No Gains Without Pains….

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” These lines are from Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare.

However I firmly believe in doers and not on people who are waiting for luck or destiny to strike the chord to make the day.

If hard work is the key to success most people would prefer the lock. Pick the key now and prove yourself with short term goals to achieve it.

There are no shortcuts in life or shortcut to success, Success or gain in life is always backed with a strong sense of commitment and hurdles which one crosses to accomplish every milestone in life.

The Taj Mahal, Agra. India
The Taj Mahal, Agra. India

It took 12 years to complete the The Taj Mahal with a strong work force of twenty thousand workers.

Burj Khalifa Dubai the tallest standing structure took 6 years to complete.

The Eiffel Tower took 2 years to complete.

Rome was not built in a day, all great work takes time and patience to complete and accomplish, and it is only dedication, patience and perseverance that leads us to achieve our ultimate goal. There are no gains in life without a pain and patience and the ability to stick on to it.

Thus start every day with the following thoughts:

  • Push your limits, Take a stand and Leave your mark.
  • Chase your dreams, conquer your fears.
  • Take a risk, push your boundaries.
  • Trust your instincts, Never give up.
  • Prove your words, Right a wrong.
  • Challenge yourself; Raise the bars Dream of a new high

It’s your life, it’s your attitude towards it, just beat all odds.

At last I would like to quote Swami Vivekananda:

See for the highest, aim at that highest, and you shall reach the highest.

Waiting for Sunrise!!!!

I always get up early in the morning and hit the asphalt, so its like I am waiting for the sunrise to happen and experience it daily.

I put on my trainers and leave for the track followed by aerobics and some good gym time.

I love to get up early and its in my DNA since I was a child.

Sweating it out and then heading towards work gives a gush of happiness poured in with new thoughts, new beliefs, new challenges to face in the day and above all a high spirit.

Birds head for their home at dusk and start chirping at dawn; I believe that following the same lines of nature one can be truly taking care of self and have a healthy routine in life. Nothing can be better than this feeling.

Although I like to sleep early too which probably is not possible very often….

The building silhouettes at dusk
The building silhouettes at dusk

But like the dawn also love the dusk as it gives a feeling that we made a remarkable day and there will be another recharge session of sleep. So always looking forward to both dusk and dawn.

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Wish that it aint late until I reach my destiny,

It is not yet too far for sure.

These  thought inspire me to fly,

From dusk to dawn in the sky….



Learning from the Kids: Keep the faith

The thoughts I wish to share today starts with an experience I had with my child who inspired me to think about the way we handle everyday relations both at home and at work.

I had just reached home exhausted as usual and was greeted by my 5 year old which works wonders to ease the fatigue of my mind and body. She took me through the events of her life through the day and narrated each incident.

As the night drew it’s dark curtains we sat together for supper and we asked her to go to bed after she had finished as it was getting late and she had to get up early for her school.

Restless and hyper as she is, she got up from bed to get herself some water. She was back with a glass of water at the wink of an eye and dropped it on my leg during the ordeal. Though I got a bit irritated, owing to my mental tiredness, I kept my cool and softly responded that she needs to be careful.

Planting a kiss on her forehead I left the room, pulling the blanket on her. I was leaving for the living room when I was surprised to see her behind me. She grabbed my hand and asked me to follow her which I did still wondering what she might be up to.

She took me to the living room, got her towel and made me sit and began wiping the water from my leg with it. I was touched by her gesture and feelings and kissed and thanked her.

I put her back to bed and told her not to touch anyone’s leg to which she proudly responded “I can do it for Mom and Dad”.

This little incident taught me that with a little bit of patience and composure I could discoverer the love and passion for fixing things up. You just had to close your eyes and believe in the goodness and positiveness of the person you are dealing with.

Do we experience similar situations while at work… Yes we do.

When something goes off-track in the team or when we are involved with a person in reference to a situation who has not been behaving or performing in the desired manner. We often tend to make things worse by making him feel responsible for it.

Quickly managers look upon him as a culprit and dominate over his thoughts and subsequent steps, even if he tries to explain at times people tend to become deaf and guide him to the next steps.

A Leader handles this situation by leading and mentoring the team and keeping faith in place for his team he trusts his expertise. He tries to understand what led to this situation and give space to the person to come up with a solution and then assist him further on it.

Whilst taking this approach we nurture the following:

  • Imbibe confidence in the team member.
  • Earn his trust.
  • Enable thought process for the person; this in turn makes him more independent.
  • And Overall an elated feeling from the team or person and in yourself.
  •  In turn all these leads to happier workplaces.

So while people read and have so many traits regarding leadership and management however when the tide comes people tend to turn a blind eye and become reactive.

Hence, to conclude “Life is full of lessons, even in miniscule activities, we just need to open our eyes and ear and an open mind to grab it.”