funding is bad

I am a strong believer in bootstrapped services, it’s easy for them to be accountable, to grow with the users.

The funding thing is nice, but it leaves space for service to fail, badly.
This type of failure is often accompanied with a bunch of people who were absolutely deluded by the service closure.

Funding, on the other hands, allows services to do bigger things.
Many revolutionary services wouldn’t be born without the flow of money of a funding mostly because creating a big revolutionary system requires money, at least on a large scale.

Growing slow isn’t sexy, we are used to read about how Facebook, whatsapp, and other tools were born, and we forget that many of them grew slowly.

Many multi million business weren’t born in a night.
Some of them did, but many of them grew slowly and steadily.

The boostrapped way.

queue and bandwidth 

If you are waiting in a queue that’s too slow (like I am right now) then the issue is with the bandwidth of the system.

If you find yourself queuing too much tasks then you should think about how much bandwidth do you have, and then rethinking your priorities.

Allocating time and mind for thins you won’t do is useless.

are we ignoring spirituality?

I’m reading the “Choose yourself” book from James Altucher right now, and although many of the things are very “self help” like, there are some things that James surely add to the mix,

First, he’s not giving the same old advice, some of it is pretty original and, if not controversial, at least out of the normal thinking.

Reading this book is making me realize that when we think about improving we always think about skills.

Skills to earn money, skills to earn relationships, skills to earn respect.

This is the usual thinking when we think about changing ourself.
The goal is not to improve ourselves, but to solve a situation.
If we have not very much money then we’ll think about earning more money, if we are lacking good relationships then we’ll think about how to connect, if we want power then we will find a way to earn respect.

Thinking about this it seems that in many cases when we want to change ourselves all we really care about is changing our relation with the outside world, it doesn’t really talk about changing ourself.
It’s about fixing problems.

How could it be different? We are humans, we follow our desires, instead of building them.
The difference here is even more subtle.

And induced desire is something we acquire.
Much like the inception movie, an induced desire is implanted in our thinking.
We want power because we feel controlled by our boss.
We want money because we didn’t have enough to spend.

Who does implant it?
TV, Friends, family, social things, everything.

If everyone is marrying this year you might think that you want to marry someone too.
Here it is, implanted again, our mind reacts to both the tribe movements of our society and our social relationships.
Then it starts building and idea, an idea based upon those inputs, to create a definition of our perfect world.

But in this definition, something might be missing, and that’s one of the things I found refreshing in the James Altucher book.
Spirituality.

We should nurture our inner self as much as our outer one.
And by outer, in this case, I mean the self-image we have, not our body.
Our body is another key part we should take care of.

Spirituality is not only about religion or faith.
Is about cultivating love with the world.
When I talk about spirituality I also talk about how you should nurture your relationships, not from a material point of view (sex, gains, etc), but from a connective point of view.

How many hearts have you touched this months?
How many people have you tried to touch within?
To how many did you show your true pain, your fears?

I’m not talking about complaining of what’s wrong with your life with your best friend, no, I’m talking about showing yourself as the fragile being you are, allowing people to touch your heart too.

But how does spirituality links with desire?
I talked about the inducted desire, the one which is not ours.
The question is: do we have a real desire? I think so.

I think we have a deeper desire which doesn’t relates with our personal goals.
It’s a desire to create a better world, to help people, to be happy and see happiness.
A desire to love our body, care for it as much as we do with our iPhone and maybe more.
A desire to hug your love or your friend without awkwardness, with no ego or sexual meaning.

Just for love.

I am very distant from the goal, I have yet to learn how to hug so deeply to make someone cry, but I’m on my way.
These goals aren’t visible in our daily life, and require lot of courage to handle because you will start questioning what’s really important and the answer won’t be money, won’t be power, the answer might just be unexpected.

 

did geniuses shaped the world?

I recently watched the Enigma movie, the one talking about Alan Turing.

A wonderful movie that shares some of the difficulties Turing encountered during his life and lastly during the fight against the nazi.

After the movie we all began talking about how thanks to geniuses the world is now what we have come to know it.

But is that right? Do we stand on the shoulders of geniuses only?
While I can’t deny that geniuses did help the revolutionize the world, I can’t stop thinking that the world is this way mostly thanks to normal people.

Think about it for a second: How many geniuses there were in history?
Given the plethora of inventions, ideas, features we have access to I don’t think the geniuses invented them all.
Some of them are indeed a work of a genius, but some others are just the result of a slow and steady evolution, and others are the result of unknown strangers.

Let’s talk about George de Mestral, shall we?
I first started thinking about his contributions to the world after watching the movie Garden State (if you didn’t watch it, do it now).
George wasn’t a “genius” per se, in fact nobody probably knows his name, but he invented one of the most useful thing you could find in a house: Velcro.

Yes, that velcro.

I think we love too much the idea of the geniuses as saviours of the world.
It’s a nice view because it relieves us from having the burden to make this world a better place.
Why would we try to help the world? We are just normal people. Changing the world is for geniuses, and I’m not one of them
It’s easy to think this way, isn’t it?

But life as we know it has grown thanks to normal people that did normal or extraordinary things.
Watch closely: normal or extraordinary.
Not one or the other, not both.

Could you change the world with just normal actions? Yes. many people are doing that in this same moment.
They are helping homeless people having a dinner, or maybe they’re just solving a problem and the next whatsapp might be born.
It doesn’t take a genius to have a problem and try to solve it, it just takes courage and time.

In fact the courage part is needed only when you want to share it to change the world.

So what’s the deal?
Are we all geniuses?
Absolutely not, geniuses are way above the average, but that comes also with a price.
Yet what we are is pure magic because we can do the difference, because the history tells us that the whole world is here thanks to people like us.

Normal people who just wanted to solve easy things.

can you help?

If there’s a way you can help a friend in need, then indeed you should help.

But aside from that, another thing you might want to do is to help him anyway, to give a friend a new opportunity, a choice, a better life.

Don’t start only with the one asking for help, consider the silent ones, the ones that don’t talk.
There are people in this world that keep all the pain for themselves. They shut their mouth and you won’t ever hear them suffering, although they do.

They do suffer as much as us, but they prefer not to show.
Or maybe they just don’t realize they could live a better life.

I’m not talking about forcing people to change, or showing them “the way” (btw, there’s no “the way”, so if you believe it, stop it).
No, I’m talking about giving without expecting.

Give them a chance to network with a people they might help again, or which they might need.

Give them a chance to talk and give yourself the opportunity to listen.

Give them a change to choose what they want to do, or maybe just give them the relaxation to not decide a thing for one night.

Take them out in the beauty of the sunshine, offer them a coffee and just give to them an unexpected present, something that will remind them of how beautiful this life is, how full of mysteries and energy it is.

It’s a simple thing, yet it’s powerful.

can we save the world?

Is there a way to save the world?

As individuals I believe we just can’t, there’s no way, superpower, or skill which can help us achieving such an enormous goal.

But together, yes, we can build, we can change.
We can make the world a better place by following our dreams, no the driven by ego dreams, but the ones that help people, that create a better place.

Those dreams, the ones where you help someone, are the best in the world.
When you follow that gut feeling, everything will change.

the invisible obvious

What is the obvious?

Obvious is when you already know how things will go, is like having a solution to a math problem without the need to solve it.

Knowledge become obvious after you spend many hours learning or practicing.
You internalize every mechanism a skill requires and it becomes obvious to you.

Like swimming, at first you don’t know how to swim, then you start learning the basics.
How to put the arms, how to move the feet.
Then you practice, again and again, until everything becomes automatic.

Then again you keep improving by doing things you don’t know how to do, actions and movements new to you.
After a lot of time spent swimming, the difficult becomes easy and the easy becomes obvious.

It’s obvious then that you must have a breath pattern, etc etc.
So obvious there’s no need to think about it anymore.
You won’t think of what you need to do, you just do it.
After a while you forget about all the small steps, you remember the main core, but all the microsteps you have integrated into your movement, all the adjustments are lost.

They are obvious afterall.

Time after time, the obvious becomes invisible. It is no more a part of your knowledge, the knowledge of your brain.
It’s a memory of your body, a reaction to an impulse, a connection.

Once the obvious becomes invisible we are left with the skill.
What about teaching then?
Can we teach what we learned?

Sure we can.
We can tell the main parts, the things we remember, the movements that are important now.
But what about the micro adjustments? The small learning steps now forgotten?

They are all gone.

Once you get to the invisible obvious all that learning is gone, and you are left with the expectation that by doing X you’ll have Y.
Just a connection, a response to an action.
The path that from X leads to Y is now foggy, and you can’t quite tell what’s in there, what’s the progression.

The invisible obvious is not something that will appear while you learn.
It will appear in the everyday life too.

Relationships of any kind can be affected by the obvious invisible once you automate actions in your mind.
If your spouse is complaining you might think that she always do this when she want to have some love for you.
It might be true, but what if you’re considering obvious something that isn’t?
What if now you’re on a different path?

Prejudice, expectation, is the invisible obvious.
It seems like a friend, but it’s not.

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