Dec 312010

CareerWell, they say, “To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work” and i am sure all of us will agree on it. Almost all successful men and women loved what they did and were extremely passionate about it. But is pure passion and love alone sufficient to build a successful career?

From my personal experience though, there are a few more ingredients required to make a career flavoursome!
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Dec 212010

IntuitionIntuition is probably the second highest level of knowledge humans can gain with the highest being, spiritual truth. With Intuition, we know answers, but we just cannot reason out and justify them.  So much closer is intuition to the real knowledge of life and its meaning.

When i was very young, my father once told me a story. A story of a rich man who wanted to give away all the money he had. The more he gave away to the poor, the more he got. Unlike other stories, this wasn’t intuitive. Ever since i heard this story, there has been something unexceptionably attractive about counter intuitiveness.

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PersistenceThe story of infamous Persian king Mahmud of Ghazni whose persistence to invade is talked about even after a 1000 years. Its not just Ghazni or its not just kings that have succeeded by extraordinary Persistence. Take trees for example. They don’t give up making new leaves every spring and they do it for decades, sometimes for centuries. Persistence, truly is the essence to succeed.

But what about those who succeed within the first few times or even the first time? Is that down to just luck? But how can some be lucky all the time? Isn’t that just against the laws of nature? May be its down to ability and knowledge?
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Don't just take!

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Dec 052010

TakeI was told by my colleague at work about an awareness and support campaign to help prosthetic cancer patients. The campaign is named “Movember” ( referring to a moustache grown during the month of november. Tempted by this creative idea, i signed up for it and decided to grow some facial hair last month and i must say people loved it :)
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Nov 212010

SocietyIts all about social networking these days. Everyone, young or old has a facebook or a twitter account. Even the Queen of England has recently joined facebook – at the age of 84! The elderly who were left out of the internet revolution are trying to play catch up now. And, with the invention of devices like the ipad, which are targeted to make life much easier and simpler, very much like the invention of the automatic car, they are catching up much more quickly. Continue reading »

Sync or Swim!There used to be a program on television called “sync or swim” where the host Jamie Aditya travels to various countries with strong cultural roots and tries to learn and perform their traditional dance and music, all in a week’s time. As the name suggests he is left with two options – either sync and learn the local culture or swim, meaning lose the competition!
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Working with various cultures

The world is a small place nowadays and we invariably tend to meet people from many cultures and various nationalities in day to day life. Although we would accept that it would be refreshing to meet a person with a completely different cultural background, it would be equally daunting due to the cultural differences.

I have personally faced these problems when i had to communicate with people from various countries for work. I have had times where i desperately wanted to express what i felt but due to nuances in culture it turned out to be difficult or even impossible at times!
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