Lamborghinis and television ads

A friend recently shared: Lamborghini does not advertise on television because people who buy Lamborghini’s don’t watch television. The idea applies pretty much to everything we do. For example, do we understand where people who read our blogs, and use our offerings hang out? Where do your customers hang out? Perhaps even more pertinently, where…

Money | Credit | Debt

Ray Dalio, one of the most successful money managers alive, is both a phenomenal investor and a rigorous thinker. Over the past decade, he has spent a growing amount of time sharing how he operates and makes sense of the world. A recent example of this is a newsletter series he has been writing on…

Patience and change

The funny thing about inspiring change in ourselves: The more patient we are willing to be to make the change we seek, the higher the chances we will make the change faster than we expect. Often, we have to go slow to go fast.

The man/woman in the arena

  On April 23, 1910, Theodore Roosevelt gave what would become one of the most widely quoted speeches of his career. Every once in a while, I find myself thinking about the famous excerpt from that speech titled ‘Man in the arena.’ It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the…

Trolls

Lots of things about work are hard. When you are busy building things, you will have to deal with people who are opinionated about what you are building. Tolls are critics who gain perverse pleasure in relentlessly tearing you and your ideas down. Here is the thing[s]: Trolls will always be trolling; Critics rarely create;…

The frontlines

During a deeply unsettling time, many humans are on the frontlines making it possible for us to stay safe in our homes. They are ensuring essentials like food are getting transported around the world, keeping grocery stores running, ensuring essential businesses stay open, fighting fire/emergencies, and, of course, treating the sick and wounded in hospitals.…

Habits and new routines

Habits and new routines don’t work well together. An analogy for this relationship is driving through a new route. When we are driving through a route we know well, we go on autopilot. We don’t need the map and are more than comfortable listening to a book or taking a phone call. When you can…

The economics of building a coal plant

Carbon Tracker, a UK based website I have been following of late, shared a useful graphic about the costs of coal versus renewable energy. Coal has always been considered the cheapest source of power generation. And, as a result, the debate about whether to regulate coal plants has involved a lot of political back and…

People not like us

A few days ago, in a mentorship session with an entrepreneur, I happen to mention a book I’m currently reading, How Asia Works: Success and Failure in the World's Most Dynamic Region written by Joe Studwell. It is an amazing book on economic development in countries such as Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand,…

Things that will never “end” vs. things that will

Things that will never “end” – Cleaning vessels – Failure – Ironing your clothes – The pain of growth – Doing your dishes – Organising yourself and your work – Hard work to get what you want – The need for tough questions – The effort needed to be happy Things that you will not experience…

You are not alone in your misery

When was the last time you had a problem where Google or a friend did not have an answer to your problem? If it did not provide an answer, it enabled to you find and connect with others who have a similar problem. When I had a problem with Zoom kicking me out constantly, a…

Maybe start with action

The meeting is the most exciting part. It is when you actually do the thing that everyone has their complicated opinions. Start with action, not meetings. Most of what you would have talked about during the meeting will get discussed during all the little in-between moments anyway. It is so much easier to call a…