We used to think that the universe is made of planets, stars, asteroids, comets, black holes, and other heavenly bodies. But the latest scientific discoveries tell us that these heavenly bodies constitute just 5 percent of the universe. The rest of the universe is mysterious, invisible matter called dark matter (25 percent) and dark energy (70 percent). The dark acts as glue, but we don’t see it.

When we look deep into the reasons behind outsized success of few, we often see a similar dark glue. The glue here comprises of number of small and big things – some straightforward (hard work and perseverance), some nuanced (deliberate practice and self-efficacy). Here, you’ll find a modest attempt to unravel some of this dark glue.

Are these articles my opinions?

No. They’re backed by research, commonsense, observations, and plenty of examples and case studies. I hope the topics covered here will help you not only in becoming a better learner of English language (which can be daunting for many), but also in other spheres of your life.

What Is Roger Bannister’s True Legacy? Is Another Roger Building Similar Legacy?

2018-11-12T22:53:40+05:30By |Why Only Few Succeed Big?|

In his death on 03 March 2018, Sir Roger Bannister left an enduring legacy that is much bigger than his breathtaking run more than six decades back.

On 06 May 1954, a skinny Oxford medical student, Roger Bannister, became the first person to run a mile under four minutes, an achievement widely regarded as one of the defining sporting achievements of the twentieth century. Prior to this day, coaches and athletes believed that running a mile under four minutes is beyond human prowess.

However, what happened in the following weeks and months was even more astounding, and defines his true legacy.

You Can Achieve Much More in 3 Years Than You Think

2018-11-12T23:06:40+05:30By |Why Only Few Succeed Big?|

What if someone told you that you can attain high level of proficiency (a level you admire, and aspire to achieve) in android development or writing or public speaking or a sport or any pursuit in 2-3 years. You’ll likely not believe.

People, by and large, overestimate what they can achieve in the short term (say, 3-4 months) and grossly underestimate what they can in 2-3 years.

Why Are Some People More Intelligent, Smarter?

2019-01-19T12:54:26+05:30By |Why Only Few Succeed Big?|

If you’re a working professional who wants to rise to the top echelons of the corporate world, you would’ve admired many corporate leaders and founder CEOs of Fortune-500 companies.

If you’re a student who wants to crack the toughest exams out there, you would’ve marveled the effortless ease with which the brightest consistently finish in top 0.1 percentile.

If you’re a wannabe tennis player, you would be in awe of the games of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

“Their brain, their body is wired differently.”

“They’ve natural talent.”

“They’ve innate ability.”

“They’re blessed.”

These thoughts cross your mind, and you convince yourself to live a ‘normal’ life because you can’t change your wiring, because you can’t create talent out of nowhere, and because blessings are divine.

What if I tell you that these things matter much, much less – if at all they do – than you think? (As we’ll learn later in the post, your neural wiring and re-wiring, the foundation of any skill, depends only on your experiences. Not on any natural gift.) What if I tell

How Children Can Learn Grit, the Biggest Key to Success?

2019-01-19T15:13:51+05:30By |Why Only Few Succeed Big?|

You may be smart, talented, and curious, and yet fail to achieve what some of your less illustrious peers have… if you aren’t gritty.

You may have high IQ, and yet finish your school/ college with a low GPA… if you aren’t gritty.

Fins call it sisu; Dutch, gruis. It goes by different names across the world, but, as research is unravelling factors behind success, it is being considered as the single biggest predictor of high achievement (tough pursuits, the ones that bring big successes).