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 stable life.

People want a life without problems. A life which sails smoothly all the way.A life in which everything happens exactly as they had planned.

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

If I ask the same question to a new college pass out, what he want to do after studies ? He generally says, he wants to do job and within 5 years he will become stable in career. He wants buy his own home after 7 years. He will even go to an extent that he may 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.

This is not just true 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: whether in studies or career. They believe, it’s the education that determines their success at life. They focus on marks , grades and ranks.

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 center-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. Why? Because you are going to face it now. You would be proved wrong if you predict something else. That’s the point.

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.

How?

Just stop living like a robot. And you will start experiencing the incredible things life has to offer.

Who is judging your capabilities anyways?

Why do you think you can never create something awesome?

Why do you decide that you can’t start your own product?

Why do you rule yourself out?

Who is judging you?

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

Time to break the wall of self limitation. Come out of fear.

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.

How?

Look within.

Think about your strengths. What are you strong at?

Do you specialize in something?

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

What are you passionate about? Discover your true passion.

Can you create something out of your strengths or passion?

You can.If you try and take the first step.

Because, you are no more a robot. Congratulations for reaching this stage.

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 out of it? You can, just join the missing links.

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?

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 you back from growing. It ties your hands with fake limitations. It masks your immense potential.

Instead of running behind stability – Think, experiment, explore and create.

Try something new.

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

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

You are not programmed. You have real intelligence.

You are not a Robot. Stop living like one.

Create something. Be awesome.

About Naveen Kulkarni

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Comments

  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 says:

      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 says:

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

  6. v.purnaprajna says:

    Be innovative–

    Nice presentation

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    • Naveen Kulkarni says:

      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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  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 says:

      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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