Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | August 28, 2015

Beijing Blues

Beijing’s aggressive quality and sudden, sharp currency devaluation by China that roiled the world’s financial markets and turned the stock exchanges around the globe on their head this past week itself framed the move as a mere adaptation to the wishes of others, specifically, the International Monetary Fund and the Obama administration, which have long urged China’s central bank to use more market-based criteria in setting its exchange rate.

It just so happens, however, that doing so at this moment cheapened the yuan//renminbi, against the dollar; which boosts the competitiveness of Chinese exports and hurts the sale of U.S. goods in China.

Predictably populist and easily erring politicians ranging from Donald Trump to Senator Charlie Schumer, are crying “currency war is coming and the sky is fallng.”

Yet what that faulty interpretation overlooks is that China’s currency has gradually but steadily appreciated over the past 10 years, rising 25 percent versus the U.S. dollar, and the latest move reverses only about a sixth of that. It would not seem to be in China’s interest to let the bottom fall out of the yuan//renminbi, because that would trigger ruinous capital flight from the country.

Something that at any rate has already begun… Capital is free flowing and no amount of government control can stem the flow; except the iron laws of Beneficial IRR. The law of Returns. And the law of Compound Interest…

Tweaking the currency, like previous expedients the government has tried (stimulating a short-lived stock-market bubble and bailing out the losers, for example) may indeed boost exports, thus enabling Beijing to paper over this fundamental contradiction for a while. It won’t solve it. To the contrary, Beijing’s action reinforces the impression that the regime is improvising in the face of a growth slowdown that’s actually worse than official statistics suggest.

It’s no coincidence that, in addition to a troublesome economy, President Xi Jinping is also presiding over what Human Rights Watch’s most recent annual world report called “the harshest campaign of politically motivated investigations, detentions, and sentencing in the past decade, marking a sharp turn toward intolerance of criticism.” The most recent wave of arrests targeted more than 100 human rights lawyers in July.
Beijing’s formula for social peace is economic growth plus political homogeneity. As long as the Dollars keep coming in and are shared amongst the new Middle Classes — all is well in the Sino-landscape of thousands of differing constituencies…

However when the economic landscape become a rough terrain to navigate and the less wealth and prosperity the Chinese Leaders can deliver — the more Autocracy they must impose. Because what the Communist Party absolutely refuses to permit, is intellectual freedom, democratic participation, governmental transparency and a reliable rule of law, which are indispensable ingredients for a truly prosperous market economy.

Freedom of Thought and Expression is also the key ingredient for Innovation and that is now lacking seriously depriving the Chinese Economy from Market and Technological Innovation further weakening the new economic growth prospects of the country; relegating it’s best entrepreneurs to simple Imitation and Copying of others’ successes. The leaders understand that and that is why your intellectual property is worth jackshit in China — no matter how man patents you’ve got or special dispensations.

Naturally the elliptical moves of the historical pendalum, towards permissiveness, human rights, and market reforms, is not an easy one to predict — but it is a forthcoming harbinger of change. And nowhere is change more welcome than n China’s Entrepreneurial class. The market makers fully understand and embrace that…

So we need a bot more loosening uop of the controls and more freedom. and unless the Party bosses understand that and until they change, China’s people and the rest of the world, including the US, and EUrope’s producers, consumers and investors very much included — we will all be vulnerable to the vagaries of secret politburo decision-making.

Yours,

Dr Kroko

PS:

Dr Fu Manchu once famously said: “Watch my nails growing”

That about captures the glacial speed of China’s change.

So don’t expect anything changing speedily.

But the wheels are already in motion…

The convenient economic picture is that the Chinese are in deep economic trouble, and the small coterie of Communist Party officials who run the country are somewhat at a loss for what to do about it.

Macro Economic Growth has been flagging, yet the ruling elite is hesitant to turn from the state-led investment-dominated policies that worked in the past, because putting the private sector and consumers in charge would imply a loss of political control.

All the more reason for President Obama to press the cause of democracy and human rights with Mr. Xi when he arrives in Washington for a state visit next month.

 

 

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | August 27, 2015

China Fever

Making Money has been easy in China for the last 30 years — yet now it has gotten easier…

Recent economic events in China have created turmoil in the global markets. Many economists believe that China is experiencing a financial and economic meltdown.

Yet in the eyes of experienced and long term China investors who are deeply vested in China — this apparent meltdown is nothing more than a popular narrative, perpetuated by the scare mongers.

After last week’s fever we are here again to report that China’s economy is still holding up reasonably well.

First, China’s economy is on pace to grow at 7 percent this year. Wage growth has continued to grow at a rapid pace, and more nonagricultural jobs have been created this year than ever before.  These are strong growth indicators and thus I do not believe that these data points are consistent with an economy heading for a hard landing.

Second, many economists believe that the economic decline in China’s industrial sector is a sign of a slowing economy. This is a far too simplistic explanation because for the past three years, China’s economy has been moving away from the industrial sector, with the services sector driving the economy forward.

Third, economists believe that the debt burden incurred by China in recent years has thrown the country into a financial crisis. This couldn’t be further from the Truth because, after China’s modest depreciation of its currency earlier this month, there has been no substantial change in the exchange rate between the US dollar and the renminbi.

Lastly I see that the yuan/renminbi is holding strong against the US dollar…

And this is a clear sign that the country is not in the midst of a financial crisis.

Shaking off the fluff and fleecing the birdies is not a meltdown — it’s just course correction work.

Live with it or get out of margin.

Aren’t emerging markets fun?

Yours,

Dr Kroko

PS:

As for the fear sellers, the margin holders, and the chicken-littles crying that “The Sky Is Falling in China” we deeply regret their precarious psychological condition; but they must see their crying out loud need for strong Freudian Therapy.

After many many years of couchsurfing while speaking to stern men wearing hipster glasses, beards, and pipes — they can rejoin the fray.

But until then — please take your Meds gentlemen and shut the Fvck up; cause you know nothing about China.

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | August 27, 2015

My Seattle Girls

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Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | August 27, 2015

My Seattle Girls

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Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | August 27, 2015

My Seattle Girls

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Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | August 27, 2015

My Seattle Girls

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Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | August 22, 2015

The Gita

“Bhagavad Gita” is my companion as I start another journey of Life.

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For “Bhagavad Gita” is the only book that I travel with…

The “Bhagavad Gita” in Sanskrit: भगवद्गीता, means “Song of the Lord” often referred to as simply the Gita, is a 700-verse Hindu scripture in Sanskrit that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.

The epic Mahabharata is traditionally ascribed to the Sage Ved Vyasa; the Bhagavad Gita, being a part of the Mahabharata’s Bhisma Parva, is also ascribed to him…

Yet the Gita is relevant to us because it is set in a narrative framework of a dialogue between Pandava prince Arjuna and his guide and charioteer Lord Krishna.

Facing the duty as a warrior to live the “Way,” to fight the Dharma Yudhha or righteous war, between the Princes Pandavas and the Kings Kauravas — Arjuna is counselled by Krishna to “fulfill his Kshatriya (warrior) duty as a warrior by establishing Dharma.”

Inserted in this appeal to “kshatriya dharma” or Chivalry and Honour is “a dialogue … between diverging attitudes concerning and methods toward the attainment of liberation “moksha.”

The Bhagavad Gita was exposed to the world many years ago through Sanjaya. Sanjaya was Dhritarashtra’s advisor and also his charioteer….

The Bhagavad Gita presents a synthesis of the Brahmanical concept of Dharma, theistic bhakti, the yogic ideals of moksha through jnana, bhakti, karma, and Raja Yoga, and Samkhya philosophy.

Yours,
Pano

PS:
Numerous commentaries have been written on the Bhagavad Gita with widely differing views on the essentials.

Vedanta commentators read varying relations between Self and Brahman in the text: Advaita Vedanta sees the non-dualism of Atman (soul) and Brahman as its essence, whereas Bhedabheda and Vishishtadvaita see Atman and Brahman as both different and non-different, and Dvaita sees them as different.

The setting of the Gita in a battlefield has been interpreted as an allegory for the ethical and moral struggles of the human life.

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The Bhagavad Gita‍’​s call for selfless action inspired many leaders of the Indian independence movement including Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

Mahatma Gandhi referred to “the Gita” as his “spiritual dictionary”.

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Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | August 20, 2015

INVICTUS = Living Supreme

Today you are in the beginning…

Every day is the beginning.

All of life is a series of moments that make up the thread of beginnings that coallesce into the Lifeline of ours.

And in this Life there are those who lead, and those who follow, and then there are those that are the True Trend creators and the Natural Winners…

Love is the secret motivator that moves all things, and love for self is a huge reason of the success of some people and of the loss of others.

Winners are people that think selfishness is a virtue, while average people think selfishness is a vice. You don’t get rich if you demonize wealth and Your right to prosperity and abundance through hard work and innovative problem solving.

The winners go out there and try to make themselves happy. They don’t try to pretend to save the world in order to mask their desire to be successful behind a facade of Goodwill. If you are rich enough and powerful enough — then you can put your resources in action and solve the World’s problems too. But if you’re not taking care of yourself, you’re not in a position to help anyone else either. You can’t give what you don’t have.

In this selfish quest to make ourselves happy, we have an active mindset, and we go after what we want and problem solve until we achieve it. Each and every moment. Each and every day…

You’re not going to become a Winner, or get saved, or made rich, or be discovered as a genius by an outside force. If you want a lot of money, and a lot of power — go out and build your own ship because no one is coming to your rescue.

The winners not only actively pursue their ambitious life and financial goals until they’re met, but they expect to make money always in quantities that are going to serve them well. Because we know that money is just a measuring stick and you can’t eat money, live with money, or go to bed at night with it. Yet money surely buys a lot of what we need to be functionally free to pursue what really maters to us.

Don’t ask “Why not me?”

Don’t consider that there is some kind of a Supreme Court that serves Justice in Life whenever it sees that if You are as good as anyone else — then you deserve to be winning and then automatically it makes you rich. Sorry… that fantasy only exists in New Age books like those that say the Universe is conspiring to do something or other…

Best to think smart and simple that If I serve others by solving problems, why shouldn’t I be rewarded with a fortune and power in this needful society?

That’s the question to ask and the path to follow. And that’s how you get your rewards. And since we have this belief, our behaviour moves us rather fast, towards Victory, and the manifestation of whatever dreams we hold dear.

Only Love of Self motivates a person to put the endless moments of effort, the hours or passion, the days of rigor, the weeks of endless work, the months of effort, and the years of hardship that make Life a truly brilliant Success.

What appears as a Natural Win is always “Seven Years in the Making” and it has always taken an enormous amount of Energy to get there.

So be patient…

And be grateful, because being Grateful for Everything that comes down the pike is a sure sign that You know how to live Life and win Big.

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But to be a Winner and to live Supreme, you ought to be Grateful for the smallest of things. Be Grateful for being able to breathe and to live. Be grateful, because you are able to work and have a Life. Be grateful because True Success is not about being an egomaniac but rather about being an Ergomaniac.

Ergomaniacs are those of us who love to work since what we do is our passion and our calling; being fully steeped in the meaning of Life, without having constant questions propping up. Questions that bedeviled other simpler folks, like “What the fvck our purpose is being here?” and all that new age purpose BS asked of those stoners smoking all their dope and losing their purpose of being. Our Raison D’Etre is clear to us and it is based on our need to live well, to reproduce successfully, to work effectively, and to win massively. We know that. And we also know that being an Ergomaniac is golden, because everyday is a celebration, and You live the way You like it, instead of waiting for some distant happy end to come your way…

No successful person ever wants to retire…

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As an Ergomaniac, I can attest that we live joyfully through the challenges, just as we would through the Good Times, whenever they appear. And we don’t take anything personal. Mind You we don’t get used to things either, because they will surely change soonest.

You can live like an Ergomaniac too. The only thing You need is to open your eyes to the wonder of life, to see the humour and the magic in each moment and to live in that moment. Work hard and be happy in your work. And know your purpose without waiting for some televangelist or a hippy-stoner to tell you what your purpose in this Life is. Happy or not, ready or not, dressed-up or not — here we go. This is our gig: The Moment. And then we go LIVE. We live each and every moment like Kings and Queens of our world.

Do this and you’ll see how You’ll win all the time and be successful on whatever you do and how You shall stay delighted in the way things turn out for You. And then the only thing remaining is to keep being Grateful and observing with amazement the beauty of it all.

Yet always, but always You should remain GRATEFUL for whatever…

Good or Not So Good…

As for me — love me or hate me, one thing is for sure — You can learn from Me. That’s why You are reading this in the first place. Because You want to learn how to be a Leader from a real Leader. And maybe along the way You shall learn how to live decently and how to work hard too…

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Yet You must learn not only by reading this but by applying these principles in your Life today, because all of You Leaders & Entrepreneurs out there, can learn a few new things about success and leadership. You can gain from my example setting Life and Business acumen, same as you can follow my path carving leadership experience. But pay attention to learn from my mistakes too; so you can go out and make some new ones, purely Your own. And then share your stories so we can all learn some more and avoid the new traps that spring on our road to success every day.

And while I continue to make headlines for my aggressive campaigns to save the Hearts of the American people, and even all the folks around the world; You can enjoy the benefit of my heart saving Medicine. Or even if you disagree with my position on the warming planet and on our advancing Climate Change and incoming Climate Chaos — you can’t but admire my tireless efforts and investment to help keep our Commons as the Environment, the Atmosphere, the Lands and the Oceans — healthy and viable, for all the People. And the thing is that You’ll enjoy the benefits of my work regardless… of whether you value my contribution or not.

Because I always Open Source my contributions to Humanity same as I did with the Wi-Fi code that became the industry standard for wireless internet that now exists in all of your devices. And I did the same with the Environmental Policy so that it now exists in front of all Legislators and Parliaments around the World, thus creating an open Source Standard for Environmental Policy and a Darwinian playing field where the best and the brightest builders of the Green Economy can compete freely and win the future for all of us.

And even if you feel that through my work with the Environmental Parliament, we ought to tone it down and submit to the rules of politesse and political correctness in order to support the Un-negotiations and all other such babe-in-the-woods innocent, ineffective, and largely doomed to fail efforts — You’ve got to hand it to us for running the Marathon of the gauntlets and staying TRUE BLUE, unlike the others that were killed or altered and shaped like old polite ladies. Organizations like Greenpeace, like WWF, and like the Rainforest Coalition RAN, they have all become the apologists of industry and corporate greenwashers in order to get money to survive and to mount high profile “comedies” and “Drama”. They have managed to become the Avon-ladies of the Environment, and thus largely and completely ineffective.

And even if you are an Englishman, or a Britisher, or a Greek, or even a German, or an irrelevant observer of the European Union Project — You must admit that my involvement as the Founder of the European Democratic Party makes the whole thing more viable as an alternative to the warring states of “A Thousand Years” for all of the Old Continent, to survive in peace.

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As you might have guessed by now — I am not afraid of making headlines.

I don’t shy away from conflict and have never been a wallflower. So if you are reading this and you consider yourself an American fellow patriot, then you must appreciate the Leadership candor of my views and policy implementations offered to our Representatives in Washington through the work of the Environmental Parliament. Some day we’ll get the Green Economy policies right in these United States but until then we’ll be chipping away at the old block…

And even if you are Chinese and disagree with my harsh criticism of the party’s restrictions on Liberty and Democracy — you can still learn by how I go about treating the Hearts of the wealthy developed nations, and how I choose to treat the poor People’s hearts, and the poor nation’s hearts for free. So follow in my footsteps and see how we can cure heart disease in the billion and a half people living in China and remove the corruption from the Body Politic too.

Because if we choose to offer the same techniques and the same Medicine for the wealthy people, and for the poor people — politics aside — we will set a pattern of Change that only Democracy can handle, and People around the world can easily see that. Then it might become easier to see why my services working for the HEART HEALTH of all the people is indispensable.

And because I am a natural leader, with the Leadership education to be able to manage to do my Good Will and Help People while making a huge business success too — this is a repeatable experience.

And let’s not forget that I am an unrepentant philanthropist too. And a Philosopher too where Economics, Business, and Politics intersect, and need my services…

Since most all of my thought processes, attitudes, and no-holds-barred pugilistic style, are all about winning, while always learning and passing on the lessons for everyone else participating in the business of this game called Life.

Another great way to distinguish world-class fighters and winners from the average people out there is confidence. If You are the epitome of believing in oneself, so much so that it’s almost a fault — then you can tone it down. But I believe that You have way to go before that moment in time, especially if you are not n the map yet.

So to ask you a question: “Do you think you could really tell me, that something is impossible or that I won’t succeed?”

Never.

Believe in yourself…

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Believe in yourself because most entrepreneurs sell themselves far too short, and they don’t reach their full potential because they lack the belief in themselves and their abilities. But above all else they lack the Self Love that makes everything possible.

Yet this love of self is the basis of making yourself more appealing to Victory. It’s a process, that requires a major shift in thinking, and that shift has the potential to catapult you to a new level of success. You can suddenly grow in exponential ways by keeping track of the words you say to yourself and the Love you exhibit to you. Never underestimate the power of thoughts, Thoughts formulated in spoken words, become real as soon as they hit the Ether. And then your positivity or negativity as the case might be, will show up clearly as a mirror image of your Life. You can do this is all you want if that’s what it takes to believe — but make it real in your Life if you want to succeed in getting to whatever might be your Dream . Keep track and see how you’ll be surprised by the frequency of how many times in one day you say things like “I can’t” and “That’s impossible” and then consider how many times this stops you in your tracks. I see this all around me with naysayers that I soon enough fire off the company and send them to the world to learn this lesson and if they change — then I have a place for them to come back to, that it will be far more important and demanding than their position before.

So cut out the negativity. Now and forever. Make a breakthrough to positivity. Do this and then you can become infectious with Optimism. Choose optimism because it hardwires your brain for success. Stop being a walking judge of failure, and instead replace the negative thoughts and words with Self-Love and with positive outcomes, like “I can do this” and “This is Easy” and “We are all Winners but I am the Leader of the Team” and thus become responsible for your Success and Victory and the Team’s Winnings will be credited to You.

Be a Champion… always. Always and in all of your endeavours.

Let people badmouth You and even bet against you. Let the fools and the losers take sizable bets in deals going against You…

You just keep steady. Steady same and Stay Strong. Keep fighting and don’t worry. Because if you’ve done your homework you need not be afraid of anything, as there’s an old saying among world class Champions and Leaders: “A bet against a champion is a bad bet.” And it holds true all of the time, because most people quickly become demoralized by the normal setbacks and defeats existent in all games, and quickly sink back into their comfort zones. But the Champions never do. They practice through defeats to get to the Victory by saving their energies to fight another day…

Getting out of the comfort zone and stretching the envelope of happiness and discomfort is what makes you unique. That is the Champion’s secret sauce. Same as the greatest entrepreneurs who know that large-scale success is based on a series of mistakes, setbacks, loses, and eventual huge comebacks. All great Champions start out as the underdogs beaten defeated and dropped for dead. And then they rise up like the phoenix rising up from the ashes.

Instead look at the amateurs who before jumping into the fray of the Fight — they always hedge their bets. They pray to their Gods for Victory and leave it at that. Then they always make the mistake of counting the pros and the cons, and weighing out the merits of going on, or falling back, and stopping trying & fighting, and of course they give up the game when things get tough. So they go home crying to Momma, while the tough ones keep on trekking. The Champions keep going until the end. It is not because the champions are made tough and don’t understand what giving up is — but it is because the mindset of the Champion is hardwired to continue fighting without giving up.

Proof of that is that the true champions continue to fail… and they fail again and again, yet keep coming back for more. Until the day that they win…

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Failing Forward is what we call it. And after some hundreds of companies I’ve invested into, taught, or started up, as an Entrepreneur, and a Co-Founder, or the main Founder; I’ve got some experience into having failed; and I’ve got the scars and the bling of some great SUCCESSES to show for that too.

Cause sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war. And making sure to live to fight another day is the important differentiator here.

So take nothing personal. Not the Victories, and not the Successes either. But personalize the lessons of each and every failure so that You do not repeat them ever again. And that’s how failure can be your greatest ally. Failure teaches you things about yourself and about the world around you — that nobody else will…

But please don’t take failure, negative-praise, or even tragedy, personally. It is neither personal nor permanent. Things always CHANGE…

Consider that every backwash is nothing more but another step in the right direction.
People’s negative-praise, is just that: Praise.

People are projecting onto You their own unrealized hopes and dreams, as they see you fighting in Life. And negative-praise is not bad because it gets your name out there and the Conversation gets started. From then on as the perennial scrappy underdog that I am — I always see the path to Victory and to my eventual blockbuster “NIKE” the Big WIN.

But there are always massive Contests that You are pitted against opponents and odds that are massively stacked against you, be it Institutional and Big Corporate stupidity and inability to Change, or the Political Status Quo — and for those you need the skills of Napoleon to defeat them.

Your partners and all others might run scared because they are not able to judge or even come close to estimating the reality of the battle or of your Dynamic Life. So they may abandon you and trash talk you when they switch sides. Don’t mind their weakness. It’s all human.
After all you cannot take personal anything they might say. For me all of my Enemies are nothing but misguided Friends. And that keeps me REAL.

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I don’t care if people like me or not, because wanting People to Like you is as valuable as receiving Likes on Facebook. Totally worthless. Maybe it stems from wanting your Mommy to like You, or your mates, or your school friends, or your dates, or your bedmates, or the citizens or whatever… But unless you are not running for “Office” this is daft.  Politicians make a decent effort to be liked because they are like whores begging for your Vote, so they make an effort to be liked by the masses. Of course You have a tacit agreement that after they get into “Office” they promptly forget you. And they in turn vote only for their special interests and for the issues, their gold-plated  lobbyists briefed them on. It’s fair because Money & Power go hand in hand. And if the lobbyists gave them the most greenbucks to get to where they are, and you didn’t — why are you crying foul?

Therefore wanting to be liked by simpletons, unless you are Mother Teresa or Kim Kardashian is utterly foolish. People will never make you a Hero but will most likely make you a Loser. They do this automatically because “small minds” are negative since they cannot hold “Big Ideas” and “Big Thoughts” inside. You see trusting the People tp Like You is hopeless, because they will examine and search and waste their lives to find justifications, to judge you and dislike you, even if it’s just to compensate for their own small mind and incompetence… So that is what they project. So please don’t bother seeking People to LIKE YOU, unless you are one like them. And in that case you fall into the Paris Hilton and the Kim Kardashian category and you have to start making your “amateur” porn tapes to unleash on the Internet in order to become “Famous”

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Of course be aware, and take care, because that might result in your spending zillions of hours in untold misery detailing your Mommy addiction and “telling” this to bearded and sleepy strangers, while laying in the couch of Sigmund Freud. Approval addiction stems from believing, “I won’t be loved or accepted unless others approve of my behavior.” And it starts from your Mommy addiction. Swear, this is what all of Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis and the “couchsurfing” is all about. It’s seeking conformity at all costs.

Yet we all know that seeking conformity in life, in business, and in thought — always results in abject & dismal mediocrity. And if this is your idea of Life – go at it. But in my book this sounds like being buried alive.

And you do this yourself. Straight up. You seek Conformity and you censor your thoughts, your words and your deeds– ergo You have your own Negativity ruling your Life. It’s like having your own private-thought-police always running your Life. This is what your negative mind running amok, and your self censoring attitude because You want to be “liked” results into. And of course it will diminish all of your contributions to Family, Business, and Society, and hold you back from making any meaningful contribution.

Careful of this giant self-laid trap because I’ve seen it take over the lives of even the most talented and innovative entrepreneurs and turn them from success to crying failures.

In other contexts it’s called “The Fear of Success” but it’s pure Freudian simile and it goes far deeper than that.

And it’s always been that way, because it’s an outer frame of reference which values the opinions of others above your own.

A winner like the undersigned is the ultimate example of not worrying about what other people think, and this is just one of the many reasons why I am so successful.

Some people will berate your abilities and bitch at You — but let them be, because they are like the broads that have blown you off, and then complain that You don’t call them back… My explanation is simple: If they suck good — I’ll remember them. If not…

Remember, you are still to be honest and forward thinking as a Man and always be responsible to your family, to your people, to your employees, to customers, to clients, to investors, and to all those associated with You. But You don’t have to apologize to anyone for your behaviour when you seemingly fall off the pedestal — in these people’s eyes.

Though to be able to say “Am Sorry” to those you hurt directly [hopefully inadvertently] is divine, and to be truly honest, sincere, and to act with integrity is a sign of being a true leader — it doesn’t mean that you go about Life mumbling excuses every time you step on someone’s foot. Having big shoes to fill means you step on someone’s toes some of the time. It simply goes with the territory. And that act alone always invites the trolls. You win a business deal — the Losers bitch. You lose a big deal — the judges croon. You win and lose some or other big or small deals, and the assorted trolls, haters, & slimmy naysayers’ shrill voices triumph. Bitches hate you. Bitches Love You. But the important thing is that nobody remains indifferent…

So what’s a man to do?

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Ask the President of the United States to see if he cares that more than half of the people are vehemently against him most of the time. Hell No. The Prez doesn’t give a flying fvck, because there are some far bigger worries in his mind and issues of State that demand his unwavering attention. Still there are some Losers out there looking for his birth certificate seven years after he proved himself more than worthy for the job…

Keep that in mind next time somebody trolls you on the internet. Being attacked and written about in the Internet is a true sign of Honour because you are at least doing something. Being famous is also an important litmus test to see how You handle the regular stress of rabid fans, stalkers, trolls, hooligans, extremists, haters, losers, straight up fans, debuttantes, & dilettantes.

And unless You are Kim Kardashian needing to air your personal porn tape in order to become famous — try to abstain from having personal and naked moments on Youtube. But still always be open and try to exercise brutal honesty in all the public facing areas of your life because it saves time and really gives value to all those involved. Honesty cuts down the BS and makes business exchanges a song.

So keep at it. Sing hallelujah in business and do it at a great clip. And as always make the team sing it too. Because business like football is a team game. Make harmonious music with others if you want to win…

But your private life — keep it as private as possible to protect it from the over abundance of fans, stalkers, haters, and trolls.

Stay truly honest even if in the beginning it ruffles the feathers of all those flightless slugs, that you have no business being in league with in the first place… Because doing business with the big flying birds of prey out there is your true calling. Birds of a feather and all… stay with your League, because the “Real Players” have no problem with your abundant bravado and your exercise of Leadership, or with the brutal truth, since they understand the value it brings to all of our lives.

Being nice is not all that’s cracked up to be… Ask any beautiful woman and she will prove the truth in this. Better yet observe. Because even if you don’t know any stunning beauties, or don’t have the balls to ask the famous models such questions — just observe to see what kinds of guys they screw, whom they marry, and what type of men they hang with…

Capice?

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You are not here on earth to be liked.

Don’t fish for compliments. On the Internet or off the Internet. In real life or in Second Life. In Reality or in Virtual Reality. Never seek acceptance and the like…

It’s the kiss of death for a Leader. You can’t lead following the polls… unless your name is Billie Clinton. And You can see where all that got him. Married to a pantsuit and blowing a blue dress… the Elvis Presley impersonator of politics.

Don’t do that.

Just do your job.

This life is not a serial dog and pony, beauty show.

This t is not a popularity contest for Miss Universe either.

Life is not a Beauty Queen show either.

Even if you are interviewing for a Cheerleader position — you have to be able to dance — but You don’t have to be liked.

You are not seeking to be liked by everyone out there; but only by those that You are directly responsible for. Even then it’s best to be respected than to be liked. Random people’s attitudes or behaviours towards you, are their problem.

And don’t ever ever wish for World Peace if you win your Contest – whatever that may be.

Even when President Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize — he didn’t.

So unless you are a beauty pageant contestant — don’t wish for World Peace. Just go out there and do your best to bring it about. But please do so quietly…

And after many years of hard work and fame, hopefully people in general will like you. All those overnight successes are about fifteen to twenty years in the making. Maybe the People that matter will like and respect You. As for the ones who don’t matter — you don’t care about.

For the public out there, even if they don’t like you — trust me — it’s not your problem.

Haters have enough of a problem to deal with in their own lives without having You to heap pity and scorn upon them. Just Ignore them. Haters hate because that’s what they do. First they hate their own lives and then everyone else’s too. Trolls troll because that’s what they do. Troll-bloggers are famous for this. Sitting alone in their Momma’s basement, they unleash their frustration, their incompetence, and their toxic venom, all piled high in their brains from not being laid since childbirth. And they lay it on upon the Better People out there.

News Flash: You don’t have to accept that “gift” because it’s radioactive and because it’s best to let them enjoy the half life of seven thousand years of radiation in their head. That’s what cancers comes from. People who have nothing good to say about anyone else are marking themselves for a swift downfall. But if you have never accomplished anything in your Life — your fall cannot be too dramatic.

Oscar Wilde always said that the haters are actually “working for you” because they perpetuate your name in the media. And that’s a good thing. But then again old Oscar said a lot of things…

Still, Karma is a bitch…

A Fair Bitch — but still a Bitch.

Just observe how it works through your Life.

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As simple as it sounds, many times the only thing that separates winners from losers is minding your own business. Minding your own business means keeping your nose on the grindstone. And that is pure driven determination. Producing copious amounts of Sweat Equity helps. Not getting sidetracked through other people’s neediness, selfish affirmation, or direction, because they have not seen what you’ve seen — is key here. You need to stay the course and allow your evangelists and head cheerleaders to help get the direction across to the teams of subordinates. Delegate – delegate – delegate. Because large teams need to fall in step behind the Leader and for that you need some really good shepherd “dogs” to assist you in herding the flock and putting them in the right direction.

How can anyone who doesn’t see the horizon claim to know what lies beyond?

How can you debate where True North lays unless you are using the magnetic Compass accurately?

How can you score a map chart accurately at night, unless you have the benefit of the Astrolabe Celestial Navigation?

How can you tread new paths over hostile ground without the aid of accurate navigation tools?

And that is what happens when you are lost…

GPS with fresh batteries and a NavSat phone will suffice…

But without it — You can neither plot the course — nor discuss it, nor argue about it.

And certainly You cannot fault the navigator if You don’t understand their chosen path.

Get off the boat if You don’t agree, but should you want to and should you choose to stay — then You have to trust the instincts of the Ones who plot charts for a living.

And do that happily because You’ve got to keep in mind that even a tiny degree of deviation from the True North goal of an Organization, results in hundreds if not thousands of miles of off-course deviance when you fly around the world at high altitude and high speeds. So instead of being a back seat pilot — try to keep quiet and stay productive to the team and to the ultimate goal. That is if you want to arrive to the intended destination unscathed.

And the destination is always Victory.

Once you get there — You celebrate.

And today’s winners are always team players. Because while the winning difference may be slight, the thought process that makes the difference and brings about the “WIN” — that is huge.

And as for choosing appropriate help — the Warriors amongst us — we all know that it is the quality of the Team that matters and not the size of it. Try hundreds of people if need arises, and fire them all swiftly and only keep the Great ones because the other ones are like dead weight and will drag you down.

As proof of that is that amateurs spend a substantial amount of time negotiating with other low quality people to build a numerically large team and then they collectively go out of their way to bicker and negotiate the spoils of victory without prosecuting the war. And then they continue to discuss and negotiate the potential price of victory — ad infinitum. All that at the time that the True Warrior, the Professional, get a small and highly qualified team and just nail it. The real winners, get to the Victory Lap before even the most successful amongst us have even considered, let alone made the decision to pay any price, and bear any burden, in the name of our chosen victory.

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Life is a bridge and you need to keep on moving and growing to cross it. Nobody makes their house on the bridge. You’ve got to keep on crossing and learn that movement is what gets you across, and what keeps you growing on day in and day out. Keep growing by moving and changing constantly. Stasis is death. Change is Growth. Growth is Life…

Winners know that equation rather well. Losers … not so much.

And they keep on asking me Why are you doing this?

Am doing this because much like all the other champions fighting the Good Fight — we are the real Men fighting in the Arena to achieve something we see as important. Sometimes even the prize might not matter, but the Victory always does.

We are the charioteers, the athletes, the gladiators, the champions… because we choose to step out there and that’s how we like it. Whether we learned to like it, or we always liked the Good Fight it doesn’t matter. As of this writing we still seem to like it…

So we are still doing it. We are the true warriors of this world.

Look, Observe, and Learn.

Our outstanding preparation and seven years long practice is what makes us unstoppable and ferocious on any competitive field. To me it’s not about winning that’s everything, but wanting to win is. That sweet victory is based on my principles and on my communnally held values. Victory for me is the True North.

Most people will do almost anything to avoid conflict. It’s safe to say that I do not welcome it either — but if it comes my way — I embrace it fully. I thrive in it and see conflict not as a threat, but as an opportunity to gain a three-dimensional perspective on a problem and fight it out always knowing that in a Darwinian playing field — I will win. My ideas will win. My projections and my Business Acumen will win. My plans will carry the day and my Mental Assumptions and Designs will carry the day over anyone else’s plans. Myself much like all other champions; we see conflict only as an obstacle to be overcome. We focus on the underlying problem and not on any emotions thereof, I use problems and the resultant conflict as a healthy function of checks and balances in Life, in Competition, and in Business, same as they are in Politics and Love. And if all is Fair in War and Love, so be it in Peace and Work. Let’s win this Challenge is my normal cry. And then we rally the Team and we win.

Unfortunately there are a lot of business leaders who suppress conflict, and who are too tightly bound to allow this fantastic opportunity for growth to come within reach… And thus they fail without even trying to fight. They negotiate themselves to a Loss and an Early Grave.

When I am asked — I tell them that you need to welcome and embrace conflict, because only then you are destined to evolve exponentially. Out of the cauldron of Fire is how You get the true Gold. You can’t get Gold out of the gossip mill…

I like thinking laterally and out of the box, same as I like thinking and acting big and I love acting upon the Big Ideas. I like Networking all elements of my Success and that includes people. I always connect because People are my Chief Capital. If I use it well — it multiplies. If not it gets squandered and diminishes. But you’ve got to keep it pure. Remove the losers and care enough to protect it from being polluted or made lazy. Use this exemplary capital to create results and amazing bottom-lines that will not be found anywhere else. Work it like You are working yourself.

I am working hard all the time, and thus I am the personification of an Ergomaniac, because acting Big is nothing — but Winning Big is everything. And the eye on the prize is a good place to start… Win it all. And don’t mind the Bollocks, because winning of course invites all kinds of criticism, naysayers, fear mongers, and scardy cats, to want to love and hate you at the same time. Because what are these hateful attacks but unrequited and misguided love turned toxic. Still, You’ve got to be ready for that. Don’t worry it’s just a test of your mettle. The puss that seeps from these poor people’s wounds into their expression of hateful love towards you is their problem. And unless you are tested continuously — how are people going to know what kind of metal you are made of?

So if you’re going to be Victorious don’t be afraid of fighting, or losing battles, or setbacks, and challenges. They are all designed to make you, not break you. But before each major battle try to always be mentally “undefeated” — right before the battle. Do this … in anything you do in Life.

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Winning is mainly a mental attitude borne out of an Ergomaniacs rigorous and disciplined work habits.

True Ergomaniacs hate fame and like to be respected, if not feared. So they are not ‘available” to hang with You. They don’t respond to your emails, telephone calls and the like…

That is not uncommon in the Venture Capital and the Private Equity world, but in the early stage StartUp Angel investor world, it is incumbent to be unreachable because otherwise you will waste all of your time with the “unfundable” ones, with loser juniors playing the CEO, and with those StartUps that You don’t want to invest into at any cost. So give them the Truth and cut them loose. Don’t waste any time trying to fix anybody. You can’t. And there are professionals for that — You are Not.

I Believe in Good Karma because I have seen good gestures being returned 1000 times fold, if not more.

I believe in Change, because I have seen many entrepreneurs refusing to change. and have seen those who are trying very hard not to change, and they always collapse. So I change often and constantly evolving to a better place, always helped by my team whom I can rely upon to bring me back to earth and reality, from my all too frequent flights of fancy. But having said that, I know that everything around me will keep changing for the better and we will always be more successful than the last time we tried. As long as I can feel my ‘centerdness’ – acutely, deeply and vehemently, I know everything will be fine and we’ll keep on growing.

Take your time and gather experiences, people, and connect with everything in Life. Don’t suffer fools willingly because it’s far better to be a little hated and rich, rather than loved and bleeding money, or famous with losing investments, and with your StartUps dying all over the place.

And that is the hierarchy of Needs and Rewards, in the early stage finance culture of today: The more important you are, the less you need to be liked, and the less you need to be liked, the less you need to be seen.

So stay under the radar my young Grasshoppers. Stay quiet and stay productive. You don’t need to be famous to be the Winner of the heap… At least those who don’t need to know they don’t need to know who you are. Let them guess. Let the perpetual losers always ask “Who Are you?”

No ned to answer… because these folks are like “The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” — they always want more flesh to consume just to be satiated. Except your love muscle isn’t reserved for the likes of them, so stay under the radar.

When some errant “friends” are always asking me this silly-girl type of question: “Who Are You?” I always answer with my typical pass: “Just A Tourist”

They immediately think that  am pulling a Mickey and joking with them, but am dead serious.

As “A Tourist” I get to fly in and fly out. And I get to do that all the time without attachments. Do this frequently and you get to see all that matters without getting caught in the weeds. Rolling stones gather No-Moss. So I don’t get tainted with the local false idols, or the peasant beliefs in the local church or perpetual false financial indulgence. I need to profess no allegiance to any local hegemons, nor do I subject myself to the local rules and superstitions, and I need not eat the local dog food. I need not drink the local cool-aid either and I don’t need to get drunk on the local grog with the stupid hommies as they all do.

So my eyesight remains clear and untainted by anyone’s coloured lenses.

As “a Tourist” I get to fly above the very top of the pyramid, seeing everything and not being attached to anything. And like a bird of pray — we fly high solo, up there where the true masters of the StartUp ANgel Capital and of the Venture Capital markets fly, who are famous for not wanting fame, wasting time, or sharing deals. And I manage this way to be at the top of the pyramid in many different City Markets for the Early Stage Company Finance without ruffling the feathers of the local Cains. Our keen desire to stay under the radar of the public is a signal of how really important we are. Our ability to be free from taintment, free from cameras, free from being interviewed, free from news, free from photos, and generally free from publicity — makes free from the earthly tethers that suck us down to earth.

We ride the thermals way up in the sky and never bother with the hoi poloi insecurities and lack of nerve.

Our distaste for fame is the opposite of the Kim Kardashians out there who would do anything to gain fame. Ergo the Sex Tapes…

Still you would think that in our carefree way living large and practicing fame avoidance, we often morph into elusive curmudgeons, living highly private lives hidden into outright secrecy. Nothing could be further from the Truth. And this is always true, especially amongst the leading Angel Capital Funder jet-set. We live the Air to Air lifestyle, and thus we have to enjoy Life and Speed, but we also have to have some peace of mind when we touch down in our preferred cities. It is our privilege after all to enjoy some well earned R&R every once in a while…

So please leave us in Peace…

Not only because we need it, but because we want to reflect, recuperate and collect our Thoughts.

One needs to quietly sit and think alone because the Success we so highly value comes from deep reflection and deep meditation upon the subjects that matter to us.

After all I love to reflect and think deeply in silence my next moves. Always taking a moment to prepare mentally for my battles, ages before they ever happen. And that’s How You WIn.

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And that’s why I sit under the tree alone thinking. Thinking, and quietly reflecting, meditating, as if the world doesn’t exist. You see now why we avoid fame. Because You can’t do this when you are famous. And fame seeking is a sure sign of weakness, for our set of Winners. In the early stage StartUp Investment world, fame seeking is an oxymoron, and the opposite of success. And if secrecy is a sign of success too, then the large PR efforts of some firms and individuals are a sure sign of a giant Fail.

This is succinctly explained when you see that the True masters of the early stage investment markets don’t need anyone else’s help to do their deals. We easily absorb the whole of our StartUps rounds and then we pass the baby on to the institutionals we’ve working with forever. We can divine the secrets behind the frenzy of startups coming up on our screen, by finding the hidden order in the randomness, discerning the Quantum Entanglement and reading the patterns and the true intelligence spots, and then turning that into Alchemist’s quicksilver, and soon enough into gold.

That’s how it’s done. And if you think you have that secret quality of Early stage Success spotting in Science and Technology StartUps — then keep it to yourself, go fund them, and direct them to execute and iterate gaining massive market share in new and ground breaking businesses or in disrupting old and tame industries. Yet try to do this work quietly, because it’s stupid to tell others about your business plans or to open up your kimono — unless you are about to be blown ;-) … Especially avoid opening up your kimono because by telling the world what You are doing — in essence, you are divulging your secret divination rod findings, for free. So shut the fvck up and execute.

Who do you think You are to dispense company investment specific advise or to talk up a round. The first thing is improper and probably in some daft financial religion highly immoral, and the second is straight up — illegal. And at any rate people don’t respect Free Advise. So keep it to yourself and if you are going to share with some people — then make sure they also know the code and keep it secret because if you want to share — you can charge some huge fees for that. Fees that only folks like “The Institutionals” can afford to pay, and they are more than willing to spot You, in order to share in the feast. Knowledge is Power. Advance Market Information is the gateway to this Power arising from the benefits of your special knowledge and from your super-powers of pattern recognition.

Hone that skill everyday.

As for those shark-tank, bird-nest, and dragon-den, dilettantes — forget it. Forget them because they are just celebrity participants and the so called early stage investors, are just “stage” personalities. THey are folks made for TV and people on TV giving StartUps investment advice are just play acting.

So … please don’t get me started.

Are they fools or not?

Pray tell — what do you think?

They are either special fools who don’t know anything and pretend to know it all, or they’re simpletons who know something and are going on TV to become famous and fulfill some tiny ego desire down there.

Either way — they are fools.

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And it’s a good thing to know where others are, in order to be able to gauge your mental powers. Sport your powers, because you should always know that any Victory worth having, comes first in the mind. It arrives in the mind, and then it is felt in the body, where it’s so real — You will not only feel it but you can also taste it…

All of this going on, well before the day of the actual battle has even arrived.

Be mentally prepared.

That’s how you win consistently.

And then You maybe become known as myself has been called: A CHAMPION.

Yet true champions always work it. Practice, practice, practice…

So go out there and play the Game of Life and Win it.

NIKE = Victory.

Write that across your forehead with a stencil.

And if you are so inclined, INVICTUS is a good tattoo to wear around your heart.

Cheers

Yours,

Pano

PS:

Always have your acceptance speech ready.

Remember don’t belittle people’s intelligence, nor the concept of world peace by arguing for it… but make sure to Thank everyone, and always remember those who made Victory possible.

ANd make certain to Thank all the others before starting the Thank You song towards your Momma, your Lovely, and your family.

Thanking everyone in Your team means that they deserve the medal and the acceptance just as much as You are.

And You know it…

Be unapologetic about Your Game — but Thank everyone in your team.

Asking anything of anybody and thinking anything about Yourself and Your Victory, means that You think really big, and that You know how to ask for the really big things out of Life, and out of Yourself.

But also make sure that you are thinking openly, widely, and laterally, because only when You are truly out of the box — You can lead in a big way.

And no matter what you think, there are many lessons to be learned from my leadership style and my bold approach to life and business.

But take to heart this last important lesson too, because You can’t fake True Leadership, anymore than You can fake the True Warrior behaviour or the real winner personality and Champion skills.

And just make sure to accept ad welcome anything and everything that comes your way because acceptance gives us the experience of being like an angel: never judging, never criticizing, and never worrying about anything…

Always accept because there aren’t enough last minutes in Life to find moments that will allow you to make a New beginning, if you are not accepting whatever comes your way.

Remember that.

“Some people grow, other people swell. You’d better figure out who you are.”

— John Weinberg,

— Chairman

— Goldman Sachs, 1976 – 1990.

— “The Golden Years of Investment Banking.”

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Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | August 14, 2015

I once had a thousand desires…

“I once had a thousand desires…

But in my one desire to know you,

all else melted away.”

–Rumi

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | August 12, 2015

Heart Break

Our hearts are tender and yet breakable.

They also present us with problems of time.

The earth is 4.5 billion years old, but we are a young species, relatively speaking, with an average individual allotment of three score years and ten.

The brevity of our lives breeds a kind of temporal parochialism that appears as a distinct ignorance or an indifference to those planetary gears which turn more slowly than our own.

Illusions, wineglasses, antique vases, Humpty Dumpty, hip bones, hearts, all break. Yet what breaks quickly generally mends slowly, if at all…

But before our heart breaks, our famous nonchalance will shatter instantly.

So will everything else made of glass.

Unmoored on the undulating ground of our hopes, the dome of the Heart, will begin to collapse.

And when this happens, all time stops.

Or at least goes so ever slow…

And when someone has a Heart Infraction all time stops still.

All people are looking at their watches, wondering how long we have, and what we will do, before geological time catches up to our own…

Yet we have no time to waste because we can now at least Fix the broken Heart.

Wellheart helps do this without invasive surgery and bloodshed.

Don’t go under the knife hoping to be fixed by the surgeons wielding sharp knives.

Wielding tools and oily implements like these folks working under the hood of the car.

Methinks it’s best to work at it, slowly, softly, and fix, it without a Code-Red cutting it open and spilling out it’s guts.

Best we avoid the Mechanics and seek out the Healers.

Medicine serves us best and WellHeart got it for You.

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Yours,
Dr Kroko

PS:

So is with our Transient Lives.

Be still my beating Heart…

Be Still

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