Conquer your fears

Conquer your fears

“You’ll worry less about what people think about you when you realize how seldom they do.” — David Foster Wallace

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something in life.”— Winston Churchill

BYOD versus COPE

COPE = Corporate owned, PErsonal enabled

BYOD = Bring your own device

Want to readup on Inbound Marketing..what the hell is it. so much buzz around Hubspot and I just havent understood what they do. I must be really dumb…bookmarking the link to read up during free time.

Why Big titles still give a feeling of emptiness

The reason why sometimes leading a huge Development team gives a feeling of emptiness and I think the same holds true in everybody’s case.

It’s because our creative energies are not utilized. Problem with the whole ladder/scale thingy is –  you are now responsible for ensuring the team is functioning optimally with everyone performing at their best doing what they love while you let your inner desires stagnate and rot. And if deep down, you are somebody else, it’s presumed you can’t scale in your career. It’s one or the other.

That’s where the friction between company needs and personal needs arise.

I think the only solution is to have hobbies or side-projects that harness our creative energies.

Flow – the classic work on how to achieve happiness

  • Happiness is not something that happens. It is not the result of good fortune or random chance. It does not depend on outside events, but, rather on how we interpret them.
  • People who learn to control inner experience will be able to determine the quality of their lives, which is as close as any of us can come to being happy.
  • Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so – J.S. Mill
  • It is by being fully involved in every detail of our lives whether good or bad that we find happiness, not by trying to look for it directly.
  • Don’t aim at success – the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued. It must ensue …as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a course greater than oneself.
  • The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to it’s limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.
  • Flow – The state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is so enjoyable that people will do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it.
  • What would really satisfy people is not getting slim or rich, but feeling good about their lives.
  • People who find their lives meaningful usually have a goal that is challenging enough to take up all their energies, a goal that can give significance to their lives. We may refer to this process as achieving purpose.
  • To experience flow, one must set goals for one’s actions: to win a game, to make friends with a person, to accomplish something in a certain way. The goal in itself is not important; what matters is that it focuses a person’s attention and involves it in an achievable, enjoyable activity.
  • When an important goal is pursued with resolution and all one’s varied activities fit together into a unified flow experience, the result is that harmony is brought into consciousness.

How to achieve inner harmony?

Someone who knows his desires and works with a single-minded purpose to achieve them is a person whose feelings, thoughts and actions are congruent with one another and is therefore a person who has achieved inner harmony. This process was also called “getting your head together” in the 1960’s.

Purpose, resolution and harmony unify life and give it meaning by transforming it into a seamless flow experience. Whoever achieves this state will really not lack anything else.


The price one pays for changing goals whenever opposition threatens is that while one may achieve a more pleasant and comfortable life, it is likely that it will end up empty and void of meaning.

There is a mutual relationship between goals and the effort they require. Goals justify the effort they demand at the outset, but later it is the effort that justifies the goal.



Choose Yourself – the ultimate cheatsheet for re-inventing yourself – By James Altucher

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Choose Yourself – Cheat Sheet – the ultimate cheatsheet for re-inventing yourself