10 Harsh Truths about Success — Cristian Mihai

Contrary to what you might be inclined to believe about this photograph, it was taken in 1999, when Jeff Bezos was already worth around 9 billion dollars. Yet he worked from that office, drove around in a Honda, and had a terrible sense of fashion. Today’s richest man was working from headquarters located on the […]

10 Harsh Truths about Success — Cristian Mihai

Money can buy you a dog, but only love will make him wag his tail..

Do not love your work too much, else you will fail !

Love your work‘, I have been hearing this for more than three decades now. My actual experience is different. Too much attachment to work, for that matter to anything leads to stress and sub-optimal outcomes.  When my daughter got married, when my 1 year old grandson went back to Bangalore after staying with us for a couple of months, when I had to leave a position where I was very successful in order to move to a higher position, when I had to transfer my star performer whom I groomed for success to the next higher position where he is going to report to someone else, I felt the same pain,   I felt more sadness than joy. Everything we nurture closely will grow, and at some point in time, will leave us to grow further. Or, is it just the opposite?. We must learn to be attached in a detached way for growth of all involved. A kind of detached attachment. Sometimes I get too much obsessed with my work and I get very possessive about the product. I get really upset even with the very thought of someone else trying to change it from the way I perceived it. Learning and practicing ‘Detached attachment’ is the key to growth of the product and the owners. Everything and everybody must grow and flourish, and what took us till here, may not take us further. If we latch on to past, the future will elude us. Applicable to all passionate people, irrespective of whether you are an entrepreneur, architect, product owner, research associate, husband, wife, Dad, Mother…the pain of handing over something closer to your heart hurts, and at the same time it is very much required for growth. Learning to love everything in a detached manner, with the awareness that this also must pass away, to live up to the Grand plan our creator have for us and knowing that he is the only constant allows us to approach such situations  very normally. Live life to Love, lead and leave.

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There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk. Jean-Paul Sartre

Even the birds will come and pose for you…

While discussing many aspects of photography, the photographer is not discussed much. I mean, the ‘outlook / state of mind’ required by a good photographer is ignored. Can a disturbed soul visualize beauty and emotion?. This is the question daunting me for sometime now. The camera and other accessories do matter, if the photographer is able to visualize beauty and emotion before he presses on the trigger. Based on my experience, a compassionate heart is a must for photographers, so that they can ‘SEE’ things first, before clicking the trigger. Everyone, including the the birds like compassionate souls. Sometimes the sun comes out of the clouds just for you. While focusing on the flower, a bird comes from nowhere and poses for you….. Conversation happens with birds, people, animals, nature…. even without uttering a word. My interest in photography make me a better person click by click…trying to connect and see the best in everything and the perfect timing . I am grateful to the creator of heaven and earth for that….and for instilling in me a tender heart which is able to enjoy the beauty around….