The Bovine People

Well, may be this headline sounds unusual, however let me give it a try what I want to say!

When this word “bovine” came before me, I was immediately able to correlate it with lifestyle of many of my friends whom I know personally.

So what I mean by “the bovine people”

The point which I am discussing is that I find my lots of friends living a life like a cow. They go to office, return, have food, sleep, and then again office. They pay EMIs in first week of month and for the rest of month wait for month’s salary.

I have a good friend circle and I observe them, their thoughts, their vision for the society, their contribution towards others, etc.

I don’t feel elated, when I observe they are trapped in loans which can be Education Loan, House Loan, Personal Loan (mostly from credit cards), etc.

What I notice mostly that they are too much trapped to think outside the box now.

Hardly anyone talk about Entrepreneurship, fighting for social causes, becoming business tycoons, having eccentric life plans which can be such as world tour, may be settling near a pristine beach for few years, leaving everything and search for inner voice, etc.

Take the example of Steve Jobs here. He was not the conventional guy obviously.

What was the secret of his amazing success and most importantly his impact on the society. He followed a very unconventional path. He started Apple. He was demob from the same company which he founded. He even had a brief stint in India where I tried to meditate and self discovery. He even chose to learn Calligraphy. Etc. So he was not “bovine” of course.

The other good motivational book which I get remind of here is The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. Something similar written there also. How the lead character left the successful career of lawyer and went to Himalayas in search of salvation.

It might be true, what I am writing here mostly applicable for developing nations citizens, and in terms of percentage, and per capita income, developing vs developed nations can vary, but for sure every society is having bovine people.

Now, I am not recommending that one should keep changing career tracks or it is not good to stick to one particular lifestyle, etc. Japanese society if we take for example encourages life long association with one single company which is in deep contrast to American lifestyle where frequent changes are norm.

The point is why live “Bovine”. We are Humans. Not Cows. You are just giving milk and the company is feeding you with grass in terms of small amount of money.

When in this world which is so beautiful, different, vibrant, where you can do so much exciting things, you live a life of cow.

By this blog, I just want to encourage people to take new paths, unexplored, risky. Why fear from failure.

Ships are safest in the harbor, but are they meant for being there.

Why not explore wild life, sea beaches, snow mountains, rainy forests, river rafting, sky diving, islands, scuba, helping poor, teaching underprivileged, writing, reading, long driving, etc. And I also recommend to come out of addictive usage of social media on internet and even TV. Meet people. See people. Talk people. Be Social.


God Bless!!

Shri Modi and Jim Collins – Good to Great

H’ble PM Shri Narendra Bhai Modi is truly a spectacular leader with charismatic personality. His aura is awesome and his story is highly inspiring. I want to dedicate few blogs to this great leader.

I noticed Shri Modi’s style of working has interesting similarity from the traits discussed in the famed book of Jim Collin’s – Good to Great!!

1. Level 5 Leadership: Leaders who are humble, but driven to do what’s best for the company

(in this context hence company is country)

Humility + Will = Level 5 Leadership

Shri Modi said in his speech that he is Chief Servant to the people and not their Ruler. Very different from previous leaders who many times forgot the real problems of their country men.

Shri Modi is humble. And at the same time commands. This is a unique combination discussed in this book which studied in detail why few companies becomes Great and one of the findings was Level 5 Leadership.

2. First Who, Then What: Get the right people on the bus, then figure out where to go. Finding the right people and trying them out in different positions.

Again Shri Modi successfully created a great team. Look at the profile of his core team. He is getting highly competent people on his bus.

To lead the nation towards Greatness. He is making sure that people with variety of skills on job. Gone are the days when sycophants were getting top portfolios.

Shri Modi has brought a great team including people who were staying in US and working for the country from there.

3. Confront the Brutal Facts: The Stockdale paradox—Confront the brutal truth of the situation, yet at the same time, never give up hope.

Shri Modi’s foreign visits in a blitzkrieg style is awe inspiring. The kind of energy he is displaying and bringing amazing renaissance in the whole Foreign Policy of the country.

Why Shri Modi made these visits including Japan, USA, Australia, etc.? What was the real intent.?

It took 28 years to an Indian PM to make visit to Australia.

Also, an again very interesting story that H’ble PM of Japan Mr. Abe follows only 3 people on Twitter, one of them is Shri Modi.

For the first time a serving US President visits India twice and for the first time on its Republic Day!! An highly symbolic visit can send tremors in the region and placed India truly on the World Table.

So why Shri Modi is doing all this. He has realized that country’s economy is in pretty bad shape because of previous mismanagement and scams which rocked the nation.

  1. To attract foreign investments and technology is his top priority
  2. To revive almost dead Foreign Policy of India
  3. To bring India truly on the World Table

Bringing Foreign MNCs will create jobs, improve infrastructure, improve life style of the deprived Bottom of the Pyramid Class.

4. Hedgehog Concept: Three overlapping circles: What lights your fire (“passion”)? What could you be best in the world at (“best at”)? What makes you money (“driving resource”)?

What India is good at. Shri Modi tried to figure it out. And what is neglected which can be made strength rather than weakness.

India has a lot potential in tourism. It is a great nation and a sub continent in itself. Tourism can bring immense money, jobs, soft power alleviation, etc.

The major campaign of Clean India under “Swatch Bharat” is a major thrust in this direction.

Again “Make In India” campaign is another major step in the same direction. India as a nation is having large population. It makes sense to make within the country and create employment. Which is the need of hour.

I guess still lot of work needs to be done in Hedgehog field of the country.

5. Culture of Discipline: Rinsing the cottage cheese.

Shri Modi believes in discipline. Anyone who observes him can easily figure this out. The kind of energy he displays has inspired ever other world leaders including H’ble US President Mr. Obama.

Shri Modi and his team is working round the clock to make sure to fill the pits in the economy and bring it on right track.

6. Technology Accelerators: Using technology to accelerate growth, within the three circles of the hedgehog concept.

I’m not sure which technology analogy can be suggested here. What I guess is following:

the kind of foreign developed nations’ willingness showed in recent times towards India can be Game Changer.

Make In India campaign requires tremendous support and engagement with countries including Americas, Japan, Europe, BRICs, etc.

7. The Flywheel: The additive effect of many small initiatives; they act on each other like compound interest.

Lastly all the combined efforts mentioned above by Shri Modi and his team can create is:

The Flywheel Effect. If he succeeds in his efforts of bringing a Vibrant Economy and Ecosystem favoring Entrepreneurs, the overall effect can be compound and will keep on creating wealth and prosperity.

Now at the finish of this blog, I believe India can contribute in a very health manner to the world peace and prosperity. It can witness largest change in history of mankind in terms of poverty alleviation, jobs creation, per capita income growth, stability in the APAC region, and encouraging democratic values.

God Bless!!