Monday, October 28, 2013

Be the best version of YOU

It is extremely beautiful weather here in Bangalore. One thing I love the most about this city is the pleasant weather  it was drizzling today and my boss Balaji Sampath offered to buy me hot butter dosa and ginger Tea (these are flagship products of Madhuram – a food court in Infosys Bangalore). For all my friends who know me they know I am a die-hard foodie. With little hesitation rather pretended hesitance I accepted. In India it’s an unsaid custom to say no first when someone offers to buy you a food and then graciously accept to HOG. I have no clue why we do so.

We typically talk a lot about everything in the universe but work (that’s why I love food courts). They are official channels to acquire non-official knowledge (mostly). What we discussed today was worth penning so here we go…….
The topic was “Being the best version of you” here is a quick summary of the discussion

If you take a biography of any successful personality one thing you will see in common across all of them – they gave the best version of self in anything they did. On the outlook this statement sounds very simple but the fact is it can take a lifetime of an individual to be the best version of self. It requires immense amount of hard work + focus +dedication + drive/passion +risk.

Where do I start?

The starting point is not formal or defined, but the first step towards being the best version of you is to break-out of your comfort zone. What it means – the quick-fix or ready to eat culture will not fly. If you are someone who always wants directions on what to do and how to do – you are set to fail. This means you if you believe in instant gratification you probably may not discover the best version of you.

Best way to get started is to push your limits, push your limits and push your limits…eventually you will discover the best or genuine version of YOU.

Steve jobs said this very well during the commencement speech at Stanford University:

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice.

You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something--your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle.

Trust me this will be the most exciting journey of your life you will ever embark on. Just set your focus on being the best version of you and you will reach the pinnacle of success in anything you chose to do.

Wishing you all the best on this wonderful journey of self-discovery.

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