Notes from a friend – A Review

Yes. This time I finished off another book in a week by Anthony Robbins. He is the famous author of books like Unlimited Power and Awaken the Giant Within.

I had got a glimpse of Tony’s writing in the book Unlimited Power where he had described how much our diet plays an important role in fueling excellence and peak performance in our lives. I was amazed at all the tips given by Tony and was surprised how we all do the common mistakes and abuse our own bodies and later blame the lifestyle saying “I am tired due to this fast moving life”.

The book “Notes from a friend” is no less than a 100 pages book. It is combination of both Unlimited Power + Awaken the Giant within. The main purpose of writing this book was to condense the 400+ 400 pages worth information from both the books into one single small book. Tony has once again proved himself that he is a leader in terms of helping people realize their true potential within these 100 pages.

Here are some of the things that the book teaches you:

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Following are the stories described in the above image.




Tony asks us to write down the 2 important decisions in our lives and focus on them.

The Lilypad








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In addition to all these, if you find a copy of Awaken the Giant Within the following chapters could be read if you find the entire book quite intimidating with its huge volume

  1. Decisions: The Pathway to Power
  2. Belief Systems: The Power to Create and the Power to Destroy
  3. How to get what you really want
  4. Questions are the Answer
  5. The Vocabulary of Ultimate Success
  6. Destroy the blocks, Break down the wall, Let Go of the Rope and Dance your way to Success: The Power of Life Metaphors
  7. The Magnificent Obsession- Creating a Compelling Future
  8. The 10 Day Mental Challenge
  9. Energy: The Fuel of Excellence (From Unlimited Power)

Overall I would give this book a 5/5 rating since it speaks in a very simple manner what is required to get hold of your life when life controls you and drives you crazy.

Our Iceberg Is Melting

Whether you work in a business or the business of life, everyone from CEO’s to high school students can gain from what they take from this story – from the foreword by Spencer Johnson, author of Who Moved My Cheese?

Today, I am sharing my review on the book “Our Iceberg Is Melting” by John Kotter. John is an award winning author from Harvard Business School.

John beautifully explains how people digest the word CHANGE in their lives and he has also explained the methods to make the transition from your COMFORT ZONES to a new environment in your life as smooth as possible. Normally, whenever we encounter any change in our lives, we panic, we dislike the idea of letting go of our comfort zones and start blaming others. Sometimes, we even tend to turn a blind eye towards the big change coming in our lives and do nothing as to protect ourselves from the Change.

In the story “Our Iceberg Is Melting” he has taken the example of how a typical Penguin Colony from Antarctica deals with CHANGE and wins the situation by successfully adapting themselves to a totally new style of living inspired by a seagull.

The story contains 7 characters. These 7 characters are not just characters, they form the crux of the story. The 7 types of people symbolically indicate the characters we might have to deal with, when a certain change is brought into effect in our lives.

LOUIS : The Head Penguin. Patient. Conservative. Not easily flustered. Respected by all.

ALICE: Practical. Aggressive. Makes things happen. Doesn’t care about status and treats everyone the same. Impossible to intimidate. A fellow Penguin Boss

BUDDY: Boyishly handsome, not the slightest ambitious types. Well trusted and Liked. Story teller and Man of the people.

FRED: Younger, the Curious and Observant, the hero of the story.

PROFESSOR: Intelligent and Scientific

SALLY ANN: Young Kindergarten Kid

NO NO: The name says it all. Mr. Pessimist.

When Fred, observes that the Iceberg which has been a permanent habitat for their colony has numerous fissures and cavities through which the water has rushed in and can cause a huge threat of explosion during Winters, he is completely filled with dilemma. He confronts the question of whether to communicate the upcoming disaster to the Leadership Council or not. When finally he presents his opinion infront of Alice, she dives into the iceberg to confirm Fred’s statements. Being an aggressive boss, she makes it clear infront of the Leadership Council that this issue is not something that could be ignored. Louis, being the head Penguin understands the situation and thus starts their journey of finding a new solution to their threatening situation. Adding to all this Fred says they have just 2 months before the disaster actually hits them.

It is actually TRUE that CHANGE hits our lives when we least expect it to happen.

John Kotter, through this amazing story telling capabilities has brought in the 8 step model that every organization or a CEO/Person has to adapt in order to survive in an ever CHANGING environment.



It all starts with an effective communication regarding the CHANGE to fellow Penguins. Then comes the nightmares of comments and opinions from people like NO NO who always say a NO to any solution presented by their fellow companions. Louis makes sure that the Leadership Council, the Middle Management and the Chicks are all on the same page to adapt their new model. By ensuring that all are on the same page, Louis achieves that ICEBERGS do not define PENGUINS. No matter how threatening the ICEBERGS will be, the PENGUINS can still conquer them using their 8 STEP MODEL to mitigate the CHANGE MANAGEMENT RISKS in future.

Louis redesigns their entire Leadership Council. Alice makes sure lots of young people are recruited for certain crucial decision making processes and Fred, Buddy, and Professor help the council by providing the right path for implementation of these changes in the colony.

In the end, the entire colony forgets about NO NO and people happily adapt towards the NOMADIC LIFE as suggested by the Leadership Council.

How beautiful it would be if all the organizations in this world would communicate CHANGE in the 8 step model instead of thumping it onto the heads of people out of the blue. The best part of this fable is that it is apt for all genres and all sorts of people. Change is not just limited to only organizations, as Individuals we too are targets for certain changes in our lives. The 8 step model simplifies the confusion and leads us to a more simpler way of handling changes in our lives.

SETC you suck.

Early Monday Morning , I am rushing towards the stationary G3 at Hosa Road when a bunch of orange peels were hurled near my feet from left side. I searched for the person who threw that to me and #LEH… the same bus. #SETC !!!

2 months back when me and my friend were returning from Jayanagar, at the same Hosa Road junction we encountered a man running down from a bus towards the barricades placed near the Service road. I was surprised. #LEH all i saw was that man taking a leak relaxfully with the SETC bus conductor occasionally whistling to finish his job faster.

Not just this, I can count innumerable encounters like this where the primary targets of polluting the garden city is passengers of SETC. Fuck you assholes. Eat whatever you want. Drink whatever you wish for. But please stop polluting Bangalore.

The main reason why entire Bangalorean community hates immigrants is for the same purpose. Most of them do not have any issues if they come and make Bangalore as their primary habitat. But the problem arises when you think that this is not my own state to keep it clean. Then why bother whether the trash has to be safely disposed or not.

Main reason why people do this is “We never think we belong to India”. We are united by constitution but heavily divided emotionally. Linguistic divisions further add up to much more confusion and irritation. Amidst all this, people forget that they are dirtying their own country. Ask any onsite returned guy “What do you feel about India”. You can immediately get that disgusting look on his face. But let me remind you, he is the same guy who does the following:

  1. Not responding to the garbage/waste management rules laid by the Municipality
  2. No responsibility towards his own surroundings
  3. Behaves like an NRI only when he is amidst the elite atmosphere. Let me tell you friends, I find it really strange that he becomes so conscious of throwing a tiny chocolate wrapper when he is inside an MNC/say a 5 star hotel. But he is the same person who throws the vegetable peels on the roads/orange peels on the roads when he is not in the corporate atmosphere. Why is this bipolar syndrome?

Azim Premji once said in a corporate event that the next time you find someone polluting the nearby surroundings by irresponsibly throwing the waste, make sure that you throw the waste on his face. Irrespective of what his/her reaction may be we all must do something as grave as what Mr.Premji has said. Once we start doing this, people will learn eventually that dumping waste should be done with good care.

The above picture is so apt for the current scenario. Let all of us be responsible towards our surroundings. Next time you sit in a bus, make sure you stop behaving like a hooligan and act maturely. The next time you find some conductor encouraging people to pollute please give him a good lecture and let him know that he is not doing the right thing.