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The wisest people in any discipline rarely give us all the steps to get to where they’ve gotten.    Why is that?    Seth Godin, the great marketer, does not teach you how to use Facebook Ads.    I read Poor Charlie’s Almanac but did not gather much from the great Charlie Munger on how to invest like him and Buffett - but more so about life, and then I realised that was the same thing.    Naval Ravikant is famous for his How to Get Rich (Without Getting Lucky) Tweet-storm and podcast stream, yet even this was a big picture view, and provided the fundamentals. He didn’t

I was out for dinner the other night and I was fielding a few questions as to why I wasn’t drinking.    I realised recently that I didn’t want to drink alcohol anymore. I haven’t missed it so far. It turns out I didn’t need it anymore.    What ensued was a very healthy conversation about the role of drinking in our culture and our lives.    Mr. Alcohol   If there had once existed a person called ‘Mr. Alcohol’ who invented the suite of alcoholic drinks, then this person has done quite well in placing his product at the heart of almost every social ritual.    Birthdays. Weddings. Long

A man walks into a store with a sign over the door.    “BUY-PRODUCTS” it says.     On a shelf at the back, he sees a line of attractive products with no price tag.    MONEY.  FAME.  BEING LOVED BY ALL.  ROMANCE.  FANATICAL FRIENDS.  THOUGHT LEADER STATUS.  PROMOTIONS.  ETERNAL SALVATION. A SENSE OF PURPOSE.   He can’t believe his luck. All the things he has ever wanted.    “Excuse me” he says to the person behind the register. “How much for one of each?”   The attendee looks confused. “What do you mean sir?” She asks.    The man gestures at the shelf behind her, with all the great labels. “I saw the sign over the door, I want to BUY PRODUCTS”.    The

It became clear to me recently how important priorities are. There are always a range of values and important ideas we hold at once - but how do we manage the competition and tension between values, ideas, and the things we want to achieve?    What do you do when you can’t have it all? When forced to decide between two priorities that come head-to-head?   This got me thinking about how I rank my priorities. These priorities direct decision-making and the energy which I give to all the different items in my bucket.    I listed some of the important things I value that determine

On 11th June 1963, a Buddhist Monk by the name of Thich Quang Duc did some awe-defying in protest against the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese Government.    Outside the Cambodian Embassy, he took out a cushion and placed it on the ground.  He sat on it and prayed.    Several of his colleagues covered him in gasoline, and then when he was done praying, he lit himself ablaze.    The crowd screamed in shock and horror, looking on helplessly. Pandemonium erupted from all but one person.    Duc himself.   He did not shriek, nor gasp, nor offer as much as a shudder. He hardly moved a muscle

What you don’t know is that you were born inside a glass prison.    The way you look at the world appears clear to you, it appears that you see what is, but you do not. You cannot.    Your vision appears clear, but you are looking through glass.    If the glass is tinted red, you think the whole world is red, and if the glass is tinted green, you will see the world as green.    You think that the green you see is the same as the green that others around you see, that you are having the same experience. But what if you are

They used to think that running a mile in just four minutes was impossible.    Then a guy called Roger Bannister did it. Then everyone was doing it.    They used to think that travelling to the moon was impossible.    Barring some skeptics, it is now ridiculous to think the opposite.    Jesus of Nazareth asked his heavenly father to forgive the people who brutally crucified him, and Nelson Mandela left prison after almost thirty years with a will to work rather than bitterness.    An Austrian psychotherapist.    An Austrian psychotherapist who was taken to multiple concentration camps during WWII lost his parents, brother and wife in the process, as

I’ve talked about this idea before, but let’s be clear.    A lot of those things you call goals, a lot of your desires are simply heavy, leaky jars. ‘Leaky’ because as Liam Hounsell puts it, you keep trying to fill them but they don’t stay full.    ‘Heavy’ because they take huge energy to carry, to lug around. As such, they burden your existence.    Take the young man who desperately wants to be a famous business CEO.  By holding up such a goal, the boy immediately becomes less than his ideal self. From the outset, he is doomed. All due to his perspective, he must

The Law of Cooling When you take a hot bowl of water out of the oven and sit it on the counter, thanks to the law of cooling, it will eventually adjust to the temperature of the room. The room temperature becomes the temperature of the bowl, and not the other way around.  The culture and the environment are always more powerful than the individual. We always fall back to the bare minimum systems we have in place.   But what is the source? But when you place that water in the stove and light the gas, the water will heat up, and irrespective of

The Mirror of Erised is a magical mirror from the Harry Potter series of books and films. You can familiarise yourself here.    It does not simply show one their reflection.    Harry’s friend, Ronald Weasley, looks into the Mirror and sees himself achieving sporting and leadership glory at their school, clearly jealous of his older, high-achieving brothers.    Harry on the other hand sees his parents, who died protecting him when he was young, standing beside him. The two can’t make sense of their differing visions.    It takes the intervention of the wise school Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, to fill Harry in on the mirror’s magic; the

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