When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt

Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci, from C2RMF

Let your achievement speak about yourself rather than boasting your own work. Let your work and achievements have their own glory. It does not mean that advertising is bad. In fact, don’t assume people know what you do. Don’t assume they know how you can help them. You have to advertise your work but not the self. Right time will come and you will be recognized for your work and that is the time to show your humbleness.

You must develop the habit of sharing your work with the world. This habit must be practiced daily. If you’re the best in the world at what you do, but no one knows that you do it, then you are invisible.

Focus less on impressing people with your credentials and more on connecting with people. After that, don’t complicate things and let your work and achievements speak for themselves.

When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.
Henry J. Kaiser
US industrialist (1882 – 1967)


Wisdom Wednesdays – Pablo Picasso

Robin Sharma recites the story of Pablo Picasso:

One day a woman spotted Pablo Picasso in the market and pulled out a piece of paper. “Mr. Picasso”, she said excitedly, “I am a big fan. Please could you do a little drawing for me.?” Picasso happily complied and quickly etched out a piece of art for her on the paper provided. He then smiled as he handed it back to her. “That will be a million dollar.” “But Mr. Picasso, “the woman replied flustered, “It only took you thirty seconds to do the little masterpiece.” “My good woman,” Picasso laughed, “It took me thirty year to do that masterpiece in thirty seconds.” — Read more here

“Know what you can excel at — your ‘genius points’. Discover your talent and then work like crazy to polish them. One of the most important of all personal leadership skill is self-awareness. Know what you are really good at. Reflect on those abilities that others admire in you. Think about those capabilities that just come easy to you — and flow effortlessly from you. You might be a fantastic communicator ot have a way with people. You might posses an extraordinary ability to execute and get things done. Perhaps your special talent involves innovation and creativity and seeing what everyone else sees but thinking a different thought. Find your genius points and then develop them. Focus plus daily improvement plus time. Start today and in three to five years people will be writing about you. Calling you a genius. Celebrating your magnificence.” -Robin Sharma

The crux of this story is:

Focus + Daily Improvement + Time = Genius

Understand this formula deeply and your life will never be the same.

It isn’t what the book costs; it’s what it will cost you if you don’t read it. (Jim Rohn)

Brian Tracy: “Your life is never the same after you discover continuous learning, leaders are readers. If you want to be more successful on the outside you have to become more on the inside. You must be all the time continue upgrading your knowledge and skills. You can change all things for the better when you change yourself for the better. You may just be one idea away from transforming your life and you have to reaffirm the profound idea of learning and learning…. Continuous learning is your key to unlocking unlimited success and growth. That alone is life transforming.”

“It isn’t what the book costs; it’s what it will cost you if you don’t read it.” (Jim Rohn)

John Maxwell: “Learning never stops. Yesterday’s learning will keep me where I am. Today learning is only to be enough for today. Today is for today only. It got me on a path of growth which created an appetite to grow that has never stopped.I just see the benefits of it in so many ways. I can’t imagine going one day without learning something, experiencing something new, and then passing it on to others.”

“You must take on responsibility for your own education.” (Jim Rohn)

Zig Ziglar said: “When you finish school you don’t finish your education; it is a lifetime matter.’ Education goes on and on….. Education gets you a job. Self education gets you rich; formal education makes you a living; self education makes you a fortune. Never seize your quest for knowledge and development; thirst for ideas that can be life changing; and then learn to pass it on, and pass it on to your children.”

Where would you start if you wanted to improve your life? For things to change for you, you have to change! It’s about a mindset and attitude that will lead to actions!

Did You Stop Growing

“Once you believe that you are Ripe, You are Ready to Rot!”

“Well, I did do a good job and definitely deserve a break!”

Well, it’s fine to feel satisfied with your past efforts and achievements. BUT……….And its a BIG BUT……….The problem is that it’s now your PAST



So, you can’t sit and think of your past achievements as your source of contention because the future is still open for you – and for a lot of others too. And they might, in all probability, challenge your past achievements and leave you sitting like an exposed duck!


The answer to this scenario must be to stop thinking that you’re all ‘Ripe’ and ‘Great’ now and slowly crawl out of your comfort zone seeking the next challenge, the next project, the next achievement, and then the next, and then the next till you know how much you still need to do!

A sure-shot way of dealing with this is to always set very high goals, sometimes beyond any possible conception of achievability, and compare your performance in any skill-set to the best that has ever been.

The following James Cameron quote on this subject is my personal favorite –

“If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, You will fail above everyone else’s success!”


I’ll end this post with a question to all of you, a quote from Ray Kroc:

“Are you Green and Growing, Or Ripe and Rotting?


Some quotes on attitude

When things aren’t working the way you want them to, or you feel you’re surrounded by problems, it can be tempting to look outward and try to change the things that you feel are causing issues. Chances are the issues you’re facing aren’t so cut and dry. The solution to the problem might just be your attitude.

I am responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life. Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself. -Walter Anderson

The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.

You always have a choice of how you are going to respond to what the world offers you. Do not let something dictate the way you react to things. You need to look within yourself and realize that you have the power to make things happen. We are a sum of all of our life’s experiences, so use these past lessons to help better your present situation.




POOR LITTLE RICH SLUM – A land of opportunity for many more

We can be happy, we can be hopeful, we can be enterprising – no matter where we are.

Dharavi is like an elephant of issues and blind men scrambling all over it, each sees a small part of it and considers it to be “whole”.
To the residents of Dharavi, it is a way of life. To the business man who operates in Dharavi, it is convenience, cheap labor and cheap rent makes it a mega-hub of micro enterprises.

“Idhar sab tarah ka kaam hota hai.”

Dharavi is a silent revolution of energy and enterprise, it started with arrivals of migrants from Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and UP and with them, they brought business with them. It was wide open space in Dharavi which attracted people and allowed industries to flurish.

“Jab mere dada yahan aaye the, idhar kuch bhi nahi tha…” is a constant refrain.

The book POOR LITTLE RICH SLUM by Rashmi Bansal and Deepak Gandhi is a journey into the enterprising side of Dharavi. This is the fourth book by writer, entrepreneur and youth expert Rashmi Bansal, Co-authored with Deepak Gandhi and with insightful photographs by Dee Gandhi, the layout of this new bookPoor Little Rich Slum is interesting – though the font size could have been larger.

“What makes this book stand out is the heartfelt intention and initiative of the authors and the photographer to perceive life from the point of view of the people living in Dharavi.”

Characters like Mustaqueen Bhai whose stitching work has brought him customers not just from Mumbai and other parts of India but also from Mexico, Panama and Brazil; Panju Swamy – the owner of Ayyappan Idli Stall; Rani Nadar of the ‘Rebe Rubi’ tailoring center where she “continues to sew hopes and dreams” in-spite of the fact that “Dharavi cannot be fixed with a few stitches,”; Praveen Sakpal of the Gurudutt Gymnasium whose boys have made it as bodybuilders representing district and state levels – all of them and many more such inspiring people and organizations make Poor Little Rich Slum a worthwhile, deserving read.

“Yahan sab kuch hai – paisa achha hai, log ache hain, par aasmaan nahi hai, jaan hai, jahaan nahi hai.”

Here, everything is there – money is good, people are nice but there is no sky. Life is there but there is no world.

It would be best to end the review by highlighting some of the powerful quotes in the book:

  • “A child who grows up in Dharavi may be poor but does not feel inferior.” – activist Raju Konde
  • “Education has opened our minds like a parachute.” – Mushtaq Syed, INMA Enterprises
  • “People here are not beggars, they are hard-working and self-sufficient. There is something to be learnt from us.” – Fahim Vora and Tauseef Siddiqui, Dharavi