Excerpts from You Don’t Need A Godfather

As my roommate was going home he handed me over a copy of this book called You Don’t Need A Godfather which he ordered from Flipkart last week. I’d not heard the name of the book, but since it was a small book I thought of reading it up anyways. As I turned a few pages, I realized that this is a handbook for your everyday endeavors – personal as well as professional, but mostly professional. There is nothing new this book offers that has not already been told yet, but the way Elango R. – the author of the book – presented it is novel and worth commending.

The ladder of professional success is not an easy one to climb, but if you know the technique you will climb it up effortlessly. And this book does exactly that. It offers you the tools which make your journey to the top easy and effortless. These tools are not as easy as they look while reading. They need a lot of practice. However, once practiced well, these tools will only enhance your productivity given you have the wisdom to take right decisions.

Having read the entire book in two days, I thought of writing a post on my blog. This post is simply a list of some of the DOs and DONTs manifested in the book.

  • Learn to take responsibilities of your actions instead of playing the blame-game.
  • Never be “a victim of the circumstances”: Create your own opportunities.
  • Focus on weaknesses and not just your strengths – for how else will you know your true potential?
  • Corporate ethics were formed for a reason. Respect them.
  • Personal branding is important – what’s your brand?
  • Social networking is also important, but learn to draw a line which makes sure your brand doesn’t degrade.
  • Tune your networking ability to a natural skill, not an action item.
  • Communicate effectively keeping your audience and objective in mind.
  • If you do what you always did, you will get what you always get. Learn to do things differently but don’t diverge the focus from the objective.
  • If saying NO is important, then say it. DO NOT HESITATE.
  • Set up your own Golden rules and never break them. They are non-negotiable.
  • Learn to laugh with people and at yourself. Don’t get too bothered about your goof-ups.
  • Be the boss you want your boss to be. (Personally, the best line I’ve come across this book) 🙂
  • Whenever things get comfortable and less challenging, it’s time to re-evaluate.
  • Don’t fall into the success trap.
  • Learn to manage the creative tension. 

I liked the way Elango managed to explain the underlying concepts of corporate leadership by drawing a comparison with the real life stories of his son, Agastya.

It is indeed a wonderful book to read. Recommended.


The monk who sold his Ferrari – excerpts

These are a few lines from the book which left a deep impact upon my life. My daily activities have changed a lot. I’ve always heard about people who are health conscious, diet conscious, but for the first time in my life, I heard the phrase time conscious. I liked it a lot.


Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to what is present.

Life is all about choices. One’s destiny unfolds according to the choices one makes.

Investment in yourself is the best investment you will ever make.

Dare to dream that you are more than your current circumstances.

The mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master.

The price of greatness is responsibility over each of your thoughts. – Churchill.

Persistence is the mother of personal change.

Luck is nothing more than the marriage of preparation with opportunity.

The best thing you can do for yourself is regularly move beyond it.

Stop being practical.

Never be ashamed of doing that which is right.

Everything is always created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.

Only those who seek shall find.

Imagination is more important than knowledge                                  – Einstein.

* Goal setting is very important.

You will never be able to hit a target that you cannot see.

5 Simple Steps to achieve the goal:

  1. 1. Form a clear mental image of the outcome.
  2. 2. Get some positive pressure.
  3. 3. Never set a goal without attaching a timeline to it.
  4. 4. Magic rule of 21.
  5. 5. Smile…

Pressure can inspire on to achieve great ends.

A goal not committed to paper is no goal at all.

Never do anything because you have to. The only reason to do something is because you want to and because you know that it is right.

Never neglect to see the exquisite beauty in all living beings.

A burning sense of passion is the most potent fuel for your dreams.

Change is the most powerful force in our society today.

Those whose cups are always empty will always move to higher levels of achievement and fulfillment.

How could a person possibly lead a corporation if he cannot even lead himself?

The only limits in your life are those that you set yourself.

Make a written inventory of your weaknesses.

The next step is to face them head on and attack your fears.

Happiness comes through the progressive realization of a worthy objective.

Focus on those things that your conscience and your heart tells you to do.

A book is the best friend of a wise.

All the mistakes you will ever make are already made by those who have walked before you.

The only way to improve your tomorrow is to know what you did wrong today.

We don’t laugh because we are happy. We are happy because we laugh        – William James.

You sow a thought, you reap an action. Reap an action, you sow a habit. Sow a habit, you reap a character. Sow a character, reap a destiny.

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as to think.

–          Emerson.

Failure means not having the courage to try, nothing more and nothing less.

Every arrow that hits the bull’s eye is the result of one hundred misses.

Failure is your friend.

When spider webs unite, they tie up a lion.

Lack of willpower is a mental disease.

Truly enlightened people never seek to be like others.

Wisdom without proper tools of its application is no wisdom at all.

The first step is to start doing the things that you don’t like doing.

You have the power to be more than your environment. Similarly, you have the capacity to be more than a prisoner of your past.

Keep pushing yourself. Nothing great has ever been achieved without tired and timeless efforts of the wisest people on this planet.

The trick is to keep setting the mark higher and raising your standards continuously.

Planning is equally important as Goal-Setting.

To achieve 100% results in planning, have the discipline to focus your time around your priorities.

Enlighten people are priority driven. This is the secret of time mastery.

Having the courage to say NO to the little things in life will give you the power to say YES to the big things.

The best time to plant a tree was 40 years ago. The second best is today.

Never be the prisoner of your past. Be the architect of your future.

Realize that the most noble thing you can  give to others is your time or your energy.

A little bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses – Chinese Proverb.

Compassion and daily acts of kindness make life far richer.

Take the time to meditate every morning on the good you will do for others during your day.

Every dawn is a new day to the one who is enlightened.

The past is water under the bridge and the future is a distant sun on the horizon of your imagination. The most important moment is NOW.

Never put off happiness for the sake of achievement.

“Happiness is a journey, not a destination.”

Live for today – there will never be another one quite like it.

Life doesn’t always give you what you ask for, but it always gives you what you need.

Simply follow the path of your dreams, in full expectation of the bounty that is certain to flow.

You don’t observe things Dr. Watson, you just see them.                   – Sherlock Holmes.

Everyone on this planet is a wonder of this world. Every one of us is a hero in some way or the other. Every one of us has the potential for extraordinary achievement, happiness and lasting fulfillment. All it takes are small steps in the direction of our dreams. Like Taj Mahal, a life overflowing with wonders is built day by day, block by block. Small victories lead to large victories. Tiny, incremental changes and improvements will create positive habits. Positive habits will create results. And results will inspire you towards a greater personal change. Begin to live each day as if it was your last. Starting from today, learn more, laugh more and do what you truly love to do. So not be denied your destiny. For what lies behind you and what lies in front of you matters little when compared to what lies within you.