Is that the most important thing?

Seth shared a powerful post a couple of days ago. _______________________________________________________ If you want to have an argument, to raise tempers or to distract, the easiest thing to do is start bringing up things that are easy to argue about. Not the things that are important. Because the important things require nuance, patience and understanding. They require…

Interdependence

In his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the Late Stephen Covey had a nice analogy for growth, he said we moved from dependence [the baby phase] to independence [the teenage phase] to interdependence [the adult phase]. As babies, we are dependent on others to take care of us. As we grow to…

Watermelons and a lesson in business

An old man was selling Watermelons. His price-list reads: 1 for $3 and 3 for $10 A young man stopped by and bought 3 watermelons one by one paying $3 for each. As the young man was walking away, he turn around and said: "Hey Old man, do you realise I just bought three watermelons…

Balloons of happiness

The professor brought balloons to a school. One was given to every student, who had to inflate it, write their name on it and throw it in the hallway. The professor then mixed all the balloons. The students were given 5 minutes to find their own balloon. Despite a hectic search, no one found their…

Instincts

Your instincts get sharpened by following them more than by questioning them.And that process is tough and risky and messy. Because when you follow your instincts and it does not go well, it’s on you, the fault is yours. So we try follow rationality because it is explainable. Following your instincts is does not make…

Captured by love

There is a saying in personal finance: You are the boss of your budget until you are done with it and then it becomes the boss of you.Same thing with your business.So building a budget or a business, build wisely so later you have a good boss. Do what you love so that when it…

An opinion on leading…

A painful part of opening my eyes has been this…..Having and sharing lots of opinions does not equate to leadership.I thought having lots of opinions meant I was a leader.I thought being a leader meant I had to state lots of opinions.My apologies to many people I worked with in my 20’s :)It is an…

In a year it will be a year from now

We dream big and bold but act inconsistently.It easy to talk about plans but a long and thankless process to see them through.It is easy to criticise, not so to build. We want the least bit of work for the most glory.We want the excitement and immediacy of winning the lottery but the honor and…

Books are…

Books are: MirrorsWindowsSliding glass doorsStepping stonesOvercoatsAnchorsSpringboardsEscape hatchesQuiet cornersWarm blanketsFlying carpetsBeacons to new readers Yes they are.... thank you for the reminder Grant.

Show us how it should be done…

When Steve Jobs was frustrated by how Microsoft was planning to do a tablet with a stylus, he was not impressed and he set about showing how a tablet should be done, he created iPads without a stylus because he said, humans have the best stylus, their fingers. When Raymond Ackerman was frustrated by how…

Running out of ideas

You are going to run out of ideas. It happens all the time and that's okay. Luckily, ideas are like appetites.You may not have an appetite right now, your appetite may have run out at the moment… but sure enough in about three hours, here comes another appetite. If you mess up an appetite [or…

Self interest

You get more customers when you become a part of their self interest. Your current customers are your customers because you are serving their self interest [whether you realise that or not]. When they stop being your customers, maybe it is because someone is serving their self interest better than you. As an entrepreneur, you…