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Habits Journal Meditation

Broken meditation streak

Last night I broke 234 day long meditation streak in Calm.com.

While it is unfortunate that I could not find even ten minutes to mediate yesterday, there is a bright side. I engrossed in something important and lost track of time. That’s mindfulness, isn’t it? 

By the time I realized, it was six minutes to twelve in the night. I could have meditated two minutes – my usual is ten minutes –  just to keep the streak alive, but I saw no point.

Although I need to start from square one, I think progress matters more than streak and perfection. So I am not feeling too bad.

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Advice Commencement Speech Learn

Ben Horowitz’s Commencement Speech at Columbia University

Ben Horowitz’s speech at Columbia University is a great commencement speech I enjoyed in a long time.

It is witty, insightful, optimistic and unconventional.

I loved his main idea: follow your contribution instead of your passion. The next thing I loved is this quote:

As human beings we want to be liked. It’s anthropological. If people didn’t like you in caveman days, they will just eat you. So you really have a natural built-in instinct to want to be liked. And the easiest way to be liked is to tell people what they want to hear. And you know what everybody wants to hear? What they already believe to be true. So the last thing they want to hear is an original idea that contradicts their belief system. So it is very hard to even bring that kind of stuff up. But those are the things – those are the only things; things that you believe, that everybody around you doesn’t believe, when you are right, that creates real value in the world. Everything else people already know. It is just business usual. So it is very important to think for yourself.

A must watch!

"Don't Follow Your Passion": Ben Horowitz's Commencement Speech at Columbia University from a16z
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Essays Journal Writing

How much is too much

As a personal blogger mostly writing about myself, my biggest dilemma is to decide how much is too much. I often wonder if I am exposing myself too much on the internet. Until recently, I did not even dare to have my photo on this blog. I am certainly not ready to post my family’s photos here. I may, in the future, but for now, I play safe. And I don’t know what’s the harm with sharing personal photos on the blog. I still ponder.

On the other hand, I love writing. Writing well is important to me. I write a lot in my day job about software and technology. I believe no one can practice enough of any skill, let alone writing. So I use this blog to practice a different form of writing.  It is easy for me to write about myself. Which is what I do here.

I could write privately. But I enjoy reading personal blogs of normal people around the world sharing their day-to-day life. I find those personal blogs far more enjoyable to read compared to reading something like latest iPhone or movie reviews or even news. Personal blogs are enlightening and at times inspiring. This, combined with my reluctance to be a passive consumer, makes me blog about myself. Although, deep down I am afraid of making myself vulnerable to judgement.

Okay, Seth Godin is not your ordinary Joe but I found this inspiring quote from his 6000th blog post on his personal blog that he published today:

It doesn’t matter if anyone reads it, buys it, sponsors it or shares it. It matters that you show up.

Seth linked to another great post titled Shut Up, Sit Down, and Type which highlights something I deeply believe:

So whatever the voices or gremlins in our heads are saying, our response is the same: just show up every day and do the work.

And lastly, today’s installment on The Daily Post articulates what I love most about personal blogs:

I am drawn in by their passion, not by their perfection.

All this will get me going for the next 200 posts. 

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Journal

About me in three words

For a long time I described myself as unparalleled, unpredictable and unassuming. I had filled all my online bios with just these three words. They still apply to me but I stopped using these adjectives for no clear reason.

Later I learned that using adjectives is a terrible way to describe oneself. While I think there is merit in “show, don’t tell” idea, adjectives are the only way I can express myself in minimal possible words.

Unparalleled, not because I am special but because I am unique. This spared me lot of “me too” comparisons.

I hate to fit into stereotypes. So I choose to be positively unpredictable.

Until such time I know everything, I better be unassuming.

Which three adjectives describe you?

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Learn Thoughts Tips

Not giving a fuck

Tim Ferriss tweeted and I retweeted this great post titled, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck.

It has so many f-words in it but it is a great post I read today and I am glad I read it. So please don’t get offended or distracted by the overdose of f-words and try to understand the point it is making.

If I have to remember only one thing from this post, it is this:

Because when we give too many fucks, when we choose to give a fuck about everything, then we feel as though we are perpetually entitled to feel comfortable and happy at all times, that’s when life fucks us.

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Habits Random Thought Thoughts

Adventurous Life

You don’t have to jump off the planes or cliffs to be adventurous. You can also live an adventurous life by not accepting the status quo, not giving in, not listening to cynics, and not stopping to learn.

All it requires is the belief that anything you don’t like at any stage in your life can be changed and a daily dose of action to back that belief.

Besides the hardcore stereotypical heroics, these other “soft” kind of life adventures can also get your adrenaline rushing and give you that sense of achievement.

There is nothing sanctimonious about either of them. All it matters is to be adventurous one way or the other.