Significant contributions beyond personal fulfilment
“Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.” — Dale Carnegie
Whilst I was reading an article of weird hobbies of Famous Entrepreneurs ranging from ‘Collecting James Bond memorabilia’ to setting up ‘model trains’, the term “Hobby” got me thinking..
Did you know that the word “Hobby” was introduced into the vocabulary in the 19th century? Over the course of subsequent centuries and of course now — Hobby has come to mean “recreational”.
History has seen significant contributions beyond personal fulfilment of those involved for activities that started as hobbies. From amateur astronomers to the creation of the ‘Linux Kernel’, all these started as recreational.
Such has been the impact of the Linux Kernel that as of 2011, it is approximated to cost around $3bn to redevelop the Linux Kernel in a traditional proprietary setting!!! From Linux operating system being based on it to its distributions being embedded on devices such as routers, Android Operating System for tablets & smartphones is also based on the Linux Kernel. And all this started as a student hobby project!!!
Another hobby to passion to a very successful upcoming startup is Cyanogen, working out of an office space converted from plumbing supply-store in Palo Alto, Calif. Steve Kondik during his off-hours passionately hacking Android to build CyanogenMod, had in just a year or two more than a million users installing this tweaked version of Android. Today, It has now evolved from hobbyist tinkertoy to a mainstream OS where phone makers from One Plus to Micromax are selling Cyanogen phones in the market successfully.
Enlightened say find 3 hobbies, 1 to make you money, 1 to keep you in shape and 1 that let’s you be creative. Go ahead find your hobby “DO”s and add them on DOfies..
However, got stolen in London. Guess it was irresistible!
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