Learning from the Romans..

My learning for the day is about appearances. The Romans, who influenced modern civilization like no other civilization did, were fanatical about appearances. Every person dressed as per his/her social status to the point that members of the senate always had a violet line on all their clothes to indicate their social standing. As someone much wiser said, when you dress, don’t dress as who you are – rather dress as who you would like to be.

Quote – ‘ As a person moves up in life, he dresses more like the President!’

Well, this calls for more thought to my selection of clothes! :)

Ayn Rand’s Great Gift..

I really enjoyed reading ‘The Fountainhead’ by Ayn Rand and I think the underlying concept in the book helped me a great deal. My biggest learning, and hence application, from that book(and a few other similar concepts involved) is that the world is made of 3 kinds of people –

The first handers or the ones who create, the second handers or the ones who use/utilize and the third handers or the ones who destroy. My greatest learning out of this (having been all of these at different points of time) is that I can make a permanent settlement into one of these and thats just a choice I need to make.

However, thanks to Ayn Rand and a few other wiser people I have been lucky to meet, I was made aware of the clear line between the creator, the user and the destroyer. And the rest of life would be an effort not to be the third. Just a follow up to the frog story – it’ll probably help me understand because unlike the frog, I am not deaf..

A quote I love – ‘Leave everything a little better than you found it..’

(Note: The second hander category(from Ayn Rand’s classification) has been split for my own understanding..)

The Frog Story

Its amazing how a forward can actually have a positive impact! I think the only thing that stopped me from forwarding it was the ‘forward it to x people… ‘ line

Anyway – the gist..The tiny frogs of an area were having a competition. They had to climb the top of a tall tower. There was a huge crowd of onlookers – none of whom believed the frogs could actually conquer the top of the tower. The race began and there was always the odd loud onlooker who laughed at the tiny ones and another who shouted – ‘don’t bother, this can’t be done’ etc etc.

In the race, one by one, frogs quit out of tiredness till it was down to just 5 frogs to climb the top. Now was the climbing bit and the crowd’s jeering and requests to quit(as they genuinely believed it to be impossible!) had its due effect on all but one. The other frogs were obviously curious to know how this guy defied the odds and made it.And it turned out… that he was deaf..

I would go a long way if I learnt this. Many a time I have felt the effects of just this. There are times I have reacted with anger, still other times my ego has helped try and get me do better but the worst are a huge percentage of these times when I have been affected and actually let it get to me..

I guess Nike’s the way to go then.. :)

A learning a day..

The name says it all – Its just what the blog is intended to be. To help me re live some of those meaningful learnings. Hopefully, I will be able to keep up writing one a day.

(PS: I tend to have weirdly long days sometimes resulting in the next day being understandable short(36 hrs and then sleep through the next for example). So, the definition of day can be a bit..well.. shaky..

(PPS: That’s just me making excuses! Hoping to make it happen..)