Your take on – Hard or Smart work !!

HARD WORK + SMART WORK = ACHIEVEMENT.

YOUR TAKE ON- HARD OR SMART WORK!!

Work very hard to earn good money and become a CEO of a world -class company- Is that true- No!! Not necessarily!!

We all work very hard from 9 am to 9 pm (12 to 14 hours) a day. Are we really earning good money to fulfill all dreams of our life? Perhaps, no!! So hardwork  alone may not be enough to realize your dreams in life.

IT IS SMART WORK ALONG WITH HARD WORK THAT PAYS YOU GOOD MONEY. I WILL EXPLAIN THIS WITH A TRUE STORY IN MY VILLAGE.

There was a wood cutter,working in a forest for his employer(normally called Seth in villages).He used to work very hard and cut trees from morning to evening(12hrs).This wood cutter would cut 5 small trees in a day and take 30 minute’s break for lunch.

There was another wood cutter,also working in the same forest for the same employer(seth).He was equally hard working but not as hard working as the first wood cutter.The second wood cutter use to cut trees only for 8 hrs and use to take 5 minute’s break after every one hour.So practically,this wood cutter was working only for 7 hrs.

The first wood cutter did not like this but he use to keep silence.When these both wood cutter went to their employer on the first day of the month to take their salary-employer gave Rs 1,000($16) to the first wood cutter and rs 2,000($32) to the second wood cutter.The first wood cutter did not like this discrimination and he told his employer upfront that,while he worked for him for 12 hrs,the second wood cutter worked only for 8 hrs.He also told seth that he only took 30 mnt break,while the second wood cutter used to rest every 5 mnt an hour.Seth kept listening to the first wood cutter patiently.He then told the first wood cutter-do you really want to know that why i paid Rs 1.000($16) to you and Rs 2,000($32) to the second wood cutter? The first wood cutter said,’YES’! I want to know the reason.

Seth told him-you give me 5 trees wood in 12 frs,while he gives 10 trees in 8 hrs.I HAVE AN AGREEMENT WITH BOTH OF YOU FOR 5 TREES EVERY DAY AND NOT WORKING FOR 12hrs OR 8 hrs.

Would you like to know how your friend gave me 10 trees in Just 8 hrs? Yes,please tell me,sir,said the first wood cutter.The seth replied, when your friend was taking break for 5 mnt every hour,he was then actually sharpening the edge of the weapon(Kuladhi-as they call in village) and this gave him better ‘PRODUCTIVITY’ for cutting the trees

 

                                      MY MESSAGE TO YOU

 

Hours of hard work that you put in a job or business or for that matter in any other activity is not that important.

What really matter is – HOW SMARTLY YOU ALSO SHARPEN YOUR SKILL(eg TRAINING) AND USE IT FOR BETTER PRODUCTIVITY AND MORE EARNING.

SO,WHICH WAY YOU SHOULD BE WORKING?

OBVIOUSLY SMART WAY!!

SAVING-AS WE SEE IN 21st CENTURY

If a life of respect and dignity is important to you,you must take good care of your hard-earned money and health-THIS IS VERY VERY IMPORTANT. In other words,you must save every month a pre-determined percentage of your regular income and also be in good health to use this saved money,should a need arise.I would be honest in telling you that i could never form this habit in my long career and have paid a very heavy price for this.Hence, i thought of sharing my thoughts with you all,so that you dont become a victim like me and are not caught on the wrong foot at your prime age.

We are not talking here about savings in a conventional sens but in context where its definition and scope have changed and i would like to present it for all those people,who may not be aware about this new realities.Saving money does not necessarily mean securing your  post-retirement period.

Days are gone when people use to have a smooth and on time retirement from the job at the age of 60 or so.In the present industry scenario,people are being asked to put up their papers at the prime age of 40,45 or 50 for different strategic reasons,when your family responsibilities are at peak or likely to be at peak.To give you an example,i know a young and bright software engineer who after working in infosys for 12 years,moved to IBM in 2010.He had a very distinguished career both at Infosys and and IBM.But to his surprise,he was recently asked to put up his papers at the prime age of 42 when he had a major family responsibilities.Since he was young,he had not saved money.There are many such cases to have happened in last few years and i am aware of them.This kind of emerging scenario is a warning to all of us that we should be prepared to face any unforeseen loss of job at any given time.

THIS NEEDS TO DEVELOP A MINDSET TO:

1-Save money to the extent possible,while we are in job.

2- Have a ready backup plan in case of sudden loss of job.

WE should come out of  that mindset that there is no hurry to save money at such a young age and you can always start saving money at a later stage.you need to tell yourself that what you save today will not necessarily be required by you after your superannuation or retirement from the job.You may need your savings at any time.because misfortune do not come to you knocking your door.

ANY THING CAN HAPPEN ANY TIME IN YOUR LIFE-this is life reality.you must accept it and take measures in advance to have a ready backup plan for the survival of your family and you.

I would like to tell you about another person who was a senior corporate manager in a reputed company and had a track record of star performer.Due to company’s average age policy,he was suddenly asked to put up his papers.This sudden loss of job came to that senior manager at a time when he had taken home loan from the bank and was  paying Rs 35,000 Monthly EMI. This sudden stoppage of monthly income left him high and dry.He did not have any back up plan.He somehow pulled up his resources to pay the home loan for next 2 years but ultimately,had to sell his two prime flats to pay off entire bank loan.He had also not saved enough money to effectively handle this crisis.What happened to that senior manager is anybody’s guess.

 

MY MESSAGE 

PL WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE.

START SAVING TODAY!!

 

 

Your Destiny Rules your WORLD !!

WHETHER YOU BELIEVE IN DESTINY OR NOT-

YOU DECIDE !!

 

When it comes to Destiny or Taqdir-there are two types of people.One-who strongly believe in Destiny and Two-Who don’t believe in destiny,because they think they can create their own destiny the way they want.With due respect to second category,i would like to say that i come from the first category.I can say with conviction that while EFFORTS AND HARD WORK are the first and foremost important steps to achieve your dream in life but eventually-DESTINY RULES YOUR WORLD and has final say in the matter!!

I would cite a few true example and leave it to you READER to decide whether destiny had any roles in shaping these matters.

I started my career in 1979 as a Technical Representative with a multinational company and worked in the same position till 1991,without any promotion in a span of 13 long years.Believe me,I was rated a star performer by the company consistently for all these years-but no promotion.Despite my stagnation for 13 years,better sense prevailed in me and i did not allow my performance ratings to come down.

AS destiny had decided something better for me,i left this company and joined a reputed company in 1991 as Deputy Marketing Manager,became Area Sales Manager in 1993,Sales Manager in 1994,Regional Manager in 1995,Assistant General Manager in 1996,Deputy General Manager in 1997-that is SIX Promotion in six years.Destiny still had something better for me ,I left this company in 1999 to join the largest Corporate House in India and became its GM in 2001.

Trust me friends,I had not given any extraordinary performance from 1992 to 2001(9 years),but it rewarded me 7 promotions in 9 years.

HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN IT?

My star performance in the first 13 years of my career din not give me a single promotion,while the same level of performance in subsequent 9 years gave me 7 promotions.

This is how destiny rules your life and you get everything in life as per ‘MASTER PLAN’.

I will cite another example.We were trying our daughter to get married since 2008.Despite many good proposals pouring-in and our extensive efforts-it was not taking final shape.But probably destiny had already decided the best for her and it came all of sudden in mid 2012.we got the best match for her and she got married in jan 2013 and is now happily married with a son.This all happened as per the MASTER PLAN.

The list is endless,but i will give you another and last example.

While i was graduating from St.Xavier college,i had set my heart to to become the Fighter Pilot in the Indian Air FORCE.Despite initial failure,I eventually for selected in the Indian Air Force on 18th Dec !972 to be trained as Fighter Pilot.While i was eagerly awaiting to join training from 1st July 1973,I was intimated by the Air Head Quarter,New Delhi,that due to some strategic reasons,vacancies were curtailed and i wont be able to join the training program at Hyderabad.

WHAT WILL YOU CALL THIS? IS IT NOT THE GAME OF DESTINY? THE MASTER PLAN HAD DECIDED SOMETHING ELSE FOR ME!!!

MESSAGE TO YOU

  • Take life as it comes to you.You can only make efforts but can never go against your MASTER PLAN.
  • Have Patience. Learn to Wait.
  • If you struggle and move forward-your destiny will recreate for you and eventually REWARD  YOU. It may take time but good things will surely happen to you.

What it takes to succeed in life?

WHAT IT TAKES TO SUCCEED IN LIFE?

My reply will always be when it is a question of your life and death!! Before i elaborate on my reply, i would like to remind you that famous proverb of Beau Taplin:

“On the difficult days,when the worlds on you shoulder,

remember that diamonds are made under the weight of mountains”.

I have walked through, like other people, the most difficult times in my life by always reminding me this proverb and so can you-during the most difficult times in your life. The day you have a heart attack, i bet, you quit smoking next day, if not same day. WHY? SIMPLE! It is now a question of your life and death-do you agree or not?

Let me share with you a very interesting story. A disciple once asked his GURU(Mahatma) that what was the secret of success.Mahatma asked his disciple that if he was really serious to know the secret of success,he should come to the nearby river tomorrow  sharp 4 in the morning. His disciple gladly agreed and was at the river side next day 4am.

He found that his Guru was already inside the river,performing prayer.Guruji called his disciple inside the river water,hold his disciple’s hair in his hand and put his head under the water.When disciple was short of breadth,he wanted to get his head out of the water.But Guruji did not allow him to do so.A point came,when disciple was totally out of breadth and felt death like situation.But Guruji had held his head so tight under the water,that he couldnot do anything.When disciple was virtually losing his breadth to a death like situation,he suddenly pushed back Guruji with all his force and managed to emerge out of the water.The disciple angrily asked guruji-why did he do this cruelity to him.Guruji told him-“THIS IS THE SECRET OF SUCCESS”.You succeed in life,when it is a question of your life and death.The disciple touched the feet of his guru to pay his gratitude to him for this eye-opening lesson.

Likewise,when you are down in dumps,remember to keep kicking,keep fighting.It is important to ensure that in such cases,you do not get shocked into inaction like a deer caught in a car’s headlight.YOU MUST KEEP TRYING.What you do in these difficult times will determine-what happens to you next.Yes,it may also happen that simply fighting hard in a difficult situation may not guarantee you a success.But remember,not trying and simply giving up will only guarantee FAILURE.

This could not only be key to your survival,it could potentially be a Life Changer.If you find you are suddenly fired from the job,don’t fret. It just may be the perfect opportunity to hone a new skill or develop a latent talent.That could totally change your life for better.People have switched careers and turned to Blogging,writing,teaching,farming etc and discovered far more joy in their new-found vocations than their earlier jobs,what fat pay cheques and fancy designations could never have given them.People have started business  in their most difficult hour,that brought them unimagined fame and wealth.

IT IS YOUR TURN NOW TO TAKE THE PLUNGE!!

MY MESSAGE TO YOU

That moment of strife,that hour of darkness,those Crisis-ridden days could be the opportunity to craft a new beginning.A NEW VICTORY!!!

GOOD LUCK.

 

Don’t be like Chained Elephants !! – unbelievable traits of chained elephants.

“None but ourselves can free our minds” – Bob Marley


Yes, I totally believe in the above proverb-Do you?

Once I was passing the elephants in my village. I suddenly stopped confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held  by only a small rope tied to their front leg.

No Chains! No cages!

It was obvious and you would agree with me that the elephants,at any time,could break away from these small rope’s bonds,but for some reason,they did not do so. Meanwhile,I saw a trainer or mahawat (as they are known in villages) nearby and asked him-why these splendid animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away?

“Well” he said,”when they are very young and much smaller,we use the same size of rope to tie them and,at that age,it is enough to hold them.As they grow up,they are conditioned to believe that they cannot break away.They believe,the rope can still hold them.So they never try to break free.”

This was really amazing and unbelievable,but,the reality was in front of me.These animals,who have the strength to lift gigantic weight,could easily and at any time break free from their bonds.

BUT BECAUSE THEY BELIEVED THEY COULD NOT, THEY WERE STUCK-SIGHT WHERE THEY WERE.

Like the elephants,many of us too go through our life hanging onto a belief that we cannot  or can never do something simply because,we believe we cannot do it or because we have failed at it once before.

          …MY MESSAGE TO YOU ALL

COMMON!! CHANGE YOUR MINDSET;CHANGE YOUR BELIEF SYSTEM.

BREAK FREE!

YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT YOUR CHAINS

                                      &

YOU WILL HAVE FREEDOM TO GAIN.

GOOD LUCK FRIENDS!!!