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Three inspirations for the new year

“Three” is a magic number because our brain seems to have some natural affinity to this number. It is easier to remember three things than five or six things. So why not start the new year with “three inspirations”? Here I pick three tools & concepts that helped me in my personal productivity over the years.
1. “Circle of Concern” vs “Circle of Influence”
Stephen Covey
’s "7 habits of highly effective people" is one of the first personality development books I read back in my college days. I consider it the most useful and inspiring book I ever read. It helped me to overcome some of my "public speaking" fears in those days. That book teaches many "principles", but the one principle that I found most practical (I use it at least 2-3 times every month) is - "Circle of Concern" vs "Circle of Influence"

"Circle of concern" is everything you are concerned about - your life, your career, your family & friends, politics …