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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/motto that really motivates me is the below one. This is my school motto. I didn't understand this, when i was studying but used to read this everyday in School assembly and its in my school badge. Thing is, its pops in my head, whenever i work or start something like a project. I have come to a stage, i cannot do anything less than best, i put my full and all my effort in the work.

Do you best

Those three little words.

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

2021-02-04 : 21 Rules of Miyamoto Musashi

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.

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


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.