Books I am Reading. How to Read More

As a follow-up to my previous post, I would like to share some of the books I am reading this quarter. I did mention the importance of reading for entrepreneurs and I hope you find some inspiration in some of my picks. I also would like to hear from you about what books you are reading to further your goals both professional and personal.

  • Getting to Yes – Roger Fisher and William Ury
  • Every Day a Friday – Joel Osteen
  • The Art of Her Deal – Mary Jordan
  • The Next Level – David Cottrell
  • Night Sky – Clare Francis

Simple Tips for the Entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur is not a path that everyone follows. It takes a lot of grit and perseverance. As someone who started and exited businesses in my twenties, I can relate to the challenges and the ups and downs of entrepreneurship. Point blank, it is not an easy road, and if you do not have the emotional stamina and support to get through the toughest of times, and there will be tough times, then you might be better off being an intrapreneur.

I will say that there is no shame in not being an entrepreneur, and not all entrepreneurs are successful or end up taking their companies to an IPO. But for those who commit to this journey, the rewards are ever as delicious as the struggles are painful. So some key takeaways for those of you who are just as crazy as some of us to continue on this road of finding freedom on our terms:

Green Jobs and the Global Economy

I have been in the American workforce for a bit now and it has taken me a bit of time to come to grasps with the job economy and how this translates into climate action. As an entrepreneur and co-founder I am really really lucky to have funds coming in to support projects that we believe in as BLI Global. But, bills have to be paid and this means a job has to be maintained.

I can say from real-life experience (which sounds so cliche) that it is not uncommon for folks across the pond to have two or three jobs just to make ends meet. I can also imagine that way back when, it was normal and ok to not give a second thought about where you worked as long as it put food on the table. However, these days, with young and old people alike being more concerned and conscious about the environment, there is a silent but massive exodus of workers away from traditional employment to more eco-friendly opportunities.

Perseverance – a Fruit of the Spirit.

I cried today. Not because of anything drastically upsetting but because I was overwhelmed with deflation and overcome by defeat at the fact that one of the projects we were working so hard to incubate seemed to be a lost cause. This is the first time I have been vulnerable in a long while to anyone else other than my spouse. I did not know how committed and dedicated I was to this endeavor, that the mere thought of us being written out dealt such a huge blow to my soul.

Today I was reminded of the importance of perseverance, as I have been reminded one time too many when pressed against a hard wall. I want to applaud all those entrepreneurs and activists who wake up everyday and toil at their trade. It’s not easy. You may have the skills but not the resources to employ it, you may have the product but not the customers to buy it, you may have the money but not the ideas to invest in. You may have this, but lack the other.

Perseverance is about looking at what you have and making it work, believing and trusting in God, or the Universe or Fate to fill the gaps and yes, simply walking in blindly. I have done this many many times in my life, and I will say it is very very risky, but also extremely rewarding once you get over to the other side.

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Demistifying AI… and LIFE

What is the meaning of life? What is life? Why are we put on this planet, in this galaxy? Why do we have to die? I was having a discussion with my better half last night about this. These are big questions. With no answers? I don’t believe that in the 8 billion people on this earth, no-one has the answer. Someone has got to know why we are living. Otherwise what is the point of living?

Are we living just because we can, or is there some sort of purpose as to why everyone of us is here at this time? Are some of us more intelligent and others mediocre? Or do we all have the same capacity and capability to achieve greatness? And if we do, then what? Why does one person work so hard to have the best lifestyle money can buy if in the end he returns to ashes? What is the point of all this? Are we meant to be extinct?

Is there life after death? Or do we reincarnate into someone else, a new being? Why do we have to die? If we have to die, why can’t we find a way to preserve our grey matter… you know that knowledge embedded in our skull, why does that have to die with us? How does the generation after us profit if we die with our intelligence?

Speaking of intelligence… isn’t it highly possible that we aren’t the only intelligent beings in our galaxy? Why should we be so vain into believing that we are the only ones? And if they exist, why haven’t we made contact with any of them yet? And what about Artificial Intelligence? Is that our future? Is it safe to say that 100 years from now human life will have morphed into AI? The dawn of Robots! Is this our saving grace? Our way of saving ourselves from ourselves and immortalizing our existence on earth?

Predicting The Next Big Thing

A lot is happening in the tech world and will continue to happen for the next decade. It may come as a surprise to those outside the tech world that technological inventions were predicted as far back as the mid-1800s by none other than Jules Verne. 

Jules influenced science fiction into present-day reality with his extraordinary gift of envisioning a future well beyond his time. He believed in the power of the human brain to create things that were considered in his time to be preposterous and even heretic. Besides his most famous book “Around the World in Eighty Days” (do get a copy if you haven’t already), there was one concise yet astonishingly accurate piece he wrote that to this very day keeps me marveling at his literary abilities; “In the Year 2889” a short story written by Jules and published with the help of his son Michel. It speaks about the advancement of human life eight centuries from now. I daresay, some of the aspects he mentions about computers and cutting time in more than half are already happening. 

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