The ‘I Don’t Give A Shit Attitude’

I Don't Give a Shit
Do I Look Like I Care?

The ‘I Don’t Give A Shit Attitude’

Wait… What? What is this about?!

In a world governed by hypercritical and highly judgmental critics having all the right to voice their opinion, trying to protect oneself from offensive non constructive criticism has become a tedious task. In a world full of multi-talented individuals, the race for the top is vicious. Whether in the office space, in the real world, amongst friends, in the business field the intense competitive edge is all around. It has become a vital aspect of our daily life. This symbol of democracy, fairness and righteousness has had a multitude of destructive consequences on numerous individuals, who for a reason or another were not up to this ferocious game. This constant fear of criticism, peer pressure and constant reflection on consequences has forced many to hide behind a shell and oppress their ideas knowing that some of them are quite bright.

Long story short, if you are one those people I described in the paragraph above. This is the time to embrace the “I Don’t Give A Shit” attitude. It is time for you to let go of the consequences, let go of the plans, let go of the continuous reflections on the “What If” question and to engage in the realization of your ideas. Whether you are an entrepreneur, an employee or a regular person with a dream; try to put yourself in a position where the answer to the question: “What do I have to lose?” is “Nothing”.

When you have that power: “Freedom”, you will be able to uplift yourself to a whole new game level. Yes, what you read is correct, a game. And mastering the attitude above is a solid way to beat it.

What do you mean? I don’t quite understand yet!

It is true, this is quite a complicated topic to discuss in one blogpost as there are numerous sub-topics (ideas) to convey that are as important. These sub-topics are branches of cases that split off the root idea, such as: exceptional cases, circumstances preventing one from reaching the level of freedom needed to acquire the “I Don’t Give A Shit” attitude, ease of behavioral change etc… However, the starting point is fairly simple. If you believe in a conceptidea that can be either big or small, but that will have an positive impact on your life andor the life of others, disregard the negative feedback from others for a brief period of time – which ends when your idea reaches the state of realization – and then, just then throw whatever you have built to the world and gather whatever type of feedback is thrown back at you. It is then, only then that the opinions you have neglected before mater. Only then, will the random voices contribute to the prosperity of your project. At that point you will have a solid entity that can morph into whatever shape it is needed to be.

But great ideas require dedication, hard work how does the above apply?!

Do I Look like I care?
Do I Look like I care?

The above applies to only a brief period of time. This period extends from the minute you have the “Eureka” moment up until the minute where your first prototype is completed (or any other form of proof of concept). During this period, you will not induce any changes to your current life and formal behavior. The process should go in parallel to whatever you were previously doing for multiple reasons:

  1. You should not start living in the dream world; where you induce changes to your life that might or might not happen as the consequence of the success of your idea.
  2. You should always protect yourself from disappointment. Strive to the success of your idea, but don’t get your hopes up too high for if you fail, the psychological impact will be devastating.
  3. Ego! Ego is very important as long as it is under control. Do not let your ego sky rocket. Not giving a shit does not mean disrespect to others opinion. It only means putting these opinions aside up to the point where they will have a value.

Conclusion

The discussion is far from complete. I will make sure to increase the contributions to this topic as much as time allows. The points discussed above are my personal observations derived from my personal life. I would be more than happy to discuss these opinions thoroughly with anyone who is willing to have an open objective discussion. I understand that this post is a bit vague and open to multiple interpretations; however with time I believe I will be able to convey my observations on the factors of success. Knowing that these factors might just be an illusion, I strongly believe there are lessons to be learned from them (more or less).

EteRNA – A game worth your time!

EteRNA-logo
EteRNA logo

EteRNA : The Game to create the first large-scale library of synthetic RNA designs

Scientists have done it again. In an attempt to have a broader understanding of cellular control, nanomachines and the role of the RNA – in addition to many other topics – scientists from Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University have created EteRNA. It’s a community based game where you solve puzzles based on given design restrictions. The designs you create will be added to a large catalogue of designs that in turn will be tested against other existing computer programs. This attempt will “provide a crucial training ground that bridges the gap between the tutorials and the Lab” and since “many existing computer programs take a huge amount of time to solve large RNAs, and you are very likely to find better, faster ways.” (http://eterna.cmu.edu/htmls/abouteterna.html)

 

How to be part of the community?

It’s very simple really, go to http://eterna.cmu.edu/ create an account, go through the basic tutorial that will explain in detail what this is all about, and then you can start making a difference!

The game is very fun to play, very challenging and addictive. (So be warned!) Once you complete a challenge your score will increase and you will rank higher on the score board:

EteRNA Gameplay
EteRNA Gameplay

You have a multitude of puzzleschallenges to select from, and you have ratings for each challenge category. Start with the easier ones and once you get a full grasp of the concept move your way upwards. The interface is simple, it’s a combination of HTML pages but the main game is made using Adobe Flash (iPad, iPhone users, jump to your computer browsers).

EteRNA Puzzles
EteRNA Puzzles

The community is very large, some of the players have moved from previous projects such as FoldIt and have established their presence by creating groups for their members.

Groups-EteRNA
EteRNA - Groups
challenges-complete-EteRNA
Challenges complete - EteRNA

 

Conclusion

Once again computer games have proved to be not only a resource of leisure and fun but an essential tool to help the scientific community progress. The rewardranking approach has also proved its power in user engagement.