Things I Learn From Russell Simmons

Today I got to know about Russell Simmons an American Business Magnate and world’s third richest figure in hip hop industry.  In the podcast they discussed how he transformed himself from a drug addict to a successful business man. I got to know him through James Altucher weekly podcasts. James Altucher does this weekly podcasts where he invites successful business men from all over the world, to share their life journey. I am an avid follower of his podcasts.

Russell-Simmons-730Russell shared that he practices Yoga and meditation and he is also on a vegan diet from several years. He also shared many of his beliefs on why we should not consume non vegetarian food and the American polices behind cheapening the animal meat and how that’s harmful for people who are consuming it.

On his journey from being a drug addict to a successful business man, he shared that people take drugs only to have a quite mind, and drugs give an illusion to it but to gain consciousness meditation is the only way to go. He described that life’s only goal is to be happy and comfortable, which I completely agree with because I find this definition in every successful person’s dictionary. He tell everyone to focus on giving and he believes that by giving we get more from the universe.

Russell Simmons have written many books and 4 of them were in New York best sellers list. I am looking forward to read those books.

Thank you,

Faisal

Iteration & Revolution

Sometimes back I was watching  an interview of a Silicon Valley venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya, an amazing person with a vision to change how we live altogether. It was really awesome to see his thought process, and it made me realize how important it is to be in touch with right set of people, people who think differently indeed change the world.

He talked about many things, however one thing that struck me most was the difference between iteration and revolution.

chamathWe love revolution, many years back Google was a revolution, followed by Facebook. We all were very skeptical about these things yet they lasted and are going to do so in next 25 years or so. He explained about the iterative nature of the business, currently Facebook is an iterative company and so is Google, they still try to do many things which seems revolutionary but they are slowly becoming an iterative company altogether.

He truly believes that there are many revolutionary things that are going to happen in these time and also shared some his projects that are pretty awesome in Silicon Valley standards.

It was shocking to me when he reasoned why the formal education is going to end in near future, and how it would be taken over by online education. I think that’s revolutionary too, and I could see many people being skeptical about it as well.

Thank you,
Faisal

Things I learned From A. R. Rahman

Yesterday I watched one of the interviews of music director A. R. Rahman at Google. One thing that I have found common among really successful people is that they are really authentic. This trait was very much visible in him also. Simplicity and peacefulness are among many other attributes that i liked in him.

I have so many questions in my mind that I would like to have an answer and for that I read books, listen to podcasts and watch interviews of many successful people around the world. Apart from that I like to talk to everyone and try to learn from everybody. I was delighted to see that there was  a question and answer session in that interview also and subconsciously I was hoping that somebody could ask him my question. 

I was very lucky and one lady did ask him “what was he thinking when he was 19 years old?”

arrahmanTo my surprise the answer however was that he was very confused at that time and he didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life and also he did not wanted to pursue a carrier in music and his mother made him to do so.

Think about it for a second one of the most successful music directors of the world did not wanted to pursue music and did not know what he wanted to do with his life.

Turns out that it’s OK if you don’t know what to do with your life right now. As long as you are curious to have an answer to that question you still have a chance to make your mark in this world.

Thank you Akash for recommending this to me and also congratulations on your new job.

Thank you,
Faisal