The Global Climate Strike

We are facing what might be the greatest threat ever to the future of mankind. It took a very long time for people to take to the streets to protest against slow inaction on this matter. Until thus far, the outrage has largely been intellectual and slow action. [If you want to argue about the science, please…

Do this.. and you are set for life

No, you are not set for life and never will be. You might attain financial independence but that does not mean life will go easy on you. The demons will just be higher up on Maslow’s pyramid. It is a video game with an infinite number of levels. Enjoying the game is just as important…

StartUp Tips #1: Recovering from sickness

Three [3] lessons on recovering from sickness: Sickness [the cold/cough/fever kind] is the universe’s way of saying: “take a break.” Take that break. The quicker we can prioritise rest, the faster our recovery will be. Conversely, the more we push it away and attempt to “soldier on,” the longer and worse the effects will be.…

Nana korobi, ya oki

  “Nana korobi, ya oki” is a Japanese proverb that roughly translates to: “Fall down seven times, stand up eight. This speaks to the Japanese concept of resilience. No matter how many times you get knocked down, you get up again. Even if you should fall one thousand times, you just keep getting up and…

Storytelling: Joe and Tetsuro Toyoda

There is a legendary story from when Tetsuro Toyoda visited the NUMMI factory in Fremont after their joint venture with General Motors. The NUMMI factory was one of GM’s worst factories and Toyota sought to overhaul the culture as part of the joint venture. A key part of the Toyota Production System or TPS involved…

Where are your assets? Under the ground

Thanks to a lot of work, learning and curating content on alternative energy and climate, I am paying a lot more attention to the waste we create. This new found interest has led to some interesting questions. A question I pondered recently was: what happens when you flush waste down a toilet? It goes under…

Where are your assets? Goals are for losers

Losers have goals, while winners have systems. In his book How to Fail at Almost Everything And Still Win Big, Dilbert creator Scott Adams asserts that 'goals are for losers while systems are for winners.' In his words: Losing ten pounds is a goal [that most people can’t maintain], whereas learning to eat right is a system…

Where are your assets? Build

A restaurant owner might have to be working crazy hours standing up and running up and down the restaurant, but the landlord makes just as much money from that effort, often more. A retailer might work 18 hours a day, but the landlord makes just as much money from that effort, often more. The cheeseburger…

A tale of two stories

I know two people who went through a tough experience two decades ago. One of them told themselves the story of hope after the experience. They resolved to look for growth from the pain, seek forward momentum, and find excuses to spread love. The other told themselves the story of pain. They resolved to remember…

Storytelling: Galileo Galilei and time zones

Galileo Galilei, was an astronomer, physicist and engineer, sometimes described as a polymath from Pisa [Italy]. One day attending mass as a college student in the 15th century, he noticed a pendulum that seemed to keep consistent time. He did not act upon that thought as there was no real need for time keeping at the time [excuse the pun]. He became…

Can slow and steady be trendy?

The quick rise, flash in the pan is great for Instagram and your upcoming family reunion… and just as fleeting. Slow and steady was not made for Instagram… until the 10 year challenge becomes the trend [the flash in the pan] of the moment. The people you have not heard from in a while are…