I was recently at the Big Data Singapore meetup and had a chance to chill out with my good friend, John Berns. John has always been an inspiration to me for alot of amazing things that he has achieved but more importantly, one of the aspects I absolutely admire him for is that he is always on the lookout for learning new things.
Now this may seem to be a default advice for people but what makes John different from the rest is that, he actually goes all out to make this happen, including organizing meetups and coordinate user groups to facilitate this. One such example was for the Coursera Machine Learning course thats in session now. John decided that he was going to participate and learn (not that he actually needs to, the guy is a genius), but the trick to ensure he stuck to it was to ping the Big Data User list and actually setup a meetup group to go through the Chapters and exercises together on a weekly or biweekly basis.
This fascinates me. Not many people I know actually go all in and find a way to stick to it. The takeaway from this is 1) Always be Learning and 2) Stick To It till the end.
Thanks John. You’re an inspiration.
When you are starting something, you are bound to stumble upon blocks. As a Founder, you evaluate battles and figure out if its worth the effort to continuously blaze through, or instead choose to walk the other way. No matter what the decision is, Never Compromise.
The more I work, the more I realize. I have learnt that what it takes to build a great business is not a framework, not the books, nor the smarts. What it takes is perspective. If you have the right perspective on things, alot of elements fall in place. Learn to have fun, let things go, take yourself a little less seriously. Be intense, be focused, but never let it deter you from enjoying the journey. Stop to smell the roses, skip a step, fall down but smile when you get up and most importantly, stop being a poser. Just be yourself.
Only then will you realize the only limitation to the growth of your business is physical, not mental. You start realizing that you only stop when you’re tired and not because you’re burnt out. Go out. Talk to people. Build something amazing. Be the change you want. Have fun doing it.
I find it interesting when I hear people dismissing higher education on a whim, what now with the dawn of young successful Technopreneurs. What they fail to realize is, college offers more than just education. There is a a reason why Stanford or MIT or Harvard or most top tier schools have a stringent admission process and it goes beyond that form you fill or that essay you write.
What college offers you is the ability to be in a melting pot of culture, and thought and action. In essence college is a place of revolution and enlightenment but not merely physically, but where it matters the most, in your mind. You meet different people and learn different things, and mature the process of thought and confidence in your mind.
You may not need the whole 4 years of Undergraduate or a continuation there beyond, but what you need to realize is the takeaway from it – I have grown. I have developed. Not just physically but mentally and that’s what matters.
A few days ago, I ranted here that I was growing increasingly annoyed with Talkers, and today, a prime example of Doers with a success story appears. The Blogosphere has been buzzing about Instagram’s purchase by Facebook for a valuation of USD $ 1Billion. This is indeed an amazing success for them. There are a few valuable entrepreneurship lessons that can be drawn from this but one of the most important ones to me is – Execution is King – inspired by this article from TNW.
There’s a few things that have started to annoy me in the local startup scene, ALOT. One thing in particular is the fact that there seems to be alot of Talkers but very few Doers.
People that have no real credibility claiming geek cred for things they clearly aren’t good at doing, and in the process have succeeded in leading the blind.
If you really are who you say you are, show your relevant track record in the open and be honest about what you can and can’t do. People respect you for that in the long run. Be clear and honest. Just be a Do-er and Stop Talking.