Target for compounding growth

Our minds need a target. For when we don’t have a target, we aim mindlessly. Quite literally. Let me give you an example. An airport had a problem with men peeing too much on the floor and not enough into a urinal. The authorities made a correct assumption that the mess wasn’t intentional and a […]

Reading the heart through the body

This week I dropped out of the Founder’s Institue program, and I wanted to take a bit of time to digest the lessons learned. First of all, the program was great, but it was also very fast-paced. I have a good idea, but my heart wasn’t ready to go into execution mode. At least not […]

Following your heart compass

The other day I was scrolling through LinkedIn, and I came across an HBR article that talked about how people who accomplished the extraordinary did it by seeing opportunities everyone else misses regularly. A good example is a guy who invented the Velcro. Instead of just shaking off the burrs that stuck to his clothing, he […]

Two essentials for change

As part of the Founder’s Institute, I’m learning to get feedback. I knew that you want to know ahead of time if the customer wants to buy your product, but I missed the importance of understanding the problem you’re solving. Sometimes you think you know the problem, but is it the main problem? Is it […]

What Marie Antoinette teaches us about taking responsibility

Saturday night, I went to see the ballet based on the life of Marie Antoinette. I’m not much of a ballet person, but the creative choreography that told the story without words impressed me, especially when it came to not so glamorous, such as riots and beheadings. However, as I was reading the pamphlet, I […]

Soreness from failure leads to success

Last week I had my first round of pitching for Founder’s Institute. Wow, was it uncomfortable! The first few people who came up worked on their ideas for at least a year, and it showed. My mind started telling me that I’m too behind to keep up with the rigorous schedule. I should consider dropping […]

The story to connect

Now and then we see a video going viral on Facebook. These type of videos seem to straddle it all, doesn’t matter religious beliefs, political views, or ethnicity. The video that sparked this particular reflection is of Kodi Lee. Kodi not only brought everyone to tears, but he also got the Golden Buzzard from the […]

What do I wish I heard during my graduation speech? 

This past weekend I went to my brother’s college graduation. As in any graduation, I heard a lot of speeches, and it made me wonder what do I wish I heard during my graduation speech? My commencement speaker was George W. Bush, but I don’t remember what he said. I was far more interested in […]

Do the seemingly inconsistent, consistently great results will emerge

Last week, as I went through the Founder Institute’s materials and I came across a video by one of its mentors, Phil Libin. Many gems indeed, but I’d like to focus on his take on mediocrity and greatness because it’s an insightful perspective on the mind and heart dynamic. He said that when you strive […]

Unwatchable perfection

I am not a Jeopardy regular. I just know that it’s a show, which tests all sorts of random knowledge and I feel smart if I know the answer to 1 in 10 questions, especially when the competitors seem to recall the answers in an instant. Jeopardy is now all over the news because the […]