Quenching The Insatiable Hunger (IM 857)

There is a saying which goes, “A happy man wants ten thousand things, but a sick person wants just one thing.” There is this insatiable hunger for wanting more and more that makes us unsatisfied with what we have. The great philosopher and one of my favorites, Marcus Aurelius had answers to most of these…

Seeing Things Differently (IM 851)

What we do everyday becomes a habit and we are the reflection of what we do everyday. Based on your past experiences we make assumptions and conclusions on many things including our ourselves and our potentials. The way we talk to others or to ourselves reveals our character. The way we deal with different situations…

Fixed vs Growth: The Two Mindsets That Shape Our Lives (IM 848)

Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, in her remarkably insightful book Mindset: The New Psychology For Success, highlights the differences between the fixed and the growth mindsets. She believes that the “fixed mindset” assumes that our character, behavior, talents and creative ability is static and can’t be improved in a meaningful way. A “growth mindset” on the other…

Modern struggle (IM 847)

It’s the toughest struggle and tragedy is everybody faces it… It is a struggle of setting our boundary against modern distractions. There are lots of distractions in the modern world from Facebook to Instagram, Snap to twitter that takes most of our time. The addiction of Drugs, Porn, foods, video games are real and too…

Today’s read (IM 841)

Kevin Kelly, the founding executive editor of Wired magazine gave away his 68 advices in his 68th birthday as 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice which  find very helpful. Some of my favorites are:  Learn how to learn from those you disagree with, or even offend you. See if you can find the truth in what…

Fear never beginning to live (IM 840)

This words from Book 12 of Meditations by Marcus Aurelius always inspires me to be patient and to live the present moment: Everything you are trying to reach – by taking any long rounds, you can have it right now, right this moment, if you’d only stop thwarting your own attempts, if you’d let go…

There is one thing you must do (IM 835)

Nassim Nicholas Taleb in his book “The Black Swan“, wrote the following, which I find very insightful: “There is one thing in this world you must never forget to do. If you forget everything else and not this, there’s nothing to worry about, but if you remember everything else and forget this, then you will…

The error of confirmation (IM 825)

In almost all of the cases, the past events and our past experiences determine our decision for the future. This could be the biggest error we are making everyday. Since the world is dynamic, the predication of future based on past events is a losing bet. Take an example of this Coronavirus, we never expected…

Mediocristan vs Extremistan (IM 823)

Nassim Nicholas Taleb in his book “The Black Swan” introduced the term mediocristan and extremistan. According to hime the world could be divided into the safe and comfort Mediocristan, and the unsafe and improbable Extremistan. In, mediocristan, when the sample is large, no single instances will significantly change the aggregate or the total. Take a…

A moral character (IM 822)

It is so important to understand our moral character and acknowledge that it has its epitome. The ancients Roman philosophy calls this epitome as perfection of moral character. Marcus Aurelius said that the perfection of moral character is to live everyday as the last day, without frenzy or sloth or pretense. He said that if…