the ultimate question

Trying to find the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything

Who am i?

Who I am doesn't matter. What I will do to make the world a better place matters. The ultimate answer doesn't matter. The journey you take to find your answers matters.

Don't be in a hurry to grow up

Never stop learning. What you learn about yourself and the world around you matters. The experiences you have matter.

It’s ok to make mistakes

As long as you’ve really understood the actual nature of the mistakes you made and learnt from them. It’s ok to lose the war, don’t lose the lesson.

Apologizing for them matters

Sometimes we’re in a hurry to say sorry. We’re in a hurry to be forgiven. We apologize for the wrong thing. This hurts the other person even more, because they feel that we never understood them. You can’t rush the other person to forgive you. Seek forgiveness and give it time.

It’s okay to ask for help

Get up after you fall. It’s okay to say “i don't know”.

Don’t panic

Relax. Give your wounds time to heal. Find your balance. Try again. You fail only when you stop trying.

Ask questions, but have faith

Be curious. Ask why and don't stop asking until you are satisfied with the answer.

It's tough to not question everything. But sometimes you need to have faith and just trust the process.

Keep an open mind

Be aware that some answers might be beyond your understanding. Be aware that there are unknown unknowns – things you don't know that you don't know.

Get the right mindset

Mindset matters. Approach matters. Thoughts matter. Actions matter. You cant have the right approach without the right mindset. Your thoughts will be incorrect if your approach isn't correct. Your actions will be futile or hurtful, if you haven't critically thought them through.

Think critically

Think deeply about the problem you are solving before you think broadly about the ways it can be solved.

And think broadly about the ways a problem can be solved before you think deeply about any one solution to the problem.

Act decisively

Make sure that your actions don't hurt others.

Live

Make memories. You die only when people forget that you ever existed. No one else knows your reality. Take charge of your life.

Be thankful

The glass is half full, not half empty. Be thankful that you have a glass. There are so many people in the world who are less privileged than you.

Who can't sleep peacefully at night. Who don't have a roof to protect them from the storm. Who are forced into labor, marriage or slavery. Who can't walk. Who can't feel. Who are blind, even thought they can see.

Be thankful for everything you have. Be content. You don't need much to be happy.

Eat. Sleep. Repeat.

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Things I’ve learnt so far from life and the people who I’ve been lucky to have met so far.

Random on purpose.

Living document. Updated as and when I have learnt some more.

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Things I've tried to balance at some point in my life.

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The Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy.

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Don’t remember your passwords.

Here’s why..

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Let’s write a poem.

A poem about you, written by you, read by no one else other than you.

It is only then that the real answers will come out.

Here are some examples.

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If you were to read one article this month, this must be it.

https://hbr.org/2010/07/how-will-you-measure-your-life

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This comment on Hacker News by phuff

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3002320

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Something I had saved from Hacker News

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Ask these questions before you begin to fly -

  1. Do you have enough fuel to take off and land?

  2. Are you ready to take a good leap of faith?

  3. Have you let go of everything that might hold you back?

  4. Have you said your goodbyes to those who will miss you if don’t come back?

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