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Productivity

Prioritization hack: Replace “Couldn’t” with “Chose not to”!

The next time you want to say “I couldn’t…”, just replace it with “I chose not to…”.

And you’ll realize how you are prioritizing things on your plate.

Here are some examples…

“I couldn’t work on…” → “I chose not to work on…”
“I couldn’t get back to you…” → “I chose not to get back to you…”
“I couldn’t reach on time…” → “I chose not to reach on time…”
“I couldn’t wake up…” → “I chose not to wake up…”
“I couldn’t exercise…” → “I chose not to exercise…”

You get the idea.

The more you say “I chose not to…”, you’ll realize it’s you, who are responsible for not doing the things that you had promised to do.

Eventually, you’ll start prioritizing the things that matter to you.

Hope this helps!

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Entrepreneurship

How to Learn to be Bold?

I was recently asked in an interview how did I learn to be bold.

This quote describes my philosophy the best: 👇

“Fear is temporary, but regret lasts forever.”

Take a plunge.

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SaaS Sales

Predictable Revenue

Predictable Revenue happens when you have a Predictable Pipeline.

Predictable Pipeline happens when you have a Predictable Salesperson.

Predictable Salesperson happens when you have a Predictable Day (Calendar).

Predictable Day happens when you have a Predictable Routine (Habits).

“You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

It’s about daily habits, not about the end goals.

Create a repeatable process for yourself that you can do every single day without fail.

Focus on actions you control rather than putting all the pressure on results that might not come.

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Philosophy

How To Simplify Your Life?

Life is actually simple. We make it complex.

Here are a few ways to simplify it again: 👇

Are you stuck? Ask others for help.

Are you confused? Ask more questions.

Do you feel angry and frustrated? Meditate and focus on positive things.

Did someone make a mistake? Ask them what happened and tell or help them how to fix it.

Did you make a mistake? Say sorry, learn a lesson, and move on.

Did someone hurt you? Share your feelings with them.

Did someone help you? Say thank you and offer help.

Is someone angry at you? Say sorry, and just talk to them.

Are you angry at someone? Leave your ego aside and just talk to them.

Did you think of someone? Reach out to them.

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Entrepreneurship

Phases of an Entrepreneur: Creator, Critic, and Crusader

There are 3 phases of an entrepreneur (3 Cs): Creator, Critic, and Crusader.

I learned this insight from Daniel Lubetzky, the founder of Kind Bars while watching Shark Tank some time ago.

The insight was so crisp and clear that it stuck with me.

Recently I shared it with a friend who’s a co-founder at a startup, so thought I should share it with a larger audience.

Let’s understand what are these 3 phases:

In the “Creative” phase, entrepreneurs are in the creative mindset – brainstorming, ideating, and then creating a solution for the problem they have been facing for a while.

In the “Critic” phase, entrepreneurs need to be the biggest critic of their idea, execution, plan, etc. They need to play devil’s advocate and try to poke holes in their vision, plan, or execution in order to create the best product and company.

IMO, this is one of the most important phases, but most entrepreneurs miss it.

And in the “Crusader” phase, entrepreneurs have a solid plan and execution, so they can be passionate crusaders of their cause to create a movement.

While this was shared in the context of entrepreneurship, I believe we can apply this perspective to pretty much all professions.

You can be an engineer, a salesperson, a marketer, or a leader – we all need to evolve through these 3 phases.

We all need to be creative to identify problems in our environment and come up with unique solutions.

We need to be the best critic of ourselves to make sure our plan and execution are strong.

And then eventually we all need to be a crusader to influence people to follow our cause and plan.

Hope this would help you identify in which phase you’re in, and it becomes a guiding post, what’s your next phase is going to be.

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Product Management

Deadline

Why do we call it a “deadline” when the goal is to bring something to “life” by that time? 🤔

Yes, your work might come to an end, but its impact might begin.

Yes, you might finish some tasks, but it might start showing outcomes.

Maybe we should call it – “launch time” –something that would come into existence by that time. 🤷‍♂️

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Productivity

The Evolution of Work

This is how work is evolving:

Location and time dependent:
🏭 Factory work
🏢 Office work

Location dependent but time independent:
⏱ Flex work
🏢 Hybrid work

Location independent but time dependent:
🏠 Remote-first work

Location and time independent:
💬 Async-first work

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Startup

Workaholism

Workaholism is contagious.

Most often, the virus spreads from the top leadership.

Leaders need to follow the equivalent of 6 ft social distancing at work too.

With the remote work and different timeones, the boundaries of work and life are getting blurrier than before.

With the hustle culture and grow at any cost pressure, the work-life imbalance is a constant topic on everyone’s mind.

It’s easier said than done.

I constantly make these mistakes and set the wrong example for the team.

Writing this helps me remind what’s important and be accountable and practice what I preach.

As Avoma is growing, I’m constantly thinking about these things and realizing the mistakes I’m making and the changes I need to make in how I operate and what culture we set.

In the end, it doesn’t matter what you say, but matters what you do.

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Philosophy Startup

Worrying vs Enjoying

I typically post about Avoma’s progress and positive thoughts on LinkedIn.

The truth is — life is not all glorious at my end. A lot of things don’t work as per my plan.

But the thing is — I don’t worry too much about things that are not going well.

I retrospect about it, but I don’t worry about it.

If I keep worrying about it, it takes away my focus from celebrating the things that are going well and doing the things I need to do.

There is always something that’s NOT going well literally every day.

Imagine if I keep worrying about such things every day.

Life will be miserable and I will be always worried.

That’s why I focus more on what’s going well and enjoy these achievements.

Hope this might be helpful for someone out there who is worrying about things are not going well in their life, but ignoring all the things that are already going well.

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Productivity

1K Email Client

Our attention span has reduced significantly. 🥸

We don’t have time to read long emails. 🤨

It’s also a bad habit and practice to write long emails. 😏

If you want to get the job done, you should write shorter emails. 🤐

But it’s hard to break our habits of writing long emails. 😕

What if we build an email client with 1K chars limit? 🤔

As a sender, you can send emails with only 1K chars long. 🤓

As a receiver, you only can read first 1K chars. 🧐

If another person sends a longer email, it auto replies – “I can only read first 1,000 chars, please resend”. 🤪

What says?