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Toastmaster Project 3 – Get to the point

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(sorry for the formatting – i just dumped this from my notes)
Fellow toastmasters – i want to start my talk today with few questions. how many of you commute more than 30 mins everyday? more than an hour? how many of you enjoy the commute – i guess not much. I used to be like that. today i commute 20 mins every day but here in IT OPs i have few frens that communite upto 2 hrs everyday – i feel their pain
for most of the people its a mundane boring no gain – experience, even fustration and annoying experince which they are trying to get done asap
I used to do one hour commute in DC – multiple honks, people literally yelling and cursing and i used to react to that; everyone rushing to save couple of seconds while making themselves miserable, irritated and irrational along the way
my message today is – this can all be fixed; there don’t have to be something called miserable commute; 
Today – i calm my mind – and like pilot says – relax, take back ; and enjoy the ride. 
I am a big fan of zen habits and one of my favorite authors shared this story – how a guy in a bmw tried to huff and puff to gain few yardsa in between teh lanes; only to find him on his side on the other lane after couple of hours; he is furious at that point while the zen guru was all good and much leaned man
That had a big impact on me – not are we saving few minutes but also losing our control, losing our cool and being angry – and for me personally angry mind is the worst mind – because i can’t think and i can be creative and i can work with an angry mind
For me commute is one of the learning part of the day – ignore the hustle, ignore the traffic, ignore the rush – absolve yourself into deep learning – everyone can do that – we all have phone and data plan and that’s all we need. 
infotainment – not just entertainment for information as well – planet money, This american life, Frekonomics, comedy shows too
spotify – not just the song – put it in the discover mode -  discover weekly;
every commute is a new very different experience – and most importantly a fun experience;
something you look forward too – not as a pain part but as a fun part
for me learning during commute is kinda like my Third home – like starbucks – where you spent some quality time and have pleasant experience
And not just listening to podcast but this behavior change (more relaxed approach), i believe it has made me a more calmer person, a better listner and someone open to new things, more agile, someone who takes risks and look forward to new things in life. enrich your experiences, enrich your horizon and you will be a much interestign person for your peers to chat during social gatherings
So fellow toastmasters, that’s my message for you today – don’t fight the commute, make it a fun time to relax and ready to explore your mind while coming to work and more relaxed happy person back to home. Give it a try and will you a better person.And i will be really interested to hear back on your experiences and if there is any new interestign podcast you stumble into – let me know.
Thank you fellow toastmasters and happy commuting.

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February 22nd, 2016 at 3:15 pm

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Book ~ How Will You Measure Your Life?

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Just finished reading this book – Highly recommended – 4.5/5 (my rating)

Few notes from the book:

As a start up, you first need to work on finding a profit model because almost all companies had the change their original plan/strategy almost 93% of those; so unless you decide on the correct strategy focus on the profit;

Once you have a sustaining strategy, focus on growth not on profit; this is when even if you have to spent tons of money, its worth it – coz you have the right strategy.

Everything good that is achieved is by careful and deliberate planning and thoughtfulness. Nothing is by coincidence. You need to work to make a culture, be it at work or family, you need to define it and work around to make it work. Never leave anything to chance.

Saying “just this one” – in almost anything, breaking from your discipline, your dogma – is never a one time thing. The marginal thinking will persist and we will easily lose our way. It is easier to hold your belief 100% of the time  than to hold it for 98% of the time

Decide what you stand for and  and then stand for it all the time.

Purpose must be deliberately conceived and chosen, and then pursued.

The type of person you want to become- what the purpose of your life is, is too important to leave to chance; it needs to be deliberately conceived, chosen and managed.

One take away – bringing this back to work – how do I measure if the things I am trying to do is working? eg how do i make sure the PO changes we are trying to bring to WWT is working? at least in my products? Always be in look out for metrics – what it is now and where you want to take it to and track the progress all the way.

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October 18th, 2015 at 3:34 am

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Hate!

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Hate is a very strong word. I don’t hate anything (well almost). But increasing I find myself very irritated to this one constant blip – complaining. Someone like me with very liberal fundamentals, I feel like if there’s one thing I actually hate – its people complaining about everything rather than actually tried to resolve things and work on the solution.

My advice: Stop cursing the darkness, Light a candle.

 

 

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October 7th, 2015 at 7:05 pm

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in the spirit of ipv6 transformation

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ipv4

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September 25th, 2015 at 6:38 pm

Posted in Living,USA,Work

Best Gift Ever

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Got this from our dearest friends – Marvin and Linda. This is the most amazing thing ever.

Needlework By Linda Clay Scherl. The needlework has over 38,000 individual stitches and 75 different colors of thread. And it took Linda 2 yrs to complete this masterpiece – Epic.
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September 8th, 2015 at 3:15 am

Posted in Living,Nepal,USA

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Personal OKR

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Trying to bring this to improve/manage my personal life and ultimately held myself accountable. This is a start: This is for aug/sept

1. Get continued education/knowledge on diverse subject
KR: Read at least 2 books each month [complete 2 by end of August and 2 for Sep

2. Improve public speaking and communication skills
KR: Have at least 1 speech a month for ToastMasters (cc topics)
KR: Ask atleast one question in each of the meetings I attend
KR: Get/watch atleast one training classes per week – 4 a month

more to follow ….

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August 28th, 2015 at 1:19 am

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When you feel like eating – Drink water!

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That’s something I am trying to put on as a habit.

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July 18th, 2015 at 7:25 pm

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Work Rules ~ Book Review

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This was a great read. My belief for data driven system improvement and data driven decision making has never been this strong. Highly recommended. It’s insane how far Google goes to improve the system and how open the culture is to experiment pretty much every aspect of the company.

Summary: Work Rules

1. Give your work meaning
2. Trust your people
3. Hire only people who are better than you
4. Don’t confuse development with managing performance
5. Focus on two tails
6. Be frugal and generous
7. Pay unfairly
8. Nudge
9. Managing the rising expectations.
10. Enjoy! And then go back to No. 1 and start again.

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July 16th, 2015 at 3:28 am

Posted in Business,Living,USA

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. ~ Confucius

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May 30th, 2015 at 6:38 pm

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Choices – FedEx Vs UPS

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Business today – all boils down to how you can cater customer needs and how much above and beyond you can go to help them. But sometimes its just plain common sense and some business don’t get it at all.

I was leaving HP and in need to deliver the office laptop and rest of the stuffs back. As there is a FedEx facility within 3 mins of walking distance to my house that was the first place I went. The task was simple – use my company credit card to pay today to ship something by the end of this week (because I would need to use the card and its transactions to submit the shipping cost report using the laptop before being shipped and it would take couple of days for the transactions to appear in the system). FedEx was stubborn with – we can only charge at the time of shipment because our price changes multiple times per day based on the various factors. I get that and I explained my situation again. I even offered them a solution saying – i would pay you extra – let’s say 25% to cover your changing price or even name a price that would cover your downside. They stayed adamant that it’s against their policy. What I saw was – they were saying no to a customer who is even willing to pay higher to get the work done.

Frustrated I went to an UPS store – and with my experience with FedEx explained them my situation with as much details as i can and they were good with that right away. The front desk operator called the manager (as this was an one off request) but he was very open and understanding and we made it work within 10 mins. Work done.

And now that leaves a big imprint on my mind on choosing between these two shipping giants. I would always choose UPS to FedEx.

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March 30th, 2015 at 2:49 pm

Posted in Insight,Living,USA