Did you know…
… that today is the birthday of the Mason Jar? In 1858, 26-year-old tinsmith John Landis Mason patented the Mason jar. Its screw top and lids made it easier to preserve food at home. And if you check out Pinterest, you’ll see they have a million other uses as well! 😉
Today’s Inspirational Quote:
“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t.”
— Pete Seeger
I’m at the beginning of time and part of past, present and future. I’m part of history, but not of here and now. In a moment you’ll find me, if you know what I am. What am I?
The answer is: The letter T.
What is is that you will break even when you name it?
The answer is: Silence.
An Excuse Is Of No Use.
Making A Lemon Sweet.
Giving Details Of Details.
A Garden Of Sticks.
A Mask Does Not Hide Everything.
You will never succeed if you don’t do anything at all.
Action is the foundational key to all success. (Pablo Picasso)
Stumbling and falling are still done by moving forwards.
Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward. (Victor Kiam)
King and queen.
We are one.
Easy as can be.
It’s your choice.
Relive the moment.
The sky’s not the limit.
Experience is key.
There’s nothing like it.
Go out of your way to thank someone today!
Make an effort to get to know someone you don’t usually talk to
Old laptop or mobile lying around? Donate it
Surprise your parents with flowers
Send a thank you card to someone who has made a difference in your life (a friend, family member, teacher etc.)
It can get lonely when you are old, pay your grandparents a visit
Leave a kind message anywhere (in a library book, on a computer etc.)
Have lunch with a homeless person
Help someone carry their pushchair up/down the stairs
Know someone who’s feeling under the weather? Pay them a visit!
The friendship developed over LInkedin platform when I invited this wonderful Gentleman Soldier for networking.. He responded positively and we continued our interactions online Whatsapp and via phone calls.
Col. Jiten Vadhera is an humble, unassuming person with no airs about his past wonderful performance and honours earned in the Indian Army service. He has adjusted very well to Civilian life and with his wonderful performance in the MBA from a Singapore University – he has displayed his prowess as a Growth Hacker/ Business Scaler and Developer not just in India but beyond our borders for the company he works.
This is how Col Vadhera describes himself as:
“Having trained for 3 years at the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla and one year at IMA Dehradun, I was commissioned in Jun 88 in one of the most prestigious regiments of the Indian Army, The Rajputana Rifles, at Srinagar. Starting from J&K, I served countering insurgencies in Punjab, Manipur and Kokrajhar, and finally commanded a Rashtriya Rifles battalion in one of the most sensitive areas of J&K. With the experience of previous insurgencies coming in handy, the battalion performed extremely well under my command, bringing peace in the area, earning unit citation plus gallantry awards and enabling successful conduct of Republic Day Parade after a gap of 20 years.
On completion of 25 successful years in the Army, I hung my boots and underwent one year MBA from the highly ranked Nanyang Business School, Singapore, to prepare myself for the shift to the Corporate. As part of the curriculum, we were privileged to study at MIT, Wharton and UC Berkeley.
In Oct 2014, I joined as Head Project Management at Lucknow, in a Solar Power Company, headquartered at Gurgaon. In a short span of 2 years, my team took the startup company to 100 plus solar plants and 150 km plus minigrids, supplying to the un-electrified or poorly electrified areas in the 8 districts around Lucknow. In May 2017, I moved to Gurgaon to assist in business development in Africa and South East Asia. I am currently actively pursuing business development in Myanmar, Tanzania and Malawi, for my Company.”
It was not difficult to interview him. He is experienced. He was late in response as he travels a lot these days.
Read his interesting interview with Jay Parkhe below:
- What motivated you to become what you ARE today?
What motivated me was to leave a mark behind and to utilize each of my living moment to put in my best possible in whatever I do, be it career, personal relationships and gaining and enjoying varied experiences.
- What is the greatest joy you get from what you do?
I have seen the lives of people in rural areas transform, once they start getting 24×7 reliable electric supply. This transformation is in terms to better standards of living, economic development of the area served, better education and health facilities, longer hours for children to study, start of vocational training centres and running of small scale businesses, all through green energy.
- What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean a lot to me in terms of keeping me motivated to keep performing to the best of my ability so as to become a role model for them to emulate.
- What are you working on next?
I am working on preparation for the Project Management Professional exam, to get me the requisite formal certification for higher roles.
- Who are your favourite authors?
My favourite authors are Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Barak Obama and Khushwant Singh.
- What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The desire to be a physically fit, mentally strong and contribute to the society.
- When you’re not working, how do you spend your time?
When not working, I spend most of my time browsing through newspapers, listening to news and reading books/ interesting articles on my mobile.
- Do you have some work and rest related non-negotiable rules?
Yes, I believe that one should give the body adequate rest as a preparation for putting in your best during work and one should work hard, play hard and enjoy hard.
- How do you discover the authors you read?
Generally my favourite authors are famous personalities, who did achieve something in their life. Once any book by these personalities is released, information regarding the same is available through media/ social media.
- Do you remember the first assignment you ever did?
I was made responsible for training my Battalion’s professional and sports teams for the various competitions, and I was able to achieve good positions in all the competitions.
- What is your working process?
I believe in thinking big and planning long term, rather than short term, and concentrate on streamlining the procedures and processes.
- What is your unique Work Style?
I believe in motivating my team members to such a level wherein they feel from their heart that they want to do something extraordinary and meet my expectations.
- Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story was read out from ‘Shrimad Bhagwat Gita’ by my grandmother to me and it taught me that one should carry on doing his work to the best of his ability without bothering much about the fruits.
- What is your approach and how do you Plan the Finishing touches to the work?
My approach to work is to spend considerable time in planning, and then pushing oneself out of the comfort zone during the execution phase to ensure quality and timely execution and bring it to suitable closure without leaving any loose or unfinished ends.
- What are your five favourite books, and why?
- ‘The Audacity of Hope’ by Barak Obama- the book contains thoughts by the author on reclaiming the American Dream, and the title is derived from a painting ‘Hope’ by GF Watts, in which the subject of painting has only one string left in her harp but she has the audacity to make the music and praise God. The message in the book is that one should never loose hope even during the bleakest of circumstances and put in your best efforts to achieve success in life.
- ‘Wings of Fire’ by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam- the book is an autobiography of the author covering his early life and his work in Indian space research and missile programs- the story of a boy from a humble background who went on to become a key player in Indian Space Research Organization and later became the President of India. It shows that if you have a dream and the tenacity to work towards that dream, you can turn it into a reality.
- ‘Fountainhead’ by Ayn Rand – the book’s protagonist, Howard Roark, is an individualist young architect who designs modern buildings and refuses to compromise with an architectural establishment unwilling to accept innovation. It teaches that if your work is genuine, at some point or the other it will get noticed and recognized.
- ‘Moving Mountains’ by Lt Gen William G Pugnis- the book contains lessons in Leadership and Logistics from the Gulf war and beautifully demonstrates how the same can be applied to the corporate world.
- ‘Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho- the book’s main theme is about finding ones destiny. “When you really want something to happen and work towards it, the whole universe conspires to make your wish come true” is the core of the book’s philosophy that plays throughout it.
- What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure I read the blog posts and various articles which appear on the social media.
- What is your e-reading device of choice?
My e-reading device of choice is my laptop.
- Please describe your desk.
My desk is totally clutter free, with hardly any paper (since all my mails and work related data is in my laptop) or anything else. It also has a huge glass panel which allows the natural light to come in.
- Where did you grow up, and did this influence your business, If Yes – How?
I grew up in Delhi due to which I could go to a good school and was afforded all the opportunities which may not have been available elsewhere. Most of my classmates and acquaintances also belong to Delhi and hence I also took up the job in a Company which was headquartered in Gurgaon.
- When did you first start what you do?
I first started my present assignment as Head Project Management in a Solar Power Company in Oct 2014, on completion of my MBA from NTU, Singapore. Before that I served the Indian Army for 25 years.
One house, one family.
Endure and overcome.
Wealth of the land.
Light in the darkness.
Fire of our hearts.
As one, we raise ourselves higher.
Work, love, play.
Conquered by none.
All is good to those of pure hearts.
The first, the last, the eternal.
daily Capsule | 30th Novembe
How many times have you done something that is probably not good for you? More importantly, how many times have you done something bad that has come back to bite your backside well and proper?
If you haven’t, you might not be able to really sympathise with Liu Lirong. For those who don’t know Liu, he is the chairman of Gionee – the Chinese smartphone company that is now on the verge of bankruptcy. Why, you ask? Well, this is where things get murky. A Chinese website claimed that Liu lost $1.4 billion in gambling at a casino in Spain. You’d think, “Um, that doesn’t sound right.”
It isn’t. But, he did gamble and he did lose – only $144 million, and suggested that he ‘may’ have been ‘borrowing’ from ‘company funds’. What were you thinking, Liu? Everyone has the right to let their hair down occasionally, but this may have gotten a tad out of hand.
Well, we’re no one to judge! Let’s hope the company is able to settle its debts though, and that Liu has learnt his lesson.
But, hey, it’s Friday! We should all let our hair down – without trying to gamble away our life savings, or our company.
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A new feature has been added to Paytm’s array of services and it allows merchants to choose their preferred time to settle the payment collected. With “Instant Bank Settlement” merchants can also do an instant settlement as and when they want, directly into their bank accounts. The function is available on the ‘Paytm for Business’ app.
Viacom18 initiative for the startup community, #VStEP 2.0, offers entrepreneurs an opportunity to work with Viacom18 to co-innovate and build a strategic engagement. The program offers access to Viacom18’s extensive network and expertise to help startups find the right product/market fit. Apply today.
In conjunction with the India-UK FutureTech Festival, the British Deputy High Commission will be at the Samsung Opera House, Brigade Road, Bengaluru on December 1, 2018 from 2 PM to 4 PM. Join them at the Science Café for a discussion on how industry and academia can collaborate to accelerate the development and commercialisation of technology