When failure is expensive, plan carefully.
When failure is cheap, act quickly.
The person who learns the most in any classroom is the teacher.
If you want to learn a topic, then “teach” it.
Write a book or teach a class.
Build a product.
Start a company.
The act of making something will force you to learn more deeply than reading ever will.”
Do not wait. If there is something you wish to do, do it.
Death comes for busy people too. It will not pause and return at a more convenient time.
I had read these quotes sometime back and thought that these were very basic but essential quotes. What does the first quote mean? It means that we should be adventurous but practical. If you let you let your life meander, then nothing worthwhile will happen in your life. Do you want to be a person who hopes that things will improve on their own? Do you like to leave everything to destiny? It could be destiny that you are made in such a way that you leave everything to fate. But you don’t know your future when you don’t know your future what the point in not trying is. There is another saying, “Hope for the best but be prepared for the worst!” Does this saying tell you not to make any attempt to improve yourself? No, it does not. You hope for the best only after you try!
Consider a swimming pool. You are an outstanding swimmer. You see someone struggling to remain above water. You jump and help that person to come out of water. With your swimming expertise, there is minimum risk. Take it. But consider that you are on a beach. You have no experience of swimming in the sea. If you come across a similar situation, don’t jump and try to save the person. Quickly go and call the lifeguard. The lifeguard is the expert, and you are not. So don’t take the risk.
Ages back, I completed my degree in engineering. Immediately after that, I completed my Master’s degree. After I got my first degree, I thought that I had become an engineer. But as studied for my Master’s degree and did my project work, I realised how much I did not know. In the last six months of Masters degree, I worked as a Lab assistant to help undergraduate students. During this adventure, I started understanding my shortcomings. I started studying like hell because I did not want to fall short of the expectations of the students. Some of them were my teammates in sports. I juggled my thesis work and the studies for lab work, simultaneously.
I am talking about the second quote. It is what precisely happened to me. When I started teaching, I had to study. I needed to understand the topic well, and I also needed to anticipate questions from my students. Okay, I never wrote a book. But I worked much harder than I used to. It helped in my thesis work. I started going deeper into the subject. I would try and find additional references and journals to understand the matter thoroughly.
For the first eight years of my career, I worked in a couple of non-ferrous foundries. In my first job, I was raw from the college and had bookish knowledge of the subject. After about a month or so, my boss had asked me for something. I tried to take the help of my chargehand, but he was a smart cookie and would tell me only half the things. He had earned his knowledge on the shop floor. I got stuck in my work, and ultimately decided to go back to my boss for the solution. The boss smiled and said, “If you cannot find your solution, and you need my help every time, then I don’t need you.” I gave a sheepish smile and went back to the shop floor. I learnt two things that day. Never ask for any solution from the boss and never ask anything to the chargehand. From that day onwards, I became self-sufficient. After a month, once the chargehand, who was elderly, and I was having tea. He said, “Sir, you are highly educated and smart. I purposely was not sharing details with you. I knew that you would pick up and start teaching me within one month!” That is what exactly happened from that day.
Teaching, working with your own hands and maybe writing a book makes one thorough. I have not written any books, but since I started blogging regularly, I find that my thinking is clear. Once I start writing a blog, generally I know how it will end up.
Similarly, in life, in work situation or business situation, the old saying always works. “Time and Tide wait for no one!” There many things we want to do in life. We wish to visit places. We want to call that old friend with whom you have not spoken due to a minor misunderstanding. You want to buy a camera and take those photos which you were hoping to take. But you are always so busy that you don’t find the time.
But that you are busy is not understood by Death. It will come when it comes. So, don’t wait and do things when you want to do. Don’t wait for tomorrow or next month or a year. Do it now! In today’s language, it means asap- as soon as possible!
Let me end with an exciting story. A man is sitting in his office, and suddenly sees “Death”! He is not prepared. He says to “Death”, “Why don’t you look at the latest products I have created.” Death gets busy in looking at the presentation and the product range. The guy is sharp. He takes the death warrants brought by Death. He shuffles them and puts his own warrant at the end of the stack. The Death God is impressed, and he says, “I am impressed with your products. So today I will change the order and start execution in reverse. Today, I will use the last warrant first!”
Cheers friends! Get going and learn whatever you and do your things asap!