Ikigai is a powerful concept for finding purpose and clarity to unlock growth in your career, startup, business, writing, or relationships.
A thread on its meaning and how it can change your life...
It roughly translates to “reason for being.”
It is all-encompassing - it is not simply about work, money, or success - it is about the full scope of your existence.
It is found at the intersection of:
(1) What you love to do
(2) What you are good at
(3) What the world needs
(4) What you can be paid for
Importantly, it is at the nexus of passion and practicality.
It gained a mainstream following after Dan Buettner’s famous 2009 @TEDTalks on his research on @BlueZones (regions where people live longer than average). https://t.co/ABi54wHXi8
Put simply, embracing the concept of Ikigai contributed to enhanced health (mental and physical) and longer lifespans.
Start with the passions: What do you truly love to do? What are you really good at? What can you become good at?
Now get practical: What does the world need? What will it pay you for?
Life is a multivariate problem. Simple, uniplanar solutions and one-size-fits-all mantras fall short.
Ikigai recognizes this and forces a dynamic, systems approach to finding purpose.
For more, I recommend the below resources:
Ikigai by @kirai: https://t.co/6c1ELMgDpP
Article by @Chris_Myers_: https://t.co/Cdf9bHua8D
1/ An Allegory of Finance— Sahil Bloom (@SahilBloom) July 18, 2020
I have been posting a lot of educational (and humorous!) threads on finance, money, and economics.
My mission is simple: to demystify these concepts and make them accessible to everyone.
All of the threads can be found below. Enjoy and please share!
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Fortunately, these skills can be learned.
THREAD: A simple, powerful mental model for thinking clearly and solving complex problems:
When solving problems, the human mind is wired to think in linear, logical, forward terms.
But as the problems get increasingly complex, this forward, logical process often fails.
Enter our simple, powerful mental model: inversion.
What is inversion?
Inversion is a mental model and thinking tool used by some of the world’s greatest thinkers and problem solvers.
Simply put, it says that when problems become challenging to solve forwards, they may be more readily solved backwards.
Inversion as a general thinking tool has been around for millennia.
Stoic philosophers had premeditatio malorum - “the pre-meditation of evils” - an exercise in which they would imagine the worst case scenario ahead of time.
It allowed them to make plans to avoid this outcome.
The formal mental model was popularized by German mathematician Carl Jacobi in the mid-1800s.
When faced with difficult problems (which happened frequently in his field of elliptic functions!), he had a strategy: “Man muss immer umkehren.”
Translation: “Invert, always invert.”
A thread on how it works and how it can change your life...
Dwight D. Eisenhower was an American military officer and politician.
He was a five-star general in the United States Army and the first Supreme Commander of NATO.
After his military career, he was elected as the 34th President of the United States, serving from 1953 to 1961.
In both his military and civilian careers, Eisenhower stood out for his prolific productivity.
Eisenhower observed that people often confuse the urgent with the important. He did not.
"What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important."
The Eisenhower Decision Matrix is a visualization tool that forces you to differentiate between the urgent and the important.
It allows you to prioritize your time accordingly and unlock new productivity and growth.
Let's cover the basics of how it works...
First, we have to define "urgent" and "important."
An "urgent" task is one that requires immediate, focused attention.
An "important" task is one that promotes or furthers your long-term values, goals, or principles.
Remember: Tasks can be both urgent and important.
How to Win (without talent or luck)
20+ principles compiled from the most impressive leaders and thinkers in the world.
How to Win (without talent or luck):— Sahil Bloom (@SahilBloom) October 16, 2021
20 Ways to Stand Out in a Hiring Process (that don’t involve your resume)
You can stand out without fancy degrees or credentials—learn how.
The hiring process is ultra-competitive.— Sahil Bloom (@SahilBloom) May 31, 2021
But you\u2019ve incorrectly been told that the only way to stand out is by having fancy degrees and credentials.
THREAD: 20 ways to stand out in a hiring process (that don\u2019t involve your resume):
Common Interview Questions (& how to nail them)
Interviews suck—proper preparation makes them suck slightly less.
The interview process is ultra-competitive.— Sahil Bloom (@SahilBloom) August 7, 2021
But with proper preparation, it is possible to stand out.
THREAD: 20 common interview questions, what they really mean, and how to nail them:
How to Write Cold Emails (or DMs)
Because one lucky break can make all the difference…
One cold email can change your life.— Sahil Bloom (@SahilBloom) October 24, 2021
Here's how to write a great one:
The most valuable razors I’ve discovered:
The Smart Friends Razor
If your smartest friends are all interested in something, it’s worth paying attention to.
If that something seems crazy, it's worth paying a lot of attention to.
The passions of the smartest people in your circles are a looking glass into the future.
The Rooms Razor
If you have a choice between entering two rooms, choose the room where you are more likely to be the dumbest one in the room.
Once you are in the room, talk less and listen more.
Bad for your ego, great for your growth.
The Man in the Arena Razor
It's easy to throw rocks the sidelines—it's hard to step into the arena.
It's lonely and vulnerable, but it's where growth happens.
When faced with two paths, choose the path that puts you in the arena—choose the path with real skin in the game.
The Feynman Razor
Complexity and jargon are often used to mask a lack of deep understanding.
If you can’t explain it to a 5-year-old, you don’t really understand it.
If someone uses a lot of complexity and jargon to explain something to you, they probably don’t understand it.
Principle: Follow Your Curiosity
Humans are born with astonishing curiosity.
But somewhere along the way, we're told to stop asking questions.
Learn to follow your curiosity—trust it.
For the curious mind, anything is possible.
Fortune favors the curious.
Principle: Operate in Your Zone of Genius
Your Zone of Genius is where your interests, passions and skills align.
Operating in your Zone of Genius means playing games you are uniquely well-suited to win.
It means you can stop playing *their* games and start playing *yours*.
Principle: Adopt a Positive Sum Mentality
Want to get ahead in life?
Start genuinely rooting for others to succeed.
When one of us wins, we all win—winning spreads.
If you adopt that mentality, you’ll become a magnet for the highest quality people.
Principle: Speak Up
Closed mouths don’t get fed.
A little push goes a long way.
Don't sit back and wait for good things to happen.
If you want something—and you’ve put in the work for it—ask for it.
Worst case: you’re told no and nothing has changed.
Best case: it’s yours.
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In Tamil Kol means planets,Aru means cut- set of songs in Kolaru Pathigam addresses all Navagrahas& last 2 lines of every song with end a plea to Bhagwan Shiva to reduce/erase the ill effects of Navagrahas
கோளறு பதிகம் - This pathigam was sung by Thirugnana Sambandar at Thirumaraikadu Kshetram -Vedaranyam,Tamilnadu
Thirugnana Sambandar & Appar(Thirunavukkarasar) travelled together to various Shiva Alayam to spread shivam & bhakti among people.They both reached Thirumaraikadu.
Appar & Sambandar were asked to enter the temple through side entrance.The main door was locked by Vedas many years ago.Appar&Sambandar sang devotional hymns praising Shiva, after which the gates opened & closed.After which main door opened for all.
After darshan of Bhagwan Shiva at Thirumaraikkadu,Sambandar received a message to travel to Madurai.
During that time, Samanam was on the rise in the Pandya Kingdom.The Pandya King converted to Samanam.The Queen Mangaiyarkkarasi was a staunch Shiva devotee and was upset.
Kularchirai Nayanar ,Chief Minister of Pandya kingdom was in agony by the turn of events.Queen requested Kulachirai Nayanar to escort Thiru gnana Sambandar to Madurai.Kularchirai Nayanar met Thiru gnana Sambandar at Thirumaraikkadu & requested him to visit Madurai.
"Intraday Banknifty Strangle based on OI data"
(System already shared, today just share few examples)
-Trade timing after 9:45
-Check Banknifty change in OI data at 9:45, and identify the highest OI built up in call side and put side
-We will sell both strikes with combined premium as SL on both legs.
28th June 2021
At 9:45 trading at 35350
Highest OI in call side at 35500 CE and 35000 at put side
Strike selection 35500 CE- 35000 PE
29th June 2021
At 9:45 trading at 35112
Highest OI in call side at 35300 CE and 35000 at put side
Strike selection 35300 CE (232) - 35000 PE (150) Combined premium 382 , Both legs SL 382
30th June 2021
At 9:45 trading at 35002
Highest OI in call side at 35000 CE and 35000 at put side
Strike selection 35000 CE(176)- 35000 PE(213) Combined premium 389 , Both legs SL 389
But many of them we know but ignore
some of them don't grab financial headlines
Here are 10 low-risk, high return stocks (that we ignore):
What I mean by “high-return”?
These stocks have OUTPERFORMED the market:
💹Chart with upwards trend Since IPO
💹Chart with upwards trend Over the last 5 Years or since IPO
These are all long-term winners that will keep on winning
What do We Mean by “low-risk”?
A combination of:
❣️Consistent Organic Growth
A depository is a big business and will grow continuously, Its a sustainable business
cause "Market hai toh CDSL bhi hai or rahega"
High Management Efficiency with a high ROE of 19.30%
Healthy long-term growth as Net Sales has grown by an annual rate of more than 30%
High Institutional Holdings
In the next 10 years,India will undertake massive infrastructure projects which will propel India to a $5 Trillion economy
A thread🧵on how India is spending big on Infrastructure upgradation like never before
How big is India's Infra push?
India spent $14 Trillion on infrastructure in the 75 years since its independence.
$7 trillion was in the last 9 years.
Another $7 Trillion will be spent in the next 9 years!
Big Big Spending is coming in!
So where is this money being spent?
There has been an increase in the construction of National Highways (NHs)/roads over
time, with 10,457 km of roads constructed in FY22 as compared to 6,061 km in FY16.
In FY23(until October 2022), 4,060 km of NHs/roads were constructed, which was around 91 per cent of the achievement in the corresponding period of the previous financial year
The ambition is to take the rate of daily highway construction in India to 100km per day
Dubbed India’s ‘highway revolution’,
Rapid highway construction is central to the country’s push to transform itself into a staggering US$5 trillion economy by 2025.
Don't have time to read it?
Here are the 7 key lessons you should apply:
Habit #1 — BE PROACTIVE
It all starts with action.
Rather than being "reactive" (externally influenced).
Focus on being "proactive" (initiative-taking).
This puts you in firm control of your life.
Habit #2 — BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND
"No wind is favorable if one does not know to which port one is sailing."
I use this goal-setting system to stay on track myself:
Who do I want to be --> Monthly goal to achieve it? --> Daily action to reach that goal?
I update weekly.
Habit #3 — FIRST THINGS FIRST
Knowing the work that moves the needle is half the battle.
The Eisenhower Matrix can come in handy here:
Urgent + Important - Do it
Important + Not urgent - Schedule it
Urgent + Not important - Delegate it
Not urgent + Not important - Delete it
Habit #4 — THINK WIN-WIN
Always strive to find a mutually beneficial solution.
- Be as objective as possible
- Try to see from their perspective
- Determine what a "win" truly means for both parties
- Work to find the best solution for both parties
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Ottappalam, Kerala. 🚩
This is very unique temple as Shiva and Vishnu both are in the “linga” form in the same Garbhagriham. The Srikovil is in a circular pattern. Temple's Prathishta was done by Parasurama.
Mahadeva and Maha Vishnu in the same Srikovil is very rare Prathishta, but poojas are done separately Dhara is done to Maha Vishnu here. People suffering from “KAIVISHAM” and mental illness are fully cured on drinking a medicinal herb supplied by a nearby family here.
The root of the banyan tree around the Ayyappa Sannidhanam is said to have great powers for skin ailments.
Very ancient temple but was covered with forest for many years.
Later two persons Chakki and Chaathan, while cutting trees their axe hit on the nearby
Vigrahams and it suddenly started bleeding. Later Devaprashnam was held and thus found out that these were murthy's of Shiva and Vishnu which was worshipped long back. And thus temple is constructed here.
Om Namah Sivaye
Om Namo Narayanaya
2. Both books are beautifully written. Students uniformly enjoy them as assigned reading. They do a great job communicating to non-Indigenous folks the contours of basic Indigenous relationships to more-than-human beings. They’re wildly popular with white readers.
3. I’ve found Braiding Sweetgrass to be a great entry point for non-Indigenous folks to Indigenous scholarship. But this is where yesterday’s epiphany comes in. Neither Braiding Sweetgrass or Gathering Moss tends to the deep deep lineages of Indigenous scholarship in Canada or US
4. As the popularity of ‘Braiding Sweetgrass’ has soared, I’ve seen more and more white folks wax on about ‘braiding knowledge’. But they often don’t know any of the lineages of these concepts beyond what is presented in this one book. They confidently run with this.
5. Kimmerer does a commendable job of weaving in her own experiences, her family stories+nods to some very important knowledge keepers who deserve to be celebrated for their work. But Braiding Sweetgrass does not tend to the citational politics Sara Ahmed & others teach us about
Situated on the banks of the river Kaveri, Magudeswarar Temple is one among Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam. Kshetram is famous Parihara Sthala for Naga Dosham and for performing Tarpanam to the departed souls.
There are 3 sannidhi here for Paramashiva, Mahavishnu and Brahma Deva.
Sthala Puranam says that once Adisesha and Vayu Deva placed Meru parvat at the centre to decide who is stronger among them. Parvatam was held tightly by Adisesha and Vayu blew the wind to push Parvatham.
In this struggle, peak of meru parvatham broke into 7 pieces and fell in different places as precious gems. Diamond fell at Kodumudi as Magudeswarar. Panchamirtham abhishekam is very famous here. Vanni tree situated here is very old which contains medicinal values.
It is believed that Agasthiya Muni did Prathishta of Shiva Lingam here. As Adisesha is one of the reason for creation of the temple, this is famous Parihara Sthalam for Naga Dosham. It is believed that those who
who take a bath in the river Kaveri and worship paramashiva and mahavishnu, will be cured of diseases and will get relief from all illness.
Om Namah Shivaye
Om Namo Narayanaya
We all have heard and read the Satyanarayan katha. But none of us dont know the original stories that Shatanand or Sadhu or Kalavati must have heard. Also, as a habit we hear or read this katha
but dont know the proper way it should be conducted.
We find its mention in Skanda puraan(Reva khand) and Bhavishya Puraan(Pratisarg parva).
Both Bhagwatam and Gita call Bhagwan Narayan as Satv or Truth. So Satyanarayan denotes this name as the one which is Truth incarnate.
The story began in Naimisharanya when Vyasji asked Sutji about a way to eliminate all the sorrows and fulfill all the desires and about who is the devta who can grant these at the same time.
So Suutji first prayed to Bhagwan Satyanarayan who is no one else but Vishnu ji.
Then he remembered all his avatars.After that he narrated the story of Narad. Once while visiting Mrityulok, Naradji was pained to see the sufferings of People around. He was deeply moved by these sufferings and wanted to know the means by which we could rid ourselves from these.
So he went to Vishnu ji and after paying his respects stood in front of him. Naradji narrated the purpose of his visit.
So Bhagwan Vishnu said to him that in Satyug and Tretayug, Bhagwan eliminates sorrow in Vishnuswarup. In Dwapar he assumes different forms to help people.
Five billionaires share their top lessons on startups, life and entrepreneurship (1/10)
I interviewed 5 billionaires this week— GREG ISENBERG (@gregisenberg) January 23, 2021
I asked them to share their lessons learned on startups, life and entrepreneurship:
Here's what they told me:
10 competitive advantages that will trump talent (2/10)
To outperform, you need serious competitive advantages.— Sahil Bloom (@SahilBloom) March 20, 2021
But contrary to what you have been told, most of them don't require talent.
10 competitive advantages that you can start developing today:
Some harsh truths you probably don’t want to hear (3/10)
I\u2019ve gotten a lot of bad advice in my career and I see even more of it here on Twitter.— Nick Huber (@sweatystartup) January 3, 2021
Time for a stiff drink and some truth you probably dont want to hear.
10 significant lies you’re told about the world (4/10)
THREAD: 10 significant lies you're told about the world.— Julian Shapiro (@Julian) January 9, 2021
On startups, writing, and your career: