What is important is that lies within us

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Nov 2017 15:03:00


 

By T G L IYER,

Ideas are energised by you during your regular workday. If you require a great idea, suddenly your mind scans quickly. You mentally pull what you need out of your mental storehouse. You will use it by reflex correcting and perfecting as you proceed. Performance improvement and increased awareness and understanding are the results that emerge. Ideas exchange increases your storage of knowledge. You give a rupee and another gives you a rupee and we are not better off. But suppose you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange. Now you have two ideas and I have two ideas. We have increased our stock of ideas hundred per cent. The challenge today is to our creativity, flexibility, speed of response, ability to manage change, ability to think outside the box, ability to get the best out of people.

Economically, the challenge is to our innovativeness and behind that to our management ability. Psychologically, the challenge is to our self-esteem. The ranks of middle management have been radically thinned, not merely as a costcutting strategy but because computers have taken over the task of relaying information throughout the system, making the role of manager as information relay station superfluous.

Knowledge is more widely disseminated and freely available than ever before, making it much easier for people to operate at higher levels. Wealth is created by transforming the materials of nature to serve human purposes, by transforming a seed into a harvest, by transforming a waterfall into a source of electricity, by transforming iron ore, limestone and coal into steel, and steel into girders of apartment buildings. It all wealth is the product of mind and labour of thought directing action then, one way to understand from an agricultural to an industrial society is to say that the balance between mind and physical effort is profoundly altered.

Physical labour declined while mind began to climb. Microchips are made out of sand; their value is a function of the intelligence encoded within them. A copper wire can carry forty eight telephone conversations; a single fiberoptic cable can carry more than eight thousand conversations. The human mind has always been our basic tool of survival. But this fact was not understood and today it is obvious to the whole world. Remember, that a great manager is not one who comes up with solutions but who sees that his workers do that! There was once a wise farmer who knew that life’s experiences are often not what they appear. He owned a beautiful mare that was the finest in the village. One day, someone kept the gate open and the mare ran off. The villagers said that it was bad luck. The farmer responded “Who can say it is good or bad luck?” several days later, the mare returned with a group of white stallions and the villagers again gathered and said it was ‘good luck’. The farmer responded “Good luck or bad luck, who can tell?” Good or bad, right or wrong, are merely interpretations that we attach to experiences. As with all opposites we cannot have one with the other. Likewise, good health and illness are opposite conditions that everyone experiences. All of life’s experiences present themselves as tools for our own creations. It is entirely up to us to decide how we will experience any aspect of life as it presents us with an opportunity to decide who we choose to be. Whatever we are today, is a result of our effort and contributions. When we cease to make a contribution, we begin to die. Peter Drucker, Author, Consultant and Expert on Leadership Design observed “Effective people are not problem-minded; they are opportunity minded”.

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need the gifts. We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold towards them. The only limit to our realisation of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. We must not cease from exploration and the end of all exploring will be to arrive where we began. Excellence is a habit. Three elements to consider and practice are obvious. Firstly, we must produce a result. Without that, the element of productivity is not adequate. In all efforts, there must be personal development occurring. Also in all what you do, you must derive fun. Secondly, we can find a way only by searching and finding it. Thirdly, we are the source for what we attract in this world. Claim responsibility for everything in your life and decide to take the necessary steps to impact and influence who shows up around us. Afterall, we all want to be happy. But happiness is not the final goal; it is merely a by-product, a result of what we do in life! ■