Overheard : Leadership

Leadership isn’t about being the hero. It’s about empowering your team to become heroes themselves.

Google Gemini

For folks that are driven, wired to see an issue and tackle it head-on, it is difficult to not jump in and “try” to help your team whenever they run into an issue. But the reality is that most folks are capable, creative individuals. They just need the space to flex their own problem-solving muscles.

If you team has the skills and experience, let them handle it :-).

Charlie : The guru I never met

Yesterday (Nov 28, 2023), the world lost a giant of investing and clear thinking: Charlie Munger. While I never had the privilege of meeting him in person, his wisdom, wit, and down-to-earth approach to life have had a profound impact on me. His speeches and writings have been a guiding light, teaching me not just about investing, but about life itself.

Charlie possessed a rare combination of intelligence, practicality, and brutal honesty. He never sugarcoated his words, always offering his insights with clarity and directness. One quote that particularly resonates with me comes from his 2007 commencement speech at USC. Reflecting on choices in life, he said:
“Let me use a little inversion now. What will really fail in life? What do we want to avoid? Some answers are easy. For example, sloth and unreliability will fail. If you’re unreliable it doesn’t matter what your virtues are, you’re going to crater immediately. So, faithfully doing what you’ve engaged to do should be an automatic part of your conduct.”

These words underscore the importance of basic principles like hard work, integrity, and commitment. Charlie understood that success wasn’t built on complex theories, but on a foundation of solid values and consistent action.

Charlie’s passing is a significant loss, but his legacy will undoubtedly continue to inspire and educate generations to come. His wisdom will remain a guiding force for those seeking to navigate the complexities of life and investing with integrity and a clear mind.

Rest in peace, Charlie. You will be deeply missed.

HOWTO : Bulk deletes in vi

Use “dG” command, if you want to delete all lines in a file starting from the line under the cursor in vi.

Additional commands to delete lines

  1. dd deletes the whole line under the cursor.
  2. xdd deletes multiple (x) lines, starting at the cursor. For example 10dd deletes 10 lines
  3. d$ deletes to the end of the line, starting at the cursor.

HOW TO : Create free clipart

One can leverage the explosion of generative AI art engines to create your own clip art.

  • Create an image in MidJourney (you can get free credits to create up to 200 images)
    • You can add “clipart” to any image description to get good results
  • Use Removebg to remove any background from the image. (500×500 pixel png images are free)
  • enjoy 🙂

Here’s a clipart that I created using the prompt “moscow mule drink illustration, clipart”