Land of “Opportunity”
The world today is land of opportunity. We are global citizens with the moral responsibility to take care of ourselves and find the “Opportunity”. Staying informed and empowered by the knowledge we gain — reading, networking, exploring is a necessity. I don’t mean all work and no fun. What America brings is the “Opportunity” to shine, provided we take care of ourselves to ensure we deserve. My dad’s “Deserve and then Desire” rings in my mind as I write this sentence.
Books such as “Who stole the American Dream” bring a good perspective to challenges in the social system, support structures, government, politics, retirement, pension systems & job security at large. Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai apparently said “Imagine life is a game of 5 balls that you manipulate in the air, trying not to drop them. One first one is made of rubber, and the rest are made of glass. The five balls are: Work, family, health, friends, soul”. Excellent point that we got to care for family, health, friends & most importantly our soul. Once broken, it is not the same again. The journey with the rubber ball “work” is fun. It is critical that we ensure that we are a “well oiled machine” that is ready to take on the opportunities that are presented to us? How do we ensure that we are in demand?
I have a story to share
My parents come from… let us say a resource challenged time, when they were growing up in India
It is easy to forget that when they were born, India had just got freedom and there was not much social structure/support. Apparently all they needed was a cow to give them milk, bag of rice, pickled Indian food that could go for a year, vegetables garden & a well for water. There was no electricy, no jobs, no refrigeration, no microwave, no cereal that is ready to eat. When I visited my extended family in 1980s, they did not have electricity. Life was simple. My mom & dad later on became Gynecologist & Anesthesiologists respectively, made their mark. I see a contentment in their face when someone they took care of during their prime working years finds out where they live now to bring their child or grandchild to them.
Call it Trust, call it the Brand, call it the faith, whatever they built in themselves represents what we all need to learn and build in ourselves.
We see a lot in the news about job openings that are not getting filled because people do not want the jobs that are being offered. People are not happy with the wages being offered. Companies are looking for younger talent and the senior and more experienced people feel left out. On top of that, everyone has responsibilities of the “glass” balls. By the time we take of kids, their school, their activities, their fun, house, cooking, chores, there is hardly any time remaining. But that does not take us anywhere. We need a few actionable things we can potentially prioritize
- As adults, education needs to be part of our life. We need to make time to sign up to some career-oriented-class for our betterment. There is always that self development to make ourselves better. Online or in-person, taking classes should is part of our life. How about 1% of our income for our personal development? Books, subscriptions, online classes…
- Our brand is in the problem solving and application. “Knowlege is power” — but the power is in the problem solving that comes with experience.
- We need to find the crack in the world around us that has potentials to help us shine. We need to ensure that we are always looking for the opportunities to build that experience.
The 1% investment, the crack we fix, the brand we build are very personal, depending on what we enjoy and where we want to see ourselves in 5 years, in 10 years.
A bird on a tree is not scared of the height or of the branch breaking because it knows how to fly.
I think this means a lot and our view to the land of opportunity should start from the confidence of the bird in the metaphor. We should be in a position to make the best of the opportunities that “hopefully” come our way
We need to be examples to our children about taking care of ourselves and they need to see the confidence of a bird on the tree in us.