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.

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Hire Doers, Managers Come Second!

A startup founder needs what is called a burning desire to create something bigger than who the founders are. Many aspirant founders are sometimes confused about whether they should hire managers first.

As startup, more often than not, you will have a lot of constraints: less business volume, fewer resources, less projects, less 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. Best run team is filled of right kind of doers and less number of managers, if any.

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

1. The one who assumes ownership of 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, first role is considered Product Owner and the second, 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?

 

It is okay to be “the fool” sometimes …

People look forward to play 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 richer way is not to worry much about being 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.

Keyword here is “everyone,” which includes you!

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When you run a startup, choosing to be fool sometimes may be the smartest thing. “Choosing to be fool” is being wise, actually!

Embrace the Failures and Move On…

Failures are at a far side of success. It is an event to be embraced, accepted, reflect on what caused the failures and move on.

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

A thought that you’ve to move on is all it takes.

And believe me, 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 massive failures.

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

Keep moving ahead!

~ Utpal Vaishnav

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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 “content” within you, no matter which form you take, you’ll thrive.

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

If you haven’t made any difference in any area of your 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, all you have to do is to be ready to give away the sight of where you are. Don’t fall in love with the form, focus on content, instead.

 

 

On Worrying

Who would not have worried about tomorrow?

Only the ones who have no idea if they will be able to live their today happily. Ask Maslow. Ask any need theorist.

But does worrying help? Despite that you cannot avoid worrying usually, isn’t it?

Came across a thoughtful quote from John T. Tindsley on worrying,

Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday and all is well.

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So profound.

Reflection leads to a not so surprising discovery – many years of my life have been spent in worrying or responding to other people’s actions powered by worries.

Look at your life and I am sure you would not find it surprising, would you?

Don’t mislead it with irresponsibility

Not worrying and irresponsibility are two different things. People who do not want to own outcomes and consequences thereof always find someone to stick the responsibility on.

Not worrying is nothing but focusing on actions that matter. Irresponsibility is focusing on finding someone on whom the failures can be blamed.

So, what to do?

While it may not be possible to get rid of worry altogether, it is quite possible to engage yourself truly in the task on hand. If you invest much of your time in thinking about its outcome, then your worry will be increased. Investing in getting the task done is a better choice.

Interesting thing about outcome is this – it is one of the thousands of possibilities of a set of actions that has come true.  If you think vividly about the outcome then there might be chances you would want to respond to situations that will never happen.

Better idea, as it turns out, is not “Not to worry” but “To engage yourself fully in the actions that matter.”

What’s your view?