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Ask Atul : What has been your biggest career mistake?

The biggest career mistake I have made is to assume that there is something called career mistake. Let me explain. When we use the word "career mistake", we are referring to an incident in our lives when we took a certain decision that turned out to be "wrong" later. It may be that we rejected a […]

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Business
Finance and Investing Books

Over the last thirty years, I have read several finance and investing books. Finance and Investing is not only interesting, but is a very important topic for anyone who wants to lead a balanced life, doing what one wants to do. It includes personal finance, portfolio design and stock picking. I have made a list […]

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Business
Small things

It is the tiny habits that become one's nature. It is very important to be disciplined in every day things.

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Business
Nudge

Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein argued in their influential book, “Nudge”, that if we redesign our daily environment in such a way that it makes it easier to do things that we want to do and more difficult to do things that we want, it is more likely that our behavior would change in the […]

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Creativity
The Tyranny of Perfect

Leonard Cohen crooned, rather perfectly:Ring the bells that still can ringForget your perfect offeringThere is a crack, a crack in everythingThat's how the light gets in These are the kinds of lines that set you free. Free from the compulsion of producing something that is perfect. Free from the obligation of creating something that can […]

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Business
Establishing A Daily Routine

One of the essential practices in the vein of Slow Compounding is to establish a daily routine. Daily routine is essentially a set of activities that you do every day and have specific time market out or a specific goal chalked out. Most successful creative artists have a rigorous daily routine that they practice for decades. One […]

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Business
The perpetual amateur

Kids and Adults - A Contrast From the balcony of my house, I can see the kids' playground. It is fun observing kids play for hours, seemingly achieving nothing, trying the same thing over and over and still having so much fun. It is instructive to contrast that behavior with the group of adults. Just […]

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Business
Kumar Mangalam Birla on 2020

Kumar Mangalam Birla, in his 2020 letter on linkedin, reproduced here makes some very interesting points about the impact of the pandemic on the businesses and draws some insightful conclusions. Corporations are Citizens that count Perhaps uniquely, the crisis also brought to fore the regenerative and stabilising power of large corporations. Especially the ones with the ability […]

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Business
Asset Allocation and Diversification

There is a lot of research on how much of the typical returns of funds are from Asset Allocation and how much are from performance of individual asset. The general consensus is that "Asset allocation determines the majority of returns". Some researchers put it to the extent of 90% of the returns. Wow! Is that […]

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Business
Why is Bill Gates buying farmland?

There were several media reports that Bill Gates, the owner of Microsoft and one of the richest people in the world, was now the biggest owner of Farmland in the world. The question is why he is doing so? His core strength is the world of technology and there are many opportunities in the technology […]

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