Exams

Winter sun, bone-chilling wind and a glass of Masala Chai. Sometimes waking up early in the morning. These are few things reminds me of my class 10th board exams.

There were no smartphones or the internet to distract us. I remember papa had packed the television as well, a different kind of sacrifice from his part.

It was less tiring for me than others. I was competing with myself. My parents only expected me to pass my exams.

Fiction

Reading fiction written by a few authors is delightful. Reading Khushwant Singh after some time and the way he describes places in his story makes me feel am in there. It is like visiting the world with him.

I felt the same reading Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, and Satyajit Ray. It is like going back in the memory lane and imagining.

I enjoy reading biographies for similar reasons.

Right answers

There have been times in my life when getting right answers were difficult. These situations were critical and sometimes made me vulnerable.

Age has taught me that life is more about living in the moment and making the best of it. Life is not about adding bits and pieces filled with our opinions.

Do we have to seek a pattern in everything? Can we not make peace with ourselves in our current state?

Small

Many revolutions, movements, and innovations started small. What made is all successful was grit, perseverance, and luck.

Modern-day entrepreneurship suggests the contrary. It trumps over a bigger market and continuous pivoting. In some cases, it has resulted in fantastic results while others failed miserably.

Neither I am someone successful or a thought leader. All I believe in doing things with utmost sincerity and focus. This principle has helped me so far, will it work for others. I don’t know.

Seriously

Why do we have to get offended what some invisible faced called us on Twitter? Why do we have to go into depression because of random feedback?

We take so many things for granted, most importantly the feedbacks. We make ourselves vulnerable and perform even worse.

We have a small life if someone does not like our work, happy in a relationship. What is the point of living in such a state?

Why do we have to take this life so seriously and get sick of it?

We, humans, are slaves to our thoughts and at the same time, we are the creators of our destiny. Why can’t we go out like a fresh new beginning and script our life?

Imagine

Imagine a world with every needed resource in plenty.

Imagine a world where we all were equal.

Imagine a world where people were honest.

Imagine a world without borders and religion.

Imagine a world which had no bombs, no fighting.

Imagine a world with Love triumphing over rest.

Imagine a world in which human kinds were less pretentious.

Imagine a world where we were more interested in ourselves, rather than externals.

Imagine a world with no threat of pollution and population looming.

Imagine a world with nature intact: glaciers, forests, mountains.

Social

These are my opinions and I can be wrong. I am not much of a social guy now. The more I am out, the more I am bombed with ideas, advice, feedback. While it is important to get advice, it is important to get it from the right people. The ones who have skin in the game.

Some lessons I have learned in my life

I was in the zone of self-evaluation and exploring myself on Friday. As a result, I shared dozen-odd tweets.

I am sharing the same here.

  • Team, trust, and transparency. << what we need to build something incredible.
  • We screw up more because of not being honest with ourselves. Competition, timing, luck comes later.

  • The “ism” factor can make or break an organization. Having the right balance is key.

  • People remember what bad you have done to them than the good. Be kind.

  • Your existence on this planet has no meaning compared to the wider realms of this universe. So cheer up, we all screw up at times.

  • Time is the most important asset we have, spend it wisely.
  • Pick a bunch of friends who know u, who can give you a shoulder when you are down. This world is a crazy place and we all are alone. The solid company keeps this journey of life entertaining.

  • Breath, eat and be thankful to what you have now. You are lucky to be alive and having the opportunity to read this tweet. A good part of our population still sleeps empty belly without shelter and on the fear of bombing.

  • Seek for self-knowledge not externalities: Forbes or founder of the year. Question yourself, ask, be conscious and aware.

  • Give due respect to those who trusted you and have you the opportunity to grow, build a life for yourself.

  • Crave for freedom, clarity in thoughts and execution. The money will be the byproduct.
  • Read, listen, exercise and relax.

  • Spend some time alone with the self. It will scare the shit out if you, thousand odd thoughts will hit you. But with regular practice it will pass, it will make you stronger.

  • Inculcate the virtue of Empathy and forgiveness. It will make you more calm and relaxed.

  • Great things take great persistence and perseverance along with time. Keep trying, don’t give up easily.

  • Nobody is perfect, nobody knows the end. We are all time traveling. Give appropriate importance to this moment of time rather future planning.
  • Compare with your younger self, not others.

  • How many of those million followers will give you their shoulder for your burial?

  • Never forget your roots. Life is unpredictable.

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Garbage

The amount of data thrown at is enormous. Thanks to cheap internet and publishing platform. We are all artists, creators, authors, and painters. The sad part of it is, many quality creators lose to garbage. I call poor contents, be it a book, blog or music as garbage.

Some people put the soul in creation while others just do it because it is cool and they can.

The biggest problem for me is the filtering. I have purchased a dozen books on internet recommendations and most are garbage. After reading 10-15 pages, I am done. Same is the case with podcasts and Netflix. The hype machines take over the web.

Our lifetime is limited so is our time and money. It hurts being cheated.

Entrepreneurs dilemma

Building a product and selling it are two different things. In a price-conscious country like ours, the buying decision comes down to the price.

In such a situation it becomes a dilemma to build something for the niche or mass market.

“Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them, and each mind perceives a different beauty.” ― David Hume

Everything from the rule book of creating moats to marketing fails in our country. It takes ages to change peoples perception. It requires huge marketing budget in educating about the newly created category.

Some entrepreneurs fail to achieve product-market fit for this reason. They get frustrated, depressed and sad. They end up closing the enterprise.