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Why is it that we never learn from other people’s mistakes or actions?

As I struggle to have a conference in my village, many people give me advice and suggestions which I really appreciate because it shows their concern. Yet, I sometimes feel torn because at this point in life, my way of doing things is very different from theirs. Plus, our backgrounds are different even if our struggles are similar. And so, I’m not sure if I should follow theirs or mine?

Am I being naiive then to still follow my whims? Sometimes, it’s better to learn from our own actions–even if they turn into mistakes. Or maybe, it’s just my tendency to somehow always choose the path less-travelled. Unfortunately, I don’t trust conventional paths. They’re paved and smooth but I don’t feel they lead to the change, the happiness that I seek.

I’m not wearing the ‘rebel’ tag by choice but only because my actions seem to match the definition of a rebel. I am just me and I can’t be anyone else. I don’t want to.

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For people, the hot word of the year might be 'Twitter', but for me, it is 'random'. I'm having way too many random thoughts lately.
 
Here's another one: I'm contemplating spending six months in India before life takes me further away.
 
The voice in my head raises so many questions, trying to tell me 'You crazy! How will that ever happen?!'. Erm, I don't know. But I know I really want to spend six months at a stretch in India. Or maybe four? But touring, talking to people doing great work in these villages, to understand how things happen and to get a good insight on how I want to create the sustainability model for the 8-Day Academy.
 
This is the time to make the choice because I can stay in India from Jan till April. After that, it'll be too hot to do anything. And I really have Jan till April. Should I, shouldn't I? Where will I stay? What's the plan? Who will accompany me? I don't want to be a burden on anyone. How can I do this? What is the target of these months?
 
I'm not sure but I'm going to seriously consider it.