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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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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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Philosophy

Decisions

Quite often we don’t realize, delaying a decision or a lack of action is a decision.

If a decision is right or wrong, you only “learn” in hindsight. You never “know” that in foresight.

Life will be a whole a lot easier if you simply relabel “decision” to “experimentation”.

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Philosophy Startup

Comparison vs Retrospection

So much of our energy and mental bandwidth is wasted in comparing ourselves with others. 🤷‍♂️

Wouldn’t it be more effective if we invest that energy in comparing against ourselves, a.k.a. “retrospection”? 🤔

Compare less. Retrospect more. 🧘‍♂️

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Entrepreneurship Productivity Startup

Bias for Action

Amazon had popularized this leadership principle called “bias for action.”

I find it is not only valuable for leaders at a strategic level, but also extremely useful for individual contributors on a day to day execution level.

Speed is your biggest weapon as an early-stage startup – especially in competitive and hyper-growth businesses.

Many decisions and actions are reversible and do not need extensive thinking.

Having a bias for action means you’re not afraid to make decisions and take action, even when you face uncertainty.

The first step to develop a bias for action is to simply put down your thoughts into some document.

Write down any fact, question, concern, idea, or task that you are thinking about.

Once you write down the first sentence, writing down the next one becomes comparatively easier.

The more you write down, the more clarity you get, and the path for execution becomes clear and easier.

Every single time, when we are brainstorming new initiatives, and when things get all overwhelming, I’ve seen writing things down has worked like a charm.

That’s when I realized, “bias for action” is not some fancy leadership principle that I need to learn.

It simply starts with writing down the first sentence.

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Entrepreneurship Philosophy Startup

Advice

The purpose of reading and hearing someone’s advice is not the advice itself. 🗣

Most of the time, you already know that advice. 🤷‍♂️

It’s the reminding aspect of it is the most important. 🎗

Most people usually only remember less than 25% of the things they read or hear. 🧠

So it’s not enough we read or hear any advice once or even a few times for that matter.

We need to hear it again and again until it becomes our belief and habit. 😇

That’s why – don’t discard any advice thinking that it’s an old one, and you already knew it.

Instead, be open to read or hear it again as a gentle reminder. 👀👂

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Philosophy

Authentic Empathy

The conventional wisdom is – “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”

How about – “Treat others the way THEY want to be treated.”?

I make this mistake all the time. I think I’m trying to be empathetic with the other person by trying to give them nice and fair treatment – as per my perspective.

But that other person isn’t me.

So the whole empathy thing either doesn’t work or it looks fake.

Isn’t it probably better to genuinely understand what the other person cares about?

Isn’t it probably more authentic empathy if we treat them the way THEY want to be treated?

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Entrepreneurship Philosophy

If You Haven’t Won Yet

Believe that you will always win in the end.

If you haven’t won yet, it’s hasn’t ended yet.

Keep fighting!

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Philosophy Sales

Just Do It, Together

Nike’s new Ad “You can’t stop us” deserves all the praise and attention as it’s an incredible achievement in video editing.

But I think they missed one thing.

They could have updated their tag line to – “Just do it, together”.

“Doing it together” is how we achieve greatness in our life.

Even if you’re playing an individual sport, you achieve greatness with a team of coaches, physicians, etc.

They may not be with you in the field, but you can’t perform and excel without their help.

Today’s modern sales is very similar.

Individual Sales reps don’t close deals on their own – especially in B2B SaaS or Enterprise solutions.

It takes a village.

Modern selling is “collaborative selling”.

It’s about how efficiently your team can collaborate with all key stakeholders to close a deal and serve a customer.

You will have to adopt tools that enable frictionless collaboration.

It will be your competitive advantage.

Just sell it, together.

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Philosophy Sales

Do You Really Get What You Ask For?

They say – you get “what” you ask for.

Unfortunately, that is just the 1/3rd of the truth.

It also depends on “how” you ask for it.

This is about your communication.

How convincing, confident, and truthful are you? What words do you use? How’s your energy?

And lastly, it also depends on “whom” you ask for.

This is about your network.

What’s that person’s authority? How’s your relationship with them? And more importantly, what they know about you?