Book summary: The Five Things We Cannot Change

Lessons from the book “The Five Things We Cannot Change“:

1. Everything changes and ends.
2. Things do not always go according to plan.
3. Life is not always fair.
4. Pain is part of life.
5. People are not loving and loyal all the time.


How fast can you type?

Typing speed

Thanks to Prem for the link.


In the current financial crisis, the following two videos provide an excellent explanation in layman’s terms of the two financial instruments that got us in this mess.

Collateralized debt obligations (CDO):

Credit default swaps (CDS):

Heart rate of 212?

Usually my heart rate remains in the range of 120-170 bpm during the usual 2-3 mile run. But today, as I came over a steep hill, I gave a quick glance at the heart rate monitor only to find a reading of 212!! My heart rate remained in the range of 198-204 for the next few seconds even after slowing down. Other than feeling a bit out of breath, I had no other “symptoms”. How is that possible?

According to the age-old formula, maximum heart rate of a person is 220-age. As much as I remember, I am certainly more than 8 years old. Then I came home and found this link on coming home that explains it well:

I will have to keep a watch for the next few days.

Happy Independence Day?

When I was a kid, 15th August used to be a special day. Crisply ironed school uniform, parades around the school grounds, buying flags on the streets early in the morning before they got sold out, songs playing at petrol pumps. A day full of excitement!

Today, this slightly older article by Amit Varma pretty much sums up my feelings:

Forces of Mediocrity

Read this insightful post on Seth’s blog: The forces of mediocrity. So very true!

There’s a myth that all you need to do is outline your vision and prove it’s right—then, quite suddenly, people will line up and support you.

In fact, the opposite is true. Remarkable visions and genuine insight are always met with resistance. And when you start to make progress, your efforts are met with even more resistance. Products, services, career paths… whatever it is, the forces for mediocrity will align to stop you, forgiving no errors and never backing down until it’s over.

If it were any other way, it would be easy. And if it were any other way, everyone would do it and your work would ultimately be devalued. The yin and yang are clear: without people pushing against your quest to do something worth talking about, it’s unlikely it would be worth the journey. Persist.