Input Metrics vs Output Metrics…

Our end goal metrics are output metrics, for example – Revenue, Cash inflow, Traffic, or No. of Active users are output metrics.

Input metrics are controllable metrics that drive these Output metrics.

If traffic is your output metrics then input metrics can be “no. of quality content posted in regular intervals”. 

For revenue, “no. of qualified lead calls per day” can be input metrics.

There can be different input metrics to achieve the same output metric. 

Also, we have control over output metrics only thru input metrics. To control output, we must understand how inputs affect the outputs of the system. And which one to use for achieving our output metrics.

Moreover, it’s not just “no. of content” posted per day. We identified no. of quality content posted per day. The “Qualifier” is critical because we don’t want any “content” we want “quality content” that can engage users and also in regular intervals daily, weekly, monthly, etc. So both the qualifier and interval are critical parts of the input metrics.

In general, our plans be it for external or internal teams are for output metrics; revenue, users, etc. But unless we break it into controllable input metrics and put targets for input metrics, we will not be able to achieve our output metrics.

Identifying Input metrics is hard because what seems obvious can lead to different output metrics or may not even achieve it. It takes time, analysis, and hard work to really understand and identify the core input metrics. And that’s what creates a big differentiator between successful and unsuccessful companies.

A successful company has more clarity on input metrics and how it drives output metrics.

One mistake…

Do you have the feeling that the one mistake in life has completely derailed it? 

It can be anything from not joining the job, in which your peer has now become a millionaire, or jumping into entrepreneurship that failed. Or even failing the exam and not getting into college. 

But is it really true? Can a single moment of failure define our life?

If we think deeply we know the answer is no, the reason we failed was not one point of time or one mistake, but we didn’t try again, we didn’t try to do startup again even if it failed the first time. We didn’t try to pass the exam a second time, but we accepted it. 

But that’s the catch, you cannot determine the slope of a line given only one point, as there is no line, to begin with. A single point in time does not show trends.

So how is ur trend after the one mistake you think is life-changing? If the trend with time is not what you want to achieve, then the one mistake does not matter, it’s a series of mistakes all in a row to not achieve what you sort out the most. 

So change the trend – daily, weekly, monthly, yearly. And stop blaming the one mistake.

Compassion vs Comparison…

Compassion is a sympathetic concern for others’ suffering.

Comparison is evaluating the self with others well being.

In a way, both are the flip sides of a coin.

In today’s world comparison drives most of our action and compassion drive very few of them.

Why? Because comparison is quick and dirty, invoke it, get it flaunted, drive the wants (Short term fulfillments) and go to the next comparison. Drivers are social media platforms, commercial companies, and media companies. Their motto is to extract as much from social comparison as possible.  

Compassion is dying because no one wants to look weak, no one wants to look in suffering if u are good…I am also good. 

In the war of comparison and compassion, the biggest winner will be these companies and the biggest loser will be us. As we are the ones, running the comparison race without any compassion for each other.

Trivial from the Important…

One of the main things in life is to differentiate between trivial and important. Look at any of our work areas.

In a job, if we are stuck with clutter, politics, or daily menial tasks we are doomed because there will be no growth.

In-home, if we are stuck with household work and couldn’t reach daily important tasks like spending quality time with family, in long run it will lead to unhappiness.

In sports, if we are stuck keep learning the basics, and do not practice the important moves, no learning, and no growth.

In a startup, as a leader, if we cannot differentiate the clutter and low priorities with higher and impactful tasks, we will be left behind and fail.

The clear sign to identify whether we are doing trivial or critical/essential things is seeing our own growth. So keep a close eye on your growth.

It’s simple no growth, no glory!

Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset

Growth vs Fixed Mindset

Growth Mindset people consider failure a challenge, recognizing that they have flaws and need to improve. Let’s try again harder.

• Growth Mindset people take mistakes as a challenge to improve, they don’t want to be perfect, they want to learn and keep learning.
• Since they are ready to accept failures to improve themselves. They get much more opportunities as they try more.
• The mindset here is to look at continuous improvement, more like a line that goes up or down but not a single dot. It’s continuous though curvy 🙂
• Growth Mindset people take the adverse condition as a challenge to grow further.
• Growth Mindset believes that if they keep doing hard work, things will improve for the better.

Fixed Mindset people consider failure a sin, a conspiracy perpetuated by the whole world against them.

• Fixed Mindset people fear mistakes because they want to be perfect, and flawless, hence they don’t take risks and don’t want to make mistakes.
• Since they fear failure, they are not open to trying more opportunities leading them to be sitting ducks.
• The mindset here is to bet everything on one exam, one interview, which if they fail, the failure is forever. It’s like a single dot that defines and makes all the difference in life. Whereas in reality, it’s the line, not the dot which makes the difference.
• Fixed Mindset people take the adverse conditions as bad luck, cribbing about it and trying to negotiate it without effort, or ignoring putting any effort.
• Fixed Mindset people fear too much to believe in hard work and hence don’t put so much effort further on.

Shallow Thinking vs Deep Thinking…

Our mind is always filled with thoughts, we keep thinking over and over…it never stops.

One study shows that we have more than 6,000 thoughts per day i.e 6.5 thoughts per minute (While awake). 

Moreover, with all these distractions, digital information, and connections, the daily thoughts per person are increasing every decade, just imagine for future generation(s) it will be so fast, vast, and overwhelming. 

We in general have two types of thoughts or thinking, Shallow thoughts and Deep thoughts:

Shallow thinking:

Shallow thoughts are the churn of daily thoughts, it is our day-to-day common thoughts and are a lot in numbers, almost 80% are shallow thoughts:

Everyday musings: 

  • “I need to clean out car today.”
  • “Gotta add oatmeal to the grocery list.”
  • “What a gorgeous day. I should really get out and get some sun.”
  • “This is pending, that is pending, needs this, wants that, mostly thinking or wanting NOT much action.”

Social Comparisons:

  • He is earning so much, I am earning this much, in comparison with others.
  • S/he went on this trip, we didn’t or couldn’t go. Our neighbor’s car, house, etc…Again comparison…


  • “I need to deliver this tomorrow”
  • “I have a job interview”
  • Fear of finance, health, etc


  • Working on something, while in a meeting – Yes when we are multi-tasking we are shallow thinking.

Shallow thoughts are pensive, negative in nature, and are mostly distractions.

Deep thinking:

Deep thoughts are where we get into the groove, thoughts are deeper, longer, and more meaningful, these are much lesser in numbers and are more creative:

Reading & understanding a book

Doing something productive – Writing code. Building something. Writing.

Gardening, pursuing your hobby.

Playing sports or music etc

Reflection or introspection.

Deep thoughts are more happy and meaningful in nature.

If you notice we have more Shallow thoughts when we are angry, anxious, or worried i.e when we are surrounded by negativity. And when we spend more time in shallow thinking, the lesser happy we are, and more negative thoughts crop in. It kind of goes in a loop…

Whereas the more we spend time in deep thinking, we are happy, our performance improves and we enjoy growing & learning. 

So how to have more deep thoughts, how to move from shallow thinking to deep thinking as much as possible?

Change your mind channel

We need to change our mind channel. Convert our shallow thoughts to deeper thoughts, for that first let’s try this experiment: 

  1. Think about “white bears”(Or anything of your choice) for 30 seconds. 
  2. Then think of anything except “white bears” for the next 30 seconds. You will see that the “white bears” kept appearing in your thoughts. 
  3. Then give yourself a simple task that requires full attention, like sorting a deck of cards by suit in 30 seconds. 
  4. When finished, ask yourself if u thought about “white bears”. The answer will probably be “no”.

This experiment shows how changing our behavior even for smaller thoughts, can help us change our thoughts. You can think of a lot of other healthy ways to “change the channel” – like shooting hoops or baking cupcakes.

So whenever we are in grip of negative and shallow thoughts, change your mind channel by this simple exercise to something productive, to something you love doing. 

At long we will be better, more successful, and more content if we garnish more deep & happy thoughts.

To be or To do?

The ultimate question is whether want to “To be” or whether you want being “To do”

You want “To be” if:

1. You are happy with materialistic things in life, with a low conscience.

2. You like to boast about yourself in your social circles.

3. You want to make others envy. Or be envy with others.

4. You enjoy the end more than the means.

You want “To do” if:

1. You are happy with smaller things, more materials make things complicated.

2. You shy away from boosting in front of others. 

3. Not much impact of others either ways (you don’t care what they have and don’t care what u have in comparison)

4. You enjoy means more than the end.

Off course these are extremes, we generally fall in the middle of “To be” or “To do”, its more like percentage, how much % “To be” and how much % “To do”.

So what you want “To be” or “To do” ?