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Thoughts

Lift your habits. Lift your life.

So I discovered Medium via this interesting post on Deliberate Practice. I was appreciative of Tony Stubblebine who wrote that piece. Subsequently learned he is building Lift App. Ended up on Lift website and instantly connected to what is there on it. All I can say is it is just a cool way to build and live your habits. You can read rest of the story about Lift on their website.

So I installed the app on my iPhone and logged in with my twitter account and added few daily habits I have been living and a few I want to add. This seems to be an interesting app that can help me build the habits that matter.

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Thoughts

Medium.

Continuing my yesterday’s story: Just when I was about to close the google results tab, another result right beneath the Lifehacker article piqued my interest. I clicked on the hyper link and ended up on a web page which is suggesting just two tips anyone can easily follow to practice whatever craft they care, deliberately.

In addition to the ideas offered, I instantly liked the typography of that website.  It felt like it is the great typography referred by Steve Jobs in his famous inaugural speech at Stanford in 2005. So I started exploring more and eventually discovered many thoughtfully written essays by people from all walks of life and fields of study.

I instantly fell in love with that website. The typography is pristine. Page layout is minimal.  Content is brilliant. In addition to the regular stuff like ability to tweet, share on Facebook, one can also highlight just a part of text and leave a note to author or even tweet just the highlighted part of the text.  That website happens to be Medium. Here is their story: About Medium. I just wanted to belong there but they aren’t open for everybody yet. I couldn’t wait more.

And this is the article that has two tips on Deliberate Practice.

However, this chain of discovery isn’t complete just yet. There is one final part of discovery that I think is very cool and is worth sharing. I will save it for another day.

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Habits

Deliberate Practice

I have been hearing about the phrase Deliberate Practice for quite some time now.  Last week I stumbled upon this Lifehacker article which revealed some practice goofs I am committing. So I decided to read it again today. I didn’t bookmark the page last week so I googled the term ‘deliberate practice’ and found a bunch of results of which the Lifehacker page is the third one from the top. I read that article again to reaffirm the tips I read. It did give me some simple and deep insights into how one should be practicing any craft. I strongly recommend this article to anyone and make use of the tips presented. They are definitely worth one’s time.

However, that is not all and there’s more to this story. I discovered something significant and cool when I checked another result from the search result. More on that in the next post.

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Thoughts

Rework

Ram Gopal Varma is a great Bollywood storyteller. I am a great fan of him. But my admiration towards him has least to do with his screenplay. I hardly watched his films.

I admire him because he is a brutally honest and has a great attitude. He looks at world in a totally different way that is inconvenient for most people who wish and live in fantasy. Not surprisingly, he is hated by many for sounding arrogant by speaking his heart publicly in media, twitter and earlier, on his unfortunately died blog, RGVZoomin.com.

He wrote a few awesome posts and used to write a great column called “Reactions to reactions” in which he used to respond to absurd criticism with amusing one liners (or two in few cases). I couldn’t explain more how much enlightened I became by reading his blog.

However his blog has died for some reason taking offline, some invaluable insights along with it. But thankfully I saved his post on Rework which I try to read every now and then to keep myself motivated and keep my commonsense intact. Until now I saved this post offline but today I felt like reproducing so that it will benefit anyone who gets to read it. Hopefully he will be okay and feels good if ever this post is privileged enough to come to his attention.

Thankfully he still tweets as @rgvzoomin on Twitter. Go follow him.

Rework

Many commented on whether I would speak or behave like this if I was not successful. The word success itself is highly relative. People constantly live in either a fear of losing or in a hope of gaining. There’s no such thing as an absolute state of success. I have always been successful and that’s nothing to do with my film career. Success is something I define as to be able to get up in the morning and do what you want to do till you sleep. That does not mean that you should want to fly or rule empires. It could be anything which your capability permits and your intelligence submits.Yes, you have your family, relationships, obligations etc. But if you want to take care of them and stand by them, you are doing what you want to do. In reality most people act and do things out of compulsion by others or within themselves rather than really wanting to do so.

I never claimed that I became successful because of this attitude of mine. All I had said was that I had the courage to bear the consequences of the decisions I took. Many of my decisions went wrong, in fact most of them. But what cannot be taken away from me is the pleasure moments I experienced in that process. By the time the result of a certain decision came about I was already into the pleasure of moments of other decisions and this has been the circle all my life.

If you are on a dry beach and you want to reach a beautiful looking island in the distance, you can make a decision to swim across or go in a boat on maybe take a plane or just fantasize that you are there on that island or psyche yourself that you are better off on the dry beach itself. But what most people will do is to constantly worry about whether there might be sharks in the sea or the boat might sink or the plane ticket is too expensive or what if there is a sudden storm, and thereby remain bitter, frustrated and fearful all their lives.

I weigh the consequences and think of the logistics and plunge in even if I don’t know swimming. I will either learn to swim or sink in the process but what I will not do at any cost is to stay put. After 2 big flops Antham and Govinda Govinda I packed my bags to Mumbai and made Rangeela. But Rangeela could have turned into a flop too. When I made so many flops how would I really know how to make a hit? Flops and hits happen by themselves whereas the only thing I can really make happen is to make a decision to make a film. For instance after all the effort and courage if I manage to reach that beautiful island, as soon as I step on it I could be killed by a lion there whose existence I don’t even know about. Not once am I saying that I know everything about what will happen. I just want to do things that I want to happen.

Once while we were travelling in a car, a guy very concernedly gave me a theory that 50 years from now we are going to have water wars in the world where everyone will die. I told him that at the next turn on the road we might be hit by a truck and die, and frankly I am not concerned about what happens to the world one second after I die. But if you truly worry about the water wars instead of sitting here and worrying why don’t you go and do some scientific research to solve the water problem. If you don’t know science then at least work as a tea boy to the scientist and contribute. But I know you would not do that as then you won’t have time to do your umpteen other activities like going to the discotheque, cinema and indulge in bitching sessions. And on the other hand if you truly constantly worry about the world being finished in 50 years, what if a smart scientist comes up with a solution in the 49th year and then you would be the biggest fool for wasting 49 years of your life worrying off.

Most people can’t differentiate between worrying and thinking, Worrying is negative energy and makes your mind run in circles breeding depression and frustration whereas thinking makes you reach a decision and the decision you reach will result in work and if the work does not result in what you wanted from it, all you have to do is Re-work.

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Tech

My home on the Internet.

As somebody who is tech savvy and has a vested interest in internet, blogging and technology in general, I mulled over the idea of owning a custom domain for a number of years now. So the urge to do something about this has never been more intense, pushing me to finally act on it.

I spent a lot of time in the last few weeks thinking about what could be an ideal name for my home on internet. I eyed on domains cha.it and ch.ai which are both short, cool and most importantly, are inspired by role model ma.tt. Unfortunately both of them are already taken. So I spent significant time scanning Country code TLD Names Wikipedia page with the hopes of finding some interesting TLDs that gel well with my name, an act that only resulted in aggravated disappointment.

There were domains like chaitanyam.sv and chait.geek.nz etc. available but I didn’t feel quite comfortable with them. So I finally decided on chaitanyamsv.com as chaitanyamsv is anyway how I already call myself on almost  all of the other internet services I love and use like Twitter, Flickr  Delicious et al.  So finally locked in chaitanyamsv.com which is not as short as I would have liked. However, it, for sure, appeared like a logical extension to my alias on interwebs suffixed with .com. Also now I can flaunt my email id as me at chaitanyamsv dot com and stand out a bit.

This blog originally started on Blogger as wannabeeworld.blogspot.com then morphed into wannabeeworld.wordpress.com, further as chaitanyamsv.wordpress.com and finally as chaitanyamsv.com, which will be the domain name for many more years to come.

Owning a blog with a custom domain name is metaphorically as satisfying as owning your own home. Many people already owning a home should, and always will, be the last reason for anyone to not feel special about their own home. There are many homes and then your own home, which is always special and close to your heart. The same applies to your home on the internet as well. There are many blogs and then the one owned by you, by your name.

By the way, On Ma.tt is an interesting story worth reading about how Matt Mullenweg ended up with an enviable ma.tt