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.