The Year 2018

Looking back at 2017, I am happy about my life and where I am right now. Most importantly, I am thrilled by the fact that I am currently intentionally creating the kind if life I would like to live over the next 50-60 years on my terms.

The year 2017 defiantly has not been an easy year and has had its ups and downs with me questioning myself many times and with me moving to a new city and growing a business from scratch. But in all I have been forced to grow and move out of my comfort zone.

With 2018, I can confidently say that its going to be my best year ever and y’all aint seen anything yet!

Its Not Too Late

For some people this task might be late at this point, but in 3 days, its going to be a new years. Different people have different ways they plan for the new year. Most people have goals which take on some form of fashion which they set for the new year.

In the next three days, write down goals which you want to achieve in the next year. Think through all the steps and what it would take to make such goals a reality. Think about the resources which would be needed. Think about the accountability system which you would need.

In fact to make this reality, don’t just dedicate a few minutes or an hours towards this task. Take out a whole day (tomorrow for example) and cancel everything you might have planned for the day and dedicate the whole day to this task. The time used in hashing this task out by putting into on paper would be worth it in the long run.

A Few Thoughts On The “War On Christmas”

In recent times, a debate has raged over “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” being said around Christmas along with debates over nativity scenes in public. The debate has mainly been between those who have a vision for a very secular society and those who want more of a traditional society with religion still playing a very large role. Those who want more a traditional society charge that a “war on Christmas” exist.  This debate has also taken on a very political tone.

But I think both sides, especially the traditionalist totally miss something.

If a “war on Christmas” truly, what this signifies is a change in the culture and values held by the general population. Whatever political dimension might exist is only by the way side and a reaction to a change in the general culture.

For those who might think a “war on Christmas” exist, maybe more focus should be put on the culture and trying to change it rather than politics. Though results from this route might not be totally assured, it stands a better change than the political route.

A Few Thoughts On Christmas Eve

As anyone knows, in the past few years I have taken a very unique path and not gone on the conventional job/career path with a lot of stability which all my college peers have gone on. Its had its ups and downs but has made me a better person in the process and has given me a lot of room for personal growth. But one thing which has been especially unique in the past 2 years has been how I have spent Christmas.

Christmas has been nothing very glitzy. On one year, I even worked on Christmas eve. Experiences like this have given me a perspective which I feel would be very useful as I advance in life. Most importantly, this season in the past few years has made me understand that celebrating the festive seasons is possible without so much and does not need a lot.

As we celebrate this Christmas eve, please enjoy all the glitz of Christmas and all which comes along with with. But remember that your appreciation of this season must not be based on these things.

 

Self Validation and Your Story

Publications like Business Insider constantly bombard Facebook time lines with articles with titles such as “5 clues that you will be successful (not an actual title, but close).” While I don’t totally disregard such and think they are good to look at every once in a while, I believe that if not careful and people obsess over such kind of articles, they would get carried away and not work on the task before them of themselves.

I don’d contest the fact that successful people tend to have habits they do and don’t do. In fact, I am a very big proponent of this. But as much as they might have habits and general rules, each persons story is different. Rather than getting bugged down in what every successful person did and appealing to the human hunger for validation, get down to work and apply general rules of success to your life and strive to create a very unique story.

Why strive to have a story which is indistinguishable from that of other successful people when you can have your own very unique story?

Cooking and Time

I cook very well and was deeply into cooking before college. But to my kind of surprise, I find that this is a skill lacking among many millennials. As much as I know how to cook well, I despise cooking on a regular basis and I only cook out of convenience and would not cook if I had an alternative

Eating out on a regular basis is expensive and also I find that meals which I am able to make tend to me more healthy. This is a skill which many millennials  should learn and would greatly benefit them.

But as much as I know how to cook, once I have the ability to do so (yes, I have my ideal life and lifestyle all mapped out and that’s what I work towards), Ill pretty much eat out or employ cooks or have a combination of both and stop cooking.  I will only cook when I feel like, or am cooking for family and friends, or want to fix something exotic

Time spent using to cook and fix meals can be spent doing other productive activities. Many things can be made up for if not used efficiently or even lost, but time can never be recovered!

The Virtual Rule of Five

The rule of five goes something like this: you are the average of the give people you spend the most time with. While true, the rule has limitations as presented. What about if quality people don’t exist around you?

To overcome this, technology helps in breaking this barrier. To make up for this you, people can consumer material of who you want to become like. So lift 5 figures you look up to and would want to be like. Begin consuming material by them.

If anything, this method might give people an edge in one regard. That is, that is very few people get to hang out with very exceptional people on a regular basis. As much a nothing can beat actually being with them, but technology does bring people very close.

Its Okay Not To Have An Opinion

Take this as a general rule which can be applied across many situations and topics: ITS OKAY NOT TO HAVE AN OPINION! 

I’ve probably blogged on a topic similar to this before in some form or another. Many issues exist on which everyone is expected to have an opinion. Expecting people to have opinions puts them in a situation of not know all the facts but yet speaking so confidently and arrogant at times.

If you don’t know too much about a topic or are not familiar with it, no shame exist in saying something like “I don’t really know too much about that topic and can’t really talk about it until I know more about it.” There is nothing wrong with saying one is not too familiar with a topic. After all, even the “smartest people” in the world don’t know about all topics in the world. People only call the the “smartest” because they have shown exceptional knowledge in a couple of fields.

Taking such a posture could save a lot of stress and at times embarrassment.

Advice: Marketing and Advertising

In almost a year of running and growing a startup along with another business, I’ve learnt one lesson very fast. That lesson is about he centrality and importance of marketing and advertising to business success.

Its not like I never knew that about these concepts and their role in businesses, rather I never appreciated how much they can make or break business success. I never really knew how much of GDP goes to marketing and advertising. I also never knew the extent to which in many businesses a great deal of the jobs have to do with marketing and advertising and not just techy stuff.

But again when you think about it, products and services are nothing if they are not placed in front of those are to use them and knowledge of them does not exist.

A key piece of advice I will give anyone starting a business is the need for learning how all these systems work and how utilizing them wisely can determine success or failure.