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People Perspectives #Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius was emperor of Rome during the 2nd century AD, the last in a line of five emperors known to have ruled Rome with authority, humanity, and competence. He is renowned for being a wise and noble leader whom Plato referred to as “The Philosopher King”. His own reflections on leadership and what it means to lead a good an virtuous life were captured in a series of books known as "The Meditations", seminal texts in the school of Stoicism which are to this day often quoted.
“The things you think about determine the quality of your mind.” Marcus Aurelius The field of leadership is supported by thousands of books, videos and training courses, but of all of the texts I’ve read and the courses I’ve studied, I’ve yet to find a more pragmatic guide to being an authentic leader. The last of the Five Good Emperors, Marcus Aurelius is a reminder that despite the saying that “absolute power corrupts absolutely,” that is not always the case. At the time of his death, he was one…
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Quotable Quotes #2: Date a girl who writes!

. . . . or better yet, date a girl who writes!"
Date a girl who understands both the simplicity and the depth of the written word. Date a girl who lists one of her heroes as a philosopher or poet. Date a girl who writes because she is a born storyteller.
You’ll learn that the only way she knows what she’s thinking or feeling is through writing. She’ll be articulate and poetic, without the slightest ego.
The girl who writes will have a collection of lists at any given time, not only to-do lists, but life lists; a bucket list, a list of her favorite things, a list of quotes that inspire her.
As a writer she will be a natural listener. So tell her stories. You will begin to recognize what’s important to her or what she wonders about through her writing. She finds writing the only way to explore some of life’s greatest mysteries. So talk to her about your thoughts and ideas. She will revel in them.
With this, she will love to read. She is inspired, enlightened and learned by litera…

Quotable Quotes #1: Date a girl who reads!

"You should date a girl who reads.

Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.
Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.
She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most …

People Perspectives #Rosa Parks

In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state. For the muggles, when a butterfly flaps it's wings somewhere in the world, there is potential for a storm on the other side of the globe.
“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” ― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice  Every life has a message, often shaped by defining moments which are not usually of our own choosing. But somehow, our lives groom us for our destiny. The life of Rosa Parks is one such case. She was a former Alabama seamstress, credited as the Mother of the American Civil Rights Movement.

Who was Rosa Parks? On the night of Thursday, December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks boarded a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, and took a courageous stand for what went on to be the start of the Civil Rights Movement. It was a simple …

People Perspectives #Maya Angelou

'Self-Made' is a myth. There is no one who is self-made. Period. All the millionaires anecdotes and rags-to-riches stories that we come across, may make us feel like we are all powerful alone and we can conquer the world alone - but that is far from the truth. We are a social conglomerate and we need to be guided, inspired and navigated by others, people who have lived and worked in the right direction more than us. The fact is that today, we ain't got the time or the opportunities to make all the mistakes we can and then learn from them. Don't believe anyone who says otherwise.

Starting to do something in life, is so similar to when we started off as babies. We didn't know a thing, had no clue about the whats, whys and wheres of any skill whatsoever. Had we been left to teach ourselves everything, most of us would still be crawling the floors and inventing  ways to ask for a sandwich. But no. We had folks to guide us, hold our hands, teach us best ways to walk, t…

Why we need more mentors in education and technology.

In my years with Goldman Sachs, we used to have a series where managing directors and partners would share with the employees - 'The best advice you ever got'. It got me reflecting about what such advice have I received. A professor of mine had once said -
For the introductory years of your career, never worry about what you are working on, or where you are employed, or how much money you are making. What you should care about is who you are working with, because they play a big role in defining who you will be in the rest of your life!And that is exactly what has stuck around with me even now. However, once you enter the corporate arena, you will be surprised how hard it is to find people around you who are actually mentor material, people from whom you can learn how to navigate through work and life. It is pretty much the same situation in primary, higher and professional education. Rarely do you come across managers, teachers or professors who are willing to spend some time …

Ministry of Art #2

The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love, and to be greater than our suffering. - Ben Okri

Sketched with ❤ by Sonal Raj