Before embarking on a journey of personal growth, it is important to look to the past for a gauge through which to measure yourself. Go through this process with honesty and humility.  Remove egotism and other crutches of vanity that may impede this important process of self-reflection. This ability to look at oneself from a third party’s perspective is an essential survival skill in our personal and business lives.  Before you are able to grow and evolve- you must have a realistic and “unclouded” perception of yourself. 

The past is an excellent soundboard for self-analysis. Those who go through life blaming all their personal misfortunes and flaws on others are missing the vital point: by changing ourselves we can change the way we are perceived and begin to change those around us.

In a business sense, it is often said that a start-up is a mirror image of the founders, so with gains in personal growth you will also see progress in your entrepreneurial life.  Your personal drive, discipline, values, and ethos will flow through your people, processes, and business culture. It is important to understand this business truth as soon as possible, because “a year from now you may wish you had started today.”

Here are some quotes that may inspire you to get started on your journey of personal evolution:

Be the change you want to see in this world
— Gandhi

There comes that mysterious meeting in life when someone acknowledges who we are and what we can be, igniting the circuits of our highest potential
— Rusty Berkus

There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.
— Bruce Lee

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
— Martin Luther King

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
— George Eliot

No pressure, no diamonds.
— Mary Case


There’s something special about the number 100. In sports, the American football field is 100 yards long. In science, 100 degrees Celsius is the boiling temperature of water at sea level. In finance, most currencies are divided into 100 subunits.  So, when a high growth start-up I invested in five years ago increases in value by 100 times, for me, it is a special moment…and worth pausing to write about.

Entrepreneurship is a high-stakes game. Every major investment decision you make matters a great deal. Over a period of time, whether we get those decisions right or wrong can mean the difference between a trajectory of success or a downward spiral of failure. 

The French writer and playwright John Cocteau once said, ‘The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.’ As we enter the shortest and most romantic month of the year, the inner poet in me has been roused. I am curious – can the lies in poetry reveal any truths on business?   

I walk. I walk a lot. Everyone seems to have their own style when walking. Mine is mostly a brisk kind of walk with an intense sense of purpose. But style doesn’t matter when it comes to walking – there is an incredible amount of substance in our footsteps.

The virtues of walking are extolled in writings that trace back to Classical Greece. The great physician Hippocrates, presumably an avid walker himself, left us with some profound wisdom on the subject. ‘Walking is a man’s best medicine,’ he said.  I suppose the Father of Medicine had not only discovered the curative qualities of walking… but he also had an inkling of the creative power hidden in our steps.

The magic in mentoring happens behind closed doors.  The mentor and mentee relationship is a deeply ‘private’ one, where in a discreet one-to-one session, master shares pearls of wisdom with his or her pupil. Personal stories are shared, picked apart, and put back together again. This ritual allows the pupil to extract the fleeting ‘secrets of success’ that are so hard to capture on one’s own. While the actual process of mentoring is shrouded in privacy, the energy created from these special relationships has tangible ‘public’ benefit.

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