Leading By Example

This morning I’m thinking hard about solving the audience-centered design problem for my personal website, and the best way to present my advertising portfolio which isn’t public yet.

I do not want a static profile. I want a two-way reader-friendly, minimalist platform which enables me to share insightful lessons and stories from my life and work, which could be helpful to many creative professionals around the world. I started my publishing journey way back in 2005, and there’s a goldmine of life + business insights there.

I need to sit down and write that content thinking book which I promised to write based on my Content Manifesto for Startups & Brands (2013), and a content + design / marketing blog for global audiences. Basically, there is a lot to figure out while contemplating and writing about designing business and technology solutions to solve difficult, real world problems, persisting and probable.

Science fiction is one of the immediate, effective and intimate modes of identifying, exploring and coming up with possible solutions for present and future problems. The challenge for world leaders and social entrepreneurs is to apply lessons/insights from orderly fiction in the chaotic world. How do I connect these dots of interests and strengths for business and social impact?

“Think in decades,” a business mentor once told me. My wild and roaring twenties are nearly over. It’s time to lay the ground for 30s to come, and try to lead by example.

Thank you for being with me in this exploration of self and the world! <3

The Three Types: Dreamers, Doers and Achievers

What kind of people are you surrounded with: the dreamers, doers or achievers? A simple model which I sketched to explain and understand people better:

Three Types

Who are the dreamers?

These are the types who can talk. Those who want to learn to read music today and a foreign language tomorrow, but their desire to accomplish these never translate into meaningful action.

Favourite Quote:

“I think, therefore I am.” — René Descartes

Who are the doers?

These are the butt of people’s jokes. These are the crazy ones who think different, stay different. They never lose sight of the fact that the only thing which sets them apart from other millions is they think and they do. And they don’t give up easily.

Favourite Quote:

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” — Gandhi

Who are the achievers?

These are the types who never, never give up; those who dream and do and are successful, but still manage to stay hungry, foolish and humble!

Favourite Quote:

“Sometimes, if you aren’t sure about something, you have to just jump off the bridge and grow wings on your way down.” — Danielle Steel

Note: See the context here on Quora.