Sun Tzu (Wikipedia : seems to be a wise person. His Art of War is popular amongst students of military – and business – strategy.


He said “Every battle is won before it is fought”. It means that you first need to win in your head; only then can you win in the battleground.

My mentor Aporesh Acharya used to say of sportspersons “You don’t win out there (in the field), you win out here (in the mind)”.

In the movie Sholay, Gabbar Singh, the dacoit said “Jo dar gaya woh mar gaya”. Loosely translated, it means “if you get scared, you are finished”.

This is a universally applicable truth and anyone can benefit by internalising it.

If I am not for myself

If I’m not for myself, who can be for me?
And if I’m only for myself, then what am I?
And if not now, when?

This is from the Talmud and is a translation of the original written in Aramaic language.

I have used this to answer the question “What’s your life motto?” asked by Ronald Wopereis on LinkedIn Answers.