Dreaming & creating a vision.Part II

Once I had my cycle, I was very happy .I remember, a friend of mine making fun of my cycle. I ended up challenging him in a race, which I won. Over the next few months my passion and craze evened out. I had my cycle and there was nothing so great about it because my dream was achieved and my passion fulfilled.

Buying a new cycle would also not have given me that pleasure as I had with the junk one.

Over the next few years, I started thinking bigger, my close friend who had means to spend a lot more bought a scooter and I wanted to have a scooter for myself too?

My dream and passion to ride scooter followed the same cycle, which I had done for my bicycle.
You may wonder why I mentioned this example of my childhood.

“ Creating a vision and dreaming is the basis of success and happiness for every professional .“

This was just to illustrate that our dreams and vision generally happen in incremental packets. While this is normal, happiness and success would be easier when we streamline these incremental packets to align with a larger vision, which in general we fail to think of.

Most of us live life as it comes and keep figuring out next dream when we have achieved one. Most of them may not even align with each other. My friend who once owned a scooter and was large hearted enough to give that to me to learn scooter riding is such an example, which represents millions of young professionals today.

He was lucky enough to have best things in life because of his father’s income. However, his vision was limited to his immediate needs and zeal to copy his colleagues. When I played badminton, he wanted to play the sport himself too. When I wanted to get into Air Force, strangely he wanted it too. When he saw his relative being successful in doing work with a medicine company, he changed his vision quickly. Within a year, when I got admission in engineering college, he too forced his father to get him admission in a private college, only to quit from there before completing his education.

The reason of this change of mind was that he found stock broking far more lucrative and better profession than becoming an engineer and he landed himself doing just that for several years and loosing most of his property in debts and litigation’s.

While, one may wonder why this guy was so fickle minded, it is not strange enough to see a large number of such strange guys all around us, desperately trying to copy passions and dreams without even bothering to set one of their own and aligning the small incremental dreams and visions to reach out to the larger one.
A friend of mine, who is very successful in business and had earned millions by selling his company and starting a new venture, told me his secret of success.

In his words, he always wanted to be his own boss, but lacked money and knowledge to do so. He joined companies and worked hard to learn everything he wanted to do on his own. He was passionate to learn the most challenging and difficult solutions, which in general were not touched upon by most. This hard work gave him bigger assignments and helped him learn fast. All throughout his vision to be his own boss remained intact. He kept looking for the right opportunity.

It was not long after that he was invited to join a startup where he was given some equity. Being his own boss was almost done, but he had to work harder. If not for his passion and desire to fulfill his ultimate dream, he would have been better off with his previous job.

In few years, this startup did well and was acquired by another company. The money he made from this, he invested in his own company along with few others. The success continued and he repeated his success in few years time. All throughout he remained focused and kept his vision and dreams focused. His incremental dreams and their fulfillment just acted like steps towards his success without losing the way as in the first case.

Creating a vision and dreaming is the basis of success and happiness for every professional. Only few are able to reach where they wished. Aligning the smaller dreams to the ultimate vision only helps getting success faster.

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Alok Kumar

Alok Kumar is Managing Partner of SRKay Consulting group, a private equity company, nurturing innovative ventures. Alok also serves on the board of ICCL (Indian Clearing Corporation Limited - A subsidiary of BSE- Bombay Stock Exchange) as an external advisor for technology and information security. Prior to this, Alok had been Managing Director of Sears IT & Management Services India Private Limited (SHI) since its inception in December 2009 and served in the same position till very recently. Having been in senior IT management positions in Fortune 500 companies, Alok has won several national and international awards. Alok is instrumental in planning and setting up SHI and thereafter growing it to a multi-locational thousand-plus people organization. Over the last five years, with his strategic vision, Alok helped SHI grow roots in India, develop and support technology applications and infrastructure across core mainframe, cutting edge e-Commerce and big data technologies. With his unique people-oriented transformational leadership style, Alok turned SHI into one of the most valued investments of Sears, garnering great ROIs, and creating value much beyond cost arbitrage. Under his tutelage, SHI has filed two patents and is recognized widely for its best practices in various areas, the latter, currently featured in Indian Institute of Management (IIM) case studies. SHI also became a CMMI Level 3, PCMM Level 3, and ISO 20000 certified organization. Alok is a widely acclaimed corporate leader in India today. He regularly participates and leads various forums as a keynote speaker and is an author of several books in different genres. Alok has several awards to his credit. He is particularly known in the industry for his people management skills and innovative ideas in improving the productivity of employees through unique people practices. He has been credited with the following industry awards: ¬ Emerging Leader of the Year award 2013 by IndiasGreatest.com ¬ Game Changer CEO of the Year 2013 (SHRM) ¬ CIO 100 - The Bold CIOs - 2008 (Reliance Infosolutions) ¬ CIO - Ones to Watch Award 2008 (Reliance Industries) ¬ Extended Manager Award - CIOL 2004 (Tata Teleservices) As an able leader of SHI, Alok got SHI recognized widely in the industry with the following several awards: ¬ CII Award for HR Best Practices in 2014 ¬ Global Excellence in Outsourcing Award - AIOP (Phoenix 2013) ¬ IT Innovation Award (Design & Engineering) - Computer Society of India 2012 ¬ Golden Company of the Year - Economic Times 2011-12 ¬ 7th Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Mumbai, India) 2013: • ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ Award • ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with business • HR Leadership Award • Talent Management Award by Bloomberg TV India ¬ Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Singapore, Asia) 2013: • 7th rank in ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ award • Award for ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with the business • HR Leadership Award Other recognitions: Alok had served on the distinguished panel of NASSCOM's GIC (Global In-house Centers) National Council members. The council members play a key role in major initiatives of the industry and include the torch bearers of IT industry as panel members. Books and Papers: Alok is an established author, with three books to his credit. Alok’s third and latest book, a novel, “The Spy from Unaula” is a 2015 publication. A handwriting analysis enthusiast, Alok collaborated with his wife Nandani on the book, “Handwriting Speaks” in 2006. “Value Sourcing – Future of IT Outsourcing” was co-authored with Keith Sherwell (currently CIO, Altice USA) and was released in 2013. Alok also researched and published two whitepapers: a. “Creating next generation captives” talks about the best practices that are helping generate higher value from the IT company captives.

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