Productivity

On the journey of setting sustainable goals

On the journey of setting sustainable goals

What is Goal Setting:  Can you guess? There's one thing that could both excite and scare us at the same time? If you guessed setting an ambitious and seemingly impossible goal, you're right! Goal setting is a deeply personal act where you realize you’re competing with...

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Find yourself overthinking and stressed? Read this.

Find yourself overthinking and stressed? Read this.

Our Habit to Ruminate:  Most of us, not including those who’re lucky to be enlightened, don’t want to live in the present moment. We simply don’t want to accept life as it manifests itself. We begin to over think our past or over analyze our options for the future....

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Balancing culture and community in a Global world

Balancing culture and community in a Global world

Asian/Indian families traditionally emphasize the importance of family membership, respect, and solidarity. These values are referred to as family obligations. Instead of promoting individual needs and personal identity, Asian/Indian families tend to have a family and...

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Social Media and its Collateral Damage on Teens – Part 1

Social Media and its Collateral Damage on Teens – Part 1

The Social Media fuel for depression and anxiety: In our daze of distraction addiction, we shift our attention between the real and the virtual world constantly. Whenever we look at your friends' or celebrity status updates, accomplishments and vacation pictures,...

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Collaboration in a world that cherishes individualism

Collaboration in a world that cherishes individualism

We've more in common than we don't: Take a look around you, and you'll see that we're all driven by the same needs as humans. The feeling of belonging, the need to matter, and a cause to impact and give. But, we’re also starting to live more fragmented and lonely...

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The truth about tech and addiction

The truth about tech and addiction

  Why we crave digital distractions? Unlike real life that can be boring and monotonous, on the internet, even if you want nothing, you can always get something. Our digital tools show us how a life online is one with endless possibilities (read, endless scroll)....

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This is how Tech Billionaires parent

This is how Tech Billionaires parent

  Tech parents love their children more than they love their customers: Children of Big Tech entrepreneurs from eBay, Apple, Uber and Google attend Waldorf schools – where technology is not allowed on campus or in classrooms. Waldorf schools teach complicated...

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What technology can’t do for us

What technology can’t do for us

  Tech is becoming just a busy distraction: Technology was meant to be an asset, a tool for enhancing our productivity and our lives. It was meant to free up time for us to do things that really mattered to us - in our real life. But, computers and machines we've...

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The science behind our love for social media and selfies

The science behind our love for social media and selfies

  A virtual world for "me": Being on(line) means - we must add value, always be available, be current and also flawless. While we perfect ourselves, we must also capture our journey on a public stage. We must belong in the world, in the big scheme of life. We...

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Can the wiring in our brains survive the wired world?

Can the wiring in our brains survive the wired world?

  The social organ: Our brains are social organs, and we thrive on connection. We want to matter, we want to make an impact and that's how we define our purpose in life. Social media hacks this vulnerability with the promise of connection and an infinite network...

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The 6 pillars of Future STRONG Academy

The 6 pillars of Future STRONG Academy

The Foundation of Future STRONG Academy:  Future STRONG Academy is an SECD, Social and Emotional Learning and Character Development, intervention program where we teach our children secrets of high performers. All our initiatives, especially the ones for middle and...

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How to create a Content Copywriter “résumé”

How to create a Content Copywriter “résumé”

  As résumés are going out of fashion, why not standout in the job market by showing your creativity and sense of humor? Here's a sample "résumé" for applying to a content copywriter job position. A relevant bachelors degree, experience and referrals are a bonus....

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Social media etiquette for teens

Social media etiquette for teens

  We've all been thrust into the world of technology without a guidebook. Add to this mix -teens, their growing brains and varied interests, and things can get confusing and overwhelming pretty quickly. In the midst of such a digital landscape where devices rule...

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Finding civility in chaos

Finding civility in chaos

  Can we really define chaos?  Let's imagine you are in the deep woods taking a hike. This overgrown forest seems beautiful where every tree, plant and critter has found a perfect home and is in peace with the environment around it. But, has this place been like...

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How to grow resilient children

How to grow resilient children

  What is resilience: We want to raise our children to be kind and loving people. We tell them to value compassion more than anything else in life. Ideal parents want to empower their children to believe in themselves and encourage them to realize their highest...

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Find meaning in the mundane

Find meaning in the mundane

  All it takes is a single question:  There's a point in life when you start to question everything. You're asking if racing to that swing in the playground, making cup after cup after cup of coffee, all the diets you've been on, the walks you've taken, the...

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Here’s why we’re addicted to technology

Here’s why we’re addicted to technology

  Why we crave digital distractions?  Unlike real life that can be boring and monotonous, on the internet, even if you want nothing, you can always get something. When we are bored, lonely and feel like we’re unable to make a dent in the world like we want to, we...

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3 strategies to counter distraction addictions

3 strategies to counter distraction addictions

  Predict, Mitigate and Eliminate distraction addictions: There are three ways we can deal with a myriad of distractions we face each day. Because managing distractions is a huge part of maintaining our attention on the big projects and long term goals of our...

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Creating an ideal environment for children to thrive

Creating an ideal environment for children to thrive

  How children thrive:  Children thrive in stability and predictability. They cannot find civility in chaos like some of us adults can. So, its up to us parents to give them the sense of security they crave for. It can be a tiny corner at home, on a stage where...

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Here’s how to ace that job interview

Here’s how to ace that job interview

  You're for sale:  You've landed an awesome job interview. Congratulations! Its time to prepare yourself for the sale. Wait, you don't know what you have to sell? Believe it or not, an interview is a platform for you to sell three aspects of yourself. You're a...

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Raising children who persevere

Raising children who persevere

“I am not a genius. But I will have a calling and I will challenge myself every day. When I get knocked down, I’ll get back up. I may not be the smartest person in the room, but I’ll strive to be the grittiest.” - From Grit by Angela Duckworth What parents want: ...

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Contemplate death so you can live and give more

Contemplate death so you can live and give more

  Living is a team sport. Dying is a team sport. ~ Timothy Leary. A culture of denial:  When we talk about death, if we at all do, we don't entertain it for the exact experience of what it is. Genocides and decapitations happen elsewhere or on TV. Angelina Jolie...

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Embrace self compassion. And find the peace you seek.

Embrace self compassion. And find the peace you seek.

  We all crave a sense of order, balance and calm in a world of information overload. And in this daily pursuit, we find ourselves even more lost. By adopting a compassionate approach to ourselves, we can stop chasing the perfect version of life that doesn’t...

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Strategies to grow attention span

Strategies to grow attention span

  This past Wednesday afternoon, my 9 year old son kept switching between two tasks. Writing a full page of a mantra praising Lord Shiva, a homework from our Sunday Hindu school. (He hated it) Reading 10 pages of the comic book, Calvin and Hobbes. (He loved it)...

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Here’s how you can extend your brain

Here’s how you can extend your brain

  What is Brain extending:  We usually don't live in the present moment, because we find ourselves overwhelmed in our heads with tasks that need to be remembered, facts we've just learnt and out-of-the-blue ideas that have sparked inside of us. At the same time,...

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Strategies for reducing stress in children

Strategies for reducing stress in children

  Strategies to improve your family's wellbeing:  Teaching children how to manage stress is key to their emotional and physical well being. Here are some practical strategies that you can use to improve the quality of your children and the over all wellbeing of...

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Where do your roots of optimism come from?

Where do your roots of optimism come from?

  If there's anything unifying about humanity's existence, its our solitary pursuit of happiness. Its the way in which we choose to define our successes and identify our failures. Its how we contemplate on how well we've spent our lives. Its our unbridled hope...

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How to lead effortlessly

How to lead effortlessly

Live and lead actively:  We're all leaders because we lead our lives. But, is there a way to live an optimal existence? Yes, here's how. Take Initiative: Sometimes all you've to do in a new situation is to take initiative to be labeled as a leader. Even such quick...

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How to be Human: Man vs. Animal

How to be Human: Man vs. Animal

  I grew up watching Indian movies and rubbernecking at street fights in my hometown. Most often during the most dramatic moments of these events, one person would be challenging another with, "Are you a human or an animal? Are you eating grass or rice?" When we...

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Future STRONG – Peak Productivity

Future STRONG – Peak Productivity

  Personal accountability leads to extraordinary personal productivity. And channeling that productive energy in the right direction can transform children into leaders. And, its possible for these little beings to become great leaders while keeping their...

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How to meditate

How to meditate

  1. Create a sacred bubble in your house. It can be a small mat or rug on which you can sit comfortably. Pick a favorite thing to give you company. It can be a pillow, a trinket or even a book. Now you have created a shell where you are full of bliss (Go with...

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Momentous

Momentous

It’s not the lack of money that makes me cry like my heart is about to burst. You want to know what it is?   It’s something you have or don’t more than I do, because there’s no straight finish line here. It ticks away silently mocking our indignant ways with...

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The cardinal wisdom of the Native Americans

The cardinal wisdom of the Native Americans

  The 7 Sacred Directions of Life:  In the Native American way, there are 7 sacred directions of a life's journey. There are the 4 cardinal directions representing the different stages in his life and there's the sky above and the earth below and the 7th...

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Focus: The new age currency

Focus: The new age currency

  Disclaimer:  This post will require your undivided attention.    What's that? Focus, the concept of undivided attention is staying on a task for an extended period of time. It's our capacity to do deep, uninterrupted, quality work. A recent Bankrate survey...

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On Diversity and Collaboration

On Diversity and Collaboration

Scott Lanyon, Vice Provost & Dean of Graduate Education at the University of Minnesota said this at the U of M Arts Sciences and Engineering Graduate Commencement ceremony this afternoon. "Earning a graduate degree is a significant undertaking, one that less than...

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Why darkness can be a gift

Why darkness can be a gift

  Years ago, you had looked up to see if anyone loved what you wrote. You tried to look in their eyes to see If they understood your scribbles. Your childhood hand wrote in dyslexia, waving your pen with much fun as daddy's shaving foam, But now its purposefully...

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Want to thrive in life? Start a journal.

Want to thrive in life? Start a journal.

Never forget that writing is as close as we get to keeping a hold on the thousand and one things—childhood, certainties, cities, doubts, dreams, instants, phrases, parents, loves—that go on slipping like sand through our fingers. ~ Salman Rushdie * A journal is a meta...

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Thoughts that changed this life

Thoughts that changed this life

“When you come to one of the many moments in life when you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world, do not, I pray, discount that you filled a dying man’s days with a sated joy, a joy unknown to me in...

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Pick up grit on the way to greatness

Pick up grit on the way to greatness

  "To be gritty is to keep putting one foot in front of the other. To be gritty is to hold fast to an interesting and purposeful goal. To be gritty is to invest, day after week after year, in challenging practice. To be gritty is to fall down seven times, and...

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Want to transcend the plight of life? Meditate.

Want to transcend the plight of life? Meditate.

Why this guide: (Long claim.) It has no hyperbole or BS. Things you will need: Just your phone. BUT, out of reach on a 20 minute timer. Nothing else, not even a Sanskrit prayer or an orange robe. * What is meditation:  The action of inaction Nothing but your state of...

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Words that changed this life..

Words that changed this life..

... and tenderly touching a piece of bread in one's coat pocket, first stroking it with frozen gloveless fingers, then breaking off a crumb and putting it in one's mouth ... * This is one of those longing nights when my eyelids don't shut tight because of the welling...

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Where the mind is free

Where the mind is free

When I read Sylvia Plath poetry, I often think of the manner in which she died. Putting her head in an open oven and killing herself, while her little children slept in the adjacent bedroom. Did she see herself alone in her thoughts? Was her loneliness self inflicted?...

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Karma Yoga and the secrets to Inner Transformation

*** Source: Lessons of Life of Bhakthi (Devotion) from the Ramayana: By Swami Tejomayananda, an Indian spiritual leader and head of Chinmaya Mission. These are my notes on the discourse I attended when he visited Atlanta in July of 2015.  * I feel that it is my duty...

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Now

Now

Of all the things I have and can desire to have, my time on this earth, and the time my kids will have of mine is finite. I am mindful of that. What I am also painfully mindful is that I do not choose well how I spend it. As an adult, time and the freedom to do...

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