It is not the critic who counts

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” 

Excerpt from the famous speech of Franklin D Roosevelt, “Citizenship In A Republic”. Delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April 1910. 

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“A blazing fire makes flame and brightness out of everything that is thrown into it.”

– Marcus Aurelius

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Starting off in good earnest

A lazy tramp sauntering along the road saw an old man sitting at the door of his house and stopped to inquire of him the whereabouts of a certain place. “How far is such and such a village?” he asked.

The old man remained silent.

The man repeated his query several times. Still, there was no answer. Disgusted at this, the traveller turned to go away. The old man then stood up and said, “The village of __ is only a mile from here.

What!” said the tramp, “Why did you not speak when I asked you before?”

Because then“, said the old man. “you seemed so halting and careless about proceeding, but now you are starting off in good earnest, and you have a right to an answer.

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”

– Marcus Aurelius


Before You Choose a Workplace

Choose a career instead of a company


See what your career goals and learning objectives, whether you aspire to work in a multinational organisation or in a startup are. If it is not a good match of your career goals, you are in oblivion. 

Explore the soul of an organisation, see if you can marry her

Choosing an organisation is like choosing a bride, wisest choice you ever make. 

Seek what inspires you


There is no scientific process, no algorithm, to inspire you to do something extraordinary unless you do what you feel like doing.

PEOPLE

People make organisations. Do not fall into the trap of tags, look for empathetic, hardworking and inspiring people.

Money is short-term, Career is long-term

Money is a temporary solution to  a permanent problem. 

The Eight Factors of Persistence

DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE: Knowing what one wants is the first and, perhaps, the most important step towards the development of persistence. 

DESIRE: One has to desire something with all the heart and mind, to put the action in place. 

SELF-BELIEVE: Know thyself.

DEFINITENESS OF PLANS: Plan what you can conceive, and compare it with what you have achieved. Make corrections, additions and subtractions. 

ACCURATE KNOWLEDGE: Do not guess, know it. Search for reliable information, analyse it. Talk to mentors, have their point of view. 

COOPERATION: Sympathy, understanding, and harmonious cooperation with others tend to develop persistence. 

WILL POWER: Nothing is possible if you have enough will to make it happen. Minimize noise, maximise concentration. Visualise your goal to keep yourself focused. 

HABIT: Persistence is the direct result of habit. The mind absorbs and becomes a part of the daily experiences upon which it feeds. Repetition is mighty.