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Do This to Live a Boring, Mediocre Life

Beginner's Luck is the ultimate mistress, always there to seduce me into thinking I am good enough. You try something for the first time, and you surprise yourself. The first time I let go of the arrow, it hits the bullseye. The first time I send in an article to a...

Journey of a Thousand Miles begins with THIS

Journey of a thousand miles… Someone somewhere is baking a cake for the first time. The cake comes out OK: it’s eatable. But it tastes funny. On a scale of 1 to 10, ten being the best and one being the worst, the cake is hovering between minus 3 and minus 2. A few...

Job, Career or a Calling

There are three ways to look at our work. Either we think it's a job, it's a career, or we think it is our calling. And at least one of these categories is very, very bad for us (no prizes for guessing which one though). +++ There was a study done by Dr Amy...

The Job and The Struggle

Recently we talked about identifying our job. We also saw how we can ritualize the work: show up everyday for our job. My job is to write. To design. To solve problems. Not necessarily in that order. I do it every day. I must. That's my decision. I have also outlined...

Simple, Not Easy

I recently had a discussion with Yasir Nisar over a cup of warm tea and hot samosas. Yes, tea and samosa. Yasir is a professional photographer here in Pakistan. His pictures can sell upwards of 50,000 rupees each. Each. His calendar for the next few months, by his own...

A Word of Advice on Words of Advice

A lot of people share and keep sharing Steve Job's Commencement Speech at Stanford. The official video released by Stanford 6 years ago, has so far garnered 18 millions views. It's a great speech. If you haven't watched it, you must. A lot of people share that video...

The Collector of Good

I had just arrived in Islamabad via Daewoo, and the old friend who came to pick me up was having car trouble. The car's headlights were just not functioning, and it was getting dark. We assumed the problem to be the simplest: a fuse had shorted and a simple...

Acknowledgments and Your Invisible Team

I am re-re-re-reading The Lean Startup as I am preparing a workshop on business growth. I noticed the Acknowledgments section which I had of course seen before, but haven't read read it. Then I took out my pen and listed the people Eric Ries acknowledges. About 5...

How to Never Have Problems Ever Again

Two types of people: those who say there is no opportunity out there, and those who say there are so many opportunities that it's hard to pick. Seeing opportunities is a skill. And an easy one. The pursuit of an opportunity, being persistent and showing up every day -...