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Let’s Show the World!

Yes, it still is the Sales Coach Blog and the stated intent of the author is to present themes related to Sales, Managerial Excellence and Productivity Enhancement – but every once in a while I wish to add a human interest story or a social obligation theme; this will happen till I create an exclusive vehicle for that purpose.

Let me put it this way …. I am selling humanness too?

At 11 a.m. today the first episode of Bollywood Star Aamir Khan’s much publicized and cleverly positioned TV show, Satyamev Jayate, made a somber start and soon put India on an emotional roller-coaster ride – it had the Khan, his studio audience and millions across the country going teary-eyed hearing the wretched stories of a handful of mothers – the virus of female foeticide has spread right across the country in the last 30 years and shocked viewers heard horrifying stories and statistics.

Many slammed the show – they called it a drama and a sham; there were those who derided the sponsor, the wife of a leading businessmen in the country, for shedding crocodile tears.

My take on the show is this – Yes, Aamir Khan had cleverly positioned himself as the champion of the poor and the conscience keeper of the nation. Yes, the Ambani family has created a monstrosity in Mumbai, bang in the middle of a slum, to celebrate their wealth. Yes, the show appeared a bit filmy and the emotions displayed seemed a touch false.

I am saying … Ignore all that!

Answer these first:

  • How many of us can say that we have been contributing our bit for the betterment of this country and its people?
  • How many of us have contributed even 5% of our income each year for a noble purchase?
  • Have we helped one needy child to get educated?
  • Have we helped one battered woman to get justice?
  • Who amongst us has given a reformed convict a livelihood?
  • Is there a fertile woman who decided against having her own child and decided to give an orphaned child a home?
  • Have we voluntarily educated impoverished children – not by paying their fees, but by actually spending time to teach them?
  • How many handicapped people are employed in our organisations?
  • Have we provided a shelter to any homeless family?
  • How many hungry mouths have we fed in the last one year?
  • How many people have we healed and brought back to good health?
  • Have we given a lonely or broken person a significant portion of your precious time?
  • Have we promised our organs to benefit someone after our time?

To how many of these questions have we answered YES or given a number greater than ZERO?

Let us remember some truisms:

–          It is easy to talk

–          It seems smart to point fingers

–          It seems fake when someone else is doing it

–          It’s tough to part with our hard-earned money

–          It’s smart to save up for a rainy day than to give

–           It’s tough to action our good intentions

I have learned that if I can’t do it let me step aside, keep my mouth shut and let the other man do what he is capable of – and when I see good being done let me be the first one to stand up and applaud!

If and when possible let me pitch in with what little is possible from my side … soon I will realise that so much more is possible, if I permit myself to do so!

Ignore the nay-sayers, stamp out the doubts … it’s time to begin …… and try not to make a show of it!

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  1. Raji Sumanth
    May 7, 2012 at 3:54 am

    Well said J! I found it extremely disturbing that my answer to many of your questions was… NO:( I try my best but it’s obviously not enough. So I salute those who do more than me!

    • JayadevM
      May 7, 2012 at 4:11 am

      Hi Raji,

      Those are the message I wished to convey:
      – Let’s try to do more
      – Salute the people who DO!

      Regards!

  2. Shajan Varghese
    May 8, 2012 at 6:00 am

    These questions are unwarranted… What of the income tax and other taxes I generate…Where is that going…Why arent we even bothered…. There are numerous aids subsidies, what not… and still we are needy becoz some do not do their jobs well becoz nobody dares them.

    • JayadevM
      May 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      Dear Shajan,

      In 1947 when our country was formed we decided to Govern it by ourselves. So we created a machinery to keep this country going and we entrusted governance to a few 100 people.

      The machinery got blown out of proportion and is using up most of the money – there isn’t any money left to create useful stuff .. so the machine chugs along without doing any useful work.

      And the bunch of guys we entrusted our country with either looted the money and squandered it away.

      However, don’t be under false notion that Government will use the tax money for social benefit or for improving the condition of the poor. They are busy developing themselves.

      So it is up to the public to help each other. I am not casting aspersions on anyone, nor am I pointing fingers.

      I am just asking, can we blame the others when we have not done what is possible?

      Instead of indulging in a blame-game can we spend the time doing something useful?

      I had set the context for those questions earlier on in the article.

      Best wishes!

      • Shajan Varghese
        May 9, 2012 at 5:56 am

        I perfectly agree with you 100 per cent. However, if we “Chose” those 100 guys and they ran amuck, its also our responsibility to “Chose well” and make sure to run the 100 well. If we take it on ourselves be sanguine about what they do we are fooling ourselves. Its not enough to generate money and contribute, its imperative that we know and be responsible how its spent. Look at the poor Indian, we pay tax and do charity as well, he is served a double whammy. For a change why not sent all our spare money to the so called 100 guys so that either they get over their greed or realise what they are supose to do.

  3. Suresh Nair
    May 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Jay,

    A good topic and well written and thought provoking article…..

    Yes. A good deal of the questions had a response NO. I am not ashamed of it. I do my bit, that is all. If everybody contributes their bit, that would go a long way….

    • JayadevM
      May 10, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Thank you, Suresh!

      The article definitely was not written to make anyone feel guilty – even my answers would be No to most; the idea is to take action and contribute every which way possible, instead of sitting on the sidelines and cribbing about it.

      Best wishes.

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