At times, making a decision is hard. Making good decisions, although subjective, is harder.
There have been days when I’ve stood gazing for minutes in the cereal isle, contemplating which one to buy. This “analysis paralysis” had started to silently spread to bigger, more important, personal and professional decisions.
I had to mend it.
After much reading and practising over the past few months, I’ve gained a bit more insight as to why some decisions seem difficult to make, and how we can make better decisions without complicating things or making matters worse.
Excluding impulse, almost all important …continue reading…
Last month, Professor Andrei Linde, who’s said to be the father of the theory of cosmic inflation, was surprised by his assistant with the ‘smoking gun’ evidence of the origins of the universe. After having waited over 30 years, the new proof (of gravitational waves from the Big Bang) supports his idea that the universe expanded extremely quickly after it was born.
Celebrating the breakthrough, Professor Linde made an interesting remark:
If this is true, this is a moment of understanding of nature, of such a magnitude that it just overwhelms, and let’s see, let just hope that
A tweet this morning pointed to an article titled “Stop talking about your brilliant startup idea!“, in which a fellow Melbournian writes (in summary):
Nobody cares about your idea.
Stop talking to your friends about your ideas.
Stop talking to customers about your ideas.
Stop telling me your ideas.
As harsh as that may sound, there is a better reason to “stop talking.” There’s plenty of scientific evidence on the notion of secrecy, which shows that people who talk about their intentions are less likely to make them happen. Derek Sivers wrote about it a few years back: …continue reading…
Lately, I’ve been focusing on attaining more discipline in my professional life as a startup founder. It had become apparent to me that I needed to step up and make it happen. Striving for it has raised an interesting question in my mind — could positive thinking be delusional at times, and consequently counter-productive?
You see, a positive mindset can often lead to a mirage, a state of daydreaming that fools us into believing that we are self-aware and in complete control. Most people have to confront sloth, as I did too, due to the comfort zone nested …continue reading…
When 1 in 3 humans are affected by a disease, it needs attention and help from all corners. There are many types of cancers, so it’s hard to say if we’ll ever be able to completely cure cancer. But prevention, early detection and proper care are crucial in cancer diagnosis and its treatment.
As David Agus, a cancer doctor, would like to say:
In health care today, we spend most of the dollars — in terms of treating disease — in the last two years of a person’s life.
I pondered on it one evening and thought I’d find …continue reading…
Italian-American jazz guitarist Joe Pass once said:
If you hit a wrong note, then make it right by what you play afterwards.
I’ve been thinking about it for a while and its, almost lyrical, resemblence to life touched me. Any failure or setback in life can be overshadowed by what is done with the learning it leaves behind.
Starting this New Year on a philosophical note, wishing that it brings peace & good health to everyone.