Big things start small because we can’t understand a complicated task unless we break it down into bite-size chunks. Our minds can process only one item at a time. We have to start small.
I read something similar in an interview where Jeff Bezos was discussing his experiences during Amazon’s growth phase. He said, “The biggest oak starts from an acorn, and if you want to do anything new, you’ve got to be willing to let that acorn grow into a little sapling and then finally into a small tree, and maybe one day it will be a big business…
When we don’t have sex for a long time, anything remotely sexy feels exciting. When we are hungry, every food looks tasty.
When you are multitasking, you are dividing your attention between two or more interests, but you cannot choose one. Fascinating videos and stories confuse you about what makes you feel super excited. You can jump to more exciting stuff in an instant, thanks to the AI-powered auto-suggestions tailored to keep you glued to the social media.
If you are not a writer on a mission, it is okay to indulge your visual appetite with entertaining videos. But if…
The movies and novels play a crucial part in our lives. Most of us spend a lot of time watching movies and reading. Is it a mindless pursuit of entertainment, or is it an unmet human need that attracts us?
Most of the good movies are not compilations of amazing shots and special effects. These movies try to touch our souls with their emotional appeal. They are a great source of inspiration and parasocial needs. …
Life is a feeling.
You wake up in the morning, jump out of bed, brush your teeth, get ready, and rush to the breakfast table. Slow down a bit. Savor your food.
You write. You tap keys on your keyboard. But when you face a deadline, you hit the keys fast. Please stop and zoom out.
You buy stuff and pay your bills. You worry about your finances. Try to be calm.
You watch movies and check your social media feed. Without these, you get bored in a minute. Why?
Why do you feel exhausted in the evening? Where did…
Your work is canvas, and your effort is the brush. With this brush, you paint the portrait of your dream life.
You start with a blank canvas. Everyone does. When we begin, we have no idea of what we are doing or going to do. But then — deep inside our brains — neurons fire. We don’t know what happens, but our brains do something, and we have an idea.
Pablo Picasso believed ideas come when you are working. If you are standing in front of your canvas, you’ll have an idea of what to do next.
The question is…
While going to bed the other night, this idea flashed in my mind. I recorded it on my iPhone. It was related to the core message of the 2001 novel — Life of Pi. I had watched the movie in 2012, and I had liked it.
We have different constructions of reality in our heads. Not only are these constructions diverse for all of us, but we see this world in totally separate ways as our knowledge and understanding evolves with time.
We think in a certain way. Our viewpoint seems right. But then something happens, and our perspective changes…
You don’t want to take a break when the going gets tough. But is it possible to become 100% productive and never lose focus? Haven’t we all noticed how a break affects our performance?
Then why do you forget to take a break? Because you are thinking like this: ‘I am too busy to take a break. I have so much to do today.’
If you don’t take the small breaks, your mind is going to do it for you — by slowing down, refusing to follow your commands, or completely shutting down.
When approaching a deadline, people want to…
If you are a writer, you think — all the time.
‘Will a big publication accept my story?’ you think. If you are a decent writer — the plagiarist is an indecent one — and you submit a story to Illumination, you can safely assume that it will be published. This is the spirit of writing on Medium.
Why are the editors of huge publications so finicky? Because they accept the best and reject the rest. Illumination is the only publication that publishes your work as it is. It allows new writers to learn by making mistakes.
Is your writing ability closely tied to your reading ability? Can your MRI scan prove that? I’ll try to prove my point in two minutes.
But first, why read anyway?
Knowing is a human need — like breathing or eating. If you are not feeling good, you do not always need to swallow a pill; sometimes, you need to read — or watch — something.
Sir Roger Scruton said, “Consolation from imaginary things is not imaginary consolation.”
National Health Service of UK started Reading Well, a Books on Prescription program to prescribe fiction and self-help works for some conditions.
Living life in awe of it all. Hoping to make sense. A Thinker, Writer & Storyteller. Working on my tech startup.