Hindsights II: the Learning Continues

It’s been a few years since I wrote the Hindsights speech. During these years, a lot of water has gone under the bridge. I am married to the same woman. I have three kids with a fourth on the way. (My youngest is a girl we adopted from Guatemala, and any day now, we are adopting her biological brother.) I’ve written seven books and made about five hundred speeches. I’ve started three companies and done another tour of duty at Apple. Finally, I’ve racked up 1.5 million miles on United Airlines–it’s a bad sign when immigration tells you, “There’s no more space on your passport; you need to get a new one.”

You’d think that I would have learned something beyond the original ten hindsights, and indeed I have. To this end, here is Hindsights II. If you add these hindsights to the ones in my first speech, you’ll have the big things that I’ve learned in life.

  1. Things are never as good or as bad as they seem. When I was working at Apple from 1983 to 1987, the company experienced fantastic highs and dismal lows. Shipping Macintosh was one such high. Apple’s first layoff a few years later was a dismal low. But I saw that when things were supposedly great, there were lots of problems that people chose to ignore. Then I saw that during the black days, things weren’t that bad: Customers were still buying Macintoshes by the thousands; developers were fairly happy, and most employees weren’t affected by the layoffs. (Some employees even thought the layoffs were a good method to clean house.) So I’ve learned to temper my optimism and my pessimism in my old age.
  2. You can love an adopted child as much as a biological one. A man’s contribution to a pregnancy lasts about ten seconds–five if he told the truth–three if you asked the mother. And yet I’ve met many men who who were skeptical about adoption because they didn’t think they could “bond” with a child that didn’t have their DNA–ie, the ten-second commitment. This is simply not true: when you hold your precious jewel for the first time, no one cares if none of those chromosomes came from you. Certainly not the baby. Certainly not your wife. So get over it. Your DNA isn’t the Holy Grail–to mix several metaphors.
  3. The key to child delivery is one word: “epidural.” We went to the delivery classes; we learned the relaxation techniques; we took the soothing music with us to the hospital. At the end of the day (or, more accurately twenty-six hours), we came to believe that if God wanted every delivery to be natural, She wouldn’t have enabled doctors to invent the epidural shot.
  4. People act like their last names sound. People may start to look like their dogs, but I think that they act like their last names sound. For example, I have a buddy named Will Mayall. He helps me with anything technical; for example, when I ask him if he can make my web site or blog do something, his initial response is, “I may be able to” and then two hours later he’s done it “all.” Hence, “may all.” Similarly, there’s Jean-Louis Gassée. He’s a funny guy–always armed with a great (usually sexual) metaphor to explain anything. He is a “gas” for the things that he “says”–hence, “gas say”. Then there’s Kawasaki–my high school football teammates told me that I was a “cow’s ass sagging.”
  5. If you think someone is an orifice, everyone else does too. When I met people that I didn’t like, I wondered if it was me or the person. Perhaps I had gotten her all wrong, and other people liked her, respected her, adored her, whatever. After much investigation, I formulated the Rule of Perfect Information About Orifices; that is, if you think someone is an orifice, pretty much everyone thinks she’s an orifice too. There is seldom disagreement about orifices. The same, however, is not true about good guys. If you think someone is a good guy, you should never assume most people agree with you.
  6. Life is too short to deal with orifices. Continuing on the orifice track. I’m now fifty-one years old, so more than half my life is over. There’s not enough time left to accommodate orifices–frankly, there’s not enough time to take care of the people you like. Why should you waste time with people you don’t? So no matter how great a customer, partner, or vendor someone could, or should, be, don’t waste time with orifices. They not only waste your time, but they taint your soul for the time you spent with the people you like.
  7. Entrepreneurs are always a year late and 90% high in their “conservative” forecast. I’ve worked with entrepreneurs who were so green they couldn’t run a lemonade stand, and I’ve worked with entrepreneurs with great track records in brand-name companies. At the end of the day, experience, age, gender, educational background…nothing matters: entrepreneurs are usually a year late in delivering their product, and their financial results are 90% lower than their “conservative” forecast. This isn’t necessarily bad–indeed it may be necessary for entrepreneurs to believe their own bull shitake, but it is how things work.
  8. Judge others by their intentions and yourself by your results. If you want to be at peace with the world, here’s what you should do. When you judge others, look at what they intended to do. When you judge yourself, look at what you’ve actually accomplished. This attitude is bound to keep you humble. By contrast, if you judge others by their accomplishments (which are usually shortfalls) and yourself by your intentions (which are usually lofty), you will be an angry, despised little man.
  9. You don’t have to answer every email. I am compulsive about answering email. Sometimes I simply can’t answer email for weeks, and I feel like slitting my wrists. However, there have been a couple of times where I lost my inbox–copied the wrong file, file got corrupted, whatever–and I was terrified that hundreds of people wouldn’t get a response and would be furious. They’d be thinking, “Guy thinks he’s such a big shot that he doesn’t need to answer email anymore.” I expected to get hatemail for weeks. Do you know what happened? Nothing. Not one pissed-off email. I was amazed. But I am still compulsive about email.
  10. Always use the toilet in an airplane after a woman. This is getting a little vertical, or horizontal, depending on how you want to look at it. Simply put, men pee on the seat. Women don’t. And if a woman follows a man who peed on the seat, then she will clean it up before she sits down. If you sit down after her, you’re good to go–so to speak.
  11. Never ask people to do something that you wouldn’t do. This is the ultimate test for every sales promotion, marketing campaign, engineering design, and employee directive. If you won’t do something, don’t ask anyone else to do it. I don’t care how great your nuclear powered mousetrap is: You wouldn’t pay $500,000 for it, go back to school for a PhD in Physics to learn to set it, and drive to the middle of Utah to drop off the dead, toxic mouse. On the flip side, as my buddy Smittie told me, if you do the tough, dirty stuff then (a) employee can’t complain; and (b) employees will follow you because they know you would do what you’re asking them to do.

Pee Addendum: Hindsights IIa: Many men have written to me that their spouses pee while standing up. Thus, my belief that women pee sitting down is false. And maybe WAY false because a woman peeing standing up is likely to be “less accurate” for reasons of plumbing. All this said, someone once told me that pee is sterile anyway, but I digress.

Written at: Anderson School of Management, UCLA, Los Angeles, California.

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About the Author:

Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of The Art of Social Media, The Art of the Start, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.


  1. Smittie's Ramblings January 24, 2006 at 10:43 pm - Reply


    I’m A Bad Boy: Google had sent me an email explaining that my account was disabled and why. It landed in my JUNK folder which is why I didn’t see it until a day or so later. The Evangelicals: If…

  2. Sameer January 24, 2006 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    #8 is really beautiful, and useful. Dunno how easy it is to implement tho, but worth a real good shot at.

  3. Rishi Khaitan January 25, 2006 at 12:01 am - Reply

    #8 really struck a chord for me too.

  4. Carey January 25, 2006 at 12:04 am - Reply

    Guy, good to see you’re back at UCLA Anderson; wish I could have met you when I was there a few years ago–hope our paths will cross someday. Both Hindsights posts have been enlightening and entertaining–your trademark combination. Keep it up!

  5. Danj January 25, 2006 at 12:35 am - Reply

    As an anaesthesiologist I’ve gotta’ agree with number 3. The TV quote I remember is ‘childbirth the way God intended – numb from the nipples down.’ Great points all round Guy – no 6 and 8 are the real kickers.

  6. Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten January 25, 2006 at 1:30 am - Reply

    Sorry Guy but you are wrong about one thing: NEVER GO TO THE TOILET AFTER A WOMAN! The truth is (ask any woman) that they DON’T clean the seat and sit on it. They leave the seat as they find it and hover over it while they pee. A girl never sits down in a public toilet! And most guys lift the seat when they take a pee. So in reality it’s the girls that pee on the seat. Don’t believe me? Ask a girl, they will confirm it…

  7. aqCommunity January 25, 2006 at 1:50 am - Reply

    Hindsights from a VC’s Life

  8. Simon January 25, 2006 at 2:01 am - Reply

    Rule #11 is the first rule of leadership pounded into you by the (Australian) Army. It starts from day 1 with the corporals and sergeants and never stops even once you graduated.
    You can simply not lead people if you are unwilling to do what you are asking of them.

  9. Berislav Lopac January 25, 2006 at 3:09 am - Reply

    Well, considering #4: My first thought would be that you drink a lot of coffee and sake. Do you?
    Also, it depends on the language: in my native tongue your name could be explained so that you drink coffee (kava) from hand (saka).

  10. Dennis Balajadia January 25, 2006 at 3:23 am - Reply

    #6! Yup there will always be orifices (A**sholes sounds better). And bullseye!… there are so much more people, BILLIONS of them worthy of our precious time and existence.

  11. Michael Sitarzewski January 25, 2006 at 4:14 am - Reply

    Boris is on the money here. Girls don’t sit on the seat.
    I witnessed this first hand. My wife, son Zion (20 months), and I had to make a visit to the “family” restroom. I’ve been with my wife a little over 11 years, and married almost exactly four. I’d never seen her pee in a public restroom before and was surprised to see the hover technique. My perception of how women use public bathrooms was shattered. It makes me wonder about the use of a**gaskets in a public restroom. 🙂

  12. Eve January 25, 2006 at 4:23 am - Reply

    My surname is “Power”
    Yeah. Try finding a first name that doesn’t make one sound like a superhero. 😛

  13. Douglas H January 25, 2006 at 5:10 am - Reply

    Good insights. Good for practical and business.

  14. Daniel Steinberg January 25, 2006 at 5:15 am - Reply

    There are many things you’ve said over the years that have helped or moved me but none are as true as number 2. We have one of each (adopted and biological) and there is no difference.
    Of course that’s not true. There are plenty of differences. Some days I feel closer to one child than the other. Some days I spend more time with one than the other. Some days I praise or discipline one more than the other. None of those differences come from the fact that one is biological and one is adopted. I see pieces of myself and my wife in each of them.

  15. mary anderson January 25, 2006 at 6:01 am - Reply

    We need more minds like yours, perhaps then the world wouldn’t have so many of those orifices.

  16. Doug Fleener January 25, 2006 at 6:57 am - Reply

    As the father of two daughters adopted from China I so appreciate your second point which leads to me the orifices, points 5 and 6. The quickest way to become an orifice in my book is based on #2. I can’t tell you how many orifices have asked me “when did you get them” or “are they sisters”. Well you don’t get kids and of course their sisters you idiot! I use to excuse their stupidity but as my daughters have gotten older I realize those questions being asked in front of a child is hurtfully and wrong. And now I appreciate after reading #5 that everyone else agrees that they are orifice. Thanks Guy!
    Doug Fleener (A Flea On A Ner)

  17. Reading Assignment for Cohesive Integrity January 25, 2006 at 7:00 am - Reply

    RSS Feed for Reading Assignment

    Guy Kawasaki adds Ten more Life Lessons learned to his list of reflections on his life’s past decisions.

  18. Charlene Chong January 25, 2006 at 7:31 am - Reply

    You’re the 2nd person in 2 days to express these same thoughts I have about adopting a child. Good stuff!
    Love the entrepreneur bull shitake point. I’ll keep loving my bull shitake then.

  19. Amanda January 25, 2006 at 7:51 am - Reply

    I’d beg to differ with #3 (although I and my friend’s experiences would put Mr. Anesthesiologist up there out of business). Epidural’s may entirely be the way to go in a hospital setting with the added stress of monitors, IV’s, nurses checking your every orifice (had to use that word), and being told what to eat (or not) and then telling you what your progress (or lack thereof) is every hour – adding pressure to the duration of your labours, then doctors coming in and giving you pitocin and rupturing your membranes artificially etc etc.
    Having had one epidural – and the resultant urinary catheter (and then incontinence), added stress to baby, forceps/vacuum delivery, and a NICU stay – and then two natural births, one at home, I found the natural births, and especially the homebirth, to be the way to go!

  20. Francisco Fernández January 25, 2006 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Retrospectivas II

    Listo los 11 principios de Guy Kawasaky recogidos en Hindsights II sobre las “grandes cosas” que ha aprendido durante su medio siglo de vida

  21. Francisco Fernández January 25, 2006 at 7:58 am - Reply

    Nice post! Specially 8 and 11.
    I include your headlines (in Spanish) in my blog.

  22. Caleb January 25, 2006 at 8:03 am - Reply

    #8 is definitely on point,although for the longest I’ve been doing it backwards because another’s true intentions are sometimes difficult to figure and our own accomplishments sometimes don’t mount up to our aspirations.

  23. kbInSF January 25, 2006 at 8:26 am - Reply

    The thing about #8 is that there is no way to know what someone else’s intentions are. Unless you are a mind reader and most us have proven that we aren’t. I certainly have.
    Accepting humility doesn’t require any information about another person, fortunately. This has been particularly important to me, especially when interacting with various orifices – when it’s so tempting to believe that because You are a jerk it’s OK for me to be arrogant or pushy. Or a jerk also so long as I’m a little less of a jerk. Being humble is really about how I decide I am going to interact with the world regardless of who I’m interacting with.
    I really appreciate this blog, Guy. Keep it up.

  24. Xavier Casanova January 25, 2006 at 8:54 am - Reply

    “4.People act like their last names sound.”

  25. Gabe January 25, 2006 at 9:19 am - Reply

    LOL. Way to go Guy. You’ve had way too much time on an airplane.

  26. Alex Krupp January 25, 2006 at 9:22 am - Reply

    Thanks Guy. I am taking the semester off from college, and I actually cited your post to a bunch of my friends who asked about it. Hopefully my friends won’t tell their parents who will tell my parents, or else you might be getting some angry email 🙂

  27. Laura Bennett January 25, 2006 at 9:26 am - Reply

    My mom forgot to tell me about the women hover-peeing in a public place thing – I didn’t know that one until now!
    I also disagree with the epidural learning too having had 2 non-pain relieved births (my choice and the last one was 2 weeks ago). Only a woman would understand why you would want to go through the pain – men just want to fix it.

  28. olivier blanchard January 25, 2006 at 10:24 am - Reply

    So now I know what happened to all of my emails, big shot.

  29. Dusting My Brain January 25, 2006 at 11:08 am - Reply

    The Rule About Orifices

    From Guy Kawasaki’s* blog, Let the Good Times Roll, about his Hindsights II list: 5. If you think someone is an orifice, everyone else does too. *Kawasaki is the former ambassador (‘evangelist’ is so passe’) for Apple. There’s more and you can find it…

  30. Guy Kawasaki January 25, 2006 at 11:26 am - Reply

    I’ll tell you when I intend to corrupt my inbox file, so you can avoid me losing your email.

  31. Stacy January 25, 2006 at 11:36 am - Reply

    #6 really resonated with me. Up until last year, I would put up with orifices. Now, I just don’t let them in my life. Good list Guy. (BTW, The Sharks done good last night!)

  32. Lispian's Radio Weblog January 25, 2006 at 11:49 am - Reply

    More hindsights from Guy

  33. Fine James January 25, 2006 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    12. Pick thy nose, for thou know not what lie within thee.

  34. Kim Greenlee January 25, 2006 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Thanks for #2 Guy. Both of my kids are adopted and they rock! And as Doug Fleener said people say things about adopted children as if they don’t have feelings. It’s important that well known people like yourself stand-up and say adoption is an option. The family is real and the love is real. Hopefully in time the general masses will lose their ignorance. We should set up a blog day for adoption where all the adoptive parents on the blogosphere make a post about adoption so that people can really see how common it is. I think November 18th (the official National Adoption Day) is too far away and weekend dates won’t get the message out. How about February 1st? Game?
    I also liked #11 a lot. You can’t lead if you’re not willing to follow and it’s far easier to supervise a task if you know enough about it to teach it. (Which means you’ve done it.) That’s one of the great lessons I’ve learned from coaching and from business. I used to play hockey at the Ice Oasis for Ken Yackel and he is a GREAT coach. He deeply understands everything he teaches and on the bench he never asked anything from us he didn’t know we could do. Plus he was fun and that goes a long way!

  35. David V. Lorenzo | SoHoSavvy.com January 25, 2006 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    Take Heart in Hindsight

    Guy Kawasaki gives us the benefit of his experience in a terrific post about what he has learned over the years. Here are the money quotes for a small business:
    Things are never as good or as bad as they seem. When I was working at Apple …

  36. W.P. Wily January 25, 2006 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    If what you’re saying in #2 is true Guy, then somehow you got off easy. Because my contribution to the pregnancy only started with the 3-10 seconds. There followed 9 months of complete and abject slavery to the needs and desires of the “enlarged one”. And now, 15 years later, it’s not really any different (except maybe for the “enlarged” part).
    BTW, my wife clued me in to the “hover” thing back before we got married. She swears the women’s rooms at her work have to be worse then the men’s room (although of course she’s guessing).

  37. richardkmiller.com/blog/ January 25, 2006 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Judge others by intentions, yourself by results

    Great quote from Guy Kawasaki today:
    Judge others by their intentions and yourself by your results. If you want to be at peace with the world, heres what you should do. When you judge others, look at what they intended to do. When you j…

  38. Jeremy E January 25, 2006 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    Perhaps #7 is the same as with the problem in (American) football. After every play, the guy with the ball has to put it a little bit forward of where the spot should go, because the first thing the ref is going to do is move it back. So perhaps the entrepreneurs are overestimating by 90% because they know the VC’s are going to assume they are 90% over?
    See, wouldn’t it be better if everyone was just honest? 🙂

  39. Dan Kravman January 26, 2006 at 2:34 am - Reply

    Guy, I’m a man, and frankly the #10 item was DISGUSTING. The rest of the items were NOT FUNNY (you probably intended them to be funny). I’m seriously thinking of unsubscribing from your RSS feed. You started the blog very well, made some insightful posts, but then started to write disgusting posts or very personal posts which are totally uninteresting, such as the one about the extremely obscure restaurant that you liked. Frankly, I’m very disappointed.

  40. Paco Briseno January 26, 2006 at 3:42 am - Reply

    I love the “She” in #3 (and the rest of the list) 😉

  41. Francisco Fernández January 26, 2006 at 3:48 am - Reply

    Dan: with all due respect, do you really think that Guy is going to change his writing style and subjects after your comment? Then “seriously re-think” again, cause no one has the right to order others their blogs contents or style.
    And I do not mean with that not to disagree with Guy. If you don’t like something, like point 10, that’s more than ok in a comment. Sure a lot of people is with you on that and I’m glad to read it (although I find n.10 very helpful..). But one thing is to criticize something and other very different is to try to impose something.

  42. januario January 26, 2006 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Simon’s right…women hover. With that said, go after a guy that spent a long time in there…preferably the guy that also crumpled his napkin into his cup before returning it to the flight attendant. That’s the guy that cleaned off the seat. A simpler method, clean the seat yourself.

  43. Guy Kawasaki January 26, 2006 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    RE: Frankly, I’m very disappointed.
    I appreciate the passion of this comment. The appearance of a comment like this in my blog is a good thing: it means that my blog is moving beyond the people who are “fans” into the mainstream.
    You don’t care who I am. You’re not in my reality distortion field. You feel perfectly comfortable ripping me an new orifice. I think that’s great.
    Feel free to provide such feedback as much as you like. As the PR saying goes, “I don’t care what you say about me as long as you get my URL right.”

  44. Jenny January 26, 2006 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    #4: Doesn’t really work with chinese last name. However, some make really good jokes.

  45. bd handspicker January 26, 2006 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    The problem with universal appreciation of “good guys” is that if the good guy is effective at making things happen, s/he will undoubtable piss someone off somewhere along the way. Sigh, you can’t make an omlette without breaking a few eggs despite best intentions.

  46. Jessica Emmons January 27, 2006 at 6:25 am - Reply

    I’ve been enjoying your blog so much…thanks. 🙂 I couldn’t agree more with #8 and #11, and try to keep those in mind every day.
    As for #10, the results of the “hover phenomenon” have made women’s restrooms pretty disgusting. Alas, we can’t work with a urinal, and many women DO NOT clean up the seat (though I can’t figure out why), so the women’s restroom is often an unpleasant experience.
    Finally, I have another to add:
    Keep a journal so you can remember the important (big and small) stuff.
    I used to think I would remember my past feelings and thoughts, and never took the time to write them down. When I got pregnant with my son, though, I realized that I wanted to share them with him, so I started writing in a journal. It’s amazing how much more complete my memories are now that I have a hard copy. I now wish I had journals for earlier memories.
    If journals are not your thing, scrapbooks or even quick notes on the backs of photos (more than just the date) would work equally well. Just find a way to save your thoughts, because otherwise, you won’t really remember.

  47. Ryan Schleicher January 27, 2006 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    I would add:
    When someone opens a sentence with “If I’m not mistaken”, she doesn’t believe for a second that she’s wrong about the statement to come.

  48. Ted Smith January 29, 2006 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Wireless World: Enormous innovation, but big challenges
    A record number of mobile phones were shipped last year, and analysts and investors are now saying that the promises made 10 years ago about the potential for the wireless economy are truly being realized. Still, some of the foremost investors and analysts tell United Press International’s Wireless World that they are nervous that the United States may not maintain its competitive edge in the global information economy unless certain changes are made — by federal policymakers and business leaders — soon.
    “There is enormous innovation in our economy — no doubt,” said James Melcher, founder of the New York City-based hedge fund, Balestra Capital Management, in an interview with Wireless World. “It’s incredible. But there are problems. Why are countries with only 40 percent of the world’s population (e.g., China) graduating ten times as many engineers and scientists as we are? Why are our schools pumping out so many lawyers? There is no value-added in legal work.” By Gene Koprowski

  49. Michele January 30, 2006 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Amen to Jessica’s comment !!! I was looking at my journal entries for exactly one year ago (a somewhat depressing period), and was amazed to realize how much I’ve grown past the experiences I went through at the time. I wouldn’t have appreciated it as much without the detailed written record.

  50. André Hedetoft January 30, 2006 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    On your last hindsights speach I told you that you made me both cry and laugh. So anyways I just bought your hindsights book of amazon. Just wanted you to know.
    André Hedetoft
    “Giving you goosebumps, one movie at a time”

  51. olivier blanchard January 31, 2006 at 11:24 pm - Reply


  52. Bob Campbell February 3, 2006 at 5:23 am - Reply

    As an adoptive father, I strongly echo your sentiments in #2. Both of our boys are adopted and we’re in the midst of our third adoption now. I can’t imagine it any other way. I’ve had friends comment that my kids did something because they were my children and had my genes, only to remember that they don’t even have the same skin color! Besides, with adoption we didn’t need to worry about #3. 😉

  53. Rupert February 5, 2006 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    I really liked your “hindsights” stuff, but beg to differ on #4:
    “People act like their last names sound.”
    I much prefer the Norwegian interpretation of “krapp” which means
    “moving rapidly, turning sharply” and is often used when referring to the sea.
    BTW: I went to a conference and cracked a joke about my last name, and the next speaker up commented on that, saying that “I can feel your pain!”
    The guy was named Pablo Clemente-Colon…

  54. Sridhar Ramanathan February 7, 2006 at 9:28 am - Reply

    On point #2, I can also say with deep conviction that my wife, Gina, and I love our 4 kids equally–2 adopted and 2 biological. The one interesting footnote is that my wife is far more sensitive to baby cries after the birth of our twins. She noticed the difference between our 1st and 4th kid who were both adopted. The 4th one follows the twins’ birth. So there is some chemistry at work here but it plays no role in the pure love we feel for all four.
    Thanks for putting this out, Guy.

  55. Ellen Sandoval February 10, 2006 at 9:12 am - Reply

    I’m not loving the pushing the belief that you HAVE to have drugs for birth. I had 2 natural births and it’s a better start for baby and mama. In fact, I don’t like the viewpoint of what I just said. Rather, it’s a NORMAL start. Drugs aren’t. Just like breastfeeding is NORMAL and formula feeding LOWERS the baby’s IQ and causes more health issues. Perspective. If there was any chance of any birth intervention affecting mom’s or baby’s health, wouldn’t you choose to avoid that intervention? The (mostly male) OBs use interventions for a variety of reasons: fear of someone in pain, fear of lawsuits, fear of loss of control, wanting to look like the expert, and having a golf game to go to. Okay, I may get slammed for those, especially the last one, but it’s true! 🙂

  56. pravesh February 10, 2006 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    Regarding the orifice commment. You said that if some is orifice, pretty much everybody does.. I dont think its true. Your other point that if you think somebody is good, does not mean everybody thinks so, justifies my argument.

  57. Midnight Cappuccino March 10, 2006 at 7:15 am - Reply


    Judge others by their intentions and yourself by your results. Guy Kawasaki

  58. g i l g a m e s h . c a April 14, 2006 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Good advice from Guy Kawasaki

    I am getting a little envious. How can this guy be so good – virtually every single one of his posts is gold.
    Heres a piece of a recent one:
    Judge others by their intentions and yourself by your results. If you want to be at peace with the worl…

  59. bizhack April 16, 2006 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Good advice from Guy Kawasaki

    I am getting a little envious. How can this guy be so good – virtually every single one of his posts is gold.
    Heres a piece of a recent one:
    Judge others by their intentions and yourself by your results. If you want to be at peace with the worl…

  60. Barry F May 3, 2006 at 9:57 am - Reply

    “Judge others by their intentions and yourself by your results.”
    I would go further:
    “Judge others by assuming that they have good intentions.” Assume that they are doing at least what they think is best.
    Civil discourse is often damaged by ascribing evil motives to others’ behavior.

  61. The Recruiting Animal May 29, 2006 at 12:55 am - Reply

    Kawasaki On Asses

    I think he’s wrong Guy Kawasaki believes that if he thinks you’re an evacuation module, everyone else does too. “There is seldom disagreement about orifices. The same, however, is not true about good guys. “If you think someone is a

  62. mave July 27, 2006 at 4:02 am - Reply

    well, I really do not have anything to add to your hint – sights :). Exept that pee is of course a means for sterilization the moment it comes out (if you are in battle and get badly hurt and the medics are 1000miles away, you can have someone pee on your wound to sterilize it). Using pee after , say 10 hours, is not the thing to do howver since the ammonia NH3 in your pee deteriorates over time when exposed to oxygene.
    And becomes a source of pollution 🙂 or something like that 🙂

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