Monday, June 02, 2014
Seeing What's Next
This is one of those days when life must be re-imagined.
My usual refrain used to be I shall retire by certain age and only do things I like. If I kept my promise, today would have been that day.
But I did not. One of the reasons I got waylaid because I took the eyes off the ball perhaps. Tried other things. No regrets though, as those detours proved worthwhile. And, though I feel anxious and uneasy as anyone in the middle of an entrepreneurial gig will perhaps feel, this is by choice and to be relished.
But still, today is a perfect point to reboot. My earlier plans are not working. I have spent a lot of time doing things I don't like, and my first resolution this year is not to spend time doing things which don't give me pleasure. I am also feeling bottled up doing things in a routine manner, and getting sucked into other people's politics. Those are things I want to get out of.
Indeed, there is no easy way. Having spent two years in hustle, I have learnt not to look for easy ways anyway. But this is time for me to set a goal. And, stick to it, unlike the previous times.
So, my goal is now to get back to International Business. I came out of India to learn about the world, remember! I haven't finished it yet. I am trying to change the business model of my business and be less dependent on other people's priorities. Adjusting to reality, you may say, but this is about scaling our ambitions in proportion to money we have in the bank.
I like dramatic changes, so let it be today. My plan is to spend the day differently, not partying but preparing to deliver on my promise - that I shouldn't be doing things I don't like. I hope I can get there soon. A sign of maturity: I don't feel ready to put a date on this, yet.
A friend has recently forwarded me a quote from Lord Macaulay's speech in the British Parliament on 2nd February 1835. I reproduce the...
Introduction : The Business of Gift Giving Business gift giving has always been common and contentious at the same time. Business gifts are ...
This has been the best and worst of the times for Higher and Professional Education. While people pursuing Higher and Professional Educati...
The inspiration behind this post comes from several conversations with my colleague Pratik Dattani, the former UK Director of FICCI, an In...
It is possible to see the recent history as an interplay between Politics and Economics, and 2016 as some kind of inflection point that ma...
Over the last several decades, the politics of college has reached a consensus: Everyone seemed to agree that more people attending colleg...
I wrote previously about the College Trap ( see here ) - how college can't be denied to anyone in a democratic society and yet, the pr...
It only seems natural to hire people who fit the organisation's culture. In fact, the most common excuse for executive failure is the ...
I came across the term, 'self-colonialization', in a news report on Arundhati Roy's recent speech in Berlin. She was speaking ...
Despite the euphoria in the Indian media, new-found confidence of the Indian businessmen and the sense of optimism on High Street, India rem...
How To Live
"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."
- Theodore Roosevelt
- Theodore Roosevelt
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
- T S Eliot
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.