This is racism and classisms at its best:
New York is 3 hours ahead of California, but that doesn’t make California slow.
Someone graduated at the age of 22, but waited 5 years before securing a good job.
Someone became a CEO at 25, and died at 50. While another became a CEO at 50, and lived to 90 years.
Someone is still single, while someone else got married. Obama retired at 55, & Trump started at 70.
Everyone in this world is on their own time zone.
People around you might seem to he ahead of you, & some might seem to be behind you. But everyone is running their own race, in their own time.
Do not envy them & do not mock them. They are in their time zone, and you are in yours Life is about waiting for the right moment to act.
So, relax. You’re not late. You’re not early. You are very much on time.
Don’t cause permanent damage with temporary frustration.
As a child, just after apartheid, I don’t remember learning about how white, is “better”, and black “is not”. I don’t remember sitting in a lecture being indoctrinated. I don’t remember anything else, but I do remember the subtle cues around me.
I remember certain people being treated differently and later I learned why, more specifically, I learned who.
Today, in our open and free democratic society, I see a new trend. The word race is slowly replaced by class. Some people are still treated differently. Soon our kids will figure out who and then, sadly, why.
The worst reply: “I’ve worked hard my whole life.”
Let me tell you the story of two investors, neither of whom knew each other, but whose paths crossed in an interesting way….
…. Some people are born into families that encourage education; others are against it. Some are born into flourishing economies encouraging of entrepreneurship; others are born into war and destitution. I want you to be successful, and I want you to earn it. But realize that not all success is due to hard work, and not all poverty is due to laziness. Keep this in mind when judging people, including yourself.
— Read on www.collaborativefund.com/blog/the-psychology-of-money/
Last year I attended our company meet up in Whistler, BC, Canada. It was amazing, but I forgot to post some pics.
I took a class on API design. Had amazing food, went up the gondola’s, met up with old friends and got a very cheap upgrade to KLM business class.
When citizens self organise, the government of the day may be rendered a mere follower.
In this age, with so many great tools for organising and collaboration, what we need is, a common goal and the will to act without self interest. Without a doubt, There is purpose in self organising around things worth achieving.
The question is, can we agree on the things worth achieving? If we truly set aside self interest are we able to, collectively, obtain success? Put differently, could we align our interests?
All these notions are challenging as it involves a more mature society, which demands a more mature individual.
When is enough enough? How long are we delaying our lives as we struggle for someone else’s picture of perfection? How many more years should we put into building a fortune, for our old age? We all need to read the story below na make up our one minds.
The Mexican Fisherman and the Investment Banker (Author Unknown)
An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.
The Mexican replied, “only a little while.”
The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish?
The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs.
The American then asked, “but what do you do with the rest of your time?”
The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siestas with my wife, Maria, and stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine, and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life.”
The American scoffed. “I have an MBA from Harvard, and can help you,” he said. “You should spend more time fishing, and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, and eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middle-man, you could sell directly to the processor, eventually opening up your own cannery. You could control the product, processing, and distribution,” he said. “Of course, you would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles, and eventually to New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise.”
The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”
To which the American replied, “Oh, 15 to 20 years or so.”
“But what then?” asked the Mexican.
The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time was right, you would announce an IPO, and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions!”
“Millions – then what?”
The American said, “Then you could retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you could sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, and stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play guitar with your amigos.”
I came across this story while reading: https://m.signalvnoise.com/enough-1d48019c7335
I’ve been battling with a book review on The Tribe of Mentors. I had some deadlines that have passed already, but today, just a reminder. Rushing good things may have an undesirable outcome.
The idea is not to get through it but to get from it. So taking time has more value in the long run.