This story punched the Australian privilege I was born with out of me.
Kailash Satyarthi finds child trafficking disgusting. “Millions of children are bought and sold like animals,” he says. These child prisoners are used as slaves in mining, factory work, farming — and even in the sex trade.
Kailash has helped save more than 87,000 children in his career and been awarded a Nobel Prize because of it. He discovered this line of work when a colleague, Dhoomdas, tried to organize a march to stop child slavery.
The slave owners rolled up to the march and beat him to…
One would think that motivating employees is a simple task. Perhaps, in theory, it would be. But we all know it’s not that straightforward in real-life situations, so much more when dealing with millennial employees.
Have we not been asked what motivates our people and expected to manage them accordingly? In worse situations, we are subtly encouraged to rely on the carrot and the stick approach for motivation — that being the carrot as the reward for compliance and the stick as the punishment for noncompliance.
I can almost guarantee that this has happened to you at one point in…
In May 2013 I founded my wine business which I sold in October 2020. Before that, I was at a tech startup that was acquired by Apple.
Sounds neat and tidy when I write it that way in the past tense, doesn’t it?
But the reality is that I jumped into entrepreneurship with very little idea of what I was doing. And honestly, it was the best thing I did.
There is a ton of great advice for would-be entrepreneurs out there. I just didn’t listen to any of it.
Too many could-be entrepreneurs overthink, overplan, and underdo.
In 2016 I found myself locked in a trap. I was 28; I had a stable job with a good income. Yet, I felt something was missing. Day in, day out, the same things happened. My motivation was disappearing because I was living in a loop. I needed a radical change.
I decided to move out of the comfort zone. I changed my job from a large company of fifty thousand employees to a six-month-old startup of fifty employees. I had no idea what was awaiting me.
My first startup journey was short in time, yet what I learned there…
Controlling your tongue is an admirable ability. Alas, very few people seem to have it.
Most meetings, discussions, and calls are a barrage of noises from all directions. It’s the noise of people’s egos trying to be heard instead of trying to add value.
It’s not that their words don’t have any value. It’s the motivation behind their speaking that is the issue. And trust me, the listener picks up on this. We know when someone is saying something just for the sake of it versus genuinely trying to help.
This happens because we tend to associate good leadership with…
The restaurant was nicer than a single guy on Reddit’s self-description.
Hong Kong, lavish, expensive. Not “nice occasions” expensive; nobility expensive, the kind of place that taxes your breaths if you lack a trust fund. I remember the impressions more than objects: Red lighting, Chinese designs. The tables were round like King Arthur’s.
Ours was in the center of the upper hall.
The millionaire was waiting on us. He was an advisor for my university’s marketing course and had invited us all to dinner. Generously, thankfully, on his dime.
Me and my classmates, we were eight minutes late. He excused…
I once had the opportunity to see the 14th Dalai Lama speak. My friend, Brenda, my mom, and I entered a packed stadium at Florida Atlantic University. There was a buzz of anticipation in the air as everyone waited for his holiness to enter. We were ready to be enlightened by his wisdom.
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others, and if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” — Dalai Lama
According to the Dalai Lama’s website, “The Dalai Lamas are believed by Tibetan Buddhists to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva…
A corporation is a human experiment.
Watching how people interact in a big company can teach you so much about life — both good and bad.
I’ve worked in corporate for a good chunk of my life. It’s taught me a lot. I have seen people rise to unbelievable heights. I’ve also seen people bring others down, and lose everything, over and over again.
Who you are outside of corporate life will determine what good you can do for a big company. You can have all the innovative thinking, business degrees, and network of power connections you like. …
I had a mental note to message her.
I clicked her Facebook profile only to realize I was too late. She was dead. It was hard to believe. I never got to say goodbye. I never got to say thank you.
I found myself consumed in her content for the next few hours. Leading up to the final stages of her battle with stage 4 cancer, she documented the whole journey. I watched her go from a bright, glowing, 30-something-year-old woman to a sick cancer patient enduring chemotherapy.
The hardest part was when I watched the final videos uploaded to…
I don’t think I slept at all during the final months of my 25-year career as a Coast Guard Officer. Of course, I did sleep — here and there — but as anyone who has suffered from insomnia will attest, it sure felt like I didn’t sleep at all.
Insomnia was the icing on the cake. My final 5 years of service, with increased responsibility, a culture that demanded 24/7 communication and frowned on rest as a weakness (fortunately, operators such as aviators and boat crew had to adhere to fatigue standards) had abetted a personal spiral into extreme anxiety…