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A Little Better than Being a Dog

A Little Better than Being a Dog

05/15/2019

Ajahn Chah, a renowned Buddhist master from Thailand, frequently pushed the buttons of his students to the point of infuriating them. One student visited Ajahn Chah and proclaimed that he had reached the first stage of enlightenment. Hearing this, Ajahn Chah replied, “That’s a little better than being a dog, I guess.” This was quite ...

A Spider on LSD and a Journey to Build the Perfect Web

A Spider on LSD and a Journey to Build the Perfect Web

05/11/2019

One day, a spider decides to weave the best spider web in the world. “I’m going to build the greatest web ever. It’s going to be unique. But first, I need to find my own true inner web-iness. I must find what it truly means to build a web.” Spidey embarks on a spirit quest. Like other spiders, he looks ...

Sam the Man gets Hired at a Startup

Sam the Man gets Hired at a Startup

05/05/2019

I heard about a retired guy named Sam in his late 60’s who joined a b2b Saas startup in the manufacturing space. It was a traditional industry and they needed a traditional guy. They brought him on as a sales guy, and he was able to bring on old connections from his “rolodex.” He crushed ...

The Farmer and the Philosopher

The Farmer and the Philosopher

05/03/2019

There’s an old story about a farmer who goes to seek advice from a philosopher. “We’re so poor, our house is tiny, and my family is constantly at each other’s throats,” laments the farmer. The philosopher ponders on this problem for a few minutes. “Bring one of your goats inside your home,” he says. “Come back ...

Poverty isn’t a lack of character, it’s a lack of cash.

Poverty isn’t a lack of character, it’s a lack of cash.

04/24/2019

When I started my first job, I made some poor decisions with my financial planning and couldn’t afford to pay my rent one month. I had to borrow money, and being in debt sucked. From thereon, every single decision, from where to eat to going out with friends, was approached with a penny-pinching mentality. I ...

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