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Passion of life !!

As I came out of my room around 2:30PM I saw a biiiig group of batchmates assembled – soon I found that all were planning to go a movie. It struck me hard – not because movies are banned or something, but suddenly I realized that I haven’t even thought of a movie for the more than 3 months. Why just myself, even others have stopped thinking about me going out on an outing or a movie. Even for this movie I wasn’t considered by others!! Nobody even asked me as a formality :( ….
I have been working like a dog for the past 3 months – just chasing a dream – the online event that we are launching (I m sure most of readers of this blog know about it –in case you don’t here’s the link )
All I remember is that I have a deadline to meet, I get up everyday, drag myself to class, somehow spend time there (usually not in a position to comprehend what is going on – in dire need of sleep). And then I get back and start working. If I sleep early it is 3:00AM else it is 6:00AM or even 7:00AM.
Shubham on the other hand (as far as I know him) is quite happy go lucky and kinda laid back person. Usually never exceeds working hours, often exceeds sleeping hours and plans well in advance for any event. He is not a person who would in general circumstances slog like me. But the past 3 days I have seen just the opposite. He has been at work on the comic strip that we are launching in this event. He is sleeping like a dog, getting up at odd hours when he gets ideas and narrating them to me (in case I am awake). For the past 3-4 days I have hardly found him doing anything but drawing the sketches for the strip. Why are we all working this hard? What is the motivation that is driving us?
Why just me and Shubham? Hemant and a lot of people in our teams are working as much hard. We are all being driven by a passion! My passion is getting this event out. Generalizing, I have in fact always enjoyed organizing events. Shubham similarly has found a passion in conceptualizing and sketching the strip … we are all working not because the work is important but because the work itself is what we enjoy !!
I believe that if everyone in this world is able to live their passion we would be a much fast growing tribe, each one working at 110% of his/her capacity and what’s more – they will enjoy working at 110%. Most problems that organizations face could be solved just by identifying the passion of every individual employee and allowing him/her to pursue it.
But the argument, is fundamentally flawed because there is hardly a way to identify the passion of an individual. In fact most people are themselves unaware what their likes and dislikes are leave alone identifying passion. This is especially true of a country like India where career is the ever pressing requirement and peer pressure is what drives most individuals …. How in spite of all this we can live a better and fulfilled life is challenge for each one of us. I myself am trying to make sincere effort to identify my passions and somehow live my life for them rather than for some flawed career centric goals which in the end will not leave me satisfied


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