Overtaxing the rich is the fastest way to ruin the economy and society at large.Read More
A glimpse into Korean work culture from a coffeeshop conversation.Read More
Karl Lagerfeld died two days after I learned about him.Read More
Charles Koch says he wanted to stand on the shoulders of giants and I spend my Saturday night standing on the shoulder of a 95 year old man in a wheelchair.Read More
Interesting people will change the world, not the specialized majority.Read More
Historically, the capital required to start companies was high and to maintain them was equally costly. Whether it be in the form of new software systems or giant manufacturing systems.
The largest cost to a company will now be on people.
With that, the future of investing will be on human capital. The acquisition, and development of talent.Read More
"The team you build is the company you build" - Vinod KhoslaRead More
In 2018, I read 27 books. Of which I completed 23.
Previously, I wrote about the 10 lessons I learned from reading. Since then I've been ruminating over Lesson #1: Loving what you read.
See, even for the 23 books I had read in the year, some have stuck in my mind more than others. It may be that some were better books with better content.Read More
Two men sit across from each other. They've come to a coffee shop but neither are drinking coffee. They both ordered a glass bottled water. Those usually tend to be some kind of European sparkling water.
So my first assumption is that they did not come here for the coffee. Just to chat.Read More
Why do we exercise? Why do we eat healthy? Why is breakfast important? Why do you fast?
Fitness and diet trends are everywhere. Some are mere fads, some have merit, some need more time to be proven out.
One word that keeps popping up as having been the beneficiary of so many of the above questions is insulin. But I admit I don't really know that much about the hormone. Is insulin sensitivity good or not? What's resistance? What the hell does insulin do?Read More
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” - Mark TwainRead More
At a higher level, I think most jobs, roles, positions, occupations etc... have three major buckets where all activities would be slotted into: Learning, Thinking and Executing.
Every job has components of it that fit under one of those three buckets but the amount of time one spends doing activities in each bucket will vary. Not to mention, how one goes about learning, thinking and executing will vary per role as well.
What am I getting at?
Well, here are some point of views from my professional experience as an auditor, consultant and investor.Read More
Odds are you are an average driver. You are most probably not a great driver and likely not an above-average driver either, contrary to your popular belief.Read More
See, for most people, if they were not forced out, they would never quit or leave. Some call this life-time job security. I think this is the death spiral.
As a system is the whole of parts, individualistic implosion from such a spiral will result in a systematic failure in organizations as a whole.
Needless to say, a system needs stressors.
It is in that thought process that I write about the value of termination.Read More
A thought on designing life's operating system inspired after a conversation I had with my engineering friend from the coaching project I ran.
The stereotype is that engineers tend to be systematic thinkers. Whether the field attracts these folks, or schooling molds such a mindset, or both I do not know.Read More
For: You who live in the guilt of not doing something productive in "what should be" your time of recharge. You know "quality > quantity" but the ease and lure of quantity is so hard to resist.
I don't believe pulling all-nighters and outrageous hours are required to achieve great outcomes. I really doubt all 18 or 20 hours of that day are "quality" hours. I'd actually consider it to be a breakdown in the system for it shows a lack of effectiveness and a clear miss in prioritization.Read More
This is for me. Something I've felt and learned as I hit the 8th month of my sabbatical.
A question I hate answering these days is "what do you do?"
To such a question my favourite response is: "Do you have 30 minutes for me to describe to you why, how and what I'm spending my time on because I don't have a socially defined and accepted definition of an occupation to give you?"Read More
I see it everywhere, especially on the few TV commercials I see. On billboards, posters, and all over public places. Data and analytics.
Everyone is selling it. It's the hot thing. It might not be as hot as crypto or AI but every single major corporation is out there selling their use of data.Read More
In the past six or so months I've met 40-50 different startups and investors. Of which many ask "Why are you passionate in tech?". To which I reply "I'm not. Technology is a tool, not an industry or a company." and then I proceed to wonder the individual's ability to think for he has obviously not thought about the question he is asking.
Technology is a tool. You want some examples of technology?Read More