The Greatness Guide by Robin Sharma – Idea rich!

One of the disadvantages of having an archaic phone whose headphone cords don’t work is you can’t listen to audio in places with close proximity to public. As a result, I had to take a book along and thank god I took this one..

3 things that struck me:

1) The book is ‘idea rich‘! Lots and lots of ideas in byte sized chapters (no more than 3 pages). Every page has a nice little anecdote and a quote that makes for very entertaining read. Who says management books can’t be page turners?

2) I found the book to be very very reflective. It caused me to stop at many points and actually think of what I would do in situations, what I am doing right now, whether what I plan to do makes sense, whether I am actually focusing on the priorities etc. Every once a while, it is nice picking up a book like this. I have jotted down a whole bunch of new ideas to reflect on in the next few days, a whole bunch of quotes(like the Anita Roddick one today morning) to share on this blog and what’s more, I think I’ve found a new blog to subscribe to. If his blog is anywhere as close as his book, it should be well worth it!

3) We’re all destined to be great! Let’s just not shrug, make excuses and look for alibis. Our schedule tells the true story. What are we REALLY spending time on? A schedule never lies.. are we setting ourselves up for greatness?

There’s enough out there for all of us. So, let’s start pulling each other up! 🙂

The Blind Side – Loved the movie!

Caught the movie ‘Blind Side’ on flight today. Loved it! It’s just the kind of movie I love watching – inspirational, family based and what’s more – it’s based on a sport!

Blind Side is the movie which got Sandra Bullock the Oscar for Best Actress. She plays the role of a well to do white mom who adopts a (huge) black homeless kid studying in her kids’ school and the story of how this kid with potential becomes a great football (The American one..) player. Based on a true story..

3 things that struck me..

1) Every one of us is insanely good at something. This kid, Michael, flopped all diagnostic tests but scored in the 97 percentile in ‘Protective instincts‘. Bullock harnessed this strength to bring out his fierce side and make him an incredible football player..

2) It’s all about family. Enough said.. 🙂

3) It’s important to give first. Bullock played a life-changing role in Michael’s life. It was a challenge to get to know him though -‘like an onion, you have to peel one layer at a time‘. She gave the relationship her all. The results were, of course, life-changing!

Seatguru for seat selection during online check in..

Disclaimer: This post is not applicable for all fellow students who have the privilege of flying Tiger Airways to and fro from Singapore. But hey, we can’t complain.. the rates are amazing! 🙂

Anyway, it was a nice change being able to access Online check in and being assigned a seat. The cool part was using seatguru! I’d read about Seatguru on lifehacker and it was nice to finally check it out..

Seatguru is a service which allows you to check out the seats on the plane in addition with the pros and cons of every seat. Here is a screenshot..

Pretty useful for long flights and frequent fliers I thought.. 🙂