The Boat Made it 🚢

I am incredibly excited to send the latest version of my newsletter from Substack. Thanks for your continued readership as I look to bring even more value to you by focusing on content.

Perspective creates Truth

Stoic Philosopher Marcus Aurelius said, Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. The ability to see this in practice, is a superpower. This mental model asks us to be deliberate & slow in judging people and situations.

For instance, when dealing with performance, it is easy to conclude that your colleague Tracey is great or awful, based on first hand experience. However, after slowly taking into account diverse perspectives from others, you will discover that reality might be more nuanced. Perhaps, Tracey is great at design, however she is not good at communicating it.

The truth about Tracey’s performance is not absolute, it is multi-dimensional and depends on your perspective.

In every situation that involves judgment, just be mindful that perspective creates truth.

Abhi Shah

The boat made it, and so can you

The Ever Given was stuck in the Suez Canal. Honestly, I have never seen a ship as big as that one. Some lessons 👇

Life is unpredictable, and edge cases sometimes do come true. If 2020, and 2021 has taught us anything, it is to expect the unexpected.

Tough situations can seem uphill at first, but then sometimes they can be solved with grit and determination, and the results might surprise you. Initially expected to take weeks, the rescue was carried out in a relatively shorter time.

Reportedly when the ship was about to get stuck, the ship responded by increasing speed, that made bow thrusters ineffective and pushed the ship dangerously low under water and made everything worse. In a high stakes situation, your instinct to act quickly can actually set you back more!Twitter @Twitterthe boat made it and so can youMarch 29th 202135,207 Retweets172,560 Likes

The stress bucket

This infographic from Poppy Harding is a gem. It talks about how stresses from our daily lives add-up, and then how we have mechanisms to release it such as exercise, sleep, mindfulness, etc. also how unhealthy habits can make it incredibly unhelpful to release the overall stress levels.

By Abhi Shah

Hi, I’m Abhi. After living many years in London, me and my family re-located back to India in the summer of 2017. I spend most of my time working with a high performing team at Barclays in Pune, India and the rest with my son Anik! I have spent half of my career in commercial product roles and half in technology. I have also spent over 9 years living outside India, and have traveled to over 27 countries. Visit the Bio section of this website to learn more about me.

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