I want to revamp my website, change its look and feel, and offer new products like a course and a podcast within the next six to nine months.
As I started to research and study the best tools available to create a course, I found endless choices.
Immediately, the post I wrote last week about the fears holding us back to commit quickly came back to haunt me. I felt paralyzed as there were so many things to know about and so much to do. It wasn’t as simple as I thought. I was utterly overwhelmed.
At least, this time…
Some nights back, I started browsing Netflix to find something to watch. The choices were endless. I scrolled title after title, watched several trailers yet I was nowhere close to settling on anything after thirty minutes.
A few nights later, my son insisted on choosing a movie, reminding me of what I did only a few nights back. The film was “The Trial of the Chicago 7”, and after an initial period of discontent, I got into the movie and thoroughly enjoyed it.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about our constant state of restlessness. However, I felt I needed…
Give me beauty in the inward soul; may the outward and the inward man be at one.― Socrates.
A few years ago, I spoke about leadership at a company’s annual event. The company was celebrating 15 years of leadership by their CEO, John. Later in the night, and after a few drinks, he confided in me.
“I’m miserable. I feel fake, like a robot controlled by the enormousness of the business that I’ve created and the expectations that it entails. Everyone thinks I’m a big success; I’m envied by friends, neighbors and family. My employees look at me with awe…
“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” ― Blaise Pascal, Pensées.
In the past few months, I’ve bought ten books but read only a few. I’ve purchased an online course and not completed it. I’ve attempted new hobbies like solving jigsaw puzzles or playing the Ukulele but haven’t even got down to starting on any.
This frenetic activity that leads to nothing purposeful is almost always the start of my period of restlessness. It’s when the outer world, through the deluge of futile information, somehow manages to take over and control my…
“Remember your Buddha nature, and also your Social Security number.” –Jack Kornfield
Three years ago, at a Self-Growth event, I spoke on spirituality. I was introduced as an entrepreneur, which was and still is a big part of my life.
At the end of the event, a woman with a cynical smile approached me and said, “I enjoyed what you said about spirituality. But you’re hypocritical by being a businessman who drove into this place with that nice car and claiming you’re spiritual.” She wagged her finger at me, did not give me a chance to respond and walked away.
I struggle with my meditation practice. I go through periods, often six months at a time, when I am religious about it — sitting legs crossed first thing in the morning, for at least twenty minutes.
But, somehow, I stop. It fizzles away from my life.
I had stopped for almost two years. Then in November of last year, I read Robert’s Wright excellent book, “Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment.” He comes to meditation from an evolutionary scientific perspective. I found his work refreshing, practical and motivating. …
During this past turbulent year, the coronavirus pandemic has meant that most of us have had to endure isolation. One thing has become very apparent: good friendships matter greatly in our welfare.
We have an inner need to belong and connect. Relationships are the bedrock of our emotional well-being. No matter how strong we feel we are, we need to have relationships that nurture and sustain our strength throughout our lives.
Psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, the director of an 81-year-old study on adult development, states in his famous TED talk that people with healthy relationships live much happier and longer lives…
In the 2021 Indian based American movie, White Tiger, the lead character, Balram, says,
“The greatest thing to come out of this country… is the Rooster Coop. The roosters in the coop smell the blood from above. They see the organs of their brothers…They know they’re next. Yet they do not rebel. They do not try to get out of the coop. The very same thing is done with human beings in this country.”
The Rooster Coop is a metaphor for describing how oppressed the poor are in India. …
What is Self-Awareness?
One morning, I was driving to work happily listening to a history podcast when a truck cut me off and stopped in front of me. To make things worse, the driver stuck his hand out of the window and gave me the finger.
Heat immediately surged through my body reaching the top of my temple. I was about to react when I remembered how much time and energy I had wasted the last time I did so. I took a deep breath and drove away.
At work, Tim was one of my direct reports. At…
On Fridays, I do a 30-minute HIIT (high-intensity interval training) cycling session on the Peloton. This typically involves short periods of intense exercise alternated with recovery periods. Usually, it leaves me red in the face, exhausted and feeling miserable throughout the morning.
I started to dread my Friday mornings.
Last Friday, I got up tired. I did not want to fatigue myself more as I had an important meeting that could last for a few hours. But I also had to do some exercise.
Instead of the HIIT, I decided to do a low-impact session. This meant I would cycle…