Ideas are great, they are the key to innovation and without them our lives would have been very difficult. We are living in an idea economy where new ideas not only survive but also thrive.
With that said, I have come across many people who are very attached to their ideas, sometime I am also among those people and have attached myself too much with an idea, thinking of it as a good thing.
Today, I had a great revelation while reading the book “Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration“, by Dr. Ed Catmull co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and President of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios.
In this book he has shared many of his encounters with Steve Jobs and have shared how Steve use to come up with a number of innovative ideas throughout his life,(well this part is known to the world) what I did not know was that he never got too much attached with an idea. He talked about how frequent the change of mind Steve had with his ideas and how he was never stubborn of his ideas.
What I learned from this is, rather than attaching ourselves too much with an idea, we should come up with a lot of ideas and test them, believing that we would eventually get a great idea along the way, this is how Steve made it.
I think we can also come up with a great idea only if we discuss a dozen of mediocre ideas. The success lies with constantly coming up with the new ideas and not attaching ourselves with only one.
As we become mature and have acquired knowledge and experience we reach to a certain level of comfort zone and this is how we differ from a child.
However there are still many things which we could learn from a child. One of them is adopting “new“. As we grow old we are reluctant to try new things. I have seen many people in my life who just don’t like to learn new things.
If we analyze the situation more closely the children learn because they have no other option but to learn because they haven’t learned anything yet and they submit themselves in learning and more importantly they are not scared of the outcome of what will happen if that didn’t work out.
However as an adult we attach ourselves to the outcome and we are scared of the unknown and we simply ignore the new.
All the big corporations are also the example of this phenomenon and we see it in their reluctance to adopt a new technology. They only adopt a new technology when it is absolutely necessary and there is no other option.
I am not saying to go and adopt whatever new things you could find all I am saying is don’t say no to anything before giving it a fare amount of time and analysis. There are plenty of new habits you could adapt to change your life for the better, there are plenty of new things you could learn to enhance your skill set only if you welcome the new and say yes to learning.
We should all welcome change into our lives and keep learning new things. It’s only the new which could replace the old.
I ask this question to myself very frequently and I read many books to get to know how really smart people think about this question. I have found one thing common and I would like share it with you too.
This might not be exactly what you are looking for right now and it can not be generalized for everyone because we all are different in many aspects. Also I would say it’s not the only reason why we are here but rather it’s one of the reasons.
So here it goes..!
We are here to be awesome, to build something awesome and feel good about it and do it over and over again. We like to be challenged and when we achieve what we strive for, we feel good about ourselves.
Nobody wants to drink mango juice at the beach forever, after becoming a millionaire. Of course many of us want to be a millionaire but it’s not only money that we like but also the challenge associated with it is much more fulfilling.
We constantly want to be challenged and we love it. It’s boring not to have any challenge in your life. Challenges make things exciting and interesting.
Problems and challenges are different side of the same coin. Problem is a negative word and people who crib are likely to use to it more often, on the other hand challenge have a positive impact.
It’s all about the thought process, how you looking at it.
Do you have a problem or a challenge to overcome?
Dr. Ed Catmull is co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and President of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios.He also have written a book “Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration“, which I am currently reading.
One of the core principles that they have at Pixar is “Fail Early Fail Fast” and it got me into thinking how different they are from the rest of the world.
They believe that success and failure go hand in hand and they believe in failing fast and early so that they could achieve success soon. If only we could live our life with this principle. He have also mentioned that how we are hard wired to fear failure and why we try to avoid it. But the truth is avoiding failure comes at a price which is mediocrity. Avoiding failure means settling for less than what you deserve which sucks.
Pixar has given awesome movies to the world a few of them are Toy Story trivia, A Bugs Life, Finding Nemo etc. They have created history and we all agree on this unanimously. Their thought process is making mistakes are the ways to create something new, something which never existed before. It’s not that they celebrate failure but they learn from it and they get better every single time.
So next time, when you are about to encounter failure don’t avoid it rather think about Pixar for a few seconds, and remember their core principle and try to incorporate them in your life.
We often have an idea about other person’s weak spot and many times we have a chance to give an honest feedback to that person but we are reluctant in doing so. Sometimes because we don’t know the other person enough to give a feedback and other times we just don’t want to.
In all those times we forget that we also have a blind spot, an area which we could not see from our point of view but is quite visible from other person’s point of view.
In my early days I took very little interest in knowing the other person, it came out as arrogance, meaning other people felt that I am a very arrogant person, and I had no idea. In my early days so many people took interest in me that I never bothered taking interest in them.
It was only after a couple of honest feedback that I got to know that the first thing people notice in me is arrogance and this was a revelation for me. I encourage everyone to give honest feedback to as many people as you can, because we are here to help each other to become a better version of ourselves.
Thanks to all those people who made me a better person.
Being perfect is now the new thing which haunts everybody nowadays. When we starts something, we want to be perfect at it and that too from the very first day.
Why do we need to be perfect from the very first day?
We see so many amazing work all around us and we love it and when we are about to create something new we want it to be like the stuff we read or see, which is again perfect. We also adore Aamir Khan and his work for being perfectionist.
In all these times we also want to create something and we want it to be perfect and sometimes this feeling gets in the way of creation itself. What it means that we create something and never show it to the world since it’s not perfect yet. Many times we prepare so much that we almost never reach to the end product and again never show it to the world.
We are also extremely critical of our work and we reject it as soon as we see any flaw in it, resulting we never publish something to the world and never let other see our work in the first place.
Ask yourself what is better not shipping your work to the world or let it ship irrespective of the quality of the final product?
I am not saying to ship it improperly, what I am trying to convey here is put a deadline on yourself and ship your work before that because that would help you to at least publish your work and proceed forward.
All I am saying is don’t let perfection be in the way of your creation rather create so many times that the work become perfect, because if you look closely nobody was perfectionist from the day 1.
Yesterday I watched one of the interviews of music director A. R. Rahman at Google. One thing that I have found common among really successful people is that they are really authentic. This trait was very much visible in him also. Simplicity and peacefulness are among many other attributes that i liked in him.
I have so many questions in my mind that I would like to have an answer and for that I read books, listen to podcasts and watch interviews of many successful people around the world. Apart from that I like to talk to everyone and try to learn from everybody. I was delighted to see that there was a question and answer session in that interview also and subconsciously I was hoping that somebody could ask him my question.
I was very lucky and one lady did ask him “what was he thinking when he was 19 years old?”
To my surprise the answer however was that he was very confused at that time and he didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life and also he did not wanted to pursue a carrier in music and his mother made him to do so.
Think about it for a second one of the most successful music directors of the world did not wanted to pursue music and did not know what he wanted to do with his life.
Turns out that it’s OK if you don’t know what to do with your life right now. As long as you are curious to have an answer to that question you still have a chance to make your mark in this world.
Thank you Akash for recommending this to me and also congratulations on your new job.
God sent us here in this world with a family. This family includes our very near and dear ones and they loved us unconditionally and we became a part of them. It’s awesome to have a family and we should all be grateful to God for the family that he has given to us.
Along with that, God also has given us an opportunity to create our own family, this time family members are the people whom we trust, have a bond and a relationship, these are the people whom we believe into, sometimes more than our inherited family.
I think it’s amazing that we have a chance to create our own extended family, and this time it is not bounded by blood relation rather than it is of love, care and trust, and there is no upper bound to it as it is totally up to us now as to how many people we know and connect with whom we can share this kind of relationship.
It’s a gift from God we should all use it for our prosperity.
Today I got a chance to connect to one of my friend from Pakistan.
I got to know that she is running an online teaching center and has been doing it since 2009. It is really amazing how she is creating so much value all around the globe and also doing this from home. With the technology at our hand we can do so much now that we could not have imagined doing it just 15 years back.
All it takes is a decision that we have to do something.
On the contrary, I also have one friend of mine who is pretty good at technology and since our college time wanted to have an online business where he could educate people. It is an awesome idea and profitable also.
But, where is he right now?
Well he is doing a job which he never liked.
He thinks that he is not good enough and does not have enough people who could support him to do this.
He is absolutely right..!
But I have learned something today, that it is never about how good you are at particular skill or how many people support you in your endeavor, all we have to do is decide and go in the direction of the decision that we have made. Momina is not an extraordinary woman, she just went in the direction of what she always wanted to do and challenges got taken care of.
I believe in going in the direction of my goal every single day and I believe that I am one step closer to my goal every single day, and more importantly I know that this journey to the success is much more exciting than the success itself.
There are many times when in an argument we turn out to be right and we have an edge over the other person. Those are the times when we make sure to humiliate the other person for being wrong and we make sure to teach them a lesson for the same. That said, we also have an experience of being on the wrong side and have been taught the same lesson by others.
I have been on both side of the coin, I loved being right and have humiliated the other person for being wrong just to feed my ego.Also, I have been wrong many times and I hated it.
There is one more thing however, that we can do, which is let the other person save face. This we seldom do and it is little difficult also because we are not programmed that way. Our ego doesn’t allow this.
However, if we do this we could develop a unique bond with the other person which is much more precious than humiliation.