Taking a day off from everything

Health, Rest, Uncategorized

Yesterday I had mentioned how because my wife had fever, suddenly my day went topsy-turvy but I was still able to achieve considerable outcomes because of the prioritization matrix.

Today however I was also a little under the weather and because my is still unwell I decided to take a day-off from work. Today’s post is about not doing anything and the learning from it.

Since I was also unwell, I decided to just sleep. After breakfast I went off to sleep and kept sleeping till mid afternoon . I ensured that I did not use my computer or my tablet all day so that my eyes, my body and my brain all got a respite. I also did not spend any time thinking. I just moved around lazily doing nothing

This post I am writing now towards the end of the day on my tablet and for about 30 minutes I read a Robert Kiyosaki book. That’s all the things I did on my electronic devices.

When you spend time in a lot of transactions every day, taking complete time off makes you feel guilty. Every now and then I had the fear that there would be some kind of fire somewhere which would need my attention.

Two things happened one because my team as well as peers knew that I was unwell they didn’t bother me for most part of the day. Second it also brought out the fact that the team is capable of handling most things without my intervention.

So that makes me happy because I can now delegate even more. So when I say life does things FOR us, you need to find the learning, this was my learning for today.

Till next time then.

Carpe Diem!!!

Reframing the assets that we have

Abundance, assets, constraints, creativity, Leverage, possibility thinking, problem solving, Uncategorized

Inspite of the fact that I write about marketing,  product management,  finance etc. The fact is that I am also learning every day.  While I  have some theories like “Riding the Elephant ” , I am actually a Work in Process.

So when I  come across something which I  have used earlier and I read a book in which a similar  idea is written,  then it becomes a validation of my ideas.

In marketing you will constantly come across constraints.  Actually in life itself,  you will constantly come across constraints.  But in case of marketing,  I have noticed that Murphy’s law decides to become applicable at the most inappropriate times.

At those times you have to be as resourceful as possible.  One of the ways of becoming resourceful is to first identify all the assets at your disposal.

Next see how the same asset can be utilized in a different way.

Third “who” could benefit from the reframed asset and last

How could you benefit from the assets that person  or organization has and then go about showcasing them, about how it could be of mutual benefit to both the concerned parties.

One thing which I  have used very effectively is the spare technical manpower in our company.  I have actually gone and spoken to partners to check if they’re facing technical problems in going to the market. 

We have been able to work with partners because of just this one asset that we have and they can’t afford.  Due to that they take us to the market,  we help them sell and give us all the services.

Sometimes it could be the internal setup or processes or messaging that you have built,  which could be repurchased for the other side, in return for something that they have.

In marketing you always need to keep looking with an abundant mindset of how you could reframe the assets you have to get what you want.

Till next time then.

Carpe Diem!!!

Welcoming constraints

constraints, creativity, Fear, Human Brain, possibility thinking, problem solving, Uncategorized

I have written multiple times before how I used to be scared when problems came my way.

One of the first people to influence me against being scared was the writing of Jay Abraham. One of the things that has stuck in my mind is one statement – the bigger the problems you solve, the more you can earn.

Over the years, as I have matured the ability to handle challenges has also changed but still there are times when constraints baffle me.

Realizing that its the rain which tries to create all our challenges has helped me in managing the thought process around handling constraints.

A book that I found useful with a good set of tools for welcoming constraints is A Beautiful Constraint by Adam Morgan and Mark Barden.

While a lot of people will talk about looking at the positive side of things and about, thinking out of the box etc. This book gives practical tools which if you use make your brain actually look for options and find solutions.

The more I read about the challenges that we face, the more I realize its our brain which creates mountains out of mole hills.

Till next time then.

Carpe Diem!!!

Getting better in increments- Part 2

Affirmative action, compounding, Human Brain, Uncategorized

When you read self help books, the ask you to think of all the dreams you have and to write them down , then set goals etc. Etc.

I have read so many of those books, each time thinking that by following the advice in the book I would be able to achieve all my dreams sooner rather than later.

Each time I used to write the massive goals and then have a look at them everyday, after a few weeks I would kind of get disillusioned or distracted and give up because somewhere I think my brain used to keep working on the fact that this was not a feasible thing and it would not believe it.

However when I kept Small short term targets, I generally used to end up meeting them. In these situations I generally believed that it was possible and I could achieve it. This is why one of most recommended books on this blog has been Tiny Habits by B. J. Fogg.

This fact that the brain believes in small incremental targets makes a lot of sense if any eventually large target can be broken down into smaller incremental opportunities to achieve and then let the law of compounding play its role.

In my last post I had mentioned how Tony Hsieh in his book Delivering Happiness talks about a 1% improvement everyday can make you 365% better at the end of the year. Even if this seems an undoable thing , if we were to improve even 10% every quarter in whatever field we want, by the end of the year you would be more than 46% better than the previous year.

While reading Steven Kotler’s book The Art of Impossible, he’s actually got this incremental number to 4%. He says that if the challenge or target is 4% more than your current ability, then there’s enough anxiousness to perform but the brain doesn’t feel that it’s an impossible task and therefore there’s a large chance of success .

If you are like me who get overwhelmed with very high value targets or goals, then try doing this 4% method every month or 10% every quarter or anything which you think your brain will believe. As I have stated many times earlier, its our brain which plays games on us, so we have to find ways to trick the brain and use the law of compounding to our benefit.

Till next time then.

Carpe Diem!!!