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February 28, 2019


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Thank You for continued inspirational stories.

Posted by: sk | April 17, 2014 at 09:49 PM

Austrian Friend
you made another Friday, a very valuable one, with that story :-)


Best Regards,
Posted by: Austrian Friend | April 17, 2014 at 10:11 PM

This is big company way;
The surest way to corrupt a such person is to instruct him/her to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
How to change?

Posted by: Tek | April 17, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Inspiring post Anand!
Right now I am in a mode when I can't help but feel that respect is the main thing an employee looks for more than monetary benefits, but I realize these things may not be under my control. The more I try to control, the more stress I experience when some things don't go my way. Taking life as it comes seems to be the best thing to do. I feel (for myself at least), at any given time, it is very important to figure out what the definition of happiness is. After that, it is important to figure out what are the primary factors that bring the most happiness and satisfaction and figure out a way to stay in that mode. It is very interesting to see how my thought process continues to evolve and how that elusive happiness factor evolves. A few months after I started work, I contemplated about this. Sometimes, family and other personal worldly wishes makes me wonder if it is money that really makes me happy, but way too many experiences and situations proved otherwise. Money does not make my happy when I have it, but might make me sad when I don't. So money is important, but surely it is not the primary factor. Then I felt maybe it was the opportunity to work with cutting edge technology that is the single most driving factor, but I realized I get bored easily and what was awesome last year is not awesome this year. Then I realized I am getting a lot of satisfaction in being able to solve a problem in the most efficient manner. There may be a lot of ways to solve a problem, but there is some sort of a 'kick' in being able to figure out what works for the situation I am in. I guess it is not the solving problems that makes me happy, but the process of solving them. What is really interesting is the process of experimenting and learning different ways to solve a problem and then being thankful that I somehow have the ability to judge what is efficient and what is not - what is practical and what is not. And in the whole process when I realize I have created something others can use, it brings satisfaction. Some days I feel good when I realize that I am actually feeling more happy and satisfied for planting seeds as opposed to reaping my harvest!

Posted by: Bobby | April 17, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Y&R from a distant land
Thanks for sharing this…

I will always believe it’s 2-way feedback like chemical reaction - no matter how good the person is – he/she will still need an opportunity to shine, this opportunity will be only given by someone who appreciate his/her talent and willing to put trust in.  

After reading this quote, I have a lot of feeling, recently I suggested improvement ideas that were turned down. Initially, I was kind of mad and think I should have not wasted so much time in doing all these ideas preparation and discussion, should just stay with the old way we do business.
Of course, after a while, I sat back and thought about it – I should not accept rejection since I’m new, I should continue to throw in more possibilities – and wait for right time and get them implemented sometime in future… begin with beginner’s luck and only end with victor’s being tested. (steal from original quote by Paulo Coelho: Every search begins with beginner's luck. And every search ends with the victor's being severely tested.)

“Isn’t the same thing true about employees? New employees come with good credentials, enthusiasm, ambition, high hopes and many with a lot of passion. The challenge is how to keep up those qualities once they get melded in/sucked in to the organization’s systems for a few years.”

Lastly, I love this quote very much, trust that given by you is the best encouraging feedback.“The surest way to corrupt a such person is to instruct him/her to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently. Give them freedom, trust and encouraging feedback about their value and create a culture where they will thrive.”
Posted by: Y&R from a distant land | April 18, 2014 at 01:34 PM

Words of wisdom, my friend.. thank you for sharing. It gives me some ideas on what to say to my kids this weekend.

Thank you
Posted by: BHSC | April 18, 2014 at 01:36 PM

a friend from China
Though I haven’t had much interaction with her at work, I can tell how it is like from the way she treat friendship. The day you introduced us to each other, she invited me over and I had the dinner together with her and her hubby! Had a wonderful time there, she’s exactly the type of person who is proactive and will always go extra miles to make others feel warm and I remember her smiling face still. I know she’s gonna move on, as she’s eager to find the next chapter of career life that would unleash more of her potential. Good for her!!

Posted by: a friend from China | April 18, 2014 at 03:45 PM

Thank you!! This is such a big compliment! I think I'm gifted with energy and positive attitude. I will apply that to work and life to influence people around me. :)

Posted by: Happy | April 18, 2014 at 03:45 PM

Kaka dog
In a constant environment people grows faster and ages faster, some motivation helps people keep curiosity and enthusiasm, but question will be how long can it can last in an almost unchanged environment, let us say, a big company?
Posted by: Kaka dog | April 18, 2014 at 07:07 PM


Anand, I was reading a book called Superbosses and started thinking about you. No wonder you share this article!

Thanks for mentoring us even after you left full time work! Really valuable for life and whom we touch.

Humble Warrior

Inspiring to teach my girls tonight. Thanks Anand, Struck a cord again


:) excellent. We as guides, mentors are mere catalysts in the journey to help them in their growth wherever they need us. You have shared some brilliant points!


Another wonderful reflection.. thank you for sharing

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