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World domination

Posted in Entrepreneurship, Life. Or something like it. with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2010 by samudranb

You know when you feel like you want the world in the palm of your hand? When you are bored with the mundane? The ordinary? The everyday? The forgettable? When you want to change the world, leave behind a legacy, or just be famous?

When you want more from your life than just a paycheck? Or a “do waqt ki roti”? or even world peace? or Megan Fox?

When you want to leave your footprints on the sands of time?

What do you do then?

Some people drink to lessen the pain. Some drink to forget. Some give up in frustration. Some give in to temptation.

Some quit their jobs without much of a backup plan. (Or maybe it was just me.)

After quitting my job, I went on a reading frenzy. Trying to find people like me. Or rather, other crazy people like me. From all across the globe. From all walks of life.

Thankfully for my sanity, I found them. In fact, I was surprised by their numbers. Some, even crazier than me. But more or less, everyone of them seemed to have hit upon the solution to the problem that seemed unique to me, but was actually common to us all. They were happy. They were unique. They were… following their hearts.

There is Michael Bungay Stanier, who urges you do stop doing “good work”, and have more FUN, and start doing GREAT work. Then there is Leo Babauta at Zen Habits, who teaches you to simplify, and hence improve, your life. There are of course many many more from whom I derived inspiration, and courage, from- Seth Godin, Tom Peters, Derek Sivers, Cal Newport and even an example closer home, the Doolally fellows.

But by far the craziest of them all would have to be Chris Guillebeau. Apart from being a genuinely nice fellow, the fact that his personal goals include visiting EACH and EVERY country in the world, puts him in my all-time-favourite people list straightaway! So far he has covered 122 out of 192 countries in the world. His blog “The Art of Non-conformity” is about “unconventional strategies for life, work and travel”. He writes about “how to change the world by achieving significant, personal goals while helping others at the same time.”

In his free ebook, A BRIEF GUIDE TO WORLD DOMINATION, he outlines his basic philosophy. In short –

  1. You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to.
  2. If you don’t decide for yourself what you want to get out of life, someone else will probably end up deciding for you.
  3. There is usually more than one way to accomplish something.
  4. You can do good things for yourself and help other people at the same time.

In order to get you started, he asks 2 deceptively simple questions –

  1. What do you really want to get out of life?
  2. What can you offer the world that no one else can?

I have not been able to answer these to my satisfaction yet.

Can you?

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So you want to change the world. Really?

Posted in Entrepreneurship, Society with tags , , on September 22, 2009 by samudranb

How many of us, at some point or the other, have thought about changing the world? How many have done something about it? How many have said “oh its just too difficult… I will just go have a double cheese burger instead”?

Changing the world is hard work. Heck, its probably the toughest work in… the world. Of course, it is not half as well-paying as, say, investment banking. That Ferrari Spider that you had been salivating after for ages? You would have to salivate after a Bajaj Super now. Probably a second-hand one at that.

So why should we not give up those world-changing dreams to fulfill our desires for something as gratifying as a sports car?

Because now is a damn good time to be doing so. The eco-systems, such as this, for such social entrepreneurs are better developed. The pay is not half as bad. With “social entrepreneurship” being the new buzz word, you get some easy publicity. Oh, and you might get some fabulous awards too.

And then of course, there is that other thing. You know, of lighting up thousands of lives, or educating thousands, and benefiting millions, or empowering the poor, or providing clean drinking water at affordable rates. Of leaving this earth a better place for your children.

Of leaving behind a legacy, instead of just a sports car.