Claude Shannon, considered as the Einstein of the Information Age, made many contributions to science and society during his lifetime.
That thing you’re holding in your hand or that’s sitting on your lap, reading these very words, are made possible by Claude Shannon.
Shannon was an American mathematician and electrical engineer known as “the father of information theory”. He is also known for inventing digital circuit design theory in 1937, when he was only 21 years old. He’s considered as one of the greatest inventors in modern history.
I often wonder, “what drives these great minds?” Is it the recognition, money, contribution, praise?
Last year I decided to make a list of the most important life lessons I had learned until then. I had no idea that two million people would read that article.
The article is a reader’s favorite. And I still get emails about the article almost every week. So I thought I’d create an audio version of it, narrated by me.
After the audio article, I talk about how and why I wrote the article. So if you’re interested in behind the scenes, stick around until after the audio article.
If you want to read along, you can find the post below the audio. Enjoy!
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How many minutes of undisturbed work do you get done on an average day?
10, 20, maybe 50 minutes? If you think that sounds low, just examine your life. Most of us can’t go undisturbed for more than 10 minutes.
We’re all so connected that it becomes impossible to find time to focus on yourself and your work. Some of us get hundreds of notifications and messages per day.
You find yourself answering a Whatsapp message here, an email there, talk to a friend, and then talk to a colleague on Slack. Most people’s days consist of answering to notifications
In a way, you’re held captive by others.
Last year I decided to start a podcast. I had no idea where to start, so like everyone else who needs information about a subject, I went to Google.com for some answers.
And I searched for “how to start a podcast.” It wasn’t helpful. Google only confuses you. There’s too much information. And you have no clue how good that information is.
Every time I use Google, I think of something my college professor told me a decade ago. We were once talking about the influence of Wikipedia on books, education, and knowledge in general.
I remember that in 2007, Wikipedia made the top-ten list of the most popular websites. They had surpassed the New York Times. That was a big deal ten years ago. So I said something like: “Who needs books in the future if you have Wikipedia?”
My college professor laughed. He said something like:
In this episode, I share a quick answer to a question I received about criticism.
In this episode, I ramble about working too much, Shark Tank, social media, building an online community, and finding mentors.
I’m completely new to this whole podcasting. I’m a podcast virgin.
And in the first episode, I talk too fast, say weird stuff, and ramble for way too long. I also recorded it, edited it, and even made the music for it with Garageband. It’s safe to say my podcast is not perfect.
Will it improve? Probably. But we have to see how it goes. Do I enjoy it? Do people enjoy it? Should I pivot? Or maybe even quit? Questions I always ask when I do something. And I encourage you to do the same for everything you do.
Anyway, if you’re curious to hear my podcast, in the first episode I answer these questions:
- “How do you rationalize (or not) doing something that others are already very good at? In my case, starting a small business.”
- “What did you learn from Seneca’s Letters From A Stoic?”
- “How do you deal with the emotional roller coaster of life?”
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