Your self-worth is in your own hands. Not in the hands of others, and definitely not in the hands of strangers.

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What defines you? Is it the marks that you scored in your exams in college? Is it your popularity among the people at your workplace? Is it receiving an honor from your local association for planting trees or donating blood? It’s your call. When you are in an organization, you subject yourself to imposition of what the organization’s standards of worth are. In college, marks and ranks are standards of worth for most people. People who get good ranks…


Don’t just get an education, but learn what you can from the content provided to you and things outside the syllabus.

Knowledge bearers are few. The sorry state of the education system has not made people run away from educational institutions but has encouraged them to shove their kids into prisons where completing the syllabus and not imparting knowledge is the job of teachers and the success of a student depends on the marks they are punished with based on useless, futile tests. How many times have we heard of teachers burdening students with homework? If you haven’t, then you’ve…


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You want to reach out to someone? You want to connect to them, their feelings, their inner self? Don’t tell them that you are superior to them. Don’t tell them that they suck. Let me give you some concrete examples. Hygiene. You are bound to see someone who is not keen on maintaining hygiene unlike you who likes things spic and span. By telling them that they suck at maintaining hygiene, you are not going to convince them to do the right thing. People connect to those who are like them. If you want to show an uneducated person how…


Don’t get me wrong. It is totally possible to be the best at what you do and invent as well. But, usually, people try to be better than others in the field and don’t bother improving the field itself. Of course, one could argue that there is no need for inventing anything new as there is no responsibility to. People usually ask for making product x in y time. They don’t ask for inventing a new product. Inventing should be a responsibility and not a luxury. An invention does not need to be material. One can invent a new style…


Often we find ourselves trapped within the constraints set by others. Little do we realize that we set limits to our potential. While it is sane to think that we cannot do everything outside our limits, it is unacceptable to think that our limits are set in stone. Often people give us advice based on their own experiences. People limit themselves and impose these limits on the people who want to learn from them. Be wary of such people. They might not do it on purpose. They are programmed to do so. Rather, I’d say, they have programmed themselves to…

James Jacob

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