13 key lessons that make up who I am


It is all in the Mind, if you think you can, you can
  • It is all in the Mind, if you think you can, you can
  • Your power to receive is more important than someone’s power to give
  • To get, first you must give
  • Connect with people – finally, leadership is all about people
  • Life is a constant negotiation – never feel surprised with the need for it
  • The overachiever is always on a slippery slope – one must always carry the ski-poles of humility as you negotiate your success
  • One must build respect the marginal person in life – the small folks are more important than the big ones
  • Passion is what passion does – life is not about the armchair revolutionary
  • In your profession and in life, resilience is more important than brilliance
  • The key to your happiness is not money
  • One must learn to look beyond oneself, my pain is as large as my inability to see the pain on the face of the guy next to me
  • We must learn to forgive ourselves and forgive others as we grow up
  • Self-doubt is a good thing – all over-achievers will go through it sometime or the other
Comments
subramanian Says
Friday June 27th 2008

Key to happiness is not money – This is understood and said only by people who have money or by people who think that they cannot earn money. IMHO.

    shashi Says
    Monday June 30th 2008

    May be one can say -Having money will not necessarily make you happy

      Friday July 25th 2008

      1) A person can have money and still be unhappy.
      2) A person can have no money and still be unhappy.
      I would prefer being the 1st type.
      Money can’t buy EVERYTHING (A), but money can buy SO-MANY-THINGS(B).
      Sometimes, A minus B is happiness.

Prashanth Says
Tuesday July 1st 2008

Let me quote Brad Bird – Pixar Communications

“Money is just fuel for the rocket. What i really want to do is to go somewhere. I don’t want to just collect more fuel.”

Gautham Says
Wednesday July 2nd 2008

Another note on money/happiness

“Money alone will not make you happy, but lack of money doesn’t make you happy either! So if you were to be unhappy anyways, you’d rather be unhappy with money than without it”

jute Says
Monday July 7th 2008

Money is honey, to get the honey you may be get bitten by the corporate bees.

Krunal Modi Says
Thursday July 17th 2008

All points are excellent but I think there is one more point that is missing amongst them……………..the ablility to risk with careful evaluation and analysis of the results because if few wise men wouldn’t have done that…………………..there would be no “MINDTREE” today.

Krunal Modi Says
Thursday July 17th 2008

All points are excellent but I think there is one more point that is missing amongst them……………..the ablility to take risks with careful evaluation and analysis of the results because if few wise men wouldn’t have done that…………………..there would be no “MINDTREE” today.

Lubna Says
Wednesday September 17th 2008

Dear Subroto,

I am still mixed up about the “power to receive”. I know you meant it to be the capacity to absorb, to analyse and to be a better person. It also entails being a better listener.

While I do love to learn and realise I can learn a lot from the experience of others, as experience is perhaps the best teacher, I cannot receive from all.

There does seem to be a barrier in receiving from some. I tried figuring out the reason – is it because I rely too much on instinct and like some people immediately and take a long time to trust others? Only when I trust can I receive.

Well, I just wish I had the ability to humbly receive from all. Unfortunately, I find this very difficult.

I think I have not been able to articulte my thoughts properly and have rambled on. Shall keep on trying to be a better, shall I say – receiver?

Best regards
Lubna

Lubna Says
Wednesday September 17th 2008

Sorry about the spelling error – meant articulate…

Soumendu Roy Says
Thursday September 18th 2008

Hi Lubna,
My 2 cents:
In order to receive from a person, it’s not necessary that you have to trust that person.

Also by receiving it’s not always that you will receive good things. Sometimes you will receive bad things, which will also help you to refine your thoughts and character. For example the life and philosophy of Hitler, most of us hate but has taught us some important lessons.

Regards
Soumendu Roy

Lubna Says
Friday September 19th 2008

Hi Soumendu,
Thanks for your insights. It is an interesting perspective.
Best regards
Lubna

savita Says
Saturday November 15th 2008

Hi Subroto:
I appreciate your articulation of many different views from your experiences. Some of them quite useful to young people who are trying to establish themselves in a ‘indian cultural context’.

Your section on Passion is what passion does is incomplete because it does not include for the reasons of why the young lady was leaving MindTee. I think perhaps you should have discussed in more depth with her about the reason for leaving mindtree.

Referencing back to your own theory about ‘figuring out what you can change’…

Maybe the reason could have been that she felt MindTree did not have the right culture to accept change even if they were small. Perhaps MindTree also suffers from a typical Indian company mindset which cannot accept Indian women who are more outspoken and direct. Maybe there are gender issues at highest levels in the organisation. Maybe the hierarchical setup of the organisation, the services/outsourcing mindset, risk averse attitude on innovation and investing in technology, inability to promote different voices across the organisation, distance/commute to work, in appropriate pay package for a person of high calibre…There could be myriad of different reasons or a combination of all of the above.

By not asking for reasons of why a young lady of that calibre left the organisation, perhaps you missed out on a larger conversation for ‘change’.

Would be happy to see if you have revised your thinking on the matter since then :-)

cheers
Savita.

S Satish Says
Wednesday June 22nd 2016

Dear Mr. Subroto Bagchi,

Request to email the article “All the president’s men”.

Since my search has been unsuccessful, hence the request.

Thanks,
Satish
M : 98410 15945

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