Rohan Rajiv has been writing daily notes on this blog since May 12, 2008.

“The discipline of writing everyday has given me the confidence in my ability to keep my own word. It has served as an outlet for my obsessive attention to contribution and taught me to contribute by first being the change I wish to see in the world. And, most importantly, it continues to inspire a learning focused mindset that values becoming over being.”

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  • Rohan has been writing daily since 2008. His blog was meant to capture his most meaningful lessons.
  • The first phase of his blog was to write “something” every day. This started out as quotes.
  • The second phase was to look at failure as learning and to share those with the world. He started to celebrate his failure, look at it and learn how to get better
  • “It is the process that matters…”
  • Rohan focuses on his “circle of influence” and “what can you control” which comes from the Seven Habits of Highly Successful People.
  • People that have influenced Rohan: Stephen Covey, Seth Godin and Clayton M. Christensen
  • The biggest challenge of writing was having your “ego be wounded” and then broadcasting that
  • One of Seth Godin’s 5 best business decisions was to blog daily
  • Rohan describes blogging as journaling. The value of journaling is: 1) reflect and self awareness. 2) Made more aware of what we have. 3) This leads to gratitude. The only difference between a journal and blog is that a blog is a journal made public.
  • Not only does blogging allow you to “put yourself out there” but it helps you develop a thicker skin.
  • Do you focus on comments? Rohan reminds himself that whatever he writes is “his current point of view.” He is always testing a life hypothesis and is happy if that hypothesis is proven wrong.
  • Do you have trouble coming up with content? There is always learning around you if you see the world from a learners point of view. “Switch on the learner within you?”
  • Do you read book summaries? “He doesn’t like reading other book summaries because a summary is based on what resonates with the writer of the summary. This can be very personal because it is written based on someone else’s view of the world.
  • Brené Brown recalls from Daring Greatly that something that helps him is to ‘stop asking if you are good or perfect. Rather, are you engaged?’
  • Rohan looks at engagement are the combination of energy and time. He likes to ask himself “how do we stay engaged throughout the day?” For example, ask yourself, “What matters most (ex: sleeping)? What do you need to do (ex: for money)? What do you need to do to make a life (ex: being a parent or spouse)? How are you going to make sure you are 100% present when you are doing these things?”
  • Your focus is made up of different circles. In the center is you, followed by your people, your work and your community (or world). If you aren’t taking care of yourself, you can’t focus on anything else.
  • Make a practice of a daily check-in: “How did I do today? What can I do better? What needs to change?”
  • If Rohan only had a few minutes with someone, what would he give them? A hug… Then, if the person matters to them, tell them why. “Life is too short for handshakes.”
  • In “The Road Less Traveled,” Rohan summaries Scott Peck’s definition of love. ‘In Scott’s book he describes what love really is. I think that’s powerful because we throw around all these words like integrity, honesty, love, confidence, without often understanding what they really mean. Love is the will to extend oneself for one’s own or another’s spiritual / mental growth. There’s a lot to unpack. He says, love is the will, which is between the conscious choice to extend oneself. This means you need to get out of your comfort zone to love somebody. It means to speak of love is the same to speak of growth. If you’ve been in relationships which have been constraining, it doesn’t matter how many times the person says they care for you, or that they love you, if you don’t feel that freedom to grow, to be your own, to be your own self, or to be a better self, that really isn’t love. And at the same time, if you truly have loved yourself then you are willing to push yourself out of your comfort zone to grow. This will allow you to get better every single day. And hopefully, relationships around you are will be a source of optimism, confidence and positivity that will enable you to push yourself to do something a little better every single day.’

Episode Resources:

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen Covey

How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen

Seth Godin:

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

The Road Less Traveled, Timeless Edition: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth by M. Scott Peck

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