Heera Training and Management Consultancy

eNewsletter December 2012

Dear Everyone,

Hi! And how are you all? It was a 'lazy' month in November with a great holiday to New Zealand with the family thrown in. I could not have asked for more. Somehow family holidays are great fun, no matter where you go. As my daughter told me, it's fun when we are together and we will have fun, even if we go for a holiday in Timbuktu!!! From a football perspective, I have been very disappointed with the results shown by Arsenal football club. I have come to the conclusion that Arsene Wenger must go. I really think he has reached the end of his 'shelf life' as a football manager. Perhaps he needs a new challenge in his career. Whatever, my view is that, when you do not win any trophies for seven seasons, then the manager must take responsibility and the only honorable thing for him to do is to resign. I know many Arsenal fans may not agree with me, but this is my honest view from a management perspective.

This month, I want to write about a famous quote from Randy Pausch who said "its not the cards you are dealt with, it's how you play the hand". Incidentally, Randy Pausch was a college professor who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but who carried on with a normal life until his death on 25 July 2008. In the process he inspired millions of people to view life and death in more optimistic terms.

Basically what this quote means is that in life you just get on with things that happen to you, good or bad. For example, being born poor does not mean that you will have to be poor all your life. You just have to deal with the fact that you started life with a disadvantage, but with the right action, this situation can be overturned. More importantly, it means that you cannot control what happens to you, but you most certainly can control your response to it. The worst thing you could do would be to blame god, the government or your parents for being poor. What may then happen would be three fold

a. Your current situation continues i.e. you continue to be poor.

b. You become a negative person who will not be quite liked by people

c. You hamper the future attainment of success in your life by focusing too much on the past.

Unfortunately, I have met many people in my life who are like this i.e. take the easy way out and blame all their current ills in life on past events i.e. if only they had gone to a different school, if only they had not been seriously sick, if only they had not been retrenched, if only they had had a good boss etc. These are things that happen to everyone in life i.e. all of us have our share of hard luck stories. The main difference is that the successful ones among us are the ones who accepted what came about, took action on it and got on with life. The ones who complained, regretted and used it as justification to explain their non-success in life were usually the ones who became mediocre.

Everyone's life is unique, but one common thread is that we have all had our share of 'bad luck', sorrow, disappointments and tragedies. I have learned though that it is not so much about what happens to you; but how you respond to these negative situations that matters most. Life is about looking ahead and taking action rather than looking backwards. You can change the future, but you can never, ever change the past. So throw away all your past shackles today, accept that life is not a bed of roses and take positive action to become better tomorrow!!

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter. Here's wishing all of you a wonderful month of December and happy holidays too.

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Heera Singh
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HEERA Training and Management Consultancy
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