Skip the moral

By pointing out the moral at the end of the story, anecdote or narrative we insult the audience’s intelligence. Stories are wells of insights. The intelligence of the listener will determine how many of these she can extract. Stop at ‘the end’. Allow them the pleasure of doing the thought work to catch the moral.

The intimacy of a podcast.

No lights, no camera but a lot of action, reaction and extraction. Podcasts are an intimate medium. The audience can sense intuitively if you are lying, holding back something, are excited or are feeling dejected. It is surprising that audiences would listen to such long-form interaction. And keep up with the episodes week after week! We aren’t wired, used to or trained to do this. But, something about the

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Push forward.

A little.
A little.
A little.
The project, idea, initiative won’t snowball immediately. It needs to be pushed a little every day.(66 more words)

The 60 second movement

Puneeth’s blog: The 60 second movement

That’s all it takes. Every day. Day after day.

To show up, speak and share.

For the last 5 months, my Toastmasters’ group and I are showing up on Whatsapp every day and responding to a prompt with a 60 second extempore using the voice note.

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Bottlenecks happen. When someone puts themselves before others, focus only on their agenda instead of others, sing ‘me’ instead of we. The CEO who’s insecurity is limiting the organisation’s growth, the hurried cab driver that’s taking the wrong lane that leads to a traffic log jam, The leader that secures her interests before people’s. Most often, to sort a bottleneck one has to go back to thinking of others

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Which side are you on?

It’s easy to be amongst the audience, the general masses, the majority. The side that seems to be safe. But it rarely leads to any growth, progress or learning. The side where there’s growth, tension and eustress is facing the audience, the meaningful specific, the minority. It opens you to new possibilities, different perspectives and experiences. When given a choice between the two. Pick the latter and make it

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Your education is your responsibility.

The college will lend you the resources, the banks will fund your tuition, family and parents will support you through it, friends will make the journey bearable and the society will nurture (and tolerate) you. But at the end of it all. It’s not marks, ranks and certs that matter. It’s the education you gained and it’s possible impact as you add value through your work. Much is expected

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This matters! A rant on finishing.

Puneeth’s blog: This matters! A rant on finishing.
Starting is the essence of getting a project up and running. But many of us are already amazing at starting something.

So, what instead do we become?
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Tragedy is a filter.

Puneeth’s blog: Tragedy is a filter.

There are many synonyms to tragedy. Based on your industry, it could be a market correction, bursting of a bubble, server crash, heavy rain pour, etc.

It tests bonds that have been long formed and either reinforces them or breaks them (for good).

It brings together strangers. Gets them to rally towards a higher goal.

It’s tragic, yet beautiful.