25 thoughts on “Five years later”

  1. Om – thanks for the heartfelt writeup. Just sent my check to the UCSF foundation. I had a similar journey to yours. Similar south asian roots, worked in startups on a pizza and expresso diet. Startup success only made it easier to indulge. Started having difficulty walking stairs in my late 30s and found I was about 40 lbs overweight and diabetic. Resolved to cut back on 80-hr work weeks, get exercise, eat better. I dropped all that weight over the next 2 years and which culminated in running the LA Marathon. Moved up to the Bay Area to Twitter; with all the good food around SF, it’s a constant battle to keep off the lbs. But keep up the good fight. Life is worth it!

    1. Thanks Ravi. I am glad you are doing well. I am resolving to a 40-hour work week and walking every day… I am unable to run for other reasons but walking is a good enough substitute. As you said, life is worth it.

  2. Very good reading indeed. I totally agree with you. It takes a lot of dedication, will to fight out those lbs and like you mentioned you gained back 30 lbs. Well you know you’ve done it, so attack the weight problem through newer ways like signing up for a long distance running.

  3. “I remain addicted to my work – whether it is writing or learning. It is just because it is not work, it is what I do.”
    – This stood out for me. It is obvious that “what you do” sustains you. We all talk about balance – but it is very hard to create anything of lasting value without being a little bit out of balance…

  4. Thanks for sharing this with us, you are a great real-life, fallible role model for a lot of us starting out in the technology, investing and blogging world. Looking forward to many more years!

  5. “Despite all the efforts of my teammates and the loved ones, I remain addicted to my work – whether it is writing or learning.”

    I hear you on the writing, but I don’t consider learning to be work. In fact, I find it a refreshing break from work, even though I’m learning on the computer – the very same device I work on. An online Python class and much reading of various interests help but the key is to forget the computer is a device for work during such times.

    Here’s to many more 5 year anniversaries!

  6. As is @hunterwalk and many others, I too am very glad you are here to write this post. While I love our long distance relationship, I’d love to see you more. I’ll make a real effort in 2013 when I’m in the bay area.

    1. Brad

      Distance is but a human construct. Being able to reach out and touch through the Internet is a good way for me to remind myself, how blessed I am to know a guy like you. That said, I am up for Boulder whenever you are ready 😉

  7. It’s really really good to do what you do – to STOP sometimes (once a week?) and to think: what are we doing??!! And to work on “super lists” with what we want (which – I recommend – has health goals).

    You good, Om!

  8. Some months ago you told me that you were comfortable with the idea of mortality. I value your work and insight, but place an even greater value on your friendship – so *please* find a sustainable pace that allows you to thrive!

    1. Steve

      Thanks for the kind note and grateful that I have friends like you. I will be in a constant effort to get better and more focused on creating a good and balanced life.

  9. Dear Om,
    I’m unsurprised to learn that you suffer from workaholism. I drew my own conclusions when you posted a newsletter on Christmas Day. If your life has become more Buddhist, then you know about the middle path. I support the idea of your taking a more moderate attitude toward your work life.

    The things you write are valuable. You are more valuable.

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