The best way..

Identifying a path and calling it the “best way” leads to a potential opportunity to brand ourselves a winner. Lest we fail, however, we’ve just branded ourselves as a loser. Better to just mark a potential path as “a” way, put in our best effort, and see what happens. Our best state-of-mind does not have […]

Lady luck’s wish list

Lucky people generate their own good fortune via four basic principles. They – 1. Are skilled at creating and noticing chance opportunities 2. Make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition 3. Create self-fulfilling prophesies via positive expectations, 4. Adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good. You may occasionally get lucky but […]

What is money good for?

We spend large parts of our life working to earn money. What is money good for? My central thesis is that life is all about “being happy.” Being happy is very very hard and most of us fail miserably at it. One principle reason for failure is not understanding and using our happiness levers well. […]

On religious devotion and longer lives

This week’s book learning is from Willpower by Roy Baumeister. A study in the year 2000 found that a religious person was 26% more likely to be alive. This finding that non-religious people die sooner has been confirmed in multiple studies since. The answer does not lie in divine intervention. Consider the following – – […]

Taboos and Privilege

Maya used to work at home as Mom’s help. She was in her early 20s and was a real workhorse. She had a long commute from her village outside her city but loved the whole idea of working in the city with a friendly boss. All was well. A couple of years in, her family […]

The person at the other end of the phone

We are all pressed for time..always. Our requests and needs are generally urgent. Large corporations’ customer service departments don’t help us. They are all broken thanks to flawed policy and bad procedure manuals. We have every right to be angry – why the hell can’t these big behemoths get it right? (“big behemoths” – the […]

Experience university

The only tuition you need to pay at experience university is to exhibit bad judgment and make mistakes. It’s simple, really. Go out, do something, and make a mistake – ideally a big one. Voila! Your education at the best university in the world has just begun. No essays or statements of purpose required. The […]

The Mastermind culture

‘Real change is cultural change, and you must go about it with the intent to change the culture, not to merely make the easy change, the easy sale.’ – Seth’s post of the day I’ve been thinking about culture a bit lately – specifically about culture within families and friends – the atomic unit equivalent […]

Sharanya Manivannan on Creativity, Poetry, and Inspiration

Dhanya interviewed Sharanya Manivannan on Sharanya is a Sri Lankan-Indian poet, journalist, and novelist who currently lives in Chennai, India. My favorite snippets – “I think everybody is creative. I think everybody has that creative nerve. I do believe in a spiritual understanding of what creativity is and I think it comes from somewhere […]