2-cents from Me | My belief to achieve success

Life is all about opportunities and choices, and I strongly believe that there is nothing called as coincidence. Every instance and every incident in our life is a definite outcome of our thoughts, words and actions. What you dream honestly and wholeheartedly is what you get in life.

According to me 3 stages of getting whatever we need is simple:

  • Dream
  • Desire
  • Do

There are no shortcuts to success but there is definitely an alternate path to success always; which most of the times is unexplored, challenging and exciting which leads to exponential success, joy and satisfaction; personally and professionally.

The only thing that you should count in life is the blessings you accumulate, for everything else it is imperative that we make it count.

Gob bless you all with abundance of wonderful people and amazing things always.

Opportunity Quotes

"Doors are always open, it's just about creating opportunities." --- Sujit Nair

I believe this quote is apt for people of two extremes:

  1. For those who believe that if you dream it you can do it
  2. For those who believe that dreaming is just a waste of time
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4 most abused titles used by new-age "entrepreneurs" and others.

This post is a result of absolute irritation and anger because of the current immaturity by new-age “entrepreneurs” on professional social network(s), primarily LinkedIn.

With start-up boom the universe is blessed with some amazing individuals who are there to solve everything on this planet. Take a chill-pill guys, terms / self-proclaims used and made by you is not used even by industry celebrities and most successful individuals. Pardon my aggression; the tonality is because of the random use of words that actually has made “important” titles look mediocre.

Mentor:
Every 10th person on LinkedIn seems to be a mentor. Chief, whom have you mentored? It is a serious term and claiming it makes it look like you are responsible for most of the wonderful things on earth. Most of these individuals are first generation entrepreneurs who have got some seed funding and has a failed start-up in his kitty. (Intentionally using “his” as a pronoun, as it is rare to find a female professional using this term or any of the terms below). Grow-up guys you are belittling real mentors who have dedicated their lives to bring a positive change to humanity as a whole.

Investor:
Give me a break folks; Oh yes I have a business model that needs 50 million dollar funding and I am serious, do you have it? then contact me, I can get an 8X in 6 years. I have seen and known serious investors just being subtle about their portfolio and not making noise at all. If you are an investor or an aspiring investor follow them friends, and until and unless you don’t have atleast one start-up where you have a profitable exit please refrain from using it. Investors are not people who put money and do nothing about. They are called financers (no offence to financers, I am a fan of them as they are probably the only people who have an absolutely clear business focus). An investor helps in strategic planning, getting further series of investments or even takes a business to an IPO. Do you have it in you? If no, then cut the term dude.

Visionary:
Do you have a vision for the next 3 years? Blunt honest answer – “No”. 90% of people struggle to lead a common man’s life and you talk about being a visionary. Hey Chief, Steve Jobs, Ratan Tata, Dhirubhai Ambani, Bill Gates, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and few others were visionary leaders. If you are out there to change the world then please feel free to use this term or else be happy with whatever you are good at and make way for the real visionaries..

Expert:
This is the most commonly used adjective by many of them and the funniest thing I see is these are people who have experience ranging from 3-5 years. I am not questioning anybody’s ability here but the question is who has bestowed this tag on them?. I have been fortunate to work under the leadership of amazing professionals who very often say “there is a lot to learn” and never ever they claim themselves to be an “expert”. Guys using expert in your title line makes you look like an amateur kindly have a clear self-assessment done and claim what you deserve and not what you desire.

The agony I am in is the fact that all the above mentioned terms once upon a time were awarded or bestowed by co-workers / society and was never self-proclaimed. And as a matter of fact it should be that way. I would like to state examples of experts, visionaries, mentors and investors with whom I been fortunate to work with; Manoj AravindakshanKetan RaiyaniShankar GuptaHarpal SinghHemendra Aran, Dr. Mukesh Batra, Mr. Soundararajan GopalanDr. Satosh BagweRajgopal Nidamboor,Vipin SinghRajgopal AyyarRam GiriAshwin HegdeSujit JanardananMahesh Murthy (I have not worked with Mr. Murthy but I follow him and look upto him as a mentor and guide) and few others. The interesting part is, none of them use any of the above mentioned terms and if they have used it they have atleast 1 success case-study as a testimony to it. They are people with unmatched expertise, knowledge and intelligence and they are happy doing what they are best at - Work towards a better tomorrow without making any "noise".

The intent of this post is not to offend anybody but yes, it is definitely to express anger because of self-proclaimed tags and public display of immaturity.

Thanks for reading.

The Social Messiah | The Savior of our times

Social Media Marketing, undoubtedly the jargon amongst new generation marketers and social networking is the new buzzword amongst the techno-slave generation today (including me : ) ).

I ventured the digital marketing space “by-chance” in 2006 and everything was just about to begin except Google. It’s just 10 years back and I feel old already :) seemingly talking about a generation gap. Initially I was amazed and always realized that the key was “emotion-heavy marketing” but off-late I probably have a different take on this approach. Yes, it still is emotion driven and if you realize that most posts you like / share is just because they triggered an emotion in you, in whatever form, but it was that emotional trigger that influenced you to act in a particular way. With “Reactions” Facebook continues to influence people to express more and precisely, so to say.

But have you ever thought about it, that any social media platform, why is it so addictive and contagious in nature? I personally believe that it is because it addresses an inherent, subconscious need of a human being; THE INHERENT NEED OF “BEING HEARD”.
I am pretty much sure (though I do not have any statistical evidence currently) that the one person that you talk with the most is “YOU”.  There are infinite things running in our mind and we always needed a channel to let it go or vent it out and then came the messiah; THE SOCIAL MESSIAH. A savior of sorts who is always ready to listen, see and at times appreciate what you have to communicate.

I am not generalizing it but based on personal experience I feel that people who “shout” a lot or are explosive on social networking sites are the quietest ones in the real world. In all probabilities they are extreme “introverts” who are afraid to open up to real people and they take solace in virtual world OR these are people who like to talk a lot but “real” people around bully them. The best part of social media is the fact that almost 95% of your so called “friends” ignore what you are saying and for many it’s a “blessing in disguise”. They “shout” without making the “noise”.

And platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest or any other social sites probably addressed the biggest pain-point in the history of mankind and eventually are multi-billion dollar companies.

Social Media is not specifically for people who are alone but is definitely for people who are lonely.


Thanks to this savior but are we paying a heavy price for it?

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When should you quit you job?

When should you quit your job?
Well the answer is quite simple but would like to elaborate few points that are general scenarios when the “quitting” thought creeps.

Primarily, if you are planning to quit and do something on your own then you can stop reading this right now and JUST DO IT, I have also written something on –being-an-entrepreneur topic as well. You can read my post here at “DON’T BE AN ENTREPRENEUR

but

if you plan to switch your job then probably below pointers might be of help.

#1 – Your boss is an idiot
If this is the reason you plan to quit then think again, you will have a boss everywhere and in today’s “make-boss-happy” corporate environment it would be very tough to work under a leader and not a boss who is not busy making his/her boss happy. WRONG REASON to quit.

#2 – You feel you do not contribute to the bigger cause of the organization
Relax… 80% of your job is always going to be routine and the other fortunate 20% solely depends on your employer as well as your aspirations. This reason to quit is a lame one because if you want to contribute just keep contributing, the organization someday might notice and appreciate or you would grow personally with new ideas and thoughts. Just be so good that they cannot ignore you. WRONG REASON to quit

#3 – You hate your co-workers
Same explanation as #1 – There will be co-workers everywhere, you cannot be happy with everyone every time. Find people with similar wavelength as yours and enjoy the company and if possible your job. An absolutely WRONG REASON to quit

#4 – You want a better profile
This is the most stupid and vague reason to quit a job. There is nothing called as job-profile, it is just learning every day. Profile written in job description of other companies might be rosy as well (based on my experience a significant percentage of job description are just copy-&-paste content with some localization / internal touch).  Just speak to your manager and get it sorted. If it doesn’t change in a while then think about switching. Partially WRONG REASON to quit.

#5 – To make more money
Well, if it’s that blunt and clear then this is probably a reason to quit. But be clear that it is not what Uncle Ben (Spiderman movie) said “With more power come more responsibilities”, in the corporate world it just means that “With more money comes a lot of work to be justified and rest assured you would be nearing the RADAR”. But as I said if you are clear that you want to increase your income then probably partially RIGHT reason to quit

#6 – You do not love your job anymore
Just be absolutely sure that this reason is not a derivation because of the above #4 reasons, yes above #4 reasons could be a part of this but not “the” part. This is a very serious situation you are in. If your job doesn’t excite you to go to office every day and if it doesn’t give you the adrenaline rush anymore then you are at the wrong place. You are wasting your time, and it is your life. In this regard there are 2 favourite quotes that I follow

“The only way to do great work to love what you do” – Steve Jobs

“When work is pleasure, life is joy. When work is a duty, life is slavery” – Maxim Gorky

According to me #6 is the only “COMPLETELY CORRECT” reason to quit; all others are just excuses to run away.

Please note that these are my thoughts and I am no expert in HR mind-set, probably I have gained these thoughts because I have switched many times in my career :)

Thank you for reading.