Think Talent Services ConfidentialThis PPT is intended for the recipient onlyand not for circulation“Enabling endurance, robustness, sustainability for organisations”Living vs existingEvery professional’s dilemma0Notes from my coaching journey--Bimal Rath
Working with leaders and their people Working with talented leaders and employees across companies andindustries, my own learning around the human spirit have been great. One of these has been about the innate need for every person to find ameaningful purpose in their lives - and it is manifested in many ways—personal, professional etc. You can feel the passion and fire when youmeet someone who has found their purpose or is on the path to theirpurpose. As a coach, if one can help people find the meaning for their lives—andtranslate it down to day to day actions -- I believe one has done ones job. Experience shows that the motivation to learn, change and drive the rightbehaviors in self and others is often an outcome of a really clear purpose.Think Talent Services Confidential 2
Our need to exist Existing is purely a biological phenomena and part of nature. Having worked with many professionals , it is amazing to see how manyare ‘bored’ with pure existence. All of us, at some stage, are looking for ameaning, beyond mere existence. The world around us appreciates purpose and contribution which comesfrom ‘beyond just existence’. However, the daily stresses and strains, andsetbacks and insecurities, often push us into compromising towards mereexistence. Some inner force though, is always struggling to find meaning beyondexisting—we can all see sparks of it in ourselves and ordinary peoplearound us from time to time.Think Talent Services Confidential 3
Our deeper desire to live For most professionals, there is a need to make a recognizablecontribution to their work and people around them—and be appreciatedby colleagues, family and friends for their unique contributions. (somepeople may not even want the recognition—they believe that theircontribution itself is meaningful enough as a reward) There are few elements which go in: Meaningful work Effort and persistence Finding uniqueness Recognition (?)Think Talent Services Confidential 4
What is living for each of us ? Each one needs to define their own unique place and contribution in theworld—a combination of their own passions and talents*, and find a wayof making it real. Living is also about removing ‘voices in the head’ which may not allow usto move to our true purpose. What may hold I back are the noises around us –often from non-believersor those who have limitations /lack the courage to pursue their dreams. The purpose and meaning for all of us is beyond pure selfish interest.Something truly contributory towards a larger purpose-- be it company,other people, a technology product, arts or society. And best of all—you can make out people who are living a life—theenergy, smile, magnanimity of dealing with the environment, and manyother signals that we catch and feel.Think Talent Services Confidential 5* See the model of coaching –which allows for this discovery (www.newscoaching.com)
How can we make living real? Introspect, reflect, and maybe get some ‘real’ feedback from people closeto you—they will tell you what they value you for, and what they want tosee you as. And use these to create your own picture of a dream future foryourselves. Find a mentor/coach. Mentors who are living their dreams and makingmeaning are great as motivators. Taking help from such mentors is greatfor defining your own way forward. A professional coach can help in manyways to identify the way forward and help remove roadblocks. Then finally—create a roadmap and act—there is no substitute forcourage and action. And read the quotes on the following slides—they are truly inspiringThink Talent Services Confidential 6
Think Talent Services Confidential 7Steve JobsCharismatic pioneer of the personal computer revolution“Your time is limited, so dont wasteit living someone elses life. Dont letthe noise of others opinions drownout your own inner voice.You have to trust that the dots willsomehow connect in your future.You have to trust in something--yourgut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.This approach has never let medown, and it has made all thedifference in my life.The only way to do great work is tolove what you do. If you haventfound it yet, keep looking. Dontsettle.”
“In short, we cannotgrow, we cannotachieve authenticdiscovery, and oureyes cannot becleansed to the trulybeautiful possibilitiesof life, if we simply livea neutral existence.”Think Talent Services Confidential 8Armstrong WilliamsAn American political commentator, author ofa conservative newspaper column, and host of a dailyradio show and a nationally syndicated TV program.
Anne Sullivan MacyAn Irish-American teacher, best known for being the instructorand companion of Helen Keller.“We imagine that we wantto escape our selfish andcommonplace existence,but we cling desperatelyto our chains.”Think Talent Services Confidential 9
William CowperAn English poet and hymnodistThe forerunners of Romantic poetrySamuel Taylor Coleridge called him “the best modern poet”.“Existence is a strange bargain.Life owes us little; we owe iteverything. The only truehappiness comes fromsquandering ourselves for apurpose.”Think Talent Services Confidential 10
Carl JungA Swiss psychotherapist and psychiatrist who founded analyticalpsychology.“As far as we can discern,the sole purpose of humanexistence is to kindle a lightin the darkness of merebeing.”Think Talent Services Confidential 11
Fyodor DostoevskyA Russian novelist, short story writer and essayist.Think Talent Services Confidential 12“Deprived of meaningful work,men and women lose theirreason for existence; they gostark, raving mad.”
Thomas MertonAn Anglo-American Catholic writer and mystic. A Trappist monk of theAbbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist, andstudent of comparative religion.“In the last analysis, theindividual person isresponsible for living his ownlife and for finding himself. Ifhe persists in shifting hisresponsibility to somebodyelse, he fails to find out themeaning of his ownexistence.”Think Talent Services Confidential 13
James F. CooperA prolific and popular American writer of the early 19th century.“All greatness of character isdependent on individuality. Theman who has no other existencethan that which he partakes incommon with all around him, willnever have any other than anexistence of mediocrity.”Think Talent Services Confidential 14
Deepak ChopraAn American physician, a holistic health/New Age guru, and one ofAmericas most notable alternative medicine practitioners.“You and I are essentially infinitechoice-makers. In every moment ofour existence, we are in that field ofall possibilities where we haveaccess to an infinity of choices.”Think Talent Services Confidential 15
Richard DawkinsAn English ethnologist, evolutionary biologist and author.“Intelligent life on a planetcomes of age when it firstworks out the reason for itsown existence.”Think Talent Services Confidential 16
Honore de BalzacA French novelist and playwright.“An unfulfilledvocation drains thecolor from a mansentire existence.”Think Talent Services Confidential 17
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