Is it true

I observed that i can lift weights with ease between 8-9 PM and i feel completely lethargic and need tons of energy to lift the same weights between 6-7 PM. Is it true with everyone out there? I popped the same question to a friend of mine who is regular to gym.  He didnt give me any ‘plausible reason, but advocated my observation.

Free advice : You are better off lifting weights late in the evening (after 7:30 PM) rather than early in the evening.

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Serial entrepreneur

An interesting article about an entrepreneur who is currently riding on the success of his fourth venture. His new venture TutorVista is an online tutoring company that imparts education to students in more than 13 countries, primarily among them being the US. If some one comes to me with the same idea, i would have asked him 1000 questions before believing in the success of this idea. Even Ganesh Krishnan faced many brickbats.  This is what he says about the challenge he faced.

Selling an intangible is difficult; selling an intangible over the Internet is doubly difficult and selling an intangible over the Internet from India is three times difficult. So, it’s a big challenge.

His advice:

Entrepreneurship is all about having passion for an idea. Also, you should be foolish enough to believe that it will work. Foolish enough because each one of the four ideas that I started were in a sunrise area where nobody else had ventured. Whenever I started people would say that I will fail miserably.

For instance, when I went to a few venture capitalists to get funding for TutorVista.com they said it will never work. Moral of the story is I succeeded despite the doubting Thomases. Also, remember that only five per cent of the ideas work; the rest are consigned to the dustbin. It should be your attitude to think that you will be amongst that five per cent.

The other thing is entrepreneurs should always think about the larger picture. Entrepreneurs need to jump at an idea. Unless you do that you will never know. Don’t worry too much about theory and business plans. None of the business plans that I made initially worked. They kept on changing and that’s true of every entrepreneur. I am not saying that you should not have a plan. But be prepared to accept that it may not work out in the way you have planned it.

These are some of the lessons that I learned in my entrepreneurial stint till today.

If you are a young entrepreneur then this is your best time. India is actually rocking and opportunities are tremendous. You have venture capitalists coming in, GDP is growing at around nine per cent Indians are getting recognised globally — not just as cyber coolies but as somebody who could actually create valuable businesses.

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Being blunt

While working with people from different cultures coming from different places, speaking various languages, we learn a lot. Also, We observe people with different attitudes and characteristics. Good and bad. Tolerable and intolerable. Funny and foolish. Intelligent and innocent. Some of these traits are acquired through their culture, some by their upbringing and some mysteriously. Without beating the bush lets come to the subject at hand.

Being blunt is good in certain situations and is just simply unacceptable in many situations. Especially while working as a professional, we are expected to follow the etiquette. Today i got the privilege to witness how being totally blunt evoke negative reactions from others. Learned a lesson from this episode.

“It is not good to be totally blunt. But at the same time there is no need to distort what we wanted to say. Always find a way to articulate. Exception: There might arise few circumstances which demand us to pour our feelings bluntly. But these circumstances are very FEW”

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Expectations

Of late, I was thinking what could be the root of many problems and found “expectations” as the real perpetrator behind most of the problems in our day-to-day life. We all have expectations and we expect others to behave in a manner that is in accordance with our expectations.

Parents make a good example. They expect their kids to perform well in the school, get good grades, get admits to top/ivey league schools. And their expectations doesn’t end there. It is just the beginning. They expect him/her to work in a top company and move up the ladder swiftly.  They expect exponential increase in salaries. They expect him/her to marry a beautiful girl/handsome hunk and settle in life. And they do expect a lot of other things such as the number of kids that his son/daughter should have. They even expect that his son/daughter name their grandson/granddaughter that pleases them. They might expect a lot more. Everyone has expectations and it is totally correct on the parents part to have expectations on their kids. I am not saying that having expectations is crime. Its just that when we fail to meet their expectations, it causes excruciating mental pain.

On a lighter note: A project manager can be a splendid example.  A manager expects the team to finish the tasks before the deadline. He expects everyone in the team to be in office at time. He expects a lot of other things. But does the team meet his expectations? More often than not, the team fails to meet his expectations which leads to rising tempers. With this Root cause analysis (Yes, i am green belt six sigma certified, lemme boast. i don’t do this oft) i can say that expectations cause problems.

On a personal note: last week i visited someone very close to me and i expected them to share some news with me. I know the news but i expected them to share with me. They didn’t and i felt real bad. And i felt bad feeling that i felt bad that they didn’t share the news initially. This lead me to think ‘why am i feeling bad’ for something that is not in my control. And i found that “expectations” made me feel bad.

Let me substantiate my thoughts with few quotations from some great people.

‘Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed’ – Alexander Pope.

Expect nothing, live frugally on surprise. – Alice walker

Life is so constructed that an event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation – Charlotte Bronte

Expecting the world to treat you fairly
because you are a good person
is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you
because you are a vegetarian. –
Dennis Wholey

Note: This post is not about self expectations. Its only about expectations we have on others and the expectations that others have on us.

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Let me tell you something you already know

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done. Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!” – Rocky Balboa

I still remember the day i watched Rocky6. My spirits were down and i forced myself out of office by 4pm. I got the urge to watch some movie. Browsing through the pack of dvds, i found Rocky lying in a corner. I liked the movie and more over, it raised my drooping spirits. what next!!! i borrowed the whole rocky series (along with pumping iron)  from a friend and watched the remaining 5 parts in a span of two days.

Now lemme make few recommendations.

a. Eye of the tiger: You can use this sound track to get instant inspiration. It can also be used while participating in body building competitions.

b. Rocky2 training: You can get this video from youtube. Watching this before a workout session boosts your will power.

c. Rocky3,4 training: Same as point b.

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I will try my best

I heard many people saying “i will try my best” numerous times and in most cases they don’t. They didn’t give their best. But they declared in public that they will try and do that something to the best of their abilities. I must say that “I will try my best” has become a trite these days. Nobody seems to believe in that. yet, people use this in certain situations and today, like everyone else i am declaring openly in this post that i will try my best to be regular in blogging. It is not an oath but something very close to that.

I have my own reasons that lead me to take this decision. I got an email couple of days (may be four days) ago, congratulating me on completing 3 years of employment in my company. Actually, i didn’t realized this until i saw that email from HR. The moment i read the email, i lost in my own world. I tried to recall what happened in the last 3 years and unfortunately i couldn’t recall much. Time does run fast.

Since i doubt my recalling abilities, i decided to blog. This way few years from now, if i look back, atleast i will have a record of what i was thinking at that time.

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I will wait for the next one

I am punctual in few activities and going to canteen in the evenings is one of them. Over days, it has become a ritual. And as part of my routine i was looking at the people surrounding me while slowly sipping fruit juice. Today i observed a girl (mid twenties) on the QT munching morosely from her plate. She looked dull and desperate to me. My unintentional observation might be totally wrong. But atleast this is what i thought.

She reminded me of a documentary i saw on Pangea day in star world, titled “I will wait for the next one“.

A subway in Lyon: “Ladies and Gentlemen, ever so sorry to bother you. Don’t worry, I’m not here to beg for money. Let me introduce myself. My name’s Antoine. I’m 29. I recently read in a magazine that there are about 5 million single women in France. Where are they? I’m looking for a lady aged between 18 and 55 who‘s also had trouble meeting someone in a conventional way and who wouldn’t mind giving a honest relationship with someone a shot…”

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