How to build successful sibling partnerships, key take ways:

A capable and committed next generation is the most important legacy a business family can have.

In India, family run business account for 85%of all Indian companies and account for the vast majority of national output and employment according to business today, family run business account for 25% of India sales, of assets and over 37% of reserves.

While families may know each other better anyone, but building a business together is different, sibling partnerships have seen major successes and failures around the world there are various factors that can drive towards huge successes in the enterprises world.

Here are my key take ways.

  1. Work on each other strengths

As siblings, it’s more likely to know each other strengths and weakness and most importantly the unique qualifications the individual inherits.

Successful sibling partnerships coverage each other strengths and always reveal the best in you.

 The ideal collaboration works on the skills and talents of each other, see and plan a vision together and the same time retain a good personal and professional relationship that transforms into a living legacy.

  • Having realistic expectations.

We often tend to expect the most from our family and that’s because we’re in a biological relationship before a professional one.

Our expectations and commitments towards each other and the business can sometimes go over the board making the rock solid relationship test turbulent waters.

The key here is to keep your expectations low towards your relationship from time to time.

As a due, it becomes important to not only hold constructive meetings for the personal issues that might become a hindrance in your success.

A co founders it becomes necessary communicate, collaborate and most importantly forgive each other vision and mission of your company.

3) Be open and criticize fully

Whether its pitching a new idea for the business or discussing on an ongoing execution plan for your business, communication and open criticism is more crucial in a family run business than a non family one .

It’s important to let each other’s voice of opinions get heard in the without taking the partnership for granted.

Finding respectful, consistent method to communicate and expressing feelings, opinions and ideas effectively, will be in company’s interest.

4) Average your contacts and get the best resources you need

Whether it’s about scaling your business or the goal to go global cover aging each other contacts is important especially in the initial years of your business.

The key is here to keep the sibling leadership in place and seed resource to get started consulting each other; bringing strategic employees not getting afraid to go after the individual resources is the secret factor for long term success.

5) Take decisions as partners

While it is obvious one sibling has the business side and the other creature it’s important to consult each other on the crucial decisions that can shape or can have a significant impact on the company.

About me and my sibling co-founder

I (Mansi Biyani) and my sibling (Gaurav Biyani) are founders of MBDH WELLNESS.

Together we’re are building our startup whose journey began almost 60 years ago with our grandfather who started his firm and gave us the knowledge, expertise and inspiration to work with a mission and a purpose.

As founders we are trying to build a ayurvedic future of India that gets the new age millennial and at the same time is backed by technology and science.

To know more about we please visit our website

www.mbdhwellness.com

Reference: https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/in/Documents/human-capital/in-hc-from-the-family-to-the-firm-noexp.pdf

INSIDE THE DWARFS CITY

11 reasons you should visit Wroclaw, Poland

Hailed as Europe’s one of the best destination, Poland’s creative city is a sign of contemporary lifestyle integrated with the society with more leverage and presence towards showcasing different facets of western life and culture and a not-to-be-missed experience narrating the incredible majesty of the European city emerging as a differentiator in the world of exploring the art of traveling.

The bronze dwarfs give you the first clue that Wroclaw is no ordinary city. They lurk all over the place, carousing outside pubs, snoring at the doors of hotels, peeking out from behind the bars of the old city jail.

– Author: David Hewson

  1. The town of the gnomes

Imagine traveling a city for leisure and fun and also taking part in an exceptional dwarf hunt for free? Still doubtful? Well, that’s right. Home to more than 300 dwarfs the city has a unique attraction for the visitors to ponder upon, manicured everywhere from the ground to the top floors of some important buildings.

The idea behind the installation was to peacefully protest against communism which later on became an important quintessential feature of the city, equipped with special maps and a mobile app available for visitors capturing the journey of hunting the fun installations and unfolding Wroclaw’s culture, beliefs, and traditions through the years.

The dwarf’s festival takes place in the city every September each year. Started by youngsters, the idea behind the celebration is to enhance and showcase the inner talent among the youths hosting a convention where many of the public spaces are been transformed into temporary amusements, supper clubs, and cultural performances.

2. Craft beers of Wroclaw

Although one can taste and triumph entirely different kinds of beers all over Europe this polish city truly feats all. House for many microbreweries, the “Beer Capital” has a luxurious history where the beer revolution in the country started. From actually brewing your own to serving up a different ball game together ranging from the traditional locally crafted beers to the ones of new flavors. 

Located around the blend of Eastern Europe brewing traditions with impactful yet interesting stories related to the beverage the city’s beer is an essential bash and can’t be left unexplored. Cheers!

3. Architecture

The marvelous experience can originate by just grabbing a coffee or meal inside the lovely market at Hala Targowa while glancing at the Gothic ceilings and attaining a brief idea of how awe-inspiring the city’s architecture is. From richly decorated Baroque to Renaissance, the infrastructure in the city has been greatly influenced by the World War II and the surrounding countries architecture. The main highlight is the market square (Rynek) which dates back to the 13th century and is an excellent example of colorful townhouses and picturesque medieval design and style.                                                

While getting lost in the hidden lanes is an obvious option, the cathedral of St. John is not to be missed. The interiors are bewildering but the awe moment strikes you when to you enter the city’s university building one of the oldest gastronomic establishments in Europe. The city is also named the “Paris of Poland” and is evident from its mixed heritage and contemporary projects to strike upon. Also don’t miss the stunning skyline from the train stations, Centennial Hall, the Museum of architecture, and the sky tower access to the spirit and virtual vistas an eventual magnificence.

4. Food

I just don’t get polish food (well said no one ever). Everywhere in Poland, the food is fab but Wroclaw has some add-ons. The city deserves a special place for tourists who love to try polish cuisine in a slightly cheaper way. While dining out in Wroclaw is simple thanks to the big number of eating spots, one can find a lot of fusion food restaurants catering to different cuisines.

With every region of Poland has variations and versions of eating here are some of the must-haves in Wroclaw:

Also known as polish dumplings, this dish is the easiest to find and most popular amongst tourists. Available with unique fillings ranging from meat, cabbage to berries the most common and preferred seems to be the special Russian or ruskie dumplings the ones making the hunger levels go up.

  •  Doughnuts

The donut makers are the official sugar makers across the city, and a wonderful time is when one takes in the sweet doughnuts and waits for the delicious flavors to march down the unmatched quality of fillings and traditional methods of cooking. One can be sure that the fried doughnuts will impress the cherub-cheeked customers babbling away with the delicious options served with sufficient specialties.

  • Polish soups

Indulge in the local cuisine with the Polish gastronomical soups and varieties (has pork, sausage, bacon, etc. accompanied with potatoes, vegetables, and eggs mostly served with a bread roll alongside. Known as the popular lunch dish, herbs and spices are added to this dish making it much nicer than the basic recipe.

  • Polish cheesecake

Though we detest picking favorites, sernik is one of the authentic cheesecakes one can love. Traditionally prepared from farmer’s cheese twarog, the dense pastry is a classic, unquestionably a must-have!

  • Golabki

As someone strolls around the streets of the city, a rich variety of Polish stuffed cabbage rolls is to be found. Known as ‘little pigeons’ ground pork and beef are held together with rice, wrapped around boiled cabbage leaves; mostly served during festive occasions or family reunions.

  • Zapiekanka

A popular street food dish, the open bread sandwich looks inviting, mostly topped with mushrooms, cheese and served hot with ketchup; available in a wide range of varieties and quality.

5. Butcher’s market

A memorial to slaughtered animals in the middle of town the place is like discovering the glimpses of everyday life ages ago. Originally town’s abattoir, and quite popular among locals the small medieval lane originally the city’s old meat market now caters to astonishing art galleries and souvenir stalls always reminding the rich history of the place. Photographed by many the market flourished for many generations where special attention goes to the bronze sculptures designed by Piotr Wieczorek in the 90s that display statues of animals (goose, goat, pig hare, and a rooster) commonly trounced under the butcher’s knife during those times. Interestingly, according to some locals, rubbing the sculptures with one’s hands and bring more fortune to your life. Myth or fortune can’t decide but real for sure!  

6. Home to 12 islands, 130 bridges

The warmest city of Poland is firmly tied to water, home to numerous islands and bridges all tallying up the city’s magical experience. A venue for cultural and artistic happening the most famous bridge is the Tumski Bridge with a massive collection of padlocks and sculptors connecting to the centuries-old cathedral also known as Ostrow Tumski or the cathedral island. Another notable bridge is the Grunwaldzki often seen in the postcards of Wroclaw whereas a small handful of islands namely sand island, the Tamka Island, the Wyspa Mlynska, and the Wyspa Beilarska are little fellas worth mentioning. Don’t miss taking a walk along the iconic bridges by the Odra river and see more exquisite realities of celebration and joys unfolding in the city center. 

7. Affordable and happy

Well fantasizing about long relaxed holidays in Europe is mostly an expensive affair for most of us but wait Wroclaw is a great opportunity and one of the elucidations for the budget-friendly crowd. Lesser than the other larger cities of Poland, this polish city can be explored with less than 25$ per day without comprising your needs.

Taking its audience to a different eccentric vibe the most hospitable city of Poland has a great progressive carved out atmosphere for tourists from all over the world; whereas the happy locals add a sense of belonging to each traveler that comes along through their strong liberal outlook and a great sense of humor.

8. Nightlife

With a solid reputation as a party town, Wroclaw is great for party freaks and people with a great sense of art and music! With numerous pubs and clubs, theatre, opera, and philharmonic venues, the city is best known as a youthful and trendy party place because of its large local and international student population making the nights even better. While catering to all kinds of tastes the students dominate the bash culture with over 100 bars and clubs, daily performances, and streets filled with countless shops, bars and eateries often open 24 hours a day. An interesting night in Wroclaw, its biggest attraction is where anything is possible.

9. Christmas market

Of all the countless Christmas markets one can explore Wroclaw’s annual holiday market easily stands out and slowly becoming a grand fest for visitors. The stalls at the market sell freshly-made polish goat cheese from the mountains to the hot mulled wine, locally made ciders and jams, and handicraft items. While sampling endless amounts of products, the fair features a festive atmosphere in the heart of the city with amazing things to buy as a souvenir for your loved ones. Not to be missed are the polish spices an incredible delight to your taste buds surely not to be overlooked. (Tip: Try different spices at the stalls for free before purchasing) and pick your varieties!

10. Less touristy

Known as the “Venice of Poland” with vibrant colors, magnificent architecture, and a unique charm all together culturally inhabited by the scattered gnomes the city still doesn’t feature in a lot of travel itineraries, mostly snubbed against the popular cities of the country namely Warsaw and Krakow. For this fact, the picturesque place is still fresh for the world of wanderlust and can be seen as a means of new exposure, truly an underrated gem to get great snaps!

11. Walk-able

With so much love, the sweetest way to indulge the city’s sprawling life is by foot. Even if time is a constraint, the important monuments, squares, and parks can be easily covered with enough action on the main square giving an ideal introduction to the lovely paradise. The compact city also has a good range of free and guided walking tours almost all capturing the essence of each neighborhood with appealing features and green spaces. Not to forget the 12 islands mentioned above, located around the city surely not to be left undone. Although sounds like a bit of stretch but are still worth rambling with beautiful sculptors, cobbled streets, and gas lamps lit every evening- a yearlong overdose of cuteness!

Interestingly, if one is not into much walking take advantage of the city bikes. The city bikes are readily available and are a cheap mode of travel around the well laid out paths indulging in local life as well as catching some admiring views. With just a mere register on the website the facility is designed to be free for the first 20 minutes and a slight amount of 2PLN for the next 20 minutes and so on!

Travel Tip

With a larger number of bike stations in the city you can easily change your ride within the 20 minutes frame or even just return to the machine, and take it out once more and travel free.

Surely Wroclaw is that perfect host that’s happy to welcome you any time of the year. Hence you don’t have to wonder when to go, becoming a one-stop destination for all.

“Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets”

~ Oscar Wilde

Range – How Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

“The dilemma is this. In the modern world knowledge has been growing so fast and so enormously, in almost every field, that the probabilities are immensely against anybody, no matter how innately clever, being able to make a contribution in any one field unless he devotes all his time to it for years. If he tries to be the Rounded Universal Man, like Leonardo da Vinci, or to take all knowledge for his province, like Francis Bacon, he is most likely to become a mere dilettante and dabbler. But if he becomes too specialized, he is apt to become narrow and lopsided, ignorant on every subject but his own, and perhaps dull and sterile even on that because he lacks perspective and vision and has missed the cross-fertilization of ideas that can come from knowing something of other subjects.” ― Henry Hazlitt



Is It Better to Be a Specialist or a Generalist?

Today’s high-tech economy is a dynamic place. Highly educated, ambitious people have a shot at topping the ladder. With the help of modern technology, the path to finding work has been made slightly more direct. Starting from early childhood, we can develop “signals” or instincts that direct our career choices. Early specialization has become more common because earlier generations were less directly exposed to market forces and technological advances.

A lot of people get into the habit of thinking they need to specialize in something to be good. But the research shows that when it comes to creativity and expertise – that’s not true. When you look at the very best people in the world at solving problems, they don’t specialize in one area but instead, break down their skills in many different areas to get the best out of whatever they’re working on.

People with more diverse experiences and backgrounds are more likely to develop overall expertise and develop strong relationships in the areas where they work. They are more likely to take on leadership positions within their organizations and have a greater capacity to think on their feet and respond quickly to change. They also are less likely to respond emotionally to setbacks and their strengths tend to compound themselves over time.

Why you should read this book?

Are you, someone

Who wants to be a successful entrepreneur?

Who wants to know how to build an effective career?

A great parent?

Or just a human who wants to thrive in an age of AI, robots?

Then this book is for you.

Range gives you an insight into how cultivating a large range of skills is one of the fundamental building blocks for any successful person. It keeps you intellectually agile, creative, informed, and prepared for any eventuality.

The range principle is a pretty simple idea. It states that the value of your range of options should be maximized—that is, as many options as possible should be taken from within your preferred parameter range, and as many options as possible outside of it. It is an evolving philosophy, it’s a lifestyle, it’s an attitude that can be taken to extremes and pushed to extremes to create a balanced life.

The idea is to extend your skills indefinitely by considering alternatives and possible alternatives, and consider many possible worlds in between your starting and ending points. The approach allows you to invent your own rules, or at least discipline yourself to think clearly about what’s possible and important in life.

Summary

  1. There is an important maxim – to become excellent, don’t specialize early in life. That is the only rule you should follow, and it is the only way to become truly excellent at anything, even if at first you fail.

Specialization is an unfortunate phase of human development. The specialization we experience as children comes with a downside: we develop narrow views of the world and limited abilities to deal with things that aren’t neatly categorized into boxes. Making a career out of specializing in a single field also limits your horizons. You can only view the world so narrowly, and typically can’t accept new ideas or approaches. When you specialize early in life, you close off opportunities for learning and growth. You narrow your understanding of the world and become unaware of new possibilities that might open up after expanding your horizon.

2. Ideas are mostly acquired by doing. Have broader experiences that give your newer perspectives.

“Experience is the best teacher,” said Napoleon; and knowledge is the most valuable of all — other things being equal — because experience changes us. Experience makes us appreciate all that we have seen and learned. It sharpens our faculties both mind and body. It deepens our understanding of people and situations. It makes us more compassionate and noble. The experience opens doors that give us clarity. The experience moves mountains. Experience is the most valuable asset we can develop.

Whether it’s building a database or helping to design a product, getting involved in new projects gives you a chance to practice what you’re learning and get valuable feedback. Even non-entrepreneurs should have some kind of experience building a product or working for an existing company if it allows them to understand how companies operate and what their goals are.

3. Expertise often comes with a built-in bias—a preference for things being different than how they are. Experts often oversell their expertise.

In the long run, general knowledge is better than specialized knowledge. Experts are often biased in favor of intuitive solutions and pessimistic about their likelihood of being wrong (even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary). They are therefore prone to reach strong conclusions early in situations where uncertainty exists. Even when faced with contradictory evidence, experts tend to cling to their initial gut reaction, narrow focus, and existing beliefs.

How this book has transformed my life

With specialization comes the loss of flexibility and access to resources of the wider world. Often we pay a price for this specialization: We miss out on opportunities that might have been taken up by someone else with a broader range of interests and skills. In this way, specialization can be a net loss for society at large, but it can be enhanced and cultivated.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the effects of specialization in recent days. Specifically, I’ve been thinking about the difficulty of switching careers or even considering new starter careers. Because each of us is naturally programmed toward particular careers, it seemed almost impossible to imagine actively generalizing on multiple skills but now this looks achievable and a new way to rethink my career.

I started blogging, incorporating my reading habits, my knowledge of architecture with my writing skills. Also, I realized that most of us have a set of interests or passions – ethic, intellectual, creative, whatever, and we don’t need to specialize in any one of them to triumph in today’s specialized world.

“Favoring specialization over intelligence is exactly wrong, especially in high tech. The world is changing so fast across every industry and endeavor that it’s a given the role for which you’re hiring is going to change. Yesterday’s widget will be obsolete tomorrow, and hiring a specialist in such a dynamic environment can backfire. A specialist brings an inherent bias to solving problems that spawns from the very expertise that is his putative advantage, and may be threatened by a new type of solution that requires new expertise. A smart generalist doesn’t have bias, so is free to survey the wide range of solutions and gravitate to the best one.”
― Eric Schmidt, How Google Works

Summary + Key Takeaways

  • Modern work demands knowledge transfer: the ability to apply knowledge to new situations and different domains.

It is no longer sufficient to simply have a skill. A skill is useful, but it is also limited. You may be able to solve a problem, but not all. The world is getting smaller every day; there are more things to do and fewer people who are experienced doing them. You need to be able to transfer knowledge rapidly from one domain to another, to be relevant, to be able to get a raise, and, most importantly, to be able to solve problems no one else can.

There is no end to the knowledge that can be shared across boundaries whether those are physical or virtual. We are entering an age where knowledge is highly valuable and can be used to fuel creativity, innovation, and competitiveness.

  • Learners become better at applying their knowledge to a situation they’ve never seen before, which is the essence of creativity.

Have you ever tried to apply your knowledge to a situation that didn’t fit? It can be difficult and sometimes frustrating. This is something we all have to figure out and it is something we must do to grow in our abilities as learners. The age of robots, AI is also the age of creativity where only creative jobs will be left for humans and only the generalized learner will be able to apply his/her knowledge in the creative space of the modern era.

  • Generation effect- struggling to generate an answer on your own, even a wrong one, enhances subsequent learning.

The more incorrect answers you see, the better your understanding of the material is likely to be. Having access to lots of wrong answers makes it easier to learn. “In a sense, ” it concludes, “every [student or aspiring professional] should live and learn by constantly losing [they’re] own sense of security.”

You learn from your mistakes. And when you’re learning a topic new, even an erroneous answer can expand your horizon and prompt fresh thinking. The feedback loop is powerful: if you get feedback on things you’re working on, it can help you find the right approach – or even inspire new ideas!

  • Hypercorrection effect- the more confident a learner is of their wrong answer, the better the information sticks when they subsequently learn the right answer. Tolerating big mistakes can create the best learning opportunities.

The human brain is a beautiful creation, and as such it’s prone to making mistakes. Big mistakes can be the stepping stone to greater success, or the single biggest thing that stands between you and success. If you’re serious about improving at anything in life, you need to learn to deal with mistakes and transition successfully from the learning phase to the doing phase. To learn effectively you need an open mind; to open your mind you need to tolerate big mistakes. Big mistakes can be very valuable; they can make you stronger and provide you with more valuable information later on in life. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, and don’t be afraid of learning from them either. Being forced to confront your weaknesses and make them work towards your goals can be extremely motivational. It’s very common for people to be discouraged when their skills plateau. They assume they aren’t good enough, or that they’ll never get better. There’s a lot of data that shows this isn’t true. If you want to improve at anything in life, you need to get comfortable with making mistakes. It’s ok to lose sleep over small details. It’s ok to feel like an acrylic model of a whale when you’re working on a model of a dog.

You’ll get better at whatever it is you’re attempting to learn. Making small mistakes gives you much more valuable information than having no mistakes at all.

  • For knowledge to be flexible, it should be learned under varied conditions, an approach called varied or mixed practice, or, interleaving.

One way to train your mind to be flexible is to use it to sample a variety of knowledge. For example, if you want to learn more about engineering, you might take up a crayon-colored hobby that involves copying the letters of the alphabet in the sand. Or if you have only a general knowledge of cryptography, perhaps taking up a game of hiding and seek with a partner could help increase your knowledge. As you grow more experienced, you can swap projects with others or take on different tasks in parallel to sharpen your memory.

  • Learn deeply means learning slowly.

Learning rapidly can be rewarding, but it also leads to disaster because new knowledge can overwhelm older ways of thinking and acting. If you want to break free from the routine and learn a new skill or learn a new approach to an old one, it’s best to instead focus on one straightforward pursuit–learning deeply as much about that skill as possible. It doesn’t matter if you practice for hours every day or spend weekends practicing advanced techniques in your spare time–if you learn slowly and consistently every part of your skillset is worth it.

  • If you need a large force to accomplish some purpose but are prevented from applying such a force directly, many smaller forces applied simultaneously from different directions may work just as well.

When faced with a new challenge, sometimes smaller creatures can work together better than larger ones. Once you identify some force that you want to imitate or harness, all you have to do is start making small changes to encourage the development of that force.

  • Evaluating an array of options before letting intuition reign is a trick for the wicked world.

When in doubt the best way to go is to put your instinctive knowledge of the situation aside and look at the available data. Sometimes your intuition will lead you to make a decision that is wrong or may not be in your best interest. Instead, evaluate the available information carefully and search for ways to improve your decision. There is no harm in trying new things in life and there are benefits to taking calculated risks.

  • We discover the possibilities by doing, by trying new activities, building new networks, finding new role models. We learn who we are in practice, not in theory.

The best way to know yourself is to be aware of the wonder and creativity in the world around you and how much better off you would be if only you were doing/having/thinking something different. Our existence is in preparation for something greater. What’s important now isn’t important tomorrow. We can change details today, even if the outcome is small or unimportant. This can only be attained by doing new things, making networks, and finding newer models that can make us learn and unlearn information about success, performance, and education.

  • Big innovation most often happens when an outsider who may be far away from the surface of the problem reframes the problem in a way that unlocks the solution.

The big innovation happens when an outsider brings a novel perspective to a familiar problem. This is based on an observation that the outsiders have never experienced similar situations before and are often equipped with knowledge from different fields not relevant to the problem field or its expertise. This draws a fresh perspective to the problem making it easily resolvable.

  • Knowledge is a double-edged sword. It allows you to do some things, but it also makes you blind to other things that you could do.

The best thing about knowledge is that anyone can use it to improve their lot in life in one way or another. The downside is that knowledge affects all areas of your life—even areas you don’t think of as being related to knowledge. An expertise knowledge can downplay in longer run and therefore a person who knows how to think outside the box, has a generalized approach, and think critically about problems can be extremely effective in any area of life—be it business or personal.

  • For the re imagining of information in new contexts, including the drawing together of seemingly disparate concepts or domains that can give old ideas new uses – lateral thinking with withered technology.

We live in a world increasingly made by machines. The functions that were once performed by people have been outsourced or automated – thanks to software engineers and data scientists. The logic behind creating and delivering content is seemingly automated. However, human creativity and empathy remain vital in delivering experiences that push us beyond our programming. Therefore must learn to re-imagine information. We must reimagine knowledge. And we must reimagine ourselves.

  • Broad genre experience made creators better on average and more likely to innovate.

It’s a well-known fact that experience makes a difference. It can give you insight, skills, perspectives, and emotional resources to draw from when you’re creating. In today’s Creativity can make us better and more likely to innovate. For example, if you’re a beginner at blogging, being experienced with writing can lead to deeper and more valuable insights than someone with less experience. It can also help you find alternative ways to reach your vision – a skill that is sometimes overlooked because of the allure of immediate success.

Great broader experiences make people better because it refines their thinking, sways their priorities, and opens doors to new experiences.

  • Super-forecasting- roughly as accurate as a dart-throwing chimpanzee

The average expert is a horrific forecaster. Their areas of specialty, years of experience, academic degrees, and even (for some) access to classified information made no difference. On the other hand, integrators (those who integrate contradictory knowledge/ worldviews) outperform experts on pretty much everything and specially trounced them on long–term predictions.

The trick is to know many little things.

  • The best forecasters are high in active open-mindedness.

The best forecasters are extremely curious and don’t merely consider contrary ideas, they proactively cross disciplines looking for them. They ask two basic things of a forecast: forward motion (what will happen) and backward motion (what did happen). They look for patterns in events and patterns in interactions among those events. They seek confirmation of their initial hunches. For forecasters, learning this way is not optional. It is fundamental to how they approach their work.

  • There are no tools that cannot be dropped, reimagined, or repurposed to navigate an unfamiliar challenge.

The most effective tools are the ones that take a ‘throwaway’ mentality. When used effectively, ” throwaway” tools can support a movement, let you know where something is at, just kickstart an idea that you may not have been able to otherwise, or just help someone else deal with something they were dealing with.

  • The trick to expanding the organization’s range is by identifying the dominant culture and then diversifying it by pushing in the opposite direction.

The most successful innovation cultures build on a foundation of shared knowledge and strong interpersonal ties.

The successful teams that adopt an effective problem-solving culture are those that can rapidly prototype and scale solutions for problems that don’t fit into the group’s existing paradigms. They are also those that can motivate and educate their teammates in ways that push them out of their traditional roles. Their speed, recognition of strengths, and ability to adjust quickly allow them to develop creative solutions to problems that might otherwise take days or weeks to figure out.

  • There is no such thing as a master key that will unlock all doors. Rather than wielding a single tool, manage to collect and protect an entire threshold, and then show the power of range in a hyper specialized world.

The ability to tap into multiple skills, locations, and worlds is the very heart of what human potential is all about. And yet we spend a vast majority of our lives stuck in either one of two camps: jamming and grinding our way through school or working a dead-end job where we’re barely contributing anything. Range starts with being able to tap into your full potential — your potential for learning and connecting with others — regardless of where you are or what you’ve already learned.

  • Take your skills to a place that’s not doing the same sort of thing. Take your skills and apply them to a new problem, or take your problem and try completely new skills.

It’s the ability to think on your feet and your ability to learn from others that separates the great communicators from the merely good ones. Think laterally, broaden your experience; get outside your bubble. Learn something new every day. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Show curiosity about everything. Be willing to learn from others as well as yourself. Open your mind to new ideas and information even if it scares you.

  • Teams that include members from different institutions are more likely to be successful than those that did not, and teams that included members based in different countries have an advantage as well.

In a study led by Stanford Professor John Ioannidis, teams that included people from different institutions were more likely to achieve some goal than teams that did not. The benefits of such cross-country teams extend beyond increased productivity. Studying teams leads to insights into how groups work, and how they benefit from one another’s perspectives. Moreover, studying cross-country teams provides us with opportunities to think about international organizations in new ways—in a good way.

  • Arbitrage opportunities- the chance to take an idea from one market and bring it to another where it is more rare and valued.

Imagine if you could take an idea from one part of the world and bring it to another part of the world, where it was more practical and valued? Imagine if your creativity could jump continents in a single bound. That’s the power of global markets. Imagine being both a mugger and a peacemaker. That’s the unprecedented potential of social media.

There are three basic ways that businesses and individuals can profit from arbitrage. The first and most common is buying low and selling high. Say you have a really good deal on a good product and are willing to sell it at any price. It doesn’t matter how much your competitors are willing to pay for your good, because you can always buy it at a lower price and then resell it for a higher profit. Second, you can find people who are willing to sell a good or service at an inexpensive price but are not using it as much as they could be. Finally, arbitrageurs can get profit by buying low and selling high in an asset that will always appreciate.

  • Work that builds bridges between disparate pieces of knowledge is less likely to be funded, less likely to appear in famous journals, more likely to be ignored upon publication, and then more likely in the long run to be a smash hit in the library of human knowledge.

If you want to see your work read by the next generation — if you want your ideas to end up in the hands of students and potential workers, then you need to find ways to bridge the gap between seemingly unrelated fields.

You must understand how your work will be used and appreciated by people outside your field.

There’s a lot to unpack when you’re using your creative talents for non-traditional purposes, and it can be intimidating or even embarrassing at times. But to use your creativity in a way that makes you happy, you have to be willing to do counterintuitive things. That means being willing to make room for new ideas, new ways of thinking, and new ways of using your creativity. By integrating different fields of study — cultural studies, communication arts, gender studies — you’re opening up new doors for your future self.

  • Compare yourself to yourself yesterday, not to younger people who aren’t you. Everyone progresses at a different rate, so don’t let anyone else make you fell behind.

If I were to give you a piece of advice, it would be this: resist the urge to compare yourself to others more than you already do. Instead, focus on where you want to be — in five, ten, twenty years. Be satisfied with where you are right now and what you have already achieved. Keep looking ahead, but don’t get overly excited about where you might be in the future.

We’re all moving at different speeds. Nor does the world care one way or another about how fast you go. The key is to acknowledge that progress and find ways to maintain momentum. Get moving, then wait for the waves to ride over you.

  • Success in the knowledge economy comes to those who know themselves- their strengths, their values, and how they best perform.

“Success in the knowledge economy is not measured by wealth, fame, or power. Rather it consists in applying your knowledge in ways that make you a better, more valued person and citizen. Knowledge is power. But unlike economic power which is based on production and exchange, knowledge is more than that- it is a dynamic, ever-changing super-strategy for making your world better—and accelerating your career to boot.

It is an experiment, as all life is an experiment.

“It is a painful thing to say to oneself: by choosing one road I am turning my back on a thousand others. Everything is interesting; everything might be useful; everything attracts and charms a noble mind; but death is before us; mind and matter make their demands; willy-nilly we must submit and rest content as to things that time and wisdom deny us, with a glance of sympathy which is another act of our homage to the truth.”
― Antonin Sertillanges, The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods

Atomic Habits (James Clear) – Book Summary, Notes & Highlights

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Will Durant

Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. The choices we make in seemingly mundane moments usually go unnoticed, and frequently go unchallenged. Why do we eat more than we want to or less than we should? Why do we spend too much money on things that don’t matter? Why do we procrastinate? How is it that some people manage to reach their goals, while others give up after only a small setback? The answers to these questions aren’t always easy to discover—but they are vitally important.

Why you should read this book?

Atomic Habits is a transformative book that will inspire you to push the reset button on your life. It shows you how to create new, better habits in replace of old ones and reveals the possibilities that exist when you upgrade your habits.

The book will help you develop the skills, habits, and thinking that will lead to success. You’ll learn how to reshape yourself by upgrading the fundamentals of your life and to eliminate that which doesn’t serve you and focus on what does. With new habits paving the way, there are no limits to what you can accomplish.

Are you someone?

  • Who cares about your future goals and wants to see them achieved.
  • You consciously want to create new habits in your life
  • You want to understand how you can break the old, not-so-good habits.
  • And finally, someone who wants to identify his/her goals and build a support structure so that you can achieve them.

Summary

  • A decision is a choice between alternatives. But we often make far more decisions than is necessary. We count on our automatic behaviors to save us from doing the hard work, although most of us cannot count on being persuaded by arguments or self-assurance. One of the most effective ways to change your life is to focus on creating habits instead of using saving as an excuse to avoid hard work. Saving has many benefits, but it does not make good policy or investment decisions.
  • Successful people avoid routines. Successful people build habits made of single processes. Once you have these processes in place, small things will seem easier and more pleasant when you do them regularly. As your habits become more frequent and basic, they can be done with any tool or device you choose. You can wake up with the attitude that today I have the opportunity to start anew!

How this book has transformed my life

  • It helped me build healthy habits like taking 10,000 steps a day and taking care of my body. Yes, I know that’s not a lot. But habits have hard limits and you can’t build your body until you hit those steps. The experience taught me a lot about how to set small tasks and deadlines for myself so that I hit the 10K milestone each day. And then when that little obstacle got in my way, it forced me to take another look at how my life works and how much I value my health.
  • The old brain is always powerful, but it’s a poor guide to the true path. The true way is rooted in inner conflict. We must identify our inner critic and tune out the noise that comes from that place. The solution lies in going inward-turning inward on everything that distracts you from finding inner peace. Then you can relax and take action, guided by the intelligence that rules your body and mind, instead of being controlled by it.
  • The tools we use to achieve our goals are less important than the techniques we use to achieve them. If you want to be successful at something – anything – you need enough motivation to keep going no matter what. I call this the “systems” approach to motivation. Rather than thinking about what you want and how to get it, consider thinking about what systems you already have (and what steps you need to take to get them). This is the “goal” approach. As long as you’re actively using one or more methods to achieve your (systems), goals can be achieved and destiny can be rewritten in a bold tone.
  • You can see your actions and your habits very clearly in the mirror. You see the things you do consistently for months at a time and begin to notice them instilling in you an “I-ness” that sets you apart from everyone else. Then you can turn around and do those things against yourself and notice how much better they make you feel! That is exactly how my success system works. When I am successful, it’s because of habits I have cultivated over time that have helped me achieve success in whatever area I focus my energy on.
  • We all have habits, both good and bad. Habits are a compounding factor. Our habits create the conditions in our lives that enable us to reach our full potential. To reach your potential, you must change one small thing at a time. You must choose one thing a day to improve and carry that along with you for the rest of the week.

Broader summary + Key takeaways

A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time. –Mark Twain

What are Habits? And why they are important?

Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement. A habit is a series of actions that the brain repeats over and over again. We repeat certain movements over and over again because it strengthens and improves them. We repeat conversations over and over again because it deepens our understanding. Habits are the scaffolding that supports the growth and development of all other skills. You can break free from bad habits if you understand how they work and can stop letting them take over your life. You have to identify which habits are eating away at your motivation, causing you to give up on your goal, or break free of the self-control that’s keeping you limited in what you’re able to do.

People change for a reason. Sometimes it’s because they’re motivated by a reward. Other times it’s because they’re motivated by a perceived loss – they feel they have a right to a better life and will fight until the end to see it achieved.

Regardless of the reason, here are 4 laws of behavior change that we can use to create good habits and break the bad ones:

A single habit is made of a cue, craving, response, and reward.

These components are formed according to the 4 laws of behavior change: cue = behavior, response = behavior that influences the result intended (or rather desired) by the doer, reward = behavior that influences the state of mind conducive to subsequent action (and sometimes conscious awareness), and habit = a pattern of behavior that is stable over time and does not require conscious re-drafting by the acting individual.

Behavior change is made up of several habits. A cue is a stimulus that sets off the behavior change. A craving is a response to the stimulus. A response is the outcome of the craving, either success or failure. A reward is the attention and time users pay to a behavior change. Everything we do, say, feel, or perceive is based on feedback from the senses that we’ve already learned to deal with. The first four laws of behavior change work on any type of feedback, whether verbal or visual, and apply to any person because any behavior is based on an action, a thought, or an attitude.

  1. Make it obvious

I made habits easier for myself. Whenever I had a hard time remembering to eat one of my daily fruit servings, I would place them in a spot that was easy for me to see but not so obvious that I would forget. This led to two things happening. First, the fruit was more visible to me and second, it more easily entered my daily habit. Not only did this change my behavior, but it also increased my adherence to this rule as it became a habit and no longer an act of “willpower”.

2. Make it attractive

If you want to build a habit, one of the best ways is to make it pleasurable. A memorable action is much easier to do than a memorable reward. If you want to set a cookie for completing a certain portion of a workout, then you can do it. But if you only do this once per week, it won’t be nearly as powerful an incentive as if you did it every time you felt like hitting the gym. If the habit is unattractive, it will likely be difficult or impossible to do over and over again. Therefore, it’s best to come up with some ways to make the habit attractive even if it’s something hard like going to a gym or studying for long hours. I found that telling myself positive thoughts about where I was going helped me stay focused on what I was doing every day.

3. Make it easy 

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that if there was a single trait characterizing the habits of people I consider highly successful, it’s that they find the path of least resistance. You know that it’s easier to get things done if you have time to plan for it beforehand. By planning your meals, you become more organized, avoid eating outside and save time so you can spend the rest of the day doing other things.

4. Make it immediately satisfying

The little reward at the end of your habit can greatly help you get over the hump of sticking to your new system. Something as simple as enjoying a relaxing bath or nestling into your couch with a book can be very satisfying after you get through the more difficult parts of creating a new habit.

It takes time to build a habit or break a bad one and that’s why most people quit halfway

The ability to persist despite failure is no less fundamental than the ability to learn from it. We make progress in our lives when we persist through reasons which are familiar and pleasurable even when they fail. We make progress when we persist through reasons which register as losses but which ultimately prove to be gained. One way to increase the likelihood of developing this knack is to frame challenges as opportunities.

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill

Adopt a systems-first approach instead of focusing on goals

The difference between a system and a goal is not whether you pursue them or not, but what they are. A goal is something that you desire, whether it is to lose weight, get married, or buy a house. A system is a systematic arrangement for attaining a goal, whether it is setting goals for habits or studying for exams. The only difference between a system and a goal is their focus: goals focus on the result you want; systems focus on how you get there.

A goal is useful for setting a direction, but it’s not enough to motivate you if your plans fail. To reach your goal, you may have to accept some losses along the way. There is power in design, but it’s not the only power. If you build the right systems, your goals will become easier to achieve and will become part of your daily routine. Systems thinking is based on two essential premises: goals are valuable but not fixed, and progress requires collaboration between people and systems. Unlike goals, systems are not designed to be reached. But systems can help you achieve your goals.

The most successful people in life are those who are constantly changing and improving their systems. Systems thinking is more than just a way of thinking—it is a way of life. When you embrace change as a natural part of your system, not an inconvenient consequence, you will find that your motivation to succeed is much greater than when you are stuck in a rut. Systems thinking allows you to enjoy the journey more than the destination. It means that no matter how big or small the change is, you are maximizing the value and success of each step. Systems thinking motivates you to take charge of your life and gives you the self-confidence to take risks.

“If you want to be happy, try thinking in terms of systems instead of pieces.” Success doesn’t happen by accident—it happens when you adapt your thinking and implement changes in your actions. Systems thinking helps you find your passion and follow it, no matter what your situation might be. In a world driven by information, systems thinking gives us the agility to navigate our way through any situation with ease.

Systems thinking can be applied to just about everything in our lives. Here are some examples: entrepreneurship, education, health care, self-help, business, and beyond. If your goal is to improve yourself or another person, the power of systems thinking can make you successful. Just as the human body is composed of numerous parts that move together smoothly and efficiently when put into proper working order, so too do our systems consist of components that function properly when put in proper working order.

To form good habits, make them a part of your identity

This is the process of taking what motivates yourself and placing it in your identity. Start small, with something you want to learn. Perhaps coding, basketball, or drawing. Perhaps with what you can do to better yourself, learning how to eat healthily or something physical like waking up earlier in the morning. Whatever it is that you want, try to make it a part of your identity. Make it a part of who you are.”

Focus on your character traits and your skills to make a better you!

“With outcome-based habits, the focus is on what you want to achieve. With identity-based habits, the focus is on who you wish to become.”

People often confuse identity with the outcome. Identity is what you feel inside. The outcome is what happens to you. Identity can be positive (you have a strong sense of who you are), negative (you feel disconnected or empty), or neutral (you don’t care who you are). When choosing a new habit, focus on the core values that you pursue instead of outcomes.

Most people completely ignore the fact that identity change is required for success.

You fail to stick with a habit because you have a low opinion of yourself. You think that just because you achieved some goal doesn’t mean you were smart or talented enough to make that happen. You fail to stick with a habit because you emotionally associate it with some perceived failure.

There is something powerful in the human mind that causes us to persist in harmful or unsuccessful ways. It’s called reinforcement. We get stuck on behavior because it’s rewarding, convenient, or familiar. We become addicted because the ability to obtain the reward exists right there in front of us. Our brains create pathways based on these rewards and connections between them, reinforcing them when they’re present. This creates an identity that we will fight to maintain even when it conflicts with our long-term interests. If you want to grow or change, you need to release this habit or identity. To do this, first identify what part of your identity is holding you back.

Many people think they lack motivation when what they lack is clarity. It is not always obvious when and where to take action.

The quality of your life depends in part on how much clarity you have about your goals and opportunities. This absence of clarity can be debilitating; it prevents us from seeing clearly what must be done and get moving in the right direction. But there’s a simple solution: Get clear about where you want to go, then work on getting there. Knowing where you want to require knowing where you’re going — starting with where you are now.

According to social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, “Discipline is the ability to resist temptation. Staying motivated involves keeping your goals simple, and seeking opportunities that seem less attractive than the previous ones. For example, you might fail at one goal because it is more important than another, but instead of becoming frustrated, accept that this is how the system works and work at achieving the next goal instead.”For disciplined people, failure has far less impact on their sense of self-worth than it might for others.

Repetition, not perfection

Many habits we develop are so useful, we don’t think about turning them off. The ones you like best will remain as long as you like them. But habits come with an exception: if you practice too long or too often, they will become automatic. If you want to master a habit, the key is to start with repetition, not perfection. You don’t need to map out every feature of a new habit. You just need to practice. This is the first takeaway: you just need to get your reps in. Failure is not an option, it is a fact of life. Success is dependent on how many times you try, and it takes more than just having a good idea to get going. Surely this has been explained at length before, but for those who don’t know: the 3rd law of motion is that force operates in an accelerating direction when the force behind it is not forward traveling.

A professional stays on schedule because he or she cares about the outcome. An amateur pulls an off-course break because he or she is bored or frustrated. A professional knows how to anticipate his or her needs and fulfill them. An amateur delays action because he or she fears failure — which often leads to burnout and frustration.

Forty-seven percent of the days in a year are the days you have no idea what to do. That includes a weekend, holiday, and holiday-related days. Some days it’s hard to get going because you’re too tired, or too busy doing other things. When this happens, the best thing to do is just show up — even if it’s in the form of a humble “just showing up”.When you show up without a plan, there’s a 50 percent chance you’ll fail: start 10 minutes late or mess up your presentation. But if you show up determined and determined, with the right attitude, eventually things will work out.

The secret to maximizing your odds of success is to choose the right field of competition. This is just as true with habit change as it is with sports and business. Habits are easier to perform and more satisfying to stick with when they align with your natural inclinations and abilities. The competition puts something at stake to motivate you to improve – either on your terms or against someone better equipped to meet your challenges. The key is identifying a domain of strength in a field where you are historically at a competitive disadvantage. There is no shame in leaning heavily on your natural gifts and abilities when trying to build a career or business. On the other hand, when faced with a choice between pursuing an ambitious goal that doesn’t align with your natural talents and enjoying the comforts of routine – take the former path.

Professionals stick to the schedule; amateurs let life get in the way. Professionals know what is important to them and work toward it with purpose; amateurs get pulled off course by the urgencies of life.

It takes two kinds of courage to create a habit. The first kind comes from inside. You have to be willing to do the work, any work, even when the reward seems small. The second kind comes from without. You have to be willing to let other people help you create habits, even when it isn’t clear they’ll help you succeed in the long run. Most people have both kinds of courage. Some people are born with it, some develop it as they age. The most important thing to know about habits is that they work when you make them. They work even when you don’t set out to make them work. There’s a reason why engineers don’t quit their jobs even when they hate their jobs. It’s not because they have to, nor is it because they fear failure. It’s simply virtue: staying put when faced with new challenges. The trouble is that many of us have neither courage nor virtue. We have only what we call ” a will.”

There has been a lot of balance in my life lately. In the past month, I’ve taken the initiative to get in shape—a habit that has been lacking lately. Not only has this helped me stay motivated and accountable, but it’s also made living more pleasurable. Fitness will help me maintain focus, energy, improve physical health, and more. When I was younger and not so confident about my abilities, exercise was something I dreaded doing. But as I got older and began to realize that taking care of myself was important—in ways that paled in comparison to the benefits that exercise brought me—I began to embrace the activity. There have been a lot of days I’ve felt like relaxing, but I’ve never regretted showing up and working on something important to me.

Discover the Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs- 10 Tips for creating a Multi Dollar Business (PART 1)

Back in 2019, when I decided to take a leap and have my own company a lot of questions ran in my head. Is it worth it? What will be the consequences? How I’m going to accomplish my set goals and so on. With multiple feedbacks, countless nights one day I finally concluded and I registered MILLION BILLION DREAMS HUB PRIVATE LIMITED in my hometown Ujjain, India.

The whole effort to make MBDH a successful company was similar to going for a walk without my shoes on. During the first few days of the journey, I had experienced many barefoot moments in front of strangers. I was hurt by a lot of shrapnel in the knees and sometimes got cuts on them but managed to keep walking because I knew that if I fell and cried due to the pain, it would be disastrous. So I always pushed myself up and kept walking until the wounds heal. By then my spirit kept growing and I learned to walk better with every step I take.

This blog post is a compiled list of advice I wish I had received when I started my journey. It comes from the people I met, books and blogs I read, and advice from my seniors.

  1. Build a Bigger Tool Box

Learn and develop a toolbox that can fix anything from the simplest task to the most complex. Your toolbox should comprise experts in various areas of the field, your go-to contacts. Adopting new tech ideas and most importantly keeping them up to date.

You can reach out to these experts and they will guide you throughout your many projects. With new tech ideas being introduced daily that ensure that you are up to date with the best of tech in the world.

Inside your Tool Box, you will find PRACTICAL methodologies that are supported by leading experts. The more I learn the more I realize how little I know, that is how it started, and that is why I suggest everyone to build a mighty personalized Tool Box.

2. I will take the Porsche and the Ferrari

If you have two choices, take both. Channel your desire to seize every opportunity and make the most of every moment into a kickass life. You owe it to yourself—and everyone else who’s counting on you.

Sometimes, the best decision you can make is to take multiple routes. Opportunities are everywhere, and you’re not a quitter. The world needs you to chase your dreams.

3. The “Big Picture”

Have you ever had more than one project going at once? If so, you’re not alone. Often, we have multiple ideas in the ways of implementing a new course, expansion, or project. Often it’s difficult to choose one idea over another in the face of so many options. It can feel like you’re choosing between dead ends. If you connect with such experiences as overwhelm then it’s time to resolve this challenge and look at overcoming this challenge as part of your overall growth.

Regardless of the case, if you’re finding it hard to prioritize your projects, it may be time to re-evaluate the effectiveness of your current approach. The key is to put some thought into how you’ll organize your projects in relation to one another. If you have several small goals that are all connected (e.g. create 10k blog posts), then it may be best to look at the bigger picture and make decisions according to your long term goals and de-bunking the not so fit ones.

4. To get great results start at the top and work your way down

It is often alleged that the most successful people in business start in the middle. They see their opportunity and strike while the iron is hot. So what’s the secret to success that so many people claim to find? A clue lies in a study conducted by Columbia Business School Professor Barry Lynn. He examined more than 300 German entrepreneurs who set out to create the world’s best manufacturer of refrigerators. Over 17 years, only 5% of those who started at the top ended up at the top. Those who started near the middle had an 18% chance of making it to the top, while those at the bottom had a 37% chance.

There is no magic formula for becoming successful. It takes persistent work with a clear strategy—and lots of bad luck. Start with what you know. If you’re a writer, build your visibility and then work your way up from there. If you’re a videographer, get your beats centered before you start shooting. If you’re a musician, play lots of shows and make a lot of videos before trying your first big project.

As Bill Hicks once said, ” If you plan things properly, it’s amazing how much you can accomplish. “

5. Learn the rules to break the rules

Learn how to be an Innovation Ninja – those who know the rules, and know-how to break them. Whether you want to find inspiration, solve a problem, make unique connections, get a good idea started, or create something amazing.

Be spontaneous. Use low-risk, low-cost experiments to find new ideas. Many are tried, and most don’t work; one does. You need a great team. Share credit and reward failure as well as success. Have absolutely no fear about making mistakes or failing-gamble on innovation with an “innovate first, apologies later” strategy. Always remember innovations can happen everywhere – they are not restricted to Apple, Google & Intuit; or startups. Innovation Ninjas exist in all companies and companies of all shapes and sizes. They’re in every industry.

“To think that you have value is not enough. Your value has to be recognized, and you have to recognize yourself first. “

That is how Laurel Thatcher Ulrich characterizes the discovery phase of entrepreneurship.

So, what you’re waiting for?

Let’s Build a Goddamn Museum!!!

Arguably, the greatest building in the world is a museum. Why? Because buildings are like a life stage. They host our memories, they teach us new things with interactive exhibits, and they exhibit artwork that we will never forget.

Importance

Museums are important educational institutions, not just because they provide the public with fascinating insights into their locality’s history and culture; but also because they make for first-class places to spend a relaxing afternoon with friends and family.

Modern museums are very important to our society, they act as a social order. Museums that offer exhibitions on various subjects can change opinions and create interest and curiosity in their visitors.

Condemnation

However, some people believe that museums are a waste of space due to the rising costs across all industries and are being replaced by technology such as computers, tablets, etc… 

The museum architecture community has been accused of having tunnel vision in their approach to research, and not taking into account the many uses and meanings of museums.

This is a criticism of museum architecture that needs to be addressed. An important starting point is to reflect on why people interact with museum space in different ways. Museums are social spaces used by lots of different people in lots of different ways. They are not just spaces for cultural consumption but can be multi-functional spaces for recreation, education, and politics. With this in mind, can there be a ‘best practice’? Can we measure what is good or bad about museum space?

What does good museum architecture look like?

What should you be looking for if you have to consider the architecture of a museum project?

When thinking about good architecture, think of it not in the same way as any other building. The reason being is that museums are different from other buildings because they hold objects of interest and value that can’t always be taken away when funding isn’t available for upkeep. The problem is further complicated by the fact that there are a lot of different museums – galleries, art galleries, science museums, technology museums, and natural history museums – and each museum has different requirements for its space. As a result, you cannot take one solution from one museum and apply it to another museum (unless of course, it is also an art gallery).

Great museum architecture for me

  1. Great museum architecture transmits emotion and evokes curiosity

Good museum architecture allows for many different ways of being used, it is not just a place where you go into with specific expectations. A good museum appears accessible but is not necessarily ‘open’ – it draws in visitors with its atmosphere; it radiates excitement before they get there.

2. It tells and explains the story of history while also engaging visitors with an inspiring experience that encourages them to return again and again.

The best museums are those that are built around a central idea (like the British Museum with its Egyptian collection) but can also be adapted to other themes through their layout or use of space.

3. It is important not to simply follow trends in museum architecture.

Some architects are following a trend in museum architecture that just isn’t suited to the collections they are trying to display. For example, the proposed new building for the Museum of Liverpool Football Club is an uber modern design with a huge glass facade – which means it will look great at night but terrible from the outside when the museum is closed.

An architect should totally focus on what works for that particular set of collections and not simply follow trends that make them feel good about themselves as artists, irrespective of whether it makes any sense in terms of display space or anything else.

4. A good museum should teleport you into another world, bringing to life the art on display and taking your imagination on an unforgettable journey.

At the end of the day, what we want is to be transported. We want our minds to be blown. We want to experience something unique and unfamiliar. We want to stop thinking about all the crap going on in our lives and escape into another world.

5. A good museum makes great architecture but even the best architecture will not help if people have trouble entering or moving around inside its walls.

A good museum needs good museum architecture for people in wheelchairs, those with visual impairments as well as larger groups of people who simply want to spend more time enjoying the collection without getting too hot or too cold inside the building itself.

While the list can go on, there is a great deal of discussion about good museum architecture going on around the world at the moment, but what do we know about the future? I think we are in a position to make some educated guesses about where we might go if we want to make our museums more relevant and engaging for audiences.

Museums are already in the midst of a tech revolution, so it seems natural that exhibits will continue to be increasingly augmented by digital content. Let me know what you think!

Sustainable Interior Design: 8 Steps to Success

“We are the first generation to feel the effect of climate change and the last generation who can do something about it.”

Barack Obama, Former US President

The world is changing radically and with the innovations happening in the field of technology, artificial intelligence, blockchain, robotics… I can hardly imagine a future like the one we’re currently living in today. Out of all the above positive outcomes we’re expecting from the collective human efforts there is one state where we humans have failed miserably. The concern of ‘CLIMATE CHANGE’ is the greatest threat to our planet and saving our planet has become the most important subject in today’s times.

While many people around often ask me well Mansi is climate change real? Do we need to do something about this? What exactly is climate change or the most important one What exactly you being an Architect can suggest to us in response to climate change?

While I often discuss with my friends and family about climate change, sustainability issues, government programs, health, etc. and how almost all sectors of our economy whether it is textile or mining; travel or construction all are seeing a dramatic shift with a focus on eco-friendly/ sustainable, greener and smart solutions.  Currently, we’re understanding a co-relation between living spaces, environment, technology, health, and safety and are adopting a holistic approach towards minimizing the catastrophic effects of climate change.

What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on? ― Henry David Thoreau

While there is no quick fix to our growing concerns on the environment I can assure you that by incorporating some of the sustainable interior design ideas we can develop a snapshot of the best sustainable interior design practices.

  1. Work with a knowledgeable Architect/ Interior designer

Hiring a qualified Architect/ Interior designer is a huge win whether you’re remodeling, renovating, or creating one. With an emphasis on green design, smart solutions, and thorough knowledge on trending yet sustainable-certified materials and innovative products hiring a talented professional can help you in a long way.

If your budget doesn’t allow you to hire a professional, several organizations around the world verify the sustainability standards of products/ materials. Choose wisely and always look for the best and the trendiest!

Whether considering a DIY or getting professional help the environmentally-minded systems are critical in understanding the basics of sustainable interior design and will help you in connecting the dots between your home and the globally addressed climate change.

2. Choose the right fabric

With thousands of options available choosing the right fabric with sustainability criteria can become quite confusing. While most of us try to narrow it down in terms of colors, theme, texture, and patterns it is necessary to consider whether the fabric is sustainable or not.

Key points to consider are:

  • Longevity: Fabrics that can last longer should be the first go-to pick option as most of them are durable and are considered more eco-friendly as compared to those replaced frequently. Always consider the maintenance cost of the fabric before purchasing this can add to the sustainability factor.  
  • Chemicals: Did you know that there are roughly 2000 chemicals that can be involved in manufacturing fabrics that are not only harmful to your skin but also can pollute the water and air. Picking fabrics that are certified by industry-based organizations or under government-run bodies assures that the fabric is free from harmful chemicals.
  • Biodegradable: Simply putting biodegradable fabrics are those fabrics that can be decomposed quite easily with minimal effort. There are generally very few chemicals involved in the making and some can even be produced without the need for factory assembly.

3. Super green windows:

Windows are an essential part of our home interiors as they are the major source of natural light apart from doors & ventilators. If properly placed windows not only provide us good natural lighting they can even help us with cross ventilation especially in tropical climates. Having said that windows are generally green and they can be made more sustainable by several means:

Choosing recyclable/biodegradable/chemical-free window curtain fabric/ blinds; use of bamboo (locally sourced), wood made from FSC timber, natural grass, or other 100 % recyclable and renewable materials.

4. Right kind of surface materials

Choosing the right surface materials can have a huge impact on indoor and outdoor air quality, aesthetics, and overall lifestyle thereby projecting better health and surroundings. Materials such as recycled glass, reclaimed wood, countertops made from recycled paper, etc. all will not only reduce the ecological effect but will also add a unique visual appearance to your space. Always pick surface materials after assessing their environmental impact, installation process, and the cost of logistics/ transport before approval.

5. Eco- friendly yet decorative walls and ceilings

There are numerous products currently available in the market that can give an artistic yet environmentally responsible décor to your home interiors. Non – VOC paints, earth-based plasters, wall covers sourced from renewable sources, eco-friendly recycled wall panels, and recycled tiles are some of the options available in the market.

6. Sustainable Flooring

Bringing sustainability ‘Under your feet’ by any of the smart green options available can reduce your home’s carbon footprint significantly and undoubtfully one of the long-lasting implementations.

Hard flooring can be made from FSC wood, reclaimed wood; cork, bamboo, linoleum, recycled rubber; Natural stone; recycled Tile or terrazzo; and Finished in situ concrete. Carpets can be made from wool, organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, and jute, whereas carpet tiles can also be made from recycled content and it is possible to refurbish carpets.

7. Energy Efficient Lighting

Lighting adds drama to interiors and with energy-efficient lighting installed brightening your space can not only reduce the carbon footprint but can also add extra glamour to your home decor space. Ceiling lights, table lamps, floor lights, LED bulbs, dimmers,  wall mounted lights all can be sourced depending on the needs and keeping in mind green logistic practices, technological advances, and conserving electricity through maintenance. 

8. Become a Micro – gardener

Depending on the space you have adding a few organic plants, an interior green wall, or having your garden can make an enormous difference in your sustainability project. Plants not only improve the quality of air but can also give you fresh ingredients for your cooking and medicinal purposes. While high-performing indoor plant species provide the opportunity to improve indoor life integrating smart sensor networks and computerized technologies could lead to a postmodern version of interior eco-architecture.

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