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Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. -Mahatma Gandhi (Photo at Dell, RoundRock TX)

Every day is a new day to learn

Learning is the staple food for the mind. Often times people think that learning stops after college graduation. But that's not true or effective.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

Mahatma Gandhi

We all need to be expanding our horizons and there is always something new every day. “Seek and you shall find”, is what Tony Robbins said at the Dreamforce conference last year and that is quite true. Reading books and listening to podcasts has been instrumental in getting my thoughts and ideas together.

Below are a few anecdotes that inspired me + audiobooks that I have listened to: accessible for free if you are a San Francisco Public Library member. This is just the right blend of learning that I needed for my commute to/from work. What are your favorite books or podcasts of 2018?

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Principles (Ray Dalio) | Good to Great (Jim Collins) | Measure What Matters (John Doerr)| When (Daniel Pink) | Find Your Why (Simon Sinek) | Originals (Adam Grant)

Most times, it's all about the attitude and willingness to adapt. If our emotional state is positive and motivated, then we can overcome any barrier and will be open to change. If it's negative, there is often lesser willingness to make changes to the status quo.

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. “

- William Arthur Ward

The Pessimist, Optimist, Realist is a quote I came across in a museum in Chicago and it has stuck for good. This is the mantra that I aspire towards every day. Earlier, I was often the pessimist finding faults in everything and now I am working my way towards being a true realist, trying to understand the context. There have been times when I think that we don’t have the time to have a strategic view and we are too busy doing what we always did. The outcome is that we will get what we always got. I believe that we should always challenge the norm and open our minds to learn new things. And guess what, I am truly amazed by the new perspective and clear thinking. It’s a new day and a new beginning every day, so why let our thoughts think otherwise? :)

Always be pragmatic and never let one downfall or failure get to you.

Whenever I am in doubt, I try my best to bring everyone together, but sometimes moving ahead is the right path. There will be obstacles and others may express their doubts, but I believe in making progress and winning through. When we trust each other and know that we have each other’s best intentions at heart, it always works out at the end.

If you are doing the right thing (but not always doing things right), you will invariably succeed. Expect the best and get the best.

Focus, focus, focus (*infinity times)
A business with a clear focus will always beat a business that is all things to all people. Same is true for individuals, we cannot be everything and we need to focus and prioritize what’s important to us. A true inner passion and perseverance have helped me to determine what I am interested to pursue, what matters the most and to find my inner purpose.

The cornerstone of persuasion is trust. If you are not trusted, there is no reason why anyone should go along with what you say. Some might say that Marketing is a battle of perceptions, not of facts. The branded meds for headache pills are perceived better than unbranded/generic meds and has that feeling of confidence, that makes it just right. If that’s true, have you ever wondered what are your perceptions today and how can learning challenge the battle of the minds?

Would love to hear your thoughts below!

Inspire | Influence | Impact

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