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It's Okay to Be Good and Not Great

Being Fully Present

In this age of optimization, we are compelled to do more, to multitask and provide quick results.

The key to happiness is to be fully present in whatever you are doing.

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It's Okay to Be Good and Not Great

It's Okay to Be Good and Not Great

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Key Ideas

Good Enough

We all are told that greatness is the route to success. But Good is not the enemy of Great.

Going by the epidemic of clinical anxiety, employee burnout, depression, and other stress-related problems we face, we need to ask ourselves if we even know what success means.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh

“Success means finding happiness in your work and life, in the here and the now.”

Out of the Dream World

Remove the fairy tale, magical thinking from your life, and accept who you are and where you stand. Recognize your circumstances as they are and take appropriate action.

Patience is Key

If you want long-term changes and improvements in your life, the ones that last, you will have to be patient.

To get true results, you will have to go for the long-haul.

Being Fully Present

In this age of optimization, we are compelled to do more, to multitask and provide quick results.

The key to happiness is to be fully present in whatever you are doing.

Being Flawed

Being vulnerable and flawed is a virtue, not something to look down upon.

Social media is full of people showing off their perfect lives, and we fall victim to this constant pressure of being invincible and perfect.

Tweeting is not Meeting

Texting and emailing are not the same as actually meeting someone.

Allow for more in-person connections instead of virtual ones. Real connections with real people will foster genuine and meaningful relationships.

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Writing cultivates self-awareness

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Vulnerability
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Daring greatly

... is about showing up and being seen, about owning our vulnerability and understanding it as the birthplace of courage.

Vulnerability is not knowing victory or defeat, it’s understanding the necessity of both.

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First of its Kind

If a product is being launched in the market that is new and does not have competition, then launching it with bare minimum features is the right way.

MVP (Minimum Viable Product) strategy does not work for a generic product.

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Writing is not typing

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Typing is what you do in the middle of the two vast thoughtful processes.

Read

Read good writing—Dickens or Baldwin or evolutionary biology textbooks or the Old Testament, whatever holds your attention.

Don't read something just because it is popular at the moment; otherwise, you will be like everyone else and will not be able to make a meaningful contribution.

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