Catalyst Habits Thinking Writing

Dig Deep

What do people mean when they say Dig Deep?

It could mean any of these things

  • Becoming specialized and gain deep expertise in a few subjects that are truly interesting to you
  • Attacking tough challenges by not giving up easily. 
  • Having well thought out views on important issues, even if it takes time to develop. Having deep views on a few subjects is better than shallow views on a lot of subjects.
  • Creating deeper and meaningful relationships with people that matter. It’s better to have 10 deep relationships than a 100 shallow ones. 
  • Going beyond the immediate and obvious solution to a problem. By digging deep, you could ensure the same problem doesn’t come back. If it does, that you have devised a clever way to detect and mitigate it before it impacts widely

There are likely other dimensions to it. Happy trails finding those!

Catalyst Entrepreneurship Thinking

The Present

The ability to look forward and visualize the future is a very good skill to have. To excel in that skill, one needs to understand deeply how the present works. It takes time to do that. Talking to experts, consuming lots of written information, performing targeted searches and experiencing something by oneself are some of the ways that one can gain insight into the present. Without a great understanding of the present, it is hard to think about the future and even harder to come to a reasonable assessment of how to change it.

So, we should understand the present in as much detail as one can. If we are going to change the healthcare system, we need to understand the nuances, the details, the player and the ecosystem.

One may say, “Screw it. I know that the present system is a failure, so I am just going to invent a future that will be a success”. Fair enough, but that is a limiting factor. Only by accumulating a wealth of knowledge on a domain, does one get the tools and the skills to change that domain. You may ask “What about the 20 year old’s who are inventing Lidar systems and becoming billionaires?”. The secret is that they recruited experts in photonics to make it happen. You can also collaborate with expertise to up your game.

Catalyst Current Events Thinking

My predictions for 2021

I had written these down on Jan 1 and forgot to share it. Here are my predictions. The terror attack has already panned out unfortunately

  • COVID daily stats stop being displayed on TV starting in September
  • The stock market corrects by 10% during the year and finishes the year more or less flat
  • Bitcoin goes to a high of $60,000 and stays rest of year range bound between $50-60K
  • DJT is indicted on tax and wire fraud but avoids prison in 2021
  • A medium-large scale domestic terror attack happens in the USA
  • USA and Russia exchange brief military hostilities
  • A third party is formed from a split up in the Republican party
  • Silicon Valley as we know it shrinks significantly due to migration out
  • Electric Vehicles (hybrid + all electric) reach 20% of market share of new automobiles sold in USA
Personal Thinking

Owning nothing

A thought experiment.

Imagine nothing is yours. You need all these things but you don’t own them. The money you earn. The house you buy. Your wife. Your great children. The glitzy car. The perfect job. Kudos on an award. And the list goes on.

If you went with these thoughts for awhile and actively envision that these are God’s things and he has given them to you to serve him, how does that change your life? How long can you keep up these thoughts?

I’m sure it takes a lot of work to get into that mindset. Once we master it, we may be truly liberated.

Life Personal Thinking

Catch while small

When our washing machine left some dirt in my white clothes, I thought it was that “specific” load problem.

This happened repeatedly and I kept ignoring it, but every time I washed white dhotis I would get annoyed because there was some small gunk that would stick.

Today, 3 months from first notice, I am in the process of removing the pulsator cap to see if there’s any gunk underneath the wash plate assembly. Meanwhile a bleach cycle is in process to break the gunk down. I’m waiting on a tool box that magically disappeared from home a few days ago when a close one visited. I’m considering instituting a customs area.

Most of us tend to ignore small problems as they occur either because we don’t have the time to pay close attention or don’t feel impacted enough to try to fix it immediately. This may apply to machines, relationships, own behaviors, health, politics and what not.

It’s not that we need to have an always on alert antenna out for life’s problems. But if we find ourselves attacking big problems that could have been better dealt with when it was much smaller, time to make a serious note of it and re calibrate.

Have a good weekend. And maybe use it to work on some of the small problems that you paid attention to.