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Working the Djinn

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an intelligent spirit of lower rank than the angels, able to appear in human and animal forms and to possess humans.

Mind is completely a different animal, it talks to us and sometimes we talk back to it. Its capable of giving ideas and suggestions, sometimes they are great and other times they could be lame. Here, i am calling the mind as DJinn, it needs to be equipped with right motivation, attitude and mindset to handle all the things that come at it and i have to make it my best ally.

All the below notes are taken while reading books, hearing audio books and youtube videos. Some of which motivate and inspire me.

The first quote that really motivates me is my school motto. Do your best. At first at school, i didn't understand it, but i used to read it everyday at school assembly as its in the wall and in my school badge. Thing is, now after a very long time after school, it started to pop in my head, whenever i work or start something new like a project, i remember it. I sort of have come to a stage, i cannot do anything less than best, i put my full and all my effort in the work i do.

Do your best

Those three little words.

Interesting people their strategies

2022-02-06 : Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday

2022-01-14 : You and Your Research, Dr. Richard W. Hamming

2021-05-15 : The 5AM Club, Robin Sharma

2021-03-26 : Law of attraction by Bob Proctor

2021-03-26 : Success habits from John Paul DeJoria

2021-03-12 : Personality development points from Jim Rohn

2020-06-14 : Lead the field, Earl Nightingale

Approach to life

2021-07-15 : Favourite verses from Tao Te Ching(The Book Of The Way), Lao Tzu

2021-02-04 : 21 Rules of Miyamoto Musashi

2022-02-23 : Books to reread

Date : 18/March/2022

Said by Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO of IBM @ Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Don't protect your past
  • Don't define yourself as a product
  • Do the right things for the long term, not matter how strong short term wins are at your face.

Date : 12/January/2022

Tips from Julian Birkinshaw, London Business School
  • Do unnatural act to be a good manager
  • Projects should have deadlines
How to Be a Long Term Thinker in a Short Term World, Talks at Google, Dorie Clark

Questions to ask myself,

  • What should I be spending my time doing
  • What are my 20% of my activities yeild 80% of my result
  • What should I be stop doing
  • How can I use constraints to my advantage
  • What are my hypothesis about future and how do they inform my actions today
Said by Les Brown

imagination is preview of what is to come. -- Walt Disney

Someones opinion of you doesn't have to be your reality

To be successful in life,

  1. U have to change your mindset
  2. Practice OQP - Only Quality People
  3. Develop communication skills. Once you open your mouth you tell the world who you are.

All of us are born unique but most of us die copies

Things in life will make you bitter or better

I learnt "no matter what" from my mother.

Being hungry ? Is about being ready, prepared before everybody else and waiting…

Date : 30/March/2021

Said by Terry crews
  • Forgive people but hold them accountable for what they did.
Said by Tony Robbins
  • If you see entrepreneurs who consistently succeed, they know upside will take care of itself and you got to protect the downside. Take limited risk for the unlimited upside.
Said by Simon Sinek
  • If a message has value, it has to be simple, understandable and repeatable.
  • Good followership is good as good leadership. In Marines they work to see leaders idea succeed.

Dont confuse humility with meekness -- Bob Gaylor

Date : 21/March/2021

Said by Dr.Wayne Dyer
  • Success is not something you can get in life, success is inner process, success is something you bring to everything you do in life. It isn't something you get out of what you do.
  • Don't think about what you don't have or talk about it. Just think like "it's on the way".
  • With my luck it will probably show up faster than it normally does.
Said by Jay Shetty on Impact Theory
  • If you ask yourself, what advice would you give to your younger self ? Answer would be the regrets ( basically what you didnt do at that age )

You compliment the thing you want to reinforce in somebody -- Tim bilyeu

Only real power we have in the world is choosing our response. We can't choose what happens to us, we can get stuck into situations where we are treated badly.... -- Leila Janah

  • Pause and then respond

If you have a why to live you can almost endure any how -- Friedrich Nietzsche

  • Whenever you face decision ask yourself 3 questions, Who benefits ?
  1. Is it just you or a group ?
  2. Just your group or everyone ?
  3. Is it only for now or for the future

Date : 12/March/2021

Said by Lauren Zander on Impact Theory
  • How to differentiate your high and low self ? Current is low and what you want to be is your high self.
  • How to get to promise land(everything you want) ? Make some promises and learn to keep them.
  • Accidental life. Hoping it turns out good is not the way. Design life, so when it fails go and fix it.
  • Relationship advice - Love the one you with
  • If you can't tell what you think to your partner, call it quits.

Date : 25/February/2021

Said by Earl Nightingale
  • If you practice playing piano, 8hrs a day, 40hrs a week, 50weeks a year for 40yrs, I know you will be a accomplished pianist or if you practiced anything.

  • Think independently, follow good ideas and action and stay with it.

  • There are only two things for financial success,

    • The work we do for living. This has the key to success. There is always an opportunity in the work you do if you look for it. How many ideas do you get in a day. One of those ideas can make you rich. How do you think your job will be handled 10yrs from now. Can you do it that way now. You must know everything you do about your job and application to your industry. If you focus you can become a expert in a field in 5 years. You are working only for yourself. Each day you Are building the house you and your must live in, materials and construction you put into your house determines its strength and your degree of greatness.

    • Amount of money we save Systematically till we become independent that's how it can be accumulated and put to work. One should save more than 10% every year.

Said by Mel Robbins
  • We make decisions based on feelings that's robbing you of joy and opportunity
  • 5-4-3-2-1 launch yourself out of bed or to work. Use this technique on anything, out of laziness you are thinking bling whether to do it or not. On anything that doesn't require prefrontal cortex

  • Right about the time you become desperate you become stupid -- Dave Ramsey

  • Elon and first principles - Physics teaches you to reason from first principles rather than by analogy. what I mean by that is, boil things down to their fundamental truths and reason up from there, as opposed to reasoning by analogy.

  • Dont say stupid things out loud. -- Trevor Moawad

  • if we always choose comfort we never learn the deepest CAPABILITIES of our mind or body. -wim hof.

Date : 24/February/2021

  • Be lowkey. Talk about only the stuff you have actually accomplished. Surprise them after closing the deal in future(don't tell about it brag about it.) Dont promise things unless you are absolutely sure that you are going to deliver it. -- Unknown

  • Would you rather look stupid temporarily or be stupid exponentially. -- Lefie

  • Be more intentional, be more service driven, lead with more heart, make sure things you do bring more meaning. -- Brendan Burchard

  • Keep the promises that you make to you -- Ed mylett

  • You got to separate from outcome, so Behave in a way that is requisite to eventualky produce success. -- Ed mylett

Said by Kyle cease
  • Your feeling is never wrong.
  • When your are letting go of something, only reason you are stressing is your mind can measure what you will loose, but it cant see what you will gain.

Date : 18/February/2021

Said by Jocko Willink
  • Take ownership of everything happening in your life.
  • Discipline equal freedom
  • Be balanced

Play the damn game to build relationship and win strategically. If your boss gives you paper work do it better than anybody and submit it before due date. If you cannot do a simple work how can you a big work. You are building relationship because later when you push back he(boss) will listen. If you take playing the game too far, you are kissing ass and your team will loose respect of you. If the push back is proper and bosses idea doesn't make sense, you tell your idea and see if he agrees and go back and tell your team and see how to make it work(your idea or bosses idea)

To be more acceptable form of society and civilization is made up of people of varying beliefs. To be prosperous you must learn to love and let live. And give privileges we ask and demand for ourselves. This can be achieved by strict discipline on ourselves.

Date : 07/February/2021

Said by Les Brown

Fear is false evidence appearing real. -- Zig zaglar

  • TIP - To Insure Promptness
  • 3Ps : Patient Persistence Positive
  • Be positive no matter what
  • Dont take things personally
  • Dont sweat the small stuff because its all small stuff
  • Design your life so it makes sense to you
  • You must deal with circumstances such as you find them
  • Better than good, better than most

Date : 06/February/2021

Said by - Vinod Khosla, Failure does not matter. Success matters
  • With enough persistence, most things that seems impossible becomes possible.
  • 90% of the time you(Stanford) will do what's expected of you, than what you wanted to do.
  • Have a belief system, follow that compass. (my thought jack sparrow)
  • Try and fail, but never fail to try

Date : 02/January/2021

Said by Grant Cardone
  • Anything can be fixed, fix it, pay the price, become the most dependable person in your space, become the goto person, be the goto person.
  • Bring commitment, disicipline and persistence to your game
  • You will be underpaid most of your life, once day if lucky, you will be over paid.
  • At the end of the day in sales, if a guy talks to 10 people and another guy talks to 200 people, the guy who talked to 200 people is going to win the game. If the one skill you got to learn is, how to move through 200 calls/people without causing you stress. If you see ball players they don't get upset because they lost a game. They are in it for the long run. Develop ability to withstand rejection
  • If you struggling/slumping go help somebody, don't work on your thing. Go into charity mode. Work free for somebody. This is where you can try something which you wouldn't try on your work or deals. All this helps you loosening you up because when you are struggling it tightens you up.
  • I don't want to do stupid shit on money I worked hard for. I want to do stupid shit on money i didn't work hard for(passive income).

Said by John Maxwell
  • Act like the person, you want to become
  • I am not perfect, I am Work in progress
  • Little extra effort is all it takes to be extraordinary
  • We over estimate what can happen in a day, we underestimate what can happen in several days

How it should be

  • Focus on the present, whats before you, what you need to do(chores). Activities and tasks.
  • Dwelling on the past, doesn't help. Any thought about past, it should be about, how it should have been done, like a lesson learnt and how it should be carried out going forward. If its not above don't dwell thinking about it.
  • If you done a mistake, go ask sorry genuinely, don't keep thinking about it.
  • Listen
  • Say Thank you (Gratitude)
  • Intentionally focus on people and things that made you feel good.
  • How you feel internally and externally(experiences)
    • Meditation - Simply focus on your breathe for 15mins
    • Know, you are what you eat, you are what you think

Date : 28/September/2020

Deep work, Cal Newport

Two Core Abilities

  1. Quickly Master Hard Things
  2. Produce at an Elite Level, in Both Speed and Quality

Deep work

Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate.

Shallow work (opposite of deep work) Non Cognitively demanding, logistical-style tasks, often performed while distracted. These efforts tend to not create much new value in the world and are easy to replicate."

The Rules For Deep Work

  • Rule #1: Work Deeply
  • Rule #2: Embrace Boredom
  • Rule #3: Quit Social Media
  • Rule #4: Drain The Shallows

To become a A High-Skilled Worker, A Superstar or An Owner. You need to Schedule Your Day, Drain the Shallows, Quit Social Media , Become Hard to Reach

Date : 15/September/2020

Discipline yourself to focus on what you know is good for you. You have a list of habits already that you probably follow — like exercise, reading, leisure time, meditation — and you can focus your time there and get far better returns than the endless porn-fuelled addictions of meaningless nonsense. -Tim Denning

Date : 08/August/2020

Remember Theodore Roosevelt’s famous ‘The Man in the Arena’ talk wherein he said – 

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Date : 01/August/2020

Mark Twain is quoted as saying – 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Date : 17/July/2020
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations -

Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.