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Need vs Greed

Don’t let NEED become Greed #MondayMorningWakeUpCall

Whether you have a Maruti or a BMW, the road still remains the same.                                         Whether you travel economy class or business class the, your destination does not change.           Whether you have a Titan or a Rolex, the time is the same.                                                            Whether you have Apple or Samsung, the people who call you remains the same.                          There is nothing wrong in dreaming a luxurious life. What needs to be taken care of is to not let the NEED become GREED. Because needs can always be met, but greed can never be fulfilled.            

           – Rajnikanth (while this has been doing its rounds on the net attributed to Thalaiva, I suspect                 this may have been first posted by a Prof. K.K.Patel –            https://kkpatel7.wordpress.com/2014/11/08/thought-of-the-day-do-not-let-the-need-become- greed/

I couldn’t have said this better so I took the liberty of re-posting. I’m super lucky to have a team that understands this, at least in the bootstrapping context of our startup. Thank you guys for switching off the lights when no one is in the room, not cribbing about using old laptops or handsets, selecting the least priced products, exploring free software tools and platforms and a bunch of other stuff that I’m sure I end up missing.

I also want to add that greed is often mistakenly just solely attributed to the ‘Material Girl’. I don’t think it ends there. It creeps into our relationships (expectation from others), our pseudo thirst for knowledge (it becomes a chip on our shoulder), our achievements (they become pride in the name of glory). Even an altruistic greed to serve others could result in an unattainable horizon chase.

There’s a thin red line between need and greed. Let’s watch out for it.