1. Complaining- Instead of doing something about it.
If you find yourself complaining about others, or even worse, for your own situation in life, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve been playing the blame game and have not taken full responsibility for your life, yet!
Except if it’s because of your ill-health and other misfortunes, YOU are responsible for your situation in life.
People who complain often, rarely take responsibility for their actions in life.
They get used to complaining, instead of doing something about it. They don’t take the matter by the horns and wrestle through it to completion; Instead, they’re just comfortable being cowardly, fooling themselves that somehow someone else is to be blamed for their own inability, indecisiveness, and timidity.
Remember, if you’re complaining, you’re incidentally waiting on someone else to solve your problems for you. Agreeing by default, that YOU are incapable of doing anything about it.
is the resultant of a 6-months of dedication and hard work by a relentlessly resourceful yet a shy introvert by the name of Dinesh.
Born in a middle-class family of four, Dinesh was a natural hard worker since his childhood. For various reasons, in his early teen years, he dropped out of high-school and started working in his dad’s bike garage.
Since then his passion for bikes, especially the masculine Royal Enfield Bullet has grown immensely. His creativity and enthusiasm were however limited by his conservative father who wanted him to “settle down”.
How it all started:
One day while Dinesh was working on a custom-design of his own, his dad challenged him that he can never finish the assembling, let alone design and sell it.
All successful people have this in common, once a year, Bill Gates embarks on something called a ThinkWeek, where he disconnects from the internet and moves into a cabin in the woods.
Free of distraction, he can read a year’s worth of books and strategize ahead about the months to come in a state of ultimate productivity.
There are countless examples and reasons why you need to make it a habit of spending quality time with yourself. Taking some time off a few minutes every day will help you re-orient yourself and get you back on track.
So, don’t forget to spend some time alone with the awesome person reading this. 😉
Casey Neistat is a professional storyteller and YouTube filmmaker with over 6 Million subscribers.
He seems like an ordinary guy narrating something about his life. I wondered, “What is it about this guy that makes millions on YouTube subscribe to him?”
The next thing I did was to look up Wikipedia about him. I learned that he used to be a dishwasher in a restaurant for 5 years. Later, he rose to fame making a video about Apple Ipod’s irreplaceable battery lasting only 18 months. I began taking a keen interest in the guy and eventually adore him.
Ever since then, I binge watch on his videos whenever I get time.
After watching almost all his videos, these are the lessons I’ve learned:
1. Always keep yourself busy and motivated.
“Free time is the enemy of progress.”
If you have a lot of free time, you’ll not make the best use of it. You could build a city with all your free time if you don’t while away your time, sitting around being bored.
Furthermore, always keep a backlog list of things you have to do so that just in case you have a free moment, you can go back to complete it.
It’s not that we have a short time to live but that we waste a lot of it- Ryan Holiday.
2. Be a maverick.
“In life, you have two options- you can do your own thing and stand out or do what everyone else is doing and fit in.”
Most often you’re trying to fit into the rules created by someone no smarter than you or me. So if you’re always conforming to the opinions, labels and rules of the society, you can never make an impact.
I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to do what everyone else is doing.
3. Live to express, not to impress.
One of the striking features of his videos is that he never goes out his way to impress the viewers. In fact, he’s very disappointed with modern social media. Instead of representing a digital version of who we are, we display a false sense of identity. Furthermore, Casey Neistat even started “BeMe”- a social media app which forces you to share content without any edits.
Quit trying to look “perfect”.
Although it makes yourself vulnerable, you’ll allow people the permission to trust you. And that is hard to earn. He doesn’t waste time touching things up to look cool or better. The man loves to be himself, which is also the reason so many of us love him.
4. Find your purpose- without a goal, you can’t score.
In life you should always be doing either of the two things:
Figuring out what you’re most passionate about- what do you want to be doing every day for the rest of your life.
And realizing those dreams and doing that for the rest of your life
If you don’t know where the goal post is, how do you know where to kick the ball.
It’s been a year since I quit my idea of joining MBA in favor of starting on an entrepreneurial odyssey instead. So, I reviewed what I’ve learned through the year, pondering the experiences, the hardships, and the excitements of the journey.
This article applies to you only if your goal is to build and run a business after finishing your MBA. If working a 10-hour job for a large organization is your piece of the cake, then this might not apply to you.
As for me, I knew what I always wanted to be- an entrepreneur; with or without an MBA degree. I didn’t want to deceive myself in the pursuit of appearing “well-educated”.
Why an MBA degree doesn’t really help for startup founders ?
An MBA degree is designed to teach you how to manage an already established organisation, not how to start and run a new one.
Just the way the same rules of macro physics do not apply at a quantum level, the rules and framework for running a large organization do not essentially apply to startups.
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This channel has the most holistic, insightful and practically relevant information on how to start and grow a startup company.
It has a complete package of 20 video lectures from the Stanford University, each of one-hour duration from the co-founders of Facebook and PayPal, and other leading industry experts, which give insights into everything right from starting up, finding a co-founder, pitching to investors, raising investment and basics on sales and marketing.
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