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


Before we jump straight back on the hamster wheel after the summer holidays, we should take a deep breath to pause, look inwards, and ask some fundamental ‘life’ questions. How do we take to our day to day lives the mental clarity we felt while standing atop that Mediterranean cliff edge? To answer this question, I’ve sought inspiration from Buddhist thinking

The recent World Cup in Russia has left me inspired. But being more of a ‘business nut’ than a ‘football nut’, I can’t help but try to draw the parallels between the two. Football, like the world it exists in, can be as beautiful, or as ugly, as complex, or as simple as you want it to be. Like business, it requires strategy, grit, determination, humility, and smarts.

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?   

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