This review came about too slow. I hope this review will help fresh graduates like myself to integrate into the rat race, stepping into the wet cement and leaving footprints behind. Perhaps after my examinations in June, I shall try completing a book in ten days. It will be a good hobby to rejuvenate and think about life, I’m sure.
This is my second review for 2013, Seth Godin’s The Icarus Deception. This book has been my bible ever since I stepped foot into a local telecommunications company for a short six months stint. First of all, I was desperately trying to adapt to the not so- dynamic environment where employees are in their comfort zone. Any disruption to the equilibrium will not be well- received. It was quite a task trying to listen from the management side and the employees as well trying your best to stay neutral. My review may not be a true reflection of what Godin Seth has been trying to deliver to his readers. But at least it describes my quest or rather journey to the connection economy of discovering things, making things, making art and using it to connect to others, regardless of leisure or work. I am a late bloomer. That is probably the reason I only started to develop interests to pick up new things only recently. I shall do myself the huge favors of learning salsa, kickboxing and improving my Mandarin and Arabic. (for leisure) These are one of the few things I have been wanting to do for the past one year. Maybe I should stop giving excuses and act upon them. I owe myself that much.
I realized that this year passes by too quickly. Thus, the word ‘busy’ cannot be used as an excuse to make art, take initiatives. Don’t worry about the results. It’s the process that matters. It’s all about confidence and having the right attitude. No more excuses. Just do it. A reminder to myself, first and foremost.
There is a saying, you will only learn if you leave whatever you have learnt behind. This is so true, especially for people who received their education here, where I was born and raised. This is the where the system trains one to follow, rather than think creatively or at least within the box.
And so, what’s next? Well, for starters, we should every once in a while ‘get away’ from the routine. Pick up a new interest, once in a while. Meet new people and make emotional connections. Sincerely and not expecting anything in return. Voice out your opinions, even if people laugh at you. This will lead to feedback. Feedback means, you have to start listening and evaluate your current situation. Then decide if you can perform your art, or if you have to shift your comfort or safe zone.
While I try to convince myself to see the world like a clean whiteboard, and use my foresight and guts to make a difference, ie, add colours, diagrams to it, let’s all put aside whatever we have learnt, see the world as it is, without judging. Then contribute. I see this happening in my nation (finally) where citizens are beginning to stand for what’s right for their country and not let foreign talent makes them a second class citizens. Talk about the start of a new revolution.
So,let’s all take risks, once in a while, be sincere and make things happen with passion. Bit by bit. After my initial disappointment of trying to create art, I learnt how to keep my hopes up, despite experiencing uncertainties. As they said, at least when you are heart-broken, you know that you have tried and in that quest, I learnt that it was useful to stay composed and have the foresight to see things in a different light while having that flexible attitude to go with the flow as things change.