That time of the Year

It is that time of the year again…. when one should take stock. For me 2005 was the first time that i had set yearly goals [ read a new year resolution].

I had set many goals. They covered various fields like health, work, learning japanese, learning to swim, teaching Kuhu[my daughter] etc …

I did not achieve all that I had written down. But I made a lot of progress in all of them.

At the end of the year, I am in a position to say that for me this year was a lot better than the previous years… cos i had set some parameters to measure my performance against. I had those goals guiding me throughout the year, as i used to check my performace against them, every monthend.

I came across this quote today by Karen Lamb :
A year from now you may wish you had started today.

I am happy that I had started doing some things last year. At the same time, I want to add a few more this year.
I will spend a few hours tomorrow to write my goals for the year 2006.

I want to do so much… and breaking all of that down into smaller tasks makes it a lot easier to achieve.

The Stockdale Paradox

I am reading Jim Collins’ Good To Great.
While reading Chapter 4. Confront the Brutal Facts (Yet Never Loose Faith), I came across the stockdale Paradox. I remembered having read about it earlier.
I googled for it and found the link .
I had read this blog post a couple of months ago, which applied Stockdale paradox to the startup phase.

The Stockdale Paradox, reinforces my belief in Perseverance and Patience. When i started my company, the only advantage (read USP) we had was “cheap programmers”. But I wanted to do more than provide services to companies because we were cheap. And gradually, at the cost of refusing lame projects, we have been able to build niche areas. I had to refuse projects, which would have added to the numbers, but would have not given the joy of programming which me and my fellow programmers now enjoy at vinsol.

This transition at vinsol, involved not only The Stockdale Paradox, but also the Hedgehog Concept, which Jim Collin discussed in Chapter 5.

I recommend this book, very strongly to all. It is a must read for Indian companies who want to rise up the value chain [I do not say that we have done so, but are better placed than where we were an year ago.]

Confidence Cheats

I landed at ksblog via a Ramit Sethi blog post

The confidence cheats post really got me thinking about my own confidence cheats.
Gettting back to writing some code is one.
Doing some pushups help me too. Really gets me all worked up to start again.

Sometimes, the off day feeling just refuses to leave me. I have to come up with more and better confidence cheats, can’t afford lack of confidence.. as K says … it costs.

And also this leaves me wondering how the confidence cheats have nothing to do with the things that make me loose confidence in the first place. Almost 100% of the time it is lack of financial growth. I want to make more money. I want to grow my business. I am working towards it…. I know it will take time… but still….

“No Excuses”

The most unusual thing about 19-year-old Kyle Maynard isn’t that he’s already in the Wrestling Hall of Fame.

It’s not that he currently holds the world’s record for modified bench press in his division.

And it’s not that he’s being honored as the World’s Strongest Teen.

The most unusual thing about Kyle Maynard is that he’s done all this – and much more –
after being born in 1986 with a rare condition called “congenital amputation.”

Typically, this results in a missing finger or toe. But in his case, it is a more unusual and serious case of quadramembral phocomelia. That means he has no hands and no feet. In fact, he has no limbs at all below the elbows and knees.

Read more about him here

And if you are looking for motivation, read Kyle’s book “No Excuses”