Thursday, November 23, 2006

Expressing Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life

Starting a blog on my own was on my mind for quite sometime but what took me out of my inertia was a conversation with Krish Dhanam, my IMT Batch mate whom I was meeting after 22 years. He has spent a number of years with Zig Ziglar. Krish himself is a great motivational speaker and casually mentioned that Zig once told him that " Even if you try to share 100% of your learning you can not ! What good is your knowledge and learning if others can not benefit from it?"

I must say that its not easy to take out time to write the entries but since I believe in this cause now, time is making itself available some how. Today I read a few quotes on Gratitude.....

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow."
—Melodie Beattie

"Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude."
—Albert Schweitzer

So well put. Have you expressed Gratitude to your Parents or Teachers ever?
Thanks Krish for taking me out of my inertia.

9 comments:

Smiling said...

Hi Rajeev, I always find your posts a great pleasure to read and learn from. Sometimes, I find a solution to a problem right here. Thank you very much. I have been reading about your departure from Reliance in the business press, and am looking forward to reading about the next leg of your journey, may God be by your side always, regards, Lynn

pawan gulani said...

Heard from "sources" that tomorrow is your last working day here at Reliance .. which is extremely saddening.. but i am sure that for whatever time you were .. you gave it your best shot..

and i will tell you something that not many peeople would have told you.. the good work was reflected in your eyes.. my mom always tell me.. that eyes can never lie and your eyes mirrored that

keep up the good work
god bless

Equitybull said...

Hi!

It was only yesterday, I read it somewhere that you have left Reliance Retail and have started blogging (it was mentioned that it is your current pastime) and hence visited your blog.

I don’t know if I should be saying this but I presume high-profile people don't have the independence to articulate with authenticity. Hope that you will change this.

The business world's posting pioneer say blogging assist them in networking, boost sales, and even lobby -- at a fraction of the cost of traditional media. But I think that there is greater good of blogs than that.

Read few of your blogs. The gratitude piece was really inspiring. Trust that these will flow on. By the way (I know it’s not my business but just untamed guess, I strongly believe in), becoming venture capitalist is what would be on your agenda

Regards,

Manish (Think ! Equity)

Equitybull said...

Hi!

It was only yesterday, I read it somewhere that you have left Reliance Retail have started blogging (it was mentioned that it is your current pastime) and hence visited your blog.

I don’t know I should be saying this but I presume high-profile people don't have the independence to articulate with authenticity. Hope that you will change this.

The business world's posting pioneer say blogging assist them in networking, boost sales, and even lobby -- at a fraction of the cost of traditional media. But I think that there is greater good of blogs than that.

Read few of your blogs. The gratitude piece was really inspiring. Trust that these will flow on. By the way (I know it’s not my business but just untamed guess, I strongly believe in), becoming venture capitalist is what would be on your agenda)

Regards,

Manish (Think ! Equity)

Chander said...

Hai Rajeev,

I follow your blogs but the last one could not follow as I was travelling. Read that you have left Reliance.. What are future plans and wish you all the success.

Chander Ahuja

Anonymous said...

what happened Rajeev after LG?
Philips , Electrolux and now Reliance.
Was LG success a flash in the pan or misplaced credit (some one else actually should be given the credit- people say it's Kim who masterminded all the moves but gave you the free hand to hog the media lime light).
If you are a true professional, you will allow this comment too appear on the blog and let people debate on this.

Dillip Kumar Swain said...

Respected Sir,
It was only two days back, I come to know from google site about your blogging and hence visited your blog. As of now, I have read only few of your blog and
always find your posts with a great pleasure to read and learn . Even Every time, I find a right approach to a problem and really inspiring.
Thank you very much.

Dillip Kumar Swain

Prem Sagar said...

Hi Mr Karwal,
I have been visiting ur blog often looking for interesting posts. The one on time was fantastic. And I agree fully with you that an excellent team is very essential.
I learnt 5 things from u.
1. Time is precious
2. Teams are part of success
3. Any successful team needs the manager to "empower" right people with right jobs.
4. Sportive ( I see a comment below which criticises you, and yet u have accepted it)
5. The most important, be greatful and thankful to all who taught you.

I was reading 'Good to great' sometime ago and one very strong pt of the book is to put right people in the right seats in any bus (business).
Jack Welch was a living example of a manager who "empowered" teams and performing ppl to produce leveraged performances.
I cant but accentuate the voice of Marcus Buckingham, (First break all the rules) that "people dont leave companies, they leave managers". And its the duty of the manager to pick performers and empower them. I can sense that you have done so, given the success you have seen.
Thanks.
Pls request you to blog more so that we can learn more from you too.
Regards
Prem Sagar. K

PESHWA said...

Hi Rajeev,
Your post as usual is always a great place for learning .. about the ways of business / work .. about life .. On expressing gratitude a few points :
1) We often forget our elders , parents , family , school , teachers , bosses whom we learn form ...
2) Showing gratitude to even people who work for us like our driver , maid , gardner , office boy , lift man , office clerk , shopkeeper ... is a big thing ... enhances human feel .. makes us feel human ....
3) We even learn from our team , juniors , colleagues , partners , suppliers , agency , etc etc ...not just in spirit bit in real terms ....
4) Most important everyday at home .. sometimes we forget to show gratitude and thank our spouse , children .... I think it is important ...

Thanks Rajeev ... for inspiring us to think on these line ... Regards Peshwa