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March 15th, 2007

Guy Kawasaki got me thinking today

Been doing a tonne of planning and reflecting the past few days with colleagues and myself. My daily reading included the following passage by Guy Kawasaki.

Here’s some food for thought: perhaps this explains the inexorable march toward mediocrity of many (temporarily) great companies. Let’s say a startup is hot. It ships something great, and it achieves success. Thus, it’s able to attract the best, brightest, and most talented. These people have been told they’re the best since childhood. Indeed, being hired by the hot company is “proof” that they are the A and A+ players; in fact, the company is so hot that it can out-recruit Google and Microsoft.

Unfortunately, they develop a fixed mindset that they’re the most talented, and they think that continued success is a right. Problems arise because pure talent only works as long as the going is easy. Furthermore, they don’t take risks because failure would harm their image of being the best, brightest, and most talented. When they do fail, they deny it or attribute it to anything but their shortcomings.

The last bit that I bolded resonated with me as the truth. I have seen it many times in others around me and myself at times. Sometimes I get a bit scared of taking risks…but I love the feeling of taking risks and fall victim to listening too much to the people around me about risks/no risks. Finding the right balance of risk is the key for me.

Traveling by yourself, starting a company, or going down a road that has no guarantees can seem like a risky thing. For me, it is when I feel most alive. Most people I know are afraid to do something like these things on their own.

Things to remember for me from this
Don’t be afraid to take risks and when you screw-up, admit it and learn from it/move one/don’t dwell.

June 27th, 2005

Bertrand Russell : Why I Am Not A Christian

Bertrand Russell : Why I Am Not A Christian

Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly, as I have said, the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes. Fear is the basis of the whole thing — fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand.

March 9th, 2005

Will Our Love Last: The Book

JL sent Chris and I this book last week.  I grabbed it and read it over the weekend.  Good read and makes a lot of sense to me.  In the past 2+ years or so, I have gone on a lot of dates.  All the would be relationships ended quick as 1 party was not interested in furthering it.  I was happy about that so not to waste time and drag out something that I knew was not going to work.  I reckon this attitude has kept a lot of these girls my friends and has led to more introductions…anyway, Leo the Love goddess, sent this book for Chris and I to read and I recommend it to anyone, married, engaged, or not at all.

The author, Sam R. Hamburg mixes us 30 years of martial therapy anecdotes and tonnes of practical observations on what types of couples are happy, and what types are not.

He discusses 3 things that couples should be as close as possible on, if they actually want to be happy in a life-long partnership.

1) Sexual Dimension – He says you gotta be attracted physically to your partner.  This is where love starts

2) Practical Dimension – common interests.  Do you have some/a lot of interests that you can share together?

3) Wavelength Dimension – See the world on a similiar wavelength.  This one made a lot of sense to me.  If you don’t see the world on a similiar wavelength, it is tough to feel that love long term.

Of course, I am explaining them in a super short manner – but he goes into each one in-depth and writes about how much is enough etc.  I reckon he is a bit humble as well, cuz he says, these are just patterns that he sees over years…sometimes, there are rule breakers.  It is just cool to hear about this guys perspective given that he has not only been married for 25+ years, he has been studying successful and unsuccessful marriages for 30+ years.   

Check out this book ie Buy Will our Love Last at Amazon or ask Chris/I to borrow when he is done with it.

August 4th, 2004

Sustainable Organic Farming and Jury Duty

When I read an article like this about the pollution from fertilizer, it helps reinforce the idea that Organic farming techniques are important. I wonder what the farmer that uses fertilizer thinks…he may just be trying to put rice and beans on the table for his/her family. Or is farming become such a large corporate business, that big pulbic companies are letting their fertilizer run off into the Mississippi.

Off to Jury Duty today…hoping that I do no get picked this time. Last time I went in 1996, I was selected for a Murder Trail in Chicago.

March 22nd, 2004

Journalism and War

Journalist killed in Iraq war justified

Reuters said it could not agree that the death of Dana, a prize-winning Palestinian cameraman, was justified and called for the urgent implementation of recommendations in the report to improve the safety of journalists in war zones.

What does the journalist expect. It’s war dude. People are shooting big guns at each other with the intent to destroy one another. Yes, it is tragic…but what do you expect – it’s war. Covering that shit is at your own risk in my opinion. Don’t expect young men that are killing or be killed to recognize you as a 3rd party every time.

November 6th, 2003

Kindness of Strangers

The Dalai Lama writes, “If we really think about it, our very survival, even today, depends upon the acts of kindness of so many people. Right from the moment of our birth, we are under the care and kindness of our parents ; later in life, when facing the sufferings of disease and old age, we are again dependent on the kindness of others. If at the beginning and end of our lives we depend upon others’ kindness, then why in the middle should we not act kindly toward others?”
(saw this on Rolf’s site)

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