My 21 published articles on this subject have appeared in The Times of India( Delhi Edition-7 Articles), 11 articles in four spiritual/management magazines-( Life positive magazine, the Eternal solutions,Management Compass and Educare), one article printed in an MBA institute’s newsletter apart from one article each on 2 websites. I also received the best award from Yahoo on the limitations of the Indian education system(details below). In case the title is misleading, it is all aimed at right man for the right job. One of the aims of employee engagement is to ensure job satisfaction which is the main theme of this blog.The respective links of my publishsed articles are given in this introductory post below.
Quotes on the subject by prominent Indians(Gandhiji, Former president Abdul Kalam,Osho,Krishnamurthy, Amitabh Bachchan among others) and foreigners are there in Quotable Quotes
For those not interested in the published articles below, the latest post on this blog which is a published article on the super hit move 3 idiots(published in the magazine Management Compass) is here.
The literal meaning of the word education which is derived from the latin word “educere” is to draw out what is already in and not blindly stuff in. In that context , what is mentioned below, is also directed at the students as they are the future careerists. This also has a spiritual connotation; since spirituality is all about being peaceful, balanced and equanomous at all times, no gross misfit in the wrong profession can ever be spiritual in letter and spirit. That apart, according to the Bhagavad Gita, another definition of Yoga is “Dexterity in action” or “Excellence in work” which is simply not possible if you are in a profession towards which you are not seriously inclined. Even in our shastras the word “Svadharma” is mentioned which implies the right vocation if not calling.
There is a saying in management that “You have to go southwards to go northwards”; it is therefore important to throw some light on what happens if you are not in the right career.Work occupies a majority of our waking hours and if they are miserable, life becomes unbearable. The magnitude of the problem can be gauged from extreme expressions such as “Lifetime imprisonment” ,”Spiritual suicide”, “A life time of pain and suffering”" used by sufferers or some of the “titles” of the books that have been written by people like them:-
Life’s a Bitch and Then You Change Careers: 9 Steps to Get Out of Your Funk and On to Your Future by Andrea Kay
“I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really want” Barbara Sher
“I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This”: by Julie Jansen
“Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow: Discovering Your Right Livelihood” by Marsha Sinatra
“True Work: Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do” Paperback by Michael Toms
“How to Find the Work You Love” Paperback by Laurence G. Boldt
“Passion at Work: How to Find Work You Love and Live the Time of Your Life” by Lawler Kang
“To Build the Life You Want, Create the Work You Love”: by Marsha Sinetar
“Discover Your Passion : An Intuitive Search to Find Your Purpose in Life” Gail A. Cassidy
Passion to win- Abad Ahmed and DP Choopra
Passion- Pramod Batra/Vijay Batra
Your Passion Quotent; The greatest secret of success by Virendra Kapoor
Be Inspired- Amber Ahuja
No wonder there is a saying:-
If you want to be happy for a day, go on a picnic.
If you want to be happy for a week, go on a vacation
If you want to go happy for a month, get married
If you want to be happy for a year, inherit wealth
If you want to be happy for a lifetime, do the work that you love.
Related links(My published articles on the subject in Newspapers/Magazines):-
My Articles on the subject in The Times of India(Delhi)-7 Articles- Pictures are not there in the links :-
My articles on the subject in four spiritual/Management Magazines and an MBA institute’s newsletter-12 Articles. :-
Two websites:- My Writeup at yahoo forum where my answer on the subject got the best prize among 700 answers followed by article at chillibreeze.com
Several other links by management conultants have been given under “Relevant links” on the right hand side the most prominent among which are
The individual initiative of Vocational coach deserves special mention.