Newsletter #2
April 2012
Welcome to this edition of the Voyages of Discovery Newsletter, the newsletter that is all about you and your voyages of discovery of your genius.  

In This Issue
Find your Passion the Steve Jobs way
Are you Curious?
Next Issue
Find your Passion the Steve Jobs Way
Have a mission in life
Find a Cause
In the earlier newsletter we saw how the late Steve Jobs pursued his passion throughout his life inspite of unimaginable adversities - picture yourself being thrown out of your own company and at the instigation of the individual who you placed there. 
There is this absolutely riveting event in Steve Jobs life when he was looking for a CEO for Apple and had decided on John Sculley who was heading Pepsico at that time. To lure John Sculley, Steve Jobs made this irresistible pitch: "Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugar water or do you want to come with me and change the world?"
You can see that Steve Jobs passion was not just a passing fancy. He had a vision which was seared into his brain. He lived and breathed that vision. More importantly he had a cause, a life mission. And just as he told John Sculley, he changed our world - the world of computers, phones, music, animation, tablets, the list is endless.  He not only pursued it himself but showed others what that vision was, he evangelized it. What Steve Jobs was asking John Sculley to do was not just take up a CEO position in a company with great promise, he was using him to mastermind a greater crusade by envisioning it up front. 
You would be less than human if you did not get inspired by that manifestation of passion. And so, what is the moral of the story? 
In order to discover first and then pursue a passion, you need to have a cause in mind, a mission that makes your heart beat faster, that somehow gives you that dose of energy to be mentally and physically upbeat. A mission that is greater than just yourself
In the last newsletter, you asked yourself what your favorite subjects in school were as part of the voyages of discovery into your childhood. Did you get an answer to that question? If you asked the question and reflected on it you must have had an answer. In order to truly establish whether a liking for a subject is of the level of a passion, add one further element to it. 
Ask yourself
What were your Most Favorite Hobbies and After School activities? Were they physical/mental? Indoor/Outdoor? Alone/in Groups? 
Let me leave you with a question to reflect on: Do you want to spend the rest of your life doing what you are doing right now
How to cultivate a cause or have a mission
Does something touch your heart deeply? Do you feel so strongly about something that you wished you change it? Do you feel like shaking things up because you feel that it is just not the way things should be?
Examine that something closely and look at your motivations. Why does it make you feel that way? For example, if you react very sharply to cruelty to animals in a way that even surprises you (say, you are not a person given to expressing your emotions) and your interest in animals is beyond just a temporary liking, you may be staring at your passion (one of them at least) for all you know.  May be it was your dream to be a zoologist which was manifesting itself in your response to anybody being cruel to animals.  It is something which you should spontaneously relate to.  It is indeed very important to realize that this does not happen instantaneously.
If you want to learn more about cultivating a cause or evangelizing, read Guy Kawasaki's (Apple's first Evangelist employee) thought provoking blog here. The Blog is called: How to change the world: the art of evangelism. Guy is a prolific writer and many of his books are on the New York Times Best Seller list. He has the ability to inspire his readers enough to begin crusades of their own.
If you want to know about the awesome power of the human mind, read this.

Let me leave with you a question for you to ponder over.


Do you own a cause in life greater than just yourself? 


Are you Curious by nature?

creativity and curiosityWhy should you be?


3 Ways to be Curious
"The important thing is not to stop questioning..... Never lose a holy curiosity," said Albert Einstein. 
All geniuses like Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Leonardo Da Vinci and in the modern era, the late Steve Jobs were perennially curious. It is what made them what they were. 
Curiosity is that trait which makes you want to know more about something. It actually helps to shift your perspective from "what is" to "what could be." The genesis of all great inventions, discoveries and any worthwhile human achievements is in the mind that is curious. 
If you want to learn to be curious, you need the following essential ingredients: 
1. Ask more questions 
2. Be actively observant 
3. Imagine things 
Ask Questions 
The foundation of being curious lies in asking questions. Ask questions so that you may know more and more about what you are seeking and gain multiple perspectives. Don't just accept things at face value. Remember all that glitters is not gold. 
Asking you to be curious is like asking you to go back to your childhood. Become a child. Have you noticed how children question anything and everything. They do not take anything for granted. They are masters of suspending judgement which unfortunately is the bane of adult thinking and creativity (lack of it actually). When you start exercising judgement instead of giving free rein to your curious, questioning nature (as a child does), you have killed whatever chances there are of going beyond what exists. You are satisfied with "what is" and throttled "what could be." 
Observe actively 
Along with cultivating the art of asking questions, you must begin to observe actively what is around you. You must begin to notice as opposed to merely seeing things.  
For example, can you accurately describe the color of the walls in your house. Do you know at all what color they are? It is said that the devil is in the detail. That simply means that knowing details is paramount to understanding deeper and better. Such knowledge can only be gained by observing actively.  
Try this 
Observe the paint shade of your car and describe its color, hue, texture, sheen, reflection and so forth in detail. Write it down and after giving it a good shot compare with the actual description from the car brochure or manual or even website. You will begin to realize how much information is available on such a simple thing as paint shade and how much we do not know about things that we use almost day in day out. 
Imagine things  
What propels you from the "what is" mode to the "what could be" mode is imagination.  
Albert Einstein said: "imagination is more important than knowledge." 
To virtually create in your mind what you cannot physically see, hear, touch, taste and smell calls for an ability to stretch your mind's eye and imagine. Remember how Einstein imagined himself riding on a beam of light.  
All great discoveries and any significant accomplishments in creativity and problem solving were made possible (many considered impossible to begin with) by this projection of a phenomenon not yet existing. 
Goal setting and achieving is one area which is entirely dependent on this projection of what could be . You need to imagine in your current moment what that future of yours looks (and sounds, feels, tastes and smells) like. It is an exercise that very fortunately for human beings the brain is exceptionally equipped to deliver. 
If you watch National Geographic (it is one of the best ways to broaden your horizons of learning and launch into the curiosity mode), check out their global advertisement campaign on living curious. Click here.  It is a veritable treasure trove of facts, amazing happenings, phenomenon and the like.  It will literally build curiosity in you. The best part is they go on to scientifically explain why remaining curious is so important.
I will leave you with a question for you to ponder over. 
What drives your curiosity? 
Next Issue (see you in May 2012)
Discover your Genius
The road to your passion

Can you name your deepest fears? How would it feel like to conquer them?


Do you believe in your gut? What is gut anyway?


What is your dominant intelligence? How does it benefit you to know this? 


and many more......

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Talk to you soon.
S Lakshmi Narasimhan
Author of the just released Book: Discover the Genius in the Mirror

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