How Far Can You Go for Your Passion?

Passion (Pash-uhn):  a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept.

Probably one of the most frequently used word by the young generation today.  Everyone’s just looking for what they are passionate about. Be it choice of a career, a sport they play, person (or persons?) they love or simply something that they just love doing. One needs to be ‘passionate’ about something or you are just wasting your life.

The generation before me (born in 70’s), and to some extent my generation (born in Late 70s / early 80’s) didn’t attach so much importance to passion. It was a ‘good-to-have’ criteria. Good if you have taken up your hobby / liking as a job, good that you could marry the girl/boy of your choice, good that you keep on harbouring your passion despite a complete lack of interest in other areas of life. 

As a result, lot of folks, have their ‘moment of passion’ in later stages of their careers, post marriage, post children or even after reaching the pinnacles of their career. And then they follow their passion with much more conviction and purpose. I must mention about a dear friend of mine, who despite a so-called-successful career (and much more ahead!) would rather choose baking cakes over utilization of technology for better sales and operations. For baking cakes gives him joy and satisfaction like nothing, and he sees his future as a Chef rather than a CIO. Hats-off to you my friend!

Similarly, one of my friend and ex-colleague has gotten through the much-coveted galleries of Ivy League and would be taking a two-year program in US. This is post his marriage of two years (no kids though), and his wife will not accompany him – instead, she is focussing on her own passion working at grass root levels in rural India, in an NGO.

Rules of the game have changed today – the present generation puts passion before anything, and seems to be much clear in their thoughts very early in their lives and the best part is, they are not afraid of making mistakes. The change is indeed infectious and these guys / girls have become inspiration for lot of us who are still struck in second gear. For this generation, it has become a way of life, the formula of being accepted and recognized socially – with or without support from parents / other stakeholders.

Coming back to my generation and generation before, If I look around at my elders and peers, we like to play safe – Like to be in complete agreement with the theory of risk taking capabilities being inversely proportional to age. We evaluate, look at pros and cons, compare as-is with to-be and more often than not, return to our current state, accepting it as some kind of reality that we can’t change. For us, the reality takes precedence over the happiness to be attained through following your passion. Its almost like one in hand is better than two in the bush. But then, you must make peace within or you will keep lamenting your decision, reflecting in your work, personal life, and everywhere…

So, its a big decision, similar to that in front of  Chaitanya in this wonderful short film (in Telugu, with English subtitles) on similar dilemma, ending with a beautiful conclusion to choose between  – “dying once or dying everyday?” Alas, not everyone is as lucky as Chaitanya to get to travel in future and compare the  better of two states, for life is cryptic code that looks easy if we look back and impossible to crack if we were to see our future.

All said and done, it all boils down to one question – How far can you go to follow your passion?

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Pareto Principle at Work: A Few Good Men (Part 1)…

Everyday, motivation or not, with out any choice, we all go to office. People usually find it sad and boring place. Indeed. It can be mundane and a huge let down if we don’t find a purpose to go to office. I doubt, if everyone around me, everyone I know who is working , has such a purpose. So, what happens if you get choicest of purposeless people, selected via a competent recruitment process (in process, rejecting atleast 15 candidates and 30 CVs)? You create ‘Organization’. Any organization. All best employers and worst employers and average employers are made up of this stuff. Zombies working for paying their EMI every 5th, 10th or 15th of every month. An average employee, will always find a purpose beyond the job – like I do with this piece of space on internet, which learned people called blog.

I am a great believer in Pareto Principle, the famous 80:20 thing, when it comes to organization. Yes, you guessed it right, 80% of the work is done by 20% of employees. Rest 80% employees are about the non-core work that has little impact on the overall top line or bottom line. On second thoughts, these 80% have an impact on revenue – negative impact. Somebody has to use and abuse the resources provided. Tell me, what better use of stationary you can think of apart from stocking it in your home and giving it to our kids/siblings/friends etc. And, the awesome-broadband connection, TT table, water bottles, toffees kept for visitors, cookies/biscuits in pantry, bottomless coffee, AC environment etc. etc.

Anyway, as per Pareto principle, we know there are atleast 20% of people who work and take company forward. Here’s a sneek peek into some types of employees that constitute rest of the 80%:

9AM to 3.30PM Worker: Though this guy works from 9 to 6, but look closely – ‘real’ working hours aligns with that of National Stock Exchange/Bombay Stock Exchange, even though he is working for none of these companies. He is powered by ICICI Direct, Indiabulls, Geojit, HDFC etc. He is the go-to person for getting updates on stock market without opening moneycontrol website. He is more bothered about companies (that he holds in his portfolio) announcing quarter/annual results than his own companies performance. Organizations call him by a very strange name – Project Manager.

Sulk-Whine-Crib in One: This guy was born cynical. He is never happy. In a way, this guy is a boon for organizations. He is ushrer of change, because he is never happy with what you have at present. He dislike everything starting from his role, work assigned, salary he is getting, salary others are getting, salaries he/others are not getting, quality of coffee, quality of rest rooms, quality of seats, cubicles and of everything tangible, work timings etc. He has a special affinity for cribbing and whining about HR and Admin. Not a single day passess when you don’t hear him remembering beloved HR and ADMIN. Somedays are however reserved for leadership, bosses and company strategies. I call these people, reformists.

Image Courtsey: tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Dilbert

Employee 2.0: These employees are most sought after. Afterall, these people know the workaround for proxies for accessing personal wesbites. Equipped with Gtalk, they revel in Facebook and Orkut, with constant twitter and buzz  updates. If you look into your Facebook, these are the people who post max number of comments on your wall and pics, all in office hours. Thanks to this burgeoning set of employees, everyday 83 million around the world log on to Farmville, you friendly agrarian game, which will have a certain impact on India’s GDP, direct or indirect. The world calls them, Consumers.

I-gotta-go-else-I-will-miss-my-bus/cab: These are the civilians who would closely compete with the armed services, when it comes to punctuality. Indian Railway could take a cue from their day-to-day working life. The underlying principle these people work on – “There is no work in this world that cannot be done tomorrow”. As the clock strikes 5.15, you take a look at their cubicle, voila! the monitor is switched off and chair nicely tucked under the table, as if its waiting to be used afresh. Usually, these are also the people who put a strong arguement for passing the ‘Cab Rights Bill’, which reccommends the best practices for pick/drop, optimal route to follow, seating arrangement etc. These are called ‘old timers’ in company parlance.

The Ambitious Entreprenuer: There is no escaping him. He is oozing with ideas to start an enterprise of his own and appoints you the first director-cum-shareholder-cum-employee-cum-peon of his company. He is usually reading Guy Kawasaki or Seth Godin blogs or books. His favorite site/home page is TED.com and secretly plans to join The Indus Entrepreneur (TiE) local chapter. He usually asks you for 5 minutes stroll or tea break, which turns out to be a half an hour monologue, at the end of which you need another 5 minutes stroll or tea break – ALONE. You guessed correctly, they never will become entreprenuers, claiming lack of ‘Seed Capital’ or ‘Angel Investors’. I call these people, “Wannabe’s”. These are the employee who also pan out to become innovators, by suggesting implementing (offcourse, unsuccessfully!) the latest open source tool or management practice in the company.

Lick-Till-You-Can-Lick-No-Futher: Known to be as the fastest growing employee around. Their CAGR often beats company’s performance. Rather than on their desk, they are found in boss’s cabin, probably passing on the latest gossip or just talking utter BS. They seem to recieve all possible awards (spot, month, quarter, annual, debut etc. etc.) for their outstanding contribution to the company. All senior managers and bosses know him by name and he starts his day by saying Hi Sir/Good Morning Ma’am. According to research-conducted-but-never-published, attrition among this category is found to be the lowest, in low single digits. This is owing to the fact that they are always in hibernation mode and what better place to hide in a company!  Their default reaction is ‘Yes, that is absolutely correct’ or ‘Yes, I agree with you’. They defy all odds by addressing bosses as ‘Sirjee’ even at places where there is culture of addressing by First Name. What an idea, Sirjee!

More on Few Good Men later…

P.S> I hope you have seen or come across the characters defined above in your workplace. If your favorite character could not make it, let me know. Who knows, some one you nominate, may make it in the next post!! Read the second part of this series here.

Corporate Culture: Confessions of a Compulsive Job Hopper!!

Its that time of the year. Everyone is talking about it in hush tones. Its everywhere – around the coffee machine, in cafeteria, at parking lot, smoking area and even at desk when no one (read: boss) is around. They say its all becuase of the economy doing better. Worst is over. Right time it is, someone quipped! For what? Duh-uh, its the right time to switch your job! With growing sales and companies getting fresh orders, Industry is being generous and offering huge increments. Why not make the most of it?

Its true. People are leaving their current jobs for higher salary bracket jobs or positions elsewhere. Attrition is up. Human Resources teams are having tough time grappling with resignations, retention and creating back – ups. Every year, during appraisal some employee churn is expected. But, 2010 seems to be a tad higher than normal as lot of people delayed their switch as there were hardly any interview calls in 2009, all thanks to some-US housing-market-downturn-investment-bank-burst-financial-services-requiring-bailouts. Naukri.com re-launched their signature ‘Hari Sadu’ campaign albeit without the bluntness of the previous version. Hewitt Associates is going ga-ga over the kind of increment people would get. Good times, they-are-a-coming!

Employees who aspire for a steady career and trust in showing loyalty to their employers are fast receding. I mean look around in your team, how many people have been like more than 5 years with the company? More and more employees are becoming ‘job hoppers’. 6 -7 years back, people would frown if you change more than 2 jobs in lets say 4 years, now its not unthinkable that someone has changed 2 jobs in 6 months!!! Difficult and detrimental? Nah, says Mr. Compulsive Job Hopper (CJH). On the contrary, he believes that its a fast way of growing both in designation and salary. He calls it ‘Inorganic’ route to personal growth, pretty similar to how organizations grow – when they can’t do it inside the  company, they acquire other companies! In case of an employee, he acquires a new job.

I got curious. I asked him for how he does it (and where he is going, how much raise he has got etc.). Here’s an excerpt from our no-holds-barred conversation, which took place with rounds of tea in the cafeteria:

Me: Hey man! Heard you’ve put down your papers?

Mr. Compulsive Job Hopper (CJH): Yeah, (I) got a better opportunity – both work wise and in salary terms. Some offer they have made!

Me: Good for you! Congratulations! Calls for a party! So, how much they are offering? And, are you going on same designation?

Mr. CJH: Are you crazy? Why would I leave my job if I were to go on same designation. They have given me a lead position with 40% hike. I told you, they made a compelling offer which I would be a fool to say no to!

Me: Oh! But, haven’t you joined this place six months back? Is it a good move career wise? I mean it spoils your cv? isn’t it?

Mr. CJH:  All BS. Yes, I joined six months back, but my learning curve was over. I mean, I wasn’t learning anything new here, stopped growing! plus, I was underpaid! Market is paying much more to a guy like me. So, I tried, and with my skillset, got it easily!!

And CV…No one looks at that. All recruiters do is ‘keyword search’ on these portals. If your CV matches their keywords and you pass some basic criteria for the job, recruiter will be behind your back with calls/mail etc. These days, recuiters have become the new sales guy. They just need to complete their target. They chase numbers and fill position. They do not hire employees any more. Everyone’s just a resource for them.

Me: I still don’t get it. I mean six months is barely a period where you can learn about a company let alone being profitable for it…

Mr. CJH: Not any more! Gone are the days, when you had ‘honeymoon period’ of prolonged Induction-Orientation-Onboarding-Training-Etc., These days, before you come, its more likely that you are assigned to a project. From Day 1, you have your task cut out. You are earning for the company the day you join and becoming profitable in no time. So, it really does not matter that much!

Me: Hmm… But, aren’t you an exception? I mean not everyone is lucky like you…and how many companies would be ready to take some one like you who has just joined a company six months…

Mr. CJH: Dude, you are seriously out of touch from the realities of job market! Have you heard of poaching ever? Competitiors will fall over each other to get a guy from our company as they have loads of knowledge on how the other company works. Plus, for companies smaller than us, I am God!

If thats not it, there are bunch of startups and MNC companies setting up offices here. These guys are the best of the lot as the mutual need or synergy greatly matches – I want a bigger role with even bigger salary and these companies want to set up teams quickly with guys who have local/relevant experience. There is nothing like joining a ‘Pilot Batch’… And as per Penolope Trunk, Job Hoppers Makes the Best Employees…

Me: Sounds exciting…So this will be your …

Mr. CJH: 5th job in as many years…However, it was very important I spend couple of years in first job…You are more or less fresher with a year’s experience…Once you have solid ground, get ready to launch yourself…Look at me, I am all set to handle team, while my peers, who persisted with one company or changed one or two jobs are just individual contributors…

Me: I get it. Its a junior-middle management phenomenon…I am sure it does not happen at senior management level…

Mr. CJH: Nope. the phenomenon is all pervasive. These days all levels hop alike. In fact, senior management guys do it relatively easy as they have loads of experience, vast and reliable networks and references. Also, they can any day say its a strategic move to handle challenging roles and blah their way to plum jobs with ESOPs as icing…

Me: (rather enviously) Dude, you are a champ. Tell me how you do it… Even I am pissed off these days and seriously considering switching…

Mr CJH: Simple. Just follow these rules and stop getting underpaid and becoming undervalued

  • Prepare and keep your CV current. Opportunity can knock anytime…
  • Put your CV in job portals all the time. Just remove your name, current company name or any specific reference that can reveal your identity. No body needs particular details about you. They just need skill sets, which they find through key word search. So, design your CV in such a way that all key words pertaining to your role feature in your experience summary. And ya, don’t forget blocking your company from searching your profile!!
  • Keep adding recruiters and industry peers in your linkedin profile. Check your profile on linked on atleast once every two days. Get recommendations from clients, peers, juniors and managers on linkedin. These days, linkedin is hot, and is secure too!!
  • Keep asking your network, alumni, friends about job openings in their companies….
  • Befriend your HR if you want to switch to another role in same company, but different department. Be current on what’s happening in your company…

Me: Whoa! Those are some tips…I will try to execute it one by one…but don’t you feel any moral obligation towards your company? I mean six months is barely a time…

Mr. CJH: I knew you would ask…You can’t keep off morality and sentiments for too long, can you? Anyway,  even I am aware of this morality debate and I faced the same dilemma while I hopped for the first time. But, I have understood for a fact that if you want to be a true professional ‘Never’ get attached to one company…you and your company are fulfilling a mutual need…When that need is fulfilled, it is not beneficial for any of them holding on…Don’t these companies fire people at will when they are performing badly, facing downturn etc. So, its all objective relationship at the end of the day. Need not get emotional on that…After you change 2 – 3  jobs, it will feel OK. and as they say change is permanent…

Me: Hmm…(Shaken with all this talk..) So, will it ever stop??

Mr. CJH: Yaar, it will – but only when I would have found my dream job  and a career/company that matches what I want to do in life…I shouldn’t stay in a job that I don’t like/doesn’t help my career…Beside, there is no harm in exploring all possible options… ha ha..just kidding..this is what you say when someone ask you a question like that…It will stop, only when I earn more than Industry average and my friends… 🙂

Me: I am depressed… 😦 …let me go back to work I have to finish by today…

Mr. CJH: Whatever … (goes back to have another tea…visibly amused and happy)

This is it. Enough of blogging. I am going to prepare my CV, update my Linkedin, network with friends (esp those who are in HR department). Recuiters here I come…India is Shining, why shouldn’t I?


Corporate Culture – When You Get a New Boss…

People don’t leave company, people leave their bosses/managers..

– Corporate Adage

The ‘Boss’ (not Rajnikant I am talking about here 🙂 ), much to our liking is the most important character in our day-to-day work life. Our interface to the senior management, the go-to person for any issue or grievance (work/salary/leave etc.) and most importantly, assigns and reviews the work we do. Apart from our co-workers/friends, it is the boss we interact the most in our offices. Trust me (lot of people would believe me!),  it takes a lot of hard work and meticulous planning to get in the good books of bosses. Off course, old school of thought makes us believe that its the ‘work’ we are paid and our excellent work would only win us accolades. Thats passe (or so 20th centuryish!!!)… Take a good look at year on year appraisal of that co-worker (who is your boss’ apple of the eye)…I am sure you now get what I mean.

In today’s fast-paced-attrition-heavy-opportunities-aplenty environment, organizations change rapidly. So do your bosses. Shit! There goes all your favorable equations / work place  comfort down the drain. Back to Square One (and its not home run!).  You have a new boss!! Suddenly, you feel uneasy about going to work, have apprehensions about the new guy, think about you role being reduced/limited, and sometimes – start considering about moving out too.. Well, boss is a reality! Anywhere you go, whatever work you do, you would in all certainty have a boss to contend with (unless its your company!)….

I read an article Ravi Subramanian did for The Economic Times – Making the Right Connect with New Boss , it took my thoughts to all the times I had had a new boss / joined a new company. It all made perfect sense. Here’s an excerpt from the article –

Dealing with a new boss when your relationship with your old boss was good, perhaps even better than with the new boss, can be demanding , even stressful. On the other, dealing with a new boss when your relationship with your old boss was bad can be rejuvenatingly wonderful.

I believe if you strike good professional relationship with your boss, it goes a long way in achieving better expectation setting, recognition of work and effort,  work-life balance and eventually a longer stay in an organization. I don’t think  any good relationship is a by-product of chance or luck, you gotta work towards nurturing it. Unlike other relationships, you can bring a method in how you approach the professional relationship between you and your boss and make it work. Read on for things-to-do when you have a new boss,

#1 Take Initiative – You need to take initiative in the first communication or first casual chat. Usually, you either get to know via email that you have a new boss or he is introduced to you while taking the facility rounds. Be sure to get your first impression right by taking this step. Try and engage (or book time for meeting as Ravi mentions in the article)  your boss even before he does it. That shows you are ready to welcome him and all set to start the new relationship and not apprehensive about the new situation. Trust me, even if he would be thinking how to get this started. Make it all easy for him and get moving…

#2 The Common Factor – To cut the ice, nothing works like digging past. Find out about your boss’ background (from introductory mail, HR, Facebook/Twitter/Orkut or Linkedin) and find out if you have worked for the same organization, studied in same school or some of the people you know might have worked in the same organization as his/her’s. This helps you make connection in no time!….For those of you, who can’t find anything in common, try stocks and investments (every manager has money invested in stock market!!)…Just show him/her your prowess by throwing some stock tips, and you definitely reach in the select category. If you are not the bulls and bears type, find out a common hobby or interest – cricket, music, reading, outdoor sports …anything.. read a few articles from Internet and get going….We all tend to find common ground, people with common interest and taste…Don’t we all love our comfort zones? Would you believe it – My VP in one organization asked me to help place an IPO order and my sales head ask for my collection of songs for his iPod!!!

#3 Be a Buddy – The more time you spend with your boss, more likely to know about his likes/dislikes and adjust with him…and the best way to do this it be a buddy for your boss by showing him around your office, having lunch with him, helping him with bank account opening, finance forms etc… There are lot of areas where people need help and HR might not be available all the time.. try chipping in and be informal about things… This also works as your boss is new in organization, would look for company and definitely like to know undercurrents of the company…Offload all your intelligence about work culture, internal politics, projects and anything about the company which no one else would tell…;)…Nothing sells like grapevine!!

#4 Impress With Work – Well, nothing unusual about this. But, being little more active up ‘n’ early with a new boss will not hurt you. In fact, it will go a long way in building up the trust and faith on your capabilities. Work everyone does, but doing it smartly, thats what you gotta do. How do you do that? Simple, underpromise and overdeliver!!

Bottomline – Better learn to adjust and stop being fussy/cribby about a new person. Quitting should be the last thing on your mind – its a bad, bad world out there and sharks are everywhere looking for a prey like you…:)

Corporate Culture – Why Some Women Don’t Network?

I have grown up in the era of woman emancipation, equal status and opportunities and now women reservation in our political system. I strongly believe that women are at par (or superior!) with Men and there is nothing that a woman can’t do… Except one thing – Professional Networking! OK agreed, there are lot of good women networkers around – but I am pretty sure that the number is still small compared to men (Please take this with a pinch of salt, not with accusations of chauvinism). Recently, theglasshammer.com did an article  “its not too late to set career goals for 2010” featured networking as the #1 goal for women in 2010:

Women are notoriously bad at networking aggressively, unlike their male counterparts who are capable of building a network around them and using their powerful contacts to get ahead. It’s not enough to simply have a few drinks with those around you. Aside from networking aggressively, you also want to network effectively, meaning something comes of your new relationships with your peers. Whether it is a promotion, a seat on a board, or simply a mentor to help guide you through- it’s all beneficial to your career

The Timesonline.com writes in Why Women Are Such Bad Networkers,

It’s no good thinking that hard work will get you anywhere. If you want to make it to the top, you’re going to have to overcome your fear of socialising and start schmoozing like men

All said and done, I do not agree with both these articles. However, as per my experience, lot of women still don’t network.

What’s the fuss about networking anyway? Professional Networking is not a new concept, its just old wine in new bottle. As we humans evolved, the idea of networking evolved with us. Birds of Feather, Flock Together – Our inherent nature pushes us to find someone like us and who likes us, that’s hitting off  for you… So, you have all kinds of Brethren, Brotherhood, Clans, Cults, Sects, Factions, Alumni and so on and so forth cementing their place in society. Worker Unions or Trade Unions (for lower rung employees) provided the first platform for people to network professionally by discussing their grievances, issues and concern. Union’s success and bargaining power in business prompted the officials to make elite associations for executives at their own levels. Important point here is that it was all internal or specific to the company. By virtue of globalization, more opportunities and people changing their jobs more often, it went out of the realms of one organization and became more widespread. Now, active networking starts from school, college and becomes mature once you start working for an organization. One of the most successful professional network platforms, An excerpt from LinkedIn summarizes the concept succinctly:

“Your professional network of trusted contacts gives you an advantage in your career, and is one of your most valuable assets.”…………………….. We believe that in a global connected economy, your success as a professional and your competitiveness as a company depends upon faster access to insight and resources you can trust.

What could be the reason holding women back? Are the reasons only personal or specific to individual? No, there are lots of external factors as well affecting the whole game of networking professionally. Well, I see a mixture of reasons, internal and external –

Internal

#1 Most of the women are task oriented and they would network with someone till the time a particular need is fulfilled. Whereas, a successful networking relationship is often long term and goes beyond interacting just once for fulfilling a need. While men may just say a hello even when they don’t have a need to fulfill, women may just quietly opt out of the network.

#2 Women work better with men than women; though not statistically proven, I have always found women working better and efficiently with men folks. The competition factor is quite high in women-women scenario at workplace. Frankly, I have seldom seen a woman manager mentoring a woman candidate for a future leadership position. The woman managers also go with the popular notion that woman employees aren’t that reliable in crisis situations when compared to men. This partly explains why the glass ceiling exists. Lack of Sisterhood, eh?

#3 Networking needs attention and nurturing from time to time. Most women would spend spare time with family rather than exploring or strengthening their networks. Men somehow sneak time for these activities, even though it may be on expense of their family time.

External

#1 Lot of networking happens at or near “Male Ghettos” in an organization like ‘smoke area’, ‘coffee machine’ etc. which is difficult for women to penetrate…

#2 This one is sad, but true. Women who network are looked upon with a suspicious eye and talked about in the organization. Everyone is convinced that there is more than it meets to the eye, especially if they receive praise, accolades or promotion. The hurdle of image assassination associated with being networked is something that some women find difficult to cross.

#3 Strange as it may seem, I have never seen women doing a lot of undue favors. Does it something to do with the fact that women are less corrupt than a man? For your network to be strong, you need to return favors for people. These favors may be sometimes unfair, and this is where men score!

To realize true potential of your career, you must network – holds true for both men and women. It’s high time we understood that networking is not all about favor and finding jobs. And its not just for the sales and HR professionals. Everyone can benefit from networking. Be it sharing ideas, resources, collaborating with like minded, touching base with experts, get reccommendations, or simply finding an audience for what you have to share, there is a lot you can do. Plus you can definitely boost your chances of getting a job or a prospective candidate or buyer. I would say its an art, the value of which you realize once you have spent some time in your career – sooner the better!

May be Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist blog can help you get off the blocks…

Happy Networking…

P.S> Please do not hurl claims of chauvinism on me. If I have hurt your feelings, its purely unintentional. I sincerely apologize for the same.

Love and Career: Are They Mutually Exclusive? (Part 1)

Randomly surfing internet, I chanced upon this  interesting post on a survey done in the US about career and love…This survey was carried out for some 1000 random respondents in Feb 2009, and here’s what they found,

“Notwithstanding the U.S. economy and labor market, three out of four Americans still say that in order to achieve a happy life, a successful relationship with a significant other is more important than a successful career, a sentiment men and women echo equally…”

This made me wonder, If such a survey was to be done in India, what would the result turn out to be (If someone knows about such survey, please pass along the info) – what will people opt for…successful job?? or love of their life??..I would not like to speculate…

It would not be wrong to say that Love and Career (in any order of precedence) are the two most important things in an individual’s life… both have an impact which shapes the life to come… A bad career or a romance gone bad wrecks the innermost layers of a person… It is often said, for ultimate happiness and peace, you need to have both in right quantities… All these thoughts posted two question before me:

#1  Can such an equilibrium be reached?

# 2 Can a happy (or whatever you want to call it) love and a successful career co-exist?

Well, there is no wrong or right answer that can be provided for these questions… Also, there is very high level of individual subjectivity involved as definition of a good career and love is different across individuals…

Share your thoughts and let me know what you think about these two…