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The hardest part of the job is to play

January 8th, 2016 by Pawan Gupta

All study no play makes Jack a dull boy. Well what if Jack was a wannapreneur? It would not only make him dull but leave his ideas die too before even coming to life. We all have so many ideas in our heads which may or may not solve the problems we take up completely. But these ‘may nots’ often kill the ‘mays’ and we jump from one idea to next before trying out the previous one; the reason being generally is to find a bit more certainty of success in what we finally do or sometimes more innovation or creativity in our ideas. And in all this expectation of finding a solution that looks perfect in its ideation, we forget to start. We forget that innovation and creativity can’t come out of the blue from ideation; they need a ground to grow and we have to prepare that ground first with even the minimal resource and skill that we have. That We must give our ideas a try; that we must play even if we aren’t sure to win.

We learnt this lesson in the paper prototyping workshop given by Akshat Raghava at ASLI. The whole day struggle with the paper and tools made us realize how easy it is to ideate the perfect solution but how difficult it is to put it together. Perfect solutions or the most innovative ones require a lot of skill, precision and time. I completely failed at first while putting together the grand scheme of plan that I ideated for my prototype and learnt how I should have started small and iterated to reach the better alternatives. So I started all over again, this time with one idea at a time learning from the small failures that I met at various steps. We also realized how difficult it’s to create something even if it is just with paper and required consistent effort and patience of learning; and why we we must keep on playing with the hands instead of our heads in order to make smaller mistakes and learn from them.

We must give our ideas life in our hands before they die in our head.

We may see it like this: Ideas are eager to come to the life and breathe in the real world and a wannapreneur’s job is to play with those ideas. It’s the hardest part of his job but is the only rewarding one. He can afford to fail but not to miss the slightest chance of success and to make sure he doesn’t, he must keep playing and learning. The harder he plays, the more he learns. Of course, not all ideas are worth playing with but we never know which ones are worthy before we try them at least once. We must think before going ahead with an idea but not over think. Over thinking often kills not only the idea but also our opportunity to learn from our mistakes and become better. The mantra to fail fast is to be remembered and I would also add what I learnt that we must fail small in order to succeed big.

We should not compromise with our ideas until we see them failing. And this requires that we keep testing our ideas because that’s what is needed to reach the best solutions -iterations; you need to leave behind all the mediocre ones to reach the best.
As Niel Bohr puts it – An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that could be made in that field.

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सपनो के भारत के निर्माता

October 14th, 2015 by Paritosh Priyadarshi

रात्रि को ठण्ड ने जब,
निर्बल शरीर को ठिठोर दिया,
फटी हुई चादर ओढ़कर,
पाँव सिकोड़ कर, कठोर तन कर ,
उसने अपने मन की ऊर्जा से,
बढ़ती ठण्ड को समेट लिया !

किरण फूटने से पहले वाली,
रेलगाड़ी ने जब सन्देश दिया,
छण भर में ही उसने अपना,
पूरा दिन भर देख लिया !

ईंट ईंट से उसने न जाने,
कितने भवनों को जोड़ दिया।
सड़क को, पुलिया को, और
नदियों को बांधो से घेर लिया !

छोटी सी दिहाड़ी कमाई पे,
महंगाई ने जब चोट किया,
कुछ रोटियों के साथ उसने
अपने सपनों को भी लपेट लिया !

इन्ही रोटियों की खातिर,
उसने अपने सपनो को भी बेच दिया।
शिछा से वंचित उसे, अन्धेर ने ,
अपने चपेट में ले लिआ !

थके हारे उस निर्बल शरीर को,
रात्रि में ठण्ड ने जब फिर से ठिठोर दिया।
उसी पुरानी चादर को फिर से उसने ओढ़ लिया।
सपनो के भारत में लगे, उस नवयुवक ने,
सपने देखना छोड़ दिया !!

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Two on One

October 12th, 2015 by Paritosh Priyadarshi

I had picked up Daniel Kahnman’s book ‘Thinking Fast and slow’ two years ago. A modest purchase which after a few attempts, I thought would be best adorning my shelf. Sometime back, I ended up at a place with a discussion aimed at the two characters of the book, System 1 and System 2. Here is how Daniel perceives them.

System 1 operates automatically and quickly, with little or no effort and with hardly a sense of voluntary control.
System 2 requires attention and mental effort, a voluntary and subjective experience of agency, choice and concentration.

The beauty of the book lies in the experience it creates. Amazed at how the author has managed to let the readers see through what has been stated in black and white. And that is where the conflict started for me. He has described system 1 as the hero of the book, that is where, he says all the action is. While my system 1 would be elated, the second one wasn’t very pleased with this piece of information.

So ‘it’ made me dig into experiences where it really took over the system 1, even though Kahnman would have wanted it, in such situations to sit back and relax. But what if, it were to be correct. Could there possibly be a misconnection? a different wiring? or just that the wires got entangled and to simplify the matters the brain reworked the circuit?

Kahnman says we can’t control where system 1 gets involved and how but we can exercise these rights with our system 2. And there’s a fair chance we may be over doing it. System 2 gives us the feel that we have a sense of control over things, over our decisions, judgements and we tend to use more and more of system 2 to surround ourselves with the illusion that we have some sort of control over ‘situations’. System 1 is more of a gut approach, a random shot, reflex. So in order to create more of that wonderful experience we tend to scrutinize the activities of our system 1 too much (maybe when we are accused of thinking too much :P ) But system 2 doesn’t like surprises. It’ll reflect on arguably similar sets of experiences, connect hypothetical situations, draw random conclusions and convince us with irrational logic of what’s right and why. Mind you, it even knows what convinces us so it also banks on experience. Poor sys1 doesn’t get that much attention.

System 1 works seamlessly to generate data for system 2, most of the time they work in tandem so that the effort is minimized and output optimized. Its a process to make our lives simpler. But like most relationships of our digital era, this one too has become complicated. Our wish to preside over situation is making us analyze even minor pieces of information or acts and that exactly what is driving us crazy. That is why we often have people reminding us to ‘chill’. This is also killing and infringing the creative space that all of us have.

In past we related humans with limitations, to err was human but with time to err has been to fail. People are often quoted saying “in my field of work there’s a zero chance of error”. Previously a poor person might have been called ‘unfortunate’ but now he is looked down upon as a loser.We have come to believe that whatever we think of, it can be done, achieved or reached. In doing so we have almost enslaved our system1, it acts according to the whims of the other one. The harmony or the efficient division of labour that was programmed has been altered.

When people said some decisions are made by the heart and some by the mind, they indirectly referred these characters of Kahnman but now the game has changed. People are even entering into relationships which seem logical and most wouldn’t find it surprising at all. Cause we may have been wired now :P. That is why we have applications which can predict the health and longevity of relationships, because its mostly reduced to data and logic.

So I feel there is need to hit the internet, to know what are the 7 ,14, or 21 things that we need to do to ensure that we return to our organic state. For my case I am pretty sure whatever it is, it’ll have to go through my system 2, will have to be accessed whether it aligns with my goals and career plans and of course it has to be logical and practical.

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The Fire

October 8th, 2015 by Gaurav Chauhan

It was a spark that became a fire, I as a young kid used to look at the things in a different way and wonder why nobody is doing anything about the problems of pollution, environmental threats and state of technology.  The mind always used to look for the solutions to see the desired change, that urge to make everyone’s lives better and empower people with innovative products has turned into fire and has led to leave the job in marketing research. This burning desire has actually taken the center place now and driving me to go off track.

That’s why I chose the different route and came to Adianta to become active member of its innovative education system so that I learn from that and develop solutions backed by innovation. Innovation is the key for development and whatever we see around us is the result of these over the time, thanks to inventors and leaders to make that possible. So, to ideate and implement on the next generation of products and ideas, I needed a space surrounded with intellectuals and change-makers, Adianta is serving it well. The Learning system at Adianta is different from the conventional ones and very well aligned with the needs of current startup culture, that’s what I appreciate. So, I look forward to see the transition in the next 12 months and achieve the goals and fulfill the fire from the early stage of my life.

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