Doing what I love

Well, the dream search of doing what I love is on and this break (yeah I have been chilling for the past 50 days!) made me go through a soul searching process and here is what I am by default excited about or I would love to do when I am at work:

  • Design Things (I love the entire design process and the icing on the cake would be mixing technology and art together)
  • New experiences and thence learning
  • Helping People directly &
  • Emotional Story Telling

I would like to do the above so that it leads to change or impact and enables wealth creation :-) I would love to do that with a great bunch of people in a lovely environment. I think if I am actually doing this work will no longer remain work. ;-)

My Mantra at a Job is Work, People, Learn and Play. Whats yours? I will follow this up with my learnings of working at different places. If you have already given some thought about this for yourself then the post: Finding the work you love at Zen Habits might be helpful.

TV’s dumbness

Epeus’ epigone points to an amazing quote by David Foster Wallace that resonated in me completely:

TV is not vulgar and prurient and dumb because the people who compose the audience are vulgar and dumb. Television is the way it is simply because people tend to be extremely similar in their vulgar and prurient and dumb interests and wildly different in their refined and aesthetic and noble interests.

The blog post also takes inspiration from nature in terms of how applications can be viral. Something I personally subscribe to. We have a lot of learn simply by just observing nature!

Indian Incubators

This post was coming for sometime but never got around to write. My value add in this post is close to zero, just wanted to list again what Puneet compiled on Incubators in India. Its just a bit more detailed (lazy to write the entire post – Just putting it up for my reference!). But I guess I will have actually find out what they have to offer – need to do some research. If you really have any first hand knowledge about them do add in your comment.

Defining Success

Someone whom I know very closely, met Subroto Bagchi and has instantly become a fan of him. Mr Bagchi had a similar impact on me when I met him during my stint at ICICI. He had come as part of a presentation team for the consulting assignment Mindtree was involved with ICICI’s Rurual Initiative. My friend then mailed me one of his articles titled ‘Defining Success‘ – quotes from there:

It is not about what you create for yourself, it is what you leave behind that defines success.

Till date, I measure my success in terms of that sense of larger connectedness.

Imagination is everything. If we can imagine a future, we can create it, if we can create that future, others will live in it. That is the essence of success.

To me, success is about the sense of independence; it is about not seeing the world but seeing the light.

There I learnt that there is no limit to how concerned you can be for another human being and what is the limit of inclusion you can create.

In them, we learnt the power of disagreements, of dialogue and the essence of living with diversity in thinking. Success is not about the ability to create a definitive dogmatic end state; it is about the unfolding of thought processes, of dialogue and continuum.

Success to me is about Vision. It is the ability to rise above the immediacy of pain. It is about imagination. It is about sensitivity to small people. It is about building inclusion. It is about connectedness to a larger world existence. It is about personal tenacity. It is about giving back more to life than you take out of it. It is about creating extra-ordinary success with ordinary lives.

six Traits of a Leader

Kalam speaks out his thoughts about a Leader …

  • First, the leader must have vision. Without vision, you cannot be a
    leader.
  • Second, the leader must be able to travel into an unexplored
    path. Normally the tendency is for people to travel along well-laid out
    ways.
  • Third, the leader must know how to manage success, and even more
    importantly, failure.
  • fourth trait is that the leader should have the courage to make
    decisions.
  • Fifth, the leader should have nobility in management. Every
    action of the leader should be transparent.
  • And finally, the leader
    should work with integrity and succeed with integrity.

understanding customer’s mind

I got this mailer from NI, read the did you know in that email. Feelings changed from oh no not a spam to going and knowing more about their new products. BTW, if I had money I would love to buy their stuff and start playing around like a kid (miseries of being a engineer living in India who has seen state of art by Indian Standards :-( )

Did you know…?
  • Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying
  • Statistically, people are more afraid of spiders, than of dying
  • Its impossible to sneeze with your eyes open
  • It’s physically impossible for you to lick your elbow
  • The color BLUE has a calming effect. It causes the brain to release calming hormones
  • That ni.com is an award winning website
  • That making ni.com your home page can make you aware about the latest hardware and software technologies for test, control and design applications!

Add it to your favourites by clicking on ni.com/india and Ctrl D after you land on the page.

Then saw this at Micrsoft Skydrive site and I was flat out impressed

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Understanding customers, at least getting into their minds and acting in a pleasing manner to solve the problem, I have to give credits to them.