As kids we are asked to limit / stop playing. As adults we are asked to go out and play. To have a life !!
As kids we are asked to keep quiet and stay serious (life is no joke after all). As adults everyone recommends laughter therapy. At least once !!
As kids we are asked to stop questioning. And now we are taught otherwise. Develop curiosity !!
As kids we are asked to not break stuff. And as an adult you are questioned if you did break anything. Engineers do !!
There are numerous other scenarios you and I can relate to.
Something is wrong, somewhere. Why not question the normal ?
Remarks by Naval Adm.William H. McRaven
“If you can explain the WHY of things then that makes a huge difference to People’s Motivation. They understand Purpose. Process of Learning and how it should be. Make it interesting.” – Elon Musk
As Elon Musk has rightly said answer to the above question can be very useful to build and keep your interest to Learn something.
Elon also mentions the use of Gamification to make learning fun.
Here is a video in which Elon Musk talks about this and more at the Khan Academy.
Image and Video Source – Youtube – Khan Academy
I wrote a whole Post on this topic sometime back. You might benefit from reading that.
A burka isn’t a cage, if you take off a burka it isn’t freedom. Freedom is in the mind.
Here is a wrap up of great articles I found worth reading from the internet this week
First of a series of conversations with some of the world’s most prominent experts on the global fight for free expression and the role that technology plays on both sides of the struggle.
Read about Shamsia Hassani who prefers the medium of graffiti art (a term no one has heard in Afghanistan before), and often paints over bullet holes.
View story at Medium.com
Read Google’s Eric Schmidt exclusive article on how he sees artificial intelligence developing, why it is experiencing such a renaissance and where it will go next.
Read how a principal -Nancy Hanks – met a student she expelled, and it changed her approach to discipline.
An inspiring account of Christina Santhouse, who went on to become a Speech Pathologist.
If you are not a Slave to someone or something then you are living in Freedom.
Freedom is the ability to live and work on your own terms. The Courage to stand up for your Ideas and Views.
Look around and you will find Slaves. It’s hard to break the conditioning that our Society has sold us. That Money is everything. Which means everything else takes a back seat.
People live in fear. What if I loose my Job, what if I am unable to repay Loans for the lavish Bungalow I brought recently? What if my Company doesn’t make Profits ?
What if my work is not Appreciated ?
The word Startup is also over hyped and lot of folks are running behind it. Most of them are running just for the same reason we have been running behind Engineering and MBA degrees. The idea being sold is the freedom to work for your self, but is Startup the only way ?
If you are someone who is solving a Problem then it calls for an initiative and funding. But not many are solving real problems. Be it Traffic, Pollution, Farming.
So most of the Startups are venturing in the same field. Be it E-commerce or Food delivery.
Not to say its wrong. It’s helping our Economy and creating Jobs. But Startups are not the only way I think. You can contribute in your own way also.
Speeding in the Wrong direction will take you nowhere.
Being skilled in something allows you to do meaningful work, maybe earn less but enjoy the stuff you do.
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