”India Has Advanced In 30 Years, As Much As Britain Did In 150 Years”; Said Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman – (Source: NDTV.Com Article).
Terming India’s economic growth progress as “extraordinary”, he said INDIA has become the world’s 3rd largest economy (on purchasing power parity) overtaking JAPAN and while being behind the US and CHINA, it is far bigger than any European country.
Since July 2011, MasterClass™ has been saying on every platform that India shall overtake JAPAN to become the 3rd largest economy in the world by PPP. That has already happened.
Now MasterClass™ is betting on India’s GDP to double in the next 7 or 8 years. That will open up humongous opportunities for everyone who is prepared for a fast changing world.
Those who don’t change their mindset, who don’t learn new skills required to excel, and who are caught up in political debates, waiting for political parties & governments to do something for them & in other negative pursuits of mind will be left behind.
Management Guru Ambrish Chheda has gone to the extent of saying that; “Such golden period as we are witnessing now and which will last for the next 30 Years, when the Indian economy will overtake the US economy to become the second largest economy (PPP) in the world, has not been witnessed by India at least in the last 1,000 years.”
Friends, don’t miss out on this massive OPPORTUNITY. And don’t get left behind.
HERE IS THE HIGH-PERFORMANCE PROCESS, SIMPLIFIED FOR YOU:
1) Re-Orient your ‘Mindset’.
2) Re-Skill yourself, learn management tools & techniques; including ‘Strategic Thinking & Execution Skills’, and ‘Soft Skills’.
3) Adapt to the fast changing world.
4) Develop your Purpose, Mission, Vision, Values & Long Term Goals in Writing.
5) Think and implement continuous innovation and disruption. This is the wave of 21st-century.
6) Create an ‘Action Plan’.
7) Track progress by periodical Progress Reviews.
8 ) Don’t wait for things to happen; make them happen.
9) Take help of experienced professionals, experts, consultants and more importantly, develop lifelong relationships with ‘Professional Mentors’. All high-performance people in the world do that.
Let us all contribute to “NATION BUILDING“. That’s the mission of MasterClass™.
Let me ask you a question; If money didn’t exist, and basic human needs like food, clothing & shelter were taken care of, would you still get up every morning & do what you do for a living? WHAT IS YOUR ANSWER?
To conduct an experiment, yesterday I posted this question on Facebook and on various groups on my WhatsApp. Number of people replied to this question in their own way. Here are some interesting answers:
My friend Ms. Ilze from South Africa replied; “If money didn’t exist … we wouldn’t know about it and the world would be a better place! Yes I would still do the same things.”
My Friend & client from Germany, CEO of a BioScience Pharmaceutical Company, Mr. Frank Scheid said; “Money is only a payment tool. Even without money we need to get up every morning to maintain our lifestyle.”
My friend, an Executive Director of a leading Investment Banking Company in India, said; “If your question was – if we didn’t need food, clothing and shelter, or the same was guaranteed available for self and family from some source would I do what I do for a living? – No. Would probably spend time on creative pursuits. However, the fact that one is unable to do that because one is born with embedded hunger, does not mean one cannot be happy. If we wipe out useless emotions like jealousy, ego, anger etc, it will cease to matter what we do.” Incidentally, this was the outcome of our exchange on WHATSAPP which led to a suggestion of discussing this further over a drink & dinner on coming Friday!
My neighbour, CA Anil Bhansali, a senior professional with a foreign exchange trading firm gave a very interesting answer; “I would do it for barter probably”.
A Doctor friend Ms. Divyal Gala, who is a Skin Specialist, also replied; “Sir, if not Money then Barter system! Yes…will do the same thing as then will not think logically but may be more humanly!”
One of our MasterClass™ client company’s founder, who runs a Construction Company said; “I will surely get up every morning. But I will not do what I am doing right now for a living.”
My friend & a business associate Ms. Preeti Gandhi, co-founder of a Branding Agency said; “Difficult to imagine that. I think I would. I get a high when I have helped someone reach their potential (brand or a person). The gratification is my barter.”
My friend Mr. Jayesh Rambhia, who runs a Plastics products manufacturing company said; We work for passion. Money is a by-product”. Incidently, this is what we teach our clients & their employees at MasterClass™.
MasterClass™ client Mr. Manish Visaria, partner at a Candy manufacturing company, replied; “Get up every morning for sure, but mornings would be different. Also what I do for living would have been different as per the situation “.
My neighbour & friend Mr. Vivek Gupte, a senior manager from Pharma industry managing P&L responsibility for portfolio of brands for MNC Pharma company & who has recently quit his job & founded a Branding Agency with special focus on PHARMA sector said; “I am passionate about singing to keep myself and my soul happy, not to entertain people. Similarly if I’m passionate about my work I’ll keep doing it even if the Roti, Kapda and Makaan are taken are of.”
A MasterClass™ client & founder of an IT Services company, Mr. Haresh Gada replied; “Something or other drives a person. Money is not the only driving force. It can be name, health, power, generosity, love, making a difference, creation, spiritual….. If money would not have existed than probably I would get up in the morning & would have done the same thing as my aim in life is passion to create & make a positive difference in the lives of people around us. As smallest good deed is better than grandest good intention.”
Mr. Ameesh Masurekar, a MasterClass™ client & founder of a Pharma Market Research company & Pharma Data Exchange Platform said; “Deadly question. Yes I would.”
Mr. Hetal Vichhivora, Founder-Director of an Electronics & Telecom products Distribution firm said; “No , I would have become more lazy or relaxed.”
A MasterClass™ client & Founder of an IT Software Company, Mr. Nilesh Shah replied; “Yes. That’s the reason all the successful persons like to follow their passion.”
My friend Ms. Karishma Barchha said; “Yes of course, in barter era people used to do their routine, so the basics can’t be changed & I would say work satisfaction is also necessary, in addition to that you need to do something constructive in order to keep your mind & body healthy.”
These are just a few sample answers from many responses I got. Many of them said a simple “YES”, and many of them said a simple “NO”.
Isn’t it a very interesting question to think about? It was gratifying to see that a few people said an emphatic “YES”. However, majority of them said an emphatic “No”. For those who said NO, it implies that given a choice they wouldn’t do what they are doing today.
WHAT ARE THE KEY INSIGHTS & LEARNINGS FROM THIS LITTLE EXPERIMENT?
Many people said “NO”. They won’t be doing what they’re doing right now.
Let’s think over this: Don’t we have choices in life? If no, or if you think that you don’t, isn’t it your duty to create choices for yourself, in the medium or a longer term, if not immediately? Is anyone forcing you to do what you’re doing today for a living? Aren’t there ample opportunities to choose from in this world?
Many people think that they don’t have a choice. However this is only a limitation existing in their mind. Not in reality. They can upgrade their skills, partner with someone, take risks, get out of their comfort zone, search, read, learn and do things that can ultimately help them come out of the situation where every day they are getting up to do something that they may not be liking. Day after day. Week after week. Month after month. Year after year. And many of them, unfortunately, for lifetime.
Can you even imagine the state of their mind towards the end of their life? Wouldn’t they feel that it was a life wasted? That they could have done something else, something more meaningful?
Of course you or I cannot be the judge of their situation or a judge of why they must have said ‘No’, although they’re already doing what they are doing for a living, even if they may not be liking it much. Life may be a drudgery for some of them, and still they have resigned to it, and in many cases that could lead to a burn out.
In the longer run in most cases it is not the world that is stopping them from improving their lives, but the limitations in their own minds, the fears, and the mind blocks which are stopping them.
Each one, therefore, has to answer this question for himself or herself.
If money didn’t exist and basic needs like food, clothing and shelter were taken care of, a passionate singer would continue to sing to entertain people! A passionate doctor would continue to save lives!! WHAT ABOUT YOU!?
Everyone is born for a PURPOSE. And everyone is born with certain gifts. It is our duty to discover what our gifts are and what is our purpose of life?
Answer to the question in this experiment can therefore be a WAKE UP CALL for many people. Because it can lead them to their “PURPOSE” which is usually found around PASSION.
GRAND FAILURE OF OUR MODERN CIVILISATION:
The ironic failure of our modern civilisation is that we can send a man on the moon, we humans have sent a spacecraft beyond planet Pluto more than 3 billion miles away from Earth, but we haven’t been able to teach a common man HOW TO DISCOVER THE ‘PURPOSE’ OF LIFE? Here, I’m not talking in the spiritual sense; that is ‘Moksha’ or ‘Nirvana’. Most of us are KARMA YOGIS and therefore I’m speaking in the sense of the Karma Yoga. The famous painter Pablo Picasso said; “The meaning of life is to find your unique gift; and the purpose of life is to give it away.”
Wouldn’t the world be a better place if our so-called modern and evolved civilisation had succeeded in teaching an average man or a woman how to discover the purpose of life?
That exactly is the reason why each man or a woman is made unique! There cannot be or there will be less stress, tiredness, strife, frustration or agitation while pursuing the purpose God or the supreme power made you for. Each person who has discovered the purpose of life and is living the purpose, has experienced how beautiful life is. Thereafter you will naturally and automatically love what you do. Eventually this will certainly lead to happiness from within. And in any case happiness can never come from outside. Happiness is the by-product or a result. It cannot be the ’cause’, it is an effect. It is a reaction, not an action. A month old child who doesn’t know anything about how to condition his mind, is suddenly happy to see the mother who had gone away and later comeback. The child smiles out of happiness. It was the effect of or the result of seeing the mother. The same is true of your pet that exudes happiness when you come back home.
Human nature is such, and human mind he is coded in such a manner, that you cannot program it to remain in a longer state of happiness without doing something worthwhile from the gifts that you have got or have developed, and are using them for your own benefit and more importantly for the benefit of many others. That is what Pablo Picasso meant when he said that the meaning of life is to find your gift, and the purpose of life is to give it away. This is how most of the things created by nature function. A tree does not eat it’s own fruits. It gives it away! Sure it takes somethings from the nature for its survival & growth. But gives its gifts away! Including oxygen! And if we see, everything created by nature is for a PURPOSE. There is harmony & order in everything created by nature. If so, then do you think YOU were created without a purpose? We were not put here on earth to suffer. If we align ourselves with the natural laws, then our lives will prosper.
To address this failure of our modern civilisation, we, at MasterClass™, have created a program called “Transform Life: Success Despite Whatever Circumstances” that helps participants develop a clear PURPOSE of life, using a very SIMPLE TECHNIQUE! But that is not the subject of this blog!
The Purpose gives a clear direction to life. It also gives meaning to life. It saves you from years and years of wasted efforts in wrong directions. It makes life worth living, more beautiful and enjoyable. It removes or reduces stress, frustrations and agitations from mind. It results in longer states of happiness. Once more and more people live their life for a purpose, the world will become a better place.
In the end, I would say that you must LOVE what you are doing, so much, that money or no money – you will keep doing it because you LOVE it. And more importantly, because it helps/CREATES SUBSTANTIAL VALUE for so many people. You do it for the PURPOSE you were made for. Like a tree!
LOVING WHAT YOU DO or DOING WHAT YOU LOVE with PASSION, and living a life for a PURPOSE, is the ultimate key to success as well as happiness. You will figure out the rest during your journey!!
After all it is one life in your avataar, it is absolutely precious, and it is beautiful. Make it worthwhile and make it beautiful. So that in the end, you can go back with complete satisfaction of a life well lived, leaving the world a better place than before.
Think about it! ANSWER THE QUESTION YOURSELF. Honestly! And then let me know your answer, views and criticism on this article. Share it with your friends and family and all the people you care about.
(Mr. Ambrish Chheda, the author of this article, is the Chairman & Managing Director of MasterClass Training & Consulting LLP, a Strategic Execution Consulting firm. He had decided early on that after the age of 50 years, he wants to dedicate his life to our country. For this purpose, he left his lucrative corporate career and founded MasterClass Training & Consulting LLP, a STRATEGIC EXECUTION CONSULTING FIRM. The MISSION of MasterClass is ‘Nation Building’, by helping tens of thousands of companies to Scale Up to the Next Level by developing ‘Strategic Execution Focus’, and thereby contributing to the Indian Economy. Today, over 1,000 companies from various sectors are using the revolutionary MasterClass™ Methodology, for developing their Strategy, Planning, Implementation & Performance Management Processes to Scale Up these companies to the Next Level of Success through ‘Strategic Execution Focus’ in a Simplified manner. This results in ‘transformational growth’ rather than just ‘incremental growth’. MasterClass™ was the proud recipient of “NATIONAL AWARD for Excellence in Training and Development 2016: Best Mentoring Program”, presented by the WORLD HRD CONGRESS, WORLD EDUCATION CONGRESS & ASIAN CONFEDERATION OF BUSINESSES.
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 & businesses to the Next Level.
In this series of blogs Titled ‘Can Elephants Paint or Walk On Rope’ there are 6 Life Changing Lessons for the corporate & business world and for anyone who wants to succeed in life:
LESSON #1 was: POWER OF IMAGINATION V/S CAGE OF SELF IMPOSED LIMITATIONS.
We saw that the number-1 quality in humans that helps them succeed is Power of Imagination. But most people have put themselves in a Cage of Self Imposed Limitations, and as a result have stopped using Power of Imagination. We realised that all leaders, CEOs, business owners, start up entrepreneurs, and professionals must focus on unlocking the power of imagination of their team members & followers, and help them come out of their cage of self imposed limitations.
Let us now look at the second lesson from the elephant shows.
LESSON-2: POWER TO CONTROL OTHER MINDS
Human beings have an incredible power to control others’ minds, whether humans or animals! That was clearly evident in the elephant show. Elephants would not have done something which is not in the DNA, that is, walking on the ropes or painting on a canvas.
When this thought had entered my mind while watching the elephants perform, a question popped into my mind, which I would like you to answer now; “What is the most precious thing for YOU?” After coming back from my holiday in Thailand, I asked this question to the core teams of our clients using our consulting services to scale up their companies to the next level. There were many answers like; time, knowledge, ability to learn, health, confidence, money, family, love, relationships, and many more. The answer I had in mind of course was; YOUR LIFE! Do you think there can be anything more precious to you than your own life? Would you trade it for say 10 million dollars? What about 100 million dollars?! In fact, each of the answers that people came up with had any meaning only if they were alive in the first place!
Going back to my thoughts while watching the show; If life is so precious that you would not trade it for anything under the sun, then how is it possible for a terrorist to invoke a suicide bomber to give away his life for a pittance?! Or how is it possible to get a soldier to lay down his life with a smile in the line of duty?
That’s when it becomes evident that human beings have an incredible power inside of them; power to control the minds of others, whether humans or animals! In case of the suicide bomber, his mind is controlled by the terrorists in the name of protecting the religion or god! And that if he dies in the process, his next life will surely be in heaven! In case of soldier, his mind is controlled by telling him that there is no bigger glory then to lay down his life for defending his country. So you see, we humans have this power to control the minds of other humans by offering them something in return; it may be money, food, work, career, love, care, martyrdom, but most of all a mission, a purpose, a cause larger than himself, and for it to be more effective, a CAUSE larger than the controller himself.
Come to think of it, despite being blessed with the power to control the minds of others already residing inside of us, most business people today are struggling to get the work done from their teams, the way they would like it to be done. While helping over 1,000 Companies with our Strategic Execution Consulting services, I have heard many CEOs, founders, directors, department or functional heads and many managers complain that it is a big challenge for them to get anything done from their people or their teams. Indeed with many companies, human resource management is the number one biggest challenge that they are facing. Where as here I was, watching men control the minds of elephants to make them do things which were obviously not in their DNA!
Some people will argue that it is because elephants are dumb it is easier to control them, but human beings are intelligent and they use their own minds and therefore it is difficult to control them. To each such person I would say, try and get an elephant to paint and try and get an elephant to walk on the rope and then you are likely to come back saying that it is easier to deal with men rather than dumb elephants! Comparatively, it is easier to explain to a man about some benefits and get certain things done.
So, I would like to leave you all with this question; “If you oftentimes find it difficult to deal with your own men or your own teams, whether as a business leader, a CEO, founder, director, VP, department head, general manager, or as a manager, whose weakness is that? Theirs or YOURS? Put a hand on your heart and answer this question. Once you hear the right answer, you will eventually figure out the solutions about this predicament. All you need to know is that human beings are blessed with the power to control the minds of others. Whether active or dormant, it is still inside of you; you still have that power!
This was my second powerful insight & learning from that amazing elephant show in Thailand. I promise to share with you 4 more powerful insights & learnings in this SERIES that can completely turn your business, your company &/or your life around!
In the next blog in this series we will talk about the 3rd Lesson!
I encourage you to share your own experiences and views on this blog post!
Mr. Ambrish Chheda, Chairman & Managing Director, MasterClass Training & Consulting LLP, is a thought leader in Business Strategy & Execution Consulting. To view Mr. Ambrish Chheda’s profile, click here.
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Human Minds Have Unbelievable Potential; Are You Listening ?!