No one won Bihar elections. Everyone lost


Reference to context for people outside India: Bihar election results 2015: World notes — Modi’s honeymoon is over

In the last few months BJP has had everything to lose and other parties everything to gain. While no one cares about Delhi, this one did matter. This loss shouldn't be celebrated. Even by BJP haters. 

I am really sad to see Bihar go back to Lalu Prasad Yadav. It shouldn't have happened. The only thing good is Bihar getting Nitish Kumar as its CM, even though it is really Lalu's victory. Let's hope he doesn't prove to be a Manmohan at the top. 

Maybe, just maybe there is hope that BJP will wake up from its trance and stop the gradual shift in their brand. They need to stick to and only talk about economic development and not just because it is important but also some of other "issues" close to their heart are not suited for a ruling national party, to say the least. 

I wish my eager friends would stop with all the name calling ("bhakts" and "prestitutes" and what not). I am so tired of reading that all over Facebook. All that is so 2014. Some teenagers told me it is not cool to continue saying things for more than one year, so it must be true. It is just left and right wing politics (some extreme left and some extreme right). We really don't have to be pawns in their game. 

I don't expect BJP to just drop their foundations and make a run for the left. However, they should do what they can - stop acting like the keepers of moral development and start delivering what they are supposedly good at - economic development, outsmart other countries on foreign policy, take steps to become a military superpower. That's what right-wing governments are supposed to do. Not argue about holy rivers or cows or who gets to have sex (I know I am technically wrong on this point).   

Even though I don't see eye to eye with them on many issues, India does need a right wing government in the centre. With China not hoping to deliver its gravity defying growth anymore, India has the potential and opportunity to be the new fulcrum of world economy. 

Shocking Proof!!! (Donald Trump is a genius)

  1. On USA's Nuclear power:

    - Even our nuclear arsenal doesn’t work 
    - We’ve got nuclear weapons that are obsolete. We’ve got nothing.
  2. On Obamacare (a $5B website):

    - I have so many websites. I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a website. It costs me $3.
  3. On China:

    - I beat China all the time
    Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have people that are stupid.
    Hey, I’m not saying they’re stupid. I like China. I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?
    - I own a big chunk of the Bank of America building at 1290 Avenue of Americas that I got from China in a war. Very valuable. I love China.
    They have bridges that make the George Washington Bridge look like small potatoes
  4. Always cautiously optimistic: 
    I will be the greatest jobs president that god ever created, I tell you that

What is the most common mistake first-time entrepreneurs make?

Most first-time entrepreneurs don't validate their assumptions as quickly and frequently as they should. 

Most people start their research online, then they talk to a bunch of people and as soon as they have their "first brilliant idea" - they isolate themselves and rush to "finish" the product. That's a big mistake. 

I encourage people to prepare and present a sales pitch to actual customers, pretending the product is ready, even before a prototype is ready. Asking people for casual opinions is all well and good but asking them to pay for it - is the real moment of truth. It often removes months of wasted effort in developing things that "seem logical but no one wants to pay for". There is a big difference between useful and getting paid for something useful (and the answers often surprise everyone). 

Most people don't reach out early and often because of the following reasons: 
  • They are excited about their brand spanking new idea and want to "finish" it as soon as they can (much like binge watching on Netflix)
  • They receive initial criticism and of course they don't like it, so they start to avoid talking about it
  • They consider their idea to be extremely valuable and likely to be stolen
  • They find it hard to articulate the value and most people don't like to sell anyway
Unfortunately, there is no alternative to "putting yourself out there". It is very much part of "showing up for work". Either you do it yourself or find a partner who does it for you.

The point of “point of no return”

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In 49 BC a general sat hesitantly on the banks of Rubicon. A conflict between him and the empire had been brewing for years. He had been ordered by the Consul to disband his army, vacate his post as the governor and report back to Senate. If he followed their orders, he would lose his immunity and would probably be prosecuted for insubordination

Crossing the river would however change that. He would be violating an ancient law and committing treason. There was no doubt in anyone’s mind on what would happen if he didn't triumph. He and his army would be executed. Since he had not revealed his intentions in public, he still had the opportunity to turn back and renegotiate his position. A tiny stream of water divided the choices between a potential prosecution and absolutely certain execution

Get noticed first, solve problems later

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It may not seem so, but it is more important to get noticed, than to it is have ideas to solve problems Unless you are a world-shifting writer/artist/ scientist... there is very little you can accomplish just by yourself. Almost everything else needs groups of people working together and supporting each other. 

There is a need to excite people around you. Friends, employees, volunteers, customers, sponsors, investors, critics, voters, administrators... you have to get them to listen to you and you can do that only if you are visible. 

That opens up the possibility of you communicating with people and getting a reaction. Whether they give a positive or negative reaction is a different matter. Whether you are being intrusive or not, also is a different matter. All that comes into play only after you show up on that notification window or email or word of mouth or phone call or poster or announcement or infomercial or radio ...
What are you going to solve if no one knows you?  Who cares what you have to offer if you "don't exist"? What great things can you accomplish if you can't win  other people's trust?