Karma, the Cosmos, and Stupid People…

 

(don't you just love that title?)

Many times over, I have been accused of "letting people walk all over me"... (and that might be the case). I would admit that I find myself avoiding controversy unnecessary controversy.

My personal opinion is that unchecked ego is one of the biggest flaws with business leaders.

I am staggered at times as I witness the inability of individuals to simple admit that "they were wrong"... Instead they play a convoluted head game of "if I don't admit I was wrong I might still be right". That makes no sense even typing it out. You are probably thinking of someone you know (or a time you played this game yourself) who is king of this exercise...

So here is a fun, little (not made up) story for you.

About a a year ago I got conned out of about $100,000 by a business partner con man. This guy had the right lines and the awesome business plan and I was silly enough to lose out. Stupid me! (It wasn't the first time I made a stupid play...)

Soon after, I let it go and moved on to focusing my attention on other more important matters. For a while I was thinking about blasting the person on one of the popular support forums, but I could never come to grips with the lack of professionalism of airing dirty laundry. It wasn't that I was super moral - the whole thing just didn't feel right...

As is many times human nature, this individual decided that he was going to con other people in the legal industry and proceeded to do just that. TICK... TICK... TICK... It was only a matter of time!

That time came this week.

Through a series of calls and emails (and other important sounding things I can't tell you) the FBI is suddenly curious about this individuals "conning" habits. Let the games begin. Come to find out this individual's business license expired in 2005 (whoops...), had used my personal home address as his business address (falsifying business records and identity theft) (triple ouch...), and is now in the cross-hairs of several 3-letter government agencies for stacks of really stupid lies...

ONE WORD: KARMA...

A little earlier this evening I was reading one of my favorite blogs (www.techcrunch.com) and I read the attached presentation... and I started to connect the "cosmic" dots!

[slideshare id=746674&doc=thefundedsick-1226521688868759-8&w=425]

The cosmos has a fantastic way of self-correcting for stupid people. I mean it...

  • All the foolishly invested funds that are now becoming obtusely obvious...
  • All the interest in "change" when finally enough people get screwed...

It's true that stupid people eventually get what's coming to them...

Warren Buffett famously made the case that: "It's only when the tide goes out that you learn who's been swimming naked."

Guess what! Neither you nor I control KARMA or the COSMOS. We are just part of the grand show. I think understanding that fact allows you to bear the loss or pain in the moment -- knowing that in the end "cold revenge" will be served for all the con men of the world. And even if we don't live long enough to see KARMA have its way, at least we didn't waste our health on recovering from an ulcer from worry and hate.

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By the way, let me brag a little bit about the work we are doing at GNOSO - our understanding of the eco-system we play in. Earlier this evening, as I started to write this post, I got an email from the CEO of GNOSO in regards to the presentation above (apparently we were reading this at the same time). He connoted in the email that: (loosely quoting here) "while traditional venture capital can be an inefficient way to create value, that is one of the reasons that GNOSO exists..."

A DEW View Interpretation: "Let stupid people do what they are going to do. Let's try to do it better. We'll let karma sort it out in the end"...

I like that! It's a better way to do business...

BRAVO, home team!