by Mother Teresa

People are often unreasonable
Illogical and self-centered. 
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, 
People may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, 
You will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, 
People may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, 
They may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, 
People will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, 
And it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, 
It is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
When a doe-eyed entrepreneur comes to see me for advice, I tell them 4 things:
  • You will NOT be your own boss
  • You will be stretched to your financial, emotional, psychological, physical and sometimes spiritual limits
  • You will most likely fail
  • You will attain levels of personal satisfaction you have never dreamed of
If they're still standing, we go into their idea and business model. It's so important for me for future entrepreneurs to understand the difficulties that lie ahead. I didn't know them 13 years ago and I wished I did. I most probably would have taken the same decisions, but I would have been less naive about it all.

This video, from, amazingly describes what I've been through... 3 times.

In the last year, I've reflected on life's big issues, following my wife's cancer and chemotherapy treatments. I have found it healthy to ask myself these profound questions while reviewing the validity of my automated answers. This list comes from Sam Keen

Enjoy the introspection.
  • What do I really want?
  • What brings me joy?
  • Who am I when I dream?
  • Why do I feel the way I do?
  • What do I fear?
  • Who has wounded me?
  • Whom have I injured?
  • How do I deal with guilt?
  • Do I need to have enemies?
  • How do I forgive?
  • Whom and what will I love?
  • How will I express my sexuality?
  • Who are my people? My family?
  • Where is my place?
  • What is the source of my power? My self esteem?
  • What is sacred? Worthy of respect? Inviolable?
  • For what or whom would I sacrifice my time, my energy, my health, my life?
  • What can I do to lessen the quantity of evil in this world?
  • What are my gifts? What is my vocation?
  • What must I do to die with a sense of completeness?
  • What myth have I been unconsciously living?
  • In what measures are my “values” mere prejudices, my duties blind commitments to unexamined norms?
  • What have I sacrificed to win the approval of others? 
  • What have I sacrificed to become successful?
  • In what ways have I blinded myself, disowned my power, denied my potential?
Following some comments on my previous post on the wildly popular Geeks, I was made aware of the Venn Diagram explaining the difference between the oft-confused terms of Geek, Nerd, Dweeb and Dork. Even I was confused, since I was called each of these names at various occasions in my life (don't feel sorry for me, I fully embrace my state).

So following this diagram, I am a Geek. Yes, I know that means I don't consider myself socially inept...

There, now I feel better.