We are about done in Hyderabad. Dileep found us a room at a hotel for $10 a night per person. It’s as comfortable as any hotel I’ve stayed at in India. I guess the only drawback is that I had to shower underneath a water heater that was leaking on it’s own electricl outlet. But once you get past that, its no big deal. We got to spend alot of time walking through the city. I like crossing streets here. In the States you have to wait for the traffic to clear up before you cross the street. Here, you just start crossing in heavy traffic, watching towards the direction of traffic and stepping wherever you can to not get hit as all kinds of vehicles whizz by you. It’s like frogger, but more fun because it is real life.
Today we met with some interesting people. Dileep’s uncle is always fun to chat with. He has a lot of interesting perspective and an academic mind. We shared a couple of beers over lunch in a cave-themed restaurant and talked about Indian culture and history. I also met some millionaire or something who had a lot of interesting things to say about business culture in India. Our logo is getting lots of admiration. It really is perfect. Thanks John-Mark. You are awesome. First try and everything. No revisions needed. That’s why that guy is the best.
So I board the plane in about 10 hours. Nothing left to do but wait. Then a 24 hour trip home. It has been an awesome trip. I haven’t shared as much of what I’ve learned here this time around, as it hasn’t been stuff I can communicate real well on a blog. Most of it has just been reinforcing existing perspectives and opening my mind to what it really means to help people, not in a way that makes them dependant on you, but in a way that empowers them to change their situation for the better, and possibly the lives of other around them as well.
It’s been fun to be in the nitty gritty of that. Buying sticks for a hut, hiring bulldozers, what have you. I don’t get to play this role in the business normally, which is good because I would be terrible at it, but to at least have the perspectives I’ve gotten here is tremendously helpful. And I’ve appreciated bonding time with Dileep. We have very similar minds. While I give him a hard time for wiping his butt with his hand, what makes sense to him generally makes sense to me. I feel nothing but comfortable going forward and I am eager to see this thing get going. We’ve put our plans together. We have out targets in place. We’ve had God stepping us through everything so far and we know His hand will guide us as we continue.
It’s all for the kingdom, reader. That’s the only way to do business. We don’t serve stockholders or governments nor do we kneel at the altar of wealth. Why serve the servants rather than the Master? Why worship the hammer when you can build a house? From here I go on to marry an amazing woman with the same heart for stuff that I have, and pursue an MBA in International Economic Development, where I will learn to help people the right way, learn to leverage that help for the kingdom and plug into a worldwide community of people who do just that. I’m so thankful to be doing what I love, what I was born to do. I’m thankful to have good people around me to support that. I’m thankful for the abundance of blessings I enjoy. I pray only for the wisdom to use them responsibly.
Stay tuned reader. Not to this blog, because it is done now. But keep in touch with me. My email is at the top of this page. This is just the beginning and you are invited along for the ride. You can even be a part of it if you want! Either way I’d love to hear from you often. Thanks for reading along the past few years. God bless you and thanks so much especially for your prayers. See you around, reader.
Over and Out.