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Random things I think of


Aug 12, 2020

Re: The second wave is already here

In his thought provocking post yesterday, @jasonleow asked us ... What can we do as individuals to respond and adapt to these uncharted waters? Seth Godin talks about being a Purple Cow in his book with the same title. In a world where purple cows don't exist - you will add value by being differen...

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Feb 19, 2020

Want to write a book?

Like many people on this site, I have wondered if I have anything to offer in writing content. Before 2019, it never occurred to me that I would consider writing as regularly as I have. And then the streak happened, #TeamStreak happened, confidence boost happened, contests happened. Then people like...

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Jan 18, 2020

Coming to America (9)

Coming to America (1) Coming to America (2) Coming to America (3) Coming to America (4) Coming to America (5) Coming to America (6) Coming to America (7) Coming to America (8) Community College After arriving in the US, I was very eager to go to school. I had completed several tours of the neighbo...

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Jan 5, 2020


I watched a TED talk yesterday about reading, writing and story telling. There was a theme in a lot of the speeches. People who write well are avid readers. Most said that they read more than they write. I started to wonder: is reading a prerequisite for good writing? Are there any good writers th...

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Dec 25, 2019


I have tried a few different things when it comes to business.. I tried most of them on my own or with my family. But I did my best to avoid including other people..even friends from working with me. My belief was that I need to work on most of the things on my own. Alone. I figured that if I plann...

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Dec 24, 2019


I came across a few people in the few days that have been teaching at some point in their career. I was a Math and English tutor back in my college days and I liked it. The idea of being a teacher in college is appealing to me. First and foremost, I think teaching is a very fulfilling career. T...

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Dec 19, 2019

Editing - 2

A few years ago, someone told me that 'The Game' was the best book ever. I looked it up online and was puzzled. How can this be the best book? So one day as I was looking around in a book store, I came across the book. Once I started to read it, I was hypnotized. I happily gave my money to the book...

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Dec 17, 2019

Repetition With Resistance - 2

It took a while for me to identify contest as a way to push myself. I remember when I was much younger... doing Taekwondo. The bi-weekly practice was the most boring thing I did as a kid. However, when I went to my first competition and realized how nice those medals for #1,2 and 3 were, I took it ...

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Dec 16, 2019

Repetition With Resistance

In a casual conversation with a good friend, the topic of the streak came up... I am about to approach my one year mark. And just thinking about the act of writing every day - I feel like it is the main thing that made 2019 special and started off a cascade of other wonderful things. I read about th...

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Dec 14, 2019


There are many cultures where people touch each other more than usual. Ethiopia is one of those places. It is not uncommon to find people holding hands while walking in the streets of Addis Ababa...even if they are not in a romantic relationship. I used to hold hands with my girlfriends and walk f...

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Dec 10, 2019


For the longest time, I wanted to maintain my anonymity. I buy in the doomsday warning about how technology will make us devoid of any privacy. The fact that everyone now has a phone with camera is making this worse. Whenever I go to an event for things like workshops, toastmasters or meetups, tak...

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Dec 10, 2019

Empathy and feedback

I started reading a new book called 'The Mom Test'. I like it so far... I read something interesting in a chapter today. Some people like Gordon Ramsay are able to deal with getting brutally honest feedback and use it to get better. However everyone isn't built for getting honest feedback. Some peo...

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Dec 7, 2019


I am seeing a theme. It is everywhere I look. It is the underlying elephant in the room when most people talk to me in a vulnerable state. Loneliness. Or Questions about happiness. Or The purpose of life... Or. Something around that. Several text messages I am engaged in on an average day touches...

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Dec 4, 2019

Side effects

Lately I have thinking about the side effects of intelligence. I am surrounded by intelligent people that amaze me with how fast and brilliantly their mind works. Though I would love to believe that I am intelligent as well, I am aware that I am more of a hard worker. If anything, I have always susp...

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Nov 20, 2019

Earned VS selected leadership

I have been thinking about leadership lately. I have seen people who seem liked they have earned the leadership position they are in. They are oozing wisdom with how they approach conflict and high pressure situations. I don't think this is easy to do even if you read many how-to books. Then there...

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Oct 22, 2019

The Grey Area

I read a quote some years back that read... "If you are patient... really really patient.... Eventually, You WILL reach the edge of your patience." I found it hilarious but oh sooo true. Especially with my personality. I tend to go beyond what is reasonable when it comes to being patient with ot...

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Oct 16, 2019

Genetically predisposed

The other day I heard two doctors discussing health on a podcast. As usual it was all fascinating... And one phrase the interviewee said got my attention. "There is a difference between begin genetically predisposed to something as opposed to genetically predetermined." My ears perked up at that p...

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Oct 11, 2019

Make time to cry

I was reading a post on advice that some older people made. There was a long list of usual suspects... “Don’t ever give up on love.” “Don’t compare. You’ll never be happy with your life." “Find your passion and live it.” But this one got my attention... “Make time to cry.” Make time? To cry? Real...

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Jun 29, 2019


The #1 top regret is: > I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. I read a lot of books on this topic. What do most people past the age of 60-70 regret? What would they do if they could start over? What is the meaning of life? So when I read t...

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Apr 29, 2019


I was texting a friend to advice him on a bold move he was contemplating. I reminded him of his encouraging words for me while I was scared to do the same. "Giving advice is a lot easier than taking it" He says. That makes me pause. I was guilty of that too. Later that day, I was reading one publ...

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Apr 15, 2019

Lead or follow

I was driving my car with my brother in the passenger's seat. Both of us were relaxed after a nice brunch one Sunday morning. My brother asks randomly - "Are you more of a leader or a follower?" I pause to think. I do not like the word "follower". Especially the way it is used in Instagram. Has a...

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Apr 24, 2019


These beautiful creatures are effective decision making tools. How? By checking if one should do a task/goal/adventure based on butterflies. In the stomach. I heard a remarkable toastmasters speech last week. The speaker spoke about an experience she felt afraid to do and asked, "If you don't g...

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Apr 9, 2019

Coming to America (4)

I had always been curious about the US. When I arrived here, I observed these things that I think makes the US different. 1- Structure Everything has structure. Public transport, the library, stores - everything was remarkably punctual. You could see efficiency in action. The presence of law and...

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Mar 29, 2019

Let's Think of Community Events Here (2)

When one of my favorite writers Mark Manson turned 30, he asked his subscribers to write to him about what they would tell their 30 year old self. He explains this experiment on this post. 10 Life Lessons to Excel In Your 30s – A crowd-sourced article from my older readers on what they all wish th...

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