I was in high school back then. I used to live in my aunt’s house because it was near to my high school.
Science was my major. Like any other science student, I had subjects like mathematics, higher mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and others. You can get by memorizing biology. But for the others?
Surely you can’t pass the exams just by memorizing mathematics. Let alone higher mathematics. Right?
I proved it wrong.
I was a nerd back then. I had only 3 things in my life:
If I wasn’t studying a book, I was writing…
I had planned my life around graduating from the most prestigious engineering school in my country. I had planned it all — how I wanted my life to go. But nothing went as planned. My life isn’t how I envisioned it.
Is it better? I don’t know.
But I can tell you I’m grateful for everything I’ve got now. I’m fortunate for the way my life turned out. Do I regret not getting into the most prestigious engineering school in my country?
There was a time when I used to do. But that was a long time ago.
People know me as someone who can keep calm in every situation.
That’s not entirely true. They’d know if they had seen my outbursts.
What they see on my exterior is someone who’s good at controlling his anger. They don’t see what goes inside me. Or how much self-control I have to apply within to keep myself calm in heated situations.
I couldn’t keep my calm if someone crossed his limit and said something that made me mad. I had a hard time curbing my anger and keeping my cool.
It’s difficult to keep yourself calm when you’re feeling rage…
I was returning to my workplace from my hometown that day.
I could take either a train or a bus from my hometown. Trains are a safer and faster option than the buses here. So I opted for a train.
I couldn’t get any tickets from the ticket counter. I could take a bus, but that would take significantly longer to reach there. So I managed a train ticket from elsewhere. I had to join my duty the next day.
The ticket I got was for a train that’s always overcrowded. I knew that very well. But that didn’t bother…
Talent alone can’t make you thrive.
No matter how talented you’re, if you don’t put in the effort, your talent won’t be of any use to you.
You need to do the work.
You need to produce.
Talent complements your work. But it can never replace your work.
We overestimate talent. We think those with talent will always rule over those without.
I’m not underestimating talent. You need talent alright. But what you need more is hard work.
Talent can’t do the work for you. It can, however, make your work easier. …
I wanted to change myself more times than I’d like to admit. I decided to overhaul myself completely and become the best version of myself. Exactly how many times I made decisions to change myself, I don’t remember.
But I do remember I didn’t follow through with my actions most of the time. I made those decisions on the spur of the moment. They meant nothing.
Why would they?
Decisions are effective when followed through with actions. If you don’t do what you decided to do, then your decision means nothing. It’s just an empty promise you made to yourself.
Yesterday I’ve been pretty busy. All day long.
Was I most productive? You can tell me after you hear my story.
I spent most of my time preparing a tender document. I had to go back and forth to my supervisor’s office. And then to his supervisor’s office.
First, I prepared the draft document and took it to my supervisor. He gave me some corrections and sent me back. I applied those corrections and took the document back to him.
He reviewed it and further corrected some corrections he suggested earlier. And he wasn’t even kidding. …
Walmart’s founder Sam Walton had a habit of visiting his stores often. He also didn’t miss a chance to visit his competitors’ stores. He enjoyed those visits.
Visiting his stores gave him the chance to see for himself how they were doing. Visiting his competitors’ stores gave him ideas about what they were doing better and how he could implement them all in Walmart.
This story is from one of Sam Walton’s such visits. One day while entering one of his stores, an old person greeted Walton at the door. …
A few years ago, I was going through the hardest time of my life. I couldn’t concentrate on my work. Nothing could hold my attention for any more than five minutes. Nothing about my life felt stable.
Only one thing helped me feel like I could live a normal life: reading books.
I started with books that would keep me hooked so my mind wouldn’t wander around. One book led to another, and I started reading books on Warren Buffett.
I’ve been a patsy my entire life. Not entire, actually. But the ones I’ve lived so far.
People would tell me what to do, what not to do. And I would listen. Because I didn’t know any better.
I lacked knowledge and confidence. I did not know how to do most things and wasn’t confident enough to try things out on my own.
People used to take advantage of me. Maybe they still do. I don’t know. Earlier I let them do it. Sometimes knowingly. Sometimes I didn’t know they were taking advantage of me.
What could I do? I…