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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Four Walls Of My Life

The four walls of my life are painted with colourful stories yet these walls still have many empty white spaces.

On the wall in front of me I see the vivid reality of my existence and on the wall to the back of me I hear the quiet desperation of my untold stories. Then on the right wall I see moments of great glory with a burning desire to conquer all and on the left wall there is the darkness of my venomous nature.

As I look down there is no ground under my feet and when I look above I see the open sky. Where am I? What kind of illusion is this? Is someone playing a trick on me?

The sands of time are forever slipping through my fingers. Could it be that everything is working perfectly according to some kind of an incredible divine plan?





My name is Rohit Bassi and I am the founder of In Learning. My mission is about sowing the seeds of passion to help you outperform yourself by enhancing your core critical skills of communication, leadership and collaboration. I have delivered workshops to the likes of Oracle, Harley-Davidson, Emirates NBD, Emaar, Alshaya, Baskin Robbins, Mazda and many more. Please feel free to contact me via rohit@in-learning.com or call on +971-(0)55-553-2275.


Here We Are Now!!!


Within a flash, within a blink of an eye my life passes by. 

Year on year there is a sweet voice within me that nudges me to move on, take the plunge, and make a difference. Then the fear of regret, resentment and rejection overwhelms every part of me and I stop.

This feeling of uncertainty when will it cease to exist. The struggle of life becomes a hindrance in my every step. The sleepless nights haunt my every dream and aspiration.

As I carry on walking into this journey called life, in the distance, there is a glimmer of nirvana or is this a delusion of my mind that seeks perfection in all that is.






My name is Rohit Bassi and I am the founder of In Learning. My mission is about sowing the seeds of passion to help you outperform yourself by enhancing your core critical skills of communication, leadership and collaboration. I have delivered workshops to the likes of Oracle, Harley-Davidson, Emirates NBD, Emaar, Alshaya, Baskin Robbins, Mazda and many more. Please feel free to contact me via rohit@in-learning.com or call on +971-(0)55-553-2275.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Your Mother Was Right - Time Is Money



This is a guest post by Mohammed Owais 

Time is money. Really?

Everyone says “time is money”.  But few people ever treat their time with as much care as their money.

Here is another way in which time is a lot more like money. Every time you take the decision to procrastinate, you are effectively incurring “time debt”.

Like financial debt, it accumulates. Every time you choose not to do a task that is due, you have created a liability for yourself. The longer you keep it unfinished, the harder it becomes to do.

Unpaid loans have interest. Procrastinated tasks have consequences. And like interest, these consequences become worse the longer you keep delaying the tasks.

Why is this important?

Like financial debt, if not handled with care, you can enter a vicious cycle of debt. You probably know people who have so much financial debt that they are only able to make the minimum payments on their loans. You may also know some people who are constantly fire-fighting with their work. Barely able to keep up with hundreds of little tasks, they are running on a treadmill with the illusion of being productive.

Ironically, they no longer find the time to spend on the handful of strategic tasks that can get them out of the situation. Like the often-repeated story of the workers in an ancient city who kept rebuffing the man who wanted to introduce them to the wheel, because they were too busy trying to move things by painfully dragging them across the land.

Decisions, decisions, decisions

Life is often a game of decisions: short-term pain vs long-term gain. Should I buy this pair of jeans for $200 or save this money for a rainy day? Time management is about making the same decisions with your available time. Every hour of every single day.

You don’t always have to make the “good” decision every time. In fact, smart people will often weigh the odds and sometimes decide that not doing something right now is a better use of their time, because something else is more important. The key difference is that they make a conscious decision and are aware of the potential consequences of delaying this task.  


Your analogy is stupid!

These concepts may not be for everyone. Certain tasks, such as creative work, usually require an inherent degree of flexibility when it comes to time. Again, if you are someone who does this kind of work regularly, you will be acutely aware of the trade-offs when you make this choice. Even graphics designers need to pay their bills on time and if you get carried away with your latest masterpiece and forget to pay the credit card bill, you pay the price in the form of penalties.

Getting off the hamster wheel

If you find yourself stuck in a cycle of time-debt, getting off it requires some dedication. Here’s the most important thing you can do: prioritise.  Use the importance/urgency quadrant to help you make your decisions. A full description of these techniques is beyond the scope of this article, but there are plenty of resources available if you are committed to managing your time better.


This blog post was written by Mohammed Owais. He is the CTO of Cazar and the leader at the official UAE SQL Server User Group. 

Friday, 10 October 2014

You're More Than Just A Chef - Part 1 - Feel the Fear & Do It Anyway®

Over the past three months I have watched a number of chef-based movies. Thisincludes Disney and Pixar’s hilarious animation ‘Ratatouille’, ‘Chef’ staring Jon Favreau and the much appreciated ‘From Bombay to Paris: The Hundred-Foot Journey’ supported by the cast of Hellen Miller and Om Puri.

The core focus of these movies has been about the passion for cooking, to live your dream and being inspired from within to make a difference. In the world of culinary delights there must be heroes or inspirational individuals who have done what Manny Pacquiao has done for boxers around the world and whole a nation, Mary Kom has done for women boxers, Richard Branson has done for entrepreneurs and Anthony Robbins for public speakers.
Rohit Bassi is the founder of In Learning and works with you so that you can outperform yourself. He works on the premise of “Feel the Fear & Do It Anyway®” and the "100 0 Principle". He has carried out work for organisations as Oracle, EMC, Alshaya, Baskin Robbins, Mazda, Emirates NBD, Emaar and many more. Please feel free to contact him on rohit@in-learning.com or call on +971-(0)55-553-2275.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

The "E" in Team

As we approach Expo 2020 there is a buzz in the air to work as team, to get things done as team or to make it happen together.
“Teamwork is required to achieve the ambitions of the Gulf nations and to provide prosperity and stability so that they can devote their time and effort to social and economic development and to avoid the spectre of war, which always results in the destruction of humanity.” – Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Teamwork could be defined as an organized effort to improve team effectiveness. It is simply…

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

You Lie & Your Breath Stinks

My friend (certainly a friend in my mind) Tony Robbins says: “Initially style is more important than substance. If you don’t have the right style, you won’t get to share any of your substance.”


First impressions play an important part in how customers feel about your organization. Think, about your own interactions as a customer. You have been a customer numerous times and as a customer, you have choices.

So, as a service provider, just remember that your customers have numerous choices. If they are not happy with the way you treat them, they can go elsewhere.  So, your treatment towards the customer does matter.

Think about your own interactions as a customer. You are likely to remember service that is either outstanding or awful. Mediocre service is simply forgotten.  The first impression is the introduction of the organization to the customer.

People do make judgments based on your initial appearance. If you take a deep look inside yourself, you probably judge people by their appearance too. We tend to assume many unwarranted things, just based on appearance alone.

Some of these being:

  1. General grooming
  2. Cleanliness
  3. Clothing
  4. Tone of voice
  5. Attitude
  6. Non-verbal language (e.g. posture, gestures, posture)
  7. Individual’s personal style
Self image and first impressions do matter, they matter a lot. The could make or break the relationship with a customer.

Rohit Bassi is the founder of In Learning and works with you so that you can outperform yourself. He works on the premise of “Feel the Fear & Do It Anyway®” and the "100 0 Principle". He has carried out work for organisations such as Oracle, EMC, Alshaya, Baskin Robbins, Mazda, Emirates NBD, Emaar and many more. Please feel free to contact him on rohit@in-learning.com or call on +971-(0)55-553-2275.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

The Cruelty of "Ruthless Compassion"

You may have heard the phrase of "Ruthless Compassion". Some love and live by it .
Then there are some who find it an extremely strange phrase as the two words are poles apart.

When you start reviewing the word ruthless you discover it means:
  • Having no compassion or pity; merciless
  • Feeling or showing no mercy; hardhearted
  • Without compassion; cruel; merciless.
  • Heartless, mean, barbaric, or brutal
  • Someone who is ruthless is very harsh or determined, and will do anything that is necessary to achieve their aim
Look at the word compassion and it means:

  • Is the emotion that one feels in response to the suffering of others that inspires a desire to help
  • Deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it
  • feeling of distress for the suffering or misfortune of another, often including the desire to alleviate it
  • To recognise the suffering of others, then take action to help
"Ruthless Compassion" is a phrase regularly used in the business world and for some in their personal life. It is it sad to see how so called business leaders show their cruel actions by hiding behind such a phrase. It is these toxic individuals who may truly prove fatal to others, the organisation and to their own life.


Compassion is not about having pity on others. It has nothing to do with being nice and feeling sorry for others. It never means to be disrespect to yourself or be a yes person to the needs and wants of others. In simple terms it is about being loving, empowering, tolerant and forgiving. It is about being respectful to yourself and others without the ego and judgement.

For the users of "Ruthless Compassion" please listen and see the Ted Talk by Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, "
Why aren't we more compassionate?". 



Rohit Bassi is the founder of In Learning and works with you so that you can outperform yourself. He works on the premise of “Feel the Fear & Do It Anyway®” and the "100 0 Principle". He has carried out work for organisations such as Oracle, EMC, Alshaya, Baskin Robbins, Mazda, Emirates NBD, Emaar and many more. Please feel free to contact him on rohit@in-learning.com or call on +971-(0)55-553-2275.