Self Development

When Arrogance Is Bliss

Arrogant Surgeon

“I am an arrogant guy,” I wrote on a Facebook post.

And it’s true.

Most people think of arrogance as an undesirable trait. Not me.

I have a slightly different perspective. And believe there are certain roles it’s practically impossible to play well unless one is. Like being a paediatric heart surgeon.

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Compatibility

Holding Hands
  • She likes her coffee weak and sweet; I prefer mine strong and black.
  • She loves sour tasting stuff like gooseberries and raw mangoes; I like other flavors like grapes and ripe mangoes.
  • She enjoys being outdoors and traveling; I’m a homebody who’s happier curled up with a book.
  • She copes poorly with stress; I thrive on it.
  • She likes horror and drama movies; I watch comedies and thrillers.
  • She needs a good 8 hours of sleep a night; I’m comfortable with barely five.

The list just goes on and on.

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Meaningful Numbers

Meaningful Numbers

The sheer size of India’s population is staggering. And that leads to some interesting spin offs.

25 people isn’t a “crowd”. Only 250 people is. Or maybe ten times as many.

Educating 100 children doesn’t seem special. 1,000 is. Or better still, 10,000.

Go big, or go home.

It’s taken (too) literally.

Something gets lost along the way.

A sense of fulfillment, even pride, in what’s achieved pales in light of what remains to be done – and expected.

A solopreneur doesn’t think of bootstrapping his way to the first 15 or 20 customers – but sets up on a bigger scale right from the beginning.

An author believes finding 50 readers, or even 500, is ‘failure’ – and dreams of selling 50,000 copies of her debut novel.

Everyone’s got their eye on the “Numbers” ball… and it’s BIG!

But see another perspective.

A sick man who’s cured of his illness isn’t as concerned about how many more have benefited from his doctor’s skill – only that he did. And it doesn’t lower the value he received from the medico.

A college graduate who secured a high-paying job that will transform his family’s circumstances forever doesn’t care if he’s one of 40,000 others. Or 4,000. Or even 400. His achievement will change his world.

Big numbers are nice. They make for impressive statistics and pretty graphs.

Small numbers – like ONE – also matter.

Often, even more.

Because they tell stories of individuals who have won or lost, lived or died, succeeded or failed.

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Getting Nuanced

Getting Nuanced

Crossing the road any major Indian city is an art; a challenge; an act of daredevilry.

Yesterday evening, I came to a halt at the sight of a line of crazily veering vehicles – only to feel a tug at my arm.

I turned my head.

“What are you stopping for?” asked a querulous voice.

It was my daughter. The same little girl I would instruct, in serious tones, to “not try this when you’re alone” on the rare occasions we’d dart across a busy intersection.

This was a weird reversal of roles.

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Love Your Work

Love Your Work

I’m on the return leg of my almost-daily evening walk. The road is congested with people returning back from work or study. Tired, dull and listless, they trudge along slowly, wearily.

It was as if a long day in college or the office has sapped their energy, drained them of all enthusiasm. All they’re looking forward to, it seems, is getting home, relaxing, and going to sleep.

Striding along at a brisk 6 kmph, I realize that I’m walking more than twice as fast as young people half my age!

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