Work With Me (WIP)

Hello! If you want to work with me, in any capacity, please do read this page before signing the dotted line. I have outlined my ethos, principles, quirks, that I live by.

These are not in any order.

  1. I know this too shall pass.
  2. While I may be easygoing about almost everything and I hold no stand on any issue affecting us as humans, Indians, nature or whatever, I tend to take myself and my work seriously. And yet, I like lighthearted communication. As some of the comics would say, I don’t have a stick up my arse.
  3. I do have a stick up my arse when it comes to time. Time is the most important asset that we have. I respect other people’s time and I want my time to be respected as well.
  4. Each person I work with (I like to work with people and not with companies), I assume that they and I would be in business forever and I want to take a very long-term view of things. You know, like Naval says, play long-term games with long-term people. I am a long-term person. And I want to work with long-term ones.
  5. I trust handshakes more than I trust contracts. I have been hurt, short-charged, taken for a ride, stabbed in the back, and all that. But I continue to maintain that people are generally good and I want to continue to trust handshakes.
  6. I can NOT focus. I will do multiple things at the same time. My magic comes from spreading myself too thin. This also means that in most things I do, I do not reach a logical conclusion.
  7. I like building in public. This means that I will talk about what I am working on out loud. On blogs, websites, Twitter, and every other place I hang out at. I can NOT keep secrets. I can not stifle my thinking just because the partners I work with want to keep it secret. More than that, I like the idea of living in public. My morning pages are brutally honest and is my attempt at self-reflection each day. Update on 30 Dec 2023 – my morning pages have stopped for a long time now. I hope to get back to it soon.
  8. Progress > Perfection.
  9. I want to ship. Steve Jobs said it the best, “real artists ship“.
  10. I am straightforward. I will call a spade a spade.
  11. I like being honest from the get-go. It saves time for everyone involved. I will even lay all my cards on the table.
  12. If you speak to me politely, I will give my life for you. However, if you try to throw your weight around, we may not be able to work together.
  13. I believe that I need to do unto others as I want them to do with me.
  14. I think I am the luckiest person in the world. Even if I get dealt a few bad hands, over the long-term, I am lucky.
  15. I am not religious.
  16. I like to have a sense of urgency in how I work. Read this.
  17. I am a study in contrasts and contradictions. I suspect I have mild bipolar disorder. And while I am at it, I do believe that I had ADHD / ADD or whatever is the equivalent for adults. PS – I use these terms loosely and I may actually not suffer from these.
  18. I err a LOT on the side of commission. And almost never on omission.

If you want to know more about me (or C4E), do read this Culture Book that I got written for C4E. And the Promise. I have this document where I’ve listed my values (at some point in time I will merge it with this page).

I also have this Miro board where I have a visual chart of my values…

That’s about it. Let’s go on an adventure together!

Oh, and the best way to reach me is via Twitter and LinkedIn.

Thanks,
SG
Last updated on 2 Jun 2024