Thursday, August 27, 2009

What will you do?

This is very different from all of my previous posts, every single one of them!

Here, unlike before, I'm seeking your opinion, rather your ideas which will be invaluable to me as I attempt to shape my future, some kind of a gauging the pulse activity! So, considering the nature of this post, it is my request that you spend sometime in thought and be sure to give me your thoughts, no matter what.

Take a good look at your résumé, which I'm sure elucidates your accolades and testimonials of the number of years that you've been working. Now, take a good look at yourself.

Does ambition drive you? What is that you truly want to do? I'm asking this question in consideration of your jobs, those that help you sustain a livelihood, more importantly, those which appeal to your intellect and further it a great deal.

What would you want to do? Be a visionary entrepreneur and lay the foundations for a world class organization that is highly process oriented? For instance Indiblogger, which was founded by Renie?

Or, do you aspire to be a highly successful leader in a corporate entity and equal the ranks of prominences such as Sushim Mukul Dutta, Jack Welsh, Larry Page and the likes?

Maybe some of you are driven and motivated by eminent people in politics and bureaucracy, such as Dr. Manmohan Singh, Hillary Clinton, Edward Kennedy, Angela Merkel and so on, and would like to see yourselves in similar positions in the coming times.

For some others, musicians, sports persons, artists or actors may serve as a guiding light in inspiring themselves to be what they want to!

Tell me, every single one of you, what is it that you want to be? What is the vision that drives you forward?

Cliched still, but relevant, I ask, where do you see yourselves in the coming years?

Footnotes:

And as they say, no idea or suggestion is bad, so do not hold yourself back due to an assumption that what you intend to say is trivial and thus worthless. I can assure you that it will not be so!

Please ensure that you leave me with your thoughts, no matter however inconsequential they may seem to you. Should you feel uncomfortable leaving an opinion in the comments section, do send me an email and I'll be sure to respond!

43 comments:

  1. haha! Rak, don't kick me out for the first one and to be commenting so!

    I see myself growing more old, working in some way or other for a livelihood, cooking food for whoever comes to dine, washing dishes, clothes, cleaning the house...then a bit of gardening, reading and dreaming, and all those finer and not so finer aspects of life.....

    & then one fine day stepping out of here!

    really, i don't see anything happening to me other than this because I DON'T WANT ANY OTHER THING TO HAPPEN TO ME! (IF I WERE TO PLAN MY LIFE)

    now, having said that I always looks for unexpected turns in life that makes me feel alive...that could be good or bad...And I wish they affect only me, not others! :)

    wishes
    devika

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  2. Now let me add this, if this gives an impression I am a typical Indian housewife, one could be terribly wrong! :)

    rest, one is free to judge according to one's prudence! (afterall one can only do so, even otherwise :)

    let me add this: I HATE PEOPLE JUDGING OTHERS...SO ITS IN MY NATURE TO CONFUSE...ever since I was a teenager (and i still remain somwhere there, at heart)! :)

    devika

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  3. career wise am just a couple of years from retirement and am happy to have kept out of the rat race and devoted time (though, maybe i could have done more)to all that i loved to do, along with doing a job that so assisted me in doing what i wanted to do!
    life is all about choices - a fine mix of head and heart!

    cheers!

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  4. I dont know where I would be, but definitely, this has made me think about it!, thanks Rakesh

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  5. A healthy life is the best,
    I enjoy life every day :)
    I have also my ups & down
    like everyone !!!
    In a life you must make many choices its always diffecult to make the good choice !!!
    I love fun
    but I can also be very serious ;)
    Thats me :)))

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  6. Hmm.. the kind of person I am, nothing drives me so my comments are rather inconsequential in these matters. There are people like me in this world too.. devoid of ambition but they do make castles in the air off and on ... of leading just a 'normal' life.. as in what the world calls normal.. if you get my drift .. I see myself in a bigger pit in next few years.. and that thought stimulates me to sink deeper..
    makes sense? why should one have ambitions .. why can't we just take every day as it comes languidly and leave it to fate or time.. whatever is the right word.

    I am sorry for this silly comment .. but then you asked to write even something as worthless as this.. my suggestion is kindly ignore my comment :) take care..

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  7. I try my best to align my life's direction towards making a positive contribution to humanity. This directly implies that I haven't achived anything in life yet, although I console myself saying that I am only studying now. I want to make a change in this world, make a better world and I strongly believe that the largest contribution for any cause comes from the person on the top, the leader, therfore I shall sincerely want to be there. I hope I made some sense.

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  8. I don’t have any ambition carrier wise; and I know where I lead so, so I just want to live my existence to its full stretch. There’re so many wishes and interest that puts me on process, but I don’t go into anything on serious intention.

    I want to live up to my thoughts and I’m trying hard to be, and one of it is to see that humans are treated as humans, keeping away whatever that separates us.
    I always want to become an agriculturist and make certain our country sustain as an important source in agriculture and it gains more grains than lost to least sustain.

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  9. I want to be one of the guys of whom the future generations will say- 'gee I want to be like him'. :)

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  10. i want to be the guy who spends his days (and nights) as his mood allows him to and still be able to live a comfortable life with my family and provide them with everything they want!

    the more you plan stuff, the more you spend your lifetime planning for something that has a 50 50 chance of not happening. so i find living life as it comes, is what i like.

    i also want to grow old, try out a crazy cocktail once and grow a rajasthani moustache and ride my dad's 20yrs old bajaj chetak scooter.

    :)

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  11. Aaah ! that one question that drives me nuts !!! I have been thinking about this for a while now. What am I doing? What is it that I want to be? Am I really happy with the way Im now?

    and Im not kidding, Im unhappy with all the answers. Everything is fine in my professional life, I work for a reasonably good company, get paid decently, and I have good colleagues and surprisingly a good boss. But Im still unhappy !! Now if you ask me what I really want to be in life, I would want to do something that I love, something that I have a passion for - Singing. I have no idea how good I am at it, but I really would to try it as a profession. But then, it involves a lot of thinking and risks. I just cant leave what Im doing now and chase my dreams. No, its not that I cant, its that I wont. Im afraid to. Oh shit, Im afraid to chase my dreams ! Oh no, Rakesh, what have you done to me now !!!

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  12. For me job is just a way of sustaining my life and nothing more than. All i need in life is not to be filthy rich or not to be utterly poor. Peace and quite enjoy every moment of my life in a leisurely way. I want to die knowing that everyone loves me. money, power, position doesnt matter a bit to me.

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  13. I want to be at peace with myself.. Its not as easy as it sounds..

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  14. Actually I just wanna be happy in the future :)
    Now what constitutes true happiness is something I don't know, for now. But yeah, I guess that's what I shall pursue in the years to come. If that mean entails becoming a visionary entreprenuer or a successful leader, so be it!

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  15. I want to be that visionary leader... someone who can start of a massive enterprise and set example for the youth to come out and explore themselves.

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  16. Everything drives me :)

    The one thing that I would like to do is bring change, hope I am able to pull that!!

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  17. Devika Chechi

    Nay! Its always a pleasure to read your comments, which if absent will be truly missed!

    I'm very glad to note that you have everything so simply put and that you do not want to plan things in life, which is reasonable!

    I'm sure that you wouldn't be judged as a stereotype since it is commendable to live a life in its elements and be certain about it!

    I wish you luck and health in the days to come! Many thanks for your comments!

    I will take a lesson or two from your thoughts!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  18. Magiceye

    Very good to know that you've not been part of the rat race!

    Life is indeed about a choices!

    Thanks for your insights! Appreciate it!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  19. Shahid

    I'm glad this got you thinking!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  20. Anya

    Very well said! I wish you good luck and health as you move ahead in life!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  21. Aria

    No your comments are certainly not inconsequential, for me at least, since I have a lot to learn from every single person I meet and will continue to do so!
    I think you are very much at peace with yourself, someone who takes life as it is, a strand at a time

    Thanks very much for your comments - this is one viewpoint I have come to understand!

    Good luck and thanks once again for a wonderful description!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  22. Abstract Scientist

    Your thoughts are very noble and hence I'm sure you are on a certain path which will lead to immense contentment!

    Wait for the right time, to become that you have always aspired to be and strive hard to overcome the stumbling blocks that may come on the way!

    I'm not sure what prompted me to say what I said above, but I'm glad I did it!

    Thanks, very much for your wonderful thoughts!

    Greatly appreciate it!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  23. Jeevan

    My good friend!

    What pleasure it brings to me to read your thoughts, I cannot explain in words!
    I shall keep you in my prayers always and wish that all your thoughts lead to concrete measures of happenings that will bring you happiness!

    God be with you!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  24. AJ

    Good! I'm glad that you have this well figured out!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  25. Jeet

    True! Life if has to be blissful, has to be without unnecessary strings attached, and contain the most elementary things!

    Go ahead, with the same steam and you will find the measure of peace and happiness that you have been looking for!

    Good luck!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  26. Vimmuuu

    You've spoken pretty much all of my thoughts pertinent to my current state of being!

    And also stated my fears of letting go and starting on another paradigm!

    But then, would you not pursue your passion and choose to live a content life? Would you not?

    Vimmuuu...... what in the world have we become?

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  27. Vee

    I need to know how minds tick and what drives them and find inspiration from outside of myself, sometimes!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  28. Deepak

    Well...... I don't know what to say!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  29. Samby

    Me too! Its been a long life man..... a very long life!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  30. Govind

    Good thoughts! I'm glad that you'd like to be happy in life, which is central in all the good things!

    Good luck & God speed!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  31. Issam

    Very good! Do pursue your ideas and I'm sure there's a not you could offer to the world around!

    Good luck & God Speed!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  32. Survivor

    Happy to hear that! Change is one thing that is very essential in life! It is refreshing, thought provoking and truly a driving force!

    Strive for it and you shall achieve that state!

    God bless

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  33. Venky

    Yes, that's pretty much my case too!

    In effect peace is what I seek and I'm glad to know that it is your quest too!

    Good luck & God Bless

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  34. I want a be a man of art, not matter what ar. So people look at me and my creations and say "Wow!"
    But if i think deeper, i feel that all i need is relax deep inside of me. Want to let life go in its way. God knows the best applications for me in this life.

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  35. Igor

    Many thanks for your visit and comments, which I truly appreciate!

    I'm glad to note that you find happiness in following your passion, which is very commendable indeed!

    Wishing you good luck!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  36. I want to be seen as unconventional and different.. I quite freely take risks and I always want to be able to take risks. For example, for developing that technical website (excitingip.com), I have taken a break for 5-6 months and doing it full time. I may or may not get the intended results, but the fun is in taking the risks (for me). Now, I am planning to apply for jobs in Coimbatore when everyone wants to come to Bangalore! I want my job to follow me... I would not follow it! That's one thing that I can do in my profession and I hope that I take even more risks in my life (here on) without having to struggle that much for roti, kapda, makaan aur bandwidth - which are the only necessities for me!!

    Destination Infinity

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  37. I have a strong belief in destiny - In it's certainty and uncertainty. I live one day at a time trying to move ahead one step towards my goal. One dream at a time. Life is a pool of opportunities and your have the right to choose them on the go. I do not compare my self to any other successful person in the world. I believe in the saying - If you cannot be a star in the sky, be a lamp at home. And then there's this thing, good work and dedication will always fetch you success in every feat you attempt.

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  38. DI

    Great to know your thoughts! Good luck with excitingip! I'm sure you are very passionate about it!

    & good luck with your planned relocation!

    Also, it is the most uncoventional and risk taking types who better the best! :)

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  39. Neeraj

    Appreciate your thoughts very much! I agree that one should never engage in comparison, good or bad!

    What I loved among what U wrote is "you cannot be a star in the sky, be a lamp at home."

    Your destiny will take you places my friend!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  40. I want to live a life that when looked back from future should be happy to cherish.A happy family is all i want.And importantly a happy neighborhood too(at present,it is not so :( )
    I love to work hard and be on constant travel to different places.
    Careerwise,I will love to watch my comics and stories playing as a movie on theatres and people clapping at its end.
    All i need is peace and happiness for me and my family (and wife and children in the future too!)

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  41. Srivatsan

    Happiness in life is paramount! It is something that is a blessing given the present day and circumstances that we live in, therefore to strive for it is a commendable effort and certainly invaluable too!

    Keep @ it!

    Respect your thoughts!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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