Notes to Self — Episode 16

As a year of lockdown approaches. A year where we didn’t eat out to help out, a year we didn’t see family even when the law said we could, a year when school, home and work became so intertwined as to be completely indistinguishable.

As that year comes ever closer…


Perfection is the enemy of good

This phrase has been squirreling around my head for a couple of weeks now.

I’m a bit of a procrastinator. …


Treasure Troves

I was recently rummaging around in some old stuff, my wife and I were feeling nostalgic and wanted to watch some old videos of the kids (and to torture ourselves over how young we used to be), and happened upon a bunch of poetry I had written at various points…


Numbers, numbers, numbers

So I’m a startup CFO.

Like, I spend my time telling young businesses how to raise money, how to spend it, where to ‘invest’ it and how to make more of it (to varying degrees of success — there’s no magic wand and if the business or its underlying proposition…


What memories are made of

Memories have been hard to create this last year. Pretty much everything has been the antithesis of the right environment to build incredible moments to reflect back on.

Nothing stands out when everything is the same.

And let’s face it, almost all of the scenery of this year have just…


The never ending week

I have no doubt that many others have been finding this since the world went into lockdown some 12 odd months ago but the week has become the temporal equivalent of the endless belt.

I mean I’m hard pressed, on any given day, to tell you what the actual day…


Learning. To let go…

I’m very opinionated about education, though as the late Sir Ken Robinson said, maybe we all are, it seems to be one thing that we all have some kind of point to raise or method to promote.

But that’s not what I wanted to write about today, so sorry for…


Who the hell am I?

I’ve always found it interesting how people choose to define themselves.

Nowadays, it’s often based on their job — I’m a banker, a doctor, a lawyer, I work in startups, I’m an engineer, I work in a care home, I deliver for Amazon, I’m an investor , I ‘m a…


Running hard, just to stand still

It would be so easy to say this year has been tough. That I have had no agency in its impact on me, my family.

So easy to blame it on covid, on clients, on Brexit, on any manner of external shit that has hit all of us and none…

Aarish Shah

Generalist | Thinker | Life Long Learner | Writer | Photographer

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