Subroto on ‘Go Kiss the World’
It also tells you that in order to succeed, you must learn to fail. My first four attempts to seek stability in the IT industry were failures in various degrees, including an attempt to become an entrepreneur.
- I think I am an entrepreneur and a professional. In my first book, I have given away my formula for entrepreneurship. In this book, I share my formula for building life as a professional.
- GKTW is a book for young Indian professionals, because they would shape the future of the country. More particularly, I wrote this book for the young Indian professional from small town India because that is where I come from. It draws upon my life’s experience of growing up in places without electricity and tap water to come to where I am. The central message is that ordinary people can do extra-ordinary things.
- The book draws on my life. But it is not about my life. I use my life as a narrative, it is not the message. The narrative carries what I call “Life-Lessons”, these I have gleamed from situations and people from whom I had something or the other to learn in life. The book lists more than three dozen such people – it pieces together lessons learnt both from people in positions of great power and very ordinary people.
- The book reaffirms the importance of the immediate family in shaping a young professional – our parents and siblings have a great impact on our lives. We are people first and professionals next. India’s great strength is in the power of the family, in family values and we need to reconnect with them.
- The book addresses the issues of a professional in three parts: in the 20s when you want to be “someone”. Then the 30s, when are someone and when you reach the 40s, when you make your transition from who you are to who you are meant to be.
- The book begins with small town India – going back almost a hundred years – there is a lot of narrative about that India – that is why I was keen that an India- watcher like Mark Tully review it and he has been very kind with his endorsement. From the world of professionals, NRN who is an icon has endorsed the book.
- The book begins by explaining the importance of displacement and asks professionals to welcome displacement, be comfortable with the idea of displacement. Every displacement brings progress.
- The book tells you some very personal things: how my mother showed extra-ordinary courage and resilience – it talks about how she coped with my father’s mental illness and raised us with small means and great values.
- It traces my father’s own struggle and how despite his limitations, he had abiding principles that he never gave up. The book also looks at the power of mentors in shaping a young life – at the same time; it urges readers to think of the power to receive and tells people how we must out grow our mentors.
- Through anecdotes, the book talks about my small town upbringing and some hilarious moments – like smoking a beedi at the age of 4 or chasing a full-grown bear while in school – it is meant to make small town India’s countless youngsters to look at life as a wonderful opportunity – a small town upbringing is not a handicap, it is a blessing because of its innocence and intimacy.
- The book tells you how I took my life’s first major decision as an adult to quit my studies and start work as a clerk in a government office. It tells you not to shy away from small beginnings. It also tells you that your first few jobs do not determine who you would be one day – how you handle those jobs, definitely does. From the first job, it moves to my entry into the corporate world as a Management Trainee in DCM – it recounts early professional setbacks and leads to my joining the IT industry where I really spent much of my life.
- The book moves over to the second part – tells you about life as a professional in his or her 30s. It talks about the importance of “flight over food” and the need to embrace the unknown, to take real risks to make real strides in life.
- o It also tells you that in order to succeed, you must learn to fail. My first four 4 attempts to seek stability in the IT industry were failures in various degrees, including an attempt to become an entrepreneur. But they were preparing me for my long and successful tenure at Wipro. The book also shows glimpses of the struggle behind the current glitz of the IT industry and recounts the contributions of many people for whom the journey was the reward.
- The book then moves on to life as a professional in the 40’s and discusses how real, mid-life crisis could be and how over-achievers can become their own enemies.
- Thereafter, it gets into the making of MindTree. It tells you about the ups and downs through which MindTree became India’s first VC funded IT Services Company to go public and shows you many faces of courage – people who came from humble backgrounds to sculpt a great organization.
- The book recounts my decision to step out as COO to become MindTree’s Gardener – through it, connecting me to my beginnings and telling you why the final motivation in life, beyond all corporate rewards and recognition, has to be an inner call. For a professional, the ultimate realization is that inner call. For a leader it is about servant-leadership and the sense that I am an instrument in an unseen hand.
- The book concludes with two chapters: one I call Life’s Angels. It tells you how Angels are living people amidst us; how we need to recognize them for they bring us crucial directions sometimes even before we are searching for them.