56 year-old Rivik Ranadivé is an Indian businessman, engineer, author, speaker and philanthropist. Ranadivé is the founder and CEO of TIBCO, a multi-billion dollar real-timing computing company, and is credited with digitizing Wall Street in the 1980s with his first company, Teknekron Software Systems.
I’ve made it a lifelong habit to do things I know nothing about.
I’m a hardware engineer who started, and still runs, a billion-dollar software company.
I have a couple of degrees in engineering from MIT and a Harvard MBA.
So, if anyone is the poster child for a left-brained education, it’s me.
However, I still believe a liberal arts degree is more of an asset than learning any trade.
I believe this to be true for a handful of reasons.
Any job that can be outsourced eventually will be, from IT to back-office medical or financial work, for a fraction of the cost.
Also, whatever can be done by a computer will be done by a computer. The people who will succeed in more expensive labor markets like the U.S. will be those who can think creatively and generate the IDEAS that will propel economic growth. Such skills are best fostered in a traditional liberal arts environment.
If anything, I think we should make the liberal arts education more rigorous. If you teach students one trade, that skill might be obsolete in a few years. But if you teach people how to think and look at lots of information and connect dots – all skills that a classic liberal education gives you – you will thrive.
Here’s an example: 70-80% of software code is the infrastructure – bring this info from here, do this, do that – while only 20% is the actual application itself. If you build applications A and B, you will need to build a bridge for them to communicate with each other – it has to be a two-way bridge.
Then, if you build application C, you will need yet another bridge for A to communicate with C and for B to communicate with C. 90% of IT budget is used to maintain these lines of communication.
This type of left-brained thinking is like saying, every person that is born [in the US] speaks their own language, so everyone in the U.S. needs to learn 300 million languages to communicate with each other.
That is highly illogical. As a hardware engineer, I knew there was a component of the computer known as the information bus. You plug cards into it and communicate throughout the interface. I thought, knowing nothing about software, why can’t there be a software bus?
It’s the equivalent to saying, let’s all just speak English and not have to learn 300 million languages. This was my big idea – an example of out-of-the-box, right-brained thinking started my company and has helped me pay my bills.
On May 26, 2010, when the market cap of Apple beat the market cap of Microsoft, that was the day in history when the right brain finally beat the left brain. This is just the beginning of the right-brain revolution.
This is an article written by my good friend Steve Palmer and is part of his series of articles entitled Inspirational Weekly.
I have a bone to pick with William H. Murray and Paulo Coelho.
Murray’s famous quote, written at the beginning of his mountain climbing expedition to the Himalayas, has been misleading adventurers since 1951:
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the Providence moves too.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: ‘Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!’”
Yes, it stirs the soul. Yes, there’s some truth in it. Yes, commitment is a magical thing, and yes, it does open doors. At least initially.
What the quote ignores is that after that initial boost from Providence, doors are slammed in your face, unexpected challenges erupt on your path, monumental trials shackle your soul.
At that point, Providence is taunting you with a question.
Paulo Coelho’s famous quote is also dangerously incomplete:
“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
Ultimately, this is true. But before you see the results of this divine conspiracy, the universe tries to kick your butt and force you to give up.
Just ask William Murray what happened to him after he wrote his beguiling quote.
In the first stage of your journey to achieve any goal, Providence, the universe, God, whatever or whomever you want to attribute it to, confronts you with this question:
The intensity of your challenges are in direct proportion to the magnitude of your goal; the greater your goal, the harder your challenges.
Counterintuitively, this resistance is an expression of love from Providence. Thomas Paine explains why:
“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.”
There’s a reason why most would-be entrepreneurs give up — and it’s the precise reason why entrepreneurship can pay such high dividends.
Providence is out to make heroes of us all. An easy path paved with gold, where there are no potholes to stumble over and no mountains to climb, where all doors fling wide open, and where storms pass over us, makes us weak, spineless, whiny victims who feel entitled to everything going our way.
The quotes from Murray and Coelho are spoken from the initial stage of the classic Hero’s Journey, as detailed by mythologist Joseph Campbell in his book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces. As such they are romantic, naïve, and ignorant of the harsh realities of the journey.
Campbell summarizes the journey thusly:
“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.”
Two key words: “fabulous forces.” Universe conspiring to help, my eye. That, my friend, is the universe wrestling you to the ground, kicking your teeth in, and then spitting on you for good measure.
To be sure, the universe is eager to help you up and send you on your way — but not until after testing your resolve.
Consider this illustration of the Hero’s Journey:
Murray and Coelho refer to the “supernatural aid” at the beginning of the journey, in the known realm. But cross the threshold and venture into the unknown and that pleasant little honeymoon is over, baby.
I don’t know what your particular journey is or what challenges it entails. It could be launching a business. It could be trying to succeed at sales. It could be trying to keep your marriage together.
What I do know is this:
- For every single thing you want in life, there is a price to pay. The more lofty and worthy the goal, the higher the price.
- The only way to conquer your challenges and overcome your temptations is to know your “why.” The deeper and purer your why, the greater your ability to conquer.
Your why is the fuel that answers the question, “How bad do you want it?”
Is your why that you want to live a more comfortable life? Good luck with that — that petty why will conquer a challenge about the size of a molehill.
Is your why that you want to preserve freedom for future generations, like my mentor,Oliver DeMille? Your challenges, like Oliver’s have been, will rival Everest — but you will also have the strength to endure, the motivation to overcome.
A big why makes for big goals. Big goals make for big challenges. Your why must be bigger than your challenges if you are to become the hero you were born to become.
Before Providence moves and the universe conspires to assist you, you have to prove how bad you want it.
What do you want? Is your why big enough to do what it takes to get it?
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Dr. Shanon Brooks is the president of Monticello College and is well known in the parent-involved education community in California.
…..or is it. As of midnight last night, the United States Government has begun the process of shutting down due to lack of funds.
The House is delaying a routine funding approval to make a stand for the majority opinion of the American people, who want to shut down Obamacare.
Yesterday President Obama stated that “one faction of one party, in one house of congress, in one branch of government, doesn’t get to shut down the entire government just to refight the results of an election.”
Sorry Mr. President, they actually can.
It says so in a document called the United States Constitution. We call that a “check” on government, and that is actually allowed, they can do it. The real question is will they do it for the long haul, and will they do it for the right reason?
It all depends on the republican majority in the House. Are they taking this stand for principle (the majority of the people do not want Obamacare) or is this just another political power move?
Neither party has shown much true leadership over the past decade, so if you think the House delay is the right thing to do, don’t hold your breathe.
On the other hand, heroes often make an entrance when you least expect them.
In the meantime, don’t let this shut down scare scare you (unless of course, you are employed by the Federal Government).
This is a process, not an immediate stoppage.
Right now it only impacts non-time sensitive work in non-essential agencies such as national parks, national museums, and national monuments.
It will likely impact you if you are trying to get a passport or a gun permit. Some home loans will be slowed by this delay as will those trying to receive assistance from programs like Medicare. It is speculated that it might effect the distribution of Social Security checks.
The last time we faced a government shut down was under President Clinton in 1996.
My friend Kris Krohn has written a new book this year that is a MUST READ. It is called the Conscious Creator: 6 Laws For Manifesting Your Masterpiece Life.
Steve Palmer sent me a copy of this book months ago when it first came out and it sat on my shelf until last week when I finally got to it. I was moved by this story and the truth of the process that Kris and Steve so masterfully present. I am truly sorry that I waited so long to pick it up and I spent 3 hours today reading from it to my family.
We are all familiar with the “Law of Attraction” made so popular by The Secret back in 2005. It was controversial and “new age” and many said it was just a fad.
But Kris has taken the basic premise and laid out 6 laws that have created a real road map to change and improvement if you are serious about those things in your life.
For added emphasis I am including Oliver DeMille’s review of this paradigm shifting book:
Every once in a while I read a book that really changes me — deeply, drastically, truly. I’ve never been the same since I read Les Miserables the first time, for example, and when I read The Making of America by W. Cleon Skousen my whole life shifted.
The same happened when I read A World Split Apart by Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn, and The Law by Bastiat. Of course, scripture is the best read because it has changes for you no matter how many times you re-read it. Some books just change your life.
Today I read another life-changing book. In fact, I read it through the evening and couldn’t put it down so I read through the night. I usually read fast, but in this case I took so many notes that I didn’t finish until after 3 a.m. The book is The Conscious Creator by Kris Krohn with Stephen Palmer.
This book is brilliant, and I don’t use that word lightly. This book is a revolution, because it really gets to the heart of what the whole modern “Manifesting Your Dreams” movement is all about. Manifesting works for some people, but not for others, and Krohn and Palmer show why.
When the book The Secret came out a few years ago, it was an international phenomenon. Millions of people were touched by it, and moved by its promise of what great things can happen to one’s life when we apply “The Law of Manifestation.” Within a year, many people around the world were using its concepts in their daily lives.
But over time, a lot of them felt disappointed by the results. Many critics lamented that the reality just didn’t live up to the hype, that the promises of the book just weren’t as realistic as described.
Perhaps the problem was that many people didn’t quite understand what was really needed. “Manifesting” can mean different things to different people, after all.
This problem is remedied by The Conscious Creator. It outlines six laws of manifesting, not just one. The first law, which is basically the same as that listed in The Secret and so many other books on manifesting what you really want in life, doesn’t work if you don’t apply the other five laws!
Just the chapter on Law 4 alone is worth much more than the price of the book. Anyone who wants to really understand the laws of success should read this book.
After I finished reading it, even though it was late, I pulled out my copy of The Secret and perused my notes. In fact, many of the six laws are there, I just didn’t quite catch them before. But with the six laws fresh in my mind from reading The Conscious Creator, suddenly The Secret was a whole new book.
I read every new book I can get my hands on about the topics that really interest me, and manifesting is a fascinating field–whether you buy into it or not. Having read dozens of books on the subject, I am impressed by how effectively The Conscious Creator teaches the principles of success. In my opinion, it is the best book in the entire manifesting genre, right up there with The Jackrabbit Factor.
It is written as a story, like The One Minute Manager or The Richest Man in Babylon, and the story is engaging and fun. This is a great book, and I couldn’t sleep until I wrote this recommendation to everyone. In short, this is truly a great book! Read it! It won’t disappoint. It’s a modern classic.
Click this link for the first three chapters.
THE SIX LAWS OF CONSCIOUS CREATION
The Law of Attraction
The Law of Purpose
The Law of Choice and Accountability
The Law of Alignment
The Law of Faith
The Law of Gestation
You owe it to yourself to read the Conscious Creator.