The L word

Learning is about inspiration, not information!

You are never really “done” learning. Learning is a constant process that keeps your mind alive and functioning. It can be thought of as breathing for your brain, once you stop doing it, your brain becomes dead<so to speak!> Idle mind is a devils playground. And when you stop assimilating knowledge, your brain becomes idle and starts wandering off in unproductive directions with you having no control over them!

When you do not feed your mind important, informative, intellectual <and other words starting from i that’ll make you think I’m smart> things to think about, it’ll usually result in you pondering over problems and overthinking, which is not healthy for either you or your brain. Keep your mind busy enough so it does not have time to think and worry about all the things that do not exist. Overthinking causes you to worry about the most unlikely scenarios <Imagine some witty example of why overthinking is a mess!>

We can all agree that education system, which says it is teaching something to kids, is heavily flawed. A bunch of kids — each definitely unique in their own ways, with obviously different interests, and who will all take varied amounts of time to comprehend and learn something are taught the same thing over a same period of time and are tested on the basis of their understanding of that! In my opinion, these tests determine the ability of the teacher to convey the information more than the student’s intellectual ability. <Many Indians nodding furiously in approval>

Since the obvious choice of learning seems to be below par, what do we do? Well, the Internet is a wonderful place to turn to at this time. We are fortunate to be a part of a world where you can Google anything and information about it appears for free, at your convenience.

Think about it, Internet is like your portable library+personal advisor+intellectual partner in crime.

In a world where information is so easily and readily available, the irony is that not many access and make use of it. We instead use the Internet for social media stalking and validation purposes. There’s nothing wrong with that but I urge you to take one small break from that routine and to focus on learning something new. It is a very small change in your life that could lead to many good things.


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Planning for a distant future

Of late, I’ve been planning for a life that I’m want to embark. I’m almost 20 and I feel like I’m ready to start planning my life. I could be so wrong for all I know. I mean, I have been wrong before. Multiple times. On numerous occasions. For various reasons.

But!! I have started planning out what my life should look like. I’ve made a rough sketch of what I’ll be doing in five years from now. It all looks good on paper. Very tantalizing, failing to give a true idea of how hard it is going to be. Then, I started thinking about what needs to be done in order to be able to do everything I have planned to do. And that’s where the problem started…

Now, don’t mistake me, I think hard work is the only route to success and there are absolutely no shortcuts but man, hard work is hard (hence, the name, I suppose). Planning was so much fun, listing out all the things I’d own and all things this I’d do and all the people I’ll be surrounded with; was all so blissfully planned without thinking of the amount of hard work that goes in it. This life I’ve imagined for myself is something I truly want because I seemed really happy in it. Sure, that’s always not the case and there’ll always be ups and downs but is that going to stop me living this crazy awesome life I’ve planned for myself. Now that I’ve ideated my future and there’s something to look forward to for the next couple of years, I know exactly how to monitor, track and assess my progress (all of the three words used mean the same thing).

I’m ready to put in the hard work, I’ve slacked off enough and procrastinated much more than I should have and I’m done doing those unproductive things that have led me to believe I’m useless and cannot achieve anything.. Bill Gates, the famous entrepreneur and the founder of Microsoft was known for a famous quote

“I never took a day off in my twenties.” – Bill Gates

That explains why he’s a billionaire and is such a respected and admired entrepreneur. Now, I’m not 20 yet but I’m very close (one week till I’m twenty) so I want to try to follow this as much as possible. I’m going to make a poster of that quote and hang it on the wall in my room (will post a picture soon) and look at it every time I feel like taking a break; that is, every SINGLE day. But that’s okay, if I have to remind myself this every day in order to be the person I want to be, then I will remind myself every single day.

By following the principles of the successful people, through their days of failure, especially, you learn more than any book could ever teach you. So, be wise while choosing your rock stars and follow them and their principles that got them to where they are today. Make plans for your future and picture yourself in a place you are truly happy. Make sure you follow up with the work necessary to achieve what you have pictured. It ain’t gonna be easy, but it’ll be worth every bit, trust me.

Work hard. Be great.