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A man is his own friend and enemy as well

A man must elevate himself by his own mind, not degrade himself. The mind is the friend of the conditioned soul, and his enemy as well. (Bhagavad-gita 6.5)

In everyday life we say, if you sow the tree of acacia then how can you get the mango.

When you carry hatred, jealousy, greed, ill-feeling, and blemish motive for other being you are the enemy of self.

When you carry love, compassion, gratitude, and equanimity motive for other being, you are your friend.

Buddha guided his disciples to bow and show the compassion to every thing living or dead so that goodness and positivity always surrounds you.

Jesus said, “Never punish even the worst sinner unless you search within and clear yourself not being the sinner ever.”

Life is when you are first your own friend. Once you are friend of self, you become the friend of everyone. You bring the life in your livelihood.

Today, live with your friend who is none but you!

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Why giving your 100% is not enough?

Anonymous asked, “I know of my job and I understand my career plan, I believe it’s like my calling and I give my 100% performance. Yet, I have not got the desired result. I don’t know what’s missing…”

I started reflecting on the probable reason and it brought my attention to the story of Draupadi. When Kauravas started pulling her saree, she tried to protect herself with all of her energy and capability, but she couldn’t. Feeling helpless she called Krishna and in spite of her constant calling help was not coming. Finally when a few yards of saree was left in her body, she gave up and surrendered to Krishna. Finally Krishna savoured his support and protected her.

After a few days Draupadi met Krishna she scolded in fury and complained for his delayed hearing. Krishna replied, “when you first called out for the divine, you also kept your hands firmly on your saree. Your ego was not ready to fully submit itself to the divine, and your faith was not strong enough to trust Krishna to come and save you.

It was only when you lost all sense of hope, that your ego had finally loosened its grip on the saree, that your heart allowed space for the divine to enter and work its charm. Only then, could I make my appearance and fulfil your need and desire.”

Its clear – to get 100% result you must have 100% divine faith and surrender yourself completely. Jai Shri Krishna!

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This is how I learn new technology and you can too

I have been learning technology since 1989 — first for education then job and now learning technology is like a hobby. Here is how I go about learning:

1. First understand the basic concept by visiting the documentation and use cases.

2. Second, I skim through online courses/tutorials at 1.5x/2x speed. I keep my focus on understanding the methods and processes used by the particular technology to achieve the result.

3. I start building applications based on learning. It immediately puts my skin in the game.

4. I start applying the learning if it is meaningful and relevant to the existing/new projects.

I achieve all of it within 20 hours to take first hand decisions about whether to pursue it further or skip it for a better alternative.

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God gives all needed and nothing I wanted

I realized that god has already given almost everything that we need but we continuously crave for it. When I think of strengths, it can be seen that god has given us many difficult situations in which we have learned to find the strength to sail through it. There are puzzles in life to solve and help me use my brain. I crave for more happiness but there are so many unhappy people around and that makes me so blessed child of the god. He showed us the path of action to work hard and gain wealth. He has given many opportunities to work as a special favor. God gave us the opportunity to help others and accumulate peace. This makes me realize that god has given all that we “need” without asking so that we do not trouble him with our “want”.

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Are you in the mine or mind of your customer?

I had an opportunity to read the research report which was conducted in the USA when the tenth anniversary of 9/11 was around the corner.
The question was “Name two “most important” events from the past 75 years of American history?”

The first survey was conducted two weeks before the media coverage peaked and about 30% of respondents chose 9/11 as a “most important” event.
Again the same survey was conducted 2 weeks after the 9/11 10th anniversary event and about 65% of respondents mentioned 9/11 as a “most important” event because media coverage peaked around and after the 9/11 event.

What this indicates about getting the client?

You must continuously educate your clients using videos, emails, WhatsApp messages, webinars, case studies, reports, etc.

I have recently won a client and wonderful friend on LinkedIn due to continuing interaction with people like you.

What are you doing today to be at the top of your customer’s mind? How else you have won your client’s attention?

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Are you a meeting villain?

What type of villain are you?

The Meeting Hog -The guy who never stops talking during a meeting, even if he has no point.

The Meet-Head -The person who loves meetings to the point where they want to schedule meetings to discuss meetings.

Mr. Late Arriver -The person who thinks he’s more important than everyone else and can, therefore, show up when he feels like it.

The Meeting Hijacker -The person with the ability to turn any meeting into a meeting about his project or goal

Ms. Agenda-Less -The person who schedules a meeting with no agenda or objective so nothing actually gets done

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Does team size matter?

Is it possible to put a large team to dig at 20 places 20 feet each and get water when we know that you need to dig 100 feet to get the water?

Do you think, nine ladies together can nurse a baby in one month instead of nine?

Bigger the team less the productivity. Amazon has two pizza rule – with focus on efficiency and scalability, it helps establish better coordination, learning, and ramp up time.

The advocacy for a large team is cited when the project is large. In such cases, it makes sense to have multiple teams based on milestones and then join them at a specific point.

While executing 100s of projects, I have experienced that having a larger team makes it slower wasting lots of time in learning and coordination.

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Success is going from failure to failure without loosing the enthusiasm

The word Enthusiasm originates from the Greek word Enthios + yasm “the god within” when you have enthusiasm/passion for something. In side of you, that is your higher conscience speaking to you saying “don’t get to the end of your life.

To put it in a simple way, when you are down and out, and you are at the very bottom, all you have is to look up as you are already at the bottom. There isn’t anything further down and below.

When I looked up to the journey of really successful people, their learning on how they survived while they’re down and made it to the top, it’s clearly visible that they immediately took the control of the situation and  worked towards the next step, the next step and the next step.” Keep going, look up, and keep going.

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Putting things into place where it can thrive

As a  child I worked in farming and planting. Whenever seed is put into the soil, some will germinate, some will not and some will dry away after a few days.

Once I asked my father why this happens and he replied, “You can’t expect the seed to germinate and thrive somewhere it doesn’t belong.”

And now I realised that almost every aspect of life is like that only whether people, business, investment, relationship or many other things.

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Learn. Earn. Return.

Learn the skills necessary to grow your business and your team

Invest Time and Money into your job or business to earn money and generate wealth so that you can live a comfortable life.

Return your learning by teaching others to succeed in their career and business. It will help you learn and grow faster than any other method known to mankind yet.

For me teaching is the most passionate thing and I feel it helps people learn to fish.

Idea to IPO – it’s been my way to teach people the way to begin the journey of starting up their entrepreneurial journey.

You Are The Man – A session based on the teachings of Bhagavad Gita to help you know who you are using the techniques of supreme science of self realisation.

Be The Master of Your Rockstar Career – To help millennials learn the career essentials that can help them get into the company from the campus.

All these courses and workshops are FREE as I believe this is the best way to give back to the society.

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You’re not the expert anymore

There was a time when you were considered expert based on the years of experience you have. It’s no more a truth even if you could do everything yourself.

Leadership in the new world is all about being clear about what you want and why. It is quite a lot less about how to do it. The ideal way to deal with your staff is to provide them the training, give them the freedom to deliver the result, and help them get unstuck if they hit the bottleneck (if asked).

If you develop people with correct instincts and principles, they will make the right decisions. Probably better ones than you would since they’re the experts. If they aren’t, you aren’t giving them the information they need to do that.

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Credibility

Credibility boils down to two simple questions. First, do I trust myself. Second, am I someone who others can trust.

Stephen Covey talks about four “cores” that are key to building credibility.

1. Integrity
2. Intent
3. Capabilities
4. Results

Integrity and intent are character cores. Capabilities and Results are competency cores.

All four cores are necessary for credibility. A person of integrity that does not produce results is not credible. If you are not credible you are not trustworthy!

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What makes an idea take-off?

Everyone gets one or more ideas every day. Having an idea alone isn’t ever been useful to anyone.

Whether your idea is a simple one or a unique one beyond all measure, to get it off the ground you need to execute it. You need to apply innovation, marketing, perspective, hard work, product management and lethal focus on getting things done to prove it that it works.

Go out and build your idea taking it out of your mind to a reality in the real world. Do the work!

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Why go to college?

Go to college for the right reasons. Don’t take education as a gun held to your head. It’s a weapon in your hand.

Don’t go because you are afraid you won’t get the job but because you want to learn, because you want your thoughts to become conviction, because education is important for its own sake, because it helps you separate the right and the wrong.

And while you are there, read well, pay attention, get your hands on things that come to you.

Cram yourself with learnings, ideas, opportunities and associations; you can form there as that’s the thing no one can take away from you.

College is your compost to nurture the seeds of future success.”

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What does it mean to live a good life?

A good life is when I seek gratefulness in ordinary moments and not keep waiting for big extraordinary moments.

For me a good life is doing whatever is possible within my reach to help, to spread knowledge, to read scriptures, to say hello to people, to seek solace through spirituality.

Thats good life for me. And whenever such moments are experienced – acknowledging and saying thanks to the God for keeping me as his special child.

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