Last week my wife and I went for a holiday at Thailand. While we loved almost everything about the country; the sightseeing, the pristine beaches, the turquoise blue color of the waters of the ocean, the ever smiling & soft spoken people; the one thing that I came back with in terms of ‘powerful insights & learning’ is from an ‘Elephant Show’ at the ‘Safari World’ located on the outskirts of the Bangkok city. While most people in the audience were only ‘entertained’, the lessons I learnt were converted to be eye openers for the benefit of our Strategic Execution Consulting clients of MasterClass™ (www.themasterclass.in) and their core teams, to help them scale-up their companies to the Next Level.
If I asked you a question; “Can elephants walk on two suspended Ropes while balancing themselves?” This was a question I later asked the core teams of several client companies and the majority answer was “NO”.
If I ask you another question; “Can elephants paint and produce a decent looking painting, like humans can?” The unanimous answer from our clients’ core teams was again an emphatic “NO”!
Well, at that most amazing elephant show, that’s exactly what the elephants did; they walked on the ropes and they painted! Here is a link to the two videos that I shot:
- Elephants walking on Rope: https://youtu.be/xgwH0cuuOXwYyy
- Elephants Painting: https://youtu.be/VJfhyNZUTdU
In my series of blogs Titled ‘Can Elephants Paint’ there are 6 Lessons for the corporate & business world and for anyone who wants to succeed in life:
Lesson-1: POWER OF IMAGINATION V/S CAGE OF SELF IMPOSED LIMITATIONS
The number one quality in humans that helps them succeed more than others is ‘IMAGINATION’. There was someone somewhere who was able to imagine an almost impossible act; that elephants can be made to walk on rope and that elephants can be trained to paint. All human creation, all progress, all ‘सर्जन’ is the result of imagination at its roots, first and foremost. Without imagination, there cannot be ‘creation‘, with a few exceptions!
But during my 30 years of work life, and consulting over 1,000 Companies to scale up to the next level, I have observed that most individuals have created a cage around themselves and have locked themselves inside that cage, on their own! I would call it; ‘Cage of Self Imposed Limitations’. Nobody else in the world has put you in that cage but YOU, yourself have!
Several times, every day, they think; “But, I can’t do this”, “No, this is beyond my capacity”, “Now, that is not possible”, “Why would anyone even attempt this”, “I have never done this before”, “Nobody has asked me to do this”, “I can’t take risks”, “I am happy doing what I am doing right now”, “I can only dream about this, it is not within my means to achieve it”, “I know how it can be done, but I don’t have the means to do it”; “My folks will laugh at me if I even attempt this”; “What will the others think”; “Why Nobody has ever done this before”; and so forth!
There they are. Such people are walking, trying to run, and trying to fly. WITHOUT breaking open the cage first! They are struggling. The cage is moving along with them. They cannot see it themselves; a few other people can!
Keep a hand on your heart, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and ask your conscience this question: “Am I one of them”? “Have I caged myself with any Self Imposed Limitations?” Your inner voice will definitely give you an honest answer. No wonder, why many of you may be struggling with life, money, relationships &/or success as you may have defined it for yourself.
The good news and the EUREKA moment for you as you are reading this could be; “Gosh! That is true for me! And now I understand why despite my knowledge, skills, and tremendous hard-work, I am still struggling in life!” “It’s because of that deadly CAGE that I have been carrying all along with me everywhere, the CAGE OF SELF-IMPOSED LIMITATIONS! I need to break-open that cage & if I can’t, someone whom I trust or my mentor needs to do it for me. Then I will be able to walk, run and fly like a free bird! I will be able to fly in a beautiful sky that is full of abundance and opportunities all around. Opportunities of the kind I was never able to SEE before, while I was inside that cage! You may be a Chairman, CEO, Managing Director, Department Head, Functional Head, Manager, Techie, Executive, Sales Person, Clerk, Worker, Professional, Business Owner, Student, Home Maker, or a Politician. No matter who you are, you could benefit from this EUREKA MOMENT, if you are honest with yourself!
All leaders, CEOs, business owners, start up entrepreneurs, and professionals must focus on unlocking the power of imagination of their team members & followers & help them come out of their cage.
Academicians too have a major responsibility to do so, rather than producing rote learning & short term memory robots, they need to imbibe their students with the power of Imagination.
The world is changing faster than you can realize out of your daily humdrum. Do it before it is too late!
Of all human faculties & powers, MasterClassTM & I believe that the POWER OF IMAGINATION is the Number-1 power that is at the roots of all ‘creations’, including disruptive creations that are redefining our world every single day! Uber, the world’s largest taxi service owns no vehicles; Facebook, the world’s most popular media creates no content; Alibaba, the most valuable retailer has no inventory; Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider owns no real estate; Apple with sales of over 500 million smart phones in less than 7 years does not own a factory; Whatsapp with team size of 55 people was acquired for $ 19 billion by Facebook; 10 Start Ups have reached a billion $ valuation within 2.6 years of its founding, with Groupon leading the pack at 1.46 years. Back in India, start ups like Flipkart, Snap deal, InMobi, Ola Cabs, Zomato, MuSigma, and Paytm have recently become ‘Unicorns’ i.e. companies with billion $ valuation.
Free yourself from the “Cage of Self Imposed Limitations”, open up your POWER OF IMAGINATION and see how the world around you changes after a while!
This was my first powerful insight & learning from that amazing elephant show in Thailand. I promise to share with you 5 more powerful insights & learnings that can completely turn your business, your company &/or your life around!
I encourage you to share your own experiences and views on this blog post!
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