[From left to right: Shaleen – My twin brother and has passion in communication marketing – Website link | Roshan – Good friend and has passion in IOT/Computer tech. – LinkedIn profile | Swati – Good friend. Still figuring out her passion(s) 🙂 | Me – Best friend 😉 – Website link | Rahul – Good friend and has passion in tech. R&D – Website link]
August was quite a month for me. I had good days and bad days.
- Good days because I travelled to Pondicherry and Bengaluru with my close friends. This trip was one of those things which we have been discussing/day dreaming since our first college days. We got to realise this dream last month – Makes me happy 🙂
- Bad days because I broke up with the girl I thought I would live my life with. I felt depressed for 2-3 days, but moved on pretty quickly. Thanks to few close friends, online articles, and a bit of self-motivation.
Quick tip on dealing with heartbreaks/failures is to have multiple happiness baskets in life as suggested by Tim Ferriss. The concept of having multiple happiness baskets is to have/do different things which makes you happy. For instance, I love playing football, cycling, designing, sketching…etc. The point of having/doing multiple things that makes you happy is to have backup when you fail at one of them. For example, if I lose my leg one day (which I don’t want) and I can’t play football or cycle anymore, there will still be designing and sketching that I can do which will keep me happy. So, my life won’t get blank and dark all of a sudden. So work on creating different happiness baskets….it works…..trust me.
Moving on, there are things to achieve and things to enjoy in life 🙂
I have been missing out on goals in the past few months because I set a lot of them. So this time, I’ll be a bit realistic based on past records. Here are my goals for this month (September/October) posted below.
You can read about my to-do list of August here: [Link]
Goals for September/Octorber 2015:
Well, this blog post took some time to post. Here’s why:
- Switched jobs. From Exponential to Wingify, same as UI/UX Designer
- Changed location based on the new job – Shifted near to office
- Putting systems in place in the new house like a neat workspace (Pic above), well-managed kitchen, and other household stuff.
- Got engaged in office training, tasks and hi-hellos.
- Fell in love with a girl. We are together now 🙂
But moving on, everything is set. I am cycling to office every day now – Makes me happy.
Here are my goals for this month (August) posted below.
You can read about my to-do list of May here: [Link]
Goals for August 2015:
- 22 Days pushup challenge – Leaving weekends to take breaks and rest [Update: 15 days done]
- 22 Sketches in total – Want to see all sketches so far? Go here : [Link] [Update: 10 done]
- 15 Letwallinspire posters – See all posters here : [Link] [Update: 7 days done]
- Create other social media accounts for Letwallinspire – To have maximised outreach through different social media platforms.
- Buy and eat dry fruits daily – Dry fruits have amazing health benefits. Here are few : [Link] [Update: 20 days done]
- Read book: Getting things done [Online purchase link] [Update: Read 20-30 pages only]
- Clear 30% (20k/60k) of debt – Have around 60k debt as I switched to a different location and bought things along the way. I also have stopped using my credit card and resolved to not using it again. Debt is bad. [Update: Clearing a bit by bit]
Sankalpsinha.com’s landing page re-design – And also start developing if get time. [Update: 100% done. Development started :D] – For updates on this stay tuned to the facebook page: [Link]
- One blog post other than this [Update: Somewhat written. Yet to finalize and post. It’s on forming habits]
- Create contact backup in a document or excel file – I recommend everyone to have a contact backup somewhere in your email or saved in hard-drive for emergencies. Also send one of the copies to your relatives and friends. More on this in different post. [Update: Not started]
Change is here. Switching jobs for the better 🙂 Joining Wingify, a Delhi based software startup that has expertise in A/B testing via its digital product Visual Website Optimizer. Will be joining them in June. That’s it for now, the good news. Will be posting another article about how I got the job.
You can read about my to-do list of April here : [Link]
Goals for May 2015 :
- Write 1 blog post about exercises to be done – Experiment by setting a monthly target for 30 sets of few different exercises and note down the results.
- Sankalpsinha.com’s redesign + about section (detailed) – This one has been sitting on my list for quite a time now. Time to take action on this one. Why I need to redesign the website is because it’s not mobile friendly first, it doesn’t have filters based on type of works I have done and it doesn’t have a simple yet explained about section.
- Do 31 sketches – 10 for May, 10 for April, 10 for March, 1 for February from backlog goals from January.
- Fix previous blog post’s images, links and spellchecks – To have originality and relativity in post images.
- Read book : Getting things done [Online purchase link]
- Practice guitar basics – Jumping right into playing songs on guitar seems like going the hard way. I have to focus and learn the basics again first.
- Keep exercising – Have been doing streching, 30 pushups, 30 squats, running a bit and cycling with decent breakfast (500ml Milk + Egg sandwich/2 boiled egg + 2 Bananas + 1 Apple) on a daily basis. No wonder why I feel good everyday 🙂 But the challenge still remains – To make it a habit. I think I am pretty close to nail this one 😉
- Keep eating healthy – See above! Have been eating a healthy breakfast (500ml Milk + Egg sandwich/2 boiled egg + 2 Bananas + 1 Apple) everyday for 20 days straight now. But eating at McD, KFC and other unhealthy outlets is still a challenge. Trying my best. Let’s see what I can do.
- Audit belongings – Just a measure to ensure I have less belongings as I belive the less you have, the more carefree you will be.
Save Rs.5000 – As I am practicing saving these days. 5k is just a target, nothing fancy about the figure. [Update : 100% done]
April’s here…phew! The only thing that I think of while writing my new set of goals every month is about how time flies. I remember how it was just the 1st of January and I was very excited for the new year and things I can accomplish. That thought still remains. I need to achieve all the goals, no matter what. But, the biggest challenge still remains – procrastination. Anyway back to business.
Goals for April 2015 :
Keep exercising – Have been doing stretching, 30 pushups, 30 squats, running a bit and cycling with decent breakfast (500ml Milk + Egg sandwich/2 boiled egg + 2 Bananas + 1 Apple) on a daily basis. No wonder why I feel good everyday 🙂 But the challenge still remains – To make it a habit. I think I am pretty close to nail this one 😉 [Update : 100% done]
- Keep eating healthy – See above! Have been eating a healthy breakfast (500ml Milk + Egg sandwich/2 boiled egg + 2 Bananas + 1 Apple) everyday for 20 days straight now. But eating at McD, KFC and other unhealthy outlets is still a challenge. Trying my best. Let’s see what I can do. [Update : 50% done – As have started eating fruits and more green veg. but eating at outlets is still on]
- Sankalpsinha.com’s redesign + about section (detailed) – This one has been sitting on my list for quite a time now. Time to take action on this one. Why I need to redesign the website is because it’s not mobile friendly first, it doesn’t have filters based on type of works I have done and it doesn’t have a simple yet explained about section. [Update : 0% done]
- Specta.com’s redesign – We at Specta have been trying to design products which solves real life problems. One of our earlier products was MKA which aimed at reminding computer users to take break at regular intervals of time. Well, our 2nd product will be an expense management app which we are planning to build very openly. For that we need a blog and a more organized website, thus the redesign. [Update : 50% done – Designed the UI for the new website, coding remains]
- MKA’s documentation – I am a big fan of open source projects. As I always want to know the why, how and what of things that interests me. But very few guidance one can find on the internet or elsewhere if he/she wants to build the same thing again. It is literally very relaxing and helpful when you find some documentation on some project to help you out. You know how to take care of things and move forward without worrying about the deja-vu errors and add few more innovative features into the product which wasn’t possible earlier. That’s why from now on we at Specta are going to do/create things in a much more open nature, which means we will be documenting everything from start to end in layman’s language to help/aid others to learn from the experience. [Update : 0% done – Sent to bucket list. Postponing this task for few important priorities]
- Draft a “pitch e-mail” to sell poster and make the pitch – Apart from validating the poster business idea via an online website (which is almost ready with little tweaks left on the back-end), validating it with real potential customers by just pitching them via an e-mail might be way more easier and valuable too. [Update : 0% done – Procastinating on this one 🙁 ]
- Finalize backend of LETWALLINSPIRE – The front-end of the website is finished. The back-end remains. [Update : 0% done – Need to sit with my friend who will code the backend and get it done]
- Fix previous blog post’s images, links and spellchecks – To have originality and relativity in post images. [Update : 50% done – Rest carried to to-do list of May 2015]
- Do 38 sketches – 10 for April, 10 for March, 10 for February and 8 from backlog goals from January. [Update : 0% done]
- Practice guitar basics – Jumping right into playing songs on guitar seems like going the hard way. I have to focus and learn the basics again first. [Update : 50% done]
- Read book : Getting things done [Online purchase link] [Update : 10% done]
Save Rs.5000 – As I am practicing saving these days. 5k is just a target, nothing fancy about the figure. [Update : 100% done]
- Write 1 blog post about exercises to be done – Experiment by setting a monthly target for 30 sets of few different exercises and note down the results. [Update : 10% done]
Audit belongings – Just a measure to ensure I have less belongings as I belive the less you have, the more carefree you will be. [Update : 100% done]
Well truth be told, I am pacing a bit on analyzing, planning, setting and achieving my goals. While looking back (since January 2015) I can clearly tell that I got better at visualizing my goals and steps needed to achieve them. But it’s not enough. I need to increase my pace more, bit by bit. To achieve that I need to focus less on distractions and focus more on tasks at hand, which seems obvious but I wonder how many us do it in a right way.
Anyway, let’s reflect on my goals and hope I will do better this month compared to the last two.
Goals for March 2015:
- Finish book : THE LEAN STARTUP – Backlog goal from January. [Online purchase link] [Update : 100% done]
- Write 1 blog post about exercises to be done – Experiment by setting a monthly target for 30 sets of few different exercises on a daily basis and note down the results. [Update : 30% done as have completed the first draft, need to edit – Carried to to-do list of April 2015]
- Publish blog post about goals for March 2015 [Update : 100% done]
- Do 28 sketches – 10 for March, 10 for February and 8 from backlog goals from January. [Update : 0% done – Carried to to-do list of April 2015]
- Learn to play Ed-sheeran’s Don’t on guitar – Backlog goal from January. [Update : 0% done. Tried taking up the chords of the song but failed. I think I need to focus on the basics again – Carried to to-do list of April 2015]
- Finalize the mobile layout of the blog – To maintain design harmony across different screen sizes [Update : 100% done. Check the blog @ experiments.themadscientistlab.com ]
- Simplify Sankalpsinha.com’s about section – Need to finalize the detailed intro. Short intro is done and is same as on the blog (Link) – [Backlog goal from January] [Update : 0% done – Carried to to-do list of April 2015]
- Write 1 blog post for March 2015 – Experimenting on limiting myself to computer/mobile screen exposure [Update : 0% done. Still considering whether or not to take up this experiment as most of my works are computer/internet related. May be that’s why I need to do this? – Carried to to-do list of April 2015]
- Start book : Getting things done [Online purchase link] [Update : 2% done – Carried to to-do list of April 2015]
- Stop eating packed food – Try eating more of natural food [Update : 60% done – Carried to to-do list of April 2015]
- Find startups who are willing to buy poster – Apart from validating the poster business idea via an online website, validating it with real potential customers might be more valuable and easier. [Update : 0% done – Carried to to-do list of April 2015]
- Fix previous blog post’s images, links and spellchecks [Update : 0% done – Carried to to-do list of April 2015]
Procrastination was a close friend of mine last month. I barely achieved 50% of my goals.
However I achieved important VS. average goals. That’s the advantage of writing – you practically write your own goals/thoughts on paper – making them more visual, concrete in your mind and thus better to conceptualize your steps accordingly.
Goals for February 2015 :
Develop a test website for LETWALLINSPIRE – To test hypothesis that people want to buy posters [Update : 100% done]
Finish book : THE LEAN STARTUP – Backlog goal from January [Online purchase link] [Update : 100% done]
Start book : Getting things done [Online purchase link] [Update : 100% done]
- Learn to play Ed-Sheeran’s Don’t on guitar – Backlog goal from January [Update : 0% done]
Start exercising seriously – Experiment by setting a monthly target for 30 sets of few workouts and note down results [Experiment details will be posted in a separate blog post] [Update : 100% done]
Start eating fruits – Fruit juice kills many nutrients, so eat fruits and drink vegetable juice [Update : 100% done]
- Simplify Sankalpsinha.com’s about section – Because details when scattered add no value to the brand – [Backlog goal from January] [Update : 50% done – have written the intro section. Have to write the detailed version yet.]
Finalize blog navigation and branding – So to have a theme and framework to write and focus on [Backlog from January] [Update : 100% done]
Write 1 blog post other than goal-summary blog [Update : 100% done]
Write 25 headlines for blog post – To test which headline/title performs better. Here’s few tips on why/how to test headlines [Upworthy article] [Update : 100% done]
Save 5000 Rs. – To practice saving [Update : 100% done]
Do 18 sketches – 10 for February and 8 from backlog goals from January. [Update : 100% done]
Here’s the list of books I will be reading this year [If you’re curious, here’s the full list of my goals this year – Link].
The list has been compiled mostly from a self-help perspective rather than just reading-for-fun perspective. I have also added the purchase links of the books in case you want to read them as well. I might also put my thoughts on these books in separate blog posts once I am done reading them. 🙂
- The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses – by Eric Ries – Link
- Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity – by David Allen – Link
- One Simple Idea: Turn Your Dreams into a Licensing Goldmine While Letting Others Do the Work – by Stephen Key – Link
- The $100 Startup: Fire your Boss, Do what you Love and Work Better to Live More – by Chris Guillebeau – Link
- Steve Jobs – by Walter Isaacson – Link
- Delivering Happiness – by Tony Hsieh – Link
- Losing My Virginity – by Richard Branson – Link
- Daily Rituals: How Artists Work – by Mason Currey – Link
- Secrets of Power Negotiating – by Roger Dawson – Link
- The Wide Lens: A New Strategy for Innovation – by Ron Adner – Link
- Permission Marketing: The Marketing Classic for the Internet Age – by Seth Godin – Link
- Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious – by Gerd Gigerenzer – Link
Hope I finish what I started. Fingers crossed 😉
2015’s here. Time to do things right and set some basics in place. Have learned few lessons last year applicable to work and life and hoping to go exponentially towards that vertical. As I believe : It’s the small things that matter. Hence, will be focusing on small things and some basics in work, health and extra curricular activities.
Before jumping right in to discuss what are my goals for this year, I think it’s good to reflect on the last year’s successes and failures first.
Good things happened in 2014 :
- Learned how a startup operates (not completely, but to an extent) while working in one startup, which I joined in early November 2013. – Menily [now Menias – Website]
- Learned why execution matters as went to an event which aimed at connecting creative entrepreneurs with people, skills and resources to turn their ideas into creative businesses – The Coalition. Pretty cool right? Not for me! Turns out I learned nothing except realizing that without an idea or direction and plus tackling procrastination (if you consider that to be a hurdle) no event or talk show is of much help.
- Traveled to Gujrat – Everything in Gujrat is as shitty as any other state in India except the sea view and few other places
Picture 2 from the trip : [Link], Picture 3 from the trip : [Link]
- Started my entrepreneurial journey : Launched LETWALLINSPIRE, a to-be platform to inspire creative people via inspiring posters. [Website, Blog, Download inspiring wallpapers]
- Semi-Graduated from College – Still have 10 backlogs left. [More on this in a later post]
- Created job for myself in one big USA based advertising intelligence company – Exponential. [more on this in a later post. Quick fact for now – Most people in the company (including the CEO) are very humble]
- Designed and launched MKA in association with Specta – An application aiming to improve our health related issues caused by sitting in front of computers for long hours via reminders. [Update : the team is working to make the application a smart one] [Check the app. here : Link]
- MKA got featured in national newspaper
- Learned to swim a bit – All by myself and a little help of Rahul. [Pic. – Link]
- Bought things from my wishlist – Still have few left. [More on this in another blog post]
- My cousin (male) married at the age of 35+ – Always happy to see these guys grow and getting wiser each day. They had their bad days in the past but succeeded anyway. [More on this on a later post]
Bad things happened in 2014 :
- Didn’t finish my course in college – Have 10 backlogs left.
- Procrastinated a lot – For instance missing deadlines on design projects or not going to gym often.
- Stopped playing football – I used to play every alternate day in my university.
- Stopped blogging – Didn’t blog since March 2014.
- Got some belly – Football and running was enough to keep me fit which I stopped doing.
- Bought books, but couldn’t finish – Example – The lean startup.
- Watched porn a bit more than usual (Ahem!) – Is it a bad thing? Still have to figure that out.
Looking at past is fun. Right? Anyway, let’s concentrate on this year.
GOALS for 2015:
- Write minimum 12 blog posts – Blog posts from now on will be mostly based on results from intentional/unintentional experiments in my life.
Put this blog’s branding in place – Working on a new theme for the blog as mentioned above. [Not finalized but yes, this is what it will be] [Update : 100% done]
- Get 1000 blog subscribers/readers/monthly views – Writing good content which people will love to read/share will be the key.
- Make my personal portfolio website [www.sankalpsinha.com] responsive – My website’s traffic data shows that most people (atleast 30%-40% of them) visit the website from a mobile device. So bound to push it to a responsive layout.
- Travel and live in Singapore [minimum for 30 days] – I always wanted to travel to see places…people…good food. Why 30 days? Travel for me is to live and breathe the place not to sightsee them.
- Launch e-commerce website of LETWALLINSPIRE – Always believed that with right inspiration, people can go a long way. LETWALLINSPIRE is the result of that belief. [Website]
- Design minimum 20 posters for LETWALLINSPIRE – For e-commerce to be effective. [Posters designed so far – Link]
- Turn MKA into a smart application – The current version doesn’t take human interaction with the computer in account and gives reminder every 40-55 minutes irrespective of whether the user was active or inactive, which disrupts many engagements of the user with the computer. [Here’s the current version – Link]
- Host talks on building ideal lifestyle in minimum 5 colleges – Earning a decent money, working without stress, doing things you love – These are doable. I have done it pretty much and I think others can too. The talk will be based on how to design the ideal lifestyle for yourself.
- Read minimum 12 books [List link will be here soon] [Update : 1 book finished reading]
- Sketch minimum 100 sketches – Here are few I have done in the past – Link [Follow my sketch updates here – Link] [Update : 15% done]
- Learn 10 songs to play on guitar – Songs list will be here soon. For now I will be starting with Ed Sheeran’s Don’t. [Listen the original song here – Youtube Link]
- Eat healthy – Here’s my target per month – 30 Liters of milk [1 liter a day], 60 eggs (boiled) on average [2 per day], 60 cheese slice [2 per day], 7-8 liter of fruit juice [500 ml every alternate day]
- Get in shape – Have to figure out the best exercise according to my physic and need.
Start cycling – Buy a cycle. Always loved riding one. [Update : 100% done]
- Manage finance better – Track every expense. [More on this in a later post]
- Be more open – Analyze how I react to people and their behavior and set few guidelines/principles in life so to avoid being a hypocrite.
The best way to achieve all this is to break them in easy and doable steps every month, week and days (if you’re so mad about planning). I generally plan out things for the month and then let things flow out according to my engagements for different weeks/days. Most of the times I have failed. But that’s how you get to know how you’re performing.
So here’s my to-do list for January 2015 :
Write and publish 1 blog post [Update : 100% done]
Plan out branding for the blog – So to have a theme and framework to write and focus on. [Update : 100% done]
Learn bootstrap – For making my website www.sankalpsinha.com responsive. [Update : 100% done]
- Design 2 posters for LETWALLINSPIRE – To keep inspiring people irrespective of my e-commerce website. [Update : 0% done]
- Finish PPT about building the ideal lifestyle – So to reach out to college to let me host talks. [Update : 40% done]
Finish the book : The Lean Startup [Online purchase Link] [Update : 100% done]
Do 10 sketches – To get better at sketching [See all the sketches here : Link] [Update : 100% done]
- Learn how to play Ed Sheeran’s Don’t on guitar – To get better at playing guitar [Update : 0% done]
Research on one secret design project – Shhhh! [Update : 100% done]
- Simplify Sankalpsinha.com’s about section – Because details when scattered add no value to the brand. [Update : 0% done]
That’s pretty much sums up my current priority for the year 2015 and this month (January). I will keep updating the list as I move forward. Let’s get back to work!
Have plans for 2015? I would love to hear them. Post them in the comments below.
This is part 2 of the post : 21 lessons learned so far. Read the part 1 here : [Link]
- Do you own thinking.
Often I get advice from people and it never ends. Some advices are good, some are bad. If I had listened and acted on all of them, I wouldn’t be here where I am today. That’s why I love this quote by Robert Downey Jr., “Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the fuck you were gonna do anyway.” Because in the end, you only take responsibility and credit of either failing or succeeding.
“Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece” ~ Ralph Charell
- Read stories of successful people, don’t adopt their personality.
I started reading few auto-biographies of successful people lately and have found the whole process very inspiring. One can learn a lot by reading biographies. It makes you wise. But, what I fear about immersing myself into such inspiring stories is I will start adopting their personality too which is the first step towards losing my original self.
“Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.” ~Judy Garland
- People older than you also have had dreams. Start pushing them towards achieving it.
My mother used to paint a lot before marriage. Gradually after marriage, her pace kept slowing down and after few years it completely stopped. But that passion for painting was never over. Likewise, everyone’s parent must have dreamt something. But over the years, after getting married and sacrificing everything for their families, they have just lost the spark.
I strongly feel that it’s our (child’s) responsibility too to push them towards doing things they always wanted to do. Remember? It’s never too late to start something.
“The stars are not going to align themselves perfectly for you to start any day.” ~The four hour work week
- Keep shuffling your music playlist.
To my amazement, research have shown that listening to the same playlist for long enough kills creativity and restricts thinking. Best solution is to keep shuffling your playlist every now and then to stay fresh and to let creative juices flow in your body.
“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.” ~Henry David Thoreau
- Always keep a book to read.
I wasn’t a reader earlier. Not even in a least possible manner. In one of my trips to Varanasi in 2010, my cousin gifted me this book named :The Alchemist, mentioning “this is the book you should read or start with”. 2 weeks later I found that I like this process of discovering something new all of a sudden which gives a new perspective on life and also answers some of the questions. Since then I have read quite a few books. And the experience and knowledge I have gained, has made me more wiser.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” ~George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons
- Getting married can wait. Build something.
There are lot of things we know without having done it earlier. Like we know how marriage works and what are the challenges (almost). We know how it feels to get a job and do a 9-5 work everyday. Seen my dad and many others doing it. And the list goes on. On the other hand building or doing something which no one has ever built or done, be it concept/real product or few years of continuous travel for example, is extra ordinary. Those are few things we have to experience ourselves.
“Whatever good things we build end up building us.” ~Jim Rohn
- Success brings acquaintances, friends and lovers . But above all, don’t loose sight of the end goal.
I designed a concept alarm clock (singNshock) and submitted the image to YankoDesign for publication in early 2013. They liked the design and published it the next week. To my amazement the design was all over the internet within a week after YankoDesign published it. I was flying high, I must say. It brought me a lot of traction and branded me as a designer in the industry. I have now friends from different parts of the world. Some are designers, some are entrepreneurs, some are writers and so on. But above all, that fame was only for the moment.
And fortunately I am surrounded by people who every now and then keeps my goal in check. Never let fame lure you out of what you have dreamt of.
“If you come to fame not understanding who you are, it will define who you are.” ~Oprah Winfrey
- People are smarter than you think. Give them the responsibility and show that you trust them.
While working with one startup few months back I realized that people around us whom we thought couldn’t take much responsibility of (for example) being in-charge of the project and running it successfully, did just the opposite. Not only they completed the project in time, they also added new features to the product which we never thought of implementing. This happened only because we gave them the responsibility and showed trust even when we weren’t sure.
“The more you trust your intuition, the more empowered you become, the stronger you become, and the happier you become.” ~Gisele Bundchen
- Always smile when you enter a room.
According to Mystery, one of the best pickup artists in the world, “The number one characteristic of an alpha male is smile. Smile when you enter a room. As soon as you walk in a club or a room full of people, the game is on. And by smiling, you look like you’re together, you’re fun, and you’re somebody.” ~Quoted by Neil Strauss in his book The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists.
“A smile is the universal welcome.” ~Max Eastman
- Networking will only help when you have already done something.
Recently I attended an event named THE COALITION, a platform to support creative entrepreneurs in India. It was a 3 day event aiming to be a platform where new collaborations can happen, people can get to know other creative fields, people can pitch ideas to investors and so on. It took me only 1 full day at the event to realize that this is not my time to be at these kind of events.
I had my designs in place, I had my concepts at place, but in real world ideas alone don’t work. One really need a real prototype of his/her idea. Otherwise everything I say is worthless. That is why I didn’t attended the rest of the event because networking there only have had helped me if I had anything to show, a working prototype of my ideas.
- Practice writing.
Doesn’t matter what I write. I just write about any topic now a days.
Why? Because it has :
- Improved my writing skills
- Improved my reading speed
- Enhanced my vocabulary
“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.” ~Benjamin Franklin
Keep smiling and DO MORE 🙂
I am turning 21 today and am not as excited as it might seem. All I am excited and concerned is of what next I will be learning and experiencing in life and for that what I have to do today. I spent the last 21 years of my life doing almost nothing. But I had the opportunity to learn great things which most people learn later after their active lives (18-50).
I couldn’t be happier to recall what I have learned and how it will help me shape me my future. So today I am sharing 21 lessons I have learned in the past 2 decades.
- Age is merely an excuse not to start anything.
In the past 3 and half years while studying in Sharda University, I saw people ranging from age 24-60 procrastinating about starting/doing things they always wanted to do. The reply was more or less the same and was like this : “Oh! I am too old for this”. I hope this doesn’t happen with me or you. Start slow, but start.
“Do not wait: the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.” ~Napoleon Hill
- Don’t judge people. It’s a waste of my own time.
People grew up in a different environment than mine and have their own reason. I wrongly judged many people many times and found later that they were just the opposite I thought they would be. I guess I can’t control everyone and everything. Can I? So it’s better to move on and let few things be as they are. I know it will save a lot of time.
“Learning to ignore things is one of the greatest paths to inner peace” ~Robert J. Sawyer
- Practice mind control.
In 2013, I read Robin Sharma’s The monk who sold his ferarri. The book was great and had a lot of positive insights. But out of all, one I remember in particular, i.e. the art of mind control. It suggests that those who can control their mind can control anything. Also, I recently bought a book (suggested by many elite performers around the world) : Getting things done by David Allen. I only finished reading the first chapter of the book and the result so far by applying the first few suggestions are great. Allen has advised to dump everything we need to do from buying eggs for home to finishing the work project into a piece of paper, note or a dairy. The essence of this routine is to clear your mind first and then to focus only on what’s important.
“Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend.” ~Bruce lee
- Atleast stay fit.
Since childhood I was quite active in sports. Played cricket mostly till high-school. Started playing football since I joined university. I see people craving for gym, healthy tips from experts and every other words of wisdom they believe can bring them the hot figure they desire. But the truth I realized is you don’t need a great figure to stay healthy. You just need to be fit enough. For that, one can exercise (yoga, running or gym) or play a sport. (I need to work on my skinny body though)
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” ~Jim Rohn
- Treat work as every other general activity in life.
I have noticed that when playing football, watching movies or doing anything interesting but in a limited amount of time, I don’t get bored or I don’t get stressed. Treating work in the same way as a general activity with a short timeline can really bring results for my work and my life too.”By working only when you’re most effective, life is both more productive and more enjoyable. It’s the perfect example of having the cake and eating it too.” ~4HWW
“By working only when you’re most effective, life is both more productive and more enjoyable. It’s the perfect example of having the cake and eating it too.” ~4HWW
- Don’t sit in front of the computer without an agenda.
Woke up at 8:00 AM, brushed my teeth, had breakfast, started using the computer while thinking to just check my email/facebook for few minutes and will quickly return to the project at hand, but it turns out 2:00 PM on the clock. This is what happens with me most of the time when I use my computer without any agenda. Internet is a great tool to push human race forward, but it’s also a tool to suck up time. Define first what you want to do with the tools then use it.
“A goal without a timeline is just a dream” ~Robert Herjavec
- Spend some time alone.
Here’s a quote from best seller book : The 4 hour workweek “After years of repetitive work, you will often need to dig hard to find your passions, redefine your dreams, and revive hobbies that you let atrophy to near extinction. The goal must be to pursue and experience the best in the world.” The quote pretty much sums up why spending some time alone is very important. I have experienced that a several minutes of meeting with silence can bring a lot of positive thoughts and the right direction for life. It frees your mind and enables you to think clearly again.
“I think it’s very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person.” ~Olivia Wilde
- Dress well.
I am not talking about Armani Jeans or Van Huesen all the time, but there are a lot of clothing in the market that costs you 1/4th a pair of Armani and yet is drop dead gorgeous in appearance. One must spend some money on their clothing and I know, nobody has ever regret it. But don’t get carried away in the name of fashion. Keep it classic.
“Clothing is the first step to building a character.” ~Sylvester Stallone
- Have a minimal wardrobe.
I used to have 5 t-shirts, 5 shirts, 4-5 jeans/trousers and several sweatshirts/jackets. And what I found while traveling is that they restrict my freedom. It occupies a space in mind and tightens me up. From 2013 I have started donating clothes which got short or wore off. Once I gave more than half of my clothing which I didn’t wanted to have, I bought new ones only with a sense of minimalism. Now I only have 12 clothes including summer and winter wear. I feel lighter in mind and with my wardrobe.
“Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” – Lao Tzu
- Have multiple interests and source of income
Most of the time I spend my days working on design projects or playing football. But there are days when I don’t like doing any of those activities. That’s why I have started cultivating other hobbies/interests like reading informative books, sketching and will be starting playing guitar again. The same goes with source of income. Most people rely on only 1 source of income i.e. their permanent job. In recent years, there never have been the worst time to rely on one and only job for paying bills. Jobs have become more and more insecure than ever and it will stay this way or worsen in the future.
“Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.” ~Henry Miller
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Keep smiling and DO MORE 🙂