Growth Mindset wins

I always wondered that why people feel so surprised when I say that I have written three books and probably will write the fourth one soon. They all said ‘ Where do you get all this time’?

I also heard them wondering when I told them how well I play Golf and happen to go to play almost every morning (except last three months due to water crisis in Pune). Again, the questions are similar ‘How can you do this in so much heat’?

I hear same thing again and again when I tell them that I learned to make videos, learned to code, have read so many books in a short time, tell story to my son almost every day, travel the world with my family, write my blogs, give speeches in prestigious colleges and forums, happen to be a leader in some national forums, have enough time to be a startup evangelist  and the list keeps rolling. Many of them must be secretly wondering that did I ever worked for my salary. However, my bosses have only positive words for me and so have others who know me. I did never face an interview to get a job, even for becoming a Managing Director of a mid-sized IT company. I was always pulled up by someone, I called my mentors.

Fixed and growth mindset

Sounds like a superman. Trust me, it is not. It is very ordinary and common for someone to be like that. I am an ordinary person with a very humble background and absolutely feel that everyone can be better than what I have been till date. The secret of this is my open mindedness.

During my research of how successful people are different, I came across several articles and realized that one of the key elements in making a person successful or a laggard is just their MINDSET. It is what they choose and believe as per their own created boundaries.

I keep telling people ‘You are great and awesome if you just get out of your own way.’

A fixed mindset person ends up creating mental boundaries and setting rules and regulations that they like to live in and follow closely. Such people justify failures and slow growth by giving reasons beyond their own limitations. They give up quickly and blame others for their state of affairs. They hesitate in asking, doing and assume things in almost everything. They quickly follow those who can take their command, but rarely like to lead themselves. Such people do not grow in life but suffer and eventually achieve far below their potential. Unfortunately, most of us in current situation are with such a FIXED MINDSET of varying degree.

On the contrary, a growth mindset person loves to explore, breaks the glass ceiling created by someone in his mind and challenges his own assumptions as and when they see that happening. They learn, get passionate, become rebels if that is the need of the hour and most important, they develop good habits that eventually define their character and their destiny.

I have seen siblings, friends and colleagues who have been put through same education and same socio economic setup, but become vastly different in terms of achievement as they grow in their lives. Several experiments have proven this fact that our own mental boundaries become the reason for our success or failures in life. I have heard so many Fixed mindset people telling that as soon as they have enough money in their savings, they will start enjoying and being happy. On the contrary, open mindset people don’t wait for their savings to come up to a level of mental satisfaction. They enjoy and plan for their future simultaneously.

Good part of this whole mindset is that it is never late for someone to change their mindset from fixed to growth. Do it now if you wish to be successful and happy for rest of your life. This time is never going to come back.

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 ¬ 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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