Monday, 11 April 2016

The Art of Being Lazy

Let me put it out there at the very beginning of this post - Being lazy is OKAY!

You do not want to do something because its too tedious? Some work that is so robotic doing it makes you feel your brain is shrinking? Something that needs to be done but it's just so boring that your hands just refuse to move? It's okay - do not do it! However, the obvious questions that then arises - how do we differentiate the people who will succeed in life with this attitude and the people who will not. Keep reading for my point of view.

Being lazy is showing a disinterest in doing some task. If we were motivated to complete the task the question of being lazy would not come up at all. Laziness could be caused by the lack of will or the limitation of your skill. Either ways, both should be treated as a scope for your opportunity.

Being lazy is okay, till the time you ensure smartness compensates for it. Do not want to do a particular task in a given way? Perhaps you feel the current way of doing it is not the best - simply put its the most ridiculous thing you have ever heard! Smartness, would be finding another, more efficient way, of getting the same job done. This does not only compensate your laziness but makes you an innovator. Now that's a pin you want on you.

You should be aware of the reason for your laziness. A lot of time it's just pure laziness! That is, not wanting to do something because you are not willing to do it. It's not a question of skill but the feeling that to just sit and stare at the wall is more captivating than the idea of getting the job done. Over here you need to ask your self if this task is really important to you. If it is important then it should be reason enough to get you up and moving. If you beg to differ on the importance of the task, you got some serious self assessment to do on where your life is heading. This assessment should conclude with an action plan. An action plan to have you do things that are more important to you. Things that truly drive you and that you believe in.

Sometimes laziness is a direct result of a persons inability to do the job itself. Now this can be a daunting situation to deal with. The primary objective here is not to get the job done, but, how to acquire the skills required. This becomes a firefighting scene if the time line for the completion is right around the corner. Determination & focus, these are the two words that are tested to your limits. I cannot sugar quote this in anyway, but you really got to put your head down and firefight your way out. Look for resources and people who can help you!

Laziness is a limitation if you lack the perspective. Otherwise, it can be the opportunity you are so eager to take advantage of.

-Anant Agnihotri

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Social Stigma - Cut The Crap

See me for who I am and not
what you want me to be.
Culture is probably the thing that differentiates us, humans, from animals. The expectation we all have from one another that as individuals we must follow - what society dictates. Essentially, what a larger group of people once believed to be the way of life are the guidelines and principles we look to. This larger group of people may even be nothing more than thin air - a few obnoxious loud men. If we do not follow these values and morals then we are not part of this society.

You could be a Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jewish or for that matter you may even be an Atheist. You will still find yourself living in one of these penitentiary guilds.

Your self evaluation tells you what to do and what not to do basis your understanding of these principles and guidelines. In comparison to the natural you, this can be a devastating realization of being an outcast.

This counters the natural you and may leave you in an eternal state of lost. You would be neither here nor there. Stuck in the void between the two thought processes you may start to loose the bare essence of your own identity.

Destroy The Old - Learn From It First
A rock, is what I would relate to an individual stuck in this tear. The person would come across as still, quiet and calm. But they will be in a constant state of discomfort unable to decide, to be or not to be.

Here is the solution in one paragraph, cut the crap and be who you truly are. Demand the society sees you for your difference and not cave in to social stigma. Demand the acceptance of your different perspective. That is what brings progress to the table. The attitude that is required to challenge the old and innovate the new.

Create The New - Development
The highest gods of Hinduism; Brhama - the creator, Vishnu - the preserver and Shiva - the destroyer signify a process that starts with creation and ends with destruction. Only to start the process of creation again. This cycle of creating something new and destroying the old enables development. This is so crucial to the sustainability and advancement of civilization that there is no scope for social stigma. As without challenge there will be no destruction of the old and the cycle would stop at preservation itself.

- Anant Agnihotri