I'm a big believer in performance measures, including profitability. I think those who deny that profit is a motivating factor in their work are shooting themselves in the foot at the onset, and usually the ones who find that particular performance metric evasive.
However, even with a healthy respect for performance metrics and money, the philosophy of a business still comes first, and for 3 reasons in particular. Read More
In this video, I talk about the idea of people aspiring to have "lazy days" after the super blast modes of working really hard, the costs associated with this approach, and how choosing your journey can set you free from being dependent on the outcomes of your choices to feel like you're living life on your own terms. I've also included a substantially edited transcript of the video below, which is a little more coherent than my ramblings on camera. Read More
I've always found it immensely fascinating how different people deal so differently with two very human things : being alone and expressing themselves. Over the past year I've realised how intricately those two things are actually linked. It seems to me that, in very simple terms, the more we express ourselves in a way that is honest and true to our core, the more we find ourselves alone. This can be a good thing or a bad thing. Being alone can be divinely peaceful and serene, like the feeling of showering under a waterfall, even if you're stuck in a busy metropolitan, immersed in the irregular noise of traffic and constant stench of smog. Read More
There have been several occasions in my life where people who care about me have tried their best to shove a silver lining down my throat, even when it tasted more like copper. I’m guessing you can probably relate. The girl or guy of your dreams just left you and your buddy reassures you, “Plenty of fish in the sea, mate. Now you finally have freedom!” You just had a write-off car accident and your insurance agent tells you, “Well, at least you weren't hurt, and now you can get a cool new car!” You just failed an exam and your friend, who incidentally aced the test, tells you, “It’s all good. Failure builds character.” That characterless asshole. Read More
I was about 10 or 11 years old. Just about that age where you start thinking you understand the world, but still get surprised by new things popping up around each corner. I was visiting my relatives in India and, on this particular day, was riding in a car with one of my local aunts through the sensory hyper-stimulation of New Delhi rush hour.I had just started getting used to the confusing combination of smells — delicious fried breads and sweets being prepared and sold street-side, mixed with the choking black fumes spurting out of public transport vehicles that were coughing right along with the chain-smoking snack vendors. Read More
My name is Dev Singh, and for most of my life I've been on a mission that I don't remember signing up for: A mission to find a greater purpose and meaning to my existence, and to make a difference in the world that transcends the limitations of my own being. It’s the kind of feeling that buzzes around your head like a fly, just above your eye-line. But just as you waive your hand to swat it away or catch it, it disappears before you even see it. Read More
Many of us in the entrepreneurship world feel an intrinsic pull towards chasing two mysterious and seemingly contradictory rabbits. For the past few years I've mulled over and battled with a mysterious dichotomy in my mind that I have come to call the King-Yogi Paradox. It’s been a big motivation for my global travels, sometimes wandering for months at a time, seeking out an answer. When I moved to Europe for a few months in 2013, I did a lot of seeking through introspection, meditation and engaging with an excellent coach to specifically work on this exact issue with me. Read More