Friday, July 12, 2013

Note to my kids, and the kid in me.

Guys, I don't claim to be so successful that I can tell you any success mantra but I am certainly more experienced than you, some 880 million seconds more experienced. So, spare couple of minutes for your old man.

1. We don't live once. We live every day, every hour, every moment. So, it's never too late to start or restart.
2. Listen, and observe. Learn, and keep learning. Travel. Education is just one way to learn, not the only way. Most of your learning will come from listening, observing. 
3. Be known for your values. Instead of being known as that tall MBA, prefer to be known as that courageous dude or that honest girl. Pick some values early in life, and stick to it.
4. Failure or success, are part of life. Just remember, never ever let success go into your head or failure into your heart. Both are temporary and shall pass. 
5. Money. Do make money, but spend. There's no better use of money. Give! No better joy than joy of giving. Till you start earning, do it with your Dad's money. Trust me, even he doesn't have any better use of money.
6. Passion. Have a passion. Be so passionate about at least one thing that you need not say, it should show.
7. Race. Life is not a sprint, it's not even a marathon but a long walk. No need to compete to be first in your class or to make more money than some one else. Enjoy the run, the music, the scenery. Competitions are inevitable but they hurt. Avoid them, as far as you can.
8. Friends and Family. Make friends and keep them. Be friends with family and treat friends as family.
9. Respect.Treat your elders with respect and love. They may not be always right yet been there where you are now, so let them feel important.
10. Choices. When stuck and you have to choose between what your Mom says or what your Dad says. Listen to both and do what your heart says. 

If you don't get what I said, don't bother, have fun.

PS: If I ever deviate, point me to this post.