Adopt "BINDAAS" Approach to work....Use failures as stepping stone!

I learned through various context & situations that if you work hard at changing things and experiment and take risks, you will be on the right track. While, there is always a risk involved with challenging the status quo, stepping out of your comfort zone, doing what you believe is right, when you know that a person at the authority may not be in sync. However, the moment you are able to let go of your attachment to pay check, you feel hugely empowered to do what is right and stand for your belief and values with admirable confidence.

Majority of us go through certain contexts and they have bearing on us and hence we are conditioned and start "PLAYING SAFE" instead of being "BINDAAS" which in other words we can put as Fearless Approach to work where only thing that matters is meritocracy, bias for action and willingness to contribute in making of an institution.

There is a possibility that you may not succeed in the short term, but standing for your belief and values will surely earn you a rightful place in the social spectrum that you deserve. The first failure can have a profound effect on your life. Success can be heady while failure are ruthless, literally cutting out the ground from beneath one's feet.

Failure is part of our life and we will encounter it often and each failure will give us learning that shall help make our nerves of steel. The success will depend on how we deal with it. Quitting, like winning can also become a habit. Be a sponge - absorb and grow.

There is nothing wrong in failing, however, not bouncing back and learning from your failures is something which shall never take us beyond the realm of ordinary. The way we respond to a situation can transform our outlook of the situation. It is not the fall that is important but how we dust ourself off and rise again is what matters.

When down under, we should not let the feeling of defeat or loss overpower our sensibilities, but again appreciate the experiences and lessons that have been gained through it. We must tell ourselves, that since everything is impermanent, bad too shall become good. The main reason why people get carried away by the ups and downs is because they lack the understanding to appreciate. I was no exception. I came across a difficult situation very early in professional career when due to restructuring and shift in direction majority of employees were asked to move on. I found it difficult to live through that period of uncertainty, however, when I look in hindsight, it gave me a very valuable lesson that "THREATS ARE THE BEST OPPORTUNITIES ".

Failure is highly overrated and lot of us believe in results and not efforts, however, the fact is that failure is just a stepping stone to success. if you make whole hearted efforts and do something where your soul, body and mind is giving its best, you are bound to be successful. success is not about winning all the times, however, it is about giving it our best shot.

We are shaped through our saddest of experiences. They bring depth, compassion and wisdom and pepper and salt color to our hair. They make us what we are. Great organization have a culture that sees failures as stepping stone & problems as opportunities for improvements.

A mistake is only a mistake if you make it twice. And extra ordinary people use their stumbling blocks as stepping stones. They use their failures to bring them closer to success. They don't see problem's. They see possibilities and that is what makes them great.


Choice is ours! Adopt "BINDAAS" Approach to work....Use failures as stepping stone...or continue to play safe! We have to make the choice. A ship in the harbor is safe, but this is not what ships are built for..

42 comments:

  1. Anonymous3:08:00 PM

    Hi Raj...this was thumping..best article ... .the best was ..let go of your attachment to pay check, you feel.. and A ship in harbor.. Heads off.. to you. There can't be more powerful mantra to success than this.. Nikunj

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  2. Fantastic Raj, your article is a sort of rainfall to the aching heart which is perturbed with rights & wrongs.... likes & dislikes... Decisions & judgments and to top it all Failure & opportunities... thanks a ton!

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  3. Great post! Loved it and will pass it on.

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  4. Anonymous9:54:00 PM

    This is a great post. Very inspiring. I particularly like the ship reference at the end.

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  5. Great Post...Raj. Remember to live as if your are dying !!!

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  6. Anonymous5:20:00 PM

    Very good article... Thanks

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  7. Very Inspiring..........

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  8. Hi Raj, your posts are always good.......this is very inspiring. thanks

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  9. Hi Raj, True..very true… we have to accept the failure, learn from it, and work for the success… Simply Great..BINDASS....

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  10. I concur with the value of failure as a powerful learning method for leaders. I invested a large sum of money in an entrepreneurial venture which failed, not because it was a bad idea, but because of poor execution of the idea. Read the story of the greatest rockn'roll failure on the planet at http://www.academy-of-rock.co.uk/tour

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  11. Hi Raj,
    this is an outstanding post- I like the ship reference at the end.
    Thank you

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  12. Hi Raj
    This is really an inspiring post but, corporate cultures in Indian corporations are geared in exactly opposite direction. 'Failure' is a word fraught with in today's organizations because, people fear of loosing their face and standing in the corporation. This is one of the reasons for abysmal rate of innovation in a country with billion plus population. A leadership which encourages people despite failures is the need of the hour.

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  13. Great and encouraging blog.

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  14. Anonymous12:30:00 PM

    Hi Raj, very good article. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Anonymous10:04:00 PM

    Thanks Raj, It’s an eye opening article for me.
    Very well written, keep sharing..
    Thanks alot

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  16. Anonymous8:13:00 PM

    Francc C.
    This is a totally amazing article! And I beleive also of seeing failure
    as a lesson that needs to be learn !
    I'm presently in search of financing for my project and Im determined
    to succeed. Every day I work at it and I let my life unfold in from of me.
    NOTHING WILL STOP ME ! I'M BOUND TO SUCCEED AND WILL ACCEPT
    IN ADVANCE EVERYTHING THAT IS COMING TO ME....EVEN DECEPTION

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  17. Anonymous2:57:00 PM

    This is really a very inspiring article. I liked the Ship reference in the end the most\

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  18. Hi Raj....

    Very nice article ....i was thinking of such situation where in i got failure just becasue of somebody's mistake or jhuti shaan....!....but still your article is worth reading ....Thanks

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  19. keep up with such inspiring stuff as one faces such situations daily in work place which helps one to see the bigger picture .... :)

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  20. Awesome article.Please keep writing such wonderful articles.

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  21. Anonymous9:56:00 PM

    Great article sir,in fact no body plans for failure but when it happens one should learn from it become more perfect.Thanks for sharing.

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  22. devikala9:04:00 PM

    Hi Raj..great article.I liked the part where you refer to the pay check..so true..it does empower us

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  23. Gopakumar K10:45:00 PM

    Raj,
    Excellently written!!! However most of us know about the failures in hindsight where we couldn't do much about it. Hence we don't like to repeat the same failure or even like to fail at all next time. Now I remember Einstein who said over 1000 failures that he knows how something is not working. As a society (Indian Context) we need to embrace failures as we do with success. And that is where the corporate, society etc has to play a major role in helping people to overcome failures (help in lessons learnt) and support so that they fail and get pushed towards the boundary of innovation. Where failure is not seen as taboo and where we can emerge more entrepreneurial by choice. An untethered ship may be lost in storm and become a wreck or it could find another shore. It’s catch-22. Better to anticipate storm is what needs to be learnt. But it's difficult!!!

    Thanks

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  24. Indeed, the best of way of looking at life. Very very inspiring indeed for the human capital around. My heartiest congrats to you Raj. Just keep it up.....would love to read many more like that.....

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  25. Anonymous12:50:00 AM

    Excellent article Raj ... Very inspiring ... Guess, we all should put the ship analogy on our desks to remind us to be Bindaas.
    Many thanks.
    N

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  26. Very beautiful Article...

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  27. Wonderful. I liked the quote for letting go the attachment to pay cheque, rightly said. If that fear is gone, its only BINDAAS that is left.
    Regards,
    Rohit

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  28. Very nice article....Inspiring too.....Looking forward for more to come....

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  29. Hi Raj Sir,

    This is really interesting & helpful for employees in current scenario where lots of work pressure & high risk environment is prevailing. when i reach office, i look to my current assignments & deadlines.. and really got scared whether i would be able to complete those ontime or not ....and this hamper my performance & off course productivity...

    i strongly believe, we need to work bindas & out of our comfort zone...then only we would be able to deliver our best....

    this is really cool...
    thanks

    baleshwar

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  30. Very interesting article...

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  31. this was really awesome...and somewhat similar to what i m going through...which has given me more clarity on approach what i m doing..thanks...Raj

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  32. Raj Sir,

    I am so use hearing all the good stuff from you, that reading your articles make me feel we are having one of those face to face conversation that we use to have in golden days :)

    Thanks for being an inspiration!

    Regards,
    Neha

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  33. Hi Raj,

    This is really a nice thought. I like it.

    I experience it as well and will use it as a tool to tackle the situations.

    Regards
    Raminder Singh

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  35. Very useful and inspiring to develop fearless approach to work and Life.

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  36. As always a great article by you...your combination of words make any story look beautiful, meaningful and logical... Thanks for sharing....

    And i think BINDASS attitude attached with logic and right aspiration will never go wrong. I always love following it in my life personally as well as professionally.

    Thanks for sharing this article.

    Regards
    Monika Marwah

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  37. Approach should depend on situation. Sometimes you may need a helicopter shot to fox your opponents . Now, that is a bindass approach but can not be tried in all situations. So, the need is to know all the tricks in the trade and then use the approach which suits best at the moment even if it calls for wait and watch and playing safe.
    N K Ahuja
    Freelance Management Consultant and Principal, CARE

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  38. You can not generalise it. Different situations demand different tactics. A person in authority will not allow you to make mistakes and learn if cost involved is high. That is why continuous updating and practice are required. If you are in armed forces, you can not make a single mistake because it involves national honour, security, lives of people. If you are in a sports say cricket and you are left with 6 balls and 12 runs to be scored to win, you can not make a single mistake.
    That is why I said that different situations will demand different approaches. Sometimes Bindass and sometimes patient and watchful.
    But this comes through continuous updating of skills, knowledge-market knowledge for that matter-and practice.
    N K Ahuja
    Freelance Management Trainer and Principal, CARE

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  39. Anonymous12:02:00 PM

    Raj, what to do wen modus operandi of a leader is being adaptive and bindaas approach but stuck in a rut of an organization?! The story from there can be imagined!!!

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  40. Raj, This is an amazing and motivating article. Thanks a lot..

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