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Achieve your potential #496 – Be an Encourager

Posted by in Attitude, Leadership, Management

 

I had a co-worker in my earlier company who would find faults with everything. Everything. Living and non-living. Movable and immovable. Everything had something was worthy of error. And it stressed him out so much, that he would be depressed about just about everything. And worse, make everyone else around him depressed.

This barrage of negative messages happens in everyone’s work life -every day.

I have also seen employees in my career who are the exact opposites. They typically find something positive even in darkest situation. They reach out and talk to people who are struggling. Support them and encourage them. They bring positive energy whenever you meet them or see them. They make a big difference!

The world needs such people. Because there are so few of them around.

Let us work towards building a new habit. Most of us can live this positive life.

Become an Encourager!

Reach out to team members and encourage them. “I can see you are doing an excellent job”, can do wonders to a person’s day. Someone who is down and out, let them look at the stuff they have done well. Focus their energies on

Here are tips that could help you get started –

  • Be specific – It is important to be precise and specific when you encourage people. People can relate to what specific comments and not find general comments relevant.
  • Be genuine – Any encouragement needs to come from the heart. Don’t say things you don’t mean. Just because someone needs encouragement does not mean they can’t see someone who is lying. Make every comment you make genuine to the person.
  • Be timely – Offering encouragement when people need it works better than doing it later.
  • Appreciate them formally to their boss and write a note on their work. 
  • Tell people how they’ve encouraged you – Tell anyone who has touched you in some way. They will appreciate it and gives them a boost of confidence. 
  • Be random – This is nothing something you want to put in your calendar (10AM-11AM- Plan to encourage two people). Encouragement should be random and should be done anytime during the day (or night) and anywhere.

This is an opportunity to make a difference.
To people around you.
To yourself.

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Discovering two pearls in a single day

Posted by in Attitude

I thought I was good in writing. I ran into an ad for Grammarly earlier today. I tested my writing.
I got the feedback in a sea of red.
Deeply ashamed.
Time to get back to writing better.
I just saw an article written by Twinkle Khanna. I was blown away by her writing. Writing has to come from the heart and not be laboured. My articles go through as much pain as a lady in labour. I wish the outcome were a miracle.
I think I found two great solutions today.
1) Grammarly
2) Twinkle Khanna’s motivational writing. (Her style of writing actually).

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Achieve your potential – Tip #498 –Don’t hurry. Your boat will not leave without you!

Posted by in Attitude, Motivation, Personal Branding

 

 

 

Many people run through life as though it is a 100m sprint.  Think of it more as an Ultra-marathon.  That will take you down scenic and memorable routes. Through some really tough times. But it will make you stronger. It will make you wiser.

If you do want to think of it as a race- run it as a marathon. If  you can think of it as otherwise, take your time, decide on what really excites you- and then make your move! Your boat is yours! It will stay docked till you are you ready to board.

Enjoy your life.

Make it memorable.

Help others.

More power to you!

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What Dalai Lama taught us about our life in a Startup

Posted by in Attitude, Business, Innovation, Leadership, Motivation, Personal Branding

 

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Dalai Lama is undoubtedly an inspirational leader! He is one of the most positive human beings I have seen, heard and read about. While reading the Deccan Herald today, I came across these rules (18 of them and I picked the top 5 which I wanted to share -with some thoughts of my own pertaining to running your own Startup.

Rule 1: Take into account that great love and great achievement involves great risk.  Absolutely!  The rewards are always commensurate with the risks you take in life!  Take risks, of course, calculated ones- and see the rewards spilling out in the long run.  Leaving your corporate job and creating a startup is a risk. A major risk at the time when you leave.  Irrespective of the outcome, great achievements are round the corner -and you need to have complete BELIEF in that!  Go with the approach- and you will come out richer, better and stronger!

Rule 2: When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.  You will lose in many of the battles you take up.  Which is good.  Remember, they are not the end of the world.  As a startup, we lose customers- but we learn lessons from why we lost them.  Look for a learning in every misstep you take.  And the more you take, the more lessons that you learn – which makes you sharper in the longer run.

Rule 3: Not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.  Always!  It may be bitter and makes you feel even more desperate! Ultimately in the long run, it is all for a good reason.   We lost some great opportunities (it looked like that at that point in time), but in the longer run, we realised it was good that we did not win them.  Go with this attitude into many of your discussions- and you will end up a winner in the long run.

Rule 4: Learn the rules so you know how to break them.   The objective is not to break the rules. It is to understand how you can think out of the box and approach a challenge differently. Innovatively.   As an employee you end up always having to work the rules- but as an entrepreneur, you have a chance to reset the rules.  Follow that. For that- learn the rules first… and find ways of rewriting them.

Rule 5: Share your knowledge. Its a way to achieve immortality.   The Path of an entrepreneur is a lonely one.  But remember, there are a lot of people wanting to follow the same path.  Show them the road. Be free with the feedback. Help them navigate the path basis what you have learnt.  It is not about immortality- but it is highly satisfying- and that makes a big difference.  If you are a believer- then remember, it will all pay itself back in the long run.

Being a Startup has its share of risks & disappointments. But the rewards far outweigh the risks you take to do this. Irrespective of the outcome, you will also always emerge better than before – and that is the best outcome of becoming an Entrepreneur.

Go and try it. Live your life. Live it well.  Leave your mark in the world!

Thank you, Dalai Lama for these life lessons.

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