Month: January 2014

Engineered for change, lesson I learned from an Entrepreneur

“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.”  ~Henri Bergson We hear this often and still every time when we wake up to the reality of monotony, we take a step back or procrastinate the moment for further some time. We try to brush it off under the carpet. If you are a startup founder or employee or just someone who continuously wants to grow, you would swear by the fact that change is the only thing that has kept you moving. Big companies demand constancy in their employees (or that is what is the accepted truth) and at times you get so trapped in the expectation that you fail to see beyond your current circumstances. You fail to envision the unseen. This is why I more often enjoy talking to entrepreneurs and hear their startup stories. Their world is all so dynamic that they will rub off their pace on you. During one such conversation with a friend, who is running a digital marketing company and simultaneously …

A morning cup, a morning thought

What happens when you listen to a beautiful song? The one that makes you forget the rest and think or feel only the good things around you and inside you? My morning cup of tea does the same. It is like that beautiful song that cleanses my mind and heart. I have lived in the illusion to search inspiration from bigger things in life. A legendary TED talk, a wonderful article or an inspiring story. The bubble burst this morning when I took the first sip from my cup of tea. With the speed of light I felt inspired. I mumbled to myself “Things will work out, they have to! Like they always did in the past” Today if you feel tired or disheartened, if you do not have an answer to that question – look around. Look closely into smaller objects, incidences or moments. Sometimes the most insignificant pieces talk the most sense. They lie right there in front of our eyes and we miss them. If you are still struggling with your mind: …

5 things a networking event taught me

Recently I attended a business idea incubation event organized in Mumbai, called in50Hrs. It is a wonderful platform to convert your ideas into a prototype over a weekend, technically in 50 Hours! No, I was not a participant but I attended the demo day as a volunteer. When i decided to attend the event, what I did not have was – a plan about what I will do there; connection with any of the attendees. But what I did have was – an open mind and the belief that I will come back a penny wise. After a power packed day, this is what I took back from the event: 1. Don’t judge a book by its cover: Lot of us are scared to get introduced to strangers or people who we feel have accomplished greater successes in their life. I held similar views for few entrepreneurs who were attending the event. To my surprise they were extremely humble and helpful. Do you hear that word “helpful”? Yes, that’s what they were. They introduced me …

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Do not be afraid to walk alone

  I was till date struggling to find the words and a picture that would sketch what I look forward to this year and what I would like to send as wishes to all my wonderful readers here. Words started flowing as I listened to the poetry that has inspired me since childhood. You can read my New Year post on it here. Many of us regret what we could not do the entire year, but I was surprisingly happy when I did a little exercise as I sat on my work desk, on New Year’s eve, sipping some hot lemon ginger tea. I took out a little piece of paper from my bag and decided to list ONLY the GOOD things about 2013. Things, people, moments that made me happier, made me a better professional and a better person. I was delighted to see that despite of few downs there were plenty of ups in my life. There were so many things I should cherish. This inspired me to do more this year. To …