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Founder-CEOs Must Learn to Levitate to Their Calm and Balanced Space

If I ran the world, then I would ensure that chapter 1 in the entrepreneurship “how-to-think” book explains and ingrains in founder-CEOs Jane Austin’s writing in Sense and Sensibility: “I will be calm. I will be mistress of myself.”

You can’t win an argument with an argument.”  – Sukant Ratnakar                                                   

The best fighter is never angry.” – Lao Tzu

No founder-CEO will succeed unless s/he has the ability to levitate above the constant thrash and chaotic momentum of a startup to reach a mentally and emotionally calm and controlled state of being. The Desiderata below, found in Baltimore in 1692, captures this calm. It captured a prominent position on my desk.


Go Placidly Amid the Noise and Haste and Remember what Peace there may be in Silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself to others, you may become vain and bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. 

Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrounding the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you from sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Be at peace with your God, whatever you conceive him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.


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Found in Baltimore, 1692 and on my desk ever since I became an entrepreneur, and especially after I lost everything and everybody.