After retiring from the Indian army, my father set up a grocery store at my native place in rural Kerala. At the moment, I was unaware that helping my father in the store would shape up my mindset and, eventually, my business.

A grocery store is a great place to learn the dynamics of finances and people management.

  1. You come face-to-face with numerous people in the store. Soon you begin to find a pattern in people’s behavior by analyzing their conversations, body language, and actions. Analyzing people’s patterns is immensely helpful to choose the right team and the right clients.


This is a very special time of human civilization where most of us are aware of the unlimited possibilities. We are taught to dream big. Like, if you are planning to write a book, aim to pen down the next New York Times bestseller. Aiming low is a crime.

There is a potential lesser addressed problem with the ‘Aim High, and Never Settle’ approach — It creates internal conflict in our minds.

When we set a lofty goal and aim to work with discipline, our minds may react in two ways.

The Forward Push: It may paint a picture of…


Trying to be cheap on your software is costing more — A Paradox

It remains as a mystery at the heart of Boeing’s Aircraft 737 Max crisis — how a company renowned for meticulous design made seemingly basic software mistakes that lead to a pair of deadly crashes.

Software inherently is intangible and less visible as it is non-physical. Software is so pervasive in our society that we are unaware of its presence until we encounter problems. The fact is — software is among the most complex and error-prone technologies in human history.

There have been innumerable examples where companies…


There is a prevailing belief that although running a business may make you rich, there’s a good chance it will make you miserable. But my experience and research say it may not be accurate.

Entrepreneurs are so much happier than those going into high-flying corporate jobs, even though sometimes they may be making lesser money.

This is enumerated in Nikolaev’s study out of Baylor University and the article published under “Entrepreneurship and Subjective Well-Being.”

Why is it so?

It is all about control and autonomy. The Entrepreneurs would be working more hours than an average employee. …


Life is a series of unplanned events, well almost always…. But what about people who have a clear vision about their expectations from life.

Being a 9–5 employee, may not be everyone’s cup of tea. The quest to chart uncertain terrain of business and explore various entrepreneurial ventures could be the avenues they find solace in!

Stepping out on your own, in today’s high strung business scenario is a venture by itself, especially if you plan to do so independently. …

Vijith Sivadasan

Entrepreneur | Engineer | Investor. MD & Co-Founder — Codelattice.com

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