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Do you believe you have confidence? Do you believe in yourself? Are you ready to go out there in the open and question your identity and authority? Are you ready to be criticized? Are you are ready to look yourself into the mirror and say that this is who I am? Are you ready for change – the only universal truth of life? Are you ready to transform? At first go, all these questions look scary. Isn’t it?

Lets be honest with ourselves. These questions are scary and most of us, including me, try not to answer them. But look at it closely, isn’t this the other definition of life? I believe it is. I have accepted it and in the process of accepting the one and only truth of life: CHANGE. But to accept the eternal truth, one needs to have confidence and confidence in plenty. The confidence should be of it utmost purest form, which even when challenged will never kneel down. The confidence will be the armor against all odds, making way to our dreams.

So, where is this confidence? How can I find it? Will it remain with me? There are lot of questions that immediately pop up the heads. Lets try to look into these questions bit colsely.

Where is this Confidence? Confidence is not in the head. Its within you. The mantra is not about finding confidence from thinkings rather from inner self. Its within our hearts. Its within our beliefs. There is a thin difference between confidence and arrogance. Confidence gives positive energy and spreads the same around us. In other words, confidence is the way to prosperity and happiness. On the other hand, arrogance is exactly the opposite. Arrogance brings sadness, frustration and more frustration. Confidence makes the world around you feel proud of what you are doing but arrogance makes only you proud.

How can I find it? Find confidence in what you love to do. It may not be easy because in reality, the world behaves in such a way that makes a vicious cycle that revolves in 360-degree without  any clue. It may be very hard. But there is definitely a way and as I mentioned earlier, the only way to find confidence is to look within and follow your love.

Will it remain with me? I believe Confidence can remain always with you. Confidence is like a farmland. You need to sow right seeds, give enough nutrients, water, sunlight and keep watching it from weeds and other plant pollutants. The more one looks within and tries to cultivates it, the more it grows and keeps you to step the right foot forward.

To illustrate all of the above, let me bring forward an example of an amazing Black Swan: The Google. Google recently announced a cash prize of $20 grands in cash anyone breaks the Google Chrome browser on the first day. Last year, Google Chrome browser was the only browser that left unhacked in the conference. For people who do not know about PWN2OWN, it is one of the biggest platform for the hackers where participants try to hack various browser and mobiles. Last year, we saw how Apple released a lot of patches for the bugs unveiled for its Safari. This year, when Google Chrome was not included in the browsers’ list to be hacked by  hackers, Google came forward and announced it bounty.

So, is it arrogance or confidence? I believe it is confidence and this is exactly I am talking about. First of all, let me be very clear. People may be arrogant when they are either very stupid or useless and low standard. Good reputable people are confident. And that is what I would like all of us to have.

Most importantly, it is your confidence that tells your true worth no matter where you are and what you might be doing. Confidence is treasure which boost the morale of an individual and helps in keep chasing his dream despite all odds. Learn to cultivate this farm and I am sure all of you will find the individual you are looking for inside you.

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Ohh yes guys, the IPO of Micromax might hit the Indian market soon. Do you know Micromax? Honestly, I was not aware of this brand unless some of my friends and colleagues bought the mobiles of Micromax. Very few people know and in fact, even I was surprised to know that Micromax is the largest selling mobile handset in India. And the most amazing story of its success is: it has done so in a very short period of 3 years. Today, it is valued at $1 Bn. As far as I have heard about the Micromax from my friends, they say one prefers Micromax because it provided dual SIM support, qwerty interface at an amazingly low cost. Yes, low cost was its selling point and as I have discussed earlier on this blog, no matter what technology you provide and what features you give, we, Indians have just one first question: What is the price? And here is where I feel Micromax is a winner. I was not surprised to know that Micromax has gained its popularity in such a short period of time and captured 5% of the Indian mobile market, as reports suggest.

So, what does it mean to us?

  • Don’t stop dreaming and dreaming big. Remember 3 years back Nokia, Motorola, Samsung and few others were household names. Introducing itself at that time and emerging as the leading player is one of the greatest example of living a life of dreams for Micromax. kudos to all the whole team.
  • Entrepreneurs don’t fear. The believe in themselves more than anyone does. And Micromax proved it with its valuation.
  • Hard work, Focus and Determination are the key to success. Its the combination of all these factors that today Micromax is going for an IPO.
  • Ideas with customers in mind matter the most. I believe what clicked for Micromax is their approach to the Indian market. They just combined the idea of iPhone, cost factor plus the Indian attitude of shifting telecom providers to suit to the cheapest calling rates at that instant of time. Apple did not lunch iPhone in India and when it did, the cost was too high that it could even be anywhere near to success. Blackberry was not in market. And Micromax launched itself at just the right time with the correct attitude.

So, guys keep dreaming and believe in them. You never know when your Idea could be the IPO of the Indian Economy!!!

Sources: http://trak.in/tags/business/2011/01/10/micromax-ipo-stock-markets/


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How many times have you ever participated in 100m or 50m races during your school days? How many times in your life you have dreamed of getting something – may be an admit into a top-notch program, cracking IIT-JEE, CAT, getting a promotion at office or getting the dream girl of your life? I am sure you would have definitely gone through all or some or at-least one of the above circumstances.

Sometimes, we go into our own cocoon and sit inside like a safe baby just like one of my friends, Roshan, always mentions himself. Some others, in fact a lot including me to some extent, say that why to risk so much. But isn’t life is about taking risks. Let me bring a small analogy.

Compare our upbringing to the upbringing of an animal child, such as a bird. We are always around our parents. As we grow, we always tend to come back. When we fall, they comfort us. When we make mistakes, they us. On the other hand, the first thing a bird learns is how to fly. Once she knows how to fly, she is of her own – to explore the world, to fly high into the sky, touch the sun.

Now, one might we also do that but wait, we used to do so as kids, as small children. We used to try to imagine a lion of may be blue color. I remember that as a small kid, I once asked my mother why the sky is blue or the grass is green. She could not answer. The question haunted me so much that I explored a lot of books in my school library till I found my answer. But to find one answer, I had to go through atleast of 30 books in the General Knowledge section. sometimes when I lie down and think about it, I think am I the same Deepak that I used to be.

The bottom line is we try to hide behind lame excuses and go back to sit behind in the pouch of our own Kangaroo. I vow to break my habit this year and I urge all of you to do the same. Fight for your DREAMS and don’t give them up so easily. If you ever wanted to play cricket, go get up, pad up and hot the ground. If you ever dreamed to be a writer, its time to get your pen and finish your book. If you ever wanted to be an actor, go get up and who knows you might be the next Shahrukh Khan. I am going to fight for my dreams and try all means to make it happen. Come and join me and chase your dream with utmost sincerity.

To be honest, I always wanted to be an Entrepreneur. This year I have taken a major step towards it and making a small move this month. With GOD’s grace and if certain other things work out since I am expecting few things to come through soon, I am going to chase my dream with sincerity. No more safe zones, no more lame excuses, MBA or not MBA does not matter – I just want o to live my dreams.

Let me caution you about the people around you. They will try all means to dampen your spirit. But don’t let them win. Its time for us and our dreams to win. As the source article from which this post is inspired, such people are monkeys who have give up their hope of living their dreams. So, don’t get bugged down ans tighten your seat belts. What are waiting?/ Are you ready to GET, SET and GO….. Trigger has been fired

Inspired from article from my favorite, John Maxwell – http://johnmaxwellonleadership.com/2011/01/03/fight-for-your-dreams-in-2011/

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I gave my Project 10 Speech 2 months back. This draft was lying there for a long time now. I have been pre-occupied with my personal and professional commitments that writing posts on the blog almost took a second place and I could not return to it at all. But thats the past. I am back and I hope the posts are going to be regular hereon and so does my Toastmasters journey.

Inspire Your Audience
An inspirational speech motivates an audience to improve personally, emotionally, professionally, or spiritually and relies heavily on emotional appeal. It brings the audience together in a mood of fellowship and shared desire, builds the audience’s enthusiasm, then proposes a change or plan and appeals to the audience to adopt this change or plan.

The objectives of the Speech are:

  • To inspire the audience by appealing to noble motives and challenging the audience to achieve a higher level of beliefs or achievement.
  • Appeal to the audience’s needs and emotions, using stories, anecdotes and quotes to add drama.
  • Avoid using notes.

This is the first speech which I recorded and I hope to do so in my subsequent speeches also. So, after the video do find the detailed transcript of the video below it. And please feel free to give your comments. Your comments are very important for me as they will help me improve and grow.

I am walking from this side of the room to the other side. I need to get to the other side. The other side of the room is my destination.(pause) It takes me few minutes to walk. But what if I walk faster and in fact, run. I am going to reach faster to the other side. Do I, on seeing the landmark, try to create my own benchmark. Or do I slog around. And crawl like a snails’ pace. What would I do? And what would you do?

Good Afternoon!!! Dear Toastmasters and Guests, there are some people who have chosen to conquer all fears and obstacles right in front of them and run faster than the one who has set the record earlier similar to what we used to do in our school, by competing to come first in the class. These are great people– Great people who create history, great people who had succeeded because they choose to keep fighting till they beat their own expectations.

One such man is Sachin Tendulkar. He set his own standards and made it happen in reality. When he was young, Tendulkar would practice for hours in the net. If he became exhausted, his coach, Archekar would place a one-rupee coin on the top of the stumps and the bowler who dismissed Tendulkar would get the coin. If tendulkar passed the whole session, Archekar will give him the coin. Tendulkar now considers the 13 coins he won then as some of his prized possessions. On 11 December, 1988, aged just 15 years, Tendulkar became the youngest cricketer to score a century in the first class cricket.

He challenged and exerted himself. He did finally become the one of the greatest ever cricketer in the history of the game.(pause) He made the first double century of the one-day international, played the maximum number of ODIs and tests for India, made highest number of centuries in both Tests and ODIs. He fought for what he believed in: To be the little master blaster. To be the king of all records. He will always be remembered, and recorded, in the annals of history, as the epitome of courage (pause), perseverance and devotion (pause).

Forget the greats, let us take a simple example. There was a young man (pause) His name?(pause) Deepak. He had just registered himself as a Toastmaster with the Orators Club. It took him more than a month to gather courage to deliver his P1. The evaluators gave lot of areas of improvement. He was disappointed. He was (pause) frustrated.

That night, he went home, feeling very sad. He pondered. He wondered. And he remembered the story of his icon, the paragon of cricket-Sachin Tendulkar. And he, Deepak, should try to learn from Sachin. He should learn from Sachin’s devotion and commitment. He too must not let obstacles or whatever problems or adversities stand in his way. He must, overcome, even the most difficult circumstances by giving as much speeches as possible. (pause pause) He was determined, not to let his nervousness become his nemesis. Not to let it become his Achilles Heel. He should forge ahead swiftly. (pause) Strongly. (pause pause) Yes, that’s what he would.do. He would try to ask for as much advise as possible from senior toastmasters. He is going to do table-topics wherever and whenever possible, in every meeting, in every club, grabbing every opportunity. He must deliver speeches as frequently as possible. He must conquer this fundamental weakness as though this is the last thing he’s going to do.(pause) He must have (pause) the spirit and enthusiasm of the great (pause) Sachin Tendulkar. He should adopt the charismatic qualities of his club president and beat the best club record of CC.

He practiced, and practiced and practiced. And he practiced until finally, one fine day, he is all set to deliver his P10 speech today. He knows that he is not the best, but he knows too that because he tried, he has improved and better the record. And that was what he sought: to improve, to overcome his own expectations and be a better communicator.

Dear Toastmasters and Guests, when we meet an opportunity, when we experience something new, there are two paths we can take. First we can say, “this is too much” and then retract, revert and retreat, wasting something more valuable than money – TIME. Or we can forge on with courage and tenacity by setting our own expectations and winnig over them. For those who forged on, they are men of foresight and determination. Men like Sachin Tendulkar. And there are toastmasters, like us, like you, like me. For if I’ve chosen to give up, to give up on myself, to give in to the pressure of my expectations and determination, then I would be wasting my time in toastmasters.

Therefore, let me remind you(pause), and myself, and everyone around, that for a seed to sprout and grow, it must exert tremendous effort to break out of its hard outer cover. And just like the seed, in order for us to sprout and grow, we must exert ourselves, forge ahead and break out of the hard tough obstacles that we faced to create histories.

I dream that with sincerity, conviction and righteousness, toastmasters make a difference.

I dream that with selfless desire to serve, toastmasters contribute to the development of our community, and ask nothing in return just like devoted and sincere Toastmaster, Reena Gujaral.

I dream that all of us here in this room will become virtuous leaders of tomorrow, the stars of future with zeal, enthusiasm and passion.

Join me and share this dream to create histories.

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Yes, you heard it right. The D-Day is on Sunday and it has started knocking on  my door. I could hear it tapping at the door. The sound is clear and I am soon going to face the other side of the door for the second time in one year. I know that this time I am better prepared than last time but honestly, I could not yet see the magical figure that everyone sees before opening the door.

SUNDAY is the meeting day. Sunday, 23rd August, is a very auspicious day with Ganesh Chathurthi and as a follower of Lord Ganesha, I have truly submitted myself to HIM. I have done my hard work and I am confident that with a bit of luck, I will be definite;y be able to cross the magical mark across the door and I could see some light in my life across the door. This is very important, especially considering the crucial juncture I am in currently.

So, Om Ganeshaye Namah !!! Be with me my LORD !!! I need you and I seek your blessings and support to remove this darkness from my life.

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The Battle Begins

As I enter the month of August, my efforts to my dream is going to put for test. The next 6-7 months can really make or break my future and career. GOD also now knows how badly I have been pursuing this for a long time now an how badly I need it to et back on the tracks of life.

Month of July gave me a good news: I was promoted in  my current company and it has been the fastest among all my co-joinees. It was good but at the same time it was frustrating too. It took almost months to get it through. The process started way back in Febrauaru and with so many hassles and go-arounds, the promotion proposal got approved in Mid-July with “WELL-DESERVED” tag. It really made me sick. the point here is: I have seen people complaining about the Indian government processes but if a MNC private company does the same, then the problem is definitely is in the the way the people think and they act. Well, I am not here to complain here but the whole system needs cleansing.

As I enter August, I am looking forward to the coming 607 months to bring a major change of my life, which I need desperately and I am optimistic that such a change is going to embrace me soon. I am working hard for it and now, its the showtime.

Wish me LUCK, GOD !

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Now, this has been a real nice article from Harvard Business Blog as how to use Serendipity for maximum utility. The four ways mentioned are as follows:

1. Make your passion your profession. Do you love what you do? In today’s economy just having a job is cause enough to be thankful. But the pace of change keeps none of us safe: a more uncertain world requires working harder to keep our professional skills competitive. Since most of us put intense effort only into those things that provide us meaning and emotional engagement, we must make our passions our professions or the world will pass us by.

Very true. We lose ourselves if we don’t. I have realized it from the bottom of my heart and i can tell you it pains and it pains in real form.

2. Expand — and engage — the edges of your social network. You’re probably on Facebook, LinkedIn, or some other social network by now. But how adventurous are you there? Serendipity works best when we extend the edges of our social networks. People on these edges represent “weak ties” connecting us to new insight, experiences, and capabilities that provoke us to improve our own game. Over time, these edge connections become part of our core network, transforming that core in deep yet unexpected ways.

I have been lucky to have made some real good genuine friends using the social networking. Some of them are Divya, Amitansu, Satyajeeta, Sid. I have never met them but I have chatted and talked to them for so long that I feel I know them for a long time.

3. Participate in spikes. As we begin to pursue our passions, something remarkable starts to happen. While a few of us will choose to remain in, or even migrate to, remote geographic areas because of our passion for certain physical locations, many more of us will be drawn to emerging spikes of complementary talent in densely settled geographic areas. Social networks in virtual space will amplify the forces of pull being generated in spikes as our passions motivate us to seek out people who can help us get better faster.

I have just one goal in life and I am not going to give up that in any form. No matter what I am going to keep on trying and I am sure I will get it, probably in next couple of years, it will be in my hand.

4. Maximize return on attention. Hearing these recommendations, some readers will ask how any of us will have enough time to expand our networks and explore talent spikes. Aren’t we time-constrained already? Yet by adopting new tools and services we can all improve our “return on attention” — the value we get in return for the time spent looking for what we want and need. Search tools help improve this value immensely. But serendipity tools may prove even more helpful as they connect us to people and resources we don’t yet know exist.

One never knowS. This is life and there is always some significant portion which we never anticipate and it happens.

In other words, I guess this is waht is real life and the true relation between DREAMS and LIFE.

The complete article is here. Enjoy 🙂

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