I Sold a Farm Why I sold the profitable dairy farm

Let’s start from the start.

By God’s Grace, I started the farm as part of an extension for a bigger operation, and I wrote an article on the blog, sharing all the details about the dairy farm, reasons for starting it and the common pitfalls I encountered. A lot of people found that article helpful (that article has more than 500 comments!).

You know how I researched for months before starting the dairy farm, right? Me and my friend traveled thousands of kilometers – yes, thousands – within a week, all across Punjab, in search of teachers and mentors in the field of dairy farming. I was lucky to find them, and learn from them, for they were willing to teach. Continue reading I Sold a Farm Why I sold the profitable dairy farm

Disruptive Wonder What Kelli Anderson is About

kell-anderson-tedx-talkKelli Anderson is an artist. She gave this TEDx talk and right at the beginning, she tells the audience what is the purpose of her work:

People arrive at experiences with expectations. And when we make things we are actively choosing what to do with those expectations. In my work I want to create disruptive wonder, I want to confound these expectations. Because I think that everyday fundamental things and experiences frame reality in ways we often take for granted.

That is a very personal purpose. This is a far cry from “I want my work to help others”. It is true that for many of us, when asked, “what is the purpose of your work?”, we are either dumbfounded or we give incorrect answers such as “we do it for the money” or “we do it for the passion”.

Profit and passion are results, not reasons.

The first step is to find one’s purpose for work. Why do you work? The way Ms Anderson has gone about describing her “why” is a great example of how this can be done.  It reeks of personal thought, highly unique, deeply possessive even.

The words “disruptive wonder” may make sense to some, but it only rings true for someone who latches onto it.

When someone hears that you are into “disruptive wonder to help people frame reality in ways that they didn’t expect”, will that someone pay attention to what you have to say?

Most of them will not. But then, some will. It is those “some” that are part of the tribe, people who share a part of your purpose.

Our voice is best understood by these people. And we need to deliberately find these people.

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At the beginning, I said that Kelli Anderson is an artist. I think she is. I don’t know. What I do know that she is deep in her work. And that is rare. And inspiring. Hope this inspires you too.

Learn more about Kelli Anderson: her blog.

Learn more about finding your purpose: Simon Sinek’s talk.

The Samurai Editor Great Advice on Writing

Josh Seiden says about editing one’s writing, and I quote verbatim (is there any other way?):

when you are editing, you are a deadly samurai warrior. You slash writing to bits until only the good and pure and worthy words are left. But when you are writing, you are not a samurai. You are a waterfall or some shit and your job is just to let those words flow and flow even if the good ones are all tumbled up and white-watered with the ones that are rotten and filthy and polluted. Just remember that you can’t write and edit at the same time. Why? Because you can’t be a samurai and a waterfall at the same time because that shit makes no sense at all.

Beautiful! Isn’t it?

Waterfall and Samurai. In that order. I definitely need a reminder (or five) with that.

You can (and you must, if you’re into writing, waterfalls or samurais) read the full post, titled “How To Writeon Medium. And the post delivers on the promise it makes in the title, for it teaches you the only method known to mankind on ‘how to write’.

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Click here for more (attempted, curated, compiled) advice on writing.

Steve Job’s Best Advice And that too in less than 50 seconds

Steve Jobs captures the essence of how to bring about massive change in your life.

 

In the above clip, Steve says:

When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and you’re life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money.

That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.

Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.

Emphasis added.

The One Thing

The one thing that you can learn is to realize your own power. You can change.

And as importantly, realize that we tend to over-estimate the power of others.

Once you get thinking on these lines, the following question can add some juice to it:

I wonder what I can change in my life right now that is hindering my growth? 

Isn’t that a powerful question?

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I wish you the best in answering this, and achieving the kind of success you want and need. Aameen.