- Whatever one had achieved in life, whatever reputation was built over time, may not work now. This current situation demands something new from us, a status free mindset.
- One should not bank on winning through one aspect or facet. Life is multi-faceted and we have such extraordinary responsibilities to fulfil throughout our lives.
- “Beyond financial capital, there is social and intellectual capital too and if one works in these areas, eventually the impact will increase,” said Choudary.
- There is nothing more important than building strong relationships which allow us to have great friendships at work. It also enables us to ask for favors or negotiations which would be very difficult otherwise.
COVID has so overwhelmed the world and disrupted each and everyone’s life that our adaptability to such extreme and unimaginable situations is being severely tested. There is a need to shed old reputations and egos and nurture and fortify new relationships and new facets to survive and grow in the new normal.
In an exclusive dialogue organized by The Blue Circle on ‘An actor and a thinker on life’, Ashish Vidyarthi, actor and co-founder, avid miner and Pavan Choudary , thinker, author, CEO and Public Intellectual discussed the impact on reputations built before the pandemic, importance of interpersonal relationships and status free mindsets, and the mantra to succeed in difficult times like these.
Impact on Reputations and Exploiting the ‘Also’ Quotient
Ashish Vidyarthi asked a rhetorical question- how many of us had a certainty filled life pre-march?
Highlighting the difference between the uncertainty pre-COVID and now, he said, earlier there were some people who knew the way to deal with uncertainty but at this moment there is a collective loss of hope.
Whatever one had achieved in life, whatever reputation was built over time, may not work now. This current situation demands something new from us, a status free mindset. Hence, it is imperative to let go of what we have really worked for and again start creating.
“As painful and scary it might seem, this is the way forward. Be ready to start afresh,” said Vidyarthi.
Each of us is born with many facets and should make use of them. Life is multi-faceted and we have such extraordinary responsibilities to fulfil throughout our lives. One should focus on respecting our many facets, that’s when we start respecting others’ too.
“This ‘also’ part of us is what really excites me because that’s the current world demand,” shared Vidyarthi.
Choudary added that in the corporate sector also you are expected to rise in a monochromic manner. Maybe the corporate thrives in making people too much focused, but too much focus is a frozen state of mind.
Assuring Financial Security During Disruptive Times
Earning money has a direct relationship with the impact that you make – as you succeed and move up, you earn more because you impact more people. The means to find a secondary source of earning money is to find ways through which one can widen his impact on the people around him.
“Beyond financial capital, there is social and intellectual capital too and if one works in these areas, eventually the impact will increase,” said Choudary.
Look around and pick up 3-4 things that seem interesting to you. Then look at your own capabilities and match with your interests through upskilling. The other part is collaborating with people near you. It’s crucial to find people with whom you can collaborate to build a team and work efficiently.
“This period according to me is for people who are willing to work and hungry to earn and win,” pointed Vidyarthi. Those who are wanting to create a ‘set of avenues’, need to exploit the innumerable possibilities available. Ingenuity, ability to break yourself, and start and create afresh will decide your growth post-pandemic.
The Importance of Interpersonal Relationships and the Space for Ego
Pavan Choudary said there is a lot of space for ego if you are ready to pay the price of it. However, in the new normal if you wish to grow, then let go of ego and status and nurture relationships.
Vidyarthi believes there is nothing more important than building strong relationships which allow us to have great friendships at work. It also enables us to ask for favors or negotiations which would be very difficult otherwise.
“Relationships for me are where you can give that extra bit to people who can vouch for you. This difficult time, as people would call it, is also a great opportunity to invest in human beings and increase the efforts to go the extra mile and do that extra bit. Besides, work on the experience that people are getting while engaging with you. It’s the privilege of a job or work.
Within an organisation, when people are working from home there is a trust deficit. It has become a game to earn respect and trust. When you distrust an employee, they will find ways to cheat on work or the leader will think they are trying to find ways. This is where the role of a leader is really critical.
Choudary added the corporate dictum that ‘trust but verify’ is changing today because the power structure is changing – it is leaning more towards employee than employer. In this world of social distancing it will be difficult to create warm interpersonal relationships. If you distrust or control too much the employee may leave.
Leaning from Cinema
Ashish Vidyarthi has played negative roles throughout his career. He reckons that you choose from what you get. In the initial stage of his career, he was offered negative roles which he played with utmost grace and honestly which made him the face of negative roles in the film industry.
While the universal fact is that one is determined by what the market thinks he is. Vidyarthi makes a clear distinction between what is said of him and what he thinks of himself. This allowed him to differentiate between the actor, him, and the roles.
“After having worked for 26 years as an actor, I knew I had more in me to offer and I needed to step out- was it easy? No,” he added.
Similarly, this is the right time for individuals and organisations to step out and try something extraordinary, to re-purpose themselves and create new futures. And while looking for choices, one should permit himself to have regrets too.
Pavan Choudary concluded by saying that one should be prepared while making a choice that regret may follow but regret may follow only if you had the chance to choose and that in itself is a privilege.
(Edited by Anu Choudary)
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