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Notes from James Altucher, TEDxSanDiego

I am a big follower of James Altucher & yes it has changed my life in a better way. Its a 12 minutes video i would strictly recommend everyone to watch the same.

I have made a super small note for the talk, James talks about 4 things :

Physical Fitness
laugh more
eat well
sleep well
stay away from computer screen when not needed.

stay with friends/family/stay-happy


Write 10 ideas everyday
Its a brain exercise, share it with others & don`t expect anything.


If you find this talk helpful, pass it to atleast 5 person you think needs to watch it. 

3 day 3 magic following James Altucher posts.

Last evening I realized the fact following James Altucher has done wonders for me. I made note of 3 things which I followed and worked well for me in span of past 3 days. I was excited and tweeted about same.


yo1. Power of asking.

I suck at writing, I make grammatical mistakes. I needed immediate help, i pinged a friend who is in media industry & got things done in hours time.

2. Connecting people without expecting anything.

On thursday a friend of mine called me saying he desperately needs a new job, i knew someone desperately looking to hire someone equivalent to his expertise. I connected them, he has a job. I am sure my karma bucket is added with +1

3. Being humble to everyone

I know being humble is difficult. It is extremely difficult especially if the cab driver is taking you for city ride without knowing your local. But a smile & extra tip made him feel sorry. He promised me he will be nicer to next passenger, i hope he was honest about it.

And the last one. 

4. 10% tip rule

Last evening i visited this coffee shop after months time, the waiter recognized me. It was crowded on a friday evening, he managed to get me a seat.

I am not trying to be a saint/god/whatever, i do mistakes & have screwed up life & all in past. What am just trying to say is these small changes can make our life more awesome, give it a try & you will feel more happy.

Who is James Altucher. 

James is life mentor/coach for me, following his post has made my life more awesome. He is a mentor/coach/writer. You can find more details about him on his homepage 

Notes from barcamp, bangalore on happiness.

For a change I spoke about happiness this time during Barcamp bangalore event.  I think we had 10-12 people out in cafeteria for this session. I am a big fan of James Altucher & Kamal Ravikant, they are very successful in life. I rate them as my happiness mentor.


Since barcamp is a unconference i made no slide, I will just add entry of my notepad which has meat of the talk.


We were born naked

One of the things which a dying person says, I wish i was more happy.

So what is happiness?

— Buying clothes/jewellery during flipkart`s #bigbilloin sale.

— Planning to spend evening at microbrewery drinking IPA

— Or asking out hottest gal in your class for coffee/dinner

What if things don’t work out?

— Flipkart server crashers, your money is sent back to your account.

— The microbrewery says IPA is not on tap tonight.

—The gal says, you are cute but i have other engagements.

In all these 3 scenarios one thing is common, our need is dependent on actions which are not in our control. The end result is, we end up being un-happy. OOh we go tweet, shout at poor waiter or block the girl on whatsapp.

Is it going to change anything? I don’t think so.

James Altucher on Happiness

Only thing that matters to you is your happiness.

  • Not happy with job, change it.
  • Not happy in a relationship, break it.
  • Exercise
  • Meditate
  • Smile
  • Don’t let external forces affect your state of happiness

Kamal Ravikant on Happiness

  • Its your life and if should be in your hand.
  • Be kind
  • Love yourself
  • Money will come & go, what matters is you, your state of well being, your mental state.

I would strongly recommend you folks to follow Kamal & James on Twitter & also read the books they have written.

James Altucher Choose Yourself 

Kamal Ravikant Love yourself like your life depends on it

Lastly you can get these 2 books for free by participating in James Altucher’s Ultimate Book Giveaway


I spent quite some time wondering why some of us are always worried, tensed, scared.

1. Why can`t we all be happy?

2.What it takes to attain that state of happiness?

For me everything chalks down to a single thing “NEED”

To most psychologists, need is a psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a goal, giving purpose and direction to behavior. [Wikipedia]

Every human is different & hence our needs are different, we are happy as long as all these needs are on track.

That state of being happy.

That state of being happy.

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