I am 3.5 Year Old, and I Have Questions

Children are born artists. Here is why, they inquire. An artist is someone who’s mind is curious enough to take action to find out the answers.

Zain

Like what will happen if I try to draw that picture, how will it feel if I shall sing these beautiful words. Etc Etc.

Yesterday was Eid, so I had some guests at home. One of them was my cousin with her two little kids. This story is about Zain, a 3.5 years old boy and his conversation with me.

I was at my computer starting with daily reading.

Here are some of his questions and the pictures which made him inquire. I also tried to answer them as well.

1-Why only his eyes are showing up? Where is his rest of face?

Ans. Look, in this picture, he’s only showing up his head and eyes to make it interesting. He wants people to take notice of this picture. Got it?

2- Alright, what is that pink thing on your table?

This is a machine, a small one. I use it with my computer.

Multi-Card Reader

Well, it is used to transfer different things from one computer to another computer or mobile phone.

4-Okay, show me some stuff which we can insert in it.

Yup, here is it, we can shift any cartoon video or picture of yours to our mobile. Right.

5-Why are you typing on computer?

(He noticed that after his questions I was saving them in drafts.) Ah, I am saving our conversation in my computer. Is it fair?

6-How he come up with clothes and full face?

(I wanted to show Zain, the full picture of Seth Godin, so I went on Seth’s Facebook Page. Zain took good notice of this too and asked the above questions.)

Zain, this is another picture of the guy, here he is with his clothes and full head.

That was enough of my feeds, then I stumbled on some cartoon pictures to check his reaction.

7-Why he is going to fire someone?

I think he is just playing with his little toy, it is kind of the same gun as you used to have few days back. But it looks more like a real one. Isn’t it?

8-Why you are writing things which I am telling you?

Actually, I want to share our conversation with my friends. And I hope they like it.

9-Why these cars are not running?

These are the pictures of cars. In pictures, we can not see things moving. Here are the moving cars. (then I played the following video)

10-Why are they hitting everything?

This is because they are driving in rushy areas. Where many other vehicles and stuff is moving.

11-Where do the people go when the car gets broken?

Most of the time, they get out of them and get back to their home. Or if anyone gets hurt then hospital.

12-Does it show the aeroplane as well?

Yes it does.

Later I spent some more time with him. Entertained him with more videos and cool stuff.

So What Is The Point?

This is something not surprising at all. As human, we are born to discover and create remarkable stuff.

But here is why I am worried about Zain or any other little kid. They will eventually be stopped to ask questions, which do not make sense to elders including and especially teachers.

They will be forced to do the work in others’ way instead of with their knowldge and learning. They will be forced to not to inquire, they will be forced to shut the mouth when someone is doing stuff.

But at the same time, I often interact with parents and encourage them to let their child live their life. Let them learn in their way, which shouldn’t necessarily make sense to elders. Here is an incredible TED Talk by Sir Kin Robinson on Do school kill creativity?

What do you think? I am sure when you were a little kid, you were curios same as Zain. Did you lost that curiosity? Have you ever had similar experience with you? Please share your thoughts in comments below.

(At the end of our conversation, Zain said “when I’ll get older, Ill buy a computer too.” I shall talk to his parents and ask them to buy one for him now.)

I Shall Call You Smart If You

I shall call you smart if you…

  1. take notes of what you read.
  2. have good community of offline friends.
  3. watch a movie, and then watch that again to understand better. Same applies for a book.
  4. go for a walk or running regularly.
  5. write regularly. (See here if you want to write a great blog post)
  6. watch at least one TED Talk each week.
  7. get fail at any thing every at least every three months. It means you try new solutions.
  8. have strength to take responsibility of your actions, especially when they go wrong.
  9. stand for an idea or something which is worthy. Remember if you don’t stand for something, you are not STANDING.
  10. keep good track of your time.
  11. start doing something new, which no one in your surrounding have done before.
  12. sleep at 11pm or earlier.
  13. are not hesitate to say ‘NO’.
  14. write an email under five sentences.
  15. laugh at least once a day.
  16. add your tip in this list.
  17. (optional) share this post with someone, you appreciate.

You Can Write A Great Blog Post If You

10- regularly make a draft of your learning, in your note pad, a word file or even use your mobile’s draft folder to write down the ideas / story.

9- share any interesting thing, which happened to you and can deliver learning  to others.

8- watch a movie, and then tell us what made the hero ‘A Hero‘ or/and why the movie was interesting.

7- go through your old notebooks, if there is something (I believe there are many) which can still be applied, publish them for us.

6- go through your two years old email in your sent folder.

5- take four days offline and spend time with yourself and few people who really matters.

4- watch a TED Talk.

3- get fail at something.

2- read, read, and read.

1- want.

Also remember You Can Not Write a Great Blog Post Everyday, you don’t need to. But it never means you shouldn’t write.

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3- 7 Things Companies Must Do to Succeed in Corporate Blogging

Hello and My About.me Profile

This week has been really tough in creating stuff. Feeling bit nervous for being not able to keep with you guys regularly.

But thankfully I just not wasted whole week, had good meeting with a big potential client, sent them proposal as well. Created my About.me profile, which you can see here. Did read some really good posts, watched TED Talks and though a lot.

I assume it is gonna make me stronger, but what use of a strong person if you do not ship your art (write a genuine blog post or whatever). So before going to sleep tonight, just wanted to say you ‘Hello and we’re returning to wonderful stuff from now on.

Meanwhile if you have experienced some incredible thing, do share here. You all matters a lot to me, how are you?

We Love Stories. Do You Have One?

Great people like Nelson Mendela, Gandhi or Martin Luther King. They all shared a common thing, the story. They story of the challenges they faced, of the bold steps they took, of believing in themselves.

Every successful person or business is based on the stories and their fans remember them by investigating and talking more and more about their stories. This is way Apple, Facebook or IKEA has many fans, and those fans are continuously sharing the story of their beginning and all up and downs.

You see not every person or business has a story. This is because only bold steps make a great story a story worth sharing and remembering. Even if someone wants to give a great TED Talk, he shares his story.

Watch this talk by Neil Pasricha, where he shares his story and how he started one of Web’s most respected blogs 1000AwesomeThings.com

Now you got it clearly, right? You can not play your full shot unless you create a story. And as we saw earlier in the video, story means taking bold steps and do something wonderful. Which at first might seem very small.

Have you started working on building your story? You must! Please share your story with us, please. If you feel you haven’t one yet, just share what you’re up to, no matter how little it is, this might be start of another great story. Wish you all the best for your story my dear friend. See you in comments.