Imitation/Flattery

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

– Charles Caleb Colton

Okay, honestly I’ve never heard this before until recently last month. Something like this. 😛

Anyways, paying homage, to one legend of a guy who countless people who countless times try to imitate (and so far fail, not getting the point at all) who has been an inspiration to me throughout my life, made this with the help of a friend (funnily also called Steve) last year on the his first death anniversary.

338341_10151257645025152_1789175311_oThank you Steve. The world still misses you.

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Partying Peace

ImageToday’s daily prompt is an interesting one. So the question goes – Do parties and crowds fill you with energy, or send you scurrying for peace and quiet?. I lie somewhat in the middle. I enjoy spending my time outside, but after a certain limit I enjoy solitary peace. Either too much can drive you tired and crazy.

It also mentions in the title INTJ. It stands for Introversion, iNtuition, Thinking, Judgement. It’s one of the 16 personality types according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment. (You can look up on it for a reading and here is the their own site)

So according to that, I’m an ENTP. Extroversion, iNtuition, Thinking, Perceiving. So lets see how is my category:

ImageThe ENTP is one of the most inventive and enthusiastic personalities of the 16 types of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). ENTPs account for approximately 2-5% of the total population. They are often referred to as the visionary, innovator, inventor, or explorer. Which means I have a lot of shit to do and still haven’t figured yet. As my role model Steve Jobs said, “Keep looking. Don’t settle.”

Driven by their dominant extraverted intuition, ENTPs have a wide range of interests and love to explore the world. They like to learn through give-and-take discussions and by questioning and challenging others. ENTPs view limitations as challenges to be overcome.

Because ENTPs use introverted thinking  as their auxillary function, they can sometimes appear quite introverted. This drives them to reflect and logically organize their ideas. Though their intuition drives them to absorb information, they are quite rational and logical in making conclusions.

ENTPs are attracted to areas where their creativity and innovation can thrive. They are drawn to areas such as engineering, law, acting, sales, marketing, investigator, education, and more. ENTPs will commonly be seen as entreprenuers.

To the ENTP, ideas mean change. When they meet people who have interesting ideas or talents, they want to get to know them and help them be successful.

ENTPs like to keep their options open to new ideas and possibilities. Therefore, they may have difficulty implementing their projects.

To others, ENTPs can appear enthusiastic and fearless. They like to have fun and can sometimes appear to be a big kid. They are not easily offended, which can sometimes appear as insensitive to feeler types.

When an ENTP is involved with conflict, they feel a compulsion to resolve it. However, when they are personally involved they find it difficult to initiate discussion. Sometimes they feel inadequate.

ENTPs see the world as a puzzle that has yet to be solved. They enjoy striving to overcome new challenges.

An almost near if not complete accurate assessment of me as far as I know. Though the accuracy and reliability is always questionable, still gives an (pretty good I say) idea.

And lastly, some famous ENTPs include: Voltaire, Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolo Machiavelli, Richard Feynman, John von Neumann, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs and Tom Hanks. Quite a list to look up too. 😀

You can take the personality test here for yourself.

Ghostwriter

If you could have any author – living or dead – write your biography, who would you choose?

ImageThe answer is pretty simply actually, for me it would be Walter Isaccson. He is a writer, journalist and more importantly in this case, a biographer, (and a very good one at it) which makes him the ideal candidate. Now while I might sound like a big ass for putting it that way, it can be said this is his area of expertise.

ImageI had read his famous biographies on Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein before, and with his most recent work on Steve Job’s biography, he did get much more fame (he was already acclaimed, just that more people know him now because of it). While my favourite authors include George RR Martin, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Dan Brown, Stephen King, Khaled Hosseini, Amish Tripathi and in graphic novels/comic books Frank Miller, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison these lists go on, and he quite doesn’t come under the ‘favourite author’ list, he is great at what he does no doubt, and it would be an honor to have him write my own. Just that I need to do something worthwhile first for that matter.

And thank god the question was not an autobiography. That would have killed even myself to death.

The Crazy One

ImageThat is a tribute I made with the help of a friend who is a awesome graphic designer on the occasion of the late visionary Steve Job’s first death anniversary last year. Here is the post back then.

Today is his birthday and he would have been 58 years old. He has been a big inspiration to me since I was a school kid and he has struck millions of lives (in whatever way you can think, and no doubt especially after his death as people often get recognized only after they kick the bucket sadly)

I’m not going to re-quote any of the many brilliant things he said (besides I’m doing that since years and do that often). Here I would rather silently ponder and while at it wanted to show the above piece first time in this blog of mine. I would recommend to watch his documentary Secrets of Life, apart from reading his biography and seeing his 2005 commencement speech which most would have done by now. If not, do that too.

Again, thank you Steve, for always being an inspiration to me.

Quote Me

Quote

Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?

A very interesting question. I have many favourite lines/quotes which I have in mind always and some which come and go at a given instance of time.

These are my most favourite quotes which mean quite a deal to me:

“The Training is Nothing! The Will is Everything! The Will to Act.”

– Ra’s Al Ghul (Batman Begins)

This is perhaps one of my most favourite quotes both at a personal/individual and as a human being. It is well self-explanatory. For achieving anything in life, as an individual or as a group ranging from a society to a nation to as the human species itself.

“To say that nothing is true, is to realize that the foundations of society are fragile, and that we must be the shepherds of our own civilization. To say that everything is permitted, is to understand that we are the architects of our actions, and that we must live with their consequences, whether glorious or tragic.”

– Ezio Auditore da Firenze (Assassin’s Creed: Revelations)

This is from one of my most favourite video game franchises, and perhaps resonates with the one I said above.

“Keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs.

What is the most beautiful aspect of [these] is they are stated so beautifully. Now I don’t want to make this into a quotes list, so I’ll end (sort of) here. I know, those who know me well would have been surprised if they didn’t find a Batman reference here 😛

Oh and this one is a recent favourite, from one of the best games of 2012, FAR CRY 3:

“Society has taught you how to fail, not nature. Believe in yourself and your instincts, and that will help you succeed.”

Did I ever tell you… the definition of Insanity?