Focus on the action

The Bhagavad Gita is an amazing spiritual work that is full of insights. We may have read or heard the verses earlier. But connecting to the verses in the present moment throws up amazing insights.

One of the most quoted/heard verses is:

karmanyevaadhikaaraste maa phaleshu kadaachana |

maa karmaphalaheturbhoormaa te sangostvakarmani ||

Interpretation (Sri Aurobindo): You have a right to action. But only to action, never to its fruits. Let not the fruits of your works be your motive. Neither let there be in you any attachment to inactivity.

Insight got: Focus on the action. “How” you are doing something. It turns attention to the present moment. There is no dependency on the future for fulfillment.

I am reminded of what cricketer Alan Border once said: “Focus on the ball. The money will follow.”

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Survivorship Bias

During World War II, planes used to come back from battle with bullet holes. Researchers recommended reinforcing the parts like wings that suffered the most damage. They said this would increase a plane’s chance of survival. No brainer?

But didn’t the planes that went down get shot in the other areas? Shouldn’t you be reinforcing those areas instead asked mathematician Abraham Wald.

This is known as survivorship bias.

How is this playing out in your life and work?

What improvement areas are you focusing on? What is missing from the picture you are seeing? What are you not seeing?

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