The tao of understanding

The Tao of Understanding

When you understand kindness as kindness, mercilessness arises
When you understand love as love, hatred arises

Thus Happiness and Unhappiness produce each other
Right and Wrong bring about each other
Light and Dark reveal each other
Health and Illness reflect each other

The words have limitations
The written things have limitations
The said things have limitations
The understanding has limitations

Therefore the key
is not to “understand” such things

But to “experience” them …

Understanding goes away; experiences do not.

The Tao of Understanding is
not to try to understand the things,
but to experience them.

Concept Inspiration: Lao Tzu

May the force be with you

Reading a very powerful writeup by Albert Camus. Here it goes:

“In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.

I realized, through it all, that…

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”

~Albert Camus

Above write-up brings in tremendous hope and reestablishes the faith we all should have in ourselves if we are on our path to living our personal legend.

While reflecting on those lines, some thought-pictures are created in my mind. Here they go:

In the midst of desert, I found there was, within me, a beautiful lake.  In the midst of night, I found there was, within me, an unbeatable morning.

I realize through it all, that …

No matter how difficult the challenges are, within me, there is a force that wants me to push back. The force wants me to live my personal legend there is no matter what.

May the Force be with me … and with you.

light within darkness

Doers Vs. Managers

A startup founder needs a burning desire to create something bigger than who the founders are.

In the process of creating something bigger, they need managers and they need doers.

Sometimes, many aspirant founders feel confused about whether they should hire managers first.

As a startup, more often than not, you will have a lot of constraints: less business volume, fewer resources, fewer projects, fewer customer testimonials…so many constraints.

Still, you have to run your startup and make it successful. Running a startup is like what someone once said:

“Making a startup successful is like jumping from an airplane which is flying 50000 ft above the sea level and learning to assemble the parachute  during your way to down …”

So you have to get the basics right. Ensure that more of your and your team members’ time goes into doing the things and not managing the things. The best run team is filled with the right kind of doers and less number of managers, if any.


Best teams are self-organizing teams who is led by two distinct profiles.

1. The one who assumes ownership of the product (or service) development and delivery

2. The one who assumes ownership of streamlining the means to get things done.

Consider Scrum, one of the most prominent agile frameworks. From its perspective, the first role is considered the Product Owner and the second, the ScrumMaster.

The need of having such roles is not limited to just Scrum Projects. The need is there for every Startups. Build the teams that get things done. It is okay if they fail, inspire them to be on-target and allow them to learn on the job.

The only need of management that cannot be compromised, is need of self-management of the doers. And, did I tell you that doers make better leaders than managers and startups need leaders at every corner of their business?

The deliberate fool

People look forward to playing smart in all what they do.

Many startup founders are no different. They try to maximize their benefit while giving away as little as possible.

It is not the only way. The other, better, and the richer way is not to worry much about being a fool or not fool and focus on creating value. When a deal is happening, people will try to outsmart you. You choose to be different and talk about everyone’s benefits.

The keyword here is “everyone,” which includes you!

startup advice

When you run a startup, choosing to be a fool sometimes may be the smartest thing.

“Choosing to be a fool” is acting wise, actually. Isn’t it so?

Okay failure

Failure is at a far side of success. It is an event to be embraced, accepted, reflected upon what actions caused the failures and move on.

Flow like a river. Flowing beings are never a failure. The reason is simple – they don’t stick at once place. Usually the event of the past. Failure has already happened. Although you don’t need to if you really want to, then be sad for 15 minutes but then start creating something new.

Thought that you need to move on is all it takes.

Life won’t be the same when you experience yourself who has started moving on.

Most learnings of successful beings
come from their experiences of
being part of failures.

When you’re failing, you’re gathering
resources for successful YOU.

Keep moving ahead!

~ UV (20130812)

Be like water

“Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”

~ Bruce Lee

What does it mean? If you have the “content” within you, no matter which form you take, you’ll thrive.

If you have made any notable difference in at least one area of your life, then know that you have the potential to make a difference in other areas of your life as well.

If you haven’t made any notable difference in any area of your life, then it is an opportunity for you to practice and start making a difference in at least one area of your life.

In order to go to the next level, be ready to give away the sight of where you are. Don’t fall in love with the “form”, focus on bettering your “content”, instead.

Easier said than done.