Category Archives: Motivation

Respect to Mahananda: A story of Courage and power of Human Spirit

Though it is not easy for everyone to start a life after losing everything your dignity, respect and life-in-short. This small story teaches that these words are nothing more than words.

In South India there is a tradition of “dedicating” a girl  to worship and service of a deity or a temple for the rest of her life. Mahananda was given to temples as Devdaasi. She was traded as Sex worker at a very early age. It isn’t a story of helplessness and tragedy; it’s a story of the power of the human spirit. 

She had to go for an abortion after a 5 months pregnancy. Even after so much she came out of the whole SHIT and has managed to live a respectable life. And guess what she is an Entrepreneur now, what if she can’t even pronounce entrepreneur or what if she does not know what it means.

Loan money to people who want to do something @ http://milaap.org/  There still is hope to change this country!!

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Bell Curve is a waste when grading performers

There is a long standing belief in business that people performance follows the Bell Curve.This belief drives several business practices like performance appraisals, compensation models etc.  There is just one problem — It does not accurately reflect the way people perform.

Does human performance follow the bell curve? Research says no.

Bell Curve follows Normal Distribution. A normal distribution is a sample with an arithmetic average and an equal distribution above and below average. So the assumption is there are equivalent number of people above and below average, and that there will be a very small number of people two standard deviations above and below the average (statistically speaking mean).

Now in corporate world in order to distribute raises and performance ratings by this curve and avoid “Grade Inflation” companies forces a small percentage of High Performers, a similar percentage of low and a huge number in  “Average Performers”.

In general there should be 10% of high as well as low performers are rest 80% goes to Average. But the world does not work this way. A research conducted by Ernest O’Boyle Jr. and Herman Aguinis in 2011 & 2012.

http://www.bchrma.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/rb-the-best-and-the-rest.pdf

The research says that 94% of the subject groups formed did not adhere to Bell Curve. Instead they followed a POWER LAW, distribution also known as Long Tail.  This law describes aptly what is happening in industry at present. Very small number of people called High Performer, Large number of people called Good/As-per-expectation performer and a still good number of Low performer. So the concept of average becomes meaningless here.

Why it is a waste to rate performance on so called Bell Curve?

Firstly, I don’t want to be rated on a scale of 5, it hinders my improvement. Speaking specifically for the people who get the average rating, the generally get happy with status quo and realize that the number of high performer is reserved. So they never strive to improve.

Secondly, If you’re performing well but you don’t score the highest rating you’ll probably feel under-appreciated and hence you’ll probably conclude that the highest ratings are reserved for those who are politically well connected. And this encourages people to leave their organization.

Thirdly, People often believe the bell curve is “fair.” There are an equal number of people above and below the average. And fairness is very important. But fairness does not mean “equality” or “equivalent rewards for all.” High performing companies have very wide variations in compensation, reflecting the fact that some people really do drive far more value than others.

So the time has come for organizations to re-engineer their Performance Model.   Microsoft took a step in the same direction because they realized with current model they were only encouraging their top performers to leave.
http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2013/11/18/microsoft-ge-ranking-employees/

Living up to potential by being weird

Why are you in fear? What exactly is it that you fear?

In a world where you have limited time you are already naked and you do not have anything to be ashamed of. The problem is if you are being yourself people will perceive that you are weird. If you are easy going, you will be taken for granted. And the list never ends. But wait and ask yourself that does what other think of you mattes at all?

What you think of yourself matters; Worst part to note is you keep forgetting it. Your dreams are bartered in return of fulfilling needs. Living life up to people’s expectations, maintaining social status becomes sole purpose of existence. And no matter how many times you think of moving forward to your goal, some asshole will always make you step back by telling you REPERCUSSIONS of your actions. You trade in your reality for a role.

Do you realize that people love you for what you have achieved and not for who you truly are, so you do not have to worry about what they think. If I quote Jim – “Where is your will to be weird?”

You believe in change, you want a revolution, guess what it’s not going to happen and the reason is there within you. Everyone talks about it nobody likes it, we are afraid of losing what we have if things change. So what if it is inevitable, we still do not like it.

These fears they will keep you down and will make sure that you stay there forever, except if you choose to accept it, Face it, fight it. I am not willing to give up what I am for what you can turn me into. Do I sound like a jerk? Then finally I am living up to my potential.

Thing to learn from Wolf Of Wall Street: Greed is great

Read the speech below by Jordan Belfort(Leonardo DiCaprio) in Wolf of Wall Street.:

“There is no nobility in poverty. I have been a rich man and I have been a poor man and I choose rich every fucking time. ‘Cos at least as a rich man when I have to face my problems I show up in the back of a limo wearing a $2,000 suit and a $40,000 gold fucking watch. [He throws his watch into the crowd and loads of hands reach out for it] Yeah fight it out, boys! Hit him! Hit him! And if anyone here thinks I’m “superficial”, or “materialistic”, go get a job in fucking McDonald’s, ‘cos that’s where you fucking belong!

“But before you depart this room full of winners, I want you to take a good look at the person next to you. Go on! ‘Cos sometime in the not-so-distant future, you’re going to be pulling up to a red light, in your beat-up old fucking Pinto, and that person’s going to be pulling up right alongside you in their brand new Porsche, with their beautiful wife by their side, who’s got big voluptuous tits. And who are you going to be sitting next to? Some disgusting wilderbeast with three days of razor stubble in a sleeveless muumuu crammed in next to you in a carload full of groceries from the fucking Price Club! That’s who you’re going to be sitting next to! . . . I want you to deal with your problems by becoming RICH!”

Now no matter how vulgar does that sounds but he has a point. There is no glory in being poor. I’d say it is better to sob in Porshe than on a bus. Some say money can’t guarantee happiness but happiness is not guaranteed in any scenario. Being filthy rich  helps you fight with problems in comfort. Sometimes being motivated to make more money is labeled as “GREED” by people.

There is inequality in this world and if greed can help people fill the huge gap even little, Greed is great. It captures essence of the evolutionary spirit, Ladies and Gentlemen, Greed works. Be it for Money, for Life, for Love or any damn thing.

Margaret Thatcher once said, “Nobody would remember the Good Samaritan if he had only good intentions. He had money as well”. She can’t be more right, we need a little inequality for keeping world balanced. If inequality is not there charity won’t work, people who get rich decide to share with some who have nothing or less. And that’s how it works.

Greed, my friends, is one necessary element that keeps a tab on what motivates the world toward economic development.

So be Greedy, Go for more, Achieve affluence and help society for Good!!

Watch this video for the speech:

A post worth reading:

http://stevendavisuk.com/2014/02/24/the-wolf-of-wall-street-jordan-belford-quote/