At the same time our ego takes over and we continue striving for anything to stay consistent. It can be staying in a relationship even being treated like trash or knowing it is headed nowhere. After all, we have invested so much emotionally and we want to stay consistent.
Social media is a double-edged sword. In one side it connects the world closer for good while on another it is for mercenaries.
Mercenaries on social media are a set of people who are very prejudiced and biased. They are also agenda driven. In the past, we have seen many deaths because of these people. They spread fake news, provocate a specific group or take a potshot at an individual or an organization. Mercenaries like mob justice and immediate attention.
It is too easy to take a side, respond out of impulse on social media. Being rational and logical, knowing the entire picture helps.
We are in election season and mercenaries are loud out.
Running a startup is like running a Linux Kernel. Early employees are important threads. Some founders go out to raise and then build an army of employees. They along with their investors for the hope of shipping product quickly.
Sadly it never works, one reason being expectation mismatch. Founder expects new hires to be as passionate as them because they are among the best paid in the industry. The employees join the company because of the noise and fundraising PR.
I want to know where I would die so I can never go there.
— Charlie Munger
I was reading this blog about Charlie Munger and I loved it. His principle of living life in the inversion is fascinating.
I am trying to add a similar principle to myself. Instead of seeing or striving for success, it is better to look and avoid a recipe for failure. In short, eliminating all the risk for failures, success will be the byproduct.
In the end, success and failures are not in our hand, we have to enjoy the journey and make the best of it.
I am hoping one day I will totally stick by this saying of Epictetus.
Some things are in our control and others not. Things in our control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions. Things not in our control are body, property, reputation, command, and, in one word, whatever are not our own actions.