Subba’s Serendipitous moments

July 16, 2009

Accept your true self and be happy.

A plum once said, just because a banana lover came by, I converted myself into a banana. Unfortunately, his taste changed after a few months and so I became an orange. When he said I was bitter I became an apple, but he went in search of grapes. Yielding to the opinions of so many people, I have changed so many times that I no more know who I am. How I wish I had remained a plum and waited for a plum lover.

Just because a group of people do not accept you as you are, there is no necessity for you to strip yourself of your originality. You need to think good of yourself, for the world takes you at your own estimate. Never stoop down in order to gain recognition. Never let go of your true self to win a relationship. In the long run, you will regret that you traded your greatest glory – your uniqueness, for momentary validation. Even Gandhi was not accepted by many people. The group that does not accept you as you is not your world.

There is a world for each one of you, where you shall reign as king / queen by just being yourself. Find that world… in fact, that world will find you.

What water can do, gasoline cannot and what copper can, gold cannot. The fragility of the ant enables it to move and the rigidity of the tree enables it to stay rooted. Everything and everybody has been designed with a proportion of uniqueness to serve a purpose that we can fulfill only by being our unique self. You as you alone can serve your purpose and I as I alone can serve my purpose.

You are here to be you… just you.

There was a time in this world when a Krishna was required and he was sent; a time when a Christ was required and he was sent; a time when a Mahatma was required and he was sent; a time when a Einstein was required and he was sent. There came a time when you were required on this planet and hence you were sent. Let us be the best we can be. Don’t miss yourself and let the world not miss you.

In the history of the universe, there has been nobody like you and to the infinite of time to come, there will be no one like you. Existence should have loved you so much that it broke the mould after making you, so that another of your kind will never get repeated. You are original. You are rare. You are unique. You are a wonder. You are a masterpiece. .. your Master’s piece. Celebrate your Uniqueness.

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March 2, 2009

Warren Buffet– An enlightened sage!

Filed under: Business,Inspiration,Leadership — Subbaraman Iyer @ 12:12 am
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The surest test of a man’s character is his behavior when he has to deal with adverse circumstances and his admission of his errors or mistakes.

Warren Buffet often referred to as the sage of Omaha and considered to be the greatest investor of all times had his worst year. Berkshire Hathaway book value per share fell 9.6% in 2008 its biggest decline ever. The company also reported its fifth year-over-year quarterly decline. The $117 million quarterly gain  in the Q4 2008 is a 96% drop from Q4 2007 $2.9 billion in fourth-quarter income.

Despite the poor results,  the company’s book-value performance in 2008 still far outpaced the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, which fell 37% last year, including dividends, as well as hedge funds, which last year averaged about an 18% decline.

The share price is actually revealing and the share price has dropped 32% in 2008 and about 19% in 2009 beating the S&P marginally.

In his characteristic humble way, Warren Buffet in his annual letter to the shareholders said:

“During 2008 I did some dumb things in investments. I made at least one major mistake of commission and several lesser ones that also hurt. … Furthermore, I made some errors of omission, sucking my thumb when new facts came in that should have caused me to re-examine my thinking and promptly take action.”

For  the richest man on the planet to admit that he was dumb should teach all of us lessons about humility and the fallibility of human judgment. I have long been an admirer of the Warren Buffet’s wisdom, but now with this humility, he truly is not just a Sage, but an Enlightened Sage.

Coming after Alan Greenspan’s admission of shock that markets didn’t work, it only goes to show the ultimate measure of one’s greatness — Admitting one’s mistakes.

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May 2, 2008

A crorepati (millionaire) who lives with his dreams in a hut

We have seen and heard several rags to riches stories. All of them are invariably breathtaking and serve as an inspiration. This story is different.

Sarathbabu is not different because he has managed to graduate from a top engineering school and from IIM (A)– the leading business school in India. He is not different because he turned an after graduating, when he could have easily had the pick of best jobs both in India and overseas. He is different because he chose a line of business that’s deeply linked to his roots.

He is different because he answered his conscience call –one of the reasons for going into this specific line of business is that he can provide employment to lots of people and making an impact on society. His vision, enthusiasm and the cause that he has undertaken is indeed compelling. To him entrepreneurship is not about creating wealth or being independent, but as a means to uplift the poor. He is different because he took the road less traveled despite all the trials and tribulations.

Today he has a car that he brought for his mother who struggled to put him through school. He still prefers to live in the same hut where he was raised.

Read his interview as he shares his experience in the food business.

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June 7, 2007

Success

Filed under: Inspiration,Perspective,Stories,Winning,Winning strategies — Subbaraman Iyer @ 4:40 pm
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After actor/ director Michael Douglas had been in five block buster films, his father, Kirk Douglas wrote him a small note.

It said “Michael, I’m more proud of how you handle success than I am of your success..”

It’s a note that Michael Douglas treasures

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