Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Power of Habit

Charles Duhigg explains at length what makes habit stick in The Power of Habit.

How habits are formed?

Loop of - a cue, a routine, and a reward.

Example - want to develop an exercise habit?

Cue - Pack gym cloths/socks/water bottle the previous night.
Routine - Go to the gym once you get up in the morning/Running the first thing you come home from work.
Reward - Improved appetite that helps enjoy a sweet treat like a fruit/Increased energy to play with kids/The kick I get by logging my workouts/Sleep like a baby for 9 hours straight.

What I loved about the book is the idea - how we can control a whole lot of things we are genetically destined to. Things like the propensity to procrastinate, gamble, drink or overeat. Once we recognize the bad habit loops we can take concentrate steps to break the habits. It's work, but it's doable. And that's an awesome thing, because it sets us on the growth mindset. Making a habit of thinking "I am Not Yet there" and then taking deliberate steps towards mastery.

Monday, March 20, 2017

When Breath Becomes Air

Read "When Breath Becomes Air" last weekend and didn't want to write how I felt for at least a week. Wanted to let it sink and make sense of it. Probably one of the books which will grow on you with time.

The book ended abruptly, like the way Paul's life ended.

Read it to know what it means to be great at something, what it means to struggle. I think it's about man's search for meaning.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Knock Your Socks Off Selling

I picked "Knock Your Socks Off Selling" at book sale in office few years back. Glad that I did. I got interested in this subject after trying hands on customer pre sales (sort of) and few coffee meetings. Realized that selling is a creative process. Especially when starting something new.

Read this book aloud so that my daughter can listen. Tried to kill two birds with one stone while reading the book aloud.

Part I liked most from the book is - "Cold Calling : Creating Prospects the Hard Way". Going to revisit it. For some hard pressed I would recommend to go over - "The KYSO Selling Checkup".  

Friday, March 17, 2017

TFS - Label - Tip

1)After you move code to production, we can create a label on it.
2)Check in future changes and if needed create a new label if needed.
3)In case you want to get code for a specific label do the following -

A)Find the label

B)Once you find the label, double click on the name and use Get this version feature to get code from the marked label. 

Monday, March 6, 2017


In this podcast Naval Ravikant opened doors to interesting concepts. These two hours of entertainment are going to have good impressions on me. To start with it helped me examine what things I could have done better last 11 years. Learning should make me introspect, shouldn't it?

"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool." - is a Richard Feynman - quote that's going to stick with me for sure.

Highly recommended interview

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Never Eat Alone

Been listening to audio books this year and have started to get used to them. Although I miss the ease of note taking with real books, audio books are a lot easier to listen to. I don't think I can retain a whole lot from the books but more will stick if I re-listen to them. Taking notes and rehearsing them is one of the important parts of learning.

Never Eat Alone teaches nuances of developing the networking habit. 

My takeaways from the book are - 

1)Importance of keeping in touch. 
2)Keeping score - not a good idea. 
3)Be mentored and mentor 
4)Ask for help. 
5)Be honest. Think about the purpose of making the connect. If the motives are good, we will be in harmony and maintain balance. 

One may get the impression that suggestions in the book are simple. Yet they are not easy. But that's why they are worth doing. 

The book captivated me the most at the ending chapters. Remembered things which excite me the most. Also remembered the joy I got after recording audio books in 2010. I recommend the book because it backed a few things I have been doing all these years. Do read it to get the big picture and not the minutia of how to network.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling died today. RIP Hans.

This video had quite an impact on me. With the body of knowledge Hans created, he is immortal. Yet another spectacular example of "मरावे परी कीर्तिरूपें उरावे"