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30 Tips to Maximise Potential

Maximise Potential is my pet project. I believe each one of us has enormous reservoirs of potential waiting to be unleashed. However, this potential must be harnessed before it becomes latent. Here are some tactics to maximise potential.
The author Napoleon Hill said that “Definiteness of Purpose” is the first quality required for success after analyzing the richest men in America. Decide what you want to achieve in your life. Write down your short term and long-term goals. Make it specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time bound. I like this line "Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement." 
Create a personal mission statement and vision for your future. My mission is simple “I want to maximise my potential and help others maximise theirs.” I have also expanded it further and try to read it daily. It does inspire me. I came up with this in 2010 and it has helped me read everything I can get my hands on and share my learning with everyone.
Never stop learning. If …

18 Books I liked Reading in 2018

Happy Holidays to everyone. As the year ends I wanted to share some of the books I enjoyed reading this year. I would say this year has been one of the best in terms of terrific books. I love reading and it is one of my favorite hobbies. Please check out my favorite books of 2018 below. Most of them are business books which is my preferred genre and I have also reviewed some of them so if you are interested you can check it out by clicking the related links.
This is Marketing by Seth Godin – The master is back with a book. He does make writing look easy. The main point is you need to produce work that matters for people you care about. Marketing is about asking questions and initiating change. We are all marketers of course whether we are pitching for a promotion or anything else. You must know the smallest viable market and cater to that need. Overall a breezy read. Marketing is all about earning the trust of the customer and having a strong product to sell. If the trust is establish…

8 Keys to Reach your Mount Olympus

There is an old story where a traveler asks Socrates how to get to Mount Olympus and he says if you want to get to Mount Olympus just make sure every step is in that direction. This is such a simple thing, but it is life changing advice. For example, if you want to lose weight then make sure every action you take is in that direction. If you want to get a promotion, then make sure every action is in that direction. I think this is great news which means we can change our direction to change the results. I have expanded the word direction to drive home the point.
Desire – First step is to really know what your destination is or metaphorically what your Mount Olympus is. Taking the time to write where you want to be 1 year from now, 5 years from now actually increases your happiness levels. Psychologists also call this The Better Selves exercise. The very act of imagining a great future promotes your happiness. Setting a clear goal with a strong purpose really puts us firmly in control …

7 Ways to Optimize your Productivity

We are living in the digital age where face to face interactions have reduced considerably. However, a lot of innovation does come through collaboration. Back to Human by Dan Schawbel is a good book for leaders looking to get the most of themselves and their team. There was a particular chapter on productivity that I liked. Here are the ideas with my take on each.
Optimize your work environment: I take this to mean that you should make sure your workplace reflects your priorities. It should also be designed in such a way that it gets the best out of you and your team. So build an environment which fosters collaboration and reflects beauty if that is a value you believe in.
Optimize your workload: You can do anything but you can’t do everything. The key is to be absolutely clear on what needs to be achieved and only focus on those activities. Ensure you and your boss are singing of the same hymn book.
Optimize your flow time: Flow is the state where you are totally focused on the task at …

9 Ways to Boost your Happiness

The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky is one of the most scientific studies done on the subject. The thesis is only 50% of happiness is due to your genetics, 10% is due to circumstances and 40% is totally in our control due to the activities engage in. The last 40% is the key and exhaustive research shows that if we do focus on that 40% we can be much happier. So here are the lessons I gleaned from this wonderful book.
Gratitude – We all know this at a visceral level but engaging in deliberate gratitude is the key. Gratitude is the antidote to depression and envy. Some of the best ways are to maintain a journal and record everything you are grateful. You can also write every day what you are thankful for. It doesn’t have to be elaborate just five minutes in a day. You can dive deeper into my article on gratitude. Gratitude is the key to Happiness
Optimism – Optimism is the key to happiness. How positive are you about the future and that will determine how much joy you have? One of …

4 Books on Marketing, Leadership, Questions and Gratitude

There have been some good books in November. Here are the books I liked reading recently.
This is Marketing by Seth Godin – The master is back with a book. He does make writing look easy. The main point is you need to produce work that matters for people you care about. Marketing is about asking questions and initiating change. We are all marketers of course whether we are pitching for a promotion or anything else. You must know the smallest viable market and cater to that need. Overall a breezy read.
Back to Human by Dan Schawbel – This is an informative book for our times in a technology driven world. There is a good chapter on how to be more productive. Some of the ways optimize your work environment, optimize your work load, optimize your time, and optimize your flow. There are also some solid leadership insights here on how to lead a team.
The Book of Beautiful Questions by Warren Berger – This is all about the importance of great questions. Some of them are What am I inclined to b…

Gratitude is the key to Thanksgiving

Nov 22nd is Thanksgiving in the United States and it is a wonderful time to give thanks for everything we have in our lives. We can give thanks daily of course. All of us have reasons to be unhappy with certain events in our lives but as a lot of science has proven gratitude promotes happiness instantly. Gratitude is the cornerstone of a healthy personality. If we make this a daily practice, we will have lesser stress in our lives. Here are some simple ways to develop our gratitude muscles daily which is the key to Thanksgiving.
Practice generosity: This is a simple suggestion but not easy. We can show our generosity in the way we treat our colleagues or anyone else we meet. If we are waiting in line for example, we can do it without trying to rush it. We can also be generous in our appreciation of others in our team. Especially as leaders we need to appreciate our teams more which will increase their work performance as well.
Have an abundance mentality: There is plenty of credit to go…

7 Books to end 2018 on a Great Note

September and October have been great months where I have found some of the best books of the year. Check out any of the below mentioned ones and you will get excellent value to end this year on a high note and start next year brilliantly. Here are the recent books I truly enjoyed.
Atomic Habits by James Clear – The premise of the book is your habits determine your success. If you have read The Power of Habit you know about the cue, routine and reward. A similar thing is said here where he talks about cue, craving, response, reward. The basic advice is if you want to become a writer write one page daily and if you want to be an athlete exercise 10 minutes daily. Instead of focusing on outcome you focus on changing your identity. By writing one page a day you establish the identity of a writer. If you want to exercise first thing in morning sleep with your exercise clothes. Make the habits obvious, satisfying, easy and rewarding. There are also ways to ditch unhealthy habits. Good soli…

Don't Die with your Music still in you

We all at some point of time have confronted our mortality and realized that living forever is a pipe dream. However, the best part about life is whatever we have done till now we can move past that and even do more in our lives. I love the line which says, “Don’t die with your music still in you.” All of us have been born with enormous potential and we must identify our unique talents to bring it out. Here are some of the ways we can get that music out. I have expanded the word Die and Music to explain this.
Desire – Everything starts with desire and whatever you want in life is a desire. Whatever you don’t want is also a desire. So, the key is everyone has a desire but getting clear on what it is the key. Once you clearly identify your talents and match your desire to that you can feel greater happiness and fulfillment. Desire is the starting point of all passion, achievement and significance.
Inspiration – You cannot get your music out unless you get inspired. When you are inspired…