How being Present can help you Solve Problems

In this thought provoking TED Talk, Joi Ito narrates how a bunch of people were able to innovate by working on a Problem instead of waiting for someone to solve it.

“Remember before the internet?” asks Joi Ito. “Remember when people used to try to predict the future?” In this engaging talk, the head of the MIT Media Lab skips the future predictions and instead shares a new approach to creating in the moment: building quickly and improving constantly, without waiting for permission or for proof that you have the right idea. This kind of bottom-up innovation is seen in the most fascinating, futuristic projects emerging today, and it starts, he says, with being open and alert to what’s going on around you right now. Don’t be a futurist, he suggests: be a now-ist.

I am not a visionary. I’m an engineer – Linus Torvalds

If you are into Computers and haven’t heard of Linus Torvalds then you better do some lookup. To start with he gave us Linux and to add icing to the cake he created Git.

Recently I heard him talk in a TED interview and thought of sharing it. It’s a talk worth listening to. He is not a people’s person and likes to work in his quiet office, all by himself.

The part which sounded really interesting was his take on Visionaries and why he identified more with Edison than with Tesla.

I am not a visionary. I do not have a five-year plan, I don’t have a moon shot. I’m an engineer.

Listen him share his opinions.

You don’t follow your Passion, it follows You

These are the lines spoken by Terri Trespicio at a TED talk where she recommends to stop searching for passion and start doing stuff. Can’t agree with her more.

Our society is plagued with this philosophy and this idea sells quite well. Not to say that its wrong but you loose out opportunities in this process.

Instead its way better to focus your energy on the job at hand.

It’s a very thoughtful and inspiring talk and I will highly recommend it.

Image Courtesy – TED Talk

Ivan shares his lessons learnt as an Android App Developer

The growing popularity of Android platform inspires many to take up Android App Development. But few persist to become good at developing quality Apps.

Ivan is someone who has been able to do just that. In his blog he shares how each of his App was instrumental to make him better.

For instance he writes that the one App that inspired him was a two-hour project.

Originally developed to make me a millionaire, once 1,428,571 users purchased the app as Google takes 30 cents out of every dollar, The Dollar App was made to test my merchants account.

Little did I know that years later I will receive an email from a happy mom stating that it was the best dollar that she ever spent since her boy was smiling every time my app gave him a hug.

Like wise every App he created has a Story to tell. His tips and advice is quite valuable to anyone who is considering App Development.

You can read the rest of the Article here.

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