Where is the growth?

(Setting: Auditorium of a Business School. The speaker is addressing new joinees during their orientation program)

  • When you were in class six or seven, small, then they would say at home- read so that you get good marks. You must have a good position in your class – helps to tell the relatives and the neighbours – and when you would not study, you were shown a carrot: ‘you will get X if you study’.
  • And there were all these external forces of motivation and work. And then you came to class ten and you were told that in a job interview, they look at class tenth marks as well, so you must study.
  • And when you entered twelvth, you were told that this year is critical for your professional studies, entrance examinations, admissions, and so you studied.
  • And now what do you want to do? Extend that same stale story further? Add another boring chapter to it?
  • This script is so predictable. You have been a machine all your life, chasing numbers- marks, percentage, and you will chase a few numbers here as well. Then you will chase a salary – another number. And grow a professional network – another number. And then rise up rungs of the corporate ladder – another number. And have a family, and a nest, and so on. All on pre-decided lines. What a drag!
  • If the same story is being extended, then that class six kid, and this MBA student, are they different at all? Where is the growth? Where is the movement? Has any evolution been happening?
  • Are you really going ahead or is it the same script being enacted again and again? Different platforms, different theaters, but essentially the same script
  • At some point as a kid, at the next point as an adolescent, at the next point as a young man, at the next point as a professional, then as a husband, as a father…all roles being enacted by you but scripted by someone else. And you are acting, without knowing why there is action. Like a man sleepwalking.

Do you really know why you are here?

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Edited for clarity.

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