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Quote of the Day

“Libya, India, Japan, America, any country in the world you just name it, all of us, we’re all pirates”

–Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi at his  first speech to the General Assembly



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Worth reading : How to prepare for old age?

While I was waiting I was listening to the radio and heard an interviewer ask ‘Now that you have reached 75 have you any advice for our audience about how to prepare for your old age?’ An irritated voice said ‘Why is everyone asking me about old age these days?’ I recognised the voice as John Cage. I am sure that many of you know who he was – the composer and philosopher who influenced people like Jasper Johns and Merce Cunningham as well as the music world in general. I knew him slightly and admired his contribution to our times. ‘You know, I do know how to prepare for old age’ he said. ‘Never have a job, because if you have a job someday someone will take it away from you and then you will be unprepared for your old age. For me, it has always been the same every since the age of 12. I wake up in the morning and I try to figure out how am I going to put bread on the table today? It is the same at 75, I wake up every morning and I think how am I going to put bread on the table today? I am exceedingly well prepared for my old age’ he said.

Some honest wisdom here.

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Worth reading : How to be genius

The key factor separating geniuses from the merely accomplished is not a divine spark. It’s not I.Q., a generally bad predictor of success, even in realms like chess. Instead, it’s deliberate practice. Top performers spend more hours (many more hours) rigorously practicing their craft.

Source: Genius: The Modern View

The key word here is ‘latest research’. My grand pa told my pa that only way to succeed in life is hardwork. My father conveyd me what he inherited from his father. And I beleive in him. Then one fine day ceratin ‘Mr Research’ same from no where screaming that  what I am trying to acheive is beyond my ‘IQ’. IQ  was his measure of ‘music’  in me and suggested me to focus on something consistent with my IQ.

Few years later when Mr. Research got  older, famous (or infamous) a new Mr Research took his position. This guy too has done his research in geniousness and his finding was that IQ is not the right measure of a genius. To him it’s  ‘EQ’. I was already frustrated with my low ‘IQ’. New Mr research gave me new  hope and his theory promised (sold) me a better future.

Since I was too focused on listening these gentlemen I lost much time I had committed for my work and my performance took a hit. To compensate I ignored these guys for a while and worked harder. I was surprised with the results. Not only I made great progress in my work my EQ and IQ also improved.In fact, moreI worked  better I performed. Neither IQ nor EQ but hard work seems working for me. I decided to continue with my new finding i.e working harder.

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Worth reading: Matthew Stewart on MBA education

On MBA experience

“”the impression I formed of the M.B.A. experience was that it involved taking two years out of your life and going deeply into debt, all for the sake of learning how to keep a straight face while using phrases like “out-of-the-box thinking,” “win-win situation,” and “core competencies.”

On Frederick Winslow Taylor

Taylorism, like much of management theory to come, is at its core a collection of quasi-religious dicta on the virtue of being good at what you do, ensconced in a protective bubble of parables (otherwise known as case studies).

On Managment theory

The world of management theorists remains exempt from accountability.

Between them, Taylor and Mayo carved up the world of management theory. According to my scientific sampling, you can save yourself from reading about 99 percent of all the management literature once you master this dialectic between rationalists and humanists. The Taylorite rationalist says: Be efficient! The Mayo-ist humanist replies: Hey, these are people we’re talking about! And the debate goes on. Ultimately, it’s just another installment in the ongoing saga of reason and passion, of the individual and the group.

In a sense, management theory is what happens to philosophers when you pay them too much.

Philosophers vs MBA

” two crucial differences between philosophers and their wayward cousins. The first and most important is that philosophers are much better at knowing what they don’t know. The second is money”

Source:  The Management Myth

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