The Vivekananda series ….. 5. Daring

Be daring … dare to dream, dare to fall, dare to love, dare to try, dare to take life head on …. Just dare to live, fully.

Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita 21 – Failure/Success

Chapter 2 Verse 37 हतो वा प्राप्स्यसि स्वर्गं जित्वा वा भोक्ष्यसे महीम् | तस्मादुत्तिष्ठ कौन्तेय युद्धाय कृतनिश्चय: || 37|| hato vā prāpsyasi swargaṁ jitvā vā bhokṣhyase mahīm tasmād uttiṣhṭha kaunteya yuddhāya kṛita-niśhchayaḥ hataḥ—slain; vā—or; prāpsyasi—you will attain; swargam—celestial abodes; jitvā—by achieving victory; vā—or; bhokṣhyase—you shall enjoy; mahīm—the kingdom on earth; tasmāt—therefore; uttiṣhṭha—arise; kaunteya—Arjun, the son … Read more

If you haven’t let your kids fail, you have failed, already…

While there is a lot of focus, of late, on the importance and learnings of failure, at work and also in life, going through the phase immediately after what you have termed as a failure on your part is not easy. It’s very difficult. It looks great when you read such stories of failures in fiction books and the occasional movies. 

Having gone through bankruptcy myself in mid nineties through business mishappenings, I can understand the emotions and feelings facing failure, and the huge consequences that come with it. It took six years for me and my life partner to come out of the financial mess. But the insights and learnings that we got out of the failure is immeasurable. In fact more valuable than the program that I did from IIM Ahmedabad in the late nineties that was central to our recovery. While you may not be prepared to fail you should be ready to learn from the failure(s) and mistakes. 

As parents, it’s very important to let your kids, fall and/or fail. Small or big. You don’t have to motivate them to fail but you can always support and help them. My parents never scolded or offended us post our business disaster but supported us right through the recovery phase in innumerable ways. Their tolerance for our failures was a huge contributing factor in our growth.

Here is an interesting article on the subject of patents letting their kids fail. 

Parents: let your kids fail. You’ll be doing them a favor

The ‘F’ word that has to become acceptable!

Well, well, well, I certainly did not intend to highlight the ‘F’ word, made of four letters, that forms part of the “expletives” vocabulary. What I wanted to highlight is the fact that while success is highly celebrated and appreciated, and pursued relentlessly almost by everyone, the role and importance of Failure, and the lessons … Read more