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Reading Napolean Hill’s – Keys to Success

Napoleon Hill's Keys to Success: The 17 Principles of Personal AchievementNapoleon Hill’s Keys to Success: The 17 Principles of Personal Achievement by Napoleon Hill

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Having read Think and Grow Rich and quiet impressed by it, this was a natural choice to pick up from my wishlist. Napolean Hill does an amazing job in formulating the idea that we all have heard or seen practiced. However, we never got a chance study and condense them into these 17 principles that Napolean discusses. To mention them , they are:

  1. Have definite goals
  2. Form a team that actively improve by symbiosis
  3. Improve personality
  4. Have Faith with practice
  5. Do the extra work
  6. Be Initiative
  7. Have positive attitude
  8. Control enthusiasm
  9. Be disciplined
  10. Think based on facts
  11. Focus
  12. Inspire – Teamwork
  13. Learn from failures
  14. Be creative
  15. Be healthy
  16. Manage Time and Money
  17. Discipline the habits

This formulation works with any goal. I have personally experienced this by  revisiting some of my personal experiences where I set a goal and achieved it.  Though I had neither read this book at that time nor tried any self-analysis. But after reading the book it turns out true that I have actually followed most if not all the steps mentioned.

It is common sense that we are normally limited by resources at a specific time. Mostly these resources are monetary savings, emotional savings, personal health and accomplishments (read failures), facts available and the level of belief and confidence.

Like we notice with anything else, if we are really good at a particular thing we tend to perform better than the expected normal on other subject. Say , if you are a student in school. If you are really good in English you will definitely notice a great improvement in your social science or history test results because of your English and the confidence that it creates within you.

Habits are nice to have in which we auto pilot most of the stuff that we need done, so it becomes muscle memory than a strenuous mental computation process. This helps us put all the routine task to auto pilot so we focus on goals that need creativity and focus.

 

There are multiple other books that took some of these principles and expanded upon it.

Habits are nicely covered by Stephen R. Covey

Focus is touched upon by Cal Newport in Deep Work

Norman Vincent Peale had expanded upon power of positive thinking

Everyone has faced faith either by force or by habit, to realize it by applied faith and practice is upon the self. Whenever Napolean says about faith I pass through the paragraphs since I believe in something, that some people call religion. Every person has her/his own opinion and faith. If that works for them then look no further. This is de-facto covered by default.

I could easily relate to having used these principles in some of my job searched. The last search was highly effective. We had an awesome team of job seekers, all from my research group. All planning on graduating and we used to discuss our research and job search alike. Though we had different target graduation dates and goal deadline, we all achieved it. Did our graduation, defended thesis/defense, published it, got a job. The magic of working in groups and discussing is rare. To get such a group at the right time and to nourish and learn from the group was a great learning experience.

 

Throughout the 17 points listed , one theme is evident. That is control. A person in charge, in control of their destiny plans ahead, plans for failures, assimilates resources, focuses at the goal to be attained and devotes time, effort and resources in relentless pursuit with completely controlled enthusiasm. This is driven by positive attitude supported by discipline in actions and thoughts. This is exactly what the book articulates.

Overall this is a nice read, if you know something just skip that section and the book will yield what you picked it up for.

 

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Posted by on November 20, 2017 in Book Review, Review, Uncategorized

 

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Fuel of life : ATP – A Targeted Plan

If you want to achieve something. Plan.

This is THE MOST important and first step to achieve your goals.

It is mentioned in all possible self help books that you can find.

Listing some

Think and grow Rich

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny

Jumpstart Your Business: 10 Jolts to Ignite Your Entrepreneurial Spirit
Even “root” once said about PhD advisor’s motto

Decide what you want. Go get it

 

And Les Brown says that too.

Ambition is the most desired character in any field. That is in one way a natural trait of humans. “Ambitions unlimited” seem to be the genetic motto of humans. But by some circumstances people tend to be mediocre. Ambition boosts once self confidence. The end result of ambition, called “Success” is what people envy about. Never once have I heard people say that I envy someone’s ambition. The mediocre guy pretends ignorance to ambitions or act like a jealous Indian, forgetting conveniently that there is no limit to excel.  They overreact when someone says Plans can fail. They do not see that at the end of a failure there is success.  Thus, in a sequence not planning lead to non-failure, planning is often never done due to fear of failure. Even if texts which are centuries old, Bhagavad Gita, and later literature urge one that fear of failure should not be a deterrent to success.

Knowing this the very next best step to do is to decide. Though indecision, is also a decision. (Remembering Narasimha Rao‘s famous ” inaction is also action”). Some spritual schools may definitely believe in indecision as decision. Also, decision can be reached by this sort of elimination method.

Let us think what a decision can do.

We know that ambitious people have a plan, a focus , a decision. This decision leads to A Targeted Plan = ATP . Like the ATP molecules which are the energy units of the human body cells. A Targeted Plan can change the way of life. As the Inventor Charles Kettering said ” A Problem well stated in a problem half solved” . The decision leads to well stated target. This target leads to single-minded focus. Which helps us to stay organized around this central idea or theme. Focus is essential , as in cameras, to get the clear picture. The decision to follow the target plan, with persistence of effort naturally lead to the desired success. Some people are brilliant at multi-tasking, some are brilliant in coming to a decision fast, some are slow, some are great at choosing the right decision, some are excellent in analyzing the available choices to arrive at the decision. All the further activities are determined by the decided mind.

Ambitious people know their weakness. And work towards bettering it. Decision lets you prioritize and rearrange the tasks at hand. Decisions by ambitious keeps them moving.

Like the great Taxi driver who told about his son’s life.

“A motor without load will burn”

His son, he said, started like him, as a driver. He took bike on loan, paid it off, got a car on loan, paid the loan through his rides; took house on loan and paid it off by hard work. Because of this all banks are happy to lend him money. Because they know he has proven record of repayment on time. He said whatever his son has made is through his own hardwork and persistence, without anybody’s help. The load that he took upon himself , the ambition, made him a successful person that his father is proud of. Without that load of ambition the talents as a human would have burned and become useless.

The ambition of  person can be limitless. In fact, ambition should drive one towards a positive life, made possible by decisions and actions. No wonder truly ambitious people stay focused and achieve what they want.

Ten years back, when I wrote the Kerala Engineering , Agricultural and Medical Entrance Exam, I scored mediocre marks. A family friend asked me why you are not on the top. As was my track record in his perception. I said I was not decided on what I wanted. It reflects directly on the results. This is a fact. This is an experience. At the same time, I have achieved stuff on which I was ambitious, decided what I wanted and stood focused. Come what may, that ends up in success. The good thing about being ambition is same as that of education.

More education paves way for more venues to learn. As ambitions leads to success, that success paves way for more success. It is all a matter of persistence. And all we need is to keep the fuel of life or ATP well stocked in our tanks.

 

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Book Review: Jumpstart Your Business: 10 Jolts to Ignite Your Entrepreneurial Spirit

Jumpstart Your Business: 10 Jolts to Ignite Your Entrepreneurial SpiritJumpstart Your Business: 10 Jolts to Ignite Your Entrepreneurial Spirit by Shawn Doyle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a book meant to be used in proactive reading style. I could use it that way and had some notes and questions jotted down from the “jolts”. The book is written is a very confident style where the bragging part doesn’t come off as odd. The examples of success stories are kept to a common man’s level. Yes, it does not speak of Steve Jobs or Elon Musk , for a change?!
This book provides an easy top follow guideline that can be written down as a checklist. So once you have a brooding idea about startup then you can easily walk through the checklist and take the necessary steps and cross out the ones that you have already achieved.
The time I read book coincides with my participation in a Pre-Seed workshop in University at Buffalo. Here, I am part of a team that discuss strategies to help build a startup around the patented invention of Idea champion. This book steps through the essential steps of building a business around the entrepreneur , corresponds to the idea champion in the workshop.
In this process the book urges you to think, if not write down, about the answers to questions posed to the reader at the end of each chapter. These questions helps one understand the thought process behind the creation and maintenance of a company and assists in staging and forming the basis for the foresight, to see the work in action in near future.
The icing on the cake is the collection of books and authors at the end for further reading.

Some of the quotes (as it has become a standard with self help books) that I liked from this particular writing are:

” Business is as good as the people you associate with”

” It is what you know and who you know” that helps the business

” If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader” – John Quincy Adams

The book also quotes Think and Grow Rich atleast 3 times in its content, making it the next book to be read if you haven’t already done so. The context mostly is that ” You are what you think” and thinking positive. Which any religion, say Buddhism also mentions. After reading these books on ” business” and ” leadership ” I get this feeling that the American way of writing on business tends to project capitalism and money as basic motivation while the oriental spiritualism says the same without touching the money but peace and self satisfaction. I can’t blame one if it is through money that one achieves self satisfaction and peace of mind. But it is one big thing in such books were success is almost always tied to money. This works perfectly for people who believe in capitalism. “Ultimately it is the belief”

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Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Book Review, Review

 

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| Jab jago tab savera | Wake up to make the morning.

A new year comes up. The numbers change. The accounting changes. The responsibility increases. The age increases. The mind gets cluttered more. The more, the better. In this wake of the new year. Some resolutely resolve to come up with a resolution. The need for it comes in search for a purpose, aim, and course of action for the days ahead. Resolutions vary in length, vision, imagination and creativity. This asks for a reflection on what happened to the previous year. The aims, decisions and acts that lead to its conclusions , each would be dissected to carefully analyse and strategically plan , co-ordinate, determine, decide and put in words the objectives of the new year. This could be inconclusive, sometimes needing drastic corrections and change in course and ways. There arises a question on the determination of the mind on the plan to be followed. The scepticism with which a resolution is framed breaks the foundation of the determination leading to a deterministic mentality. While an existentialist would proclaim ” Jab jago tab savera”. Truly, when the action and orientation is in the firm grasp of mind. It is morning when I wake up. I have my own plan of action. I do what I wish. Of course, without questioning or jeopardizing the liberty of fellow-being. It is the right time when I feel like it. I am responsible for what I do, I have complete authority and freedom on what I do. In this way everyone walks in their own path, to reach personal goals. There may a convergence of thoughts and methods of different minds. However, every creation is unique in its own respect. Happy New Year can be on any day I wish. Probably, all days are beginning of a new year. And every day starts with New Year wishes shared around, often shortened as “Good morning”. That morning is mine. I wake up to make the morning, my morning.

NB: With inputs from Subodh and Dharma

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Plans can fail , You cannot

(image taken from beatingcowdens.com)

I was surprised by this new phrase made by my friend Siva

“Plans can fail but you cannot”

He said this with no great visible thought process, but how thoughtful this is.

This was a revealing moment when I was feeling that my plans always fail. But its not about the plans failing or specifically “my” planning getting failed. It was the plan which was destined to fail. It was a default criteria for the plan to go through the process of failure in the very least. It was the first step of the planning process. This was the condition by default. This was a position that a plan cannot miss or even try escape.

The failure of the plan is the stepping stone for the plan to prosper. The plan here cannot be something personal. In this sense , the planner has to keep himself detached from the plan. It is not personal at all.

The plan is set a standard different and not compared or constrained by the background of the planner. The plan is a stand alone entity. It has to be viewed as an whole entity in itself.

So what do you do when a plan fails, start building it again.

(image taken from www.g21.com.au )

Some may think that this idea is of making the vision narrower and see the specifics and keep the overall outline away. This is not the case. For even an average planning process that is devoid of a belonging to a bigger system, the idea of considering the plan as a closed system works. The plan is a means to itself. It is the beginning, it is the starting point. It is not the end in itself. A plan is constrained by the plan itself, in this way it is not dependent on the planner, the planning process, the thoughts, the environmental variables, the consideration and implications by related systems or the effect of the overall system on it. Such a thinking is made possible because plan is considered as a verbal form of thought process. It is completely qualitative and devoid of existence. It is in paper, in bits and bytes but not in physical , realised, implemented or developed form.

A plan can then very well fail. It has the potential to and it is always tending to fail. This may be a version of the Murphy’s law. but not that straight forward. Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong” says Murphy’s law. But according to Siva only the “Plan can fail, the person cannot”. A person involved in planning should not be bogged down by the implications of a failed plan. The same way the law of detachment of Bhagavad Gita or the Vedas could tell us the importance of freeing ourselves from the idea that we feel we own.

(image taken from http://www.candocareersolutions.ca/business-plan-writer.jpg)

There is a concept that the employee performance improves when a sense of belonging develops between the work and the worker. This belonging should be kept at a safe distance that the work and plan does not keep you too much engaged that the plan or work would be the reason for everything. This explanation could be disputed, due to varied nature of human thought process.

Nevertheless, what Siva said holds true “Plans can fail, but you cannot”.

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Getting confused is good

Getting confused is not always related to foolishness. Iis not a monopoly of the imbeciles. What you understand by getting confused is that your mind is thinking, it is thinking radially without being monotonic, it is thinking in radial directions, keeping things open and making your mind more healthy and creative. A scientist told me this. Catch him in twitter ->

When someone is giving you facts, statements of life and experience and provides suggestions and advices your mind should naturally get confused, of course only if it is a healthy and creative mind. By this the mind keeps open the opportunities that lie ahead and the broad image and perspective of the things around make life a smorgasbord of  sweet dishes to choose from. The confused mind lets you loose yes but also it keeps banging you with more options than you have ever thought of. Don’t think that every confused man is stupid or vice versa. Nevertheless, it is as important to get confused as to get to a practical solution to the confusion. As the word suggests it is a fusion of ideas a lot it, some mind-blowing and out of the world ideas, some down to earth and silly ones, some mediocre and moderate ones. See the whole Gaussian distribution; get to know more. Keep your eyes, ears and nose open. That is  exactly why it is in a normally open condition. Let the mind process in an incubator of its own. Time will give you the solution. But don’t let the time run out. For the clock ticks and the age grows. Be yourself. Be your master.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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