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  • Writer's pictureAdil Malia


Lagom (pronounced 'lah-gom') is loosely translated as 'not too little, not too much, just right'. It is widely believed that the word comes from the Viking term 'laget om', for when a mug of mead was passed around a circle and there was just enough for everyone to get a sip. However, the true etymology of the word is derived from an old form of the word 'lag', which means 'law'. Between Lagom the Swedish life-defining philosophy and 'Laxmanrekha', the classic Indian (Ramayana ) terminolgy - there is slight difference. Whilst Lakshmanrekha is restrictive, it directs you to observe a boundry - over-stepping which can prove to be dangerous, Lagom on the other hand is far from restrictive. It is a rather liberating concept, praising the idea that anything more than 'just enough' - the threshold point, is a waste of time & resources. By living lagom you can live a happier and more balanced life, reduce your environmental impact, improve your work-life balance, free your home from clutter, enjoy good food and good life to its fullest without incurring unintended negative impact of such indulgences. Most leaders know their Lagom but may occassionally over-step. Inspirational leaders not only know but are wise enough to never go beyond the Lagom.

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