Don’t rush through that book

Reading is a type of meditation. Don’t rush through the process.

Tejas Patel
Trust the Process

As a book reader, I often ask people as to what they are reading and sometimes the conversation becomes about what people have read and how long it took them. As times I sense that some people take pride in how quickly they are reading the book (or skipping through it)!

Read to learn, to understand and to connect the dots. The more you read (and understand), the better you will get at connecting the dots between different point of views, topics and your own experiences.

There are hardly any medals if you finish the book early unless you are taking part in the speed reading competition. So relax, let the words sink in, let your mind decide if you agree or disagree with what the author is saying and formulate your own perspective.

News on streaming service – Is it a matter of when?

I write this on the eve of Disney+ launch in Australia. With more and more streaming services coming to market, I wonder how long before streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime etc. before they start broadcasting localised news?

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How long before one of the streaming services re-define what the local news is like? How long before streaming services start delivering news that matters than the current version of broadcasting TVs?

The local broadcasting channels have lifted their game in the last couple of years but still nowhere near that I would cancel my Netflix subscription anytime soon. In the last few years, I am used to paying for the privilege of enjoying my TV time without the intrusion of ads. Is it a possibility that to begin with, a streaming service partners with local broadcasting service to offer a daily news service (nationally)? What is stopping Netflix from being a one stop shop? Is it just a better of time before they become one?

Watch your attitude towards ‘problems’

One should focus more of their time on seeking solutions for their problems than staying engrossed in the problems they are facing. ‘Can Do’ always yields more results than ‘Can’t Do’. Surely there are things that are in one’s control and then some that there are not – focus on what can be controlled.

Keep a problem into your perspective but only for identifying an appropriate solution to it.

So are you focusing on problems or their solutions right now?

Better Questions or Better Answers

I am continuously striving to ask better questions – to myself, with my family and people that I work with. It is an acquired skill that needs to be continuously refined.

Questions, especially better questions will contribute to lifetime growth. Growth lies in uncovering the unknowns.

If you want a better answer, ask a better question. Formulating better questions will force you to get clear on what you want to ask and achieve. Garbage in, garbage out.

Don’t ask questions to show how much you know (or prove your superiority) but ask questions so that you can uncover more and to move forward.

On the value of a tribe

I came across this HBR article which focuses on the value of the tribe.

Tribe

Having the tribe is not the same as networking. Our personal tribes allow us to grow, learn and challenge the status-quo.

Once you have a tribe, focus more on providing and adding value than trying to leach of them. Offer value, share your passion for the things you have in common.

Dream

Dream for a better role.
Dream for a better career.
Dream for a better boss.
Dream for life long friends.
Dream for better health.
Dream for a better life.
Dream of a better YOU.
MAKE IT HAPPEN.

Summum Bonum – The Highest Good

I came across a phrase called Summum Bonum in my readings this week and not knowing what it meant, I searched. It is a latin word meaning “the highest good, especially as the ultimate goal according to which values and priorities are established in an ethical system.”

What is your summum bonum? While I dig deeper into this, I am happy with Marcus Aurelius quote:

“Just that you do the right thing. The rest doesn’t matter. Cold or warm. Tired or well-rested. Despised or honored. Dying…or busy with other assignments.”

https://dailystoic.com/summum-bonum/

Not easy but worthy of giving it a go. I hope you think of your summum bonum.