Birth Of Google




Once upon a time not too long from now history was written and that too in a very subtle way.

Lawrence went to watch a movie but unfortunately, all the tickets got sold out, and while waiting in line he met Mikhaylovich. They both started talking and soon found out that they both have an interest in the “web”, a very new term in those days. Lawrence said that he would like to show his work to Mikhaylovich which led them to work together for a while. Their obsession to crawl the web according to the importance of the web page drove them to create a company which they called BackRub.

To this day, these guys are working together though they now have offices worldwide, 57,100 employees, and they are doing much more than crawling the web. Oh yes, and they also changed the name of their company to Google and these guys are none other than Lawrence Larry Page and Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin, the co-founders of Google Inc.

So don’t hesitate to talk to the stranger you never know when will you meet your Larry Page or Sergey Brin.

So keep talking.


It Always Amazes Me What Listening Can Do




Since the very beginning, we have been taught how to speak, how to write, how to remember things, how to apply knowledge, so on and so forth. But never in those days, we have been taught how to listen properly. We are groomed only to talk and brag about the things we have learned and we do that very efficiently.

I have read many books and they always remind me to develop my listening skills yet often I found myself talking and explaining too much to the other person. Today, I went on and on to explain a colleague my situation and point of view, as I thought I had given him a fair amount of my ears but boy I was so wrong.

Suddenly my mind reminded me to, “Calm down and just listen..!“, and I did exactly that. After 2 minutes of explaining the guy left with no regrets and I only nodded the whole time with complete silence from my part. He didn’t even wait for my response, he just wanted to be listened.

I took a deep breath and was thinking that I have a lot to learn.

Today I Started Reading “The Virgin Way”


I have started reading the book “The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership” by Richard Branson. In this book, Richard is sharing his life stories, learning, and experiences from the very beginning.

I am really bad at remembering names, dates and other important things and I have a habit of noting things down in my phone. Sometimes I find other people get annoyed by this habit of mine so I usually do it when nobody is watching.

The first thing I learned from the book is that it’s okay to note things down, Richard does it more vigorously than anybody else and he has been doing this since ages. Instead of using digital notes he still prefers pocket-sized notebook and a pen for recording all the things that he likes to remember.

Unlike me, he is not shy and takes notes almost everywhere i.e. in the meetings, hallways, and even while boarding the plane. I am so much impressed by his note taking habit that I myself bought a pen and small pocket-sized notebook just to do this activity in a more realistic way.


A Visit To Jamia Millia Islamia


Today I went to Jamia Millia Islamia to meet third year Computer Engineering students. I was there along with Sachin sir, Danish, and Rafi to conduct a test for our upcoming internship. Though I am working in “The Office of Controller of Examination” in Jamia Millia Islamia for last 3 months, I never got an opportunity to visit the Faculty of Engineering and Technology. It was nostalgic and all the past memories rushed into me.

We think our lives are different from others but if we look closely and meet a lot of people who are doing the same thing we did and have the same background we had, the pattern looks evident and quite visible.

The thought-processes of the students I met today were not very different from me when I was in their shoes. The prominent traits were being hungry for learning and knowledge, the “know it all” attitude in some, and “self-doubt” in some others. I showed all these traits from time to time in my college life and it was fun to see other people show these attributes.

Book Review and Learning The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

#AnIdeaADay #SevenHabits #StephenCovey
Good Morning ..!!

How are you doing today?

I finally have completed the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change” by Steven Covey, an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. He was also Time Magazine’s 25 most influential Americans of 1996.

and today as always, I am going to share my learning from the book.

Do you remember reading for exams .. how every word was too important to be missed out and the time you absolutely hated the mind wanderings. Reading seven habits was like reading for exams, I did not want to miss any word out.

So let’s start with learning

1. It’s a very practical book it discusses how to deal with our problems on the daily basis(no bullshit).

2. It explains why so many people live their lives so miserably, and that’s because they have the wrong principle in place which the author talks about a lot.

3. The author shares about P-PC balance, meaning Production, Production Capability Balance, You know what production is, but production capability is the people who produce stuff and Steven shares his knowledge on how to balance P and PC both. While everyone talks about production only, he shares why people are important and his ideology is, “take care of the people they will take care of your business”. very simple.

4. Let me define synergy for those who don’t know what it is , Synergy is cooperation between two or more organization working together to build something greater than themselves. In this book, Steven talks about how to achieve synergy in every project and also demystify various theories behind synergy.

5. He gives a very clear picture of Urgent and Important and explains how often we live our life focusing on urgent only irrespective of whether they are important or not, and we don’t care about important things which are not urgent. 90% people do not prioritize their things and ignore important things altogether.

6. He gives a very clear picture of what being effective is and how it is different from being efficient. A very beautiful quote from the book is, “We should try to be effective with people and efficient with things.”

originally published at May 27, 2016 at 10:56PM faisal raza #anideaaday

Fixed Mindset Vs Growth Mindset


Pride is invariably the worst traits of all human nature. It creates a false belief in oneself and the person perceives to become bigger than he actually is. It comes from the feeling that we have achieved whatever we came here to achieve.

Let’s consider two points of  your life.

Point A could be defined as your current life situation, the money you have, the number of people you know and the influence you have over the society you live in.

Point B is your future desirable self, whatever you want in your life it’s that position. For example, Point B would be a position in future where you will have your dream house, and have everything else you wanted and wished for at Point A. Furthermore Point B is something which we define at Point A, it could be anything and it differs from person to person.

The journey from Point A to Point B is your journey of struggle, change, and accomplishment. Many people die before they could reach to Point B and many others are fortunate enough to reach there.

The pride comes when you have reached to Point B with your hard work and struggle.

The interesting thing is that people with the growth mindset tend to have a movable Point B because it progresses along the way gradually. They know that they are close to Point B so they rearrange farther away and they become a better person along the way.

People with fixed mindsets tend to have a fixed Point B and once they reach there they are on top of the world but only in their heads.

Do’s & Don’ts of Etiquettes




Etiquettes are the customary code of polite behavior in society, working people know what it is because they are taught and trained in order to practice it. What’s strange and worth noticing is that they are now so popular in the corporate culture that we no longer practice it the way it was meant to be.

We have become mechanical and robotic in our interactions and we often don’t mean what we say, that’s just sad.

If you are saying “Nice to meet you“, you should try to put some expressions and emotions into it too. Say it from the heart and do it emphatically. We are not logical but rather emotional beings and it’s apparent for the other person to identify your sentiment.

Think about it, how easy it was for you to notice when someone said, “Nice to meet you too”, with a grumpy look on his face, you immediately recognized his intentions that he said just for the sake of saying it.

To sum up,

Don’t just say things for the sake of saying it but say it because you really mean it. Or else, don’t even bother to say a word.

Seth Godin’s Secret of Writing 6000+ Posts

While talking to one of my friends about blogging she shared that it took her 2 days to write one post. It reminded me of my early days though I am not saying that I don’t struggle anymore but in the beginning, it was really difficult.

Seth Godin has written more than 6000 posts and did it by writing one post every day. He was consistent in his actions and he now is one of the most successful marketers in the world. His rise to the top wasn’t an accident rather it was strategic and more importantly doable.



He says it only takes 90 seconds to write one post, of course, he is not talking about me or my friend but he is sharing his knowledge and experience of what a good habit can do. Habits develop the muscle memory(more on that later) which in turn make us more efficient.

I wish her all the best.


How to Fight Distractions

Distractions are so tempting.

Sometimes I find myself give in to it and let the time pass even though I know that I am wasting my time.


Tony Robbins asked the audiences in one of the most popular TED talks, “How many of you have watched a movie more than once“. Almost everybody raised their hands. Then he said, “Get a life you people“.

It’s so tempting and easy to distract ourselves in this world. Everything around us is built to distract us from doing the things which we should really be doing. In the midst of all these distractions, only self-discipline is a trait that would distinguish between mediocre and great people.

Self-discipline of doing going for exercise every day, reading books, talking to loved ones, meditating, and all the other activities which help us grow mentally, physically and spiritually. Self-discipline is self-victory which is mentioned in almost all the religions around the world and is considered to be the most rewarding of all.

Why Being A Teenager Sucks




I remember my teens to be very violent and super aggressive which made me believe that I was different from others.

A couple of days ago while visiting my cousin’s place I got to know that my nephew is behaving exactly like me. Restlessness, violence, and other teenage traits were unquestionably visible in him too. It made me curious and I went on to find more things about teens, and surprisingly I found a lot of information on the internet.

The prefrontal cortex is the part of the brain we use frequently in our most decision-making processes every day. Amygdala, on the other hand, is our prehistoric brain also called lizard brain (Seth Godin talks about this one a lot in his books and keynote speeches).

Surprisingly, the prefrontal cortex is fully developed only after the 20s and more importantly it is in the development phase in the teenage. Therefore, teens have trouble using prefrontal cortex properly and they use Amygdala instead, for most of their decision-making processes.

Amygdala is the part of the brain which is responsible for things like survival, fight or flight instinct and reproduction. Rational decision-making is something which Amygdala is incapable of doing and that pretty much explain all the behavioral traits of teens. In addition to that, a lot of hormonal changes also goes on in the teenage which makes their case even worse.