One of my favorite ways to pass time is to have intellectual debates with people who I find interesting and, more often than not bring very alternate views to the discussion. I choose them selectively but suffice to say, I have had my fair share of conversations and am always on the lookout for more.
One such recent event involved a sit down with Shara on the idea of how a unified world would come into being and if the democratization of data through technology is the right way to do it. To give the discussion credit, it did start off with us debating about the use of race-based politics within a country and how it serves ( or hardly does serve) a purpose to improve the country as a whole. In Malaysia, race-based politics is a norm so much so that we have different political parties representing the major races in Malaysia. While one could always dismiss the use of such a notion easily, I decided to play devil’s advocate with Shara just to see where the conversation would lead us and wow did it take off.
Its 4.30am and I just got home a few hours ago. Its been a long day and procrastination seems to be the preferred mood of the evening and yet I lay restless. I forced myself to watch a couple of episodes of a TV Show just to clear my mind but I felt guilty. Guilty that I was doing nothing to change the world much less myself. I was doing nothing, day after day after day. Why this sudden realization ? Now this may come as a shocker but perhaps the blog post I recently posted about my goals for the year may subconsciously be forcing me to rethink my lazy routine.
Its really hard to decide on what you want to do, and when you want to do it. Generally, speaking to people helps you gain insight on how others tackle this issue and one such person whom I had the chance to speak to was my boss in Mindvalley – Mike Reining. He is an extremely smart entrepreneur, having built Mindvalley alongside his co-founder, Vishen Lakhiani, and before that working at Ebay, BCG and the likes.
One suggestion Mike had was to very simply identify 5 top goals for the year and stick to them no matter what. While his suggestion sounded simple, I sat down to ponder the implications of such a practice and it dawned on me that it was both an extremely powerful motivator and a discipline mechanism for those like me whose mind wanders around seeking to absorb everything in sight. This is because, when you announce your goals, you set in stone for the world to see, what you have committed yourself towards and all that remains is how you achieve it.