Sunday, May 30, 2010

Buffooned by Luck!


|The only sure thing about luck is that it will change. ~Wilson Mizner

Post written by Anshul Gupta. Follow me on twitter.

Do you feel like luck never seems to go your way? Do you have that friend that you are secretly jealous of because they seem to fall into that dream job, or they seem to always find a way to be around when opportunities arise?

If you answered yes, then this post is for you.

Many people have the perception that the job search and developing your career are tracks you have to follow. You go to school, get an internship, and then you graduate and eventually find a job.

This is true at a certain level, however there are additional aspects to the successful development of your career.

Why is it that some people seem to have all the luck, while others don’t?

Some people believe that luck is actually an intersection of understanding yourself and what you want, added with a little preparation and calculated risk taking. When you do the work of understanding yourself and understanding where you want to go, it can help you to foucs on opportunities that may be of interest to you. Basically, the more you are aware of something, the more you will notice it.

For instance, when you are sad, you notice how many sad songs you hear on the radio. Ask yourself if there are more sad songs being played because of how you feel or if you justnotice them more because of how you feel?

Four key ways to improve your chances at creating opportunities:

1. Pay attention to yournatural curiosity and interests

What are things that you just naturally enjoy doing? What hobbies do you have?

This is the key to everything in your life. You curiosity will force you to travel a path that you dearly wanted but could not.

2. Eliminate Barriers

Instead of thinking about what might happen if you fail, think about what might happen if you succeed.

3. Plan for the unplanned

Once you have a sense of your interests and have eliminated barriers, you may start to notice more opportunities. Also, opportunities may just appear out of nowhere–so be ready to act once they do. Opportunities may appear as chance encounters, new experiences, or even random communication.

4. Take Action

Taking action can mean a variety of things. It could be leaping at an opportunity for a new job, or taking the chance to meet someone you admire in your field. You may learn about a new skill that you would like to develop and take action to develop that skill.

Think back to how you got to where you are today. How did you get there?

|"You never know where chance encounters will take you, but you can help your “luck” by planning for the day when it comes."


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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Do what you want...


|"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover"
- Mark Twain

Post written by Anshul Gupta. Follow me on twitter.

We are cowards as human being by default. That means, if nothing than we are at-least a coward. We are prisoners of our own sense of safety...

You are always told be others (of course who care for you), that you need to do shouldn't do that. You personality or qualities are suitable for certain things. That if you have scored good in maths you could be an engineer and if you have scored good in social science/ other faff type subject, you could be a MBA!!!

Never-ever (if we eliminate a few independent birds), have you come across a situation where heard the little inner voice inside you, constantly telling you..."Hey, stop doing that. You can't do that because others are doing. You love doing something totally different..."

|"Do what you want, and stop doing what you need to do..."

How can I break the path I have been following so long? -The biggest question for many of you out there...

Because you are for a long period on the same old herd followed path does not mean that you can leapfrog to something that you really want. You need to collect your energies, your thoughts and focus them towards where you must focus them. Till the time you get an breakthrough idea worth leapfrogging, you can prepare yourself. This preparation would involve stabilizing your finances, preparing mentally and collecting support for the probable endeavor.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Water-Water No where!


| "We never know the worth of water till the well is dry." ~Thomas Fuller

Post written by Anshul Gupta. Follow me on twitter.

Ponds are drying up, cities are waiting for water-tankers to be delivered every alternate day. And for those who can't afford a Rs. 500 - Rs.200 water-tanker, would fight with their neighbors for water every day, with their children waiting-watching-praying in front of the municipality water tap to come into life.

India, should stop worrying about its population problem anymore, rather it should it'd worry about cemetery shortages in the country! Because more number of people would be dying for the lack of potable water tomorrow than taking birth!

These higher/middle income people (like us) should not worry about this...

|"We are here to waste the limited resources that we unfortunately deserve!"

You, people....

You would waste 1 hour a day watching channels like Astha!, you would love to cry for 2 hours a day for those Ekta Kapoor kind of serials, and wouldn't stop talking about the miseries of the world while watching those 'breaking news laden' news (I call them mis-use) channels, but would not hesitate to leave the water tap open for 20 mins while 'Dove' takes care of your so called outer beauties... You are HYPOCRITES!!!

If you really want to understand an iota of the problem, then you don't need to travel upto Rajasthan or any other place like that or it... Because you can watch the reality show anywhere you want. Go to the populated areas of the city you are currently in, see people fighting for a tiny drop of the thing that you flushed out in abundance during morning!

Many of tomorrow's big businesses would be based on water. Because it is the only scarce resource after air, without which nobody can survive... Another opportunity for exploitation. Cheers!


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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Delusion of Achievements


|"Its far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persists in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring." ~Dr. Carl

Post written by Anshul Gupta. Follow me on twitter.

It feels really nice while writing this 51st blog post. And there are two mutually contradicting emotions: a feeling of small achievement, with a feeling of challenge posed by increased expectations of writing better articles in future... Nonetheless, its the time to thank all of you, who have been following/commenting/suggesting/insisting! all along the journey of writings here....

We all are living in a state of delusion of our achievements...aren't we?

You never stay at the same place, even after you feel that you have achieved you? Nor, you have understood the gravity of an achievements...have you?

Please don't take it the other way round...I am not interested in those "every thing is matter" kind of thoughts, where you can always defeat an argument by proving that, its worthless! Rather, my thoughts are concerned with the hairs between the two extreme thinkings..(no pun intended).

There is nothing that you can't achieve.

And there is nothing that others also can't not achieve, which has already been achieved by you!

That are in a rat race...where each piece of cheese is chased by more than one rat, for every new cheese that is discovered every new moment...

Mirror...the best place to ask this question: "Have I done something, worth calling an achievement? Or Am I just pretending for those who seems to see it as an achievement as I do!"

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Martian view of Entrepreneurs!

Post written by Anshul Gupta. Follow me on twitter.

An Entrepreneur is always with a capital "E"....

My view of an entrepreneur is that "An Entrepreneur is unemployable!". You can never employ an entrepreneur, because he employs you!

These people would never accept the norms, they would strive to achieve what is impossible for others... They see the possibility, not the deficits.

They have a child like ability to question, plus with an added power of the ability to decide by themselves. These people would consult with everyone, but would decide without anyone!

Muscles of a country can be built by its entrepreneurial capacity...not by its employable youth count! So, if you call India a future super power then think of a India with thousands of entrepreneurs emerging every day here n there.

But this is the most, failed segment of business activity too, that's why see so few of them surviving. Remembering Gabbar shing's dialog: "Jo Darr Gaya...Samjho Mar Gaya". Or in an edited version: "Samjho Job Mil Gaya!!!"

3 types of Entrepreneurs*:

- THE BELIEVERS: People who knew entrepreneurship was the Chosen Path. They took the plunge straight after their MBA or after working barely a couple of years. And they persevered until they made it big!

- THE OPPORTUNISTS: These entrepreneurs did not plan to take this path but when opportunity knocked they seized it. Their stories go to show that you don't have to be 'born with it', you can develop an entrepreneurial bent of mind at any age.

- THE ALTERNATE VISION: These individuals are using entrepreneurship to create social impact. Or as a platform which allows them creative expression.

* Source: Book "Stay Hungry Stay Foolish"
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