All of us would have experienced ‘Eureka’ moments at some point in our lives.

These moments may not be as ground-breaking as the ones Archimedes and Sir Isaac Newton did, but they would have resulted in breakthrough solutions to our problems. In order to architect more of these moments and find innovative solutions, we need to hone our Elastic Thinking.

The phrase ‘Elastic Thinking’ was coined by Leonard Mlodinow, the author of ‘Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Constantly Changing World’. “Elastic thinking” is the name he gives to the way new and creative ideas pop up into the conscious mind…


A few weeks ago, I had an interesting conversation with a senior professional who approached me for career advice. She said that while she was good at work and was an expert at what she does, she was being passed over for promotions and wasn’t considered for high-profile assignments. I asked her what she was doing to stand out and she didn’t have an answer.

This got me thinking about the importance of standing out. It is easy to fit in, isn’t it? It is easy to be part of the crowd. There is safety in numbers. Whereas it takes…


Who are you? Seriously — beyond your name and title, outside of your profession, beneath your exterior image, who are you? And what is your story?

If there is one thing that is unique to you, that no one can steal or copy, it is your story. Your story is the sum total of who you are as a person, the family you were born into, the people you associate with, what inspires you, what fascinates you, your unique skills, your strongest desires and your deepest fears.

Your story is also a manifestation of your experiences and how they shaped…


Close your eyes for a moment and think of people who elicit admiration in you. It could be your favourite sportsperson, artists whose work leaves you with awe or leaders you respect and look up to.

Though these people could be extremely diverse, you’ll realize there is one common feature they all exhibit. They have mastered their field of work to such an extent, that they make the most difficult things appear easy. They all exhibit ‘Sprezzatura’.

Sprezzatura is an Italian word that was defined by Baldassare Castiglione as ‘a certain nonchalance so as to conceal all art and make…


Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will” — Suzy Kassem

Did you ever abandon an idea, give up on a dream or a passion project because it seemed challenging or even impossible? Did you ever stop to consider that it might be worth a try?

None of the technological advances and scientific breakthroughs would have been possible if the inventors decided to give up. The world is a better place today, because of those who strove to make things easier, because of those who decided to give the ‘seemingly impossible’ a shot.

Ever heard the phrase ‘Fortune favours the…


When it comes to skills, there are two broad types — the Expiring kind and the Permanent kind. And in order to stay relevant and succeed, your upskilling strategy should include both of these.

What are Expiring skills?

I bet each of us could recollect atleast a couple of skills that we acquired in the past, which have now become obsolete.

Considering the exponential pace at which technology and science are evolving, majority of our domain skills will become obsolete soon. In fact, according to John Seely Denning and Prof. Peter Brown (Authors of the Book A new culture of…


It took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success” said Lionel Messi — one of the most famous athletes in the world.

The greatest, most significant accomplishments take a long time to manifest.

Most people don’t have the focus, grit, patience and resolve to set and achieve ambitious goals. In current times that are laden with infinite distractions and the craving for instant gratification, those who play the long game, have a massive competitive advantage.

Like Stephen Richards said — “If you do what everyone else does, you will get what everyone else gets”.

Are your…


Did you ever commit a faux pas and feel like the whole world witnessed it and would never forget it? Well, it happens to all of us. What doesn’t happen to everyone though, is the perennial post-facto rumination. Most people spend days and hours feeling embarrassed and wondering what others think of them. If only they understood the Spotlight Effect, they wouldn’t worry as much!

The Spotlight Effect is a phenomenon in which people tend to believe they are being noticed more than they really are. The Spotlight effect makes us magnify the incident in our minds, creates anxiety and…


Courage, Grit, Confidence, Optimism, Intelligence, Skill, are all key to success, but the most important of all is ‘Drive’.

At the core of achieving challenging goals, is an insatiable hunger, burning desire to make it happen.

When one is driven to succeed, they will muster courage, face their fears, move out of comfort zones, acquire new skills, and persevere in the face of difficulty.

We could all have our own definitions of ‘success’. We could all be chasing different goals…but what determines whether and when we get there, is how driven we are.

Did you spend time to…


I believe in destiny and karma as much as the next person, but I also believe that you can make your own luck as far as professional life is concerned.

Some people make everyone wonder how they manage to get lucky all the time. When you study the so-called ‘lucky’ ones and their success stories, a few commonalities begin to emerge.

Here are 6 secrets to making your own luck.

I have used the acronym ‘ACTION’ to summarize these secrets:

Uma Kasoji

A management consultant turned entrepreneur; Voracious reader, avid traveler and a strong advocate for diversity and women in leadership.

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