failure

Failure

 ‘Fail Early. Fail Often.’

If every baby-child was told that she had one chance, and she should stand up and learn to walk at once. And if she couldn’t , if she fails to do it,she will never be allowed to walk, never ever allowed to try again. In such a place, do you think, any adult would know how to walk?

In another similar scenario, if 3 balls are given to you and you are asked to juggle, probably you won’t be able to do it. But if you keep trying for quite sometime, get some help from an expert, keep practicing some more, you can juggle easily. But probably most of us will give up quite early in the process. If as a child we had done the same, I guess, most of us would not know how to walk. And believe me, learning to walk for a child is much more difficult, than the task in front of you, which you are afraid of failing at. Thus been avoiding for a long time.

Don’t come in your own way.

Many a times we come in our own way and hurt (and stop) our own success, just to prevent an overrated and probably an unreal pain. Failure shouldn’t be avoided, because its the way to success. Unless we fail, we will never learn and grow.

No one can get everything right the first time. We all fail. To err is human. Then, the secret to success is failing often, rapidly learning from it and fixing the mistakes, iterating and improving.

Persistent-adaptability.

Persistence

Wrong way to react to failure.

You feel overly intimidated by the thought of failure. But that’s what it is. Its just a thought, and has nothing to do with reality. Its your perception. And unless you go out and do it, face it, you will never know, what the outcome can be. And even if the outcome is not success, its a step in that direction.

Keep iterating.

Try new things.

Try new things, meet new people. Only way to change your perceptions about yourself and about the world. Do something out of your comfort zone, talk to strangers; break your believes and go beyond your limits .

Get out there; gain some new outlook.

Fail small first.

To overcome the fear of failing, you need to fail. And understand, its not gonna change anything. Unless you operate a nuclear power plant for a living, you can fail and the world will not come to an end. You can probably infuse a bit more freedom and flexibility into your life and believes. So start failing, start in small ways. Give yourself permission to test out a few off-the-wall ideas.

Practice makes perfect. Practice failing.

Practice Failing

Remember College?

College is an amazing safe space to fail. We are experimenting with new friends, new city, new hobbies and new ideas – and we’ll often mess up academically and socially as a result. But we know that as long as we don’t screw up too dramatically, we’ll finish college, graduate, and move on – that mix of risk and safety is intoxicating. Yet somehow as we grow older we lose it.

Bring the feeling back.

 

Don’t get too attached to the plan.

There’s nothing wrong with a plan, but remember that no plan survives first contact with the enemy. The danger is a plan that seduces us into thinking failure is impossible and adaptation is unnecessary – a kind of ‘Titanic’ plan, unsinkable (until it hits the iceberg).

Live with the flow. Embrace it.

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“Being able to recognize a failure just means that you’ll be able to re-cast it into something more likely to succeed.”

 

To sum it all up, this is a complex world, we must use an adaptive, experimental approach to succeed. The more complex and elusive our problems are, the more effective trial and error becomes. We can never predict whether our ‘great idea’ will actually sink or swim once it’s out there. The important thing is to fail productively and learn from the experience.

 So keep practicing.

 

Sleep is God. Go Worship.

If you are like me and have a odd sleep cycles, this video is for you.

These days we consider sleep to be like a duty,an illness, which we are bound to do. Many will argue it’s of no use, and a waste of time. But in this video Russell Foster, tries to change our view, by telling us what does sleep do to us, our body, our health and our genes.

‘Sleep is God. Go Worship.’

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Finishing

Most of us are inquisitive. We are on a look out for new ideas and sometimes we get inspired. The bulb inside our contemplative mind lights on! We have a new idea and we start a project. Our new idea is the best thing ever, and there is lot of enthusiasm for it. We sit at our desks and frame this big, bold and ambitious project that is going to change the world.

And then, we start working on it. Only to realise that we are overly distracted or overly committed in other jobs, to take on this solo journey. We  keep it going on the side for sometime, but slowly and surely it just starts collecting dust. And before you know, you have forgotten about your world changing idea.

Then, one day the bulb lights up again, another new idea, and the whole process repeats…

Many people spend their lives ‘starting’ things… However, the ones who are successful are the ones who actually finish them.

Lots of people come up with new business ideas and opportunities. Few actually pursue it to make a real business.

Many people start writing a book. Only very few publish it.

Everyone has a dream. Few completely realize it.

As a general rule, we are good at starting, but not being able to go through the process, and finishing the things we started. Continue reading

Follow your passion

Passion

How long are you going to wait? They told you to get your career in order, to punch your ticket, to ‘fit in’ and to follow instructions. They told you to swallow your pride, not to follow your dream. They promised prizes, and trinkets, and possibly riches, if you would just suck it up and be part of the system. If you would merely do what you were told and conform.

They sold you debt, and self storage, and reality TV shows. All in exchange for what will happen later, when it was your turn.

Its your turn!

You are not your career. Your ability to follow instructions is not the secret to your success. You are hiding your best work, your best insight and your best self from the world from us. We know, how much you care, and the system works overtime to push you away, from the people and the projects you care about.

The world doesn’t owe you a living. But just when you needed it, it has opened the door for you to make a difference. Its too bad that so much time has been wasted, but it would be unforgivable to wait any longer. You have the ability to contribute so much. We need you. Now!

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We Are All Weird. Embrace it.

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain.

Normal is easy. Normal is boring. Normal is for people who don’t want to stand up and mark their presence. And I think none of us belong to this category. That is, in this age, normal is dead. There is nothing normal about anything or anyone in this world anymore.

In the old age of mass (mass manufacturing, mass media, mass schooling, etc.), the key to success was normal. Normal was important because it was what was needed; people were required to fit into interchangeable slots. Normal made things easy for schools and normal made manufacturing profitable. Being normal was the right thing.

But we have moved on. Today, we live in an hyper-connected, interdependent world. In this age (many still ignore its presence, god bless them), everyone is connected, everything is customised and every experience is optimized. Thats what we ask for, and that is what we are here to deliver. Trying to be normal is a disaster, because that would mean you didn’t even try.

And by the way, what normal? How do you become normal? What do you consider normal? Where do you really get the sources of information about normal? In this overly social world, where everyone is capable of broadcasting like a newspaper on her social networks, normal is something really jumbled up and overly skewed. It all depends on where you come to finding normal; what are your sources and experiences. And there are way way too many out there (including the offline ones). Continue reading