Month: May 2017

[Inspirational Quote 2] On Life | by Master Oogway

[Inspirational Quote 2] On Life | by Master Oogway

There is a lot to learn from animated films. They tell a simple message which is very meaningful and relevant.

One of my favourite animated films is King Fu Panda and the character I like most after the Po is Master Oogway.

He quoted this when Po was upset and was in self-doubt – called “sucking” by Po.

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called present.

This quote reminds me of how precious today is. It fills me with energy to make the most of today.

Do let me know what quote from an animated film inspired you?

[15/52] All Marketers Are Liars – By Seth Godin

[15/52] All Marketers Are Liars – By Seth Godin

When I started reading Seth Godin’s Purple Cow, I had no idea what I would learn from it. A few chapters later I realised the importance of making something remarkable – The Purple Cow. The Purple Cow will give you insights on how to make your product or service remarkable.

In the book, All Marketers Are Liars Seth Godin brings out the importance of telling stories. We all believe is stories and are most often take decisions on the worldviews we believe. Our worldview is the reason we trust brands, or we don’t. We may have different brands of mobile, but we pick one brand whose story is believable to us. We may think it’s the mobile features we base our decisions. But in reality, we only believe a story told by the brand.

Being authentic about the story you tell about your product or service is helps you makes profits. Don’t just tell a story because it sounds cool. You need live that story, and your customers must get the story with every interaction they have with you. You know you are doing it right when the spreads and people start telling it to others.

It makes sense, Storytelling is the oldest form of marketing, and it still works today. Although this book is about marketers, the content of the book works for a person who wants to stand out in this competitive world. We need to brand out selves and tell a story about ourselves while being authentic about it. If we all tried to behave in a similar way, we would just become mediocre.

I suggest you read this book get a good understanding of why stories are important and the need of it being authentic.

You can find this book on Goodreads here.

Inside the mind of a happy person

Inside the mind of a happy person

I open a door which is at the highest level. I enter the room as always with a smile, appreciating the beauty of life. There were a variety of soft bright colours all around the room. It feels like you were in an animated movie but everything is real. I sat there gazing at the colours. I could feel the soft breeze and the freshness of the grass in the room. I could smell the fragrance of Rose. I had nothing in the mind. I was only enjoying the beauty.

“The shirt you are wearing in this photo makes you look like a gay.” said a voice from another room.

I found myself opening another door. This door was many levels below I the room I enjoyed spending time. It seemed like it had bright colours. But I was fooled. I got sucked into the room and the door behind closed. I had no option to go back, so I went further into the room. This room had mud all over. My shoes were now muddy. The thought of cleaning it lingered in my mind. It started raining. I regretted about not carrying my umbrella. My worst fears kept coming alive one by one. Due to the rain, I had a running nose. My mobile and wallet were in my pocket and had no means of protecting them. By now they were thoroughly wet.

I took a moment to ask myself a question.

Am I creating this situation for myself?

The moment I asked this question, I realised, the power to turn things around and what I can create was in my control.

I ran towards a different door. As soon as I entered, I soon realised the room had many clones of me. Each of them had an opinion about the situation.

One with an orange robe said, “The voice from another door might be jealous; calm down. That voice does not know the impact of those words. You are the mature one”.

One with a beard, who was eating a burger said, “How could she say like that to you?”.

This question made me angry and sad at the same time. I realised I hate criticism.

The one in semi formals said, “There are better ways to express criticism”.

The one in the formals said, “Not all of them are like you”.

One with an orange robe spoke again, “It has nothing to do with who you are. Just ignore it”.

Another one who looked exactly like me said: “Maybe it’s sarcasm. Just smile and let it go”.

I smiled. The clones started disappearing. Without the clones, the room became smaller. I knew I had to open a door and enter into it. I did just that, and finally, I was back into the room I loved.

I was back into the bright colours and the feeling of warmth. Back to that awesome feeling of grass beneath me and fragrance of Rose. The door of the from where the voice came from was still around visible. It was slowly vanishing into the bright colours. It was faintly visible as if it could just come back anytime.

I thought to myself, “Why isn’t it vanishing?”.

Listen to music I said. I put on a soothing song by Santana. It is called Europa. I started grooving to the guitar. This song is just beautiful. I started floating up in the bright room. It felt like I was in a void floating around. The door from which the voice came from was not becoming fainter. It started to disappear. I continued to enjoy the music. I was back to my happy state without the worry of the voice.

Keyboard Game of Thrones – Trial 1

Keyboard Game of Thrones – Trial 1

From 1st May onwards I started practising the Keyboard. Except for 3rd May, I have been practising it every day.

I use the free version of App Youcisian. It has a fixed time limit during which it can provide feedback on your performance. Depending on how I progress daily, I plan to purchase a full version of it and increases the number of hours I practise daily. Right now it can let you play for 30 minutes. You have to wait 12 hours for before its feedback is enabled.