“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” — John F. Kennedy.
On the annual day of Bhavans Al Ain UAE, I spoke to the students, teachers, leaders, parents, and even grandparents (who were watching). Here is it in a nut-shell.
1. Curiosity beats intelligence. So stay passionately curious for a life-long celebration of learning and staying super-relevant.
2. Ask questions always even if you do not get the answers immediately.
3. The best way to learn is to teach. Find someone who can listen to you and start teaching them what you learned. If you do not find anyone, teach a doll, my sister used to do it.
4. Life is a long play game. So what you do at 8 or 18 stays much ahead even at 38 or 68.
5. Childhood is the foundation on which we build our life. Feed your childhood with passionate learning and team play.
6. Get two hours of uninterrupted time every day. We have abundance and access to information, what we have to do is conquer our attention.
7. Start early to enjoy the benefits of the power of compounding when you are young. Many people start getting those benefits when they cross 50 because they start after 20 or even 30.
8. We are going to living in a super-volatile world and the skill to navigate ambiguity and ability to learn new things faster, fail, and rapidly experiment would be your winning trait.