Do the work

Long before digital platforms, social media and online reviews we have always had the incentive to do the right thing. The need for the protection of our tribe and a sense of belonging to our community meant we adhered to rules and norms for the benefit of the collective good. We needed to do right…

Eyes on cars around us

It occurred to me recently that spending time comparing ourselves to others is a lot like driving with our eyes focused on cars around us. [Are they not better than us? Look how fast they’re moving, oh wow look at that one] Of course, it turns out to be a horrible way to drive because…

A love note to startups: The worry tree

Paresh, an Indian carpenter I once hired to help me restore my old farmhouse had just finished a difficult and hard first day on the job. A flat tyre on his lorry made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw packed in, and now his ancient pickup truck refused to start. While I…

The Resistance of the Unlived Life

One of my favourite thought-leader, Steven Pressfield writes a lot about the resistance, the resistance according to Steven is a universal force that he claims acts against human creativity. He first described it in his non-fiction book The War of Art and elaborated in the follow-up books Do The Work and Turning Pro, and in…

We all need mentors

We all need mentors in our lives. Sometimes the decisions we make and the directions we take in life are linked to people around us. People around us influences us, they always influence our character, confidence and mentality. We tend to underestimate the roles people around us play and overestimate our individual capacity. There are…

The challenge with how we measure our life

One of the biggest challenges with designing a good life for ourselves is that the stuff we measure our days, weeks, and even months with is not how we measure our life as a whole. The stuff we measure our life with, living with integrity or building a few deep relationships with people we care…

Givers and takers

Those entrepreneurs who are always interested in getting than giving. Those who only position themselves so that they can get exposure than give exposure. They are people who are your friends because of your fame, level of status, wealth, or education. They are there not for who you are as a person but for what…

The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering Five Skills For Disruptive Innovation [Short-Course: November 2020]

Where do innovative and revolutionary business ideas come from? How can I become more innovative? How do I find innovative team for my company? What makes innovators different? Can I learn to be innovative? This short-course helps entrepreneurs learn to achieve breakthrough insights on how to be innovative through self-assessment, catalytic questioning, deep observation, diverse…

What a good book is for

A couple years ago I got really hung up that I was not remembering more from the books I was reading.I wanted to remember and recall all the details and facts and metaphors and insights, but I was only remembering maybe a handful.But here is the thing about a good book: It is meant to…

Talk, talk, talk…

As was preparing for a class on ego and I re-read the following quotes from one of my favourite books: Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday. Ryan does a brilliant job of talking about ego. My favourite parts are when he talks about talking, about people who talk a lot Here are some of…