Since childhood, we have been fed with wise sayings, some that rhyme, some that don’t, which, supposedly, were to help us face the big bad world. As a kid, I’d never doubted and followed them to the T.
But as I grew up, things started changing. I tested these so-called THEORIES, studied people who lived by them and those who didn’t. I formed my own ideas based on my understanding of the present ever changing world. Today, things are extremely different from where I started.
Honesty is the best Policy.
YES. in an NGO maybe, or the Church. But in the corporate world, its a whole new ball-game where the stakes are higher and the falls hurt. In fact, the saying goes like “Do smart work, not Hard work!“. But believe me, a smart worker gotta work hard too, just that what he does matters more than what you do. 😛 My line is “Diligence is the best indulgence” (Since we’re rhyming, lets just play along!)
Early to bed, early to rise…
My old Manager told me he has never slept for more than 4 hrs for the past 10 years. He may have exagerrated, but I used to see it for myself (At least on weekdays) He would be in the office 2 hrs before me and leave 2 hrs after. Each day! In fact, he was the one person who kinda discouraged me from trying for a position in Management, I still consider myself too young to go that way.
Bottom line is, to be really successful today, you’ve gotta spend all your waking hours to the fullest, and compromise on sleep, (Thats something Im not ready to do.) Like Gustav Graves said (Bond “Die another day”) “You only live once, why waste time on sleep” when asked about why he does not ever sleep.
GOD helps those who help themselves
I guess the person who came up with this saying was an absolute genius. He appealed to the inner god-fearing believer in people. Everybody wants to be helped by the Almighty with immense divine power, but unless one takes the first step, he isn’t getting any. It’s always the first step that is difficult. So, in a way, it encourages people to work and never give up. Genius!!
On the other hand, what about the people who help themselves beyond their means? Corrupted individuals? They gain wealth and assets without any fear of being reprimanded (At least in India!) Who is helping these guys?
Eat while you eat, play while you play
One word… MULTI-TASKING!! There is too little time and too many things to do. So, Mono-tasking isn’t getting anyone any where. Im typing this post and having my breakfast at the same time! I’m a Geminian, I was born to multi-task! hehe
The other day, our trainer was taking our training while on phone with another person with an issue. At the same time, he was searching online for solutions for another person who just IMed him!! And I’m not exagerrating! One thing that baffles me tho’, is that ‘Is reading the morning papers in the john considered multi-tasking?’
All work no play..
In today’s competitive world, Jack’s parents send him for classes and tutorials after school. To his parents, Jack is enjoying his music, dance, judo, karate, taekwondo.. etc etc classes. But for Jack, it’s all work, cos’ its not what he wanted, but rather what his folks wanted. Although that only makes him smarter, whether he likes it or not.
Kids should be allowed to play without constant vigilance. Let them get a few bruises, break a few bones.. Girls dig scars, and there’s always a long story behind each. Let them learn things on their own, learn to pick themselves up when they fall. Thats the fun of childhood.
Empty bowls make more noise
I’ve seen bowls which aren’t empty, but definitely make more noise than empty ones. 😛
SO….I guess it all boils down to one wise saying which has been constant throughout the ages. The statement was made by Confucius, and it goes something like this:
Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so!