8 PIECES OF ADVICE FOR THRIVING IN A WORLD OF CONSTANT CHANGE – Joi Ito

8 PIECES OF ADVICE FOR THRIVING IN A WORLD OF CONSTANT CHANGE – Joi Ito

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  1. Just try it.

If you want to learn to snowboard, you can study snowboarding books all you want. But once you get on the slope, things will be very different. For most people, it makes more sense to head out onto the slopes, fall a few times, and learn that way. This doesn’t mean theories’s not important but as you’re reading up on a topic, try it too. That way you’ll have an experience around which to build a framework for thinking.

  1. Look for people who can teach you, and people you can teach.

It’s very easy to find peers, so when you jump in and try something, you don’t have to do it alone. I assure you that I didn’t go shark diving on my own — I went with somebody who really knew what he was doing, and learned from him. Then, as a scuba instructor (and, now, a PADI-certified shark awareness instructor!), I’ve learned so much by teaching. A lot of people think learning is a solo activity, because that’s the way our schools are organized, but I think fundamentally learning is a very social thing.

  1. Become an anti-disciplinarian.

We use the word “anti-disciplinary” at the MIT Media Lab. We want people who both break the boundaries of disciplines and can move seamlessly between them. Worldviews and frameworks are so different between the traditional disciplines that practitioners have a difficult time talking to each other. The anti-disciplinarian has a global worldview that means you can translate what you learn from one discipline into another. That means you can pull together insights and translate them usefully for others. As disciplines keep changing and reinventing themselves, and as the world gets more connected, being able to move seamlessly between these different languages becomes increasingly important.

  1. Build a diverse network.

In the old days, you could learn how to be a banker and then you could do almost the same thing for the rest of your life. You would be pretty safe. But now, it’s unlikely that whatever you learn in college is going to stay the same over time. Having a wider network will give you more safety. Talking to people who are outside your traditional tribe can be uncomfortable — but in itself that’s helpful. The first time you go to a crowded market, it might be quite scary. But if you’re used to encountering new environments, you’ve built the ability to parse complexity and chaos and such an environment won’t faze you.

  1. Get comfortable being uncomfortable.

I grew up going back and forth between the U.S. and Japan. In Japan, they called me an American; in America, they called me Japanese. As a result, I felt out of place in both places — but I realized that I was learning more than the people who were comfortable. So I say: get comfortable with the idea of being uncomfortable. The reason I went shark diving was because I was afraid of sharks; the reason I once lived in Dubai was that, when I first visited the Middle East, I was so confused and uncomfortable that I thought this would be a great opportunity to learn. In fact, I only learn when I’m outside my comfort zone. We all need to get out of the echo-chamber.

  1. Think of technology as tools to help you achieve larger purposes.

It’s better to approach technology from the perspective of, “How does this help you live your life?” rather than, “What’s the new feature that you should try?” Technology is just a tool, so when you use it, figure out what you want to do and why you’re doing it, and then think about which technologies to apply. Remember, a solution may be very low-tech. Just today, I decided to switch to paper for scribbling down action items. It’s a better fit for the way I think about things.

  1. Deprogram yourself.

In the U.S., particularly, we are obsessed with goals. This linear thinking forces you to lean into the future, and to always be thinking about the next piece of chocolate you’re going to eat, not the one in your mouth right now. A lot of people who get to places like MIT have had to work very hard to achieve their goals, and that’s why deprogramming is a basic part of what we do at the Media Lab. We want them to tap into self-motivated, passion-driven learning. The answer to, “Why am I doing this?” is “Because I want to do this” rather than to please someone else, or to buy that thing. When you buy a new car, you pretty quickly want the next car; the cycle never ends. Whereas if you’re happy being present—you can always be happy.

  1. Make your own model.

One shoe simply doesn’t fit all. Just because I dropped out of college, I don’t suggest that others drop out of college  I think college is great for most people. I know that no one’s life is going to be exactly the same as mine, so doing as I did or doing as I say is not going to be the answer. Take other people’s experiences as inputs so you can create your own model. Question authority; think for yourself. Talk to people, do things unrelated to school — to come up with your own framework for living. The world is too complex and people are too different to be overly prescriptive about the details.

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About The Struggle

The Struggle is when you wonder why you started the company in the first place.

The Struggle is when people ask you why you don’t quit and you don’t know the answer.

The Struggle is when your employees think you are lying and you think they may be right.

The Struggle is when food loses its taste.

The Struggle is when you don’t believe you should be CEO of your company. The Struggle is when you know that you are in over your head and you know that you cannot be replaced. The Struggle is when everybody thinks you are an idiot, but nobody will fire you. The Struggle is where self-doubt becomes self-hatred.

The Struggle is when you are having a conversation with someone and you can’t hear a word that they are saying because all you can hear is The Struggle.

The Struggle is when you want the pain to stop. The Struggle is unhappiness.

The Struggle is when you go on vacation to feel better and you feel worse.

The Struggle is when you are surrounded by people and you are all alone. The Struggle has no mercy.

The Struggle is the land of broken promises and crushed dreams. The Struggle is a cold sweat. The Struggle is where your guts boil so much that you feel like you are going to spit blood.

The Struggle is not failure, but it causes failure. Especially if you are weak. Always if you are weak.

Most people are not strong enough.

Every great entrepreneur from Steve Jobs to Mark Zuckerberg went through The Struggle and struggle they did, so you are not alone. But that does not mean that you will make it. You may not make it. That is why it is The Struggle.

The Struggle is where greatness comes from.

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SOME DAY I WOULD LIKE TO START MY OWN STARTUP COMPANY

DREAM CATCHERS OR CATCHING DREAMS???

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SOME DAY I WOULD LIKE TO START MY OWN STARTUP COMPANY.

How is the name DREAM CATCHERS OR CATCHING DREAMS for naming my startup??

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What does my startup going to do?

Answer – Helping people to achieve their dream who lack support (Moral and Financial Support)

We move high-potential people from poverty to success by working with them personally. They get the tools they need to achieve their dream and change their lives – and the lives of everyone around them.

We all have the power to make each other’s dreams come true. My dreams will come true by helping other people’s dreams come true!

We all have the choice each day to be nothing more than a simple resource or we can become a valuable resource to others. Which do you want to be?

Your life and work product is a valuable commodity. Are you using all you have so that your life and work matter? Is the world a lot better because of your investment in the lives of others at home and at work? If so, you have a dream worth living.

You see, by helping others make their own dreams come true, I will be making my dreams come true.

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Summer Picnics – Miss the 80’s and early 90’s.

Summer Picnics – Miss the 80’s and early 90’s.

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Family outing for all kids born in the 80’s and early 90’s. I remember that we used to go in big groups of 20-30 people, tightly squeezed into cars, with bed sheets and rugs to sit on, lots of Indian food in casseroles, colas, chips and a lot more junk.

We kids would go hysterical on the grass, running around, playing Frisbee, and eating way too many ice-creams.

Somewhere along the way, this form of family outing died down, we grew up, became busier and had a lot more cooler sources of entertainment (the TV, internet and malls). A family picnic just didn’t fit in.

Do you have fond memories of family picnics from your childhood?

And do you have picnics with friends and family in your city?

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Thank you Dad!

Thank you Dad!

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Life didn’t seem all rosy and sweet when I was a child but today when I turn back the pages of my life, it all seems so perfect. As I recall those years today, I wish to take you along with me dad. Just as I accompanied you to the vegetable market on Sunday mornings, I want you to revisit my childhood with me and share the joy.

As a child I had a bunch of complains about everything right from being woken up early to having dinner at home on Sundays. Life just seemed so tough and uptight. But today it all seems so right. The complains of yesterday have turned into the strength and maturity of today.

As I grew up, I felt bad when we didn’t travel on annual summer holidays like the rest of families, but i realize today that you gifted us the entire world in our hands by cultivating the habit of reading good books.

We didn’t treat guests in pricey restaurants but entertaining people at home gave me the best training in hospitality that no finishing school could have ever imparted.

We didn’t exchange expensive gifts with our relatives on festivals but when the time rose you shared the strong bond called “family” and stood by them through their thick and thin.

We didn’t have a power back up in our home in times of frequent power cuts but your sense of humor and witty one liners brought the light of joy in my eyes.

In the harsh summers we didn’t have the luxury of air conditioners in our rooms but the cool watermelons that you unfailingly brought and kept for us in the refrigerator gave unmatched refreshment.

You were strict with me and late night partying was not heard of in our house, but you gave me freedom to take the biggest decisions of my life – be it my choice of education, selection of career, or decision to marry.

I might not have had the latest of fashion in my wardrobe but the best books on the subjects I studied were always there on my desk.

We didn’t own a car and didn’t go on long drives, but you took me on long early morning walks and gave me the best lessons on health and life in the lap of nature.

It bugged me a lot when you constantly stressed on the importance of punctuality but when I was considered a role model for the entire office for reaching the office regularly on time it gave me a sense of pride.

It irritated me when you scolded me for wasting my time in unproductive work, but today when I multi task throughout the day and succeed in saving some precious time for myself, I feel happy.

I got frustrated when you daily corrected my dining table etiquettes, but today when I dine with high ranking officials or attend parties at a 5 star I feel at ease and comfortable.

I may not have had the opportunity to attend an Oxford or Harvard university, but your life in itself is a great institution that inculcated in me the principles of honesty, sincerity and hard work which the best universities can never teach.

I couldn’t comprehend why you laid so much stress on the value of good, healthy and home cooked food but today when I see people my age ruining their health being addicted to outside food, I understand the reason behind my good health.

I mocked when you strived to keep the home tidy no matter what but today when guests compliment me for the tidiness of my home, I remember you say, “Cleanliness is Godliness.”

When I see families breaking,I feel so proud that my dad set the best example of family values by loving and respecting his parents till the very end.

When some dads gave the best luxuries to their children you endowed me with the highest ideals of living a life, when some dads spoilt their kids by fulfilling all demands, you taught me to live with discipline and satisfaction, when some dads took their children on foreign trips, you shared your worldly wisdom with me at home.

When some dads gifted a house, car and money to their kids, you gifted me education and self respect to earn the luxuries of life on my own. And when some dads did everything for their children so they could live a relaxed life, you put your unconditional faith in me and let me create a life that I can call my own.

Thank you dad for being the person you are. Thank you dad for everything.

Purani Yaadein!!

Purani Yaadein!!

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Which other TV shows are like Malgudi Days?

I love Malgudi Days and consider it as one of the best TV series in the history of Indian television.

Those were the golden days of Indian TV, probably some of the best TV sitcoms were from that period, which unfortunately is lost as nowadays Indian TV programs is filled with disgusting soaps that run all year long for years.

Those were the golden days.

Some other serials that come to mind are

Yeh Jo hai Zindagi

Nukkad

Aa bail Mujhe Maar

Flop Show

Karamchand

Vikram aur vetal

Singhansan batisi

Jaane kahan gaye woh din…

Dada Dadi Ki Kahani,

Ramayan, Wah Janab,

Hum Log,

Buniyaad,

Paying Guest…

Couple of English serials from those days surely will make it to the list but I thought let’s keep it Indian for now. 🙂

Smart app, iPhone, you tube, Face book have taken the space completely, it’s sad now days people don’t call each other to ask how they are, just use whatsapp, children stuck to iPhone iPad,

They don’t enjoy games with neighborhood friends just play candy crush. Technology has certainly given world good things but has taken away heart to heart connection. I used to watch Mahabharata, jungle book and malgudi days, wonderful childhood learns good values and also have fun watching cartoons, but these days it’s all stupid item songs, rubbish saas bahu stories.

Ahh the good old times.

Are You Giving Your Attention to Empty Vessels?

Are You Giving Your Attention to Empty Vessels?

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Have you heard of the phrase “Empty vessels make the most noise”? It’s a proverb that means that those with the least talent and knowledge usually speak the most, speak the loudest, and create the most fuss–whatever that makes their presence felt as much as possible.

Empty vessels are used in the analogy because in physics, empty containers do create louder noises than filled ones. If you take two empty glasses, fill one up with water, and then blow into both glasses in turn, you’ll find that the empty glass creates a louder noise than the filled one. That’s because the empty space in it (the air column) allows sound waves to pass through easily and bounce off the sides of the glass, thereby creating an amplified vibration.

In physics, empty vessels make the most noise. Apparently, this is the case in real life too.

I’ve found this proverb to be extremely true in life. Often times, the people who are the fussiest with the most negative criticisms may not necessarily know more than others. It’s usually because there’s emptiness in them echoing these noises, and this emptiness doesn’t necessarily have to be an emptiness of their intellect. It can be emptiness in their heart, emptiness in their life, emptiness in their mind, or emptiness in their self-worth — in turn creating the loud noises that we hear.

Just because someone is louder doesn’t mean the person should get (more of) your attention. That just because someone is louder doesn’t mean his/her words are of more neither value nor importance than others. And that just because someone is louder… it may actually mean nothing at all.

In short…

Loud doesn’t mean important or more important.

Loud doesn’t mean valuable or more valuable.

And loud doesn’t mean any more deserving of attention (than others).