raw

Seeing a child is fascinating: all of their tantrums included. It is amazing how they live an independent, break free life. There are no rules or etiquette written for them. All of their actions are raw and free from the booklet society throws at us as we mature.

Sometimes I wonder was it better being a kid, living a life without any boundaries or rule book.

plant

Looks like the 24/7 news on protests has gotten over me. In my dream, I was crying over the cutting of the mango tree by my neighbor. The tree has grown with me, it is habitat for many birds apart from delicious mangoes.

I called up mom asking about it, it looks like it was faux. No one is cutting the tree.

Education

I now understand the importance of education now after living 30+ years of my life. Most of us coming from a modest middle-class family from tier 2-3 city has the same story.

I had never imagined being part of all these glitters. I had no idea what I will do in my life. Our earlier generation had a purpose: feed kids, keep family intact and educate kids to do well in their life.

I consider myself lucky that my parents were so focused on getting me, my siblings educated.

The world view, society, and perception of truth differs for each one of us. With education, we see the world with a rational lens. We start questioning more, we see, observe everything around us more clearly.

I feel education is one major asset in the progress of our lives, families and our country.

future

We are getting better with time. We have won over many incurable diseases, we have replaced humans with machines where we have been risking our lives.

Our quality of life has also gotten better, we have replaced the horse cart to cars. Most of our country has electricity, the fight against malnutrition is still on.

There is no absolute way of seeing our world. We still have got numerous things waiting to be fixed. As a civilization, we have gone through grind, build, fall, learn and repeat. Being pessimistic about everything in this world is not the solution.

Lotus flowers in the swamp, gold goes through multiple molding before becoming a piece of jewelry. This world is a broken place, which also means we have got so many opportunities to work on and make this world a better place.

Imagine what dreamers would have contributed to the world without being an optimist and not giving up easily.

nuts

The power of Love is truly demonstrated by Rob Kelleher. Love wins overall pain, bias, negativity and keeps a high-pressure customer organization sailing against all odds. 

The author has tried covering every bit about South West airlines: founder, team, and culture. I have read books on Zappos, Walmart, Bigbasket. This falls on the same bucket, obsession with customers. 

The last chapter summarizes everything about the southwest, excerpt from the chapter. 

  • Find purpose you are crazy about
  • Make your life and work and adventure
  • Believe in people and they will believe in themselves
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously
  • Dare to dream
  • Be yourself
  • Dare to be different
  • Pursue love before techniques
  • Choose service over self-interest
  • Make spirit your competitive advantage
  • The choice is yours, choice is now

listen

Listening is underestimated in the era of social loudspeakers. Everyone is busy with speaking, sharing and least with the virtue of listening. I am guilty of the same, I am working hard on becoming a good listener.

When we listen we understand another side more rationally and counterparts do not compete for attention. They feel more loved and respected.

To excel in a relationship, investment, sales or in general in life one has to be a great lister before a social loudspeaker.

help

I have been part of this Indian startup industry for some time. I have connected folks from various backgrounds to people who will fit for their service or skills.

A founder I met yesterday asked me how much I charge for making an intro. I was dumbstruck, he mentioned in 5 years of his startup journey he has paid money to people who wrote intro mails for him.

I felt bad that our world has become so transactional that even a little help of introduction has come with a price tag.

more

More is what drives the world economy, be it production of newer iPhone or Tesla. The human mind craves more of everything, a small car over a big one, a big closet with cloths. Before advancement happened we had limitations: food, medicine, and arms.

The consumerism mafia came all guns blazing, disguised under emotion we ended up seeking for more. Anything and everything more became a standard from warheads to supersize soda glasses.

When it comes to happiness, empathy, and satisfaction the goal post of more points to infinity.

Love

Love is the connection, the willingness to go at any length to see others succeed without expectations.

See a mother or a father how against all odds they ensure a healthy upbringing for their family.

Love is the hugs, the happiness you witness in the eye of a newborn kid for their mother, the belief that someone is there for me when I fail.

lie

A lie is a vice that has come to us humans by default. We lie as an escape mechanism. We lie to own something. We lie to get over something.

The desire for self always takes over the rest or others.

Many lies have killed people and turned great empires into ruins.

Being in business or being in the company of a liar is a ticking time bomb.