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“When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and I see not one ray of hope, I turn to the Bhagavad Gita and find a verse to comfort me; and I begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow.” — Mahatma Gandhi.

The Bhagavad Gita has played a unique role in my life from a very young age. I was very aware of death from an early age and pondered what is the optimal way to live a mortal human life and whether humans are meant to be immortal.

I practically forced my dad to get…


Fast

All of human progress tends towards speed.

Horse carriages to tesla plaid.

Trains to planes.

Letter to email.

For a startup to succeed, the dna must be speed.

Fast is a competitive advantage.


Life is short.

Work as fast as you can on the most important thing you know in the core of your heart you were put on earth to do with the people you know will help you accomplish it.

Eliminate all distractions. Find within the work the simplest most valuable core thing. Then accomplish that. Then the next valuable thing and so on.

When life is short, is there time for anything other than the most essential?


Outsider looking in.

“Someone had bet him he couldn’t jump over a chair and he couldn’t.“

Weird, off the assembly line.

“21 year old civil engineering student in mismatched running shoes. He was a loner, missed the opening ceremony and drove out to see the pyramids watching the sunset and slept in a van.”

Founder Idea Fit, solving his own problem with technology.

“He married his engineering know-how with what his body was naturally doing as he ran up to the bar.“

Market timing, “Why Now”

“Sawdust replaced sand then foam appeared for the jumpers to land on, it…


The way the world should work is ethics.

The way the world does work is economics.

Figure out the ethical outcome you want.

Align incentives to get that outcome.

Watch the outcome occur automagically.

This is positive sum wealth generation in a nutshell.

Example: Tesla accelerated sustainable transportation by creating an amazing mass market car that was simply better than all existing cars and happened to be electric. Now the competition has to catch up thus incentivizing the move to electrification.

TLDR: Feel in ethics, think in economics.


As founders we love to get deep down into the details. Meditation brings you back to the surface. It helps simplify thought process. It’s important to focus on the small number of things that impact a giant percent of the outcome. Out of a 100 actions only 2 or 3 will impact 90% of the outcome. Meditation helps clarify what’s important. So we get to productivity rather than activity. This is how small teams win. It’s value creation by compressing actions to the most vital. So meditate. It brings clarity. Clarity brings massive success by helping us focus on what truly matters.

TLDR; Meditate > Clarity > Minimize > Do > Success > Repeat !


Technology democratizes wealth. What only the most powerful and wealthy would have 20 years ago, everyone has today. Uber gave everyone a chauffeur. Apple gave everyone a way to video call anyone in the world with a super computer in our pockets. Wikipedia gave everyone a free up to date encyclopedia of knowledge. Google gave everyone instant information. Youtube gave everyone a broadcasting station. Podcasts gave everyone their very own radio station.

But the goal of technology goes deeper. The goal of evolution is to unlimit. The purpose of life is complete freedom. This can be achieved by pursuing the…


The purpose of automation is to relieve humans of manual labor in order to live up to higher ideals. AI will create incredible wealth. This will give humans more time to ponder and be creative. Let us build a world where AI gives us more and more space to be the best human we can be.


Prioritize:
Time is a created thing. To say I don’t have time is like saying I don’t want to.

Mentors:
When the student is ready the teacher will appear. When the student is truly ready… The teacher will Disappear.

Leadership:
When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.’

Management:
Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.

Delegation:
The best of all leaders is the one who helps people so that eventually they don’t need him.

Operations:
Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the…


Startup = speed

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