'Never let your self-worth diminish
Prakash Iyer, MD, Kimberly-Clark Lever and Executive Coach shares two important management lessons he learnt from a
500-rupee note. Read on.
1. It happened some years ago but I can recall the evening like it happened just last week. I was in an audience listening to a motivational guru.
The speaker whipped out his wallet and pulled out a five hundred-rupee note. Holding it up, he asked, "Who wants this five hundred rupee note?"
Lots of hands went up. Including mine. A slow chorus began to build as people began to shout "Me!" "Me!" I began to wonder who the lucky one would be who the speaker would choose. And I also secretly wondered -- and I am sure others did too -- why he would simply give away five hundred rupees. Even as the shouts of "I want it" grew louder, I noticed a young woman running down the aisle. She ran up onto the stage, went up to the speaker, and grabbed the five hundred-rupee note from his hand. "Well done, young lady," said the speaker into the microphone. "Most of us just wait for good things to happen. That's of no use. You've got to make things happen." The speaker's words have stayed with me ever since.
'Simply thinking about doing something is of no use'
Our lives are like that. We all see opportunities around us. We all want the good things. But the problem is we don't take action.
We all want the five hundred rupee notes on offer. But we don't make the move. We look at it longingly and wonder who will be the lucky one -- instead of making our own luck. To be fair, some of us do think of running onto the stage and grabbing it. But we quickly hold ourselves back, because we worry about what people might think. Has it ever happened to you that you see a successful new product or a flourishing new business -- and remind yourself of how you had thought of that very idea many years ago? Well, that's not worth much. You may have had the idea first, but someone else did something about it -- so he'll reap the rewards. Next time you have an idea -- remember that simply thinking about doing something is of no use. Do something. Next time you see an opportunity -- think of the lady and the five hundred rupee note.
Remember, just wanting it is of little use. Get up, and do something about it. Don't worry about what other people might think. Take action.
2. Several years later, it was another day, another time.
And another motivational guru. As I watched him pull out a five hundred rupee note and hold it up for all to see, I thought I knew what he was going to do next. But he just asked a simple question. "How much is this worth?" "Five Hundred rupees!" the crowd yelled in unison. "Right," said the speaker. He then took the note and crumpled it into a ball and asked "How much is it worth now?" "Five Hundred rupees!" screamed the audience.
He then threw the note on the ground, stamped all over it and picked up the note and asked one more time: "And how much is it worth now?"
"Five Hundred rupees!" was the response. "I want you to remember this," said the speaker. "Just because someone crumples it, or stamps on it, the value of the note does not diminish. We should all be like the five hundred rupee note. In our lives, there will be times when we feel crushed, stamped over, beaten. But never let your self-worth diminish. Just because someone chooses to crush you -- that doesn't change your worth one bit! Don't allow your self-worth to diminish because someone says something nasty -- or does something dirty -- to you."
just take action to make it that way!
Yes the motto is right but never always. The episodes of 500 note is the beginning of the pep-up book which came to market long ago by whicj the authors found the weakness of human to become rich and became a billionaire.
If it’s Mr. Prosnen I would have thought he has to go a long way back. But Its Indian name and In India finer texts existed and exist since at least 5000 years. We always forget our kith and kin and nation and its assets but access the lesser value easily and adapt.
I can also tell a Rs 500 tale. A 500 note was lying on the pedestrian path. People walked thro regularly. Dome never looked at it. Some felt it’s a joke and passed away. Some had the desire to pick up but felt ashamed. Some attempted to pick it up; but since it flew some distance in the wind felt too tired to chase and left. Few tactful tried some methods to grab it without being seen by others and since it were not possible left the scene of action. One was a dare devil, so picked up the note come what may, but found some gel like strain on the back side , thought something bad and threw it away ,to rush to wash his hands. Finally there was one who saw the note, picked it up and placed inside the Hundial near a Pillaiyar temple, saying “it’s not mine and I shall get what I deserve thro my “Nishkamya karma” and left after washing the hands too. So it reached finally where it should go.
Our Scriptures whether Upanishads or Vedic phrases teach us how to live, manage and lead kindly light, however we don’t read these which is available here as well as in all the libraries of the foreign nations without read by any one.
TATA’s forefather started a steal plant without desire but for action for the nation and raised it up well; but present generations follow Drucker, and management Gurus to fight hard to sustain. (Incidentally Drucker Peter says there were no management till 1850 and I don’t know whether to cry or laugh).
Yes “hard work with concentration with the thinking” is needed to raise oneself but actions shall be performed without the greedy expectations, since all who entered the fray with such convictions, don’t succeed similarly, is the truth. For that matter, no one needs to remain inactive. Contribution of effective work is a must; desire for others asset is a taboo; accumulated assets are to be shared; so on, so forth and this had not made any one frustrated. The cause of suffering is ignored.
“Yamarkkum kudiyallom namani anjom” and “where the mind is without fear and head held high” are as good as equally “Kalam karudhi iruppar kalngadhu Gnalam karudhubhavar” & “ Thodangarka evvinaiyum ellarka mutrum idamkanda pinnal adhu”, viz “self-worth is subjective and shall be evaluated for that level of success. Exception never make a rule.