The Ethics of Manipulation

There have been numerous incidents of children becoming addicted to the popular online game PUBG. A friend of mine recently told me about a kid in his neighbourhood who becomes violent and starts abusing his parents whenever he isn’t allowed to play.This begs me to question, why do…

Inversion: Working Backwards to Solve Problems

Inversion is an interesting way to relook a problem by turning it upside down. Inversion is immensely helpful when you are stuck and there’s no way to move forward. It forces you look at a difficult problem backwards, or from a completely new perspective.For example, rather than asking,…

The Psychology of Optimism

It helps if leaders and decision makers are optimists. Optimists are charismatic people. This gives the team and others who depend upon them a lot of confidence.Humans detect threat and build trust more through feeling than logic. If a leader gives the impression of knowing what he is doing,…

Mental Models: The Best Way to Make Better Decisions

In this video I tell you all about Mental Models. What they are. Why you should use them. How they can help you understand how things work. How they can help you solve problems, and make better decisions.In fact, all businessmen, researchers, scientists, and students use it to get…

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make a Stoic Lemonade

When somebody comes to me for some kind of advice, unlike others, I don’t prefer to share my thoughts right away. This way I avoid bias in my judgement of the situation. I prefer to take my time and look at the problem in three dimensions. Then I walk…

Charlie Munger On The Power of Not Making Stupid Decisions

According to Charlie Munger, it is a good strategy to avoid making stupid decisions, rather than trying to become intelligent.While everybody, every text book, every advice is asking us to be more intelligent, smarter, and sharper, Charlie Munger is giving the inverse of the advice. That is, “don’t…

3 Lessons from Arnold Schwarzenegger

As a kid, I remember The Terminator movies had blown me away. (For the record, I’m referring only to the first two films in the series.) I used to be a huge Arnold fan. Like many others, I had a poster of The Terminator stuck up on the wall…

The Prison of Good Reputation

Which would you rather? To be the most intelligent person on Earth but considered the stupidest? Or the stupidest person on Earth but considered the most intelligent?Human beings are, in large part, driven by the admiration of their peers.We seek to satisfy a deep biological need by acting…

The Pygmalion Effect: How We Can Nudge Others to Greatness

In this video I talk about The Pygmalion Effect, and how we can use it to nudge people around us, our friends, family members, colleagues, towards success.All  kinds of leaders, managers, and CEOs implement this technique  (knowingly or unknowingly) to propel their teams to success. School and  college students…