Some thoughts a bit far away from the Overton Window

A thought far away from the overton window :

Everything is made of the same 5 elements – Bhuta -Forming prakriti / Nature

Coloured by the same 3 characteristics – Tatva – what modernity deems as Lazy, Energetic and Calm

And imbued with varying degrees of consciousness – Gnana

As an investor – we have to operate within Dharma – duty and Artha – ethics , bounding Kama – desire; within the constraints of Artha and Dharma.

And most of our job is to sort for the entities which also operate within the same parameters as we do while having strong Satvik qualities with high degree of Gnana

That is our duty – Dharma . The rest is not in our control – the effects.

This thought, need not be mis-construed as religious , just because the words used to describe them are in a language called as Sanskrit.

In more business parlance, Bhuta – natural elements | Tatva – persona | Gnana – self awareness, intelligence, memory, focus etc.

Dharma – is duty

Artha – righteousness / ethics

Kama – desire to make some cash

When I do work with an entrepreneur, as long as she is duty bound to deliver value to all stakeholders , operates the business ethically, emotionally intelligent and intellectually powerful , highly rational* , has some serious ambition and vision to make the registers ring, but within the confines of ethics – then I believe the effects are eventually by-products at a portfolio level.

*No one is 100% rational

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Looking out for number 1 – physical capital – a primer

We all are optimising for one thing and one thing only.


When I say state- I mean state of mind – both in the short term and the longer term.

Some example of optimising state in the short term – coffee.
Some example of optimising state in the medium term – exercise

All the actions we partake are to consistently satisfy the maslows hierarchy of needs via state optimisation.

If there were a pill that immediately creates state for 4 hours with no side effects at all – it would be a trillion dollar market. The closes substitute is coffee but unfortunately it costs your adrenal system.

EVEN that is a negotiable organ for most people – all for state.

That being the case, in order to strive and achieve greater things in life in the Maslows hierarchy – you need your health state in order – first and foremost.

Once you have your health – physical and mental – you can then move onto get your emotional health in order.

  1. Physical health
  2. Mental health
  3. Emotional health

Physical health can be broken down in to sub goals –

  • Completely disease free
  • mobility of joints and freedom of nimbleness
  • strength
  • cardiovascular fitness and stamina
  • aesthetics
  • completely disease free fitness combined with longevity

Too many people compromise the above to focus on wealth goals or short term pleasure goals.

Also, the above requires consistent time commitments and dietary commitments , in addition to tracking, analyzing and reflecting on these goals.

This requires time and energy in committing to these goals . But without physical health , you will never achieve mental health – which can be broken down further into

  • Focus
  • clarity of thought
  • intense concentration
  • willpower
  • determination
  • energy
  • Strategy and rationale
  • empathy and discernment of others intentions
  • Abundance thinking
  • peace of mind
  • fearlessness ( fear is a form of pain body attack which is amplified by the negative emotions which the body produces due to its own illnesses)

Without mental health, you will not develop emotional health / emotional resilience to cultivate and nurture important relationships with integrity and honesty ( Dishonesty tends to erode your mental and physical capital unless you are a psychopath. This probably deserves another post by itself ) .

An inflamed body / mind / emotion will not produce and sustain difficult actions – such as generating massive wealth or entrepreneurial ventures long enough into the future. If it does, it will be short-lived.

We can get to the interesting part here and maybe detail in another post- when you have consistent improving  physical health- it can compound into Mental and Emotional health and make you extremely resilient as an individual. The opposite can also occur where you have where guilt may cause psychosomatic illnesses and destroy you.

But even optimal physical fitness and its achievement is an ocean . I will talk about budgeting time, money and energy on a daily and monthly basis to sustainable optimize physical fitness in a series of posts.

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Getting back in the game….

All my life I have searched for the truth.

I wonder now if there is any truth to be found in this world.

I refuse to believe that life is all about the rat race and merely survival. I often told myself that there must be a greater meaning to it all.

To this day, I continue to find a greater meaning to my struggles in my life.

You can only do so many weekend barbecues with the same set of people before you get disenchanted with your rote life and give up on it. Some of us take up TV, some of drugs, some of us travel , some of us alcohol benders every Saturday, some of us promiscuity – but they are all just distractions to the deep question that arises from within.

To what end are we doing this?

Fast forward , 50 years, nicer car, nicer apartments, empty nest, but back to the basics. The hedonistic life would have gotten you used to it enough that its different but its all the same.

The world is not a gentle place. We are all tainted just like every one else , irrespective of the beautiful filters we see on instagram.

The only people who find goodness and happiness are those who diligently work to overcome our fallen primal human nature with discipline.

The world on the other hand, feeds us stimulations constantly, feeds our baser instincts and pollutes mental models selling a line of trope that makes us eventually unhappy.

How can you change a world that doesn’t want to be changed?

Maybe I should start by changing myself.

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The difficulty of why

All of us witness phenoms.
Its easy to understand the how.

How is a successful company created? Its easy .

Do a case study. You can attribute it to skill, timing, market, demand, innovation, secrets, hard work etc, etc.

But the much more difficult question to understand is WHY?

Why do magnets attract each other?

Why does Ice slip?

The Why is a dangerous pit of infinite regression.

Or the ultimate deliverance.  Depending on which way you look at it.

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Producers Unite.

Many of you have written why I have stopped creating blogposts.

I have been living brothers. Something all the producers should have as their obligation, duty and responsibility.

Life is short. An ancient truth that becomes clearer to me as days pass by, ever more quicker than the one before.

The world awaits outside. In the moment. Not in capturing the photo of your coffee cup and posting on instagram, not in me posting on this blog here but savouring the vanilla in that boutique naturally roasted coffee bean with vanilla cream in colombia.

The multitude of accomplishments and disappointments await in the real world, unconquered, yearning to bend under our assault.

Tilt your lance square at the shield of your desires and CHARGE.

Our hours are limited, for a great reason. So that each one remains precious. Don’t waste them consuming content when there is creativity inside you waiting to produce.

Move forward. Incessantly.

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Matter, reality, quantum physics, creativity, the future

It is one of those days.
One of those days when sleep evades me and I pick up a quantum physics book by Richard Feyman and read through.

The more I read about the double slit experiment, the more the topic becomes dearer and dearer to me over the years. I can’t get enough of it. It eludes me as how man kind can base everything on science when the foundation of science itself is not scientific.

It is like saying ” I know my foundation cannot be proved but all other theorems that most certainly have to be proved are based on my foundation” It just doesn’t make sense.

The experiment that gave rise to this uncertainty is the question what does consciousness have to do with electrons behaving as matter as opposed to waves. Why involve consciousness at all.

It is as though consciousness, just by the mere virtue of being the observer, creates the observed and therefore creates the event.

If there is no observer, the event would not exist, but what is the observer observing and why does it change the very nature of the observed electron ( which is presumably whats light is made of ).

If the observer is creating the event by observing and therefore the matter , then is it possible to create actual results by intending to create them?

What are the larger implications ?  Are the laws of classical physics that we take for granted and as irrefutable laws of our belief system, change based on how / whether they are being observed?

I don’t know but , as always, I am in pursuit.

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The consumptive culture of the male desire

The whole marketplace of events and advertisements is based on one kind of consumer only. The man, who pays to consume and consume for the opportunity to display status to the opposite sex.

I am talking about the nightclub and its VIP tables or the expensive restaurant or the highly priced alcohol or the exquisite watch, with its advertisement with a suave man held on to by a slim beauty.

There is a whole economy based on the male’s desire to display status and presents avenues to display high status by consuming expensive products or services.

This economy is in turn fed by the advertising economy ( modelling and talent management businesses feed to the advertising economy), the nightlife industry  where models act as baits for the man to spend money at the VIP tables and the  glamorous hostess makes it hard for you to refuse the Dom Perignon, lest she sees you as a low value and finally the event promotion and management business , which recruits the DJs, the artists and the star bartenders, who in turn lure in the crowd of young pretty women as fuel and thereby the paying man as the engine.

Predominantly, these three industries – venue ( restaurants, high end bars and nightclubs), event (EDMs, party and event promotions, restaurant marketing) and talent ( the fashion and talent management business) are all accoutrements that surround the consumptive economy with its prime consumers – woman as the fuel and the paying man as the engine.

At the very least, its greatly intriguing how business has managed to monetise the male libido. I wonder what happens when we combine the three models in one business conglomerate….

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Beating obstacles = Achieving goals

In any endeavour or path to achieving a goal, humans will always face obstacles. I have figured that easiest pathway to achieving goals is multi-fold :
1. Choosing one and only one Primary goal and that goal only.
2. Figuring out a critical path ( the highest impact and the most probable pathway to get to that milestone/goal )
3. Understanding the events involved in the critical path
Accruing / directing ALL of one’s resources ( time, money and attention ) towards those events which will clear the critical pathway, systematically, methodically and consistently.
4. Ruthlessly deal with distractions and eliminate anything in your way that doesn’t contribute towards an event on the critical pathway.*
5. Execute on the critical pathway every single day, at least for 90 minutes, 7 days a week , 365 days a year untill the pathway is entirely traversed. Then Observe, Orient, Decide and Act on the next goal.**

Goals are achieved by beating obstacles. Obstacles are beaten by theorising critical pathways and creating event chains to execute to traverse the pathway.

*Of-course the entire organisation cannot focus on the critical pathway, its gotta be an elite taskforce while the rest of the army paddles on set processes and methodologies.

**This concept of critical pathways applies to every aspect of one’s life – health, career, relationships, anything at all. I have personally used this to solve business and health problems alike. The major ingredient is FOCUS.

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How success comes about

As a result of a CONSISTENT and willful effort. That is exactly how it is intended to be: like the small hand of your watch. You know it moves, but you CAN NOT SEE it moving. This, I understand.

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Why I do what I do…

Imagine this.

You come home to a building that is completely disconnected from the main grid. Has a self sufficient solar rooftop system that generates and transmits power and data to all your smart appliances via BPL fibre optic cable lines in your walls. While these ‘genmitter solar plants’ on your and your neighbour’s rooftop communicate between themselves through Li-Fi and transmit power over PoWifi , you , the user, are communicating to the internet with a 224GBps Li-Fi connection inside every single LED in your home and then to your smart rooftop solar power/data genmitter plant, which communicate between themselves across the whole city , which in turn talks to a deeply knowledgeable power/ data network which understands who needs how much power at what time of the day in which part of the year , across every single node in the whole wide world. This enables it to transmit, store , augment from other sources – from that part of the world which is power surplus to that which needs the demand fulfilled – thereby creating a seamless international energy exchange. All using the sun, silicon, light and lithium.

Meanwhile, you just came home from work – oblivious to the years of human creativity to have gone into creating such a world from the world that we live in now and you proceed to park your electric car to in your garage where it regularly gets its wireless charge session from your Li-Ion basement. 

Tell me. If you saw this world in your mind’s eye every single day, wouldn’t you want to show your fellow man the marvel of this reality, when it comes to life. That’s why I do what I do.

The day is not far and the future is not crowded in a distant darkness. The future is bright. Literally and figuratively.

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