Find Your Freedom

But what really is the true meaning of life if it was not meant for living? Do not succumb to the tyranny of work. Dream your dreams. Cage your demons. Conquer your fears. Find your freedom and live.

Find Your Freedom

“Whatever we are, whatever we make of ourselves, is all we will ever have—and that, in its profound simplicity, is the meaning of life.” - Philip Appleman


What is the meaning of life if it was not meant for living? In the Christian's Bible Solomon’s response while pondering this question was "Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do" (Ecclesiastes 9:7). Paul, an Apostle, equipped “If we have food and clothing, we will be content with that” (1 Timothy 6:8). The Muslim's Quran echoes a similar thought by saying "Eat and drink and be not prodigal" (Quran 7:31). Hinduism points to the four purusharthas, or aims, of human life: artha, kama, dharma, and moksha. Artha and kama being material and physical well being and social recognition. Dharma is righteousness, the experience of the divine, and Moksha, ultimate happiness. 

Confucius once said: "If you want to be happy for a day, get drunk. If you want to be happy for three days, get married. If you want to be happy forever, cultivate a garden." Anais Nin is of the opinion that “There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person,” while Arnold Schwarzenegger extols “The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe contends “The man who is born with a talent which he is meant to use, finds his greatest happiness in using it” while The Dalai Lama summarizes “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”

Throughout the ages; across the ethos of time; from the religious to the contemporary; man has sought to find true meaning and happiness out of a seemingly meaningless existence. But what really is the true meaning of life if it was not meant for living? Hence, whatever you do, do not succumb to the tyranny of work. Dream your dreams. Cage your demons. Conquer your fears. Find your freedom and live.


The goal is All. The journey continues into the unknown where uncertainty abounds, but fortune favours the brave.

The Credentials Conundrum

Just the other day something got me thinking about credentials and I couldn't help thinking that a degree may not always work for you. So choose wisely. From a rational point of view the vocational people are the boss.

For example, a middle income professional with his bachelor or masters would find himself going to the loan officer with the same or higher to get 100,000.00 plus dollars loan to put in the hands of skilled tradesman with just a certificate or diploma, if that much at all, to build his dream home. Or the lawyer man with his BMW going to a roadside mechanic and leaving his expensive ride in the hands of so call "high school dropouts" to fix. There are a lot more examples in our society but I think the point is clear.

However, we have a tendency to undervalue these people in our society. We continue to promote the professions of doctors and lawyers, not that anything is wrong with those professions they are noble in their own standing. But the most striking thing happens, when technical problems start to manifest themselves, who do they call? Well I'll tell you: the same guy who they were in class with but didn't "make it" and he learned a trade skill along the way to become a Master Craftsman. Now imagine that. Our safety is in the hands of people who we once thought of as ones who couldn't learn or ones who did not have the mental capacity to advance to achieve great educational accomplishments.

Now I am of the view that they are the forgotten ones among us, the ones we left behind as advanced ourselves blazing our paths to glory. I think that they are the real unsung heroes among us. So I would just like to use this space to send greetings to the skills men and women among us today. Your sacrifices make our happiness, joys and comforts possible.



The goal is All. The journey continues into the unknown where uncertainty abounds but fortune favors the brave.

Hold the Fort!

"The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


The road to success is rough and rugged. It is not possible to have it all, therefore trade-off decisions are needed. Planning is an important tool, but halfway planning is a pitfall that must be avoided at all cost. Instead, plan all the way to the very end. If you are not prepared to do that do not start, you are much better off where you are right now. Planning without strategy is empty planning. Strategy is the ability to understand the past, know the present and project numerous possibilities of occurrences in the future, given the knowledge of the past and the present. The courage to make tough decisions, unpopular though they may be, is also needed and an iron will that will stand tall when all else fall is an essential ingredient.

In all these things be focused. Never look back. Follow one course until success. Never look back. Fortify all battlements. Never look back. Burn all bridges if you must. Never look back. Cut the ties that bind, though well intentioned they may be. Never look back. Stay the course. Raise the Standard high. Guard it with your life. Failure is not an option.


The goal is all. The journey continues....

The Power of Positivity

"The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible." - Authur C. Clarke


Innovation is a process of creative destruction. Radical change always involves collateral damage. There cannot be one without the other. But, those who have a steadfast unbending will can undoubtedly attain their goals eventually. Einstein famously said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Doing the same thing over and over again is easy. It doesn’t take a new thought or any more effort, which is why most people do it. Epictetus, a Greek Stoic philosopher said in one place "It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters." and in another place he said “If you are defeated once and tell yourself you will overcome, but carry on as before, know in the end you’ll be so ill and weakened that eventually you won’t even notice your mistake and will begin to rationalize your behavior.” People who dare to go beyond the limits of our current existence are often bastardized by society. Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple of blessed memory, knowing our tendencies had this to say about the matter:

"Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, ones  who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. ... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things. ... They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do."

The billionaire investor George Soros ends it all by saying “Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition, there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes.” The rich, the famous and the ancient philosopher all conspired to say the same thing. Speak with some positivity into someone's life today and behold the power of the mind over matter.


From all of us to all of you with love. The journey continues.......