Overheard : On Reacting

I am so surprised that I haven’t heard this phrase till now. I guess I did, but didn’t pay attention :). Over heard this in a talk by a 6th grader on things he learnt from saints.

Respond and don’t react

For most of our interactions in this world, we are quick to react. But instead if we paused and responded to the situation, the world would be a better place.

Overheard : Putting into practice

Simple but powerful quote by Xun Kuang, known as Xunzi (a Chinese Confucian philosopher of the 3rd century BC)


Not having heard something is not as good as having heard it; having heard it is not as good as having seen it; having seen it is not as good as knowing it; knowing it is not as good as putting it into practice.

Overheard : Market share and Profitability

Herb Kelleher‘s, the iconic co-founder and long time CEO of Southwest Airlines, thoughts on profitability. He shared this with Guy Raz on his “How I built this” podcast.

If we have 4% of the market and are being profitable, that is better than having 90% of the market and being unprofitable.

The entire podcast for your listening pleasure is at https://www.npr.org/2019/01/04/682174446/remembering-herb-kelleher

Herb passed away on Jan 3, 2019. RIP Herb.

Overheard : BODMAS

Trying to sharpen my programming skills :). Just heard about BODMAS and mind blown about the simplicity of the acronym. 

Essentially BODMAS is a simple way to remember the order a programming language (that follows this standard) processes operators in a statement.

BODMAS
Bracket, Of, Division, Multiplication, Addition and Subtraction

Overheard : Call to action

I don’t even recall where I heard this :)..  but it stuck with me for me to write it down

For somebody to do something.. three things much happen at once. The person must want do do it, they must be able to and they must be prompted to do it.

A trigger – the prompt for the action – is effective only when the person is highly motivated, or the task is very easy. If the task is hard, people end up frustrated; if they’re not motivated, they get annoyed.