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Venkat Narayanan
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The Storm Before the Calm: the Essential Milestones to Inner Happiness
Reading time = 9 minutes 40 seconds. I settled down on the meditation mat, eager to get started on the journey to “discover myself.” It was 4.30am on the first day, I was wide awake and chomping at the bit. Shri S.N. Goenka’s recorded voice provided simple ...

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Unhappy Customers
Reading time: 12 minutes 18 seconds. Here is another essay in line with VMM’s pursuit of happiness in the workplace. The proposition here is that happiness in that workplace is dependent in part on good customer service. As my saddle time increases, I’ve st...

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The Anatomy of a Feedback
Reading time: 9 mins 6 seconds. The motorcycle instructor scowled at me. He stood there with his palms pointing to the sky. I could see the speech bubble on his head, with the text "WTF"? He was clearly exasperated. A retired police officer with a no-nonsen...

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The genesis of unhappiness in the workplace
Reading time: 8 minutes 50 seconds. Each motorcycle classes was an experience to remember. My enjoyment and rise skills and confidence had a lot to do with the instructors. They were competent, very sure of themselves, and warm. I was struck by how happy th...

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The 1K Ride
The ride start time was 5am—I was up at 3.30am. I packed the previous night, so all I had to do was stretch and suit up. No time for breakfast. No time to make lunch (my favorite pre-ride ritual). The starting point was in San Mateo, 45 minutes away, and I ...

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The genesis of VMM
For those of you have been following the Facebook page on VMM , know that VMM is inspired by ZMM (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Pirsig, Robert 1974). If you have read ZMM, you know that VMM is very different. This blog post makes those differen...

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What I learned from my first 3-day ride
The 3-day ride was a spectacular learning experience. I better write down what I learned before I forget. Here are my key takeaways. Long distance riding takes preparation. It is a myth that motorcycle riding is a free flow, unstructured, and "ride at will"...

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Fear: What to do about it
I've always been fascinated by motorcycles (insert your armchair psychologist explanation here). Several years ago, when a co-worker had a nasty accident on his motorcycle, my heart sank as I imagined myself getting into that situation. At that time, I dete...

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How to accelerate your learning
Falling from a motorcycle is unpleasant. It damages the bike and the rider's ego. When I rode a Suzuki 100cc, I fell a couple of times, but the damage was slight. The speeds were low, the bike was light, and I was generally a careful rider. When I moved up ...
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