A tweet (a question) from Hunter Walk @hunterwalk got some great responses.  I  felt the need for the answers/ responses to be captured for better readability.


Some responses to above

Most people spend their lives trying to find and collect golden eggs. Few people learn how to be the goose that lays the golden egg. Be the goose, and you’ll never need to worry.  …. @IAmMarkManson

Go the extra mile it’s never crowded …. @briannekimmel

Russian variation on no free lunches (also via dad): “Only free cheese is in a mousetrap” …. @baskind

When all is said and done, more is said than done. Do more than you say … @joshk

“Your lack of planning is not my emergency.” …. @couch

“Don’t start digging your well on the day you need water” … @gpthakkar

“Never sit with your back to the door, vary your route, and always pack light.” … @crystale

Worry is interest paid on a loan you haven’t taken out.” … @McMasterDawn

Seek to understand over to be understood. … @smc90

“Someone who wants to fight you in a bar may not have much to lose since prison is: (1) someplace they have been before; and (2) not much worse than the lifestyle they have now. Do whatever you can to avoid a fight, but if it starts, don’t finish in second place.” … @trengriffin

“I’m not here to be your friend. I’m here to raise a responsible, self sustaining good adult. Liking me is optional”. Best parenting advice ever, i use that reminder all the time with raising my son. …. @jasoncoxADD

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it” this has been really helpful in SV where the culture is to pay it forward but surprisingly not as common to follow up with a thank you.  ….

An easy childhood is the worst preparation for adulthood …..

Also, not from my parents but from work: Watch what people do, not what they say. …..

“You don’t have to be everyone’s best friend, but you do have to be nice to everyone” ….

“You can do a lot more if you have good credit.” ….

No matter how smart or talented you are, if you don’t learn to work hard you won’t ever be as successful as you want to be ….

He who does the most work has the most influence ….

dad on making good friends: Don’t ‘follow’ people going nowhere if you don’t want to end up ‘nowhere’. …..

One doesn’t have to know how to build a pyramid to be the pharaoh …..

“Don’t sleep with wet hair, you will catch a cold”. …..

My dad compared the toilette with life. “Don’t be a bystander in your life, you should pee in the middle and not on the side” …..

Swing hard in case you hit it. ….

Judge a persons character based on how they treat people who can’t do anything for them. …

You have freedom of choice, not freedom from choice ….

“With great privilege comes great responsibility” (usually preceded or followed by a reminder of all we had – education, food on the table, a place to live, a loving family, etc). ….

“Sometimes it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission.” ….

“Worrying is like a rocking chair, it doesn’t get you anywhere.” ….

“Wish in one bucket and spit in another, see which one fills up faster” ….

“Don’t make the wedding bigger than the marriage.” …..

“Measure twice, cut once.” …





I am starting to admire Barry Diller, who started building out IAC (InterActiveCorp) at the age of 49. Difficult to find a person who understands media and the internet better than Barry.

Barry Diller joins Influencers with Andy Serwer

The David Rubenstein Show: Barry Diller

He believes one needs to forget success, be curious, demonstrate a will in driving anything to completion.



Posting in one place, MLK quotes that were shared via facebook, twitter, etc. on Martin Luther King Day 2018

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

“A social movement that only moves people is only a revolt. A movement that changes both people and institutions is a revolution”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

“The time is always right to do what is right”

and finally


Few companies getting some good traction.

Daily Ninja: They are digitizing the last mile in daily morning milk delivery. In addition to milk, they also deliver fresh bread, eggs, fresh chapatis, vegetables etc.  For now available in select apartments across Bangalore. Portfolio company Towness manages the non-milk backend for Daily Ninja.

GenWise Talent Development: This is India’s most experienced team in Gifted education and talent development. Gifted education is virtually non-existent in India, few companies such as Educational Initiatives and GenWise are addressing this segment. The needs of Gifted Students or academically precocious students can be called special needs as special as slow learners. The will have a residential summer school for gifted students in grades 7, 8, and 9 from May 6th-20th in Bengaluru.

Chai Point: Now available at Bengaluru airport, their Ginger Tea is to die for.  Before boarding the bus or cab this is my must do. The Chai Point ginger tea at Rs 40 is the least expensive of all other options at the airport.


(via 25 iq) some interesting things the author observed and leaned from Paul Graham, founder of Y-combinator

some I like were

For [a product or service] to surprise me, it must be satisfying expectations I didn’t know I had. No focus group is going to discover those. Only a great designer can.

The exciting thing about market economies is that stupidity equals opportunity.

It’s better to make a few people really happy than to make a lot of people semi-happy.” “Another corollary to the power law is that it’s OK to be lame in a lot of ways, so long as you’re not lame in some really important ways.

Read all 12 at  >>>>>

Travel works on Exposure, integral part of my 3E equation. Whenever I evaluate a person i don’t know or a resume, I apply the 3E formula, Education, Experience and Exposure. Like my good friend Kiran aptly pointed out, one needs at least 2 Es to make any conversation interesting. The articles are

Why we Travel by Pico Iyer

We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed.

And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.

read article  Why we Travel >>>>

Don’t Date a Girl who Travels via lovethesearch

She’s the one with the messy unkempt hair colored by the sun. Her skin is now far from fair like it once was. Not even sun kissed. It’s burnt with multiple tan lines, wounds and bites here and there.  But for every flaw on her skin, she has an interesting story to tell.

So never date a girl who travels unless you can keep up with her. And if you unintentionally fall in love with one, don’t you dare keep her. Let her go.

read article  don’t date a girl who travels >>>>>>

One from my own archives

29 life lessons learned in travelling the world for 8 years straight

some I like were

Living a good life is the best way possible to convince people

Nobody has it all figured out

More money will NEVER solve your problems

You don’t know what you’ve got ’till its gone

and finally
The most valuable lessons in life can never be expressed in black and white, but must be experienced
You can read all the 29 at   >>>>>>
5 lessons learnt after 5 years of traveling the world by Mark Manson
Happiness is common Human Dignity is not
The Best Part of the country is also usually the worst
Read all 5 and explanations of each >>>>>>