The Early Signs: KCJ (In Pic) during his school days with his Miniature Models on Display
“It’s a Happy Talent to Know How to Play” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
To begin with, I have no formal MBA as a paper qualification. Today I train and guide many Teachers, Professors & PhD scholars who are into Management studies; I taught and trained many MBAs across universities for over 25 years now. This job has involved some ‘confidential works’ like setting syllabus, question papers, evaluation and assessment of project dissertation and conducting viva voce examination and faculty development programmes.
There was a time when I could not speak or write in proper English. Years later I taught the ‘Power Handwriting’ in English to parents, teachers and students in England. I have also set syllabus in British culture and trained over 30,000 talents in the BPO sector for a decade
Somebody said it right – The Obstacle is the Way. All this happened ONLY & ONLY because of my Natural Abilities combined with continuous Introspection and Autodidacticism – Going Beyond Syllabus and Breaking through the limitations of regular University education.
I hope not to be branded a ‘Narcissist’ for all that elaborate self-introduction. I am here to share and help those looking for some timely help. That’s what the seed of Aham Brahmasmi is all about – To offer better clarity to you and for yourself.
The Troubled Start:
Like many youngsters today, I too once stood there at the crossroads, wildly staring at the academic and career choices around me and terribly confused by elders as counsel. Many to discourage and dissuade you from your real inner choices and want you to do what they felt was right to live their dreams. Within me, it was Turbulence, incomparable.
I made some terrible choices en route. I first started my career vision plan in Class 8, wanting to start a printing press for my true love of letters. Terribly ridiculed by all, I soon modified my vision statement to become an architect but my weakness in mathematics was a deterrent. In my Intermediate years, I was forced to take up science to become a doctor as I come from a family of well-established doctors. But that didn’t happen as planned for me. Finally, I was pushed into BA Corporate Secretaryship (undergraduate course leading to ACS to become a company secretary) which I dreaded but managed to graduate but with a Third Class from Madras University. I was ridiculed in the family and friend circles. Worse, I had slogged the years for a ‘Worthless’ paper certificate. The University education was just judging the fish by its ability to climb a tree!
Benjamin Franklin was very right and is still relevant when he said: “Wasted Strengths are like Sundials in Shade…” If you do not find the natural abilities and talents hidden in you and exhibit them with your performance, You will also remain like a sundial in shade! This is the biggest problem of an individual.
I dabbled through various businesses between the years 1982 to 1989 (ventured on my own and few into partnerships with Friends and Relatives). I remember at some point my mother had even tried setting up and running a pharmacy shop just to get me involved in something serious that she could think of for me… Most of these ventures gave us financial benefits but I continued feeling the wriggly fish out of the water, constantly going to bed, sleepless and feeling – UNHAPPY.
The Unethical practices in Business, Corruption in Compliances and the Disorganised nature of Operations in Family Businesses forced me to give up on almost everything. In 1989 I finally sat down to ask myself some deep questions – What should I do? What would give me the satisfaction that I seek through work at the end of the day? At some point, thankfully – the Introspection happened. Listen to your Inner voice – Is our Seed Gyan for this opening blog of Aham Brahmasmi.
For now, we leave you at the crossroads of many practical questions that might follow… This COVID season marks the Beginning to Be Your Own Master. Also, look out for answers in the future seeds of Aham Brahmasmi here on Saptha Beej.