Every single day of your life is a result of the curation that you did in the past,the choices you made, actively taking a life its own, creating a world for you to inhabit
Jerry Maguire, the movie, discusses what truly connects the players with their self. Above the multimillion dollar contracts, celebrity status and attention, it is the love of the game. It is the love of the game and the joy they experience in spending thousands of hours in practice, in perfecting their skills, mastering their art. It is like the “mountain experience” of Moses, Jesus and Muhammed, away from the masses, in solitude, in perfect synchrony with their selves and nature, seeking out the true meaning of their existence. They chose to spend their lives doing that act of joy, above everything else. They may have given up hours of TV, time with friends, family, school , books to chose that act of joy
Vailopplilly, a malayalam poet wrote, like the children who come to get a piece of the magical coloured paper, please don’t come into our lives to cut and take pieces of it with you. But the poet gave away his poems. He was seeking to be left alone in order to create them for humanity. You can call that selfishness, but that selfish motive enabled him to make endless choices, which resulted in sublime poetry. Solitude may be only one among the endless choices he made. Choices are an integral part of turning pro
Apple Revolution is a great read. The story of counter culture enthusiasts and hippies writing the future of the world, Apple’s positioning of its products to resonate with the rebels, people who want to rock the boat and declare themselves different (Think Different Campaign)
The book is not just about Steve. It is about a group of people coming together for a larger than life mission, at times even to negotiate and influence Steve to take the right direction and eventually what started as a counter culture becoming the culture.
It takes you into the details of product development, passionate people, their frustrations and celebrations and an amazing will to transform the world around them.
The art of not accepting life as it is and co-creating the future you want to live in and thus shape yourself and history…the calling all of us have but few listen to.
Today morning listening to TED spoken word fireworks playlist talks of Sarah Kay and Shane Koyzcan, I stumbled upon the thought of making choices again. Society asks you to chose what you want to be at the age of 14 and shape a career path around it. If you say some thing off track like I want to be a monk or I want to travel around the world, society asks you to be realistic and picks an approved choice for you. When you behave according to the norms of the society it gives you the tag of a matured person. If you chose to go by the road less travelled by you are labelled as immature
Now looking back I am pretty sure how unprepared I was to make a choice at the age of 14 and I made the right choice of not choosing. By choosing to study philosophy, I was buying time. When choosing to study something that would land me a livelihood, I was choosing to buy time again till I find the right choice. Over the course of a career also, I was waiting for the project that would consume my heart and soul and leave me wanting more. But during the wait, I kept on adding skills and visions and continued the search, and still do.
At the age of 35 I still can’t say I have made a final choice, but I can say I have a built a brand, a personal brand that people value and trust, a brand that has the promise of challenging the status quo and delivery, a brand that stands for continuous learning, a brand that stands for meaning and depth, a brand with strength of character.
A brand that adores Steve Jobs, Seth Godin, Bernadette Jiwa, Economist, Amazon, TED and Google.
A brand that promises itself, self-renewal every year
A brand that seeks out life changing experiences in any shape or form
A brand that is not afraid to be afraid
A brand that would stay hungry and stay foolish
A brand that is quick at decision making and making it work
A brand that recognises its limitations and collaborates to form a melting pot of possibilities
A brand that enjoys exploring itself for meaning and
A brand that enjoys exploring new markets for itself
George Leonard wrote about learning to love the plateau in his book Mastery.
Every learner goes through a progression followed by a plateau before the next progression.
There is never continuous progression, whether you are playing tennis or learning piano or progressing your career. There is always a plateau, which can be frustrating if you are ambitious.
The whole education system and commercials celebrates the shortest path to glory, very rarely do they celebrate the hours and hours of gruelling practice.
Trusting that every single human being is capable of finding solutions
Holding back on the instinct to show the way
Yet to pose the questions that would trigger a series of thoughts and actions
Knowing when to join the conversation and when to shut up and watch
There is no more powerful influencer than “Silence”
When your progeny is dancing on the lips and actions of others
And letting them believe it’s theirs.
Who cares about the glory,
What you care is about is the next big gig
Is the pain and ambiguity and search
With no certainty in sight,
But only “the belief”
Only the belief in you and
The interconnectedness by which the whole world
“Conspires to make your endeavours come to fruition”
While returning from Bangkok after a duty trip, as I was rushing through the immigration to catch a flight that had started boarding, I almost bumped into an old lady, who gave me way and said “I see you.” I only got a quick glance of her and she almost looked Jake Sully’s scientist friend, a much shorter version. Then it struck me while I was running to catch my plane, it was the greeting from Pandora…”I see you”, probably had its roots in Zen Buddhism.
As I am reading the Art of Immersion by Frank Rose, about the more immersive technologies used to tell stories from 3D to video games to real life games where viewers collaborate to find answers to problems posed in the story or to discuss and understand more deep meanings and often redefine characters by posing as their twitter-selves.
Creating an alternate world of Pandora, with its topography, biology, genealogy, language, people and future, Cameron was creating such an immersive experience, whereby after seeing the movie you wanted to go back into that magical reality, be part of it, enjoy its flora and fauna, fall in love and find a new meaning for your existence. I consider myself a level headed, no nonsense individual, who gets caught in every bit of such romantic possibilities for a while and then dismisses it for the next or this worldly realities. However the old woman whom I met at the airport may have been a more sensitive and sensible individual who was smitten by the beauty and fulfilment that world offered and chose to make it a part of her life. She might have been on a mission to bring that beauty into this world and hence the remark ” I see You “