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Questions about Concerns!

A friend posted this message on Facebook:

“Am attending a program conducted by xxxxxx.org this weekend. If you have a great idea about a business and want to test the same from concept to market do join!”

I have kept the name of the website mentioned in the update anonymous on purpose.

A little later his update gets a query from an “eager & enthusiastic” party:

–          Is there any entry fees? Can you provide further details?

We live in the Information Age – there is more stuff out there than can be consumed in multiple lifetimes, let one one! It’s the age of Information Overload.

And then we have people like the one who posted the query quoted above. What is it about them? Do they wish to have everything delivered on a plate or are they genuinely missing the big picture?

I don’t want to express the third question that is quivering at my fingertips!

The website is clearly mentioned in the Update and the query posted on Facebook indicates that the person is online – what stops him/her from clicking on the hyperlink to visit the website indicated?

Someone narrated this little parable to me:

Friend 1 – How I wish that I win the Jackpot and become extremely rich?

Friend2 – Have you purchased a raffle ticket?

Friend1- No! Not yet.

Life’s like that for many of us.

Many of my students at a local B-School say they wish to start a business after the course (which means a time-frame of a few months or 2 years at the most).

My first question in response to that statement would be: What business is it going to be?

85-90% of them don’t know what they wish to do – they just shrug when I ask.

Are they waiting for a stroke of inspiration or do they hope that someone will an up and running business as a gift?

Can the person who asked that question ever become an entrepreneur without interest, awareness and curiosity? Can the youngsters who “boldly” state that they wish to become businessmen ever become that without a vision or an idea?

Are such people capable of pushing their own case with confidence? Will they be able to tide over tough times without wavering? Are they convinced about the statements they make?

What do you think?

  1. September 21, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Jayadev, of late, you have been quite the Vetal. asking questions, knowing fully well how we hate to engage those feeble gears of our minds! 😀 Well, I’d hate to have my skull blown to smithereens and rather be the Vikram! The answers to your questions are part of the the questions themselves: it cannot be anything other than ‘NO’. Life is not a strip of Laurel and Hardy!

    • JayadevM
      September 21, 2012 at 4:46 am

      And like the Vetal, I can only say – “Well said, Umashankar!”

      Let’s keep that good and wise head firmly fastened on those shoulders.

      Yes, you are right about this allergy to questions. Rarely do people respond to them. Along with indulging in the process of enquiry the other thing humans hate are decisions.

      And the path to greatness is paved with queries and decisions.

      I love that quote – Life is not a strip of Laurel & Hardy!

      No jokes!

      Thank you for responding, Umashankar.

  2. September 21, 2012 at 5:39 am

    This applies everywhere, not just in business rt. If you want something stop dreaming and get working!

  3. September 21, 2012 at 6:45 am


    Absoulutely correct. If a person cannot even click on a link and expect to be spoon fed even to find out how much it costs, then the person will rarely become an entrepreneur.


    • JayadevM
      September 21, 2012 at 7:45 am

      Hi Shivaram

      Was waiting to hear from you on this one. I couldn’t agree with you more. 🙂

      Would like to hear more from you about the the program you attended. Shall get in touch.


  4. September 21, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Hi Jaydev,
    The raffle ticket example was interesting and very valid. I have gone through the phase in my life when I used to think that I will do, but never used to follow it up with planning or take the plunge.

    I enjoy reading your posts. You should write a book, if not written one already.

    • JayadevM
      September 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      Dear SP,

      Am glad that that example made sense. Yes, many of us start on projects with so much enthusiasm and then let it fizzle out.

      Lack of commitment and focus being the reasons.

      We need to retain the energy, enthusiasm and belief even through the toughest of times to see our ventures through.

      And thank you for prompting me to work on that book – there is one on my mind. The idea and the outline are ready, now the content needs to be fleshed out.

      Your support and appreciation means a lot to me. Thank you.

      Best wishes!

  5. Kailash
    September 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    you able to hit the nail in the head ………almost every time. J the other thing many times people changes plans, goals get inspired by other peoples achievements/goals/plans.

    Your example is once again putting the fact forward that you need to give 100% in what ever you do or what ever you want achieve or just don’t do it. I did that once when i planned to do PMP i attained 15days course paid 15k but i didn’t went for certification and i m still cursing my self.

    • JayadevM
      September 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      Hi Kailash

      I guess that story can be attributed to most of us on one count or the other – education, job, career option, opportunity.

      But the idea is to learn from the failure and try to turn things around by not repeating the mistake.

      I am sure you have so many success stories to report.

      Your anecdote adds value to the article.

      Thank you for reading and for those kind words.

  6. Bijukrishnan
    September 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Referring to the B-school example and even the other cases there seems to be some great opportunity for improvement in our education system. It should enable people to think freely plan systematically and develop execution excellence and focus, instead of just leaving the students with loads of theory and subject knowledge.

    • JayadevM
      September 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      Hi Biju

      That’s right – there is so much to change in our education system.

      Free thought, connecting students with the world beyond the campus, helping them make career choices and getting them committed to the right work ethic would be more useful than the stuff being dished out currently in a lot of campuses.

      Thank you for sharing those thoughts.

  7. Jamy
    September 21, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Jay, people love being spoon-fed with information and not take the initiative to go after their dreams and/or goals. In the example provided above, it was clear that the first so-called enthusiastic party (lol), who in my opinion is a lazybum and pampered excuse for a professional or potential entrepreneur, was waiting for someone to provide all the answers without moving a worthwhile muscle. I see this happening so much around me when newcomers come into the workplace not even sure if they belong to the right industry and whether they are even a 50% fit for the job or the industry; they just want to get a job to make some money not thinking or trying to ask a question to test their aptitude, do a little research, or spend some time with a professional counsellor etc before they make their first step. They not only damage their own confidence, but make life very difficult for the people who work with them and ultimately affect the morale and productivity of a good part of the workforce who become irritated by their lacklustre and carefree attitude towards training and profession.

    The problem starts in school where teachers/ student counsellors should be able to pick out the braniacs, the potential entrepreneurs etc and give them proper guidance regarding their strengths and weaknesses and how to concentrate on their strengths and work around their weaknesses to pursue their personal and professional goals- to strike that perfect balance right from the beginning. Once they get the right footing, it just cannot go wrong from there.

    My cousin about 11years my junior, hated maths and used to come to me for helping her out because I used to love maths in school; she did relatively well in her finals without going for any tuition because she was an intelligent young lady and with a little bit of encouragement became confident and went on take economics as her main and realised that accounting was not all maths but a lot of logical reasoning as well. She topped her college in her advanced level and bagged a very good job in a bank….. she realised at age 17 or 18 what she was good at and it was smooth sailing from then on.

    • JayadevM
      September 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      Hi Jamy

      You have explained the major symptoms of the malaise, provided some possible solutions and shared a great example of someone who got it right.

      What more can I ask for?

      Thank you.

  8. Anantha Kumar
    September 27, 2012 at 8:47 am

    The quite tragic situation, which has crept into the present-day lives of individuals, be it home/private or professional/job, is that everyone wants everything “yesterday”. Lack of a honest pursuit of truth or information has lead to this kind of a situation, where most of the present generation looks forward to the spoon feeding for most of the time, if not – at all times. The ability to self-introspect can be distinctly seen missing in the present circumstance, for most of the cases. In the process, it becomes a case of rudderless direction for the boat. Lovely write Jay. Keep ’em coming.

    • JayadevM
      September 27, 2012 at 10:12 am

      Hi Anantha

      You are back after a while – work keeping you away from Social Media?

      Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. Yes, a lot of people want everything but don’t wish to move a finger to achieve it.

      Am helping a few people find that missing rudder. As seniors many of us can take on the task and guide the new-joinees and juniors in the right direction.

  9. JayadevM
    September 27, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Raji Sumanth, a regular reader, (but more significantly a mother of two and a professional who gave up her career to take on a bigger responsibility) had this to say after reading this article (I have Copy-Pasted the comment she left at my Facebook page):

    It starts right from childhood, J. Parents spoonfeed their children to the extent that the child is unable to accomplish the simplest of tasks. Then school. The curriculum places more importance on rote learning rather than research. By the time the poor child is in college, the habits have taken deep root! No wonder then that people become lazy and expect things to happen for them as a matter of course! Another thought provoking write from you.

    I’m posting the comment here as I’m unable to do so on your blog. 😦

    Yes, Raji. That is the truth. Our senseless Education System sucks out all the creativity that a child is born with and leaves behind a shell that is fit for just routine work – very few escape its insidious actions.

    Thank you for the support and appreciation.

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