Human Robot

You Are Not A Robot: Stop Living Like One

An illusion called stable Life

If we ask people what’s the life they want to live, most people would vote for a secure life.

People expect life to be absence of any kind of problems., a life which sails smoothly all the way,a life in which everything is happening exactly as they had planned.

They look for a safe life. In other(their) words, a stable life.

If I ask the same question to a freshly passed-out college graduate asking him what he want to do after studies ? He usually says, he wants to secure a job as quickly as possible and within 5 years,  he will have a stable career. He want buy his own home after 7 years. He will even go to an extent that he will become a manager after 10 years. He can also predict what he will do after retirement.

I say. Wow!!!.

He predicted the next 20 years. Not bad. Astrology, is something some people inherit, without their knowledge.

This is not just case with college pass-outs., this is the same answer we get if we ask the folks who are in their mid-careers.

Mind you, I am not at all saying that opting for a stable life is wrong. If you are fine with it, you can skip the rest of this article. But if you are not, then read further because I am going to discuss something extraordinary. And this article is for you.

Now, first of all , what’s a stable life? How do you define a stable life?

Is it your job that makes your life stable?

Is it your control over money that makes your life stable?

Is it your capability of earning  a constant income?

Is it all of the above?

What if any one of these go wrong? Suddenly you are unstable. Isn’t it true?

You see, people often follow other people, be it in studies or career. They believe, it’s the education that determines their success at life. They focus on marks , grades and numbers. You miss a half percentage, and your life is toppled.

Even in career, they (blindly) follow others. They will do what others did. They buy homes because others did. They fall in debt trap because others fell (but didn’t warn them).

Even after getting the job, people think that the they will be in the job forever. They plan their next 5 years, 10 years and 20 years keeping job as focal-point.

Now, can you tell me what’s going to happen next year or next week or even tomorrow or even next moment?

You can’t predict what’s going to happen the very next moment with you.

So, most of the 5 years, 10 year and 20 years plans never work. Because they are just plans. In most of the cases they never happen.

You are much bigger than your plans

I want you to realize that you are actually much bigger than your plans.

You are much more intelligent than you thought. You can do amazing things which you never thought.


Just stop living like a robot. And you will start experiencing the incredible things life has to offer. You don’t need to plan your whole life in advance. Just talk to yourself, what are you really doing and what you should be doing instead.

Who is judging your capabilities anyway?

Why do you think you can never create something awesome?

Why do you self-conclude that you can’t start your own product?

Why do you rule yourself out?

Who is judging you?

It’s none other than your mindset and self limitation judging you.

Time to break the wall of self limitation and come out of fear, comfort zones.

I have a great news for you

Despite your decision to live a stable life, you still have opportunities to create something amazing in your spare time.


Look within.

Think about your strengths. What are are things you are strong at?

Do you specialize in something, in which others are not?

Do you have deep knowledge of something from which others can benefit?

What are you passionate about, because your passion can be your biggest strength.

Can you create something which is based upon your passions?

You can, if you try and take the first step.

Because, you are no more a robot. Now, you see that you started questioning your decisions, started retrospection of yourself and your mindset has begin to change.


Create something – You in action, now

Take a paper and list down all the topics you’re knowledgeable. Also, mark few topics which really excite you.

Can you create something now? You can, just join the dots.

Let me tell you a small example of mine. When I accepted my first website development project (which was for a temple), I didn’t even know what is HTML. I took it up because, I wanted to learn web development in real time. I wanted a challenging assignment. I spent time in learning, applying and finally launched the site. It has been 4 years now, that website is pretty popular and brought me lots of recognition.

Since then, I have created many sites and blogs including the one you are reading now.

Who knows, I may create something new tomorrow or may come up with a book or a software tool. I don’t know. And I love this uncertainty. It makes my life interesting.

Coming back to you.

If you love teaching – You can create an online teaching website where you deliver virtual lessons with help of technology.

Do you love singing? Why don’t you launch your own music album?

Are you a great writer? Why don’t you start a blog, publish a kindle book?

Are you a full time software employee? Why don’t you create new application which automates lots of things and breaks the routine working process at your office?

You can develop an iPhone app, an android app.

Think crazy ideas and see whether you can implement one of those.

If you don’t specialize any of the above, don’t worry. You can still create something new.

” Need is not always mother of all inventions. Sometimes you need to create the need “

Destroy the Robot within you

Destroy the robot within you called self limitation. That’s what holding you back from creation, achievement, fame.

Stability is just an illusion. It holds us back from growing from inside. It ties your hands with fake limitations. It masks your immense potential.

Instead of running behind stability – Run behind ideas, experiments, exploration and keep creating.

Think about an idea and see whether it can make your life. If it can’t, think another idea.

You are very much human, who can breathe, smell, smile and most importantly, create.

You are not programmed, and you have real intelligence.

You are not a Robot. Stop living like one.

Create something. Be awesome.



Naveen is a personal development enthusiast, life explorer, curiosity seeker and recently turned into an internet entrepreneur after leaving his 20-year-old (or young) IT career. He now runs a digital growth company called nvision digital (


  1. Very motivating. You hit the nail on the head in each of your points.
    I vow to destroy the robot within me and actually ‘live’ life. Thanks for these beautiful tips :)

  2. I think this is one of your best posts so far Naveen. Very crisp writing and very motivating.
    Keep it up and thanks for sharing.
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    • Naveen Kulkarni

      Thanks Rahul,
      Writing is something I enjoy. However there is so much room for improvement. I try to convey my message somehow though :-)

  3. Madhu Yadali

    Very cool! I have been thinking to do this for years. I will take your article as inspiration and work on my project with passion! Thanks.

  4. Hey Naveen,
    I believe that presetting our lives to be a certain way will set us up for failure and disappointment.

    Stability is a nice concept but I don’t believe we can actually sustain it long term because life is all about constant change.
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    • Naveen Kulkarni

      Very much true Justin.
      Stability is virtual, it’s not real.

  5. Very motivating post.Thanks for posting it. :) Look forward to more.

    • Naveen Kulkarni

      Thanks for stopping By Rochelle :-)

  6. v.purnaprajna

    Be innovative–

    Nice presentation




    • Naveen Kulkarni

      Thanks sir,
      I think, building your site was the turning point of my life as far as my career in web technologies were concerned.It was so much fun to learn and implement things back in those days.

      I still remember the awesome time we had while designing, planning and interacting.

      Thanks so much for your guidance and support.

  7. I completely agree. Cultural conditioning places us all in a box, I think in order to be truly happy we need to get to know ourselves individually and break out the the box.
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    • Naveen Kulkarni

      Thanks Lea for stopping by and for added words of wisdom :-)

  8. Why wouldn’t I live-
    I live life like a cyborg. I have no emotional attachments. Living life like a robot SHOULDN’T mean self limitation. It means to not have any emotional attachements. You can’t tell us how to live our lives, really.

    • Naveen Kulkarni

      Hi Jib,
      First of all, thanks so much for joining the conversation.

      You have made an interesting point there. The context in which I said not to live like robot is, let us not live as if we were programmed to do only certain things. We are not programmed. We are programmers :-)

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