If you want 1 year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want 10 years, grow trees. If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people.
People who take credit in good times and blame external forces in bad times do not deserve to lead.
End of Story!
You have to be able to think independently, and when you come to a conclusion you have not to care what other people say.
PS. Sometimes OTHER PEOPLE also include your mentor and someone you really admire, but believe that when YOU are ready to ship your art, every resistance is other.
I shall call you smart if you…
- take notes of what you read.
- have good community of offline friends.
- watch a movie, and then watch that again to understand better. Same applies for a book.
- go for a walk or running regularly.
- write regularly. (See here if you want to write a great blog post)
- watch at least one TED Talk each week.
- get fail at any thing every at least every three months. It means you try new solutions.
- have strength to take responsibility of your actions, especially when they go wrong.
- stand for an idea or something which is worthy. Remember if you don’t stand for something, you are not STANDING.
- keep good track of your time.
- start doing something new, which no one in your surrounding have done before.
- sleep at 11pm or earlier.
- are not hesitate to say ‘NO’.
- write an email under five sentences.
- laugh at least once a day.
- add your tip in this list.
- (optional) share this post with someone, you appreciate.
I recall being in early teens, throwing food for crows. It starts with a crow, who sees it first and then it calls others, and then the whole group waits till the most hungry one jump on the food. In next moments you see every one is on the food.
The same nature I have noticed in other species, as if I’m not on my computer, I’m most probably on National Georaphic or any other wild life TV. I want to state, I have observed it quite often.
Now on the human side, it is the same. We see in every field, no matter if it is fashion industry, book publishing, or communication or any other, we are in wait of the next new. We’re bored with the current one and eagerly waiting new one to come in so we shall join it too (like everyone else).
It is in our nature to avoid being the first one to do something, both good and bad. So it is okay not to be the first one in family who blogs regularly, it is okay not to be the first one to deliver a great business experience in your industry. It is okay not to be the first leader in your community. It is okay not to be the first one to do something meaningful. Because we are not that great and it is the duty of great people to do this and that.
Often we wait until we are too hungry, or in other words get pushed by circumstances to take actions. I also see many people give the reason of less prepared to start something. But we have discussed earlier, and found it clearly that, we are seeking for leaders, not perfect.
Here is video, which conveys the same message. It might help you to better understand what I want to say. It all might help you to be the first one to do… to do that… Yes you know what you need to do.
Image from here
Yesterday I had some guests. First three school teachers who teach in the same school where my mother does. Almost everyone of them asked me how they can better grow their children and make them like Me. 😉 Also after they left, I had another visitor, a young guy who was going to get admission in college for grades, he was also seeking for someone who can guide him in a way or two.
Though I believe I’m not yet that great teacher, which I want to be, but I realized some truth about leadership.
A leader is the person who:
- is not a guru, he is a normal guy who’s good at somethings and bad at many things.
- make use of what he is good at.
- leads the change, in other word who is always the first one to stand for something usually when no one believes in.
- gets fail and then try again and again.
These are indeed great points, but to even better understanding how the process of leadership starts, we look into another angle. When Martin L. King, or Mandela stood for their rights, they were not the best black persons on earth.
There must be black guys in their community who were wiser, healthier, better communicator. But the thing is everyone was afraid to stand for that.
Mandela did not wait of any genius to start the journey of freedom, he did it.
Dear reader, We are Seeking for Leaders, Not Ideals, so don’t worry if you’re not good at something, you can lead your family, community, world. Come! Lead us!
Few days back I was having a conversation with my new friend Babar Zia about efficiency of an experienced person. He made a point, which pushed me in thoughts and made me restless. Here is what he said:
“People come and say, we have 10+ years of experience of doing this and that. But did you actually learned from the experience and most importantly, did you change your actions. This is the point to consider when you work with someone.”
It looks simple at first, but by digging in you can easily discover how continuously we ignore changing our actions. I’m 23 now, but I’ve been doing the same mistakes lately, I wasn’t changing some of my actions, I wasn’t celebrating my mistakes as much as I should have.
Now I’m throwing ball in your court, did you change any of your action? If yes, how? If not, are you considering changing some of your actions after reading this.
I think it’s time for me, you, your business and everyone to initiate the change. Let’s stop doing that, and start changing. 😉 Share your thoughts in the comment below.
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In short: Do It Now!
(or keep continuing for more)
It’s been 40 days since I haven’t wrote anything on this blog. The only reason I didn’t is Laziness. Yes I have reasons to advocate my absence, but I and you know there is no
valid reason to not to do anything when you seriously want to do.
Well, when I’m writing this post there is another tab opened in my browser about 13 Ways To Get Back Into Blogging. I read that, but seriously it didn’t help me.
That’s why I just decided to DO IT! This is because it is only between you and me. I care for the genuine connection between us, and seriously I feel sorry for a long disconnection from my side.
These 40 days have taught me a lot, about myself. I talked to myself, watched movies and ignored that I’ve a blog where me and my friends communicate and learn together.
But I missed it, I missed when a new connection start. I missed the feeling of clicking the Publish Button after writing a post. I missed you all. In fact I missed a big part of me, who’s passionate about Changing World and creating art each single day. Thankfully I’m back. More Thankfully you’re back too.
This is not just my personal assumption that things will be back to normal just because of me. It is because of you people who care.
Believe me if you haven’t done some wonderful thing in a long time. Don’t lose heart, life is not over, nor inside you. Either it is blogging, morning walk, teaching or photography or anything. You can do it because only you can do it.
I’m back, we’re back. Get back, do it! I hope you guys have good health. Say hello if you want. Or share. Also tell me what you have been up to. How did the Easter go?
Thank you all for your care.
Yesterday I read an interesting article about The CEO’s Role In Business Model Reinvention on HBR. The article featured Infosys, one of the largest IT companies in India with 122,468 employees and offices in 33 countries around the model. Over two deacded Infosys achieved many wonderful business milestones.
In article author mentioned that, at Infosys thirty percent of participants in any strategy discussion should be younger than age 30, because they are not wedded to the past.
Problem is, despite reading a lot about the advantages of failures. Many times it effects our future acts in very negative way, people often feel discouragements because of their past failure and try to avoid something new.
Gen-Y is a handful solution to this problem. Good thing about them is that young people think a lot about future, they trust the future, because they have longer to live in it.
They are powerful agents who have grown up questioning its parents and are now questioning employers too. Don’t be afraid, they will help you get out of your comfortzone to CREATE something remarkable.
Updated on July 22, 2011: I found a video by Vineet Nayar on “How the Young Generation Can Renew an Obsolete Business Model”
What, if you know you couldn’t fail, what actions will you take then?