The Benevolent Master

Any person capable of angering you becomes your master;

he can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him.

– Epictetus

The Young Ones Rule

A couple of weeks ago, ET Ideas had our annual ET Ideas Awards Nite 2018. During this awards night, start-ups developed by ET Ideas over the years (since 2008) are honoured for their successes achievements for last year (2018).

At the VIP table with ET Ideas CEO, Edward Boey together with my two good friends, Mr Ho and Andre who have been instrumental in supporting ET Ideas initiatives.

Some People Just Like Things Just As They Are

I had an interesting conversation with a friend this morning. He enlightened me on something that I NEVER thought about.

The “Educator”

I was having a conversation with an “educator” couple of days back. He was ranting about how ungrateful the youngsters he was working with him were. He said he was doing whatever he could to prepare them for the “future” including spending his own time, money and effort much more than he was being paid for.

Elango at an outing with ET Ideas associates.

The Bigger Picture

Whenever you are embarking on an extraordinary goal….. it is an adventure….. a rollercoaster ride, with plenty ups and downs, super scary moments, exhilarating moments etc.

The Tale of Two Students: The Reason Why The Education System Needs To Be Reformed

Recently a number of students within the ET Ideas team got their exam results from their respective colleges. Some did exceptionally well and some did above average.

Personally, I have never been keen in college/ university exam Results and will always give the “duh” expression when people tell me of it. Why? Because I have met enough people in my life to see that college or university education never really determines one’s success in life. Does it help? Yes and No. Yes, at times it does and at times it hinders one’s true potential. Are you puzzled by my answer? Let me explain.

Rich or Poor?

Cute conversation with someone I met through a mutual acquaintance. Not sure how the conversation started but ended at this:

He: Over the last 20 years of my life I have easily made about RM20M, [blah blah]….. [more blah blah]….. and [finished off with] now expanding the business to make more money!

*Normally at this point I just smile and wish people the best but this time I felt my heart wanting me to engage in a conversation. So, I continued on.*

Elango during his ‘Four Stages of Life’ Workshop

A Surreal Experience In Nepal

I had the most surreal long weekend. Last Friday (20 April 2018), ET Ideas core team comprising Edward, Valsala, Saranjit and I were in Nepal to explore ideas on starting a new business incubator in Nepal with a group of local young and energetic Nepalese entrepreneurs. The core ET Ideas Nepal team is led by Mr Sandeep Dhawa.

WHY MOST STARTUPS FAIL?

Conversations With My Mother (Part 1)

It was a nice morning. I was visiting my mother and we had an interesting conversation. This particular one was about being happy. As usual, we were talking about events happening in her life and in mine. And that led us to the topic – happiness.

Elango with his parents