Friday, June 27, 2014

Why we do what we do?

      We all have Great Minds and we can achieve anything if we believe in it. Why we do what we do? This is the question surprisingly many of us don't think about. But when you sit down and think about it, you can feel the change you need. We as human beings tend to achieve our goals either by our passion or by putting everybody down and climbing up the ladder. These are the different paths which people take, they are either going to achieve their goals by helping people or by putting them down. Both of these have the same goal but what really matters and is right is the first path. When you contribute to people and help them achieve their goals, you are actually helping yourself to be a better human being and as a result you will be achieving your goals. We human beings are meant to help each other out. For example, your friends and family, who help you at your difficult times. But why do they do it? because they know that you will be ready to help them when they need you.

      Many of us have failed to achieve something in life and when we ask them why did you fail at something you wanted so passionately? The Answer will be that they didn't have the Time, Money, Technology, Experience, Contacts,etc. But if you think about it, those are not the reasons they failed, it is that Inner Drive/force which helps us to achieve something in our life. If someone really wants to achieve something they will find a way to achieve it, no matter what. Even if the person doesn't have money or technology, despite that, he will find a solution. It is not about all the things that I mentioned above but it is about that Inner Force which you need, to do something and contribute to the society. Though the things mentioned above can be one of the obstacles but obstacles are overcomed by people who dare to dream and dare to achieve their goals.

      Sometimes you have all the creativity,technology and time and you are ready to do everything possible to achieve your goals and contribute to society and help each other out, but maybe you are missing that inner force you need in order to boost you up and start achieving it. That Inner Force can be easily activated either by watching a video, talking to someone, reading stories, reading books or even reading a blog.

Let me give you some examples:
      Steve Jobs who started Apple in his garage(do you really think people were going to take it seriously that time?), Mark Zuckerberg a college dropout who made one of the most popular social networking site, Facebook. Also there are Indian Inventors, whom you might not know well, they are Vinod Dham (popularly known as the Father of Pentium Chip) who contributed to the development of the highly successful Pentium processors from Intel, Sabeer Bhatia who founded Hotmail email service, Ajay Bhatt who helped define and develop several widely used technologies like USB (Universal Serial Bus), AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port), PCI Express and various other technologies, and the list does not end here. They all faced obstacles while inventing those things, but they didn't give up.

      Albert Einstein, when he was at school his teachers told his parents that he would not be able to contribute much to society and now we know how much he has contributed to the whole world. Obstacles didn't stop them from achieving their goals. On the contrary, most of us do a job or study only because of the money. They don't want to achieve something in life or chase their dream. They might be having passion to do something else, but because of the peer pressure from the society they could not do it. But, if that had stopped Albert Einstein from learning and inventing things then the world would not have developed much.

      If you still don't know why you are doing what you are doing, get up and follow your heart because it can lead you to things which matter the most and the things that you love doing. True Happiness is often achieved when you love what you are doing or when you do what you love. And that happiness will lead you to success and your life will be amazing. At the end I would say with the help of a quote that,

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Power of Storytelling

      If I told you that there was a guy named "John Montagu" who loved to play cards and he was so much into it that at the time of eating also he used to play cards with one hand and eat with the other. This was one of the problems that he used to face because he can't eat properly with only one hand. So he came up with an idea to eat meat putting it in between slices of toast, which would allow him to finally eat and play cards at the same time. Eating his newly invented "sandwich", the name for 2 slices of bread with meat in between, became one of the most popular meal inventions in the western world.

      John Montagu was a British politician and aristocrat in 1748. You will notice that you will never likely forget the story of who invented the sandwich ever again. Or, you are very less likely to forget it and if it would have been in bullet form or presented in other information based forms then you are likely to forget it faster. That's the power of storytelling. For over 27,000 years, since the first cave painting were discovered, telling stories has been one of our most fundamental communication methods.

      Here is the science around storytelling and how we can use to make our decisions better.

How our brains become more active when we tell stories:

      We all enjoy a good story whether it is a novel, book, movie or simply anything one of our friends is explaining to us that they've experienced. Why do we feel so much engaged when we hear the narrative about events?

      In fact if we see it is quite simple. If we listen to a powerpoint presentation with boring bullet points in it, there are certain parts of the brain which gets activated and that is Broca's area and Wernicke's area, which is used for language processing. It just connect words with meaning and that's it, nothing else.

      When we are told stories though, things drastically changes found researchers in Spain. They found out that not only does the language processing area of the brain gets activated, but also the other areas of the brain which would have been activated if you had actually experienced the events which are told to you. A story can put your whole brain to work. And yet, it gets better. When we tell stories to others that have really helped us shape our way of thinking and way of life, we can have that same effect on them too. The brains of the person telling a story and the person listening to it can actually synchronize, says Uri Hasson from Princeton:
“When the woman spoke English, the volunteers understood her story, and their brains synchronized.  When she had activity in her insula, an emotional brain region, the listeners did too.  When her frontal cortex lit up, so did theirs. By simply telling a story, the woman could plant ideas, thoughts and emotions into the listeners’ brains.”
      Anything you have experienced, you can get others to experience the same. Or at least, get their brain areas that you've activated that way, active too. Why does all that happen? The simple answer to this is: We all are wired that way. A story, if broken down into the simplest form is a connection of cause and effect. And this is exactly how we think.

      Storytelling is one of the most powerful techniques that we as humans have to communicate and motivate. And lastly, I would finish this post with a quote and here it is,