Book Giveaway #67: Who Says You Can’t Do?

“Once YOU LET THAT CONSCIOUS VOICE take over your life, THAT DEEP WISDOM THAT IS QUITE AWARE and knows what’s right for you, then you will discover your greatness. It’s an invisible force that lies deep within you., the person you know you really are. IT IS THE PERSON that most of us never let the other people see.” Continue reading Book Giveaway #67: Who Says You Can’t Do?

TED Talk of the Day #009: Massive-scale online collaboration

If you are on Internet, then you are likely to be familiar with CAPTCHA – that irritating question you have to answer to prove that you are human and not a bot.
Well, your irritation is being channelled to solve problems. If you have ever filled the new reCAPTCHA form, then you have UNKNOWINGLY contributed to digitization of a book. Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #009: Massive-scale online collaboration

TED Talk of the Day #008: A monkey economy as irrational as ours

Laurie Santos looks for the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primate relatives make decisions. A clever series of experiments in “monkeynomics” shows that some of the silly choices we make, monkeys make too.
OK, this is embarrassing. The speaker REVEALS how we THINK that we are supersmart (and vain about it) but, in reality, using her words, “we can also be incredibly, incredibly dumb when it comes to some aspects of our decision making.” Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #008: A monkey economy as irrational as ours

TED Talk of the Day #007: Drawing on humor for change

New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly shares a portfolio of her wise and funny cartoons about modern life — and talks about how humor can empower women to change the rules.

The COVID-19 pandemic is getting more and more chaotic. What can we do with the extra time we are getting?

Well, when the speaker had chaos in her life, she discovered Cartooning. Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #007: Drawing on humor for change

TED Talk of the Day #006: 3 ways to plan for the (very) long term

We spend most of our time, thinking about our goals and chasing them. There is a recent trend among some leaders (certainly most entrepreneurs – listen to the talk) to shun long-term thinking. After all, who has seen the future? People argue that your long-term goals would be meaningless in a totally different tomorrow. This “short-termism” is a disease of our current times (though these “quick-fixes” – as the speaker calls them – may have some merit – for some projects and ventures). Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #006: 3 ways to plan for the (very) long term

Book Giveaway #64: Willpower Doesn’t Work

When it comes to achieving goals making committed decisions involves:

1. investing upfront;
2. MAKING IT PUBLIC
3, Setting a timeline
4. installing SEVERAL FORMS OF FEEDBACK / ACCOUNTABILITY; and
5. removing or altering EVERYTHING in your environment that OPPOSES your commitment. Continue reading Book Giveaway #64: Willpower Doesn’t Work

TED Talk of the Day #005: Lets get honest about our money problems

With COVID-19 distress, most of us are bound to face financial stress. Interestingly, it is usually about over-obsession with a lifestyle than real cash-crunch. For example, when the speaker’s brother asked for a loan (for the nth time), she told him to cut expenses. He was enraged. He kept increasing his Credit Card exposure to maintain his lifestyle. One day he killed himself. She talks about such people: “They drive a Mercedes, but their budget really only can afford a Honda.”
Why do we do it? She calls it “Money Shame” Continue reading TED Talk of the Day #005: Lets get honest about our money problems

Book Giveaway #63: Effortless Living

Thus, what we have, so far, is TOTAL TRUST and EFFORTLESSNESS.

This is where a philosopher called Laozi (or Lao Tzu) – a mysterious semi-historical duing 6 BC – did us a great service. He is credited with a text called Tao-Te-Ching – which is like a manual on effortlessness. This philosophy could be summarized as – *Do nothing and accomplish everything*. Flow freely like water in life, around whatever shows up, and everything will get done in natural course of life. “Wu Wei” is a term to denote “effortless action”. Continue reading Book Giveaway #63: Effortless Living