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Month: February 2020

Podcast is an excuse.

For a fun, engaging and meaningful interaction.

For connecting with individuals, achievers, change-makers that you look up to.

For exploring a topic, issue or a problem’s possible solution!

A podcast is a fantastic excuse.

Respect the work

No matter what the work is. Respect it.

This changes everything! The errands become an opportunity to serve, the labels don’t matter much, you show up on time, prepared and ready to make things happen, your work becomes your contribution to the world.

Irrespective of the being told to support the guests as they park their vehicles, to chime in and serve food at a wedding though you are wearing expensive clothes and have makeup on or to go get coffee for your customer.

Respect it. It may not be in your job description but it’ll move the company forward. Do it.

Respect the work

No matter what the work is. Respect it.

This changes everything! The errands become an opportunity to serve, the labels don’t matter much, you show up on time, prepared and ready to make things happen, your work becomes your contribution to the world.

Irrespective of the being told to support the guests as they park their vehicles, to chime in and serve food at a wedding though you are wearing expensive clothes and have makeup on or to go get coffee for your customer.

Respect it. It may not be in your job description but it’ll move the company forward. Do it.

Just finish it.

Starting something has boldness and magic in it yet there is peace, pride and liberation in completing what you began.

Having begun something, complete it. The magic is rarely felt at the beginning.

The work you ship out there, the lives it touches, the money it makes and the sleep post a hard-working day. That’s magic.

Go, make some Galata!

One Prof. can change your life.

Not all professors are worth their salt. Many are boring, repetitive, dispassionate and a few act as a sidekick to the presentation.

But every once in a while and in most departments there is a professor or two who are outliers. The ones you click with, who get you and are the reason you show up.

Look for these and catch learning’s while you are at it. Ask them the hard questions, seek advise, listen like a sponge.

They may not be teaching faculties, from the peon to the director it could be anyone.

The label doesn’t matter, the learning does. One professor can change your life. I hope you’ll find a few as you go through college.

Build it for the people.

Too often we let go vanity in the interest of volumes!

Boxes on top of boxes on top of boxes. Beds in hospitals that maximise real estate yet compromise on quality, privacy and healing. Classrooms that are fancy, expensive and state-of-art but add little value to the student.

Concrete jungles don’t inspire. You’ll need to think about people as you build something that sustains. Trees, gardens even windows make a difference! Random corridors across the buildings to inspire chance conversations!

Fields, birds park or an Emu’s habitat for students to think anew or to just chill.

Asking better

The audience rarely accepts a sage from the stage, they prefer a guide by their side. This shifts the responsibility of learning to the audience. From mere receivers to co-explorers!

By asking better we are doing a favour to ourselves and everyone who’s listening in.

How could we possibly ask better?

  • Keeping it simple, short. (One good test is: is it easy to repeat?)
  • Open-ended questions lead nowhere. Be specific instead.
  • Paraphrase to follow-up! ( Asking whether you got it right! and repeating it for the audience)
  • Ask to break the monotony, lead the conversation, explore a subject.
  • Ask with conviction, confidence and clarity.

PS: A simple why? could light up a boring interaction, clarify or even startle!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accidental entrepreneurs

There aren’t any.

Some may intend to be rich and see entrepreneurship as a fast track. Some realise that the only way to move their idea forward is to create a company around it, few just find it cool to flash a CEO card (or a carefully concocted catchy and self-assigned role).

Entrepreneurship is a hard road to travel on. Hardly does one do it accidentally.

Travel it with the right intent and the journey will be rewarding and fulfilling.

What if we started calling ourselves intentional entrepreneurs instead?

Your intentions could range from making more money to making better things to building a brighter world.

Building confidence

Confidence is built with one handshake, one word, one step at a time. Sure, you could fake your way through it yet those that you are seeking to serve will see through it.

Instead, admit to yourself and others that you are nervous, anxious and overwhelmed. Then proceed to interact to build connection, earn trust and make something happen.

Begin with interacting with 1 new person a day – Could be the staff at the canteen, the liftman or even the person seated next to you in the metro.

You can become confident. Know your comfort zone and step out of it a little a day, every day.