Monday, October 27, 2014

And, he found his goal finally...

He was sitting idle on his workstation, thinking what to do, just scratching his head. His manager passed on to his workstation, and saw his peculiar behavior. His manager then thought for a while and then asked him to follow in a conference room. There was a bit of silence and both of them didn't know how to start. His manager then started to say something, and then finally told him, “You are fired”. He was stunned and didn't know what to do. Before even he could say anything, his manager had left the room already. He came back to his workstation and started to pack things. He picked each of the things at a time from his drawer, and then he found something interesting. It was a certificate for the best story writing competition that he has participated once in his organization. But, he never really thought more on to it due to tremendous work pressure. He thought for a while driving back home, and started to write few lines. He graduated to build more, and then finally he was able to develop a complete novel. In the next few weeks, he was really busy in finalizing on a publisher and to his luck, everything went really perfect. And then the day came when finally his first book was published, and it was a huge hit. 

Few months later ….
It was an award ceremony where he was invited to be awarded for his excellent work on the book. There were still few minutes for the award function to start and people were slowly beginning to arrive in the conference hall. Suddenly, he noticed his manager arrive in the hall. He went up to him and greeted him. His manager smiled and winked at him. Seeing this, he was a little surprised. He asked his manager, “Sir, why are you smiling?”
His manager then told him, “You know what… I had always known that you have something like this in your future and see, you have got it. Leadership is all about recognizing talents, my friend. I know you had the talent and I just gave you a direction. And, that really gave you a goal, which you were looking for but didn't realize before.

Friday, January 03, 2014

Looking for a great start for the year 2014!

2014 has already begun, and this is the third day of the New Year. We already had a very good start for the year 2014 when AAP formed the government in Delhi bringing about a change in politics and change the bureaucratic system in India. This has given me an inspiration to bring a change among ourselves because to achieve something great, you need to change yourself.

First things first, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my readers a very happy new year. May this year bring loads of happiness and success in your life and you are able to achieve all that you want to do this year. There are a couple of things that I would like to do this year, and that is 1) Write, Write, and Write and then 2) Share, share, and share. So, all in all, I would like to collaborate with all of you because this is the need of the hour to collaborate. January is the month where we need to identify our goals so that we are sure of what we will do throughout the year. Today, I would like to share something interesting. Just recently, someone asked my opinion on what I feel about the writing profession and how one can grow or think creative in this profession. At first, I thought to myself, “Huh! Excuse me! Who I am to provide my opinion and if I would really do then will it valued” But then I thought it is not harm to share my opinion if someone have asked about it. So, here I am with my few cents on what I feel once must do in order to excel in the profession of writing:
  1. Join a Technical Writing or any other writing forum and try to be responsive towards the queries that are generated in the forum. This will not only give you a presence but also you will also learn on your own. This is called social learning or learning via collaboration.
  2. Try to join an initiative by any forum such as STC, TWIN, or MITWA, and be a part of team that is close to your heart. I have been a part of MITWA-NEWS team (that is a newsletter published by MITWA group) since last 7-8 years and my role is to design the newsletter using MS Publisher so this gives me opportunity to think creative.
  3. Create a blog of your own and try to write something (maybe 500 - 1000 words), and then share among the forum. You can write anything that includes your interest areas or anything in technical areas or any Technical Writing area that you have learnt while working on a project.
  4. Try to write for a newsletter published by STC (Indus), MITWA (MITWA NEWS), or any other newsletter or magazine, and be a regular contributor. This will give you loads of visibility.
  5. In addition, if you like to read then try to write a review of the book after you have read the book.
  6. Last but not the least, learn any new tool like Articulate, Captivate, and so on and develop a sample project on your own. A sample can be a portfolio about you or any presentation that would showcase your skills.
There might be more than these but if you do these things, then you can surely explore a lot of areas and grow in the writing profession.

Happy Writing and have a great start to the year 2014 !