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People rush to say ‘make sure you don’t give away your idea’ or, ‘how can you prevent people from stealing it’? Obviously this makes sense. In an economy and style of living stimulated by competitive forces, this protection and secrecy approach becomes essential practice. It’s why every starry-eyed entrepreneur who walks into an investor pitch is talking about their high-end vision, but why the investors’ first question always is, ‘do you have a patent on this?’.  This is our system — to attract capital, inventors and creators need to provide investors with stability. But the investment game is not perfect, and neither is our formula for

Everyone should hear the parable of the Mexican Fisherman and the Banker before they die.   Here is the parable as told in Tim Ferriss' book, The 4-Hour Work Week.    An American investment banker was taking a much-needed vacation in a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. The boat had several large, fresh fish in it. The investment banker was impressed by the quality of the fish and asked the Mexican how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied, “Only a little while.” The banker then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more

The thing about an iceberg is that 90% of it is under water. Though without knowledge of icebergs, you wouldn’t even realise that so much lies beneath the surface. All your photographs, recounts and recollections will show is the 10% above the water, the part which you assume to be the whole. This is what I call The Iceberg Effect or The Iceberg Problem; the simple reality that for any individual, group or problem, most people will process information, make judgments and react prematurely based on the 10% of the information they see above the surface. The 10% above the

Widely considered the most important idea I've discussed, it was the first set of podcast episodes. You can check out Episodes #001 - #003 where I discuss this concept in more detail. Links to the Youtube videos below:  Part 1 Part 2 Part 3   On January 4th 2018, I was terrified.    I was taking my first trip back to Nepal- the place where I’d gotten horrifically unwell just two years earlier. I felt obligated to go back, given I was a Co-Director of From the Ground Up, a nonprofit started by Nick Abraham that was working in the community of Ghumarchowk, Nepal. So, young

To do what no one has done before, you must by definition think as no one has done before. So, you must learn to think without the box.    Everyone encourages you to ‘think outside the box’, as the famous saying goes. The only issue I have with Outside-The-Box Thinking is that this thinking still relies on ‘the Box’. It still relies on assumptions, assumptions tethered to the way things have always been.  I prefer a different style of thinking; Without-The-Box. This involves asking Why is the box there to begin with?  Who put it there, and why?  Should it remain there?    Welcome to

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