Hey there man! Hi.
This moment now, it’s just you and me, talking the Big Man talk. Pretend the world is not listening.
Just a question to consider before you go to sleep today. Did you create anything today, worthy or crappy, art or trash, whatever it may be, did you or did you not create something today?
Because if you don’t, chances are you are spending most of your time consuming the fruit of other people’s labor. It’s parasitic sucking of blood. You had the right to be one when you were born. At that time you couldn’t do anything, except eat, shit, cry, sleep and repeat cycle. And then because of your parents’ invisible forces of love, you were allowed to continue your occupation as a parasite for the next twenty two years (at this point, every five or less sensed living beings in the world, reading this are going, “WTF!”).
But now it’s time. In fact it is high time you stop consuming so much and start creating value for the people around you. Be a giver. Not a sucker.
Give as much as you can. Never worry about the quality of your givings. Worry about the number of people you are giving the values to. Because it is a popularity contest. It’s ok to touch and impact positively the lives of people around you. But it’s hippy and cool to touch strangers and their kids – I mean their lives. The top people with most facebook likes and twitter followers are Gandhi, Teresa, Edison, Bruce Lee, and Jackie Chan. They are the top ones in the popularity contest. Join the race. History has more pages to write. You certainly can overtake them.
Pay it forward like the good old Andrew Carnegie and Bill Gates. You’d had terrific advantages all your life so far. You were given education – not a crappy one that you get in government schools (sorry govt!) but the high quality ones that let you master English, use google and internet like a pro, laugh at jokes made at the opposite side of the world, learn the best of tech that the best of the world are learning and using. You never really knew hunger or physical adversity. You don’t even have a medical stitch or a scratch anywhere in your body. You didn’t have repaired limbs, or heart conditions (yet you fuss over your dandruff). You are not even parent-less to this point now. And you type this all at the rate of 90 words per minute without ever looking at the keyboard. What more advantages a man could have?
How much more can a man owe the world?
You can give back daily in a lot of way. But first let’s not worry about the giving part. Worry about the creating part. Because if you create stuff daily, junk or not, one day you’d become so good at what you are creating that you’d be able to give value to a lot more people than you could have imagined (Even if people don’t want what you create, you’d have happiness in your name. But let’s not digress. We are running for the popularity contest, and the goal is to get our face printed in the 1 lac rupee note that will get printed in 50 years from now.)
So create. And don’t consume. Well that’s a catchy phrase, but an impossibility when it comes to bringing it to life. You can’t just stop consumption altogether. It’s what provides inputs to your creating part. That will mate with your weirdo subconscious mind and produce babies with interesting anatomy. The world is in constant need of these disproportionate, yet amusing and helpful babies. So the catch phrase should really be, Create more than you Consume. Sounds plausible.
What can you create?
1. I can create blog posts! Love doing them so much! The real value I hope to share through this blog and my writings is that I can write in a way that touches and convinces people to live their life in a good way. My writings should inspire. Or at least should make people laugh, or chuckle, or smile, or just a mental ‘lol’.
2. I can code in the exotic ruby language. I have some ideas and continue to produce ideas for internet apps that I can make in Ruby. That’s the other hobby I can have that I can both enjoy doing and learning at the same time.
3. I can draw. Scroll down in this post but nothing of creative sort. Just copy cat art.
4. Babies. 5. I’m good at giving good advices in an inspiring way. People get pumped up if I steal and share the “connecting your dots” story from Steve Jobs’ speech. Wait. That’s not an act of creation. I can’t be happy just by giving advices. Crap this point.
Well that’s that. No sports, cars, bikes, girls, drinks, news, music. I like 4 things (3 actually). Is it too little? It’s too much. I remember crying over my bed just 5 years ago, while at college, for not having still found out where my heart is. Now it’s in more than one place. Can’t ask more from life.
Forget money, forget tax, foget reputation, forget everything, except whether or not you are creating stuff. That’s the only way you can gurantee good quality, unadulterated happiness for yourself. You become happy when you make people around you happy (don’t know why the hell the world works in that weird way, but it does.) That’s important because that’s what will matter to you the most when you die.
Let’s speak business now. You are now a Company. Your stakeholders are your parents, wife, and your kids (not yet, but the company is in talks to rope in these new guys). Your actions impact them directly. It’s a big responsibility to not let anyone down. These stakeholders have invested so much of resource into you. Repay them many times over their kindness.
Go create crap. And then more crap. And then more. And then people will call you a Creative Genius Artist.