Talk by Shishir Lakhani
(API Fall Social Party @ Aw Shucks, Aurora 12.10.23)
It was early 2020
It took the magic of Meetup groups
that … opened my doors to the existence of API
It was a pleasant surprise to find myself
in the presence of so many philosophers
Oh… Did I say philosophers?
Ok ok ... I use that word loosely
Seriously though … It was a refreshing discovery
Deeper Discussions on subject that has always
… Interested me … sometimes Intrigued me and
… often baffled me … That love of wisdom.
I was met by a group that is congenial respectful and supportive
My friends … That is not an accident
That is a consequence of
Competent and Compassionate leadership
Let us hear it for our API leadership team
API is well-organized and structured ( … most of the time … )
Providing a platform
to research, inform, educate and spread the word
… abou ... Profound ideas ...
Ideas that are … as old … as humanity.
Our API reach … amazes me
People from across the world zooming-in to share ideas.
They say you have to know yourself … in order to know the world
API gives us a chance to self - evaluate and
… Take pulse of our own KPI's (a business term)
I was molded by my Entrepreneurial background
… To being ... very pragmatic
Practicality becoming … second nature
Clever in the ‘tricks of the trade’
Notice I said clever … I did not say wise.
So many Compromises reached to attain material success
And soon … with money concerns behind me
… I retired at the age of 53
Nevertheless … the interiors of my being,
Kept demanding … kept questioning – There had to be more to life
Seeking a solace of a more meaningful and fulfilling life
I found just that … in Heart and Stroke Foundation
Raising funds, Raising awareness – saving lives
… I continue to help businesses find their own success … thru ASE
… Life began to flourish
That same very search is often reflected in so many of you
as we share, discuss and debate our ideas.
We come to realize … we are all ‘work in progress’
I would however be remiss if I did not make a special effort to thank the two key individuals who made my entry to this group a joy!!!
Alla and John (Thank you Thank you)
We highlight what it means to be human
Those infinite possibilities of Thoughts and behaviors
· To Feel right
· To Think right
· To Act right and all
· For the right reasons
Right … ?
Right is a delicate and difficult target
when we Recognize and we appreciate that
… In such a relative world … Right is a loaded term
Much to think about and much to absorb
… But I believe now
… now it is Time to absorb
… more than just ideas
As dinner that awaits
Ladies and Gentlemen
Please stand as we toast to … To API!!!
All the best
Promoting Entrepreneurship, Altruism and Personal Growth