If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it
– Muhammad Ali
The maintenance of self-esteem is a continuous task that taxes all of the individual’s power and inner resources. We have to prove our worth and justify our existence anew each day.
– Bruce Lee: Artist of Life
While living in different cultures may lead some to confusion and some to abandonment, if experienced properly, it can lead to wisdom not generally available to either. Each new culture will entice you with its freedoms and with its comforts in excuses. The only thing to keep in mind, is
The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.
– Leonardo Da Vinci
Increasingly I realize that there are two basic underlying sources to much of human thoughts and behaviors. Those that stem from rigidness (habits discipline, preferences etc.) I call dark patterns, and those that stem from openness (empathy, flow, flexibility etc.), light. Many are naturally inclined towards one and it shapes
Simply put, meaningfulness comes from contributing to other people, whereas happiness comes from what they contribute to you. This runs counter to some conventional wisdom.
– By Roy F Baumeister, The meanings of life
It’s all of them – fear, sadness, confusion, hurt, joy, contentment; all the unexpected patterns, all the chaos. Working to avoid one will dim all the others. The goal is the journey, the reason is us… and above all else, happiness is an obligation.
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.
– Ernest Hemingway
…the jaw-dropping gorgeousness of the turning orb, like a self-propelled art gallery of fantastic constantly changing beauty, that is the world itself.
– Chris Hadflied
We can always be ordinarily civil, even if we cannot always be absolutely wise.
– Arthur Martine
The ability to forgive oneself… is the key to making art, and very possibly the key to finding any semblance of happiness in life.
– Ann Patchett
If you observe gender roles in the South Asian cultures (but maybe the greater world as well), you will quickly realize that all the social pressures, expectations, encouragements & transgressions are linked to two very simple underlying ideas. Women are responsible for protecting ‘face’ and men are responsible for increasing it.
The self is the friend of a man who masters himself through the self, but for a man without self-mastery, the self is like an enemy at war.
– The Bhagavad Gita
The greatest demonstration of power and security is to actually make oneself defenseless, to become as comfortable with one’s weaknesses as possible.
As far as your self-control goes, as far goes your freedom.
– Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
– Leonardo Da Vinci
The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
– Joseph Campbell
It gives me comfort, that my strong ability to self-delude is matched only by my inability to think well. This way, I am easily derailed from living in my right by the obvious flaws in my ideas.
Human life is a fickle balance. We are beings of contradiction and of disproportionate capacities. We have the ability to see the future, but not enough to give us comfort; the gift of understanding, but not knowing for certain; and a life with a million possibilities, without any rhyme or
So we know how the golden formula changes foreign policy. It’s more about teaching and less about enforcing. But what about law, where everything is about enforcement. How does it change that. Well, let’s build the same idea again.
We don’t know the truth. The truth changes as quickly as perspective. And
Foreign Policy is quite possibly the best place to put this in practice. The mental time-gate difference between countries is pretty high. Now remember, different time-gates does not mean you have superior thoughts, ideas and philosophies. That’s what causes our old problems. It just means that your’s are incompatible with theirs an
Leadership is one of the most discussed concepts here in the West. There is something about being relatively better-off that pushes our brain to the conclusion that we can also lead others into this. To a certain degree, it is right… because you need to see the better-off to get there,
So, I know up till now my blog has mostly been a weird collection of esoteric raw thoughts (that sound more like performance arts pieces than reasonable opinions) and some refined thoughts that, even though aren’t special, are at least intelligible. But I have something here, that I think is the most amazing realization I have had
Question on Quora: What are some things or activities I can do to truly grow as a person?
Quora thinks I am one of the top people to answer this… so I am going to try to make it the best I can give. Dude, I know its long but just do
…the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.
– Carl Jung
There is no good or evil, only the most productive option. Justice is the manifestation of that, and the best way to reach justice is to temper it with wisdom. You have to find the closest answer to the truth, the most extreme form of justice you can find and
Every right leads to a responsibility. The battle is to get the right acknowledged; the war is to generate the responsibility that right imposes. We fight for the right, but then take a break immediately after. We say that the world has changed forever, and yet, we still get up
This millennium is the last. In a world of complexity the answers are just painfully simple. While you work to move away, work too to find yourself in the here. Never again will you stand in your origins. Never again will you know your family. Never again, will you meet
Go out sometimes. Go out and touch a tree, smell the rain, eat a leaf, feel the flowers. Go out on grass. Go and find yourself among family.
Life moves in circles, like waves crashing in to each other forming infinity. The world is only but a mirage, formed with you at it’s center… and wherever you stop looking, it stops existing.
Don’t pity the humble painter. He can be lord of all things. Whatever exists in the universe, he has first in his mind, and then in his hand.
Leonardo Da Vinci
My list of “possible” posts & ideas is growing faster than I can get to write. So maybe this time, I will take a different approach. Maybe I will create “ghosts of done” and have some thing published. Something, no matter how scattered dis-jointed and brief. It is better to
Raise your ‘self’ to such heights, that before issuing every decree of destiny, even God would ask you: “Tell me what your wish is?”
– Allama Iqbal
Nothing is too wonderful to be true, if it be consistent with the laws of nature. – Michael Faraday
It is unfortunate that the wealthiest place on the planet is the graveyard. For in the graveyard we will find inventions that never were; ideas that still remain; and dreams that were never acted upon.
Human life (through the lens of time) is a continuous set of complex transactions; each transaction has a cost and a return. These decisions are interlinked, they bounce around through time being impacted by other decisions & their costs until some finally cascade back into your life. The key to
One of the most interesting infographic I have come-across lately. Scattered sleep, lots of pondering and sporadic work routines; you can see them all. Too bad Tesla is not on this.
For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.
-Leonardo da Vinci
Life is either held by rules, or holds purpose. Those that have rules don’t require the burden of a purpose and those with a purpose are only hindered by rules.
The funny thing is, of the two groups only the latter truly lives. This makes the first group mere actors in
‘Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.” – Carl Sagan
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi
At the eve of right, he got out
to have a bit of a Sunday stroll
Airing out in many a thought
till he came across a rabbit hole
Dark n’ think the air had felt
inquisitive mind and a spirit bold
What secret had the blackness kept?
A sagacious worm, a gold brick road?!
The curious hand
If you can understand Urdu/Hindi you will appreciate how amazing this Kalaam (sufi music) is by Khwaja Ghulam Farid is. Over 100 years old and still amazing.
Q: Is it good to be honest all the time? Or does it depend on situation one is in?
For example, in your work place, you make a small mistake, and cause some problems (which are not very critical). But it will take some time to resolve those problems.Only you knows
“Questions about whether design is necessary or affordable are quite beside the point: design is inevitable. The alternative to good design is bad design, not no design at all.” – Book Design: A Practical Introduction by Douglas Martin
Make sure others are productive before you are.
Before you start on your share of work, make sure everyone you are responsible for has everything they need to do theirs. That’s how you get leverage.
There is no good or evil. There is only truth. The closer to truth something is, the easier it is to see it as good. This however, does not stop us from making something good even of it is far far away. To judge something as bad is a flawed
If your reasoning is sound, he will come to same conclusion as yours. And if it is not, he will take you to the right one.
Before I even begin, I understand that every situation is unique and human beings are too complex to be explained by just one reason. And
In my opinion, experiences are like raw data to the brain. They have scores of information, but it’s all jumbled up into a cocktail of useful/useless, new/old, good/bad information. Our brain takes it all in, and works on it over time. Some patterns become visible instantly while others take more
Human beings have one thing that separates them from the rest. You may argue its intelligence, the opposable thumb, our control over our surrounding, or even luck. But I think there is something more fundamental. Its motivation. We as a species are DRIVEN. More so than anything else. Humans are neither the fastest,
For girls, gaining value through appearance has instant returns… but in a twisted way of fate, this short-cut becomes the very reason they experience unappreciaton. Because in the long run, the newness erodes the inflated effect of appearance, and the newness of ‘others’ increases theirs. So the only way to
So, I have 4 designs. All spun from getting feedbacks from people. I want you to tell me what’s your favorite choice, Choice 2, Choice 3. Put it in the comments if the poll doesn’t work.
Here are the Concepts! Click to enlarge
With half the world’s population under poverty, constant starvation, disease & disaster, I cannot think of a more greater need in the world we live in today than to simply do more good. I thought to myself.. “if I could empower people to do good everyday, that would simply
Audacity: Sounds Editing
Photohsop: Text Layers
After Effects: Animation
This is just a screen capture of me making “Fundraid Info Session: How to change the world!” (below). I learned audacity on the spot for this one ( You can see me paused inbetween to see a youtube tutorial). My first ever typography
Fourth year business student Huzaifa Sial talks to The Cord about the ups and downs of running his charitable business
Huzaifa Sial, a fourth year student at Wilfrid Laurier University, began his journey to success as a science whiz in high school. Though it was a strong suit for him, Sial