Karma Macchiato


Karma is the belief that one’s intent and actions influence the future of that individual.  One’s good intent and good deeds lead to future happiness; one’s bad intent and bad deeds lead to future suffering.  The origin of Karma as a principle can be traced to ancient Hinduism.  One of the earliest known teachings is from the 7th Century BC:

Now as a man is like this or like that,
according as he acts and according as he behaves, so will he be;
a man of good acts will become good, a man of bad acts, bad;
he becomes pure by pure deeds, bad by bad deeds;

And here they say that a person consists of desires,
and as is his desire, so is his will;
and as is his will, so is his deed;
and whatever deed he does, that he will reap.

—Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Throughout history, Karma, even if called something different or said a different way, has been a popular guiding belief.  Christianity teaches us that “A man reaps what he sows” and “All who draw the sword will die by the sword”.  How many times have you heard (or said) the expression, “What goes around comes around”?  Karma is a popular storyline for Hollywood such as My Name is Earl, Seven Pounds, Field of Dreams, Ghost, Mean Girls, Cruel Intentions and Pay It Forward.  Even Dilbert has weighed in:

Dilbert Karma

I am a big believer in Karma.  I’ve seen Karma both bless and curse the deserving.  I believe that Karma is particularly prevalent in the profession of sales.  I believe that sales people—both those we admire and those we despise—can credit Karma for determining their ultimate standing on the stack ranking of life.  See my post, which examines this further.

Macchiato?  Well, that is simply one of the greatest drinks ever concocted and my default order at Starbucks.

This blog will serve as an outlet for me sharing my wit and wisdom from more than 20 years in sales and organizational leadership positions, in both the public and private sectors, and five decades as a passenger on Spaceship Earth.  In addition to expounding on the topics of sales and leadership, I will write about my other passions, including: investing, poker, golf, travel, news/politics, family…and anything else that I want to share or get off of my chest.

I hope you enjoy.  I hope that I am able to contribute to your success in some way.  Also, I hope that you engage.  Leave a comment for me and others to read.  Be part of the discussion.  Share your insight as well.  Why?  Karma.

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