hyper connect

We say necessity is the mother of invention. We are still out fighting poverty, malnutrition, poverty, and illiteracy.

With technological advancement, we are hyper-connected, and innovation sharing has gotten easier. Covod19 occurrence, trace, and cure say it all.

Our world has become a global village with the emergence of technology: Arab springs to Panama papers to the economic meltdown to the Russia-Ukraine war. The news spreads like wildfire and makes us aware.

How many of Newton’s equivalents would have died with their innovations in the past? Their contribution would have gone to ashes.

Technology is a great equalizer. A developed or developing nation has the same data pipe.
Whether you are rich or poor, everyone has access to Wikipedia and free world libraries.
What and how we consume the internet makes us who we are.

Sail

You have to be mad head to run your enterprise, the main reason being uncertainty. You are on a treadmill and a vicious cycle of things working and not working.

Every other day in the founder’s journey is a challenge: customers leaving, employees leaving, or failing product timelines.

Media only glorifies the founder’s life, unicorn status, or founder 30 under 30. They don’t talk about the constant struggle, uncertainty, and failures.

To sail through the entrepreneurship journey: you become more stoic and have a self-belief that comes what may: we will survive. It’s just another day.

Some things are in our control and others not. Things in our control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions. Things not in our control are body, property, reputation, command, and, in one word, whatever are not our own actions.

Epictetus, The Enchiridion 

blame

We become how we feel: a victim or a survivor depending on our mindset in business. The fight-and-flight mode of our brain always nudges us to run away, blame others, or sink in guilt.

We are no more rational creatures but an animal up in rage to react when the ego gets in our way. Our rationality is dead so is our self-introspection. Whatever we read in philosophy or religious texts is forgotten in the garbage on nonstop social media streams.

We have need and desire for something without working hard to get it.

We are self to blame for who we are, not the externals. We need to grow thick skin and fight the challenges like a worrier because blaming others is not an option.

lead

Leadership is not about telling the team what to do but working with them, hand in hand, and showing them the way.

How do you expect a team to peak performance when a leader is in leisure and least bothered about the organization?

How will your team perform when you are unavailable for them or guiding them through dark days and cheering them up?

You have to be there, do it, and show it. That will add life to your team. You cannot just order because you are the leader.

Practice

Practice to perfection: we are told about it time and again.
No job is small. Every task or position requires dedication and practice. We can not be the best in trade by sitting idle or just doing enough.

In the book: score takes care of itself, the author talks about his best players’ grit, daily grunt, and finding the minuscule technical flaws and fixing them.

A player, salesman, or leader does not become great with one shot but performs every single time. They are reliable and dependable. The entire team looks at them for inspiration.

We want to be on the moon.
We need to work towards it.
Only dreaming is not sufficient.

imagination

Imagination drives us to build a castle in thin air. It pushes us to work harder and seek the unachievable.

Our imagination enables us to leave our daily chores and fantasize about travel, food, falling in love, or becoming a billionaire.

Our imagination gives purpose to our life. It makes us more creative, frees us from boredom, and alleviates our pain. At the same time, it enhances our pleasure.

waqt

Waqt aur zindgi ka kya hai rista?
Ek Suee-Dhage ke mafik smajhliziye.

Waqt agar tili hai to zindgi ek chingari.

Hamae waqt me hum khud ke ho zate hai aur be-waqt hum zindgi auro ko kiye dete hai.

Heer-Ranjha, Laila-Majnu, Romeo-Juliet nae apne waqt ko auro ke zindgi me kar diya fana. Is waqt hum yaar to karte hai unhe, kasme khate hai unke naam ki.

Is waqt kae chakachaund me andhe hue za rahe hai hum, ziye za rahe hai zindgi ko bekhabar.

waqt

Khoya kya hai humne iss waqt ke siva?
Ye Daulat, Sohrat, Ishq aur rushwaiyaa waqt ka hissa he to hai.

Aaz waqt ke saath hum the, hum waqt ke ho liye. Kal hum waqt se fana huye ek aur duniya ko chale zainge.

Ye waqt he hai jo hai is zindgi ka. Aur waise bhi hai kya apna?

Hum zamane ki zanzerro me aise ghut zate hai ki waqt hota he nahi hai khd ke liye.

Waqt kisi ki mohtaaz thore he hai, jo chandd sikko pe khareed liya, ye to kismat ke likhe samaay ka lekha jokha hai.

Apne waqt ko zisne kiya barbaad, hoga kaise wo iss duniya me aabaad?

lost

We are all lost with deep desires to be someone or mark a dent in the universe. Many of us disappeared into the darkness & given up our life. They consumed alcohol, took psychotropic substances, or committed suicide.

Externalities fuel our wants.
We are no more ourselves.
We are lost in the consumerism era, which will live forever.
We have everything.
We have nothing.

list

Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography talks about his vice/virtue list. It has been a transformation for me in the last six years.

My list of virtue list has controlled eating and avoiding meat, sugar, wheat, and milk. I have monthly notes pinned on my room which list dates I missed my eating habits.

Has anyone else done a similar experiment? What has been the outcome?