“There is nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency something that should not be done at all.” – Peter Drucker Off late, I have been interacting with a lot of entrepreneurs, both first time startups and seasoned entrepreneurs. The thing that I find common with each of these individuals is the passion they feel for their enterprise. If you are or have been an entrepreneur , you will know that entrepreneurship is a world full of rushed timelines, funding constraints and struggles to keep the lamp burning. It is exciting to see how these dynamic men and women trudge along bravely in the face of adversity and actually take strength from it. What does surprise me however is that while each enterprise is born of passion, there is huge ambiguity to the purpose of each of these. And that brings me to the topic of this blog. As an entrepreneurs your passion will give you the momentum
” I’ve come to realise your career is all about the choices you make. Every single one matters.” – Demi Lovato Manoeuvring your career through different roles and opportunities can sometimes be confusing. Often an opportunity arrives at your door and you feel unsure. On the surface it looks, feels and sounds just right. But something is holding you back. It could be a personal circumstance or just a gut feeling but you are hesitant. Surprisingly, this could even happen with an opportunity that you have been waiting for years and thought you really wanted. When making career decisions it is easy to
Will power is defined as : “The strength of will to carry out one’s decisions, wishes, or plans.” or “Control of one’s impulses and actions; determination; self-control.” or “The ability to delay gratification, resisting short-term temptations in order to meet long-term goals.” Irrespective of which definition resonates with you, will power is something that very few claim to have and most aspire for. This power can lead you to persevere and achieve anything, be it quitting smoking, losing weight or any other seemingly impossible goal. It is equally easy to discount your failures to lack of will power. But I believe each and everyone of us has will power inherent in us. What we may not have is a clear understanding of what will power means and how to use it to get what we want.
Vince Lombardi said “ Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” If this is indeed true why are so most leadership development programs so unsuccessful in imparting these learnings? Alternately if leaders are born why do organisations spend millions every year in leadership development? This is because there is a third element to the “made vs born” debate. People can be born with leadership qualities, which the development processes can fine tune OR people can be born sans leadership and acquire it along the way.
“ In order to succeed your desire for success need to be higher than you fear of failure” – Bill Cosby While we would all want to be always consistent in our performance unfortunately professional and personal effectiveness like life does not come in absolutes. As most business leaders grow in an organisation there are subtle changes that start happening in their personal mindsets.
Sometimes we chose a path in life where there is a risk involved. But we still go ahead because all logic and intuition point in that direction. You are anticipating challenges but it seems worth the effort. This could be a taking up a new job, starting a new business, investing in a venture or even getting into a relationship. But after a while, you start questioning your decision. You start wondering if you are really climbing the right mountain or if you made a mistake. Either the results are not what you had hoped for or the returns are not what you expected. A decision that felt good at some point starts feeling doubtful in the present. As an entrepreneur, no one knows this better than me. Doubts are part of the journey. There is often no right path. Course correction is required at many a step. There are times that you start wondering if you still need to be doing this and it feels so much easier to just walk away. But when you think of walking away that comes with its own share of doubts. Will you be making a mistake by quitting? Will you feel like……
If you are a high achiever or used to being an excellent performer but are suddenly finding it difficult to get things done check if any of the following personal traits are getting in your way.
Being a perfectionist
Constant need to do more
Need for speed
I have a 20 month old son and I thought I had to teach him the rules of life……….till I realized I had it all wrong. If you really want something try every way you know to get it. Sometime a sweet smile works but, sometimes you just have to yell the roof off! Practice makes perfect. Keep trying and you will eventually get it right. Yes it may involve a few falls and bumps but that’s the only way you learn…. walking, climbing, running…and pretty much everything else in life. If someone tells you not to do something, listen to th
A recent article all over Facebook, news portals and blogs had Indira Nooyi’s picture and title proclaiming in bold terms “I don’t think women can have it all. I just don’t think so. ” While active feminista ran to share the post and add a whole bunch of likes to it; it made me wonder why we are making such a hoola hoo about this. “Women cannot have it all”….but then who can? Is there really anyone out there, man or woman who can claim to have it all…….all the time?