Love what you do or do what you love

Hello,

Today I came across a story narrated by Tony Robbins. I have not tweaked it and the credit for the whole story goes to him. It was so moving that I thought it would be unfair if I don’t share it with you. Here it goes –

In 1938, Mr. Soichiro was a poor student who had a dream of designing a piston ring that he would sell to any manufacture for Toyota Corporation. Every day he would go to school, and all night long he would work on his design, up to his elbows in grease. He spent what little money he had on his project, and it still wasn’t finished. Finally, he hocked his wife’s jewelry to continue.

After years of effort he finally designed the piston ring he was sure Toyota would buy. When he took it to them, they rejected it. He was sent back to school to suffer the humiliation of his teachers’ and friends’ telling him what an idiot he was for designing such a ridiculous gadget.

Was he frustrated? You bet. Was he broke? Yes. Did he give up? No way.

Instead, he spent the next two years continuing to find ways to make the piston ring better. He had the key formula to success:

1. He decided what he wanted.

2. He took action.

3. He noticed whether it was working or not, and when things weren’t working out,

4. He kept changing his approach. He was flexible in the way he went about things.

Finally, after two more years, he refined his design, and Toyota actually bought it!

In order to build his piston factory, Mr. Soichiro needed concrete, but Japanese Government was gearing up for World War II, so none was available. Once again, it looked as if his dream would die. It seemed no one would help him. Again, did he quit? Absolutely not. He had decided to build this factory. Since giving up was not an option, he got together a group of his friends, and for weeks they worked around the clock trying different approaches until they found a new way to manufacture concrete. He build his factory and was finally able to produce his piston rings.

“But wait, there’s more…”

The story doesn’t end here. During the war, the United States bombed his factory, destroying most of it. Instead of feeling defeated, he rallied all his employees. He said, “Quickly! Run outside and watch those planes. What they’ll do is drop their fuel cans out of the sky. We need to find out where they drop them and get those cans, because they contain the raw materials we need for our manufacturing process!” These were materials they couldn’t get anywhere in Japan. Mr. Soichiro found a way to use whatever life gave him. Finally, an earthquake leveled his factory and he was forced to sell his piston operation to Toyota. But God never closes a door without opening another one, so we need to stay alert to see whatever new opportunities life presents us…

When the war ended, Japan was in total turmoil. Resources were scarce in all part of the country – gasoline was rationed and, in some cases, nearly impossible to find – and Mr. Soichiro couldn’t even get enough gas to drive his car to the market to buy food for his family. But instead of feeling defeated or helpless, he made a new decision. He decided he would not settle for this quality of life. He asked himself a very powerful question: “How else can I feed my family? How can I use things I already have to find a way to get there?” He noticed a little motor he had, one that was the size and type to drive a traditional lawn mower, and he got the idea of hooking it up to his bicycle. In that moment, the first motorized bike was created. He drove it to and from the market, and pretty soon his friends were asking him to make some for them, too. Shortly there after, he’d made so many “motorbikes” that he ran out of motors, so decided to build a new factory to manufacture his own. But he had no money, and Japan was torn apart. How would he do it?

Instead of giving up and saying, “There’s no way,” he came up with a brilliant idea. He decided to write a letter to every single bicycle – shop owner in Japan, telling them that he thought he had the solution for getting Japan moving again, that his motorbike would be cheap and would help people get what they needed to go. Then he asked them to invest.

Of the 18,000 bicycle – shop owners who received a letter, 3,000 gave Mr. Soichiro money, and he manufactured his first shipment. And then he was a success, right? Wrong! The motorbike was too big and bulky, and very few Japanese bought it. So once again, he noticed what wasn’t working, and instead of giving up, he changed his approach again. He decided to strip his motorbike down and make it much lighter and smaller. He called it The Cub, and it became an “overnight success,” winning Soichiro the Emperor’s Award. Everyone looked at him and thought how “lucky” he was to have come up with this idea.

Today, Mr. Soichiro Honda’s (I bet now you recognize his name) company is one of the most successful in the world. Honda Corporation now employs over 100,000 people and outsells all but Toyota cars in the U.S. – all because Mr. Honda never gave up. He never let problems or circumstances get in his way. He decided that there is always a way to succeed if you’re really committed.

Being warrior is either about failing quickly in many careers in search of the work that you really love or it is about making  a choice and not letting anything between the Earth and the sky to affect your decision. All it’s not about is being stuck.

Go do something.

Yours,

Sourabh

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Love what you do or do what you love

See I am an Introvert

Hello,

In my last post I wrote about the miraculous power of 5 mins of creativity to make us reconnect with ourselves and find the real joy.

I wanted to share my version of joy with you. I am a beginner in poetry, as I’ll always be, and my heart is coming out of my chest as I am about to publish this post.

Here is my 3 mins spoken word poetry –

Hope you share your work with others too (always count me in).

Yours,

Sourabh

See I am an Introvert

5 min creativity to regain real smile

Hello,

Creativity is like a puff of oxygen when your head is in deep water. It’s a life saving pill in the world full of dullness and despair. It’s amazing how a small window of 5 minutes in a day can reconnect us to the life which has passed us by in the rush to achieve our big ambitions.

I wanted to do something to smile genuinely instead of politely faking it all day long and I had no clue what to do. I was pouring out my frustration in my journal when suddenly one sentence rhymed with another (can’t write here because of utter explicit words). I continued the rhyming with rhythm and at the end of that self medicating session I had a childish poem on the paper. I was smiling.

I started writing poetry in small pockets of time like commuting on bus, walking to water dispenser, climbing up the stairs, standing in queue behind a sweaty man with a whining child or even in the middle of meeting I had no interest in.

I am no John Keats or Sylvia Plath today but in the process to discover my lost creativity I started writing poetry. I don’t need the justification of being good to do something I love. Neither do you.

With hindsight I  realized that one of my friends started doodling out of no where, she is a part time paid artist now. Another friend started writing short stories, these days he writes scripts for unpaid short films.

I want you to try to find that lost spark, air it with your heart and let its light shine upon your days and all its parts.

This habit is probably not going to make you a millionaire but is living five minutes with some adrenaline rush, taking small risk with good chances of creating an ugly piece of art and then perhaps showing your work to someone and going through a beginner’s vulnerability with shaking hands and pounding heart a reward less?

May God bless you with a genuine smile.

Yours,

Sourabh

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How to understand yourself & others?

Hello,

I lacked energy to even climb out of bed. All day I would linger around with laziness. I knew what my body needed – healthy food and exercise.

I told myself that “how can you lead others if you can’t even lead yourself.” As a result, almost daily I ended up at the snacks point and delayed the exercise to next day or ignored that call completely.

Two years ago my friend said that he had the best girlfriend a person could have, “She is little chubby but man! looks don’t matter to me.” He said and kept repeating that until one year later when he met another girl who liked him so he broke up the engagement with his girlfriend. “She’s so beautiful that you’d wet your pants when you’ll see her, I can’t get any better girl.”

What’s common between these two stories?

We listen what they say and believe it. Instead of this if we observe what they do, we can understand what they actually are and really want. 

In many cases even they might be unaware about their real intentions.

When your manager says that he wants to promote you but actually promotes someone else, at least acknowledge to yourself that probably it wasn’t a co-incidence but his real intention.

Apply this especially to yourself.

It’s not who you are inside, it’s what you do that defines you. (Batman begins)

When you say that you want to travel, write or sing please notice how much time do you devote to these activities in spite of all the excuses and obstacles that we all have.

This is the blueprint to know the truth about your inner belief system and that of the people around you.

Then put the right carrot before your rabbit mind.

Now, I have a girl to impress with my toned up body so I exercise daily.

Yours,

Sourabh

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How to understand yourself & others?

How to overcome depression and anxiety?

Hello,

I answered this question on Quora and got overwhelming response with more than 11,600 upvotes and many heartfelt thanks (here’s the link).

Because I’ve tested it, tried it and overcame depression and much of the anxiety caused by painful past and fear of getting out of room and talking to another human being.

This is what I told myself, this is what he does and this is what I advice you –

This man is of 50 years of age and he has recently completed a triathlon, which is considered one of the world’s toughest races.  It includes a 3.8-km swim, a 180.2-km cycle ride and 42.2-km run raced in that order without a break which the participants are required to complete within 16 hours to win the title of ‘Ironman’. This time it had 2,000 participants and  he completed it in 15 hours and 19 minutes. Besides this he is an actor and has been a supermodel.

Milind Soman

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And this is what he says-

“Sometimes people tell me that I am really positive. Here is my secret:

When you are depressed or half-hearted, the last thing you likely want to do is to get up and go for a run. But did you know after only a few minutes of running, your brain will start to secrete hormones that naturally improve your mood!! In fact, simply running can more rapidly treat any kind of dullness and depression in a sustainable and healthy way than any pill.”

Running is a minimalist way to keep you healthy, positive and happy.

So, run Forrest run.

Yours,

Sourabh

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How to overcome depression and anxiety?

Are you an Artist?

Hello,

There’s a village in China where some workers are paid $29 per day to paint on a Mona Lisa paining.

Are they artists?

For the advertisement of a new store my friend got one thousand pamphlet designed and printed.

Was the pamphlet designer artist?

No.

Can you guess the reason?

Let’s puzzle you more. Most of the people who call themselves writer, painter, designer, filmmaker, actor and sculptor are not artists.

Not because they don’t know their art and definitely not because they art looks ugly to many people or they lack grammar of their expression. Not at all.

It’s because they don’t risk. They’ve studied that blue means depth and stability and nothing else. Because they don’t dream and just paint that dream despite knowing that it might ruin their reputation. Vincent Van Gogh painted Starry Night because he saw it in his dream.

Picasso introduced Analytic Cubism, Steve Jobs gave new depth to design, Gandhi is known to have risked his reputation and following and reinvent himself throughout his life including withdrawal of his famous Satyagrah. He gave us a more powerful weapon than the nuclear weapon – “non-violence”. At the end he said –

 My life is my message. – Gandhi

Gandhi didn’t invent non-violence, Jobs didn’t start the concept of design, Gogh didn’t discover new color – they just took whatever they had and tried to connect with their true self in a new way. They risked utter failure and believed that even if they’d succeed there would be a small group of people who’d connect with the new discovery and another large group who’d be offended.

Gandhi was shot thrice at point-blank range.

I am not asking you to start a political revolution, all I am saying is dance a different step or write a weird poem. In essence, try to discover and

Follow your weird – Erik Davis

Yours,

Sourabh

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Are you an Artist?

I Pray that You Burn

Hello,

Rarely great artists talk about the resistance they faced from their family and friends while they were churning their heads, hearts and hopes to make at least one piece of art which did not look like a piece of sheer silliness.

The first rule of Fight Club is you do not talk about Fight Club. – Tyler Durden

Your well wishers will honestly wish that you do something great but NOBODY will want you to prepare for it. So either you’ll have to rebel against your friends and family or settle with the mediocre life EVERYBODY really expects from you.

This letter is a challenge to you to take up the fight for your own freedom. Else, you can stay in your couch and watch the next TV series while swallowing up anti-depressants spilled over graves of your dreams.

Believe me at the end you either win or lose. Please do not end up like so many others are going to.

“This is your life, and its ending one minute at a time.” – Tyler Durden

Rather than being a puppet of society, burn in your own ignited flame.

Yours,

Sourabh

 

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