My Daily Quotes & Notes

<I have switched to using a personal journal in 2020>

These notes help me be selective to the information overwhelm of the modern age.

“Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.” — Mark Twain

“Whatever it takes to finish things, finish. You will learn more from a glorious failure than you ever will from something you never finished.”― Neil Gaiman

“Being is enlightenment.”

“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.” ― Rumi

“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock,
the stream always wins. Not through strength, but through persistence.” —
Buddha

“What simple action could you take today to produce
a new momentum toward success in your life?” — Tony Robbins

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” — Vincent Van Gogh

“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” — Benjamin Spock

“If I quit now, I will soon be back to where I started. And when I started I was desperately wishing to be where I am now.”

“Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.” — Theodore Isaac Rubin

“Powerful avalanches begin with small shifts.” — Pamela McFarland Walsh

“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But
above all, the world needs dreamers who do.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach

“Do a little more of what you want to do every day, until your idea becomes what’s real.”

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” — Charles Swindoll

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. — Lao Tzu

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” — Winston Churchill

“Your needs are fully taken care of. You are being loved very dearly. This reminder softens you; brings about miracles around you, and changes your life.”

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ― Lao Tzu

“Always do what you are afraid to do.”

“It’s not who you think you are that holds you back it’s who you think you’re not.”

“You cannot possibly say that you are what you think yourself to be. Your ideas about yourself change from day to day and from moment to moment. Your self-image is the most changeful thing you have. It is utterly vulnerable, at the mercy of a passer by. A bereavement, the loss of a job, an insult, and your image of yourself, which you call your person, changes deeply.” — Nisargadatta Maharaj

“We are the cosmos made conscious and life is the means by which the universe understands itself.” ― Brian Cox

“The ultimate gift of conscious life is a sense of the mystery that encompasses it.” — Lewis Mumford

“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.” — Zenrin Kushû

“Everything is difficult until you know how to do it.” — Anonymous

“The first step to accepting yourself is to stop comparing yourself to others.” — Joe Duncan

“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.”
August Wilson

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.” — Thomas Edison

“Excuses are the rocks where our dreams are crushed.” — Tim Fargo

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” — George Bernard Shaw

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the
candle or the mirror that reflects it.” — Edith Wharton

“You can’t be paralyzed by fear of failure or you will never push yourself.” —Arnold Schwarzenegger

“We cannot teach people anything. We can only help
them discover it within themselves.” — Galileo Galilei

“You can feel sore tomorrow or you can feel sorry tomorrow. You choose.”

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men and women who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.” — Muhammad Ali

“This is the real secret to life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” — Alan Watts

“Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine.” — Mario Fernandez

“Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” — William Jennings Bryan

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” — Alice Walker

“There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” — Nelson Mandela

“Go forth and make awesomeness.”

“At the end of the day, we can endure much
more than we think we can.” — Frida Kahlo

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” — Confucius

“If we did all the things we are capable of, we
would literally astound ourselves.” — Thomas Edison

“When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it.” — Stephen Covey

“Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.” — Michael Jordan

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” — William James

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Being aware of a single shortcoming within yourself is far more useful than being aware of a thousand in someone else.” — Dalai Lama

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” — John Quincy Adams

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage.” — Dale Carnegie

“The more you think and talk about your goals, the
more positive and enthusiastic you become.” — Billy Cox

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look
the world straight in the face.” — Helen Keller

“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” — Oscar Wilde

“Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads you to wisdom.” —Buddha

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.“— Matsuo Basho

SF Downtown ✅

“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” — Robert H. Schuller

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” — Vincent van Gogh

“Choose your heroes or they will be chosen for you.” — Russell Brand

“Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.” — Napoleon Hill

“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” — Maya Angelou

“Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.”

“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” — Dalai Lama

“Change is the essence of life; be willing to surrender
what you are for what you could become.” — Reinhold Niebuhr

“Decide whether or not the goal is worth the risks
involved. If it is, stop worrying.” — Amelia Earhart

“Wherever you are, be all there.” — Jim Elliot

“Don’t find fault. Find a remedy.” — Henry Ford

“Someone who thinks the world is always cheating them is right. They are missing that wonderful feeling of trust in someone or something.” — Eric Hoffer

“Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.” — Saadi

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” — E. E. Cummings

“The secret to your success is found in your daily routine.” — John C. Maxwell

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Be the one who decided to go for it.”

“Adventure may hurt you, but monotony will kill you.”

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment” — Jim Rohn

“Peace in the world is everybody’s business, no matter where you live or what you do.” — Betty Williams

“I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.” — Vincent Van Gogh

“Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.”

“Tough times don’t last; tough people do.” — Gregory Peck

“Self-esteem is the ability to see yourself as a flawed individual and still hold yourself in regard.” — Esther Perel

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” — Mark Twain

“Don’t let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life.”

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” — Booker T. Washington

“Look for something positive each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.”

“Live the wonderful life that is in you.” — Oscar Wilde

“Idealistic as it may sound, altruism should be the driving force in business, not just competition and a desire for wealth.” — Dalai Lama

“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer them with love.”—Mahatma Gandhi

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” — Mark Twain

“The secret to happiness is freedom. And the secret to freedom is courage.” — Thucydides

Had a great morning swim in Agra!

“Most people get ahead during the time that others waste.” — Henry Ford

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“Do small things with great love.”—Mother Teresa

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”—Walt Disney

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every
opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” — Bertrand Russell

“You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to.” — Chris Guillebeau

“Nothing will bring you peace, you must bring yourself to it.” — Gant Laborde

“We ought to walk through the rooms of our lives not looking for flaws, but looking for potential.” — Ellen Goodman

“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” — Henry van Dyke

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”—Maya Angelou

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” — Oprah Winfrey

ज्ञानविज्ञानतृप्तात्मा
कूटस्थो विजितेन्द्रियः।
युक्त इत्युच्यते योगी
समलोष्टाश्मकाञ्चनः॥६-८॥

जो (औपनिषदिक) ज्ञान, (आत्म अनुभव रूपी) विज्ञान से तृप्त है, विकाररहित है, इन्द्रियों को जीत चुका है और जिसके लिए मिट्टी, पत्थर और स्वर्ण समान हैं, ऐसे योगी को युक्त कहा जाता है॥8॥

The Yogi who is content with knowledge (of Upanishads) and direct experience, is without defects, has conquered his senses and gives equal importance to mud, stone and gold, is said to be connected (to self).॥8॥

कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते
मा फलेषु कदाचन।
मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भुर्मा
ते संगोऽस्त्वकर्मणि॥४७॥

तुम्हारा अधिकार कर्म करने में ही है, उनकेफलों में नहीं। तुम कर्मों के फल का कारण मत बनो और तुम्हारी कर्म न करने में भी आसक्ति न हो॥47॥

Your authority(duty, control) is in actions alone and not in their results. Results of action should not be your motive and you should not get attached to inaction either.॥47॥

— Bhagvad Gita. Chapter 2

नासतो विद्यते भावो
नाभावो विद्यते सतः।
उभयोरपि दृष्टोऽन्त-
स्त्वनयोस्तत्वदर्शिभिः॥१६॥

असत्‌ वस्तु की तो सत्ता नहीं है और सत्‌ का अभाव नहीं है। इस प्रकार इन दोनों का ही तत्त्व तत्त्व ज्ञानी पुरुषों द्वारा देखा गया है॥16॥

Asat(that which is changing) has no existence whatsoever and there is no absence of Sat(that which is permanent). This essence of both these is seen by the enlightened men.॥16॥

“एको द्रष्टासि सर्वस्य
मुक्तप्रायोऽसि सर्वदा।
अयमेव हि ते बन्धो
द्रष्टारं पश्यसीतरम्॥१-७॥

आप समस्त विश्व के एकमात्र दृष्टा हैं, सदा मुक्त ही हैं, आप का बंधन केवल इतना है कि आप दृष्टा किसी और को समझते हैं॥७॥

You are the solitary witness of all that is, almost always free. Your only bondage is understanding the seer to be someone else.॥7॥

-Ashtavakra Gita, Chapter 1 “

योगी को धैर्य कहाँ, विवेक कहाँ और निर्भयता भी कहाँ? उसका स्वभाव अनिर्वचनीय है और वह वस्तुतः स्वभाव रहित है॥७९॥

There is neither fortitude, prudence nor courage for the yogi whose nature is beyond description and free of individuality.

जहाँ सूर्यास्त हुआ वहां सो लिया, जहाँ इच्छा हुई वहां रह लिया, जो सामने आया उसी के अनुसार व्यवहार कर लिया। इस प्रकार धीर सर्वत्र संतुष्ट रहता है॥८५॥

Peace is everywhere for the wise man who lives on whatever happens to come to him, going to wherever he feels like, and sleeping wherever the sun happens to set.॥85॥

“Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.” — Robert H. Schuller

कृतं किमपि नैव स्याद्
इति संचिन्त्य तत्त्वतः।
यदा यत्कर्तुमायाति तत्
कृत्वासे यथासुखम्॥१३- ३॥

किये हुए किसी भी कार्य का वस्तुतः कोई अस्तित्व नहीं है, ऐसा तत्त्वपूर्वक विचार करके जब जो भी कर्त्तव्य है उसको करते हुए सभी स्थितियों में, मैं सुखपूर्वक विद्यमान हूँ॥३॥

No action is ever committed, in reality. Understanding thus I exist pleasantly in all situations by just doing what is to be done.॥3॥

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ― Albert Einstein

“Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.” ― Criss Jami

The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him. — Buddha

“When we give up on our dreams, we die while still alive.” — Robin Sharma

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” — Zig Ziglar

“Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.” — Bruce Lee

“Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.”—Earl Nightingale

“How many success stories do you need to hear before you make your own?”

“The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.” — John Burroughs

“Of all the things that can boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during a workday, the single most important is making progress in meaningful work.” — Teresa Amabile

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” — Leonardo da Vinci

“You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens.” — Mandy Hale

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” — Dr. Seuss

“When you accept everything, everything is beyond dimensions. The earth is not great nor a grain of sand small. In the realm of Great Activity picking up a grain of sand is the same as taking up the whole universe. To save one sentient being is to save all sentient beings. Your efforts of this moment to save one person is the same as the eternal merit of Buddha.”

“When we seek to discover the best in others, we
somehow bring out the best in ourselves.” — William Arthur Ward

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead — his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms — this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.”

“Still your waters.” — Josh Waitzkin

“Still your waters.” — Josh Waitzkin

“Failure is success if we learn from it.” — Malcolm Forbes

“It is a very hard thing to understand, but you will come to learn in time that nothing in the universe has power over you until you allow it to exercise such a power.”
Swami Vivekananda, Karma Yoga: The Yoga of action

“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” — Simone de Beauvoir

“The happiness of this life depends less on what befalls
you than the way in which you take it.” — Elbert Hubbard

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The
more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss

“Every moment you live in the past is a moment you waste in the present.” — Tony Robbins

“First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.” — Epictetus

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” — Suzy Kassem

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.” — Jerry Rice

“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” — Mandy Hale

“Love dies only when growth stops.” — Pearl S. Buck

“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” — Sven Goran Eriksson

Spaces — Hackathon Booking office in Amsterdam!

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” — Tony Robbins

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill

Happy Magenta Game Studios in Minsk! — 165 Mbps

“The struggle ends when the gratitude begins.” — Neale Donald Walsch

“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” —
Vincent Van Gogh

Saw this at Nadzeya’s office — Programming skills self-assessment matrix

“What weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellow men and women. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone.” — Carlos Castaneda

“When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.” — Walt Disney

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us — E. M. Forster

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” — Amelia Earhart

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” — Alan Kay

Happy New Year 2019 in Amsterdam!

“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest people.” — Roald Dahl

“Yesterday is history; tomorrow is a mystery. Today is
a gift, which is why we call it the present.” — Bil Keane

“You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.” — Jerry West

“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.” — Flavia Weedn

When you find the fastest internet at the most unexpected places!

“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not making decisions.” — Catherine Cook

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”

Hostel Cervelo, Madrid

“Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have.” — Robert Holden

“Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire.” — St. Catherine of Siena

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” — Seth Godin

“This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often.” — Holstee Manifesto

“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and
the joy will burn out the pain.” — Joseph Campbell

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Khush raho”

“Life is always happening now, it’s never waiting to happen”

“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.” — Vernon Howard

Any person capable of angering you becomes your master. They can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by them.” — Epictetus

“The wisest mind has something yet to learn.”—George Santayana

“The surest way to find your dream job is to create it.”

“Be an encourager, the world has
enough critics already.”

“Don’t let those dead rationalised images of yourself in your own head become obstacles to connect to the now of the living in you”

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to
be accepted by others. You need to be yourself.”—Thich Nhat Hanh

“Today’s accomplishments were yesterday’s impossibilities.” — Robert Schuller

Let all those flowers of fear, worry, violence and all blossom, they will get soon get withered. No need to run away from them or suppress them. You are the living, the undying who can stay with them, watch them coming, and going away. When you see nothing around, you see your own creation is a nature’s biggest magic show. — Afternoon thoughts

ऊँ भूर्भुवः स्वः तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं भर्गो
देवस्य धीमहि धियो योनः प्रचोदयात्।

Live when you’re alive. Compromise when that flow of air stops.

You are the very source of life, the living, the awareness of life. Don’t let the conditioning of your past stop you from being alive. It’s a responsibility to keep your mind open, and keep your conditioning be a tiny speck of things you learnt to survive in this world. Now that you’ve survived for so many years, don’t let this learning block the unfolding of your inner godly universe into the outer reality. Be in touch with the oneness, the ever changing, ever growing speed of the universe within you that is you. Keep upgrading your perception to see things are they are. There is no future, there is no past, there is only the now. By the time you perceive it, it is already the past. The future is just a project of your past mixed with your memory and intellect. As you’re typing this, you are just watching your own brain playing in this reality. A state of flow where your memory, intellect and the consciousness connect to make your reality this that is. Does the whole world exist right now? Does anything beyond this perception exists? It may/it may not. Reality is your creation. Start looking, start seeing, stay curious and stay alive!

Man is a creature of his Kratumaya (क्रतुमयः, will, purpose). Let him therefore have for himself this will, this purpose: The intelligent, whose body is imbued with life-principle, whose form is light, whose thoughts are driven by truth, whose self is like space (invisible but ever present), from whom all works, all desires, all sensory feelings encompassing this whole world, the silent, the unconcerned, this is me, my Self, my Soul within my heart.— Chandogya Upanishad

“That reflection of you in the mirror is a thing of the past already”. Be on the ultimate extreme of growth, for the dead thoughts of the past don’t connect to the present. Leave no stone unturned, do each and every single thing in your control. To break barriers of the thought that dwells in the past, the light of life needs to be connected to the present. Battle hard if you need to the resistance to change that is bound to block. Universe means change and life means change. Cut short everything that comes in the way of life to shine. Push and pass through the destruction. The dead thoughts need to shed for the light to pass through. Let the momentum of your thought be faster than light, for it needs to be there before the life energies reach the present. Nothing comes between you and the light. Let it shine, let things burn, let discomfort be your friend at that time, let you yourself be vulnerable, for that what it takes to be with the light, be with life. For when nature turmoils, it cleans up and makes space. Don’t battle people, battle the ghost of the pasts. Let the light take it course, make that godspeed your friend. The whole intensity of the universe is needed to break through. Dead thought needs to be shattered to tiny little specs of dust to make space for the light to enter. Listen to the nature’s call, be with life, be with light. Forget moving fast, fast is the new slow. Move faster than your thought. The present is already the past. Stay ahead of your mind. Be in the present. That’s what it takes to be faster than light. Listen to the universe. For being on the extreme end of control your own energies, and the extreme end of letting go to be present in the now. It is the most intense and blissful state that is the peak of the life within you. Be here and hustling will be a dead, old age philosophy. Faster than light speed it is.

Morning musings — “What moves the ant is moving you”. You close your eyes in the morning and try to place the center of your head towards the sun. Your thoughts still talk to you, about the past, about what you felt in the bed just while waking up you are still thinking about that ghost of your past, your intellect mixes with your memory to produce emotions, to remind you why you should feel the way you feel right now. Scooters and cars honk the road, you visualise the tapping of those horns, and wonder about the pollution for no reason again, monkeys move around you and climb the towers and the banners and you feel the fear of them biting you. That fear happens in your imagination and you keep a chappal close to you in case that imagination is going to turn into reality. You anyway start doing what you were going to do. You close your eyes again slowly and try to move your focus away from the past and try to notice what’s happening right now. Slowly you see the light in the darkness and wonder whether your eyes are seeing something or not. The sunlight produces warmth and light on your forehead and everywhere else it touches your skin. You imagine your own self in your own head doing that. You slowly feel you are a living being. Am I a plant, well this is what they call vitamin D, this is why people bask in the sun. So much is going inside you just by the sun. You start wondering. You open your eyes and see the pigeons moving in circles in the sky. The ants moves on the floor everywhere and getting stressed when you go closer. A question arises, how they are connected to the sun and how they have this energy in them, why are these ants this shaped, how come they also have the life in them, the same as what I have in me. How is it even moving, does it feel the same way I feel about my life? Does it experience things in the same way that I do? The Religion in my memory starts answering — God is doing all this. The Science in my intellect starts answering — it has limbs it is an animal, its parts produce energy all that. Curiosity is still not satisfied. What about the whole thing, why is all this happening? Life is pretty magical around us, things that seem so simple things are so mysterious. You look closer at the ant, so small, so many of other ants also moving around it. The ant is carrying some food for her home. Other ants are also moving in the random directions, I am assuming they are in the search of food. Should you tell them what way is the food? Or should you not? You leave them alone, like the nature designed them. You get up and feel you just thought of getting up, your body moved, your feet performed what they had to, and you’re up now. You still wonder how is all this even happening. Was anything happening when you closed your eyes and were just seeing the light of the sun in the supposed darkness of closed eyes. You realise all this sense of wonder had been forgotten in all these growing up and money making race. You look around, monkeys are running. A kid’s mom is combing his hair in another house on another terrace. You remember you were also like that once, you remember what parents mean. You clean up and see that you’re grown up and fold your sheets now. You walk down slowly to come back to your home for breakfast, you become grateful for the morning today that reconnected to you to the childlike wonder that had been inside you all this time. Everything around you becomes an unlimited magic show, when you clean up your own head and your own eyes start to see it. You start wondering life is just so mysteriously beautiful, while drinking juice and eating your breakfast and then now you have to get back to your “daily activities” after writing down all this down on a computer.

The air is doing it’s job to keep you alive, the sun is doing it’s job to keep you and the whole earth warm. The trees are doing their job to clean the air. All these people did their job to make life comfortable for you and they are dead now. The tomato seed did it’s job for so many hours, fought against all the conditions and produced a tomato so you can enjoy that sandwich now. The bees collected so much honey to make your juice sweet. Your legs and hands do their job to keep moving. After all this universe conspiring for you to just be alive, there is no reason to be sad in this world when your breath is still going on — Morning thoughts while drinking juice and making bits of paratha for the squirrels and monkeys on the terrace at home.

“What one fool can do, another can too”

“Work like a scientist, work with the environment, stop wishing for all to change. Feel, see, measure, act, and grow” — Me, morning realisations

“Whoever is happy will make others happy too.” — Anne Frank

“One who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.” — Confucius

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” — Joseph Campbell

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” — Og Mandino

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” — Bruce Lee

“The universe reveals its secrets to those who dare to follow their hearts.” — Ralph Smart

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” — Andrew Carnegie

“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” — Sara Blakely

“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently
that which should not be done at all.” — Peter Drucker

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” — Steve Jobs

“The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.” — Carl Sagan

“Make each day your masterpiece.” — John Wooden

“You are the one that possesses the keys to your being.
You carry the passport to your own happiness.” — Diane von Furstenberg

“I’ll leave tomorrow’s problems to tomorrow’s me.” — Saitama

“You have to keep doing it. No matter how difficult it gets. It took me a full 3 years to get this strong.” — Saitama

“Give yourself permission to slow down. You
can speed up by slowing down.” — Gabby Bernstein

“You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” — Zig Ziglar

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” — Amelia Earhart

“The way you tell your story to yourself matters.” — Amy Cuddy

“Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.” — Robert H. Schuller

“Build a dream and the dream will build you.” — Robert H. Schuller

“The greatest universe is the one within you.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo

“Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very
silent if no birds sang except the best.” — Henry Van Dyke

“If you don’t like where you are, change it. You’re not a tree.” — Jim Rohn

“If you can change your mind, you can change your life.”—William James

Ookla Speedtest — Railnet — OTP — Jodhpur Railway Station, Rajasthan, India
Ookla Speedtest — Jio — Jodhpur Railway Station, Rajasthan, India

“The only way to learn it is to do it.” — Archimedes, Sword in the Stone

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible — Francis of Assisi

Image result for xcode 10 shortcuts
XCode 10 shortcuts

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many
short races one after another.”—Walter Elliott

“Nothing can stop a good idea” — Saw this on someone’s t-shirt

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have
courage to lose sight of the shore.”—William Faulkner

“Do the thing you think you cannot do.”—Eleanor Roosevelt

“In any profession, when you lose yourself, and then you become the art” — A.R. Rahman

“If you focus on what you left behind, then how can you see what lies ahead?”—Chef Gusteau, “Ratatouille”

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” — Hellen Keller

“Make your faith larger than your fears and your dreams larger than your doubts.”—Robin Sharma

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” —Leonardo da Vinci

“Motivation comes from working on things we care about.” — Sheryl Sandburg

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.”—Martin Luther King

7 must read books for digital nomads. #remotelife

“If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work”. — Nhat Hanh

“By doing what you love you inspire and awaken the hearts of others.”—Satsuki Shibuya

“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”—Epictetus

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.” — Dr. Seuss

Welcome to the life of Timezones!

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”

“Once you realize how beautiful you are, you will find it
hard to keep the company of those who do not.”

“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But
above all, the world needs dreamers who do.”—Sarah Ban Breathnach

“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” — Henry Ford

“You often feel tired, not because you’ve done too much, but because you’ve done too little of what sparks a light in you.”

“The creative adult is the child who survived.”

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”—Seth Godin

“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.” — Henry David Thoreau

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” — Joshua J. Marine

“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” — William Shakespeare

“Challenge yourself with something you know you could never do, and what you’ll find is that you can overcome anything.”

“What weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellow men and women. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone.”—Carlos Castaneda

“Whether a thought is spoken or not, it is a real thing and has powers of reality.” — Frank Herbert

“Always remember that the future comes one day at a time.”—Dean Acheson

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”

“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” — Deepak Chopra

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The
more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”—Dr. Seuss

“Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.” — Les Brown

“Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.”—Robert H. Schuller

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”—Og Mandino

“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” — Neil Gaiman

“Listen to your instinct, grab the opportunity when it
presents itself and then give it your all.” — Helen Mirren

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” — Zig Ziglar

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” — George Bernard Shaw

“The grass is greener where you water it” — Neil Barringham

“Do more of what makes you happy.”

“A champion is defined not by their wins, but by how
many times they recover when they fall.” — Serena Williams

“Every person is a new door to a different world.”—Six Degrees of Separation

“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” — Dalai Lama

“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” — Neil Gaiman

If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun. — A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“If it can be solved, there’s no need to worry, and if it can’t be solved, worry is of no use.” — Dalai Lama

“Quit worrying about how everything is going to turn out. Live one day at a time. “—Joel Osteen

“The past has no power over the present moment.” — Eckhart Tolle

“Make the most of the best and the least of the worst.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

“Opportunities to find our deeper powers come
when life seems most challenging.”—Joseph Campbell

“Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very
silent if no birds sang except the best.”—Henry Van Dyke

“If it ain’t fun, don’t do it.” — Jack Canfield

“Some changes look negative on the surface, but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” — Eckhart Tolle

“I am strong because I’ve been weak. I am fearless because I’ve been afraid. I am wise because I’ve been foolish.”

“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.”—William James

“Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin
it. Action has magic, grace, and power in it.”—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.”—Greg McKeown

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”—Albert Einstein

“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes.” — Wade Boggs

“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”—Benjamin Spock

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men and women who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.” — Muhammad Ali

“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”—Bruce Lee

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment”—Jim Rohn

“Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity.”

“Self-esteem is the ability to see yourself as a flawed individual and still hold yourself in regard.”—Esther Perel

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”—Socrates

“Love the life you live. Live the life you love.”—Bob Marley

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” —Marie Curie

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but
also dream, not only plan, but also believe.”—Anatole France

“Everything you want to be, you already are. You’re
simply on the path to discovering it.”—Alicia Keys

“You are stronger than your challenges and your challenges are making you stronger.”—Karen Salmansohn

“Dream big dreams. Small dreams have no magic.” — Dottie Boreyko

“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.”—Jonathan Safran Foer

“Jumping from failure to failure with undiminished enthusiasm is the big secret to success.” — Savas Dimopoulos

“Successful people have fear, successful people have doubts, and successful people have worry. They just don’t let these feelings stop them.” — T. Harv Eker

“Low self esteem is like driving through life with your handbrake on.” — Maxwell Maltz

“Your greatest dreams are all on the other side of the wall of fear and uncertainty”

“It’s time to start living the life you’ve only imagined.”

Got invited to attend F8!

“Lead with your strengths, not your weaknesses.”

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” — Vincent van Gogh

“How many success stories do you need to hear before you make your own?”

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.”—Walter Elliott

“A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence.” — Sonia Sotomayor

“Fear does not prevent death. It prevents life.” — Naguib Mahfouz

“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and
you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”—Bruce Lee

“If you are always trying to be normal you will
never know how amazing you can be.” — Maya Angelou

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future.” —Earl Nightingale

“Most people get ahead during the time that others waste.” — Henry Ford

“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.” —Henry David Thoreau

“Fear, uncertainty and discomfort are your compasses toward growth.”

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” — Jordan Belfort

“Create something today even if it sucks.”

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. One who lives life fully is prepared to die at any time.”—Mark Twain

If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies. — Albert Einstein

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, bring others along.”

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” — Seth Godin

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” — Maya Angelou

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” — Booker T. Washington

“What you seek is seeking you.” — Rumi

Glad to receive see this notification today.

“Do what you love, not what you think you’re supposed to do.”

“The trouble is, you think you have time.” — Buddha

Make an animoji day. Seeing what’s out there (Dribbble shots)

“What gets measured gets managed.” — Peter Drucker

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you
help them to become what they are capable of being.”— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” — J. K. Rowling

“Wherever you are, be all there.” — Jim Elliot

“Winning starts with beginning”

Life in pixels —with color pencils on a dot pad.

“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”—Oscar Wilde

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”Mahatma Gandhi

Comic Style Fonts

Javascript library for text effects

“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”—Oliver Wendell Holmes

“What are the most powerful words in the universe? The ones you use to talk to yourself.” — Karen Salmansohn

“It’s not who you think you are that holds you back it’s who you think you’re not.”

Wrote on some quick learnings at Gameloft Mexico

“Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.” —Doris Lessing

The bird and the fish — was playing around with a compass making circles on a dot pad. It took this form after a couple of hours.

“It’s up to you how far you go. If you don’t try, you’ll never know!” — Merlin, Sword in the Stone.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” — Aristotle

Tulips in the light breeze. Connect to nature and stay calm.

The creative personality

Drew this scene about small businesses in India. They essentially run the everyday economy of our country.

Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.” — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe”

Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own
rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.”—Anne Sweeney

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect” ― Anaïs Nin

“There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference
between mediocrity and accomplishment.” — Norman Vincent Peale

“Do a little more of what you want to do every day, until your idea becomes what’s real.”

Drew this for my written piece on Learnings from trying to build a startup in India. Just realised there is something really wrong with this handshake. Can you spot it? Answer — ǝʞɐɥspuɐɥ pǝpuɐɥ ʇɟǝl ɐ s,ʇI

Found this comic artist on Medium. Nice drawings

Uses colorful illustration to simplify and explain complex topics —Oliver Emberton. Popular on quora.

Japanese Illustrations

“Go ahead, let them judge you”

Ralph Ammer— Powerful storytelling with drawings and animations

Would love to learn how Ralph created this

“Don’t let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big.”

“Adventure may hurt you, but monotony will kill you.”

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” — Marie Curie

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man

— George Bernard Shaw, Maxims for Revolutionists.

Preserved Music from the 1900s — Peaceful for listening to when working on creative projects

Interactive WebGl based animated music video 🎧 — great storytelling

💡[Idea] Planning to set up a community on preserving best practices on motion design. Some name suggestions : The Animated Life, The Animators, Men in Motion, Motion Symphony.

“It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement.” — Isocrates

Grateful for getting my first blogpost published

Showed in top links on Medium → Digital Design.

Published 2 Articles

“It is not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.” — Lou Holtz

The 3 Stages of Failure in Life and Work (And How to Fix Them) — James Clear

“Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.” — Bruce Lee

“Life gives to the giver and takes from the taker” — Joe Polish

Animated this for a blogpost I am writing.

4 awesome links to start drawing Isometric Illustrations

Laws of UX

Developing Mastery and Being Passionate

Being unstoppable with the 5-Second Rule

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does — William James

You Make Or Break Your Life Between 5–7 AM

Automation makes otherwise pleasant activities turn into “work”. — Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion — Albert Einstein.

Deep Confusion As A Victory Tool

Beasts avoid the dangers which they see, and when they have escaped them are free from care; but we men torment ourselves over that which is to come as well as over that which is past. Many of our blessings bring bane to us; for memory recalls the tortures of fear, while foresight anticipates them. The present alone can make no man wretched. — Seneca

Making weekly plans is the best way to pull your dreams closer

Additions to Sketch in 2017

Top pens of 2017 — Design + UI code on Codepen

Developing an illustration style

Learnings of a professional sillicon valley blogger over 10+ years

The right and the wrong answers come from your heart.

Visualise what you want. Create a mock-up of your imagined life. The universe can refer to this and start functioning now. It really works!

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde

Picking books in an overwhelming book fair

Bought a lot of books from the World Book Fair in Delhi (2018).

You can choose to feel better or be better. In the long run, one of these is easy to do but will make life hard, the other one is hard to do but will make life easy.

Tim Ferris Podcast — How to Handle Information Overwhelm (and Social Media)

Goals vs Systems — Focus on systems and fall in love with them

If you fear failure, you will never go anywhere

Learning something new — Links

Sacha chua — Awesome at visual notes and emacs

Don’t know where to find answers? Deeply observe nature

First artwork I did this year. Always remember how beautiful and insightful nature is, and be more curious of the environment we live in.

3 awesome films on earth, nature and wildlife

Never Tell People What You Do

Plan in decades. Think in years. Work in months. Live in days.

UI Trends

4 Awesome Interactive web stories from 2017

If It Doesn’t Suck, It’s Not Worth Doing

Most applauded Articles on Medium

Storytelling that hooks.

Plan in decades. Think in years. Work in months. Live in days — Patience

The crossroads of Should and Must

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” — William Faulkner

Protect your mornings — Start Journaling

Psychology of Shapes

6 Key apps in 2017

The Sticky Truth about Modern Written Language

Making peak state decisions

Your Company’s Culture is Who You Hire, Fire, & Promote

The Pain of Waiting — Loading UX

Appstore Surfing Summary

Un-commit

20th December 2017

Schools of philosophy

19th December 2017

I love to write about life & technology

I love to write about life & technology