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Insightful Letter 12
September 3, 2020
Set your life in order before you criticize the world

Hello ,

How are you?

I need a favor from you.

I have been thinking to create an online course on 'reading'.

Most people know about the importance of reading and how it impacts our life, and yet very few people do it continuously.

I was in a similar situation a few years back and understand some problems.

You can help me further by filling up this small form (click here).

 The Idea      

I am sure at some point in your life, you have encountered one of those people who behave as if they know everything about the world.

They know what's exactly wrong with the world and how it can be fixed.

In today's time, it has become more severe. 

With the rise of social media, today we have an abundance of experts.

Experts who have solutions to all your problems. 

Sometimes even without knowing your problem, they have a solution.

Such experts are also self-proclaimed criticizers.

They criticize the world, the system, the job policy, everything.

Criticizing is perhaps easy not just because it feels good but the world we live in is not at all perfect.

There is extreme inequality, poverty, violence, injustice, etc. There are a lot of things wrong in this country, in this world that deserves criticism.

But when you criticize others or the world, there is a deep problem.

Suppose you are participating in a 100-meter sprint.

But you started practicing just 2 days before the sprint.

During the race, you fell down due to a hole in the race track.

It's unfair right. Now you can keep on blaming the organizers for doing injustice with you.

What purpose it will serve?

Yes, it will make you feel good that it's not your fault. Organizers were unfair to you. But it will not improve your running ability or your performance.

On the contrary. you would falsely believe that you would have held a rank, had organizers were not unfair to you.

Are you seeing the problem?

There was no chance that you would have performed well as you had started practicing just 2 days before the race.

The same thing is happening to us.

A lot of times the world is unfair to us.

But how we respond can make a big difference.

If you blame people, government, or the universe for your misfortune, you are losing your power to improve.

Whereas, if you own the misfortune without repeatedly blaming the universe, you are gaining the power to improve.

If your suffering is your own fault, you can actually do something about it.

Before criticizing others ask yourself

'Have I taken full advantage of every opportunity available to me? 

Am I working hard at my career? my relationships? Outside of work to improve myself?

The world is not fair always. On top of that, if you are not fair with yourself then you are inviting disasters.

Stop talking bad about others. 

Do not corrupt your soul. 

Do only those things about which you would speak with honor.

Set your life in order before you criticize others.

As Jordan B. Peterson said in his book '12 Rules of Life'-

'If you can not bring peace to your household, how dare you try to rule a city?'


Book/article recommendation


12 Rules of Life by Jordan B. Peterson

Jordan Peterson is one of the well-known intellectuals alive today. I just finished reading this book and I have to say it will give you many thought-provoking insights. 

Although I would say it's really a deep book, I felt lost at some places in the book. Overall, read it with patience and you will gain a lot from this book.

One video suggestion

A short video on a classroom where Jordan Peterson giving a simple but effective idea. Watch it.

One quote

"If you are not willing to be a fool, you can't become a master."


                                                                                  -Jordan B. Peterson


This week I have written about a trending topic generalist vs specialist.

I am sure you will gain a lot of insights from this article. If you haven't read it, read it below.

August 30 , 2020
Generalist Vs Specialist: Which one you should become?

Read the full article

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Until next week,


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Jayabrata Das

IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai

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