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  • December 01 ,2018

  • Written By Rajat Mishra

Why the path to joy goes through color?

“Without emotion, there is no beauty.” Diana Vreeland Colors bring Joy I remember the festival of Holi! People throwing handfuls of colored powder at each other on the streets of Delhi. Clothes stained in every color imaginable – pink, blue, red, green. Peals of laughter. Thinking about it brings a distinct feeling of happiness. HoliRead More…

  • August 01 ,2018

  • Written By Rajat Mishra

Factfulness: Why “Developing” vs. “Developed” makes no sense?

We use emotion-fueled “instincts” and sensational stories to frame a binary state of the world. Developed vs. Developing. Rich vs. Poor. West vs. East. These binary frameworks make for simpler narratives and comfort us while labeling others. I have been guilty of this assumption too. Last weekend, I read Hans Rosling’s wonderful book “Factfulness: Ten Reasons weRead More…

  • July 01 ,2018

  • Written By Rajat Mishra

Intelligent Altruism: Have Courage and be Kind

“The intelligent altruists will be fitter than both the unintelligent altruists and selfish individuals”. Herbert Simon Have Courage and Be Kind Kindness and Courage are values I strive to live by (the third value being Learning). But, I always found an inherent conflict between the two. An extreme version of kindess is the “doormat effect”Read More…

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  • May 01 ,2018

  • Written By Rajat Mishra

The fatal flaw of the pessimist?

“Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world.” – Arthur Schopenhauer Today, pessimism is everywhere. It is celebrated and in a sense idolized. While optimists are labeled as naïve for not understanding the nuances of the modern world, pessimists win accolades for intellectual critiques. While optimists are labeled asRead More…

  • April 01 ,2018

  • Written By Rajat Mishra

Ray Dalio on “Savor Life” or “Make An Impact”?

“You can have it all. Just not all at once.”  Oprah Winfrey A fundamental life-choice In Principles, Ray Dalio poses a fundamental life-choice. On a simple scale (depicted below), he has “Savor Life” on one end and “Make an Impact” on the other.  Where are you on the scale and where would you like toRead More…

  • March 01 ,2018

  • Written By Rajat Mishra

What Elvis reminds us about technology disruption?

“Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine” – Elvis Presley The corporate world romanticizes competition. Business-school students around the world carry copies of Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” in their back-packs. Battle metaphors are part of corporate lexicon. From “war-rooms” to “competitive battle-grounds”. From “war-games” to “strike when enemy is weak”. Teams obsess aboutRead More…

  • February 01 ,2018

  • Written By Rajat Mishra

What Poker teaches us about the soft voice of intuition?

 “Craft is what we are supposed to know. Art is the unexpected use of that craft” – Ed Catmull In May 2015, my friend and professional poker player, Alec Torelli was playing a $20,000 buy-in No-Limit Texas Hold’em cash game in Sugar House Casino, Philadelphia. After a few hours of careful play, he was dealtRead More…

  • January 23 ,2018

  • Written By Rajat Mishra

What Uber’s Dara Khosrowshahi teaches us about being “In the dance floor. On the balcony.”

“The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function” – Scott Fitzerland In the first few weeks of Dara Khosrowshahi’s job as CEO of Uber, government officials in London announced that they would not be renewing Uber’s license toRead More…

  • January 02 ,2018

  • Written By Rajat Mishra

How Reagan’s Challenger Address inspires personal connection?

“Everything I do is personal.” – Francis Ford Coppola On January 28, 1986, the American shuttle orbiter Challenger broke up 73 seconds after liftoff, bringing a devastating end to the spacecraft’s 10th mission. The disaster claimed the lives of all seven astronauts aboard. It was a tragedy that shook the country. Even before the smokeRead More…

  • January 01 ,2018

  • Written By Rajat Mishra

Why some swings are worth taking even if you fail?

“Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.” Voltaire On March 1, 2003, the fiercest rivalry of modern cricket (India vs. Pakistan) unfolded on cricket’s biggest stage – the World Cup. In two countries where cricket is religion, roads were deserted, shops closed and millions were glued to television The epic battle withinRead More…

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