A Tale of Two Tweets

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On Dec 19 , after reading an article by  John Rampton, Why most colleges dont teach Internet Marketing , I tweeted & copied Coursera Founder , Prof Andrew Ng , whose lecture I attended at one of the IBM Education conference. 

.@johnrampton great write up. The solution is to offer #DigitalMarketing as a #MOOC http://t.co/B6FYRQV083 cc @AndrewYNg #education Dec 19, 2014

Exactly, within 15 days , I received a revert from Vishal Sachdev, Director @ Univ of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, that solution I proposed has been implemented.

RT @vishalsachdev: @rucsb Solution implemented @uiucbusiness and @coursera https://t.co/c6Z2Xj3bq5 cc @johnrampton @AndrewYNg Jan 04, 2015 

Whoa.

Such is the power of internet, when information flows freely without boundaries of hierarchy or power.

Reminds me of New clue From Cluetrain Manifesto ( Source- Doc Searls and David Weinberger)  – On the Net, we are the medium. We are the ones who move messages. We do so every time we post or retweet, send a link in an email, or post it on a social network.

Digital Marketing course starts in April 2015, for all those who care about Digital and Marketing stuff.

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Open Letter to All Students of Life

Happiness lies in action , in showing up.
Be Thoughtful & Maintain a Bias for Action
Do hard work and smart work both as situation demands consistently
Navel gazing doesn’t  move mountains but produces qualitative thought
Reflection and Quiet time is necessary for creativity / innovation to occur
Question everything . Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Stay true to your friends
Connect with people from closely knit communities
Passion is the fuel to realize dreams
Talent is God given, Stay humble
Master your craft
Value & seek the company of wise folks
Love your parents & thy neighbor
Spot Comedy of errors. Comic relief is a must.
Learn to laugh at your mistakes but never repeat them
Develop A sense of humor to bear the cross
Remember fondly of folks who adore you
Make moments count, Be memorable
Take pride & interest in your career , no matter however humble or great.
You are the child of God meant to do stuff as you will
Being is enough
Read great literature and poetry
Gratitude is the best kept secret to healthy relationships & happy mind
Praise & appreciation works wonders. It makes 2 people happy -the giver & receiver
Stay curious , Stay hungry. Remain a student of Life.
Boss is always right & you are the boss of your Life 

Does Philosophy make us a better Leader ?

 

The richness of inner, rational beauty always spreads and deepens  ~ Nietzsche

An instant smile gleams through my face when I hear this bollywood song ” Philosophy ka craze hai, Kehti hai yeh ik phase hai ” as if LYRICS were written exclusively for me. ” 





At 35, in the quest for Truth and self discovery, to interrogate myself, my way of Living, answer questions about Morality, Free Will ,  I  discovered and took to reading deeper and original Philosophers eg Nietzsche, David Humes et al to be a different kind of person. Once you believe in Growth mindset ( Carol Dweck ) , you tend to believe you are not carved in stone and can evolve as you will. 
I believe PHILOSOPHY is utmost for an EXAMINED LIFE . 

An unexamined Life is not worth Living –  Socrates

Philosophy answers lots of big questions about LIFE & once you  gain further understanding you tend to develop an inner compass to sail through various situations in LIFE. 

Further Resources to explore for inner strength , beauty and to further deepen thought around Philosophy for Life.

1. Open Culture

1100 Free Online Courses from Top Universities. & collection of 120 Free Philosophy eBooks.

2 . Philosophy for Life  – Book  

3. Plato at the Googleplex – Why Philosophy won’t go away – Book by Rebecca Goldstein

4. On Strategy – What Managers can Learn from Philosophy ( Coursera MOOC ) 

5. How Philosophy makes you a better Leader – HBR article