Where there is a WHY there is a WAY


“The ‘why’ of what we do is much more motivating than the ‘what,’ we do.

When we are young we don’t really care to chart a course of action of what we really want in our life or where we really want to go. We just know that we need to go to school or college, make friends, study or have fun and pass out. If we are Lucky enough we get into job via Campus recruitment or thru some competitive exams whether we like it or not. All of these are familiar to most of the students.    Those are the golden days where we enjoy watching movies with friends, post photos on Facebook, study together or do something that we know really well. We never question “why” we do what we are doing daily.    We are in a comfort zone and we don’t care much to plan or plot a particular journey or reach a particular goal that is unknown to us.  We won’t know the meaning of “Vision” or what “Disruption” to our daily routine means.  Very few students move out of comfort zone, from daily habits, from the known life and experiment with things, think differently, work hard to reach great goals,  do something different than their friends or classmates do. They are charting an unknown path and at every step of learning they stop, re-evaluate and recalibrate their course of action and finally they will find a WAY for leading a life not just living another day that is just like yesterday for many others.

“Vision” implies you have a view of exactly where you want to go and you chart a course of action plan accordingly, like plotting a journey on a map, a straightforward road with no distractions, roadblocks or alternate routes.

Others just move forward and they don’t form any idea how to lead a life until a problem makes them to think. That is the time self is constructed and that is the time most of them take a course of action and follow.  That is the time WHY leads to find a “WAY” out of the situation. For some of those who don’t ask themselves “WHY” early on they may end up with doing something they don’t really want to do whether it is their subjects or life  or career.

So my friend every day you should question your routine with a WHY and you will realize that you need a WAY to better your life. Better life with best practices is what my vision is for skillsnest.

The art of leading life.


“Time, not money, is the most valuable commodity of all”

We have proven track record of achieving extraordinary success in things, projects or big goals that we never imagine we can do it. Belief in attempting things that are beyond our imagination and achieving them enriches our lives with fulfilment and many times makes us famous and rich. “Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible”.--Albert Einstein Theoretical Physicist, Philosopher, Nobel Prize Winner

We are living in a very competitive era and we all have onus of making some impact with our way of living life on ourselves and the community around us. We should develop the habit of liking to be challenged, stay self-motivated in spite of negative pressures on us; take big challenges and try our best to accomplish them and people will start noticing you. There is a need for every one of us to make a difference in whatever we attempt to do.

“There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self”. —Aldous Huxley Novelist

We are known from what we achieve.  But our achievements have a shelf life. That means we cannot just stop improving ourselves and impacting others as role models.  World moves dynamically and age, values, knowledge, experiences are constantly progressing and where we stand is what matters. Taking risks and learning from setbacks and moving forward are the only way to stay relevant in this world. There are problems small to complex that needs to be solved and we have the capability of solving many of them.

Some examples are “Genetic sequencing of human genes that help in target medication for individuals instead of generalized prescriptions”.  Similarly we have global warming challenges to solve. We have challenges to reach Mars, Venus and colonize Moon. Our imagination is what matters the most.

There are people who are able to achieve some extraordinary feats such as  mimic human behaviors, experiences and creativity by using some complex machine learning techniques, Mathematical algorithms such as K-nearest neighbor ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K-nearest_neighbors_algorithm ) to analyze music , predict Hollywood movies whether they will be hits or flops even before starting on the projects ( http://www.epagogix.com/ ) and finally computers creating music (we don’t need music directors anymore)  http://geb.uma.es/melomics/melomics.html

But for a beginner in life like young students there is ample opportunity for you to start building your life and leading on the edge of achieving some extra ordinary things. Here are some basic principles of achieving some extra ordinary things.

  1. Ignore the Noise. Once you firm up your mind and motivate yourselves to start working for great achievements you will find naysayers around you all the time. They will try to pull you down. Just ignore them and slowly and steadily start building knowledge and experiences in what you really want to achieve that is beyond your imagination.

Do remember “It is not who is Right but what is Right” matters.

  1. Have clear objective. Start reading/learning diversified information. Today world needs people who are deep in one knowledge area but also very good in every subject matter that is not related to their fields. I wrote a blog on this https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/chance-favors-the-connected-mind/

3. Stay focused: As you continue your journey of achieving great goals you may be distracted         by many events, circumstances, constraints, family pressures and many unknown   factors.            Coming back on track is very important. Doing regular Yoga and Meditation will help you to             regain focus.

                          “Innovation is rewarded, execution is worshiped.”

  1. Develop patience. Today digitally connected and instant gratification world is making young students to be restless and expecting instant results. But in order to achieve great things you have to be patient enough and continue your journey until you reach your goals.

                “There is no limitations except those we create for ourselves” ―Lolly Daskal, Thoughts Spoken From The Heart

  1. Watch your progress: we all make judgmental mistakes and sometimes it may be that we may choose a wrong direction. So occasionally checking where we stand in our achievements should be monitored and measured. Otherwise all our efforts may be ultimately futile .

 

  1. Not able to accept failure: We should never become possessive of our tasks, work or people we work with. Sometimes if things won’t work out we should be able to ignore our failures and continue on a new path. Possessiveness makes us Sad and creates mental distress and other health problems. I wrote a blog on this subject here https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2013/09/10/failure-is-not-final/

            “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail”                   .– Ralph Waldo Emerson Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist

7. Question your acts: You should constantly ask why you are doing something in a                        particular fashion. By questioning your way of doing you will get a chance to do it much                better.  I wrote a blog on this

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/where-there-is-a-why-there-is-a-way/

                  “Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do,                                 something to love, and something to hope for”.–Joseph Addison English                               Essayist, Poet, Playwright And Politician.

Good luck to you.

“Change yourselves and the world is a better place with You” –RK  This is my quote for you.

Reflections from my bedside


We seem to be clueless about questioning, thinking and reflecting what keeps us having fun, enjoying life and successful for most of the life, by just focusing on present day  or near term goals.  

Resting on bed for a month due to fracture to my bones on the polio leg gave me time to reflect back towards all the items that I missed in otherwise a successful  life and career. I realized that I did not think of taking medical insurance for me and my family when I’m still working.  “Big Mistake!!!”.  I paid the penalty with a huge hospital bill now. One reason was that when I joined NFC in India or a company in USA there was always medical insurance policy that covered me and my family. I didn’t predict that I will become independent consultant on international ERP Projects early in my career and that I need to take care of all insurance needs myself that time because I maintain good health and still fortunately able to do so with one weakness of this polio to my left leg.

Predicting the nature of what kind of jobs you will be doing till your retirement life is very uncertain but what is certain is keeping body and mind in shape requires maintaining good health and covering the medical and financial needs of your future.

 So coming back to the main topic, for a great present and wonderful future you have to seriously rethink your situation and reflect on what’s best for you today and your secured future.  Here are my tips in the form of questions you need to ask your selves.

 By the way these tips should be used even for your daily activities at your college or your personal life.

Why. Most of us start our plans with ‘HOW” Example is: How to become expert in English language within a day (Just kidding on the day part). How to achieve employable skills before interview? How to make our cities clean and green?

The more productive, provocative question to start with, is: Why are we doing whatever we are doing ? Here’s an example of a “why” reflection item:  I know that many of our students are trying their best to conserve nature and formed a carbon credit club (http://carboncreditclub.org/ If you are not part of it I recommend you to join it and help support the noble cause of protecting our planet). In order to sustain this movement for several years successfully everyone of the active participant should go back to basics of the idea and start asking Why questions.  May be this will help in more ways then what is envisioned for this movement.

Same ways just question your present skills for employability and see what you are missing.

What. After WHY is successfully answered then the next question to look for answers is ‘What?’.Does your current “what” support your desired “why” — or not? For example, If carbon credit club is only for students of present engineering graduates of JNTUK or local college students; then just actively involving them is good enough of a answer to your WHY. But if you want to sustain this movement long term and your WHY’s answer is a great vision of successful movement then you have to rethink the club’s future.

Another example: if just getting whatever job comes your way thru campus interviews and you depend on luck or wish to gamble with your career  then just banking on luck is enough but if you are looking for bright career then you should seriously re think the ‘WHY’ and ‘What” to acquire the right interview answering skills and good employable skills.
Which.
After “Why”, and  “what”, you need to think of WHICH.  Does your “WHICH” question  answer your “What”?
Example:- Which Institute gives me the required employable skills? Which daily routines I need to change to change my lifestyle? Which actions or personality traits those are bad in me.

Coming back to carbon credit club example same rule applies. Which Innovative way helps me to sustain the carbon credit club movements? Which action helps to bring the attention and funding needed for the movement to continue forever and scale to national or global levels and really bring the much needed awareness to all citizens and industries?

These aren’t, of course, the only questions worth reflecting on — nor perhaps even the best ones. You can ask yourself who, when, and where questions, too — to name just a few.  

Remember one thing. innovative, creative, simplicity, transparency and best practices in what ever you do takes you to great heights in life