31st July 2011
When no one else but you can see the mountain peak, just start climbing. Others will follow.
Facebook is good. It spreads useful information around. Irrelevant information dies an early death. And so this brilliant talk (below) by Robin Sharma came by into my FB 'newsfeed'.
It reminded me of my previous blog post entitled, Preachers, Teachers, Doers – a theory of leadership. It also reminded me that I'm doing – since 1998 – what Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com reportedly said: "Even if I failed I wouldn't regret it, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying."
As many of you know, I'm trying the "impossible" – to TOTALLY reform India's governance. This is a ridiculously ambitious idea, and few people junderstand the scope and magnitude of the change that this involves.
Why would anyone have such an ambitious idea? Well, the answer is simple. I found in 1998 that no one else was doing it and so I couldn't join hands with anyone who was trying to do it. Therefore I resolved to do it myself. That simple!
And what have I done so far? Failed three times. But failure is crucial if one has to succeed. It is because of these failures that I finally hit upon what I believe is the strategy to reform India – which underpins the concept of the Freedom Team of India. This will work, whether it takes one year or 100. The key, as far as I'm concerned, is that I've tried, I've learnt, and I've kept trying. That's all one can do. The rest is not within one's control. (See this blog post that shows why FTI will succeed.)
It physically hurts me (less badly than it used to, because I've figured out a solution) to type these blog posts and other writings. In addition, I spend a lot of my own hard earned money on such activities (a matter of some concern since I forfeited a lot of financial benefits – leaving the IAS just before I would have become entitled to pension upon voluntary retirement). But all this is fine by me. It was the right thing to do. So I did it.
Today, the goal is clear. The method is clear. Now it is just a matter of finding the right people. If you are the right person, then join FTI and let India see your talent. Or at least support FTI from the outside. But India will suffer so long as YOU (yes, YOU) pretend that your country is not your responsibility, and that you have a god-given right to criticise others without doing anything to fix the problems.