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Independence | The value

15.Aug.1947 – Tribute

Carrying on with the spirit of thoughts I expressed on 04th of Jul which marked the American Independence day, some compelling lessons stare at us today, as the calendar proudly turned to 15th of August.

For India, the glory of one victory that has held strong for 68 years must now inspire a story of greatness that shall redefine freedom.  A freedom from the ordinary.  A freedom that will liberate us from political stigma and social dogma.

The global canvas is waiting for the tricolor to shine beyond the occasional spark. To become the torch light that grows hope, confidence and fortune. To become more of the land that was, is and will be revered, for time to come.

 This day, when a nation of 1.2 billion stands in attention to praise the sweet victory of “independence”, the same populace has to surpass the challenge of daily defeat.  A defeat handed down by plagued governance systems, baseless predicaments and entrepreneurial declines.

While the up-side has continued to display tremendous promise, the flip side weighs too heavy too often.

Is there a silver lining to follow for the individual freedom bestowed to you?  A certain and resounding, ‘yes’.

A] Realizing your potential – The freedom struggle though owned by millions is still told as the story of a few. Those few who relentlessly challenged the status-quo and gave meaning to their potential of dreaming bold. The Indian Renaissance heroes were special for one reason alone. They harnessed the potential they held to realize a dream.

Lesson 1: Seek for your significant strengths and exercise the freedom of action. Action that can create results and send ripples into the environment you operate.  There is always an aspect you can revolutionize – Reveal.

B] Creating momentum – Without a sense of urgency, desire loses it’s value.  Freedom was achieved not by agitating and waiting but by mobilizing and marching.  The Independence movement needed replenishing and relaunching several times.  At each time, there were catalysts in the form of ‘heroes’ to keep the fire burning.

Lesson 2: Find meaning in the work you render and that pursuit will generate self-sustaining pace to move your dreams to reality.  Remember, there is always one magic only ‘you’ can do – Perform.

C] Running the last mile – Every special accomplishment is an outcome of enduring commitment. The most inflictive and detrimental efforts of Indian freedom struggle came about by running the last mile.  The three most significant movements in gaining Independence required the biggest sacrifices.  So, someone had to run the last mile to finish the race… and they did!

Lesson 3: The strongest urge to give-up is when you are unaware of the proximity to success.  So endure the path you have chosen and complete the run you started – Achieve.

Freedom has existed, almost always.

What mattered in history, is how we exercised it. What will matter in future is ‘will we exercise enough of it’ – Rajneesh

To your freedom! Godspeed.

What is the goal you want to set if you gain “freedom” from fear of failure? Keen to hear your thoughts.

August 14, 2012 at 8:56 PM Leave a comment

A Champion’s DNA

Amazing inspiration from the sportsman who redefines grace and skill into something divine!  – To Roger Federer

Looking for a story to epitomize ‘Triumph’ vs. ‘Challenge’? Federer delivered just that and more at Wimbledon 2012.

Sports analysts doubted the probability of Federer’s success with their attention stuck on age, fitness, injuries and younger opponents. While everyone knows the cliché of what happens when the going gets tough… this man actually got going… when everything seemed genuinely tough.

 It may take a fighter to put up a show; but it takes a champion to do it in a row – Rajneesh Patil

Some remarkable attributes on display:

  1.  Against all odds:  Yes the analysts were right in using the usual factors as predictors. The champion’s DNA displayed what practice can do! (Federer was at most of the ATP schedules this year)
  2. Hunger for success: It did not matter that he already had the highest number of slams in history, he wanted one more.  Tremendous appetite to achieve more! (Interesting post match interview)
  3. Mastery of art: The most evident factor in Federer’s victory was not Andy Murray’s lesser performance.  It was simply the level of gameplay Federer brought to the Wimbledon finals. It was mastery.

These traits (among others) form the very fabric of a champion’s DNA;  launching performers to peak and champions to glory.

Salute to the grandiose spirit! Take a bow… Federer’s on court.

July 8, 2012 at 8:39 PM 4 comments

Fourth of July: American Independence – 3 lessons

Not controversial to say – “Independence” is probably the most celebrated word and state-of-mind.  After all, every nation dedicates a day and every individual strives in her own way to celebrate it.

Today, the Fourth of July! America celebrates her Independence day.  The freedom that was won over two centuries ago and a victory that probably has 3 lessons to show.  Lessons that may transform an individual mind and accomplish a magnificent goal.

 I] A tipping point

The year 1775 is marked in history by the humongous milestone of American Revolutionary War. One over-ambitious parliamentary act, by Great Britain set a sore sentiment across American colonists. That was the beginning of a revolution that met end with United States gaining absolute freedom in 1776.  Indeed, a tipping point for the country.

 Lesson 1: Taking a cue from there, it may not be unimaginable to realize that your individual glory and freedom also ‘awaits’ just that tipping point. It is a matter of how soon you understand your potential and unleash it to achieve extraordinary results.  When you see your tipping point, don’t just pass it.  Make it count!

II] A little help from friends

Fascinating as it may be, the United States needed to gather a momentum which was far larger than they could produce on their own. So came along France, Holland and Spain to be the friends in need. Yes! When Beatles sang the song “With a little help from my friends”, they probably knew that at some point, everybody needs a push to set foot onto the success land.  So did America at the time.

Lesson 2: This hints at the ever-growing need for collaboration, networking and ability to work with others in achieving life’s substantial goals. By not harnessing the richness of other’s strengths, you only limit what you ‘can’ achieve. Every interaction is an opportunity.  Materialize it!

III] A sense of urgency to the purpose

Much like the tipping point, sense of urgency probably arrives when you know exactly what you want and then decide to have it! Jim Rohn made a fluent statement around this and said “Without a sense of urgency, desire loses its value”.  The energy around America’s revolutionary war came about because they decided that freedom is “now” and it is urgent!

Lesson 3:

“Many and more of our dreams and ambitions will become memoirs of the imaginary past if we do not act NOW” – Rajneesh Patil

Yes, we need a step in the direction right now. Identify it.

If the word “independence” is most celebrated; the word “now” is even more.  Particularly because of its decisive impact on the scale of one’s individual success.  It’s time to shine and… the first best opportunity is… Now!

What is the goal you want to set if you gain “freedom” from fear of failure?  What does your mind say when it is most ‘independent’?

To your freedom!

July 4, 2012 at 10:17 AM 2 comments

Bon anniversaire!

A life in the day of 24-June!

It was at the tail end of Indian summer – Bangalore.June’11 when this blog received its’ first post.

Yup! Incidentally realized ‘Evolving Identity‘ has grown to be a year young. And as it turns out, this anniversary post is coming from the first crest of American summer – Raleigh.June’12, my new home.

Humble gratitude to each of you who have allowed some room in your schedules to read and write back to me over the past year.

While Bangalore is probably the most enviable blend of climatic splendor and cosmopolitan galore (forgive the traffic!); Raleigh in North Carolina is a glorious mix of green pastures and academic treasures (pleasure to drive here!).

The elements of nature and the spirit of life have astounding resemblance and effortlessly fill the geographic divide between these places.  My transition from South of India to East of America has seeded some wonderful thoughts.

Reflecting on a few:

  1. If you connect with nature and relate to the elements, you are not far from what you always called home. World’s indeed a small place.
  2. If you hold the integrity of your true spirit, your ambitions can only scale up because the avenues multiply. Generate people networks.
  3. If you dedicate all moments to the love of what you do, you will find a deeper meaning to every day of your life. Let passion carry you.

While the bright summer days beat down on Raleigh, may the inspiration grow to evolve and flourish identities.  In the name of success, spirit and life… toast!

Would love to hear experiences from the transition phases of your life. RSVP

Running to stand still!

June 25, 2012 at 7:10 AM Leave a comment

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