A Startup CEO Secrets Revealed:
From the start of everyone’s career, one dreams of owning and running one’s own business someday. It takes a while to discover what industry and type of company you would invest your life’s work in. Usually you work the corporate ladder on somebody else’s payroll for years and hate it! In my case, for instance, I envisioned and planned for the right moment to take my skills and passion into the world with my own capital, and to strike out on my own as a startup CEO at a pretty young age.
I imagined then that after the initial work of rolling up my sleeves to get my company up and running, my CEO life would assure me plenty of time kicked back in an executive chair with my feet up and my years of brunt work behind me.
Most of us whose imaginations wander into the world of self-employment probably have only a faint notion of the work and commitment it requires to become a successful startup CEO. Some of us may not know how big we want to expand our businesses, while others know exactly what we want to achieve. Whether we want to keep our business small or shoot for the moon to grow a large corporation, we realize that the main ingredients to success are passion and hard work. When we feel the timing is right, we strike out on our own with fervor, persistence and patience. We know that if we want our venture to be a success, we must psych ourselves up with confidence and resilience to mentally prepare ourselves for the toughest and most progressive phase of our lives.
A Startup CEO Secrets Revealed:
“Perfection” means absolute adherence or correspondence to a standard of value.
Perfection is possible, and it’s a contextual issue.
If you take a 10-word spelling test, and you spell all ten words correctly, then you have executed the test flawlessly; perfectly.
If a person is declared to be in “perfect health,” it means that every part of his body is working as it should. It does not mean that he is invincible to disease, or that he might not occasionally battle a rhinovirus, and certainly not that he’s automatically going to live forever without a single speck of effort. (It also doesn’t mean that he can’t raise his level of fitness still higher if he does put in the effort.)
So, after I had an argument with someone near to me about “fashion sense”, I was left pretty astounded by the opinions people carry about their own and that of others. Clothing, accessories IS in part one’s measure of self-esteem. If the main purpose of fashion is to impress people – whom you do not even know, the entire purpose is lost. The best builder of self-esteem is one’s productivity and sense of accomplishment; in that sense AND context, people who do not attempt to look their “best” are kind of unproductive people, and in extension, it would apply to personal hygiene, character, clothing and personal appearance, all together. Also remembering that simple, clean, comfortable, well-fitting clothes with color, variety, carried the right way, amounts to the same – it may not be “fashionable” but offer utility and doesn’t imply low self-esteem.
If ART is inspiring, then it appeals to that within me that is the most important of all things to me: my values. The various types of art viz. literature, music, painting, sculpture, dance, architecture, etc. are concrete expressions of abstract epistemological and metaphysical values. A work of art is limited by the nature of man’s senses and unlimited by his sense of life.
If ever there could be a school of art that I would happily subscribe to it would be “romantic realism”; where at the outset one would have embraced a benevolent universe premise to live one’s life. To begin, art then would perceptually be the exact same thing (the style, the theme, the plot, the characterization) though its interpretation would be conceptually different. Why romantic realism? What does it mean? Well, if one values reason, self-esteem, capitalism, ambition, pride, integrity, productivity one would believe that reality is knowable, objective, very concrete and benevolent. To such a man splashes of various colors on a canvas is not art, his rational mind would dump it instantly. It would say to him: most “abstract paintings”, for instance are NOT art; that such artists arbitrarily paint whatever they “feel” and THEN interpret it to the rest of the world; a good case in point, partially, would be Pablo Picasso.
Some physicists claim certain parts of physics are governed not by the identity of the entities involved but by chance (or partially by chance). This however is merely an attempt to evade finding the actual causes involved.
I remember a test I had proposed in a popular social media site a decade back, when there was a fight on the forum about the uncertainty principle:
Here’s how it went: Here’s a test for your buddy. As him if he thinks that it is possible, even remotely, for K+ to decay to π+π-π0 (that’s pi, not n), and what is the probability? If he’s blowing smoke up your ass, he’ll just bluster, but if he has a clue, he can compute it.
I see zillions of articles and claims aimed at branding internet gaming as an addiction. For example, figure this: Around 1 million South Korean gamers are suffering from serious addiction that brings them to neglect eating, bathing, skipping school and even quitting their jobs. Last year saw at least 10 people dropping dead after playing too many games for too long a stretch. Talk about playing hard unto the death!
Talk about being stupid!
With the evolution of internet technology, people are presented with new mode of entertainment all aiming for fun and relaxation: online games. If you are sick with your monotonous life all you have to do is visit the different gaming sites on the internet. Then, again you are asked to fear the addiction it may bring in, conveniently forgetting that to play or not to play is a matter of choice and you are in control of your own mind.
I offer one nugget of pride in the midst of a lot of recent angst, which was well-justified.
At a blank slate level, without content or context, we all have a little scale in our heads. One cup filled with desire, the other filled with fear. When the desire outweighs the fear, we act. Like some of us have a surplus of desire, so fear has limited power over them. Our desires overpower the fear that would stop mortal men. These desires are so powerful, in fact that we charge forward in situations where we really should stop. We defy laws and social conventions that would paralyze most others, because desire is like an irresistible engine strapped to our ass.
Another thing both Nikesh and me have been criticized for is quick and swift promotions of key staff members. For instance when Amey was promoted to VP, a lot of underlings, who do not work with us anymore, were yelping behind his and our back saying it was most undeserved. Or when Arin was appointed as the COO, the same folks (there was a popular term for those guys: gossip girls!) claimed that it was a big joke! Both deserved their promotions; for their loyalty, their tenacity, their ability, their passion for work. Simple as that, we saw it; we rewarded it. Yes, we do tend to see the infinite potential in each deserving human being and arm them with responsibilities which they have to shoulder and rise up to the learning that we believe they will rise to. They have “earned” it, we reasoned.