I wrote about my YouTube Education here in this previous post. Peter Thiel is one of my favorite YouTube teachers. He is most famously known as the former Founder & CEO of PayPal, Elon Musk’s former partner (through the merger of PayPal & Elon’s X.com), and of course, as the first VC investor into Facebook.Continue reading “Peter Thiel”
Since the beginning of the pandemic, my media consumption has gone up in a noticeable way. Over the past year and a half, while many people spent countless hours binge watching Netflix and Hulu shows, I have found myself watching YouTube more often than any other medium. I am quite impressed by the quantity andContinue reading “My YouTube Education”
Back in the dot-com era, I remember reading this novel called, The First $20M is Always the Hardest by Po Bronson where the author talked about the gold rush days of Silicon Valley and founders’ dreams of making their first $20M and the twisted stories around that pursuit. Having been a two time “bootstrap” entrepreneurContinue reading “The First $20k is Always the Hardest”
When I was about 12 years old, my dad gifted me what became my favorite toy of my teenage years. A remote control sailboat. In my late forties now, my favorite toy is again the same. In 2015, shortly after we moved to San Diego, I found out about the existence of San Diego ArgonautsContinue reading “RC Sailing”
I often find myself referring to these images when I am trying to explain republican vs. democrat values.
What is wealth? To most people, it is material goods and lots of money. To others, it is deep and meaningful relationships and experiences. To me, it is really time. Time for me. Time for my own reflections and choices in life. Time to do meaningful contributions and time for meaningful relationships and experiences. IContinue reading “On Wealth”
I first got the inspiration for my passion project, SolarAcademy, when I discovered Khan Academy more than a decade ago. Since then, and especially during the days of working at CivicSolar, I have been thinking about creating systems that accelerate the sharing of useful knowledge through new methods and ways, to help create a moreContinue reading “My SolarAcademy Vision”
This week, I was a guest on my friend Fabrice Grinda‘s Playing with Unicorns show. We talked about the state of the solar energy industry.
I find Yuval Noah Harari to be one of the most impressive philosophers / historians / anthropologists of our time. I heard other intellectuals put down his works arguing that he does not introduce anything new to the realm of social sciences. What makes Harari special for me is the way he conveys and packages those facts andContinue reading “Yuval Noah Harari”
This video by The Conscious Leadership Group is a great intro to the concepts I learned in the past 4 years of self-work that I have explored. Feeling is Energy-in-Motion. E-motion. Feelings show up as sensations in our body and they hold amazing levels of wisdom if you are willing to listen to them.
Pride <=> HumilityEnvy <=> KindnessGluttony <=> AbstinenceLust <=> ChastityAnger <=> PatienceGreed <=> LiberalitySloth <=> Diligence
I use Canva.com frequently for my SolarAcademy project. I first heard of Canva from Emily Kirsch of Powerhouse. I think it was back in 2017. I complimented her on the simple and elegant designs of the graphics they were using in Powerhouse’s twitter posts. Emily shared with me that they were creating those graphics withContinue reading “Canva.com”
I met Mark Nicolson when I attended his conscious leadership workshop at Esalen Institute in November 2018, titled “Conversations on the Edge: The Leader of the Future”. Since then we became friends and had the opportunity to work together. I first heard the idea of “being successful in one’s intimate relationship is what is usually requiredContinue reading “The 8 C’s”
Linkedin founder Reid Hoffman has a well known quote. It goes “If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” Have a look at Linkedin homepage when they first launched in 2003. Clearly, Reid did not wait to perfect the product. He had the key elements that defined Linkedin baked into the product, but inContinue reading “When to launch?”
I humbly predict the following changes in human behavior in the post-Corona world. It will be interesting to look back at this post in a few years. People will realize that slowing down is actually not so bad. We will realize that a slower life style with less commuting, less consumption, less travel, and moreContinue reading “Things will never be the same”
… go inside. Credit: Raychel Long – https://www.facebook.com/raychel.long
On March 16th, many people are wondering where does this market dip end? I don’t know. In the past century, bear markets lasted as little as 2 months and as long as 34 months. Average bear market lasted 11 months with a 26% dip. At this point we are less than 1 month into thisContinue reading “Bear Markets”
You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.
Relationships are the most important part of our lives. A marriage defines probably the most important relationship of one’s life (except the one with one’s self). There are tons of good content out there on how to lead a successful relationship with a partner. Some of my favorites on this topic include the following: UndefendedContinue reading “Best Marriage Advice”
When I like a quote, or a quote resonates with me, I try to write it down. Here are some of my favorite quotes.
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom” said Aristotle. That must be why many business schools and corporations have their students and employees do the popular Myers-Briggs test during the orientation period. The business school I attended was equally famous at graduating some world class leaders as well as world class villains. World classContinue reading “Knowing yourself with Enneagram”
Ric Elias was sitting at seat 1D on the famous US Airways flight that had to crash land in the Hudson River. In this brief talk, he talks about the things he learned in the experience of almost dying, seeing into the future, and coming back to live differently. He shares the three things heContinue reading “What matters at the end?”
In the West, we value ambition, accomplishment, progress, competition, productivity, civilization, order, and innovation. These are noble values. In our quest for achievements along these values, we frequently, or should say I frequently, find myself overwhelmed by the activities, decisions, and options that I have to consider and choose from. In those moments, I findContinue reading “Life is Easy. Less is More.”
Many people like to think of the world in black and white. “I am this therefore can’t be that.” Best example of that for me was growing up. I was born in Turkey. So I was born a Turk. The prevalent way of thinking around me was – you are Turk, therefore you are toContinue reading “Shades of Grey = Free”
Almost everyone likes whistle blowers, unless the whistle blower is ratting out a system that benefits them. What I like better is when powerful insiders talk transparently about how a broken system is benefiting them more than it should. In this talk, entrepreneur/investor, Nick Hanauer is doing exactly that. Some people find this act hypocriticalContinue reading “The dirty secret of capitalism”
“We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. It cannot lead; it can only serve.”– Albert Einstein
“Relationships” and “Time” are two of the most important things we have in life. Most of my life, I was quite efficient with how I managed and protected my time, but I had relationship challenges with the people closest to me. With about 50% of marriages ending in divorce in the west, and many peopleContinue reading “Relationship with Self”
I did some reading up on fractals and fractal geometry today. Fascinating subject. Fractal is defined as a curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole. Fractals are useful in modeling structures (such as eroded coastlines or snowflakes) in which similar patterns recur at progressively smaller scales,Continue reading “Fractals”
Most of my life, I struggled with the question of how to balance Power with Love. How to be powerful yet kind, without giving away one’s power? And then, one day I came across this great quote by MLK which helped frame the issue for me. “Power without love is reckless and abusive, and loveContinue reading “Love vs. Power”
I recently came across this graphic which summarizes the mindset shifts that are necessary to compete in today’s business environment. I would add to this list one more shift: Competing > to > Creating In the west, we are conditioned to compete. Just compete on the tracks that are presented to us. Many of usContinue reading “Mindset Shifts”
They can because they think they can.– Virgil
Wisdom is knowing we are all One. Love is what it feels like and compassion is what it acts like. – Ethan Walker III