Thursday, July 27, 2017

[Book review]: Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith

Triggers is a book that actually triggers your thinking toward a new dimension of approaching a goal.

The gist is very simple and straightforward
"Many times we fail because we are too much goal or target oriented, but that can be over come by changing the focus to effort"
Changing the question from "was I happy today?"to "did I put my maximum effort to be happy today?"
Such type of approach can be applied to many aspects of professional and personal life.
The author gives numerous practical suggestions and illustrations on how this approach works.
The concept of daily questions elaborated in the book are a great way to change behaviour and make it permanent. After reading about it, I already have daily questions now. I don't see any reason why anyone will not have a similar daily questions once they finish reading this book.

Why you have to read this book ?

  • If you are struggling to start a new habit or maintain it, this is the best book on the shelf.
  • An intense depth is provided on psychological aspect of behaviour change with practical illustrations.
  • Anyone can read this book even those who doesn't want behavioural change. You might find something which needs to be changed once you start reading this book.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

[Video]: Game theory in real life

Ever wondered how game theory works in real life? Here is an animation video that aptly demonstrates the application of game theory in real life.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Linking your aadhar card with PAN

Linking aadhar card with PAN is mandatory according to the recent changes in the legislation. Though the issue is being heard by the Supreme court of India, the government has gone ahead with the process.

"Section 139AA of the Income-tax Act, 1961 which was introduced by the Finance Act, 2017 makes it mandatory to quote your Aadhaar number in order to file your income tax returns (ITR). In other words you need to link you Aadhaar card to your PAN card if you want to file returns from now on." 
There are 3 ways to do this only if your name matches in both the documents.
  • Through SMS 
  • Through online: without registering 
  • Through online: with registered account 
You can find more details here

But what if your names does not match. 
You need to change the name in either of the database so that it can match and get linked. 
The process of change in aadhar seems to be easier and hassle free than attempting to change in PAN database as of now. 

To update your Aadhaar card details, visit UIDAI portal

To update your PAN details, visit NSDL portal

[Spam alert]: Chevrolet car funds now

Earlier I used to post many of the spam messages that I used to get so that there is awareness of such frauds. I clearly remember the day when one of my friend dragged me out of the library. The next moment he was sharing his secret of winning millions and how he had got the mail.
Today I am sharing a chevrolet car fund and it is a SMS spam.
P.S: They cant even spell the basic words properly.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

[Book review]: Austin Kleon's Steal like an artist: 10 things nobody told you baout being creative

Good artists copy; great artists steal *
Steve Jobs has quoted the above quote but again it might have been Picasso who has originally quoted it. 
Yeah great artists steal and make it unique. 
That uniqueness may be in modification, improvisation, combination and/ or just marketing it rightly.
"Austin Kleon's Steal like an artist: 10 things nobody told you about being creative" gives you general ideas on how and what to steal. Being a book on stealing, I am pretty sure most of the stuff are stolen. But what makes it a great book is the way it is presented. *

The book has several tips on how to be creative. Two things that got my attention.

Shun digital and use digits
Using hands and real movements to be creative.
Well, I had heard it somewhere.
May be Mastery by Robert Greene.

Real creativity isn't immediately recognized
If you are creative, initially people think you are mad.
The importance of your creative work will be only realised later.
May be sometimes it takes a lifetime.
Just get into the flow and be creative; sooner or later it will be recognised.
The philosophical point of the long latent period of creativity recognition seems to be from Osho's Creativity: unleashing the forces within.

I am not suggesting that above two are stolen from that book. But they could be stolen from a book that has stolen from this book.
But never mind "Austin Kleon's Steal like an artist: 10 things nobody told you about being creative" book is a must read as he has stolen only the gems.

A must my read: why ?
A small book: an entire lunch break can be sufficient for a fast reader.
Big takeaways: practical lessons like maintaining a scratch pad for jotting the ideas.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

"Dutch Reach" for opening the door

The following message about "Dutch Reach" was received as a Whatsapp message. I think it is quite practical and life saving to include this habit while opening the car doors. I hope it helps you folks.

Many car drivers do not check the surrounding while opening the door of the vehicle. Seeing if something is coming from the behind before opening the door is crucial. One way to make sure that you always do that is to adopt and practice the technique called “Dutch Reach”.

Now, what exactly is ‘Dutch Reach’, and how does it save lives?

The Dutch Reach is a safety habit that is taught in the driving schools in Netherlands. The method states that you should always reach for the door handle with the farthest hand while getting out of the car. For example, if you’re sitting on the driver seat and want to get out, use your left hand to pull the door handle instead of right.

Using this technique will automatically ensure that head turns towards the door, with your eyes glancing for moving obstacles coming from behind. This way, you’ll be able to spot if some other vehicle or pedestrian is approaching from the rear. Following this method and making this a habit can save a lot of accidents that are caused due to carelessness.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dear 9-5 future entrepreneurs: a gentle warning

Bored of your 9-5 job ? Want to throw yourself into your passion and be your own boss ? Well if you are ready to abandon your comfort zone, then that's just the beginning of your uncomfort zone. I bet you will feel many times that comfort zone would have been better.
Not easy as it looks
Being your own boss seems blissful. That's exactly because you are looking at other side and seeing the greener grass. No it isn't; being your own boss will give you more responsibilities than ever before. You will do the things that are not at all related to your passion. You are on your own; your HR, marketing, PR, sales, idea generation and iteration and umpteen other things are solely your headache.
Will freak you at the core
I bet most of the successful entrepreneurs have gone through this phase. You would most probably go through this phase.
"Everything that can go wrong will...."
Murphy's law
Yes and this applies to entrepreneurship. You have a great team, idea, product and initial traction. Can it go wrong now ? Yes it can because it can go wrong. And you can't even help it. You need to be persistent. That's called GRIT.

Creativity is not the ultimatum
So this is a fairly common misconception; my present field is not encouraging me to be creative and you jump on startup bandwagon to create something. You are definitely in with a bit wrongly placed notation. Your creativity can take a massive hit and mundane things may fill up your free time many times. Creativity is just a part of entrepreneurship. There is lot many things important in entrepreneurship; learning, managing, persistence, intuition. And they all are not as glamorous as being creative with a paint and brush.
I am not being negative about entrepreneurship. I am just being practical. But still you can jump, because at the end, "It will be all worth it"

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