The Wisdom of Guy Kawasaki

I’ve been reading this cat’s blog since he started recently and Guy has some interesting things to say on the topic of venture capital and entreprenuership.  Here’s a snippet of wisdom from a recent post that I found validating:

If you think someone is an orifice, everyone else does too. When I met people that I didn’t like, I wondered if it was me or the person. Perhaps I had gotten her all wrong, and other people liked her, respected her, adored her, whatever. After much investigation, I formulated the Rule of Perfect Information About Orifices; that is, if you think someone is an orifice, pretty much everyone thinks she’s an orifice too. There is seldom disagreement about orifices. The same, however, is not true about good guys. If you think someone is a good guy, you should never assume most people agree with you.

Life is too short to deal with orifices. Continuing on the orifice track. I’m now fifty-one years old, so more than half my life is over. There’s not enough time left to accommodate orifices–frankly, there’s not enough time to take care of the people you like. Why should you waste time with people you don’t? So no matter how great a customer, partner, or vendor someone could, or should, be, don’t waste time with orifices. They not only waste your time, but they taint your soul for the time you spent with the people you like.

A few years back I worked for a couple of guys who had this theory, too.  Most everyone at that company fit the mold of a non-orofice – until the drive to grow and flip the business overcame the original guiding principle.  I never doubted this theorem, but I have to admit I wondered if I’d categorizied them correctly!

Judge others by their intentions and yourself by your results. If you want to be at peace with the world, here’s what you should do. When you judge others, look at what they intended to do. When you judge yourself, look at what you’ve actually accomplished. This attitude is bound to keep you humble. By contrast, if you judge others by their accomplishments (which are usually shortfalls) and yourself by your intentions (which are usually lofty), you will be an angry, despised little man.

Right To Die?

I’ve been mostly posting personal notes and whatnot lately because it’s easier (!) and probably more interesting to my few readers.  But a good thing happened today and though it’s undoubtedly all over the news, I thought I’d discuss the Supreme Court’s ruling on assisted suicide.

The question that big-government advocates like to ask is whether a situation is “right”, meaning whether the federal government ought to take control of the matter and address it through a funded program.  In this case, the court ruled that the feds didn’t have a properly defined law allowing them to dictate to states the terms of medical service.

A better response would have been to acknowledge the intent of the Constitution, which was to leave all decisions not mandated by that document and its amendments to the states, “all” beting the key word.  But I suppose that in these ambivalent times one has to be content with any victory of common sense over the D.C.-er’s need to dictate how people should live and, in this case, when they can decide to die.