Aren’t we writing a story in every single moment in our life?
Our anger, love, hate, empathy, action, reaction everything is temporary. As we old, decay and die the only thing that will stay is our story for others.
You can be an asshole treating waiter like shit or hitting your maid for adding too much chilly by mistake.
You can be someone changing the lives of others helping without anything in return.
This journey is ours, we have to write the story: good, bad, praiseworthy or memorable is on you.
I have been told time and again by my friends that Indian customers are stringy to price. Most haggle irrespective of their income or wealth.
My friends say we Indians don’t have the desire to progress or willingness to pay. We like to continue doing donkey work rather than paying for automation.
I do not agree with all these. If you are not creating enough value proposition and 10X over ROI no one will pay for it.
Why will I pay you anything if my life is getting 10X better?
India’s e-commerce growth is driven by discounts. This analogy does not play everywhere.
What completes us?
Our achievement or possessions?
Material or relational or societal appreciation?
What achievements? External or Internal?
How many twitter followers will turn up at your funeral or folks liking your Instagram photos?
Who are you creating this world for? Is it built on the hubris of delusion?
Meditate over these questions.
One of the chapters in company of one, author talks about customer support.
Customer support and level of delight are what makes a brand stay out of the crowded competitors. He gives an example of Rackspace’s famous pizza story and Trader Joe’s.
Startups run after growth and getting new customers. They can apply various marketing approaches, discounts for the same. The major differentiator happens to be how they treat their existing customers. A 10$/m customer for 10 years period worth more than 100/m/y customer.
Treat your customers as you would like to be treated. Many companies like Trello, Basecamp got all their customers via word to mouth. They were able to achieve it by delighting their customers.
Halfway through reading Paul Jarvis, company of one. The author talks about the importance of purpose in running an organization. I was reminded about purpose in the last meeting with our mentor as well.
Having a purpose acts like a bulletproof which takes the rocket ship aka startup to uncharted territory without fear. It also keeps the entire enterprise and crew on a single page.
In the book, the author has cited an example of how CVS stopped selling cigarettes because it was against their purpose.
Purpose should be part of each one of us. It should act as a guiding principle in our life. Having a purpose will differentiate us from other animals.
What is your purpose in living?
What is the purpose of running your organization?
Keep asking once in while.
How do we know that we know everything? Aren’t we hedging and living our life mostly. Is the if-else state constantly competing with each other?
The race of winning and putting a dent in this universe is so prevalent among us humankind.
What is it exactly? Are we chasing some imaginary goalposts? Or is it a vicious cycle that makes us run?
Our life is all about moving forward, the journey into the unknown. As we grow old the past tries to throw a brick. It tries to remind up about our misdeeds and failures. It is not our fault, the brain has been conditioned such a way that negativity hits harder than success.
What matters to some is their accomplishment which can be monitory or appreciation like pictures hung on a wall.
One thing which makes this journey fruitful is being true to self.
Some people come to our lives and change us for good. Their method might not be conventional.
Stick by them, have trust in them.
Our days are limited and to live a rational life we need their company.
Our world is shaped by the thoughts, people and the environment around us. We are as we see the world and for that people, we interact with, books we read, the environment around plays a major role.
Weave a world with great people around you. Life will be rational and the journey will be more comforting.