In a country where official apathy towards sports-persons has sparked an outcry (at least on social media), the efforts of PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar have been lauded by one and all.
Each of these gifted athletes have one thing in common – a dogged sense of self discipline.
Their passion has fueled their drive to become the best at what they do. And becoming the best at something requires a superlative resolve, determination and self discipline.
While for most of us, a work day includes getting up in the morning by about 7 – 8 AM, going to work, eating 3 – 5 meals, working, meeting a few friends, socializing a bit, getting back home and dozing off, these young athletes have stuck to tough regimen for years together, denying themselves even of small pleasures such as having a favorite dish or surrounding themselves with gadgets and accouterments that teenagers take for granted.
People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar
This quote by Zig Ziglar sounds funny for sure, but, hey read it again and you’ll not only find yourself agreeing with it, but may also follow up with the question ‘How do we motivate ourselves?‘
External factors such as recognition or rewards are a great source of motivation, but unfortunately we cannot always depend upon external triggers to find motivation. As a matter of fact, we have to face setbacks, deal with rejections, and yet we need to keep going.
So, how do we motivate ourselves in the absence of external triggers?
Entrepreneurship in India is a growing trend, spurred by the boom in e-commerce and rising investor interest. With this burgeoning interest in entrepreneurship, a number of courses, programs and workshops have mushroomed with the claim to help in turning entrepreneurial aptitude to the story of untold riches.
How useful management education is, for an entrepreneur, is a question that pops up frequently. Can entrepreneurship be taught?
After all, some of the biggest businesses have been built by people who never attended a B school.
If any men were to ask me what I would suppose to be a perfect language , I would answer that in which a man speaking to five hundred people of all common and various capacities should be understood by them all in the same sense which the speaker intended to be understood ~ Robinson Crusoe
Essence of Communication
Conveying effectively what you intend to convey, without leaving it subject to interpretation, is the essence of communication.
Shamitabh – the movie with an unusual name formed by merging the names of the characters Daanish (played by Dhanush) and Amitabh (Bachchan), is a movie with an unusual theme.
Now before you think that this post is a review of the movie, I need to tell you it is not. This post is about the compelling thoughts conveyed beautifully through the story of Shamitabh.
A mute lad Daanish, who is obsessed with movies since he was a child, harbours the dream of becoming a film star. Akshara (played by Haasan), an assistant director, helps him to overcome his handicap and communicate through a borrowed voice with the use of technology. Amitabh Sinha, a cynical drunkard and a failed actor, with a baritone voice, who lives in a graveyard, becomes the voice of Daanish. The duo turn out to be a winning combination and Daanish, renamed as Shamitabh, becomes a superstar.
How many times while reading a gripping book, or while seeing an awesome movie, or while watching an interesting game have you been completed fascinated by the performance of the artists, singer, writer or player and wondered at what makes them so amazingly talented.
Blessed are the people who are born with unique talents and are more gifted than others. When talent is honed and nurtured with rigor and discipline, and presented with the right opportunities, it leads to extraordinary results.
Talent is the multiplier. The more energy and attention you invest in it, the greater the yield. The time you spend with your best is, quite simply, your most productive time. ― Marcus Buckingham
‘AND‘ – the simple 3 lettered word represents the spirit of empowering yourself to pursue different tracks, without having to turn your back on one path for choosing the other.
One dimensional labels have, for long, been used to typecast women.
Time and again you are told that you can be either a successful homemaker OR a successful professional, a caring woman OR an ambitious woman, a demure woman OR a brazen woman. Unfortunately such stereotypes are painfully restrictive, leave women with little choice, and have dissuaded many women from reaching their potential.
Now is the time to give a chance to ‘AND‘ .
I will tell you about two women, born in different times, almost 70 years apart, and how OR and AND have influenced their lives.