Saturday, October 05, 2013

The race is still on

No one knows exactly who came first on this earth. Excavations have proved that dinosaurs existed much before the homo-sapiens came into existence. Probably there are many more species which haven't been excavated yet, which might have been the predecessors of dinosaurs also. Jurassic park movie series has been a great showcase about the fight between dinosaurs just like how million other movies have showcased the fight between humans. The fight is always to show that one is better than the other just to achieve the desired objective. Fights shall go on because the race is still on.

The fights that I referred in the earlier part of the blog post was just not the fight that happens amongst people. It also refers to the internal fight that goes on inside us on a daily basis. The fight between the lazy and busy self in us, the fight between the visionary and missionary in us, the fight between different priorities of life, the fight between the passion and profession in our lives so on and so forth are all different shades of fights that exist in our lives. All these fights employ two sides which are vying to race one beyond the other. Every fight won moves one side ahead of the other. More the steps a particular side takes forward, the race gets extended by those many steps. People are trying to break each others records on a daily basis. There is stiff competition which is only increasing the speed of this race among individuals to prove who is better than the other. Someone will always be better at all points of time and some few will always try to beat him and become better at all points of time. Hence the race shall never end and be still on for ages to come and go.

Temporary failures appear as dead ends of life for those who fail to try again to win back what they lost. They forget to see beyond the obstacle that the race field is far and wide touching the horizon. All that we have to understand is that race is something which shall only travel with time as eternal as time is and never reach the destiny called end. Race is always on and it allows participants who are ousted out also to get back to competition and hasten the spirit.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Professionals define the profession

In today's world, with the surmounting amount of information flow from all directions people have a huge question on mind as to which profession to take up. Different opportunities present different scales of returns and the number of such opportunities is limited in case of those who aren't prepared and trained to enter the work world while for those who are pre-equipped, they are just too big in number and variety. Too many options only confuse our choices. Which profession to choose is of great question and the debate about the goodness and badness of a profession is never ending. That's where I need to jump in and tell that your profession can't define you; you will've to give a new meaning to the profession you get into.

I had heard my lecturer say in my college days that, "everyone is good, everyone is bad but only the percentage varies." Likewise profession is also something that's innovated by man. No profession is good or bad. It's the people in the profession who shall define the quality and fame of the  profession. Let's take two simple examples of Sir Richard Branson and Sachin Tendulkar. to understand the concept better. Sir Richard Branson is a true serial entrepreneur who has made people feel that entrepreneurship is the cloud nine of life. He has given his adventurous touch to the business world. In the same way, Sachin Tendulkar has displayed the true spirit of sportsmanship by taking cricket records to new heights which people might not even defeat for ages to come. He has inspired and influenced hordes of others to take up cricket as the profession just like how Sir Richard Branson has triggered plenty of youth to jump into the ocean of entrepreneurship and business.

We can find so many frauds and cheats in both the fields of cricket and business. Still people opt for such fields because of the personalities who have made those professions noble. Hence we must not have any bias towards any profession. We must think about what value we can add to the profession we are in and how we can influence lots more to take up the same profession and benefit themselves. Only then you become a true professional in your profession and a leader who sets new benchmarks and standards.

Set a new zero

Life happens in different stages. Every stage is a step to reach the next stage. While you're climbing the steps you need to climb one after the other or two after two based on your agility. However every step you take requires the same amount of energy and efforts. Climbing the first step is as equivalent as climbing the 10th step from the 9th step. Likewise in life also, to climb from one stage to the other the amount of energy and efforts required are the same. We cannot bank upon our previous achievements and work and hence become complacent or ignorant towards the amount of hard work required. We have to set a new starting point for ourselves, a new ZERO standard.

Once you set a new standard of zero for yourself, you shall forget all that you've achieved till now in life. There is no pressure of performance and you are just like a free bird who can fly as high as your heart wishes to go. The freedom of mind is more than essential to make new stories happen. There is no limit to the achievements and accomplishments that one can amass in his kitty. It's all in the game of mind. You need to tell yourself when you're at the peaks that you shall break open the gates of complacency and restrictions set upon your mind just because of the self image that you have built. A new image is awaiting to share your persona. Any new idol is formed only when we have the absolutely-no-form clay lump. A deformed idol cannot form a new idol for us. Hence we need to bring back ourselves to ground zero to re-launch ourselves.

Many might have a doubt whether we will lose out on everything and start all of a sudden newly when we reset our life at zero once again. It's not going to be that way at all. When you set your standards to be zero, your experiences don't become null. They shall back you up for sure. Your expectations out of yourself reduce because nothing much is expected out of a novice. The fun in planning for optimum utilization of resources ceases to exist with overly available resources. The loveliest part of life is not the number of times we succeed alone but the number of times we fail and bounce back to success. This can happen only if we allow ourselves to fail. Except for the beginner's luck, someone who starts or restarts at zero is bound to fail to learn the next lesson of life only to enhance the productivity multifold. Let's set a new zero in our life every time we grow old and make ourselves young once again.