Saturday, October 14, 2006

There are no rules. Just follow your heart...

Don't know who first said these, but remember these words were my friend-sis Navina's email sign-off. Don't know why, but was suddenly thinking about these, and they seem to make a lot of sense.


This is my desktop background currently. Whenever I look at this, it sends me a message.
Do what you want to do in your life, and
Do only what you want to do, and
Do all that you want to do in your life - you've only got one!, and
Do it now!

Do not mistake me here, i'm not suggesting to be selfish. If caring for others and keeping people around you happy, is what brings utmost satisfaction to you, then that's what you want to do in your life! Do that!

Be ambitious. Be passionate. Pursue what you love and what you're passionate about, whatever it takes in life. And before that, do the due diligence, which is the most difficult and endless thing - first discover what makes you passionate!

I'm still in that process, no where close to finding out what is the single most thing in the world that makes me passionate about. Steve Jobs, CEO Apple, once said during an address. Do what you love to do. Every morning when you wake up, look at yourself in the mirror and ask this question - If today were the last day of your life, would you still do what you had in plans to do for the day? If you receive a NO continuously for a period of time, then you're not pursuing what you love, be it a person or an ambition or a career, and you got to change tracks soon! And that's what he did, when he quit school and found Apple Computer, Inc in his garage.

UPDATED:
The question (in the comments section) was my opinion on choosing between what is right and what one wants to do. And here's it. Posting it back here for those who've subscribed through bloglines.

Well, that is an excellent and relevant question. In fact, that is one of the debates that is intensely troubling me right now. I don't say one is better over the other.

While, 'doing what is right' means doing acting to what your mind says. And, 'doing what you want' is acting to what your heart says. The most respectable and ideal person is one who has these two aligned.

I said your point is very relevant to this post becuase I speak here of spending your life doing just what you want to do. And in my opinion, one should always do what he wants to do. If one of the things that you want to do conflicts with what your mind thinks, I would sit back and spend some time thinking if I really want to do that. If yes (and it's not unethical [as I define in MY code of ethics] or illegal) I'll go ahead and do that.

After all, I'm not Jesus Christ or Mahatma. I'm human too. So, discounting for that factor, I'll go with my heart.
But I agree, I need to convince myself before that so as to not feel guilty later, which is difficult too.

And more than that, even today, I mean this very day, I'm seeing people close to me make mistakes on what they feel is right or wrong. Sometimes, you think you're doing the right thing by going against your heart, but then you don't realize some times that everyone around is worse off by that decision in the long run. I do that too, sometimes, although I understand economics. So, it's hard to discern what is right and what is wrong, you don't know what the future has in store. Might as well go with your heart!

But the debate has no end to it! The heart and the mind have been created that way.

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Blogger Dream Sporting said...

That speech by Steve Jobs is probably the best I have ever read. I have a label titled 'Good Read' in my gmail account and the link to his words is one of the handful in there. Unfortunately, in spite of all the motivation it provides, living up to his words, has proved to be completely futile...thus far!

7:26 PM  
Blogger Dream Sporting said...

btw...Do you have an opinion on the 'doing what is right vs 'doing what you want' debate?

7:44 PM  
Blogger Padmanaban Kumar (paddu) said...

Can you post the link here, I'd like to read that again too, I just had those words in mind. Had read it a long time back.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Padmanaban Kumar (paddu) said...

Well, that is an excellent and relevant question. In fact, that is one of the debates that is intensely troubling me right now. I don't say one is better over the other.

While, 'doing what is right' means doing acting to what your mind says. And, 'doing what you want' is acting to what your heart says. The most respectable and ideal person is one who has these two aligned.

I said your point is very relevant to this post becuase I speak here of spending your life doing just what you want to do. And in my opinion, one should always do what he wants to do. If one of the things that you want to do conflicts with what your mind thinks, I would sit back and spend some time thinking if I really want to do that. If yes (and it's not unethical [as I define in MY code of ethics] or illegal) I'll go ahead and do that.

After all, I'm not Jesus Christ or Mahatma. I'm human too. So, discounting for that factor, I'll go with my heart.
But I agree, I need to convince myself before that so as to not feel guilty later, which is difficult too.

And more than that, even today I'm seeing people close to me make mistakes on what they feel is right or wrong. Sometimes, you think you're doing the right thing by going against your heart, but then you don't realize some times that everyone around is worse off by that decision in the long run. I do that too, sometimes, although I understand economics. So, it's hard to discern what is right and what is wrong, you don't know what the future has in store. Might as well go with your heart!

But the debate has no end to it! The heart and the mind have been created that way.

9:15 PM  
Blogger Mani said...

Excellent discussion/comment.. Update the original post to include this comment for the benefit of ppl relying on blogroll like me..

12:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like this space is getting philosophical too, these days. :) Very good. These are some nice opinions and comments. Keep it going, buddy.

1:29 AM  
Blogger Padmanaban Kumar (paddu) said...

Thanks, Mani. Will do.

1:44 AM  
Blogger Dream Sporting said...

That is a pretty comprehensive answer, covering all bases. As I see it, your verdict is the heart, which makes a whole lot of sense. And as your original post says, the key for that is to find what your heart really wants.

The other line of thought is where, you do what your mind wants, typically sacrificing the desires of the heart or in rare cases, going completely against your heart. The key here is the 'sacrifice' involved. Considering that any sacrifice is a noble act, maybe once in a while, a man should sacrifice.

4:59 PM  
Blogger Dream Sporting said...

Forgot about the link you'd asked. Here it is...
http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505

Thanks to you asking, I read it again :)

5:00 PM  
Blogger Padmanaban Kumar (paddu) said...

Point taken and agreed upon.

Yes, scarifice is noble, only as long as it positively makes at least the person you're sacrificing for (if not everyone else around) happy in the long run. Or at least that should be the hope....yes.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Ponniyinselvan said...

hi paddu,
u seem to fall in my line.u know i practised your philosophy in my life.Doing what i liked to do.well .

8:46 PM  

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