Stick with it Back in college, at the middle of the semester, after the second exam, I walked into a friend in the hallway of the University library. “Where are you headed to?” I asked. “To change my major” she replied. This was a conversation that most students can relate to. My friend was struggling in her Physiology Class, she didn’t have any hope of passing the class, so she wanted to change her major. Interestingly, on further inquiry, I learned that she always wanted to be a medical doctor but now a single class was standing between her and … Continue reading Rocket Science?! How to Learn Hard & Complex stuff.
Exploration About 20 years ago, space exploration wasn’t a mainstream undertaking. Sending shuttles to space was reserved for governments and military operations. The few private companies that were involved in space exploration were not known because they didn’t cause any significant ripples to be noticed. All this changed when a young South African entrepreneur came into the picture. At only 31 years old, in 2002, Elon Musk founded SpaceX, an aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company. What’s amazing about Musk’s space venture was his approach. By the time he founded SpaceX, NASA, the leading space government agency was struggling … Continue reading Turning Your Big Ideas Into Big Results
“You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” ~ Shirley Chisholm Reality we Ignore If you love basketball, seeing LeBron James or Stephen Carry on the court increases your heart rate slightly. If you are a soccer fanatic, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo might keep you late in the night watching them play. If you love books, Authors like Stephen King or Toni Morrison mesmerize you with their writings. And if you desire to be a mover and shaker, then leaders like entrepreneur and Inventor Elon Musk, or activist Tarana Burke, … Continue reading Two Truths About Progress
Icon of Bravery At the age of 26, he became the Prime Minister of the most powerful Empire. He is considered one of the greatest leaders who ever lived. It wasn’t the success during the good times that made him stand out but rather it was when his country and the world order was threatened that made him an icon of bravery. A mighty army led by a ruthless dictator was met with a courageous, fierce, and unwavering leader. The Nazi Germany was conquering Western Europe at a lightning speed and their victory was blazing like a bushfire. The last … Continue reading Developing Courage To Lead
Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living. – Albert Einstein. Medal of Honor On April 1st, 1942, a young 23-year-old Desmond Doss signed up for the US Army at the heat of the Second World War. Doss’ sign up and service in the Army was not an ordinary one, given that he signed up at the middle of the war. According to records, he had a deferment not to serve, which most young men were eager to do. What’s astonishing about Doss was how he served. With his dreams of being a doctor wiped away … Continue reading Courage To Serve Others
Action: The key to fulfillment It’s not how much money you make that brings fulfillment. It’s connecting what you do with your purpose that brings great fulfillment in life: it’s doing (performing) a seemingly insignificant act of difference in an area or field that you believe will make the greatest difference to humanity at large. Taking action in what we believe in is what starts a chain of a life that brings you joy. Fulfillment doesn’t happen at the end of life, it happens in the journey of life. According to Bronnie Ware, a former palliative care giver and author … Continue reading Courage To Make a Difference with Action
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” Mark Twain. The Groundwork A few years ago, I decided to be intentional on building my character. This was born out of realizing that the people with great character did not become who they were by accident. They chose their character. To start with, I picked seven virtues that would be the core of my character. These made the list; integrity, kindness, love, humility, respect, commitment, and courage. But on closer examination, I realized that each of the above qualities depend on courage. It made the other virtues … Continue reading Developing Courage in Relationships