The YouTube Spirals

I hate the YouTube spirals.

Remember the times when you say to yourself that, this is the last random video I am going to watch on YouTube and you end up watching the whole series of videos after that.

Remember the time when you say to yourself that, this is the last episode of “Friends”(or one of your favorite TV series) I am going to watch and then complete the whole series after that.


My friends at college were huge fans of the game series “Assassin’s Creed” and they always used to talk about it after the class but I never paid any attention to it(I was not into games back then). Last night I watched every introduction video of “Assassin’s Creed” (I don’t remember how I stumbled upon it, though) released till now and now I know what all fuss was about back then. They were indeed very addictive, but I was exhausted after that and slept without completing the task at hand.

We avoid tasks subconsciously and we manifest these hurdles in order to avoid it and then we crib that we don’t have any time anymore to complete the task. Since we live in the world full of distractions we always find a great one popping in our mobile phones.


Book review Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson

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A day before yesterday, I went to the office of the controller of examination Jamia Millia Islamia to meet Dr. Faizi, the controller of examination, for some career advice.

We began talking and after giving some reasonable advice he suggested me a book to read which titled “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Dr. Spencer Johnson. Apart from a very attractive book title, I have heard about book several times and many of my friends already recommended this book to me in the past.

So I decided to read the book the moment I stepped out of the controller’s office and today I finished the book and I am going to share my learning and review of the book.

This book revolves around a very short story of 4 characters. I would not be giving away the summary of the book since it would not be fair to a person who is going to read the book. Instead, I would share my insight from the book.

“Cheese” here refers to the things that we want from life, it could be anything, a job, a business, or a happy life. The problem starts when things start to change because we like to live in our comfort zone but if things are not working out in our comfort zones we need to change. The awareness that we have to get out of our comfort zone in order to get what we want is crucial in this fast moving world which is also changing remarkably fast.

Look closely , everything around you is changing too fast and if you are not comfortable with changing yourself odds are that you would be left behind.

The characters in the book are very easy to relate to, and they represent any person’s current situation, meaning you can easily identify which one is you and it’s fun to see the turn of events happening with those people.

If I would have to share only one sentence from this book which struck me most I would share this sentence which goes as.

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”.

Originally posted at June 30, 2016 at 10:51PM faisal raza #anideaaday

Ritual Defines Us

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We all make plans, lots of plans but seldom we take serious actions on it. We do however start very enthusiastically but never manage to follow through till the end and drop out somewhere in the middle.

This is a problem which a lot of us face in these days, especially people who have diverse interests. We are very passionate about the thing which we are starting but lose interest along the way and eventually quit. We feel bad about it but then manage to overcome the grief by picking up a new project.

This is not a good practice, and by doing this we would end up jack of all trades and master of none. To be good at anything we have to put consistent effort every single day. Interestingly enough this is not a secret and everyone knows it but a very few manages to do something about it.

The reason for these dropouts is when the going gets though people quit, that’s how we are built. Perseverance is defined as persistence in doing something despite the difficulty. It’s not something we are born with rather we develop it along the way . In order to continue doing the things, we have started we have to have a definitive plan in place.

Tony Robbins, call these plans as Rituals and he says that the rituals are the only way to follow through and without it, we can not accumulate significant success in any endeavor. Ritual make sure that we do things required even when the mind and body experience friction while doing so.

Originally posted at June 18, 2016 at 12:18AM faisal raza #anideaaday

Are You Using Facebook The Right Way

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Good morning..!!!

How are doing today..!

Alright..! We spend most of our time on Facebook, linkedIn, Instagram, and many other social media websites. Although they can be used in a very productive way, most of us don’t use them in that way.

Think about it all we do now on Facebook and Instagram is stare and swipe along. That’s not a good way to spend your time..!! Isn’t it..!

All these networking websites give their services free of cost, but then nothing in this world is free. Turns out that “we” are the product in these websites. They sell our browsing history and patterns, to the potential buyers and we get little ads which are personalized only for us.

We give our most precious non-renewable resource which is the time in order to use their services, your individual time is may not be very important but if we spend our time as a community on these websites it’s worth billions of dollars.

It’s all very good business plan and that’s why these companies are fastest billion-dollar companies in history, but at the same time, most of us are not getting any values from it. Looking at selfies of your acquaintance and friends is not going to help you in any way, it will only consume your time which is much more valuable than you think it is. You may not realize it but someone surely does.

The difference between a good habit and addiction is that in the good habit you get some value from it which help you grow in life, an addiction is just waste of time. Facebook has now become an addiction to most of us that’s because we use it in that way. These websites are modern tools and like most of the tools in the world, it is up to the user only to use it in a productive way.

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originally published at June 11, 2016 at 01:38AM faisal raza #anideaaday

A Message to High School Graduates

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Good Morning..!!

How are you doing?

Today I am going to talk on a slightly controversial topic. In my recent conversation with fresh higher secondary school graduates who are now gunning for various professional courses, I saw an uncanny pattern. Most of them want to become an engineer or a doctor.


When I was their age I had no idea of other professions, I knew so little that I actually believed that there are only three stable and prestigious professions in the world, an IAS officer, a doctor and an engineer.

Which led me to wonder why I used to think that way..!!

In the middle-class families we are constantly fed that these are the real jobs out there in the so-called “real world” where we can have a good life, we have also been given a numerous examples of other people living a very good life who have these jobs and if we want to survive and have a good life that’s the only way to go, and we believe their stories because they are kind of true.

After coming to Jamia Millia Islamia university and talking to students of various backgrounds I got to know about awesome jobs opportunities which I didn’t know about earlier which led me to think how in the world a 16-17 years old student can possibly know the things that he can do.

We are led to believe that there are very few prestigious jobs out there which has created a fierce competitive environment amongst students, thousands of students go into the depression every year because they have not fulfilled their parent’s dream of becoming a doctor, and engineer or an IAS officer which makes me sad.

On top of that choosing a field to work for the rest of the life and that too at the age of 15-17 is just absurd. The brain is not developed at that age, it is scientifically proven that the teenagers still have an underdeveloped Pre-Frontal Cortex, the part of the brain responsible for thinking and decision-making processes and teens usually think from Amygdala, which is a prehistoric brain only capable of things like survival instinct, fear, and reproduction.

So if you are a parent please help your child choose, you have experience, you have seen the world, please help your child see the world from your eyes. The world is changing very fast and a lot of new doors are opening every day. We don’t “have to” become an engineer or a doctor to live a good life, there are tons of other profession out there which are even more fulfilling. Let the child choose what he wants to become, you just have to make him aware of the possibilities of the future and then let him decide his future.

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Originally posted at June 3, 2016 at 11:48PM faisal raza #anideaaday

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

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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

Why you should read books

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Good morning everyone. How are you doing today…!!

When I was in college I used to think that I know so much and I was very proud of it.

Now whenever that thought come across my mind I say to myself ,”You know nothing, Faisal Raza”. (You see what I did there :P)

Let me explain,

Going to the gym was a thing that I used to think people do only to get women and to be cool and if you know me and my circle at that time you would understand why I used to think that way.

you see in my circle, that was the ultimate goal for the gym and it simply passed onto me and since I had different goals I never cared for going to gym.

The interesting thing is that I was not wrong, I just didn’t know back then and that’s what I am going to talk about in this video.

Whatever we do in our life we do on the basis of things we know and funnily enough, we know it from the people we are surrounded with.

and you know what.. that’s a dead end.

Think about it, your domain knowledge is directly proportional to knowledge of the people you know and meet and if your circle is just this small you’ll end up actually knowing nothing.

That’s terrible.

So that’s the problem and to solve this we have to increase our domain knowledge and that can only be done through experience which by the way comes only with time but you know what.. there is an alternative and which is to read books.!!

Reading books is like learning from other people’s mistake , people who were actually successful in their endeavors and led an amazing life.

You would be stuck with your body and consciousness forever but books give us a chance to see and experience things from author’s point of view and that is so beautiful.

For example, after reading the “Autobiography of A yogi” by Yogananda Paramhansa I know what it is to be born 100 years back and what are the challenges faced in those days. How that is different from the world we are living in today(and trust me it’s totally different). In a certain way, I went on a journey with Yogananda Paramhansa through his book and it was awesome. These extraordinary journeys can only be traveled through books

So read books ..!!!

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Article posted at May 20, 2016 at 10:35PM faisal raza #anideaaday

Why is Consistency Important

Good morning everyone. How are you doing today

I am here with a video after a long time and I want to share why. Remember how active I was in the early days of posting my videos, I was energetic and enthusiastic and very punctual.

Then there was a gap, I went to my hometown and got a little bit ill after that; which came in a way of my routine of posting one video per week.

For the last 2 weeks, I am perfectly fine and awesome and I know I have to publish one video per week but for some reason I am not doing it and that is the thing I want to talk to you about in this video.

When we start something new we are very energetic, enthusiastic and nothing can stop us from doing the things we want to do and that phase is just awesome. Then comes the consistency part which equally important because in this phase we have to continue doing the things that we have started in the first place.

Seth Godin releases a daily journal on his website and he has been doing this since ages and he says that the secret of publishing one content every day is that he does not give himself an option of not publishing and the content take care of itself.

the Consistency builds up the momentum, it creates a habit of doing things and which makes things easy.

Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the 11th president of India once said: “You can not change your future, but you can change your habits, and surely your habits will change your future”.
I always remind myself of this statement and I want you to understand the importance of habit.

Habits make things easy it creates momentum and we encounter less difficulty in doing things that we do. May 13, 2016 at 10:19PM faisal raza #anideaaday

Book Review Focus The Hidden Driver of Excellence by Daniel Goleman

Good morning everyone, how are you doing.

Today I am going to share my reviews and learning from the book Focus The Hidden Driver of Excellence by Daniel Goleman.

Let me share how I came to know about this book.

A couple of months back I read the book Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson and in that book I came to know about Neem Karoli Baba, he was the one Steve Jobs wanted to meet when he traveled to India. Unfortunately, he couldn’t meet him. As he died the year Steve came to India.

While researching about Neem Karoli Baba I came to know about many of his students including Daniel Goleman, and I started searching for his books and the latest book was Focus the hidden driver of excellence.

Here are pointers which I would like to remember for the rest of my life.

Remember how Steve Jobs use to say that we should listen to our intuitions as they already know what we want from life. Turns out that the next question is how do we listen to our intuition ?

This book has some answers for this question.
This book discusses on how to be in the present moment and how to refocus our attention to the things that we want to do. And what happens when we are in the present moment.

He talked about the blind spot in group thinking for example Bush administration was convinced that Iraq had nuclear weapons but they all were wrong. Daniel calls it the blind spot in the group thinking.

The most important power since childhood is will power. The ability of a child to process the mechanism of delayed gratification makes all the difference in the later life.

He discussed the importance of delayed gratification in life and discuss many experiments which have happened in the past for this theory.

A very detailed analysis of doctor and patient relationship, on how a doctor should treat a patient. What is going on in the mind if doctor and patient while they have the conversation, things that a doctor should keep in mind while treating his patients, It was completely new information and I liked it.

We all know about the 10000-hour rule by Malcolm Gladwell which he mentions in his book “Outliers the story of Success”. The author says that it’s half true, he says that 10000 hours with proper focus and feedback mechanism only we can be among the top 1 percent of the world and focus is equally important as time to be really good at something.

He discusses various techniques that can be used and are being used in numerous schools around the world which help students to focus. He also discusses the importance of mindfulness.

He also discusses various mindfulness activities which are being practiced in many organizations like Google, Target, and many other organizations.

He talked about the various strategies adopted by technology companies including successful and failed ones.

#DanielGoleman April 13, 2016 at 12:35AM faisal raza #anideaaday

Book review of “David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell

In this video I have shared my review and learning from the book “David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell.

I have also shared my learnings from the book on my blog
Here is the link:-…

I post on my blog daily, it’s a habit that I have learned from Seth Godin.

Thank you so much for watching the video.
#anideaaday April 7, 2016 at 10:08PM faisal raza