Ditch perfection

My biggest learning from 3.5 months of marriage – ditch perfection. As kids, we are born improvisers. We make friends with any new kid, laugh a lot, and embrace every situation. As we grow, we learn to plan and then get attached to that script in our head. So, we walk into a new situation […]

Learning to be under the radar

I am loud. I’ve been told to watch my voice’s volume more times than I can count. I get especially loud when I’m either excited or having a heated discussion. Being loud doesn’t help you stay under the radar. You attract attention to yourself when it is not necessary or helpful. As a result, learning […]

On the origins of Insurance

This week’s book learning is part 7 of a 12 part series on The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson. (Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) Insurance was nothing more than a gamble until mathematical innovations like probability, life expectancy, normal distribution came by. Two priests, Webster and Wallace, devised insurance as a way to compensate widows of […]

Aiming for Polish

What shape does the resistance take when we express a desire to give something a shot? Polish. The first time public speaker is unlikely to have polish. If he manages to manage his stage fright, his first time would be a success. Polish is something he might want to achieve in his 1000th attempt. The […]

Custom fit

I am always interested in learning how successful people become successful. I was initially curious about whether I could find a common pattern. But, my experiences so far (with books, personal contact and interviews via the The Real Leaders Project) tell me otherwise. There have been many intelligent people who have tried categorizing what successful […]