The Concept Of Answerlessness

Context Einstein once remarked: “I keep the subject of my inquiry constantly before me, and wait till the first dawning opens gradually, by little and little, into a full and clear light.” Well, just like Physics, life is a subject of inquiry too. But, most of us are uncomfortable in handling complex questions about life.  A … Read more

The Consequences Of Shutting Yourself Off

Context Most of us simplify the world around us not only by forming mental models, but also by choosing which information to ignore. A certain kind of information (e.g. criticisms, signals, feedback) can get challenging for our minds–and so we get in the habit of ignoring it. Even great sporting legends such as Tendulkar develop … Read more

What Our Kids Can Learn From Don Bradman

Cricket is mainly about 2 things: Judgment and Mind-Body co-ordination. You need to train your mind to make accurate judgments about the ball (e.g. about its pitch, flight, line, length, etc.). You also need to train your mind and body to be in sync with each other — so that when your mind judges the ball to be of a … Read more

The Habits That Made Darwin A Genius (From An Above-Average Guy)

Darwin is a classic example of an above average guy who became a genius. His IQ would have probably scored in the 130 range (i.e. an intelligence slightly above average) on a standard IQ test. And yet there he is, buried next to the calculus-inventing genius Isaac Newton (estimated IQ of 190!) in Westminster Abbey. (As Charlie … Read more

The Habit Of Optimally Using Your Decision-making Energy

Barack Obama always wears the same thing: only gray or blue suits. Which is part of his secret to getting so much done. As he told Vanity Fair: You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits. I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I … Read more

How Dhirubhai Got His Guts

Dhirubhai was quite a gutsy guy. His entrepreneurial life is strewn with examples that display that he had very strong guts. In this article I want to tell what guts he had, and how he acquired those. And, I will tell it using examples. [Note: The example below have been borrowed from this book. It … Read more

Teach Your Kids What Jack Welch’s Mother Taught Him!

In 1981, during a review, the leadership team of GE’s nuclear power business presented a business plan to Jack Welch: A forecast of 3 new orders for nuclear reactors a year. Jack listened for a while and then said: “Guys, you’re not going to get 3 orders a year. In my opinion, you’ll never get … Read more

Executives, Protect Your Alone Time

Context Today’s culture overemphasizes the importance of constant social interaction. Therefore, we tend to view time spent alone as time wasted or as an indication of an antisocial or melancholy personality. However, great thinkers and leaders throughout history — from Virginia Woolf to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak — have lauded the importance of having a … Read more