Category Archives: quotes and excerpts from great books

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Pomodoro Technique: One at a time, using Pomodoro Technique in order to get things done.

Pomodoro in Italian means ‘Tomato’. The technique was developed by Francesco Cirillo in 1980s. A ‘tomato’ shaped kitchen timer is used to break the task in 25 minutes interval to stay indistractable. Short break of 3 minutes is prescribed on completion of one Pomodoro to stay directed and achieve focus.

Even if you haven’t completed your task on hand, break it down to 25 minutes Pomodoro. Breaking down and taking breaks after 25 minutes is to praise you for accomplishing, not the other way round that you didn’t completed. Have few Pomorados a day and you will be more focused with high achievability. Its the art of getting things done.

One at a time the most priority one gives you accomplishment instead of having many and doing nothing.

Getting competing thoughts out of your head is mandatory if you want to be able to stay focused. Keep it aside by writing it in your urgent but not so important quadrant as said by Steven R. Covey in his best selling book the ‘7 habits of highly effective people’.

The fight between ‘have to’ and ‘want to’ is known as the ‘Terrible two’. When people push work on you, it’s unlikely you’ll enjoy doing it.

In the Pomodoro technique, you select the number of activities in the morning that you believe you can complete during the day.

By actively pulling the activities into your To Do List instead of getting them pushed on you,you increase your personal commitment.

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Most important thing is that try to sow good seeds so that the plant, flowers that will grow will be very bright and outstanding in this world.

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Tools for creative thinking

1. Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, your mind will find ways to do it. Believing paves the way to solutions. Eliminate “impossible”, “can’t”, “no use trying” from your thinking and speaking vocabulary.

2. Don’t let tradition paralyze your mind. Be experimental. Try new ideas. Pick random things. Be progressive.

3. Ask yourself daily, “How can I do better?” There is no limit to self improvement. Keep trying.

4. Ask yourself, “How can I do more?” Capacity is a state of mind. If you want anything to be done, give it to a busy man. Asking yourself this question puts your mind to work to find intelligent shortcuts.

5. Practice asking and listening. Big people monopolize the listening; small people monopolize the talking.

6. Stretch your mind. Get stimulated. Associate with people who can help you to think of new ideas, new ways of doing things. Mix with people of different occupational and social interests.

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Change is the only constant and learning to learn is the top skill to master.

AI and Automation is the biggest threat to any top businesses and skills.

There has always been a talk among the critics of amazing futuristic innovations that haven’t really actualized yet.

Four C’s – critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity are the top skills which many pedagogical experts say must be taught in schools.

And how to deal with constant change in the constantly changing world is the real challenge. To survive and flourish in such a world, you will require a lot of mental flexibility and and great reserves of emotional balance.

The advice Harari, the author gives to a 15 years old is, ‘ don’t rely on the adults too much.’ Most of them mean well but they just don’t understand the world.

What should you rely on then? Technology? No. Biotechnology, Machine Learning, and AI? No. Should you rely on yourself then? If you know yourself, maybe – but most people don’t know themselves and are products of external influences because we are living in the era of hacking humans. To succeed in such a daunting task, you need to work hard on getting to know your operating system better.

Learning to learn or self learning is the most important skill you will be relying on in order to reinvent yourself and face uncertainty and unknown leading to 2040.

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Grow BIG by Thinking Big.

Remember, It pays in every way to think BIG.

Don’t sell yourself short. You’re better than you think you are.

Stretch your vision. See what can be, not just what is. Practice adding value to things, people and to yourself.

Use the big thinker’s vocabulary. Use big, bright, cheerful words that promise victory, hope, happiness, pleasure. Avoid words that creat unpleasant images.

Get the big view of your job.

Think above trivial things. Ask yourself, “Is it really important?” Focus your attention on big objectives.

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Start with Why

An organization’s why comes from the founder and their beliefs. This is often something they believe long before their organization exists. It’s a cause that drives them constantly.

Learner’s clubs why is the acquisition of new knowledge on a regular basis and inspiring others to keep learning new things and concepts. Learning makes us intellect and helps improve us in decision making.

How we do it is gaining new knowledge from whatever sources we can books, quotes we found somewhere around or while discussions on various topics with other learned people and professionals, whereas social media and internet is a new source of learning these days.

What we do is inspiring others and keep them motivated to achieve more and learn more.

People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it. 5GB MP3 player Vs 1000 songs in your pocket. Creative told us WHAT their product was and Apple told us WHY we need it.

This relationship defines the difference between the Vision and a mission statement. The vision is the purpose whereas the mission is how the company will work towards its vision.

Leadership requires two things a vision of the world that does not yet exist and the ability to communicate it.

The leader sits at the top of the cone at the start, the point of WHY, while the HOW types sit below and are responsible for actually making things happen. The leader imagines the destination and how types find the route to get there.

The goal is to hire those who are passionate for your why, your purpose, cause or belief and who have the attitude that fits your culture.

When you hire people who believe what you believe, success just happens. You don’t hire for skills you hire for attitude.

Great companies don’t hire skilled people and motivate them, they hire already motivated people and inspire them.

So start finding the Why of your life which will definitely guide you towards the way to success. Your How can change and have enlarged view but keep sticking to your Why.

From the global bestseller book Start with Why by Simon Sinek.

Thanks to the Booklet Guy Amrut Deskmukh for making things little easy to learn.

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“Underneath he’s probably a very nice guy. Most folks are.”

Remember those two short sentences next time someone declares war on you. Hold your fire.

The way to win in situations like this is to let the other fellow blow his stack, and then forget it.

Remember, when someone throws the verbal tornado or tongue lashings on you, you are just a guy who gave him a chance to get something out of his system.

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Interest, enthusiasm is the critical factor to achieve anything.

With a positive, optimistic and cooperative attitude a person with an IQ of 100 will earn more money, win more respect, and achieve more success than a negative, pessimistic, uncooperative individual with an IQ of 120.

Just enough sense to stick with something – a chore, task, project – until it’s completed, pays off much better than idle intelligence, even if idle intelligence be of genius calibre.

For stickability is 95 percent of ability.

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Most of us make two basic errors:

1. We underestimate our own brain power.

2. We overestimate the other fellow’s brain power.

Because of these errors many people sell themselves short. But along comes the fellow who isn’t concerned about intelligence and bags the job.

What really matters is not how much intelligence you have but how you use what you have.

The thinking that guides your intelligence is much more important than how much intelligence you have.