This is Harsh, your fellow oarsman. We will paddle together, and INJOY (a joy so special to me that I spell it this way!) the journey. When we reach the destination, we may not know who brought whom to the destination. We will perhaps be not interested.
“As a Business Leader, I have had extensive experience in India in building businesses from conceptualization to blueprinting to actualizing them and making them successful, covering the entire gamut of clearances, erection, installation & commissioning, hiring, training, sales, and ongoing change-management, all aimed at building highly reliable organisations. Superimposed on this rigmarole is the matter of approaching and convincing investors, which means selling India and its potential to them.”
That would be a most unexciting way to start...
...if I am talking to a young, intelligent audience who have come to listen to me and learn a bit about building a business and managing it well. They will expect me, as a management professional, to say something useful, interesting, original and perhaps share a few self-deprecating anecdotes.
I have probably already convinced them that building a business is agonizing and boring.
How then have I managed to stay committed all along my journey?
By simply INJOYING myself in my engagements with individuals who have remained a part of my life: colleagues, customers, and suppliers.
Colleagues, in particular. COMPANYONS, as I idiosyncratically refer to them. Many of them have made significant contributions and quite often delivered superlative performances. Someone at some point of time might have even described them, mistakenly and even uncharitably, as ordinary.
I have seen elation in the eyes of these individuals, and I have felt joy.
Every time. Joy, pure and immense and incomparable.
All I have done is just these little things.
"My joy springs not so much from the product, the brand, not even from the company as it does, incredibly hugely, from the possibility to elevate each other."
If a rainbow realized that it gives us such joy, would it smile?
Why would it, being itself a picture of joy?
When you are not just eager, even anxious to see them perform to their potential; it is when you are involved with them, to see them rise and ascend, and continue with undiminished enthusiasm.
To do this is in your nature. It’s intuitive. Spontaneous. Ceaseless.
The Power of Volition: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
(Picture credit - Courtesy of gustavcaillebotte.org)