Last 3 months have been crazy – too much of travel, a couple of health related issues, shifting offices, making sure that we end up hiring a few good folks at WebEngage … for someone who believes in changing the world one step at a time, all of this was too much to handle at once. However, something nice did happen during this period too. I have started believing (a bit more) in people and ideas.
We live in a country of non-believers. We are raised being reminded how everyone around you, is a cheat. And, that shows in our thought processes too. A bit of travel this year showed me how this behavior is fundamentally different in the west. While on a business trip to the US in April this year, I met a lot of people. By default, most of these people would trust me with everything I was going to tell them about my product and company. A whole lot of these people met me for the first time, that too, without any reference. Trust is their welcome drink. Cynicism is ours.
My parents were in town last month and insisted that I accompanied them to Shirdi. Given that me and God don’t gel well, I knew it was going to be a tiring trip with lot of road travel followed by long wait in scorching sun and making through never ending queues for a darshan that I didn’t want in the very first place. My younger sibling is a media journalist. In last 5 years of her job, I congratulated her for the first time for her choice of career … because she arranged VIP passes for all of us to get a back-door entry to baba; yes, welcome to India. I found it foolish to see thousands of people packed in a huge hall, with their hands folded – waiting to get a glimpse of the idol. A few minutes later, the chants started, aarti as it called. To my surprise, two minutes into the aarti, I started singing along. Maybe, because everyone around me was singing. 20 minutes later, I realized that I enjoyed doing it. And then I glanced at the crowd again. They appeared to be wiser; because, unlike me, they knew beforehand that they’ll enjoy the experience. I wasted a few minutes being cynical. It wasn’t about God. It was about enjoying those 20 minutes.
The distance between me and God cannot be bridged; mostly for my so-called rational and logical thinking. But, I now understand the importance of believing. Negativity is our worst enemy. Being positive is a state of mind. Being positive 24*7 is a pre-condition to any startup’s success. It ain’t easy. Thankfully, being a believer makes it easier.
Hate people when they breach your trust. But, start by being a believer first, you’d love it.
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