Sunday, December 16, 2012

Myths about Introverts

So here are a few common misconceptions about Introverts
Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk.
This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.
Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.
Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.
Myth #3 – Introverts are rude.
Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.
Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people.
On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.
Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public.
Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.
Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.
Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.
Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.
Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.
Myth #8 – Introverts are aloof nerds.
Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.
Myth #9 – Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun.
Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.
Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts.
A world without Introverts would be a world with few scientists, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers, doctors, mathematicians, writers, and philosophers. That being said, there are still plenty of techniques an Extrovert can learn in order to interact with Introverts. (Yes, I reversed these two terms on purpose to show you how biased our society is.) Introverts cannot “fix themselves” and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ.

Generalist over Specialist

“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 SertillangesThe Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods

“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

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

On the Disney - Lucasfilm acquisition

League of Childhood Heroes: Disney buys Star Wars

So  this morning I woke up to the big news that Disney purchased LucasFilms in a $ 4 billion deal. Lucas Films is known for creating some of the biggest characters in movies and more importantly in children's imaginations all over the world like Darth Vader, Indiana Jones, Skywalkers, Obi-Wan Kenobi. In fact, Star Wars was the first to combine action and sci-fi together and made being a "geek" cool.
          George Lucas, the owner of Lucas Films and creator of these characters, had at one point said that he had originally stated that he had envisioned Star Wars as a 9 episode movie series. However, the last movie , the sixth, came out in 2005 and had left Star Wars fans wanting for more. However, any such initiative was nowhere in sight. Along with the acquisition, Disney immediately announced that the next movie in the series will come out in 2015 and will have Mr. Lucas acting as a consultant.
          This news has received mixed reception from fans of the Star Wars series. Most of them have been positive believing that they will now get to see more of their favorite characters onscreen and sooner. However, some have pointed out concerns that Disney's other characters share not many similarities with the Star Wars genre and Disney could possibly mismanage the franchise. My opinion is that some initiative is better than none at all. I want to see more of Vader and Siths and Jedis and wants to believe that Disney will do a good job.
          Twitter, of course, was flooded with messages from fans discussing the implications of these deals and some of the witty ones do seem to have a point. Some of the highlights:

  • Darth Vader and Mickey Mouse are cousins
  • Leia is now a Disney princess
  • Disney now owns 50% of our childhood imagination
  • Star Wars theme parks (yay!!)
  • Star Wars is worth 4 Instagram .
    • Regarding the last point, sure it seems like Lucas Films is worth 4 Instagrams. However, there is no doubt that Star Wars and Indiana Jones is worth much more to fans all over the world.  Disney, being the pioneers in developing imagination and childhood memories, would of course see the value. 

Twitter Reloaded

           Sure, I joined twitter when first I heard of it a couple of years back. However at that point of time, Facebook was on its way up in India and twitter couldn't compete .
           Facebook had gotten so addictive at one point that I never logged out of it. However, of late I feel that I have hit my saturation level with Facebook, a sentiment echoed by many of my colleagues. Facebook recently stuck it out for an IPO (which failed to live up to it's hype) and this newfound pressure to monetize everything and display ROI to its shareholders has in my opinion made, what earlier was fun to its consumers, for lack of a better, uncatchy. My common sense tells me that there is very little chance Facebook will get better (I do hope they prove me wrong) .
           Twitter, on the other hand is growing by leaps and bounds in India. Twitter is a microblogging site where your message - text with image, video or any links - has to be contained within 140 characters. Does sound restrictive. However, when you really devote time to twitter, you realise that's exactly what makes it so challenging and fun. Twitter for some reason is much more convenient to use on handheld devices than on personal computers. If that is true, i think we can attribute twitter's late penetration among Indian users to the lack of convenient handheld devices - smartphones with better wifi internet speeds. The smartphone market has shot up in the country recently and twitter is much more easier to use on these than earlier.
           My own usage on twitter has been rocketing in the past few months . Close to 3000 tweets in one month. Followers rising by almost a 100. Sure, not many of the people I see on a daily basis or hang out with are yet active on twitter, though they do have an account. For me, I am still in the exploratory phase where I am coming to a whole new operating system and am figuring out what laws apply in this network. Twitter trends is the first thing I check when I log on. All you need is the right trigger to jump-start your wit machine. One occasions, I have been known to post close to 50 tweets in half and hour. Chelsea match-days are the best. Another feature is the stories section, where one can get to know the latest stories and what the "tweeple" are talking about right now.
           A number of Indian corporate houses are very active on Twitter. They run weekly competitions with  prizes. Would recommend you to follow some of these and win while tweeting. Make tweeting fun. Why twitter is better for businesses to use?
           There are these various levels of engagement businesses can achieve on social media. Twitter by its very nature, has the consumers creating the content for the businesses - something for which businesses have to put in a lot of effort on Facebook. If done properly, Twitter will be of much more value to businesses as a marketing tool to business than Facebook.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012