What is insulin and why does it matter? My interpretation and use.

What is insulin and why does it matter? My interpretation and use.

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?

How do you Learn, Think and Execute?

How do you Learn, Think and Execute?

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. 

Forced Terminations to Disengage Autopilot and Complacency in Organizations

Forced Terminations to Disengage Autopilot and Complacency in Organizations

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.

Decision making, discipline and the limited f***s you can give.

Decision making, discipline and the limited f***s you can give.

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. 

I don't care "What you do", "How do you spend your time"?

I don't care "What you do", "How do you spend your time"?

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?"

Technology is a tool, not an industry. People are referring to a psychography.

Technology is a tool, not an industry. People are referring to a psychography.

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?

How I broke into the buy-side without a traditional background.

How I broke into the buy-side without a traditional background.

The road to getting an investing job is not straight forward, not instant and not easy. You know what they say: "Nothing worth having comes easy."

I've been getting a number of inquiries into how I managed to get a public equity investing job without doing any time in the sell-side, having a CFA, a finance major or having had a hedge fund uncle teach me about stocks at age 13.

In this essay I not only hope to tell you a story of my own personal journey to shed some light on the process but also share learnings that may be applicable to all kinds of career journeys.

10 Lessons on reading. Journey to read 1,776 books in a lifetime

10 Lessons on reading. Journey to read 1,776 books in a lifetime

I didn't think I read much... but apparently I do... So I decided to write about the lessons I learned on reading. This is not about the contents but the act of reading to learn.

If you look at my public book list there are about 60 odd books over a 4 year period. I think if you add the Audiobooks, it would be about 70-80. 

Learning from the silver-haired folks at the gym

Learning from the silver-haired folks at the gym

People say wisdom comes with age. Decades of learning via experience probably helps with obtaining that wisdom. That can come to form in many ways like advanced knowledge in a particular field. The elusive "silver-hair" is associated with knowledge, expertise, experience and all kinds of positive factors that lead to "trust". Whether it's in obtaining funding to start your own fund or selling services, the business world looks for age. The bias is there. Where it isn't commonly sought after is in the gym. 

Starting with dots. Priming creativity in writing, career and life with small anchors.

Starting with dots. Priming creativity in writing, career and life with small anchors.

In school we used lined papers. Structured. Fitting to defined spaces. Every notebook was lined. 

The way I come up with articles to write about is by scribbling in my notebook. Scribbling random ideas that would pop into my head after a shower, a walk or while training at the gym. 

One day, I found the lines too restricting. I wanted to draw pictures, graphs and doddles to get my idea on the paper but the lines posed a mental blockade for me. So I decided to go out and buy a notebook that would allow me to have more flexibility. Dotted notebooks. Genius. 

Building my own on-demand mastermind group of "5".

“You are the average of the 5 people you spend most of your time with”. We've all heard this before. It's one of the most repeated advice/factors mentioned by high performers of various disciplines. The advice comes in different forms like "work with people you admire", "find mentors who are doing what you want to", "choose a life-partner who will challenge you to grow". All focused on surrounding yourself with people that will aid you in your journey of growth.