I recently fired a person in our team mainly due to the fact that the person maliciously spread the salaries of some of the people in my team. How that person knew the salaries, that is beyond me and that is besides the point of this post.
Right now we are feeling the consequences of that person’s malicious actions. Some of the people in the team suddenly had higher expectations of salaries. They could have been good team players and go-to people in our growing company. But because of these crazy expectations (and perhaps greed) we are, unfortunately going to lose them.
I can’t blame them though. They are victims of well-spread out deception. Sadly, the company is taking the most hits because we need to look for replacements once more and try out new people and mix them into our team’s chemistry.
Gossip is cause for immediate termination in our company’s contracts. And the reason is very simple: it’s not helpful to know another person’s salary. Whether yours is higher or lower, someone will feel bad.
I never understood why people would share their salaries and would like to know another person’s salary.
It’s like measuring dicks. You just don’t measure your dick and compare it with a colleague would you? What would that achieve?
In any case, I hope that the leaders in my team know the gravity of what has transpired. And I hope that the next time that it happens, the person would immediately be flagged and terminated so as to not cause any further harm to the team.
Been a huge fan of how Noah Kagan grew his online companies. He always and I do mean ALWAYS keeps things simple. Most of his principles start out like these two things:
- Begin with the end in mind
- Double down on the things that work
And I looooooooove it!
This year we’re looking to grow SEO Hacker to around 50 people. With that, we have to put our focus on how we grew from 1 – 25 (which is where we are now).
The questions at the back of my head are:
- How did we increase our revenue? Can we scale that exponentially?
- How were we able to hire better, more disciplined and tech savvy people?
- How were we able to better our brand recognition? How did that turn into business?
- Which modes of marketing worked?
- How were we able to maintain a significantly long-term relationship with our clients?
If we can pinpoint the things we did exactly right, we can pump in more of our budget in there. There can’t be so many things we did right and there can’t be so many things to be done moving forward. There can only be a few, winning strategies that we have to keep doing again and again and again.
Focus and simplicity.
I’ve been learning and practicing knife fighting here in the Philippines for perhaps a little over 6 months now. I train every day – at least 30 minutes a day (I should be training at least an hour a day though). Through all the trainings, I’ve learned a lot more than just moves and technique and I’d like to put it into words here.
There is a Basic Form of Discipline
Knife fighting as a martial art (and perhaps all other forms of martial arts) require an extensive form of discipline. I have read books like Blink, Outliers and Grit and I have come to the utter realization that doing meaningful things over and over again is the only real way to become an expert and a master in it.
Take note that I mentioned the word ‘meaningful’. Because without meaning, extensive, repetitive practice becomes a chore. With meaning, it is easy to perform deliberate practice. Improving in such a way that you are better than yesterday.
This repetition enhances the unconscious. And when the unconscious is an expert, that is where the leap of mastery has been achieved.
This discipline also requires a person to stick with the specific school of martial art. As human beings, we are addicted to novelty – often this means a new thing or experience. And that is why we see so many people today hopping from job to job in search of new experiences, friends, knowledge, etc.
But to be truly an expert, requires you to deny the desire for novelty. Instead, you have to pursue novelty in the details. My Guro (teacher) can instantaneously spot the nuances in my technique because he has been practicing Libre’s Knife Fighting System for a very long time now. I, on the other hand, need to take some time to sift through the details whenever I unconsciously realize another student making a mistake.
There is a Realistic Awakening
I’ve always been in a bubble of safety. Yes I would hear the news about someone getting stabbed or shot or mugged or raped – and that’s horrible. But I have never been any closer to any of those incidents. I have never met or talked with someone who has actually stabbed or cut or killed people.
Treading knee-deep into the world of knife fighting, I have now been able to meet some people who have stabbed and killed someone. Although I have not been able to talk with them as thoroughly as I would like to (though I do plan to get there), I have come to the realization that it is a very possible scenario to be in a critical situation where you have to face the music and act upon your life.
As a born-again Christian, I do hope that I never come into a life-threatening situation for me or my family. I abhor the idea of killing someone(s). However the Libre Knife Fighting System is extremely lethal – there is almost no way that an opponent will survive after coming into combat with a Libre Knife Fighter who is an expert in the system.
Plus, having a violent past during my childhood years, I do know that it is extremely easy for me to just go ahead and simply stab someone and walk away from it.
There is a Spiritual Connection
I’m not implying that there’s anything religious or directly spiritual about knife fighting. However because of the focus and will required to learn Knife fighting and the discipline to practice and deepen that knowledge and skill, I am able to liken the experience to my faith in the Lord.
Like the daily practice I do to strengthen my muscle memory, deepen my unconscious and sharpen my skill in knife fighting, so is constant, daily reading of the Bible, meditation and prayer the only way to deepen my relationship with the Lord. This principle is extremely simple to behold. However, countless numbers of individuals miss out on this.
It would be genuinely interesting to know if people who are disciplined in their martial arts are also as disciplined with their faith.
It Affects my Attitude Towards my Work
Being the founder and co-founder of 4 companies, I’m doing a lot of things everyday. I rarely have vacations. Evidently I love what I do.
Getting into Knife Fighting has helped me see work in a different perspective. The discipline and deliberate practice behind my training has helped me appreciate the things I need to learn in my work more. I practice SEO in the Philippines and SEO entails a lot of reading and experimentation.
I’ve realized these overlaps of martial arts, work, and faith and it has been nothing short of a wonder to me. I realize that all these things help strengthen each other in my personal growth in life.
I have never expected martial arts to be a pillar of my life. Even if it’s still young and it may be too early for me to conclude anything about it, I am quite certain that it will, through time, get there.
Okay so I’m no expert when it comes to dashcams so the title of this post is relative to my experience. I’ve recently been given a dashcam by the exclusive distributors of DDPai here in the Philippines. So far I’m loving it. Here’s my unboxing and personal take on the dashcam.
This is where the USB car charging cable comes in – it’s connected to the magnet base that’s connected to the 3M windshield sticker.
Here’s another look at the base disattached from the 3M windshield sticker
And another view from the top
Here’s the magnetic charger ‘neck’ that connects the M4 body to the charger and windshield
Here’s what’s written in the USB adapter of the DDPai M4
Here’s a closer look of the USB slots
Here’s how the stickers that hold the cable of the DDPai M4 looks like
Here is the small plastic hook that helps you to hide the lengthy USB cable
Here’s the cable and plastic hook fresh from unboxing
The M4 accessories are actually arranged really well inside the box
A closer look
The user manual – it’s really quite thin
Here is the DDPai M4 body. It’s quite obvious where the magnetic charger is supposed to connect.
Another look at the DDPai M4 recording button
Here’s the backside of the DDPai M4 where you put in the SD Card
A fresh unboxing of the DDPai M4
Here’s the DDPai M4 box – sealed
The backside of the DDPai M4 with all the details
All in all, I’m very happy with the DDPai M4. I took some photos and videos but have yet to edit out some of the private conversations. I’ll upload it soon enough. Overall if it’s not the best dashcam you can buy in the Philippines (it costs 5,950), it is definitely one of the best.
If you’re interested in the DDPai M4, send me an email at email@example.com and I’ll have it shipped right to you – anywhere in Metro Manila.
1080P resolution, adopting HiSilicon Hi3516C chip and professional Exmor CMOS image sensor
Built-in 2.4GHz dual WiFi modules
140 degree wide view angle
Accurate positioning with GPS function
F1.8 large aperture, record more clear even under low-light environment with night vision function
Support wireless video output, watching and playing back, compatible with Android smart phone / iPhone / tablet PC
Maximum support 32G micro SD card ( not included )
Can record clear no matter under high light or low light with WDR wide dynamic technology
Remote snapshot help you to catch precious moment
The snapshot button powered by a lithium metal cell battery
Type: Camera Monitor
Chipset Name: Hisilicon
Image Sensor: CMOS
|Storage||Max External Card Supported: TF 32G (not included)|
Class Rating Requirements: Class 10 or Above
|Power||Battery Type: Built-in|
Battery Capacity (mAh）: Built-in 250mAh lithium polymer battery
Charge way: Car charger
Working Time: 10 minutes
Working Voltage: 5V
|Primary Info.||Wide Angle: 140 degree wide angle|
Lens Size: 1.5cm
|Video/Image/Audio||Decode Format: H.264|
Video format: MP4
Video Resolution: 1080P (1920 x 1080)
Video Frame Rate: 1920×1080 ( 30fps )
Audio System: Built-in microphone/speacker (AAC)
Waterproof Rating : No
Loop-cycle Recording : Yes
Motion Detection: Yes
Motion Detection Distance: 5m
Night vision : No
Night Vision Distance: No
G-sensor: X-Y-Z three-axis sensor file protection
Parking Monitoring: No
|Other||Operating Temp.: -20 – 70 Deg.C|
Power Cable Length: 3.45m USB cable
|Dimension/Weight||Product weight: 0.071 kg|
Package weight: 0.565 kg
Product size (L x W x H): 7.00 x 7.00 x 2.00 cm / 2.76 x 2.76 x 0.79 inches
Package size (L x W x H): 19.00 x 15.50 x 6.00 cm / 7.48 x 6.1 x 2.36 inches
|Package Contents||Package Contents: 1 x DDPai M4 Car DVR, 1 x USB Cable, 1 x Magnet Mount, 1 x Remote Button, 1 x Lithium Metal Button Battery, 1 x Silicone Glue, 1 x Mount Installation Gadget, 1 x Car Charger, 7 x Installation Gadget, 1 x English User Manual, 1 x Package Box|
That’s what my 2-year-old son, Leo said after I dressed up to leave. I didn’t even tell him good-bye yet. And yet he knows I’m leaving.
A child only knows what you’re about to do if you’ve routinely done it before.
That’s when I knew – I was too often away from my family.
My heart sank.
I love my family more than anything in this world. I want to maximize my time with them whenever possible. And it can be possible.
You see, I’m the only guy running the sales in my company. I do the pitch, follow-ups and closing. I have 24 people on operations and I’m the only guy doing all the sales.
It doesn’t have to be that way – but I need certain preparations in order for me to fully, economically and efficiently train my first batch of sales people.
My biggest goal for 2017 is to be able to close 30 new standard-paying clients. And in order to do that, I have to be able to hire and train 3 full-time sales people who are at least 80% as good as I am in pitching and follow-ups.
The preparations are looking really well. I already have my ‘soft’ training program in place.
Here we go 2017.