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Month: April 2019

Even if nobody read it.

I’d publish a blog a day, every day even if nobody read it. Showing up daily to contribute wholeheartedly.

It took me 200 blogs to get to one good blog, 100 more to get in the regime of publishing daily and it’ll take me 500 blogs till I publish an inspiring blog. Who knows?

Working in the long tail, not pursuing a one time hit instead stacking up meaningful work by shipping daily. It builds up over time. I’m surprised when people stumble upon blogs I published months ago

Keep delivering and shipping!

Ps: This is the 300th blog post! Just the beginning.

Making a signature exit.

The last impression is the lasting impression. Making a shy exit with canned and worn out final lines or a self-deprecating comment along the lines of ‘Thanks for bearing me’ is the last thing you want to leave your audience with.

‘Here’s Lisa signing off’, is outdated. Nobody signs out of anything these days. We are all-time hooked to our screens and signed in.

And the crescendo or the continuous amplification of your voice like an exponential wave is meant for sales calls and making people take an action you are suggesting. However, do sufficient practice with the mic and a recording app before you attempt this.

A decent way to exit though not as charming is to say a Thank you for —–. Fill it with what’s appropriate for the audience. ‘Thank you for paying attention’, ‘I believe you’ve found it worthwhile’, or create your own signature exit line. My personal favourite is ‘Now, go make some Galata’ and ‘I Can’t wait to see the Galata you make happen’

Create your own exit style and stand out. the last impression is the lasting impression. Go, make some Galata!

People like us do things like this.

Finding places, venues and groups where your customer’s hangout is a lesson right out of business textbooks.

But, finding places, venues and groups where your competitors, future collaborators hang out is a lesson from the streetsmart school of thought.

The present is of those that are collaborating unconventionally, aggressively competing yet deeply caring and furthering their industry by sharing with their competitors.

People like us do things like this.

Time is deceptive.

Times isn’t the best way to organise a civilisation around. It’s fickle and deceptive! 1 hour on a date fly by like a few moments and a few moments of awkward silence with the boss seems like an hour! 5 minutes of nap seems more rejuvenating than a 5-hour long uninterrupted sleep! Your first day of college feels just like yesterday and December of 2019 sounds so far away!

Time truly is deceptive. Yet, we choose to organise our lives around it. One of the many paradoxes of being human.

Spreading ideas.

If you’ve watched a movie, read a book, experienced a grand event or followed through a series and somebody asks you about it. Don’t tell them the storyline, the essence of the 600 page book in 6 sentences or a one word adjective.

Instead, talk about what the movie made you feel, share your analysis of the movie, develop and share a point of view from the book, brag about the surprises and breath-taking moments you witnessed during the event.

Support it to spread in your own unique way.

Ps: When you meet the author, actor or the event organiser this would make a memorable and cherished ice-breaker!

Curiosity won’t kill you.

Curiosity is at its peak when we are a three-year-old toddler. Experiencing the world from a fresh lens, with no stereotypes and presumptions. But curiosity tends to dip from the age of 3 and if scientists are to be studied then it diminishes gradually post the age of 26 in one of the most curiosity-driven pursuits!

Historical many ground breaking, universe denting and industry creating discoveries and inventions are made by scientists at the age of 26!

Google has further reduced the average curiosity levels as the fire is put out as it gets kindled.

Curiosity doesn’t exist in us, it must be generated. One question, one observation, one instance at a time.

Spotting wrong questions

What are the wrong questions that you are busy solving?

Too often we build a business around a problem that doesn’t really exist, create a product for a pain point that’s not so painful, conceptualise a course plan that is targeted for today instead of tomorrow.

It’s hard to identify questions that are wrong. Because of sunk costs, resistance and the uphill task of starting afresh.

But it’s worth the effort to rethink and begin anew.

But we are not rational.

We are expected to make rational, logical, calculated decisions. But marketers and salesmen focus on emotions and benefits. What motivates you to buy is widely discussed. But what makes you open your purse? Swipe the card and sign the papers?

More often than not it’s emotions that make us irrational, sway our decisions and lead to decisions that may not be the best.

School and college don’t focus on emotion management. We are made to suppress our anger, tears and laughter. Emotions don’t enter the decision equation, they override it.

How will you train your emotions to aid your logical thinking?

The other

The crowd roots for the underdog, the other.

It polarises people and forces them to take sides and stay loyal. Pepsi or coke, Modi or Rahul, Flipkart or Amazon, David or Goliath.

This or that. Though it’s an oligopoly and logically unfair, it has a narrative that spreads.