In Praise of Wasting Time

In his book In Praise of Wasting Time, author and MIT Professor Alan Lightman emphasizes how important it is to waste time these days in terms of allowing our minds to roam freely in any direction which opens the gates…
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On Learning from a Single Source

Eric Hoffer was a fine American philosopher whose quote below resonates really well with the technological era. In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer…
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The Next Thing

The Next Thing

One of my favorite books is The One Thing in which the authors describe the concept of time blocking of up to 4 hours to focus on the most important task each day. Their philosophy is that if the person…
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A Good Hand

Being members of the same species, all humans have a similar physiological functioning. Due to this reason, we sometimes mistakenly assume that everyone is the same and general purpose techniques for self development are devised by amateurs (including me) that…
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Being Grateful for Being Grateful

As they say, the children do not listen to our words, they simply imitate our actions. As I have mentioned in other posts on gratitude here and here, we have this ritual at the dinner table where every member of…
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Because We Can ….

Android David conversing with Dr. Holloway

In the great movie Prometheus, the android David engages in a very interesting conversation with Dr. Holloway. Holloway: You think we wasted our time coming here, don’t you? David: Your question depends on me understanding what you hoped to achieve…
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Pay with the Right Currency

Right currency

On many occasions, I come across a young man or woman who wants to learn a subject or master something. More often than not, they are looking for a shortcut, or at least a straight cut (e.g., a single book,…
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A Little Foolishness Helps

It is usually assumed that wise and far-sighted people can accomplish any project better than the rest. While it might be true in general, I have observed that having a certain dose of foolishness goes a long way towards achieving…
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For Relations Around Us

Train station

Every day I am going to my city office on a train. I am returning home in the evening through the same route. Each time I see an ocean of people around me in the train station. I see the…
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Fruit of Patience

Olive tree

While reading my son’s science lesson, I came across a fact about the Olive tree. It is one tree whose first fruit appears after at least 30 years. However, once it starts giving fruit, it continues for centuries. In today’s…
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