Giving back to the Alma Mater

I spent 5 years at Amity, my Alma Mater. I got a call from my professor who invited me to be a part of the panel and speak on a topic to encourage the young Grads.

The feeling that I had within was next to Amazing. A little bit of nervousness, coupled with happiness is the closest I can reach to explain my state.

This would be the first time, after passing out, I would be visiting my college not as alumni but also as Speaker who is an alumnus. To top my feeling off, I took my mother and my wife along with me for the event.

Since it was an IT summit, the panelists present shared their industry experiences and gave an insight on how times have changed. One thing, which I noticed amidst this, was, everybody wanted the fresh graduates to be successful, but none shared how?

When my turn came to speak, I did not want to speak on the IT trends or speak on how technology has evolved. Rather, I wanted to share anecdotes, which made me think and helped me succeed.

I covered four points.

Mindset vs skill-set

Attitude and Gratitude


Being your own boss

Most individuals stress on adding new skills to their arsenal. I was one, a few years back. What we forget is to develop a strong mindset to execute these skills.

Anyone can train to be a gladiator. What marks you out is having the mindset of a champion. ~ Manu Bennett

We all step out with a newfound enthusiasm to achieve our dreams. While doing so, some taste success very early and that is where some lose the plot very soon.

Be grounded and keep doing what made you successful day in and day out. It is important to have the right attitude of aspiring to have more along with gratitude for what you already have and value!

“Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.”  ~ Charles F. Kettering

I have been stuck many times in my life. I had no clue how would I solve a problem, had to see someone else do the job for me and eat all the credit which I deserved. It gave me a very important lesson –

“Direction is more important than Speed”.

Access to free content is at large; everyone can see what leaders like Seth Godin, Dan Pena and others have to talk about life and how to solve problems with the right mentality. The problem is, people consume all the content available and think these great leaders are their mentors. Wrong!

A Mentor-mentee relationship is very important. While we all consume the free content available, we do not have the ability to discuss the ideas with these leaders on one on one basis. They can be great influencers, because of the depth they have in what they speak on, but cannot be the one to give you directions.

Finally, I closed my speaking session with a powerful affirmation of self, which everyone should have. The most important aspect, which everyone should have, is high Self-esteem. The moment when you test your work with the feeling of owning it, you will do a lot better when it comes to making decisions and strengthening professional relationships.

“The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone.” ~ Ayn Rand

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