New venture and thesis creation – not so dissimilar

New venture and thesis creation – not so dissimilar

Starting a thesis is nothing like what I expected it to be. I had thought that the biggest challenges in gaining my Masters would be actually doing the research or the first year papers, I had no clue that getting my research off the ground in the very first phase would be something that forced me adapt and grow as much as it has, more than anything else I’ve encountered. Ironically, in attempt to get my thesis progressing I’ve been learning a great deal about the start-up phase of successful entrepreneurs, and have found the number of similarities between what I’m researching, new venture start-up, and the process I’m going through, the thesis “gestation” phase, surprising. (more…)

Refocusing

Refocusing

As I was climbing up Machu Picchu with the rain permeating my rain jacket, my backpack and every layer of clothing on me saturated through, I thought to myself …why am I doing this and why didn’t I wear waterproof mascara. A self declared “experienced hiker” had just explained to me that the path was too dangerous ahead with “torrential” rain, and that she was turning back, plus that I should too. (more…)

Living an inspired life

Living an inspired life

I love one facet of religion. And that’s the part where people do what the equivalent Latin word “relig”  suggests, and “bind” or “tie”, presumably their life, to some greater meaning. I’m using the word religion here as a proxy for “greater meaning” , as in English we don’t have such a word to describe the choice of practicing  what I can only refer to as the daily art of living an inspired life. Some words such as “purpose” come close, but yet, don’t encapsulate the responsibility of the individual to bind their actions with their belief. Yet, the word religion is not correct either. This is clear in the simple fact that it’s impossible for most of us to even think of “religion”, something that idealistically gives our lives fulfilment and purpose, without rendering accounts of the acts of hate, judgement, painful tradition, close-mindedness, or hypocrisy. Even most progressive Christians I know shy away from the word “religion”, and choose to use the phrase “relationship with God” when talking about their belief structure. (more…)

Published

Published

Geez Louise – it’s been a long while since I’ve posted, and besides from the huge pile of emails sitting in my inbox that I am on a mission to get through, the reason why is the portfolio of projects I’ve been occupying myself with over the past 1.5 months. Some of these activities have ended up being published in one way or another online, so here goes, this is some of the stuff I have been doing over the past month. (more…)