What are you afraid of?


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One of the most popular and principal characters of the renowned Indian epic of “Ramayana” is the monkey god, Hanuman. The story goes that Hanuman was bestowed with remarkable powers by the gods, but he was also cursed to be unaware of them. He had to be reminded in the time of need to use them and conquer the seemingly impossible.

The reason I am reminded of that is when I look around, there is so much potential, yet blissfully unaware of what they could do or be.

We turn out to be what our circumstances make of us. Yet, there are those that have battled the odds and their lives have turned into inspiration for others. How so?

Some are driven by purpose, others by fear and yet others, something else. We all have a motivating factor in life, to do better, to excel. Some of us pursue and conquer, others embrace what they confront.

But, each of us has the potential to be much more than we credit ourselves with.

You do not have to pursue just one thing in order to lead a happy life. Focus on not one, two but more things. There are so many flavors life has to offer. Try them out. What you do for 8 hours a day to make a living is fine, if that’s your passion too, better. Pursue other things; you like to sing, sing, you like to write, write. Spend time with your family and friends.

Its human nature to avoid things that you are not sure of, that you are afraid of. Conquer the anxiety and just venture out to do it. Rest assured, you will come out just fine.

How are you ever going to know what you are capable of? If your heart is prodding you to go ahead and do something, do not analyze using your head all the time. Listen to your heart and just do it so you do not regret a missed opportunity at a later time.

I agree that we live in a complex world where sometimes, you have to make situational compromises. But if that dictates what you seek and aspire to do, you will never be done. Take a leap of faith and just go for it. I assure you, life has a way of making sure that things work out. When you look back, you will be glad you did what you had to.

Never question what you are capable of. Why don’t you discover for yourself. You will be amazed at what you find.

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Experience vs. Enthusiasm: What do you think is more important to get a job done?


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When looking to hire someone, what do you give more importance to?

Most employers look for potential hires to have been there and done that. Experience at doing something and being successful at it previously is a key requirement when looking to fill a job. Although experience definitely adds to a potential hire’s qualifications and can help reduce or totally eliminate a learning curve, it is not always as important as you may think.

What is more important is the excitement a potential hire shows for the position applied for. How hungry are they for the opportunity? How excited are they to take on the challenge? What attracts them to the organization, the business and the particular role? Is their energy contagious?

An enthusiastic individual will develop expertise soon enough and gain experience as they learn and figure things out. After all, everyone starts with what they do from scratch. Someone gave you an opportunity to do what you do and that’s how you gained experience. It’s important to find and nurture the excitement in your hires for they very soon will be invaluable as resources with the right levels of enthusiasm, expertise and experience developed on the job. For all the experience one may have on the job, what if they lack the enthusiasm. They may continue to do an average or perhaps, an optimum job due to their experience of having done that before but you will never be able to expect them to set new standards, find innovative ways of doing things and thus influence the team with their enthusiastic streak, thus motivating all to do better and take pride in what they do. Enthusiasm makes one go the extra mile for the sheer experience of enjoying the work at hand. In fact, resources that get excited about their job tend to stay longer, produce better and share their expertise with others, thus passing their excitement through everyone they interact with.

The need for experience is seen as a key requirement for senior roles. Experience is a definite asset in leadership roles for it proves the point that you have done something before and been successful at it, but experience tempered with enthusiasm serves better. Sometimes, enthusiasm does take precedence over experience in senior roles as well since, the candidate brings in several transferable skills to the role and the lack of experience in the particular field should not be a deterrent if the person is hungry and excited about the role since all of their previous experiences will add thrust to their enthusiasm and help them figure things out. In fact, they will see things in a different light due to the uniqueness of their background and that could be the bedrock of new and creative ways of doing things within the role.

Again, when evaluating someone with minimum related experience but excited about an opportunity; it is important to ensure that their alternate experiences and background are a result of their investments in their education, learning, skill development, efforts and most importantly, their enthusiasm in what they did previously.

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Work your strengths, Stablize your limitations!


One of the ingrained aspects of self development strategies that I have noticed to have thrived over a vast period of time is that there is a lot of emphasis laid on the fact that one needs to recognize their weaknesses and spend an innate amount of time and effort working on them to improve. Although I do agree that a very important aspect of self improvement is the need to recognize your strengths and weaknesses, I do not believe that a telescopic review of your weaknesses and inordinate amounts of time and effort spent focusing on them results in any marked shift to strengths.

It’s key that you need to truly recognize, understand and come to terms with your strengths as well as limitations. It’s also important to have a plan in place to stabilize your limitations or weaknesses. To be at your productive best and to benefit from what you do, you need to focus on your strengths than your weaknesses. The effort spent on trying to overcome a weakness is better spent on honing your strengths and realizing its potential. You are bound to come out better, stronger and deservedly rewarded if you apply this strategy.

Not everyone in this world needs to be good at everything. It’s perfectly alright to embrace your limitations while you exert your strengths. There is no need to feel guilty or feel belittled for things that you do not share an interest in or that do not reflect your best self. But, each one of us has some aspects that we enjoy, are good at and can create a distinguished place for ourselves. Concentrate on exerting yourself in these areas, areas that you enjoy working in and can contribute your best to. Your strengths will distinguish you. Work on further excelling in them and exercising them to your very best. Not only will you enjoy what you did and be at your productive best, but you will also cherish and pride the rewards it will reap for you. This in turn motivates you further, to go beyond your best in what you already excel in. Imagine the infinite potential you have available to unravel with your strengths!

Work your strengths to discover your infinite potential while you recognize your limitations and stabilize them enough to not influence your pathway of progress.

Here’s to your success!

Be the super human you are meant to be!!


Much before Superman and Spiderman, there was a superhero in the East; Hanuman. Indian mythology has several superheroes and supervillians; one of the most popular of them is Hanuman. Hanuman is revered as a monkey-god. Legend goes that when he was a kid, he was very mischievous and troubled sages at several ashrams. One such powerful sage was not much amused at this nuisance and cursed Hanuman that he would forget his super powers and wouldn’t be able to use them. When Hanuman’s mother pleads for mercy, he reconsidered the curse and said that Hanuman would realize his strength and be able to use it when he was reminded of his powers by a trusted source. This finally happened and there was no looking back for Hanuman!

The reason I relate this story is to exemplify a simple truth. Every person has latent super powers within, i.e. skills and talents that have not had an opportunity to flourish or a chance to even rise to the fore as a result of one’s pursuit of life in the tracks one has fit in. In some instances, this is a case of square pegs trying to fit in round holes or vice versa. Some have been lucky enough to fit snugly as round or square pegs in the same shaped holes. In those cases, there is a greater opportunity to leverage one’s potential and realize the deserved benefits.

Another point to note; many people live under a glass ceiling which they have learned to accept and as a result, have never aspired to great things; and if the aspirations exist, have hardly tried to realize and exercise their true potential. It’s imperative that you consciously look for and find a motivator, a mentor who will support you to develop and maintain a positive attitude & outlook and moreover, make you realize constantly that there is no end to what you can achieve or impact. This mentor may be your friend, partner, parent, spouse or even your child. Find your mentor, the one who will help you realize your potential and motivate you to strive and excel in your chosen vocation.

Adverse situations or circumstances can trigger positive aspirations and outcome as well. Such an intervention demands a strong personality and resilience. There are several examples we come across and admire but the depth of their struggle to succeed is only truly known to them. Cherish such experiences and outcomes and draw inspiration from them.

There is no limit to what you can achieve! Be the super human you are meant to be!!