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…

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,…

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…

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…

Capturing The Value You Create

“Creating value is not enough—you also need to capture some of the value you create.”— Peter Thiel, Zero to OneThere is a difference between the value you create and the value you capture. If you only create value you won’t be able to make a living. If you…

A Better Way of Saying, “I Don’t Know”

“I begin to speak only when I’m certain what I’ll say isn’t better left unsaid.”— CatoIt’s better to stay quiet than blabber endlessly without any logic or coherence. I’m a big proponent of saying, “I don’t know,” whenever I’m forced to play outside…

The High-Ground Manoeuvre: A Better Tactic to Justify Your Position

“Koi desh perfect nahi hota. Use perfect banana padta hai.”— Rang De BasantiFlipkart is the Indian version of Amazon. Back in 2014, Flipkart had its first Big Billion Day—its biggest ever sale day on October, 6th. People were thrilled, excited, and exuberant.Unfortunately, the traffic was way more than…

Two Ways to Win. No Way to Lose.

Back when I was in college, I was fascinated by the billionaire college dropouts like Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs.I was foolish enough to contemplate dropping out of college myself. I actually thought that it would be cool. Tomorrow when I start a business and it becomes successful, it…

A Short Introduction to Behavioural Philosophy

“Take the situation in which you have a lot to lose and little to gain. If an additional quantity of wealth, say, a thousand Phoenician shekels, would not benefit you, but you would feel great harm from the loss of an equivalent amount, you have an asymmetry. And it is…