What kind of Captain are you? (and what kind of boat are you on)

The word “captain” comes from the latin word caput meaning “head”; anything that you do using your head, assuming you are the sole master of your thoughts and actions, literally makes you a captain!

And no captain is a captain without a ship: weather it be your company or a relationship: anything in your life that has a direction and needs guidance is a vessel.

The Row-Boat

Sometimes you find yourself on a row-boat, its mostly about strength, stamina, endurance and momentum. Passengers are mostly dead weight if they cannot help, and if they do help, they are only “helpful” if you are in perfect sync, otherwise they could be pejorative. Outside conditions have a direct impact on you, even a small current shift can make your life much harder or easier, depending on your direction. You can go quite a bit on a row boat, but the speed and distance you can travel on it is very limited, on the other hand it builds muscles and experience about the sea and even if you are thrown overboard its easy to jump back on it. Agility is a big issue, you get immediate feedback on your turns but its cumbersome and slow to change direction, so you need to have a very clear idea where you are going from the start, draw a straight line and almost never look “back” but for small adjustments.

The row-boat is what’s given to you as a birth right. The beauty of it is that no one can take that away from you. It’s easy to fix, even to rebuilt when it is totally trashed. The row-boat is what should give you the confidence that even when you hit rock bottom, you always have what’s needed to come back afloat and go wherever you chose to.

The Motor Boat

The motor boat is an adventure, a thrill, a passion. It’s about finding all the fuel you can find and navigating through different islands mostly undiscovered in search for a treasure sketched on a map that is far from perfect. Coming in different sizes and speeds, motor boats are very agile, very fast and manageable. To be enjoyed with friends or like minded people but does not allow for too many. Not suited for higher seas or very long trips, they are the perfect means for short and tricky journeys. Reflexes at high speed are key on those rides, they easily tip off and once they do the engine is bust. Intuition and vision are other skills the captain of such vessels shall require: the burn rate is high and finding fuel in the middle of the sea is quite often a challenging task.

The motor boat is a start-up, an entrepreneurial endeavour, being personal or business: it’s about having a dream and chasing after it with a mighty force of will. It’s about discipline and learning or more likely applying that learning towards the achievement of a goal. The motor boat is the spark, it’s fun and easy to ride but it’s mostly short in lifetime. It is not very stable and does not do well against storms or unexpected conditions or obstacles. The beauty is that turning it around is very fast and easily done, as long as you can see that obstacle in due time. Read more…


Life is… a Game of Poker

While driving to work this morning my mind somehow shifted from the primordial question “What is life about?” to the poker game I have scheduled for tonight and suddenly some dots connected in an interesting way:

The Pre-Flop:

When you first start to play (at birth) you are dealt some cards, these cards represent your parents, your environment, your financial situation, your health and everything else that you have no control over. You are new to the game, you don’t really know what to do with these cards, how to play them, you try to understand them, to weigh them. You play them and lose some, you play them and win some…

There are some different rules in this specific game, what you are dealt at pre-flop does not improve until you learn how to win with what you have got! Your pocket cards improve every time you win and they never deteriorate unless you don’t understand your mistakes when you lose. Because losing is some times more valuable then winning as the amount of information you can gather from such a hand is priceless.  So the luck factor for this stage of the game is only valid when your very first hand is dealt.

Maybe you are lucky, maybe you are not. The beauty and agony of the pre-flop is that at the early stages of the game there is not really much you can do but to try and understand the environment, the other players, the rules and the game. Some will do so by check/folding for a while, some will bet to test the table and some will go all in no matter what…

Have you ever watched a toddler go all in pre-flop? It is such an inspiring sight! Equally scary too…

There are times when the blinds are raised and your bankroll is short, there are times when you are the chip leader and wanna play it slow. There are times when you are steaming and times when you try to bluff but bluffing at this stage almost never works, yes, you might steal the blinds I guess; that’s not my kind of play.

There are also some cheaters but the pit boss is all mighty, he eventually catches everybody and getting caught ain’t pretty!

The more you play, the more you get a hang of it. It is when you really understand that life is really won or lost at pre-flop that you have mastered the game.
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Sustainable Life

Meet your savior :

Sustainable: a method of harvesting or utilizing a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged

This is what nature and its circle of life teaches us. This is the only way that life was always supposed to be. This is how we should create, this is how we should consume.

It is a pity that the human intellect, so amazingly bright and resourceful is so easily blinded or better numbed by abundance and is inclined to see the truth only when faced with an imminent danger or even worse, after the complete loss of what was once abundant.

This behavior is so common among humans that I am starting to think that this has to be a genetic trait. The common sense points more to a global brain washing conspiracy plotted by the ones in power several centuries ago but it is more painful to accept that we all could be unconsciously controlled so easily. Apparently we tend to prefer to believe a lie if told masterfully then face the cold truth.

It is the blue pill, red pill paradox depicted in Matrix. Cipher misses the taste of a juicy steak that he eats in the Matrix even if he knows it is not real. So if given the choice, knowing what the truth is, how many really would have taken the red pill? My guess is not many…

The truth is that it is a simple mathematical fact that resources are finite. In a friendship, if you continue to be the one taking from it, the friend will eventually have nothing to give anymore. In business if you are the employer and continue to be demanding of your employees without giving them equal value in experience or compensation, they will eventually quit, steal or not perform anymore. If you are the employee and you continue to slack and not perform what is expected of you in exchange for a fair compensation, eventually you will be fired and hardly find a better job. If you spend more then you have, you will have eventually people at your door taking all that you have, including your liberties…
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