Posts Tagged ‘complacency’

How to avail of opportunities that you cannot see?

by Himanshu Jhamb on May 17, 2010

We all have opportunities knock on our doors every now and then. Some might feel they have fewer than others and that might be true to some extent; but I’ll go out on an arm and a leg and claim that we all have our fair share of opportunities in our lives. The differentiating factor is how many do we make the most of. The genesis of this post was from a discussion I was having the other day with my fellow co-founder (Active Garage), Deepika Bajaj. We were talking about a dear friend of mine who is interested in investing in one of my ventures. My perspective in the conversation was that one of the key factors of my friend’s willingness to invest was the fact that it was ME who was involved and not entirely the venture. Put another way, what I was saying was simply that “People Invest in People”!

Although Deepika agreed with me on that, she offered another perspective that resounded with me at a level that compelled me to write this post! This is what she said to me:

“Yes. I agree. Your friend is investing in you but this opportunity would not have come about had you not taken the step to get out of your comfort zone and started your venture. Your friend has been your friend for a long time, and probably has had the resources to invest for a while now. However, what was missing was that you did not have an Offer in which he could consider investing in, until now. And once the offer showed up in your life, so did your opportunity!”

The not-so-obviousness of the above dialogue got me! We go about in life without realizing the number of opportunities we have in our lives, around us, all the time. We go about saying to friends, family and countless people that this is not for us and that we are happy wherever we are. What we do not pay attention to, or notice, is that even within this close network, we have opportunities that have the ability to lift the entire community (family, friends, all of it) with us! Yes, opportunities do have a strange way of showing up in our lives. They show up (or manifest themselves) through our offers. It follows that though we (and this is the obvious part, now) do not have control over the opportunities that will come our way, we do have absolute control over the number of offers we have – which (if I look at the flip side of the coin) are really opportunities for others!

The Question to ask

Suddenly, the question to ask transforms from an elusive “How to avail opportunities that you cannot see?” to a more fathomable “How do you become an opportunity for others?

Here are the top 3 answers:

  • Feel good factor: Are you in relationships that only make you feel good OR is there a real value in the way you mutually help each other?
  • Be a student: Learn something new, today. Everyday. If you do not have enough offers then the place to look is lack of education.
  • Build capacity: By building powerful relationships you essentially build capacity to do more.

… and last but not the least, while you go about doing all this, don’t forget to have loads of FUN along the way!

Dirty Dozen #4 – Mediocrity

by Rajesh Setty on October 14, 2009

dirty-dozen-mediocrityThis is part of the “Dirty Dozen” series. Part 3 covered the word “Complacency” and today we will look at the word “Mediocrity.”

Dictionary definition:
The quality or state of being mediocre

If you think about it, mediocrity has no set standards. When someone sets a higher standard in the marketplace for something, the rest of the people who are operating at a standard lower than this “higher standard” will be operating in mediocrity.

Plasma screen TVs made the earlier generation TVs mediocre

iPhone made the earlier cool phones mediocre

Kindle made the Sony reader mediocre

Nintendo Wii made a whole line of video games mediocre

You don’t typically choose to operate in mediocrity. You just end up there if you don’t strive to operate in setting higher standards in the marketplace.

The funny thing is that many people operating in mediocrity are doing so because they don’t want to “walk the extra mile.” However, just because there is an oversupply of people operating in this zone, there is a dog fight going on in this zone. In fact, traffic is smoother in the “extra mile” as there are less people in that zone.

Mediocrity is a silent killer be it in personal life or professional life.

Your life is a gift and it calls for a celebration. Living in mediocrity is simply not the way to celebrate it.

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Illustration by Ming. Ming is the creator of the Fantasy Story webcomic. He is also a freelance illustrator, designer, painting instructor and occasional luxury car salesman. Ming is based in Penang, Malaysia. You can find him on twitter @Artmaker

Dirty Dozen #3 – Complacency

by Rajesh Setty on October 13, 2009

dirty-dozen-complacencyThis is part 3 of the “Dirty Dozen” series. In Part 2, we covered the word Status Quo. Today, we will look at the word “Complacency.”

Dictionary definition:
The feeling of smug or uncritical satisfaction of oneself or one’s achievements.

Complacency in simple terms is  “resting on your laurels.“

Everyone knows that “past history is not an indicator of future success” but most people want to behave as if that’s not true.

Typically complacency steps in after a reasonably significant accomplishment. It is a way of telling to yourself that you now know “how it works” and you can “make it happen.” It might also indicate a sign of overconfidence

As they say, you are only as good as your last achievement, be it a deal (if you are a salesperson,) a company (if you are an entrepreneur) and a book (if you are an author.) As long as you are living, there is no finality in anything you do. It is the journey that counts.

Unfortunately, complacency takes the journey for granted. Complacency makes you think that since something has worked for you in the past, the same thing will work for you in the future. Complacency makes you think that the world owes success to you for your past efforts. Complacency makes you think you might have made it already and there is nothing more to learn. The extreme outcome of Complacency is Arrogance and that will finally make you fall.

OK, if complacency is something you should eliminate, what should you replace it with?

My answer: Hunger.

“Hunger” is important to make progress. Hunger is not a luxury, it is a necessity. Complacency is almost the opposite of hunger. If “hunger” is on one end of the spectrum, complacency is on the other end of the spectrum.

Go ahead and replace complacency with hunger and watch miracles happen.

You can also listen to the audio here:

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Illustration by Ming. Ming is the creator of the Fantasy Story webcomic. He is also a freelance illustrator, designer, painting instructor and occasional luxury car salesman. Ming is based in Penang, Malaysia. You can find him on twitter @Artmaker

Dirty Dozen #2 – Status Quo

by Rajesh Setty on October 12, 2009

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This is part 2 of the “Dirty Dozen” series. In part 1, we covered the word “Luck” and today we will look at the word “Status Quo.”

Dictionary definition of Status Quo:
The existing state of affairs

I don’t know if it is a fascination with Newton’s first law or something, we are in love with “status quo.”

Think about it – When things are going good, you want things to stay the way they are. You are comfortable with the status quo and hope that you didn’t have to “change.”

However, you also know that the world is changing at a breathtaking speed. You see it almost everyday. Simple logic will reveal to you that even if you simply want to maintain the status quo, you need to change at least at the speed at which the world is changing.

But you don’t.

Most people are out of sync with reality mainly because they can’t maintain the speed of change that is REQUIRED. Unfortunately, maintaining status quo does not cause any problems in the short-term. Small deviations are not even noticeable. However, in the long run, this frequency mis-match starts creating trouble in your life, the gap is too big to fill.

In a way this is funny because looking back, when you were young, you didn’t like status quo. When you were a baby and were struggling to walk a few steps, you were persistent and did not give up until you were able to walk. Then running was a problem and you didn’t give up. In fact, when you were a kid, you were dying to grow up and wanted to get there fast. Change was welcome. Somewhere along the way, the need for change became very selective.

You were very much in favor of change that would give you “growth” when you were young. This was probably because with that kind of change, you would see progress almost every step of the way. Later in life, you started noticing that for you to see the benefits of the “change,” it would take a long time. You started hating that kind of change. Take for example – public speaking.  Learning to speak in public takes a long time before you can reap rewards from it. There is probably no short-term reward that’s significant – so it’s get harder to motivate yourself to keep going. That’s when you start loving “status quo.”

Summary: Don’t let “status quo” hold you back!

You can also listen to the audio here:

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Illustration by Ming. Ming is the creator of the Fantasy Story webcomic. He is also a freelance illustrator, designer, painting instructor and occasional luxury car salesman. Ming is based in Penang, Malaysia. You can find him on twitter @Artmaker