Sunday Wisdom No. 57
I feel a bit awkward when people ask me for advice. As somebody perpetually suffering from imposter syndrome I feel, who am I to give advice! What do I know?
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Welcome to Issue 57!
We see people ready with their complaints and grievances about all the wrong that’s happening in the world. We seldom see people who are willing to do something about it. Most of them are clueless. They are bitter, and don’t care enough. They take pleasure in blaming others because it makes them feel superior.
There are another bunch of people who genuinely care, but do nothing about it, because they are waiting for others. They think that if climate change, malnutrition, poverty, illiteracy, etc., are really such big issues, then others—the government, or social workers, or philanthropists, or fellow human beings—would act.
Truth is, others won’t. Even if they do, it’s futile to depend upon others to do something that you care about.
It doesn’t matter if you win or lose. It doesn’t matter if you are heard or not. What matters is you do something about things that matter to you. Start a startup, join an NGO, or get into politics.
With great care comes great responsibility.
You don’t have to change everything. You have to change enough—maybe just one person’s life instead of the entire village—to be able to look into the mirror and say to yourself that you didn’t just sit on your ass, complain about things, and wait for others to do everything for you.
On an average, I get asked at least 10 times a day for some kind of advice related to business, management, relationship, productivity, negotiation, mental health, life, etc. To make sure I don’t do a sloppy job, I’ve devised a framework to give advice that I’ve polished over the years.
I realise there are bunch of people (among my friends) who love my ideas, but hate reading my essays. Turns out all of them love watching videos. Here’s a treat for them and all my true fans (who love both my essays and videos): an impromptu repurposed version of the essay in video format.
🥬 FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“Billionaire Charles “Chuck” Feeney pioneered the idea of Giving While Living—spending most of your fortune on big, hands-on charity bets instead of funding a foundation upon death. Since you can’t take it with you—why not give it all away, have control of where it goes and see the results with your own eyes?”
“I realised I had to finally accept the inevitable: that there was no treatment. I thought this mindset would leave me feeling completely liberated. I was wrong. With nothing left to fight, it really was just a question of waiting. The battle became emotional and mental. It has forced me to reflect.”
“A lot of people want to replicate YC in some other industry or some other place or with some other strategy. In general, people seem to assume that: 1) although there was some degree of mystery or luck about how YC got going, it can’t be that hard, and 2) if you can get it off the ground, the network effects are self-sustaining.”
“What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? In this talk, psychiatrist Robert Waldinger shares three important lessons learned from a 75-year-old study on adult development as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.”
“Play isn’t just for fun—children learn through play. We explain why learning through play in the early years is essential to your child’s growth and development.”
🤔 QUOTE WORTH MENTIONING
Comforting lies deliver more clicks, viewers, listeners and profits than uncomfortable truths.
— James O’Brien, How To Be Right… in a World Gone Wrong
👋 That’s All!