Perception!

July 29, 2009

On this weekend I went to clubhouse in our apartment complex. I wanted to get up to speed with ASP.NT MVC. Recently, I’ve fallen in love with this ‘Ruby-on-Rail’ish technology. So, usually this place is very quiet. One can see the peaceful blue of swimming pool through the wall-to-wall glass doors. Focus lights in the high ceiling, comfortable round tables and comfy chairs, etc, etc. And no distractions, I like it there.

This particular weekend, just after I settled down and started working, a family arrived on the swimming pool. Then started the splashes and joyful screams of those kids and frantic instructions (Don’t go to the deep end, etc) of their parents. I was not very much bothered at this point. In fact I was wondering why there were not more people in the pool area, on such a hot day. After a while something weird started. Someone from the pool repeatedly started shouting ‘MARCO’, then others would say ‘POLOO!!’ MARCO!.. POLO!.. MARCO!.. POLO!.. It was driving me insane. WTF? What are they shouting for? It’s been 15 minutes almost and they were still shouting. They would stop in between for a minute and then they would start again. I almost thought of going outside to the pool and asking them to quite down.

Then it occurred to me. Are they playing some kind of a game? I immediately searched on our trustworthy wikipedia.com. Sure enough, there it was – Marco Polo Game. Suddenly it all made sense to me. It’s a game very similar to our आन्धळी कोशिंबीर. They were not shouting insanely for no particular reason after all. 🙂 They were playing a game – The Mom, and the Dad and the kids. And they were immensely enjoying it. As soon as I knew what it was, it stopped bothering me. In fact, it was kind of cute. I turned my chair back to face swimming pool and watched them play for a few minutes. Then I started working again without being bothered, even though there was the same chorus of continuous MARCO! POLO! in the background.

‘Change of Perception’ can be a useful tool. If you can’t change the situation, try to change the perception.

Cheers,
Tejas Joshi


What did I learn today? July 27, 2009

July 27, 2009

Hi Folks,

Every day, I share most interesting links, quotes, insights that I come across. Here is today’s scoop –

  1. Please watch when you have 20 minutes to spare, that way you can watch it till end. It may come across as a little melodramatic, but I think it’s true nevertheless, very true. P.S. – I’m not endorsing any product here. 🙂
  2. Another powerful lesson by Steve Blank – Ask and It Shall be Given. Even though you may know the message already, Steve tells it with a personal story, which makes it very interesting.

What did you learn today? Can you please share with me?


Cheers,

Tejas Joshi


What did I learn today? July 16, 2009

July 17, 2009

Hi Folks,

Every day, I share most interesting links, quotes, insights that I come across. Here is today’s scoop –

1) Another great discussion from ask.metafilter.com on overcoming social awkwardness. Following comment caught my eye. It’s totally irrelevant to the topic at hand so to say, but interesting nevertheless. I find it thought provoking, something to consider, if I ever had to hire customer service reps in this lifetime.

Right out of college, I got a job working in a call center, the 800 customer service # for a major corporation. Unlike the situation today, where call centers are crap jobs with crap pay, this company took it very seriously. The phone reps were seen as the face of the company, the primary point of contact for potential and current customers, so we were invested in. We had decent salaries, fantastic training on not just our product but on communicating with customers via phone, and were encouraged to move up in the company (no lie: I know several call center alumni who now hold executive positions).

The entire discussion is worth giving a read, lot of useful advice, as always.

What did you learn today? Can you please share with me?


Cheers,

Tejas Joshi


What did I learn today? July 10, 2009

July 10, 2009

Hi Folks,

Every day, I share most interesting links, quotes, insights that I come across. Here is today’s scoop –

1) Good article about e-commerce website usability by Greg Nudelman – The Mystery of Filtering by Sorting. Main takeaways for me are as follows –

  • Most users do not have clear understanding of the difference between sorting and filtering. They use sort function as if it’s a filter.
  • we should lay out search controls in such a way that users can read their settings as an English sentence. e.g. Search [–text box–] in [–categories drop down–] sort by [–sort option drop down–]
  • On e-commerce website search results, most users don’t go beyond first screen full, i.e. they don’t even scroll down. Many of them don’t go beyond first page. Almost nobody goes to third page. The more no. of search results fit in first page and first screen full, comfortably, the better.

2) A very good article about how to come up with new entrepreneurial ideas. What a Pain.In.The.Ass. Chris Oleary has a simple but powerful thought.

3) The dark side of entrepreneurship. Accounting is very important in any business. Always be extra-cautious, do your homework, be lean, save a stash of money which can be used in hard times. Better to be prepared than being caught off-guard. Finally, entrepreneurship is not just about BIG REWARDS, but also about RISK which has to precede rewards.

What did you learn today? Can you please share with me?


Cheers,

Tejas Joshi


What did I learn today? July 2, 2009

July 2, 2009

Hi Folks,

Every day, I share most interesting links, quotes, insights that I come across. Here is today’s scoop –

1) Here is another good blog post by Derek Sivers I discovered today. Are you future-focused or present-focused? The marshmallow experiment. I’m becoming kind of fan of Derek Sivers. He is music composer turned entrepreneur, former owner of CD Baby, sold it for 22 million $ in 2008. Many of his blog posts are thought provoking and inspirational for wannabe entrepreneurs. Derek mentions a book time paradox. I need to check it out soon.

What did you learn today? Can you please share with me?


Cheers,

Tejas Joshi


What did I learn today? June 30, 2009

June 30, 2009

Hi Folks,

Every day, I share most interesting links, quotes, insights that I come across. Here is today’s scoop –

1) Great discussion about how to lead a business meeting. Comment snippet I liked best is –

She analyzes the likely interests of the multiple stakeholder groups before each meeting and has a quiet word with the most influential decision-makers, "asking their advice" about the contentious issues that are likely to arise, so that no-one’s position ever comes as a surprise in the actual meeting.

2) Great advice on How to be rich & how not to be rich – by Felix Dennis, Britain’s business tycoon. Check out the article, it’s a very good read. In the article, Dennis says:

After a lifetime of making money and observing better men and women than me fall by the wayside, I am convinced that fear of failing in the eyes of the world is the single biggest impediment to amassing wealth. Trust me on this. ()

3) And now, this one is for my brother and all the 20 something singles – Welcome to Your Quarterlife Crisis.

What did you learn today? Can you please share with me?


Cheers,
Tejas Joshi


What did I learn today? – June 29, 2009

June 29, 2009

Hi Folks,

I will share most interesting links,  quotes, insights every day. In return you share yours’ with me. Deal? Well, that’s the plan. Let’s see.

1) There is a nice discussion going on over at metafilter.comHow to go from 30K to 100K+ income?. I like this comment snippet –

Paul Fussel in his book Class says that the poor don’t care what people think of them & the rich don’t care what people think of them, but the so-called middle class spends inordinate amounts of energy trying to appear to be upper class, and in desperate fear that you can see right through them to their working class roots.

2) Another amazingly inspirational post by Steve Blank.  Agile Opportunism – Entrepreneurial DNA. Opportunities are always there, you need to keep your eyes open and grab the opportunity when it presents itself in front of you.

What did you learn today? Can you please share with me?


Cheers,
Tejas Joshi