5 March, 2013
My dear young friends,
I have been writing to you at times on paradigms of professional excellence. One extremely important paradigm happens to be the “passion” with which you do your professional job. Passion at work is passion for fight with your own self, for exceeding all limits, beating your own benchmarks of yesteryears, “creating new ones- the world has never seen before”, making impossible possible……..
Each human being is a winner by birth. A possible 700 million sperms dash from the man towards one stationary egg in the woman. And only the healthiest and fastest sperm makes it. So every human being is that winning sperm which was one up on 700 million. The very birth of a human being signifies that he/she is a born winner.
What is Passion ?
1. It is intensifying “desire” graduating to “ambition” and post-graduating to “passion”
2. It is like a “Battery”, without charge it is useless, when charged it can move giant machines
3. Passion is an “index” of life that determines the extent to which you are alive!
4. Every cigarette, they say, reduces your life span by an hour. That could indeed be true. But truer is the fact that an hour spent doing something unwillingly, has already subtracted an hour from your life.
5. Life is not collection of days you manage to live through, but a “net” sum of “productive” days you have lived “passionately”.
6. It is “passion” that causes people to burn their mid-night oil, stay up late in nights and yet get up early.
Jack Welch has of late shared his rich experience of GE through lectures and his books on “Winning”. He says “Boundary less people, excited by speed and inspired by stretch dreams, have an absolutely infinite capacity to improve everything”. I have personally seen this happening in NPTI & CPRI where Indians have done a similar miracle, becoming one of the largest “Power Training” & “Research & Testing” Organizations in the World. Secret was the “passion” of being at the top of the world.
There is a big difference between people who just work and people who work passionately. And this difference is the difference between “success and failure”. Passion is the “Fire within”. One British Professor told Dr.Kurrian once “What Mr. Kurrian, milk sold in India has more bacteria than that in the Sewage System of England”. Thanks to “White Revolution” of Dr.Kurrian, today India is the largest producer of milk, free of any bacteria.
When Mahatma Gandhi was thrown out of the train at Maritzburg Station in May 1893, with a valid First class ticket, a fire sparked in his mind “You have thrown me out of the train, I will throw you out of the countries wherever you have your immoral, invalid governance” The historic “Quit India” movement is a testimony of that fire-within that sparked off passion influencing 400 million Indians.
Abraham Lincoln is usually quoted for the “Ultimate Win”. Throughout life he was playing a losing game. He lost elections, he lost in business, he lost his kith and kin, he left politics & re-entered, At last at the age of 51, he was elected as President of USA. He is one of the most admired personalities in the world. His life teaches “Winning is nothing more than rising, each time you fall”. That needs tremendous passion.
If you think great players arrived India from 71 countries on 3rd Oct’10 for Commonwealth Games, you may be true but truer is the fact that >6,000 bundles of passion reached Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on the day. Let us remember, there are no passionate things, there are only passionate people.
“No job is small or big, it is the “passion” with which you do, makes it small or big”. Millions of people feel great to watch Cricket today! Do they watch Cricket or they watch passion for “Fight or Flight”, people fly, people dive forgetting that they are not playing in the swimming pool, they break their knees, they break their elbows, they break their wrists,…..they have to catch the ball at any cost….simply pop-corning, explosive vehemence!!!
Sachin failed in Xth Board (1988) due to his passion for Cricket, but he played and played and played till Maharashtra Xth Board Course Text Books brought his story on the First Page-First Chapter (2009). Any activity whether it is study, research, management or playing, if you attach Passion, it can bring great results…..!
Satyamev Jayate !!!
Best wishes and Regards,
M.Tech., Ph.D., CBI Scholar, D.Engg., FNAE, Hon.D.WRE
Chairman, Great Lakes IEMR, Gurgaon, NCR, Delhi
Co-Chairman, Advisory Council, Great Lakes-Bauer Global Energy Executive MBA program, University of Houston
Former Director General (NPTI & CPRI / REL)
No job is small or big, the way in which you do, makes it small or big (c)