This is one of those topics that we used to talk and write about when we were kids. We read books and stuff for the sake of doing but really didn’t know why we do this.
As a growing being who is trying to make it to the “Top” you should start reading. This is what people in the “Top” keeps telling us on a daily basis. Sometimes we don’t get it. We think “Ah we get things done. We find the solutions for what’s given”. True, but for a limited extent. With this attitude, chances you may get owned by someone who reads a lot is very likely. Because at a point in life, you have to accept the fact that only the practical knowledge
might not do the trick anymore. You need to be theoretical for most of the cases. Proven theory helps to do things better than finding a whole new wheel sometimes.
This is about an experience I got from one of my good seniors where I worked. A simple thing but this got me starting to think in a whole different way on certain things.
One day my senior talked to me asking about launching an application built by me. One common thing we have to do when we build a new product is that, we have to name it. This question was asked from me with a suggestion which was already brought to the thinking table. Without asking and questions, I was hesitant using that name (mistake 1, mistake 2). This hasn’t been something I took serious at all by the time this was asked. Gave a random thought about it and gave some ideas.
The other day morning, some good name that I thought that might be good popped into my head I immediately sent to the boss. His only reply was “This name is boring. Anyone can call an application this.”, then I replied, at least it is better than what you said in a cheery manner (mistake 4 – but this is where I learnt it all). The reply I got for this was a very interesting one, which changed the ways of my thinking about a lot of things.
It started with an explanation of why this name was selected and how this name is connected with my actual application, which made a lot of sense regardless how funny I thought the suggested name was.
Then he continued, “Being cynical doesn’t help anyone my friend. WTF does google mean ? The term google itself is a creative spelling of googol, a number equal to 10 to the 100th power, or more colloquially, an unfathomable number. Googol was coined in the 1930s and is attributed to the nine-year-old nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner.”
This is where I realized how a simple word could enhance and give a strong meaning to a product. And how a name can add a value to a product. This is a pretty basic story, but this is one of those simple incidents that we could have hit a homerun if we get it right.
Who knows? Maybe one day I get my sh*t done right and it gets me a fortune. Fingers crossed 🙂
So. What to learn here?
Always question why and how – Being curious will give you the drive to explore new things.
Always try to read – Perhaps you will learn something new that you thought you knew already, but you really didn’t.
Do not ignore small stuff – Big things cannot be done right if you haven’t done small things right.
Maturity comes with reading – Be a regular reader, hungry for new knowledge. The knowledge doesn’t always have to be your job domain.
Always get the name right