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10 Lessons I learned from Product Hunt podcast with Ramit Sethi

Today, while commuting to my workplace I was listening to Product Hunt podcast with Ramit Sethi (Well it was the 2016 episode but there's lot of gold here so catching up some old stuff)
In an hour long talk, he discussed Indian parents, his journey to where he is now, how he started and much more good stuff
For people short on time, here are the top 10 things I learned -  While teaching people, if you make the first step an easy and result oriented then it will look credible and people will follow the rest of guidance. Else no matter how good the advice is in next steps they won't followWe are surrounded by people who support us but don't push us to our limits - Our family and friends most of the times support our work and unfortunately, never said - "You could have done better"What got you here won't get you there - We should adapt to the circumstances, keep on enhancing our skills as per needMost important test to measure your impact is by talking to real peop…
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The power of visual storytelling

I recently came across this wonderful commercial of Canadian Tire "Wheels"






This ad was a slam dunk for a very basic reason - Within 60 seconds, message was delivered and hearts were touched, thanks to powerful storytelling

The ad starts with a kid in wheelchair, looking wistfully at the group of boys playing basketball.

What's Next?

Next day the same group of boys are playing basketball, but in a special way 😊

Pause reading. Go watch this Ad - Canadian Tire "Wheels"

Lessons - 

Everybody's Inclusion will strengthen the nation
Hardships can be ignored or can be celebrated together

All it took is just a minute to deliver this strong message

Next time whenever we will see Wheelchair or Basketball, we surely going to remember this Ad

This is the power of Visual Storytelling

Until next time 😃



Left brain - Right brain - No brain

In one of my previous post I mentioned how you can alter your perspective by teaching your left side of the brain - responsible for logic, to perceive things differently

Continuing on same thoughts - Left side vs. Right side of the brain, today I'll extend it to Verbal vs. Visual side

Left side, which is responsible for the analytical, logical approach, looks for verbal clues.

Tip - If you want to be a good speaker, keep nourishing your left side of the brain by practicing and analyzing good speeches

So every time you hear a speech or presentation, left side of the brain start working by synthesizing that information. Breaking sentences into chunks, looks into existing vocabulary to understand the concept

While all this time what is our right side of the brain doing?
Nothing?

Well it is trying to form some visual picture of the same presentation

Remember those good old days when our parents tell the story?

Once upon a time, there was a king named Paul....

Left side of the brain wi…

Visual Thinking

This week I read Dan Roam's - The back of the napkin. The book emphasis on visual thinking and shows how we can simplify the complex problems by the use of pictures

This read altered my problem solving approach as pictures are not only self explanatory (mostly) but are easier to remember.

I will share more on this in next post.


Meanwhile, this one is to the verbose and boring presentations -







Why Airbnb is way more competitive than Uber

Both Airbnb and Uber have global presence, awesome product design and significant users.     And this is where the similarity between two ends.       We have heard a lot about the common strengths of them, so will be unveiling difference between them and what makes Airbnb way more competitive than Uber        Observation # 1 Airbnb started slowly on liquidity fund but now keep on rising in multiple markets, while Uber infused with cash started on high and now reporting loses Observation # 2 Airbnb offers heterogeneous supply of products – where each property, basis amenities, location, price, policies, design, furniture etc. is unique Uber offers homogeneous set of products – They have set of taxis with goal of going from A to B, only variation they can offer within their product is - car size, travel in pool (which helped Uber hit some high)
       Combining both -
      Marketplace with varied products & services is tough to jump start and maintaing demand-supply balance is tough.       …

Clues to the great story

In continuation to my previous post on storytelling, here is the powerfulTED talkwith Director Andrew Stanton (Toy Story, WALL•E  and John Carter) on storytelling


All We Got To Do Is Tell The Story Right

Stories have been an integral part of human society. Our day starts with a story - an excuse given to a boss for getting late and ends with subconscious mind cooking stories in our sleep.

TV commercial selling a story of person facing a toothache problem and how he is relieved with their product

A fruit vendor telling a story of why his fruits are the best and cheapest

But its not always about the sales

Stories can be memories, they are influenced by individual experiences. 
A friend telling us a story in reply to our Wassup

The art of story telling is the art of living too. The toughest lives will have the toughest stories. They yield the best memories and help us articulate our experiences in to stories. 

We all cook stories 😉 
We all know the art of story telling. Some of our stories are interesting and some are boring. Some are a plain lie (we give to our bosses). 

Stories have a variety of flavors to them. Flavors of joy, sorrow, excitement and many mixed emotions. 

And the one who empath…

Seascape and Original Ocean Art

Today, while satisfying my artistic craving, I happen to came across the work of an amazing artist - Scott Christensen


He did not direct his focus to art until he was sidelined by a serious neck injury in college. In the year following graduation he gave up a teaching and coaching position and launched a study of the great masters of traditional art.
Some of his collection -

And how does he paint like this?  "You have to make sacrifices," the artist explains. "Maybe you're standing in a place where the sky and the mountains are very dramatic, the trees have incredible color, and the water is vibrant. You have to decide what you want your painting to be about, render that element most important, and then paint everything else to support it."
Looking at his gallery, paintings seem like real pictures and give a fresh perspective into art, especially Ocean art 😊