An open letter to my dad.

Hey, Dad! It’s me. Of all the other things I thought I would write about, I never thought I would be writing about you.

For the most part of my life, I never had a clue of how dad’s love felt like. I didn’t have a “beautiful” childhood like most people do. Yet, in many ways, it was a lot better than the “unlucky” ones’. Although in certain areas you gave me a blueprint on how to raise a child, you also gave me clues on how not to raise one. Except until my 1st or 2nd grade in school, I never really liked you. But since the past few years, I’m able to empathize better and get a glimpse of why you did the things you used to. It’s probably because of the entrepreneurial journey I’ve set myself upon, that I realize how stressful, hard and emotionally exhaustive it is to build and run a business. Continue reading “An open letter to my dad.”

An Ode to Selfishness.

Sacrifice — A virtue, it’s taught

By books, sages and great men of the past

To put another’s need and want

Ahead of your own thought and heart.

That selfishness is mean and naught.

But in the end, it only leaves you bruised and wrought.

“Love thy neighbor as thyself” — we’re taught.

But how does one know LOVE, when love for oneself is lost?

Self-care isn’t selfish, it is anything but

For how does one serve others from an empty pot?

Show me a man who isn’t selfish and I’ll prove it a tort.

’Cause the ones that don’t want the world to be self-thought

Are the ones that are the most selfish of the lot.

This one thing can determine the kind of guy you will marry.

If I had to pick one quality that most determines the person you’ll marry it is this — Self-Esteem.

Self-Esteem and Relationships:

When you have a low self-worth, you’ll sell yourself short to some half-smiling wit passing by and allow them to trample over you.

A scene from “The Perks of being a wallflower”
Having a low self-esteem makes you vulnerable to crafty men who lure you with unrealistic praises. Ignorant & gullible women blush and giggle at obvious flattering flirtations and fall prey to guys who use them for their own benefits.

Continue reading “This one thing can determine the kind of guy you will marry.”

Time > Money

Ignore Gold and Bitcoin, how about Time as the new currency?

The Industrial Age taught us the only way to make money was to trade time for it. The deal was clear and has always been the same: You give me 8–10 hours of your day, and I’ll give you some money.

Most people spend their entire lives working to earn a “LIVING” while forgetting to actually LIVE.

We often lose sight of the purpose while being too busy in the process.

We live our lives waiting for the weekends; always living ahead of the present moment, assuming happiness lies in the next promotion, the next job, etc., thereby living for “weak ends”. Continue reading “Time > Money”

How to arrive at the TRUTH using the scientific method ?

Aristotle is known to be the father of the scientific method, for establishing a framework of systemic inquiry to measure the truthfulness of a hypothesis.

So, what’s the scientific method anyway?

The scientific method is a body of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge. To be termed scientific, a method of inquiry is commonly based on empirical or measurable evidence subject to specific principles of reasoning.  Continue reading “How to arrive at the TRUTH using the scientific method ?”

It’s true that words have power but there are instances where words fail.

A few days back, I was watching the 2015 Toastmasters winner Mohammad Qahtani persuading the audience about the power of words, how it can destroy a person or lift someone from the depths of despair.

I have to accept that it was fascinating and brilliant. Indeed, words have power; words are power. Continue reading “It’s true that words have power but there are instances where words fail.”

The moment my life flashed before my eyes.

Behind every scar is an untold story of survival

 

“My whole life flashed in front of me in a second.” said Sir Richard Branson when he met with a Bike accident recently.

I went back in time to the point when I was lying on the road just like that. I was reminded of my own thoughts running in my head, my humility, and gratitude I felt then. Continue reading “The moment my life flashed before my eyes.”

How a single gray hair in my beard changed my life forever.

I’ll be turning 25 in a few days. And I found a shiny silver curl in my beard one morning, coinciding my ‘silver’ jubilee birthday.

My first reactions:

For a moment it was an overwhelmingly humbling reminder of my mortal and frail life. It was as if I could already hear the first faint mocking cries of old age and death from the distant future. 25 long years of innocence, anguish, happiness, beauty, and suffering have passed. I’ve indeed learned a lot in all these years. But I have not the faintest idea of what I have yet to know and learn.

Soon, the existential questions surfaced- Where did all those years go? What have I accomplished in these years?

I reflected back on the years I’ve wasted. Wait a minute, wasted? How do I define life being “useful” and life being “wasted? I realized I bought into the idea I often get advised by people around me, who say that if I’m not working a 9–5 job, I’m “wasting my life”.

But how does working for someone not count as wasting my time? What acts in my life would make it worthwhile to be called useful? What would give meaning to my life? Continue reading “How a single gray hair in my beard changed my life forever.”

Conquer the 3 C’s that are pulling you back.

1. Complaining- Instead of doing something about it.

If you find yourself complaining about others, or even worse, for your own situation in life, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve been playing the blame game and have not taken full responsibility for your life, yet!

Except if it’s because of your ill-health and other misfortunes, YOU are responsible for your situation in life.

People who complain often, rarely take responsibility for their actions in life. Continue reading “Conquer the 3 C’s that are pulling you back.”

Mavericks Explained- What being a maverick is all about?

“The whole world loves a maverick and the whole world wants the maverick to achieve something nobler than simple rebellion!” — Kevin Patterson

By Patrick Driessen

A lot of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders, such as Steve Jobs (Apple) and Richard Branson (Virgin) are often marked as ‘mavericks’. However; apparently most people do not fully understand the term ‘maverick’, so in this blog post I’d like to explain it in more detail.

What/Who is a maverick?

The word maverick is defined by Wikipedia as “an unbranded range animal”, “One who does not abide by rules” or “one who creates or uses unconventional and/or controversial ideas or practices”. Continue reading “Mavericks Explained- What being a maverick is all about?”