  other profession or line of interest which could guarantee this. So any interest towards sports, singing, mimicking, playing online games, painting etc […]

The Beauty Of Fear

Do you visit places which you fear on a daily basis? The simple answer is NO. One should run towards our fears, than running away from them. ‘Dar ke aage, jeet hoti hai’. The fortune lies on the other side of fear. The more you resist, your fears will persist. Running towards the fear will […]

Create Your Own Reality

Believe me, exceptional people create their own reality. The average person won’t set a goal unless he thinks, and people close to him think, that he has at least a fifty fifty chance of reaching it. That’ what the average person considers a realistic goal. The exceptional person, the person who does great things, doesn’t […]

Less Is Better

Researchers have discovered that too much of information prevents the successful transmission of ideas. It also leads to analysis paralysis. So less is better. It’s better to condense what you want to say into as clear and concise a message as possible. Otherwise your ideas will lose their impact. It is no wonder that a […]

Have ‘Focus’ Days

During my entrepreneurial journey, I realized a thing, quite late but once I got to know, I have not let it go, that is to have ‘focus’ days in a month or fortnight or week. ‘Focus’ day as the name suggests is only to focus on what one considers important for his business/life on that […]

Sense Of Urgency

One realizes the full importance of time only when there is little of it left. Every man’s greatest capital asset is his unexpired years of productive life – so said P.W. Litchfield and therefore make every day count. Do not operate as if there is an endless amount of time in a day, week, month, […]

Communicate Clearly

It is high time, each one of us understands the importance of communicating clearly. I will go a step ahead in saying, this one skill is much in demand if you have to move ahead in your life. One who can communicate clearly is already standing ahead of the starting line and is in possession […]

Let The Phone Ring

The cell phone in your hand is for your convenience, not for the benefit of your callers. We always pick it up promptly, interrupting ourselves in the hope that it would be some important call. I have seen people picking phones during family dinners, while engrossed in a book, while meditating and exercising and at […]

No One Size Fits All

Every productive person has a system for getting things done. What works for Uday Kotak  may not necessarily work for you. After years of using different systems and writing about them, I can say that there is no one-size-fits-all productivity system. There are good guidelines and high-level principles that are universal, but you alone can define […]

Read And Lead

Reading gives you access to the smartest brains on earth. Learning from the greatest people is the fastest way to become healthy, wealthy, and wise. Charlie Munger, self-made billionaire, and Warren Buffett’s longtime business partner, once said that he hadn’t known any wise person who didn’t read all the time. None, zero. Yet, reading per se doesn’t […]

Pick Battles Worth Winning

The challenge for a leader is to know where to direct their forces, coz all the obstacles cannot be confronted. So you must choose carefully which battles you intend to fight. The inexperienced one fights every battle and gets drained out when the real battle has started. So before you pick a battle, think whether […]

Receiving Feedback

We need other people’s feedback to make ourselves  better. But what many people fail to realize is that collecting feedback is only one step in a longer process of self-improvement. The next two steps in the feedback loop, processing and responding, are must and not be forgotten. Feedback needs to be heard, yes; but it […]

Know Your Strengths

We are all very clear on what we lack, but do we know clearly what are our biggest strengths and are we harnessing those properly ? While working with my coachees, I always focus on their strengths, on what they can do rather than using their limitations as an excuse for failing. People always compare […]

A Morning Walk

It is one of the best habits one  can develop. To get the best out of your morning walk, never have a specific purpose, instead simply immerse yourself in the beauty of the walk itself.  Also never take your worries with you during the walk. Leave them at home, else they would get deeply rooted […]

Team Of Two

For all those on the cusp to start a business, have a co-founder. Being accountable to someone other than yourself is critical to sustained awesomeness. It will also make you run faster, better and sharper. When I ventured into my first business, 2 decades back, I did not feel the need. But in the current […]

Have A Mission

Having a mission enables everything you do to be placed in the context of a higher meaning and aligns everyone within your business towards a common goal. Your mission needs to be singular and compelling. Your team and prospective customers need to be able to buy into it. It is your mission that will set […]

Be Innovative

If there is one message to be given to entrepreneurs, especially in the current times,  is to be innovative. Disrupt your process before any actual disruption can take place. A culture of innovation has to be encouraged in every organization – small or big, which encourages risk taking, does not punish failures and rewards resourcefulness. […]

Time Is Money

When I look at the people I know who are successful there is one common denominator – TIME. They spend their time in accordance with their will. That’s it. Money, Health, Enjoyments, these are things we have a decent amount of control over. Barring extreme circumstance, they can be improved with effort, or renewed and […]

Overcoming Odds

Small business owners tend to be some of the toughest and most resilient people you’ll ever meet, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have personal challenges to overcome. But is there a secret to overcoming challenges in a small business? Small business owners cannot escape personal challenges. However, it varies how we choose to respond […]

Unlock Your Personality

Personality – the free and full expression of your real self, but difficult to define is the magnetic and powerful impact and influence upon other people. The real self within every person is attractive. We can also say that every human being has the mysterious something we call personality. When we say that a person […]

The More Myth

The secret of happiness is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less. Most of us have been conditioned in the culture of ‘more, more, more’ when it comes to success and happiness. It’s time to think about replacing more with less, but better. I am always happy when I […]