BEING SMALL AND SHORT CAN ALSO LEAD TO GREATNESS!
Emperor Napoleon was short in stature but he was a great military strategist and ruler of the French people. A needle is small but it can rival a sword in how it can help us stich a sail! The Lilliputians were short and small of course but, together, they downed Lemuel Gulliver.
It was the vast number of English boats and skiffs that ensured the effective defeat of the globally famous Spanish Armada! In Tirupur—an industrial hub in South India, for your information! – more money gets generated from exports from small hosiery and knitting units than by the huge sprawling ones even today!
In Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, one can get Filigree Jewelry made of woven and braided silver wire-and though these items are intricately worked and are small, they win higher appeal from importers abroad than the heavy chains made by jewelers!
And finally the Bermuda Triangle has under its surface more huge Spanish or Portuguese galleons and multi-storey quinqueremes than fishermen’s boats plying the Azores Sea!
My point is simple: we can never afford to underestimate or ignore the small and nimble in our single minded pursuit of personal or corporate greatness.
Most TBTF (Too Big to Fail) corporate firms make this grievous suicidal mistake. When a firm is too big to be nimbler and resilient enough for a fast changing marketplace, the firm can see the writing on the wall or it must be abler to foresee that.
Also, unlike a small family firm, if ta firm is too leviathan and behemoth, it finds itself having too many employees whom it can’t teach train enough to satisfy a hour-by-changing , impatiently demanding clientele!
Innovations are happening all over the world minute by minute and day by day. Consumers are willing to transform with them too. The firm, if it wishes to grow from strength to strength to a large cap firm one day in the future, owes it to the shareholders at least to change with changing times and trends.
Today NO firm in the business world can wait for years to hire promising youth, impart the needed skill sets and thus train its employees enough to rise to its expectations.
Practically no time is available!
Time was when a product could be conceptualized in a year and then slowly developed within 3-4 years to be ready for the market. But not any longer, sorry!
Advertising agencies also must necessarily imbibe this crucial and critically vital life-and-death lesson for themselves if they wish to play in the market of a fast developing nation like India!
Many joint families have had to taste the bitters –and also constrained to pay a high price for it–as a result of this internal difference of views or opinions or both.
Truly ADAPTIBILITY is the master key to survival!
So let me give you, all readers a tip:
DEVOTE YOUR ACTIVE SERVICE YEARS TO UNENDING LEARNING AND SKILL ACQUISITION!
ACTION ALONE IS AND CAN BE THE ACCEPTABLE SYNONYM FOR HUMAN LIFE AND VICE VERSA!
[This challenge met me eyeball to eyeball when I retired from active service some 16 years ago. And, unlike most of my former colleagues that have taken to a less active Retirement Route, I took that charging Cape Bull by the horns to master the PC skills necessary for productive online work, to first modify my personal lifestyle ,to orient it towards a “NO Doctor Needed” North Pole destination, once and for all time to come, , to suitably modify my daily diet, to take lessons in finance for M.Tech (Fin.Engg) kids, and turn a passionate investor, plus a reliable source for remaining liberated from lifestyle illnesses, which are often occupational hazards for the salaried!
Of course God helped me come this far! And I hope to finish my Life Race successfully!]