70 years ago, my father fled his ancestral village in Bangladesh and became a refugee at the age of 10. This year, I became a C-suite executive at a Fortune 500 company, leading data and AI/ML for Opendoor. The American Dream is real, but it isn’t quite what you think it is.
Yes, there is evil in the world. Yes, there is death — unfair, untimely death. There is apathy, there is greed, there is awfulness. But, there is also goodness in this world. Real goodness.
Yesterday, someone tried to steal that from us.
Well, fuck that. I refuse. There is goodness, I know this. There is kindness, I know this too. There is courage, genuineness, raw messy inner human beauty — all of this I know.
I know this because, over the past five years of building Vittana, I’ve had the genuine honor (pleasure!) of getting to know some of the most amazing people in the world.
Grasshopper: “What’s the secret?”
Master: “The secret is that there is no secret — you just have to work harder than everyone else.”
It’s actually very simple. If you work 10% harder every day, how far ahead are you at the end of the year? Hint: It’s not 10%.