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Month: March 2018

Why you consume but don’t contribute?

We are spoilt. The millennials have taken it for granted that music, movies, books, software programs are all for free. Making them pay for it is a daydream. someone offers it for free and then someone else and the chain doesn’t stop, benefitting the customers ( temporarily) but bankrupting the creators, musicians, artists, coders. You can’t automate these; systems can be built around it but humans and their creation are at the centre of it. In that case, how will they make the money that the society isn’t willing to pay directly? The general notion that creative work doesn’t pay continues to exist in the fabric of society. We need to break this. It’s really hard to avoid the temptation of free things. That which does not change doesn’t grow, that which does not grow dies. Start small by saying no to things that do not benefit its creator monetarily.

What do you do?

An open-ended question which usually gets a response of – ”I study X at Y or I work in Z”

Actually, You do A LOT of things. Why bracket one among the many?

What if we answered differently?

I am passionate about business and startups; I love painting and reading books; I am a movie buff, and I also study X at Y.

Sprinkle it with your hobbies, interests, latest obsession, your last project that wow’ed everyone!

These will feed-forward for further conversations.

Also, What if we asked differently?

What are you passionate about? Or How do you spend your time?

These are template questions, you start here. If you stay here, 20 years down the line, everyone would be asking each other this question, it’s time you sprinkled your conversations with questions that are one of a kind.

The first impression is the best impression but the last impression is the lasting impression.

What are you paying for?

Knowledge has no price. You pay for the infrastructure, the professor’s time, the facilities made available by the institute. But you also end up paying for the brand, funding their future-infrastructure and the time that you are not utilising the resources (Holidays, breaks, internships, etc.)

Then, if the university decides to take a new turn, it must be willing to change what it charges. If they are going digital or an internship-inclined model (5 days you work – 1 day you study or half day work, the other half study) then the resources needed are drastically reduced, infrastructure is freed. Professors can use their energies elsewhere. Curriculum restructuring without price justification is a scam. Run away from it when you see one. Or stand-up for a real change. If the price is too high, students loose, if it’s low, the quality is questioned.

Historically costs of an MBA has skyrocketed but the return on investment is plummeting every year!

100’s of publications with different criteria and ratings only create confusion and suspicion among students of the quality of education.

Standup and speak up. If you can’t convince the management as a customer, what are the chances you’ll convince the market of anything?

Ps: I take complete responsibility for what I have said. This blog is my expression against an outright unfair practice that people earlier had no choice but to obey. Now they need not.

Mastery or just a masters degree?

Study well, get good grades, land a job and you are settled for life is no longer true. Even if the equal pay gets implemented. There are no more guarantees.

It’s easy in the present to get away with it. Everybody is winging it, why should You add the extra effort? Why skip a few movies, shows, events so You can work towards this? What if You fail? What about the embarrassment of standing out?

While you are learning are you focusing on mastery or just a paper-degree? Doubts and confusion are good. They are signs of progress and need further thought.

Mastery takes time, effort, sweat and faith. Stay the ground. Explore beyond syllabus, experiment with the knowledge learnt, expand your thinking and experience the satisfaction of achieving mastery in something.

It’s in this fast paced world that we need to focus on excellence. Success will eventually follow.

Worthwhile

There are projects where you can cut, edit, paste and you get away with it. Then there are those that make you think, explore and grow.

Meaningful work rarely happens easily, quickly, or effortlessly. Failure, roadblocks, dead ends are part of it.

In a market or a classroom where everybody else is doing the same, you are invisible! The next time when your boss or professor announces an assignment.

Will you go the extra mile?

I believe you’ll make it worthwhile.

Where did your friends go?

The millennials were obsessed over Orkut a few years ago, then the craze shifted to Facebook and Twitter, which is fading and now most spend their time on Instagram and Snapchat.

Other niche networks also flourished along – Tumblr, Pinterest, Medium and many more.

What made you move from one platform to another and start over (literally) again?!

That’s a question that has intrigued my friends and me. It’s an interesting problem worth probing.

Ps; We are figuring out the research as we go along and I believe you’ll support us along(stay tuned.)

Success is the best insurance.

Buy vehicle insurance before banging into something. Buy health insurance before bingeing on junk and colas, buy home insurance before the next ‘natures-act’.

Playing cautiously, preparing for the worst case scenario is fine. What is your insurance, though? Your certificate from a fancy college, A reputable last name, a network of friends, past work, skills sets?

You can buy insurance to preserve your present, but how do you build a break-proof tomorrow?!

You begin today.

Build a home that is sustainable, threat-proof, thief-proof

Craft a body that is healthy, fit and energetic.

Start saving and investing today for an automated, electric automobile by 2022.

Unlearn, relearn and repeat.

Make something happen. Success ensures pretty much everything.

Distract or dedicate yourself.

What do you do when you have nothing to do? A few free minutes between meetings, moments when the professor is taking attendance, while someone is driving you around. These are spaces where you can choose to focus on something small that adds up. I used to read a book a week by utilising 5 min every lecture-hour when the professor was marking attendance, I would network with new people in between cafe-meetings. You can either plug your EarPods and choose to zone out with music or decide to zero in on your skill sets by listening to podcasts, webinars, audio books, empowering music even.

What you do in the dark puts you in the light. Each step matters. 10 a day equals to 60 hours in a year that’s equivalent to an elective or credit course in a university.

Over a decade it’s 600hours of extra focused, attentive, learning time!

You have the time of the world. Use it to make something happen.

The rush.

Emergency and urgency form potent formulae to drive one’s hormones. The real question then becomes, who’s triggering this urgency? Your boss? Your professor? Somebody else? Or you? The one that triggers it, is usually the one that benefits most from it.You need to move towards creating such urgency in yourself. Without it, your ignition keys are with someone else, they may not have your best interests at heart.

The feeling of rush is addicting though and hence with all high-leverage instruments. Use it wisely.

Reverse perspective ;

At times it’s wise to surrender and handover your ignition keys to your mentor. Your methods have gotten you only so far. Let their wisdom, words of advice, well wishes drive you to your goals effortlessly.

So, who is rushing you? Where are you headed?