Category: Productivity

Does your Chair have your back?

All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.

― Blaise Pascal

I have often marvelled at the simple logic of this statement. As investors we seem to value the importance of not doing anything, from time to time, but sitting in a room is easier said than done especially if the chair is uncomfortable.  Continue reading

What we talk about when we talk about scale

“If the world operates as one big market, every employee will compete with every person anywhere in the world who is capable of doing the same job.”

– Andy Grove, High Output Management

One of the truly inspiring books for me personally, has been a non-fiction book written by the Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. It’s called, What I talk about when I talk about running. It’s a very unique book. You can get a taste here in case you choose to skip reading the whole book. Continue reading

Where to keep my smartphone when I’m researching companies?

The longer version of this post’s title was supposed to be:

Where to keep my smartphone while researching companies – How I learned to stop worrying about my notifications & love my work.

Well, it was never meant to be perfect.

Now that I’ve lost your attention, let me bring it back to something much more important.

I’ve always wondered why people used the phrase ‘pay attention’. Why ‘pay’? Why not just ‘give’ attention. Certainly it conveys the same intent. I think it makes a lot of sense when we think of it as a metaphor. We are in a sense, literally paying with our mind’s cognitive capacity to focus on something when we are paying attention. Continue reading

How to build conviction while investing

circulation-tia-how-to-build-conviction-001On the January 28th, 2017, I was given the rare privilege of addressing a room full of serious investors from the Tamil Nadu Investors Association (TIA). An organisation that has been dedicated in educating investors for the past 26 years. I spoke at the Bullet Proof Investing Seminar.

I spoke on the topic of building conviction in investing. Instead of a blog post on it, here’s my entire slide deck with heavily summarised notes.

Slides – How to Build Conviction

The entire event was very well organised & I urge you to consider making a trip to Tamil Nadu every year, to attend it. Here’s a list of the other talks delivered at the seminar.