Powerful dialogue from The Amazing Spiderman 2

The_Amazing_Spiderman_2_posterI haven’t watched the movie but someone sent me a mail on what he took away from the movie. And believe me I was floored too. Very very profound. According to the mail I received, one of the characters after graduation made this speech:

“I know that we all think we’re immortal, we’re supposed to feel that way, we’re graduating. The future is and should be bright, but, like our brief four years in high school, what makes life valuable is that it doesn’t last forever, what makes it precious is that it ends. I know that now more than ever. And I say it today of all days to remind us that time is luck. So don’t waste it living someone else’s life, make yours count for something. Fight for what matters to you, no matter what. Because even if you fall short, what better way is there to live?”

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Tally Team to Task

This is so true for entrepreneurs. The original post appears here and has been pasted from there.

Does your team match the job at hand? – Thanos Papadimitriou

Every start-up thinks the activity of an organization as the process of sourcing, securing, allocating, assembling, managing, and scaling human and material resources into business capabilities.

Smart entrepreneurs are like accountants, they match the duration of their assets and liabilities, both financial and human.

No one can do it alone. Sooner or later entrepreneurs have to enlist additional team members to execute existing tasks so that they can focus on new, higher value initiatives.

Four things to think about when you are building your team are as follows:

1. Fill in the gaps

A complementary partner is the most important asset available to an entrepreneur. A partner is an additional set of eyes, a sounding board and a reality check-the person whom you trust to tell you when you are wrong. Finding the right candidates begins with honest self-examination. Compare your capabilities to those needed to succeed to find the gaps. Entrepreneurs would be wise to apply the same analysis to every addition they make to the team.

2. Get started with what you have, but upgrade relentlessly

Most entrepreneurs lack the resources or track record needed to attract qualified candidates, and thus rarely have the pick of the litter when hiring. That’s ok. Part of being an entrepreneur is learning to make it work with what you have. That said, remember that difference between “A” and “B” players is not one notch, it’s 100x fold. Covering an empty position for a few weeks sounds horrendous but keeping an inept person in a critical position is crippling. The ambiguity and lag time makes it all the more important to act decisively. Immediately saddling new team members with actionable and measurable tasks can help to uncover subpar hires sooner.

3. Plan for roles to change

This means making it clear to early hires they are filling temporary needs. Make short (six month) commitments, which include flexibility for role changes as needed.

4. Hire for the job at hand

Many start-ups mistakenly hire a professional VP of Sales before finishing the product, much less validating demand for it. Not only is it expensive to have a VP of Sales sitting around before there are customers to sell to (you, the founder, are in charge of evangelical sales, remember?), anyone worth their salt wouldn’t come to work in your basement anyway. It’s just not worth their time yet.

Reblog: Taming the Enemies

The original article appears here http://parichay-india.in/taming-the-enemies

The biggest enemies we face are not outside, but within – Jim Rohn

We are not born with courage, but neither are we born with fear. Maybe some of our fears are brought on by our own experiences, by what someone has told us, by what we’ve read in the papers.

Some fears are valid, like walking alone in a bad part of town at two o’clock in the morning. But once we learn to avoid that situation, we won’t need to live in fear of it. Fears, even the most basic ones, can totally destroy our ambitions. Fear can destroy fortunes. Fear can destroy relationships. Fear, if left unchecked, can destroy our lives. Fear is one of the many enemies lurking inside us.

Let me tell you about five of the other enemies we face from within.

  • Indifference

The first enemy that we’ve got to destroy before it destroys us is INDIFFERENCE.

What a tragic disease this is. “Ho-hum, let it slide. I’ll just drift along.” Here’s one problem with drifting: we can’t drift our way to the top of the mountain.

  • Indecision

The second enemy we face is INDECISION.

It is the thief of opportunity and enterprise. It will steal our chances for a better future. Take a sword to this enemy.

  • Doubt

The third enemy inside is DOUBT.

Sure, there’s room for healthy skepticism. We can’t believe everything. But we also can’t let doubt take over. Many people doubt the past, doubt the future, doubt each other, doubt the government, doubt the possibilities and doubt the opportunities. Worse of all, they doubt themselves. I’m telling you, doubt will destroy our life and our chances of success. It will empty both our bank account and our heart. Doubt is an enemy Go after it. Get rid of it.

  • Worry

The fourth enemy within is WORRY.

 

Just don’t let it conquer us. Instead, let it alarm us. Worry can be useful. If we step off the curb in New York City and a taxi is coming, we’ve got to worry. But we can’t let worry loose like a mad dog that drives us into a small corner. Here’s what we’ve got to do with our worries: drive them into a small corner. Whatever is out to get us, we’ve got to get it.

  • Over Caution

The fifth interior enemy is OVER CAUTION.

It is the timid approach to life. Timidity is not a virtue; it’s an illness. If we let it go, it’ll conquer us. Timid people don’t get promoted. They don’t advance and grow and become powerful in the marketplace. We’ve got to avoid over-caution.

Do battle with the enemy. Do battle with our fears. Build our courage to fight what’s holding us back, what’s keeping us from our goals and dreams.

Be courageous in our life and in our pursuit of the things we want and the person we want to become.

We will be facing the toughest opponent today in our life.

We have to make thing work, if it doesn’t work- we don’t leave but keep on firing our bullets of self belief.

8 Task Management Tips to Stop Procrastinating and Get Things Done

8 Task Management Tips to Stop Procrastinating and Get Things Done.

Paths Are Made By Walking

Thank you Sharadbhai for sharing this wonderful transcript of the speech by Nipun Mehta. No I am not blogging about it as a fellow Indian or such but just that it was a tremendous speech and indeed very humbling. The original piece is available here but I have converted it to pdf and am putting it here —> Paths Are Made By Walking for posterity sake. A must read honestly.

Kavya’s Self Talk Updated (August 3, 2009)

Kavya and me do the self talk atleast 3 to 4 times a day. She is nearing 5 now and the talk goes like this:

I love you Kavya very much
Good morning / afternoon / evening Kavya
Have a great day
Jai Shri Krishna
I can and I will always achieve whatever I want to
Whatever I do I will give it my best
I will never never never give up
Remember, Papa loves you a lot
I love you God bless you
Kavya I am really really proud to be your father
You’re mine and I am very proud of that
You’re terrific and I am very proud of that
I love you, God bless you, Thank you.

To every statement she responds back to me. It is an amazing feeling. Thanks to Krish Dhanam, Zig Ziglar and Robin Sharma.

The only guru I am in touch with is Krish Dhanam (Thanks to Facebook) Had the opportunity to wish him from the bottom of my heart “THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE TO OUR LIVES.”