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Slow down .. its okay

I’ve been longing to write this piece for me .. yes, you heard me right, for ME. This is a post to remind myself again and again to slow down, to breathe. Because I am one of the guy, who is obsessed with speed. And if you can resonate with it. This is for you as well. Remember I include you when I say ‘we’.

Why? why we want everything to be quicker, more efficient and more productive. We rush and cram things just to accomplish more in a day. But what happens instead is you (atleast I) lose sanity over time. Our culture of urgency needs some sedative.

If you are in the midst of losing your mind. Your work is driving you crazy. Go relax, take a chill-pill. This is not fatal. Give yourself some break. Look around. Listen to birds chirping. Reflect. Appreciate. Show gratitude. Look back, remember how strong have you been. Nothing is fatal but worry. Slow down and make mindful plan B, in the end you will be sorted. Good luck!

 

 

Things i learned … the hard way

1. Life is not fair.

Believe me, you’ll be knocked down on your face, several times. Choose to dust yourself up. keep moving. You are not the only one, life f**ks us all. Some come out strong, some choose to blame. who you want to be?

Don’t try to get mercy. Stand up. Walk to rule the world.

2. No one cares about you.

Trust me. The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself. It is you, who you should depend on.

Invest in yourself. Prove it you matter.

3. Stand up for yourself.

This was hardest. Why it is that we stop loving ourself. Learn to stand up for yourself and what you believe in. It is important for your being. You are important to yourself. Don’t eat yourself away, by demeaning your Self.

Love yourself. Love should come naturally. Start with yourself.

4. Small is Great.

Does magic. Think of your next big goal – the whole thing, all at once. What happens to you sanity?. Instead Start small. Do it everyday little by little. There are no shortcuts for being awesome and sane. small will become big one day. Believe that.

The gap b/w taste and skill …

Believe me it is the most inspiring piece of work, for the people who are trying to be the Best. I watched it over and over again. If you are a hustler, you’ll fall in love with the process of building your creative genius, from novice to expert. Hustle  more, do lot of work … close the gap. Thank you Ira Glass, for telling learners, which nobody else does.

 

If You Can…

Here is a poem which is very close to my heart and usually i get scarce with words to describe its power, its charm. Effect it had on me when i first read it, I cried. Ya its weird:P but beauty often brings tears of fulfillment and satisfaction. Having read this poem, i thought life can be lived as a warrior, not with sword, but with self mastery.

Hats off for Rudyard Kipling—–

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Zuckerberg, The Hacker

As Facebook gears for IPO, filed on 1st feb, 2012 to raise $5 billion in an initial public offering. CEO Mark Zuckerberg offered a letter to potential investers. Values and mission statement of facebook are worth eyeing on. Money should be treated as side-effect not as the ultimate goal. When you strive for changing something or making an impact, everything else follows. This is what facebook, stands on.

Here is a snippet from the letter which i loved:

The Hacker’s Way

As part of building a strong company, we work hard at making Facebook the best place for great people to have a big impact on the world and learn from other great people. We have cultivated a unique culture and management approach that we call the Hacker Way.

The word “hacker” has an unfairly negative connotation from being portrayed in the media as people who break into computers. In reality, hacking just means building something quickly or testing the boundaries of what can be done. Like most things, it can be used for good or bad, but the vast majority of hackers I’ve met tend to be idealistic people who want to have a positive impact on the world.

The Hacker Way is an approach to building that involves continuous improvement and iteration. Hackers believe that something can always be better, and that nothing is ever complete. They just have to go fix it — often in the face of people who say it’s impossible or are content with the status quo.

Hackers try to build the best services over the long term by quickly releasing and learning from smaller iterations rather than trying to get everything right all at once. To support this, we have built a testing framework that at any given time can try out thousands of versions of Facebook. We have the words “Done is better than perfect” painted on our walls to remind ourselves to always keep shipping.

Hacking is also an inherently hands-on and active discipline. Instead of debating for days whether a new idea is possible or what the best way to build something is, hackers would rather just prototype something and see what works. There’s a hacker mantra that you’ll hear a lot around Facebook offices: “Code wins arguments.”

Hacker culture is also extremely open and meritocratic. Hackers believe that the best idea and implementation should always win — not the person who is best at lobbying for an idea or the person who manages the most people.

To encourage this approach, every few months we have a hackathon, where everyone builds prototypes for new ideas they have. At the end, the whole team gets together and looks at everything that has been built. Many of our most successful products came out of hackathons, including Timeline, chat, video, our mobile development framework and some of our most important infrastructure like the HipHop compiler.

To make sure all our engineers share this approach, we require all new engineers — even managers whose primary job will not be to write code — to go through a program called Bootcamp where they learn our codebase, our tools and our approach. There are a lot of folks in the industry who manage engineers and don’t want to code themselves, but the type of hands-on people we’re looking for are willing and able to go through Bootcamp.

 
To read full letter, download below doc:
LETTER FROM MARK ZUCKERBERG

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