Success Factor

Success Factor

Nervousness is uncomfortable. But according to motivational speaker Gil Eagles, "If you want to be successful, you must be willing to be uncomfortable." Indeed, great people have often attributed their triumph to the hardships and discomfort they face along the path to success. Padmashri Padmaja Phenani-Joglekar (remember, she sang Vajapayee’s poems) recently related an anecdote that confirms this attitude.

Padmaja and Milind Ingle were the chief guests of an orchestra concert held at the Gadkari Rangayatan on March 12, 2002. The theme of the orchestra was Hey Rang Jeevanache or The colors of life. The orchestra team was led by Rupesh Raut who also directs Marathi Sa Re Ga Ma on Alpha TV.

During the show, Padmaja told the audience about her brief meeting that she had had, with the orchestra team just before the show had begun. "The talented group of individuals said to me that they were feeling nervous with the thought of performing in my presence. I think this is the sign of greatness in the making", said the accomplished singer. She went on to relate how she once asked Pandit Bhimsen Joshi if he ever felt nervous before his shows, to which he had replied, "I feel nervous before every show – I feel it is my first time, every time."

"Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain", said Ralph Waldo Emerson. The orchestra team performed brilliantly that evening and the applause they received in return dissolved their nervousness and fear!

Train travails
The numerous platforms at Thane Railway Station often leave suburban travelers in a state of confusion. For instance, a CST slow local in Thane can depart from four possible platforms (1, 2, 3 and 4).

Fortunately, Thane city has been a beneficiary of good corporate citizens. After sponsored signboards on traffic signals, we now have sponsored train-time indicators.

Last week, suburban train travelers in Thane city were pleasantly surprised to see digital time indicators put up outside the station. This means that people rushing to work early morning, will be able to decide which platform they need to rush to, even before they enter the station.

While this may not seem like a big deal, it will certainly make a difference to the thousands of Thane residents who depend on local trains to travel to their workplaces. Often, a delay of just a few seconds leads to missed trains and late attendance (And frequent late attendance can be a costly affair – it can cost you your job).

Helping hand
Yet another example of the generous nature of corporate citizenry in Thane was demonstrated recently by a supplier of school uniforms.

Last week, Kalpavriksha Marketing Pvt. Ltd. adopted 32 students from 16 schools of Thane (2 from each school). These students, who have been nominated by their respective schools, are financially weak and the company has decided to sponsor their entire education-related expenses. This includes their school fees, uniforms, accessories, stationary and books.

These small acts of kindness can be best described in the words of the famous broadcast journalist, Charles Kuralt, "The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines".

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