A great product is not the same as a great business

Having a great product is great when you start a business, but a great product not the same as having a great business. A profitable product is not the same a profitable businesses. That's why it is important to know your numbers, because in business if you don't know your numbers you don't know your…

Uncertainty

Nobody creates from a place of certainty. You cannot predict the future. You never could. Nobody can. Despite this fact, you took action in the past. You made brave decisions without absolute proof. You started that business without knowing with certainty if people will buy from you. You loved without knowing if your love would…

Resourcesful

When things do not go according to plan. Remember this is not the first time you have had to change direction. Make a list of all the other times you pushed through despite the challenges. Remind yourself of the skills and strengths you previously called on in challenging times. Tell yourself those stories today, tomorrow…

Writing for self vs. writing for others

I have had the opportunity of speaking to few people interested in writing publicly [on a blog of their own] over the years. As you might imagine, I’m a huge fan of writing regularly in public as the act of doing so can have a transformative effect on our life by pushing us to be…

Molehills

So much of our ability to build long-lasting relationships that bring love, peace, and joy to our lives rests on our ability to let molehills be molehills. Every invitation to a molehill showdown should not be honoured. Every stimulus does not need a response.

Accountability

Accountability is the basis of all human achievement, it is one of the key ingredients to becoming successful. Many people don't achieve their dreams because they lose sight of their vision, or they don't put in the hours required to do the work, or they don't have the consistent inspiration of that vision. Accountability is…

Timescales [Lesson #2]

The second lessons I picked up from The Farnam Street Blog regarding their conversation with Naval Ravikant is about timescales. ___________________________________________ One thing I figured out kind of late is that generally, at least in the tech business in Silicon Valley, great people have great outcomes. You just have to be patient. Every person that…

Single player games [Lesson #1]

The Farnam Street Blog shared the transcript from a wonderfully insightful interview with Naval Ravikant. I read it a few days back and have been thinking about certain insights since. Today, I would like to share 2 pieces that resonated. I will share the first lesson today and the second later. The first is about single…

Today was a difficult day

"Today was a Difficult Day," said Pooh. There was a pause. "Do you want to talk about it?" asked Piglet. "No," said Pooh after a bit. "No, I don't think I do." "That's okay," said Piglet, and he came and sat beside his friend. "What are you doing?" asked Pooh. "Nothing, really," said Piglet. "Only,…

Construction workers

The construction workers who built the house I’m sitting in and the ones who built the place you are sitting in would take a lunch break everyday they were building. After that lunch break they did not really feel like going back to work. But they did anyway. And I’m glad they did. Keep doing…

Confusing hunger and thirst

If you find yourself stranded in the desert with nothing but an endless supply of chips, you are going to die within a week. The same thing could happen to you if you had nothing but water to live on, it would take longer but be just as fatal. Hunger and thirst are similar, easily…

How to think vs. what to think

Andy Grove, CEO of Intel, requested Prof Clay Christensen to visit Intel head offices and explain his famous theory of disruptive innovation to his team. When Clay arrived, Andy said he could only spare 10 minutes and asked Clay to explain what it means for Intel. Clay instead showed Andy a diagram of his theory and…