Self – Actualisation

Recently, I met an interesting Woman who have achieved Career Peak. She is the Head of the Department.She groomed her successor and then quit her high profile job for lack of challenge in the role.
Been there, done that. You know.
What could inspire her , challenge her next ? She is driven, and enterprising.
I suggested her to go for a startup venture since she is a Servant Leader.
She confessed, she is a Hermit ( which resonated with me ) and at times she experience
Existential Crisis ( which resonated even more )
Lot of similarities except the fact that I haven’t reached Peak in my Career yet.
Talking of Careers, I heard from a Respectable Leader –  Careers are sometimes balls of yarn rather than Career Ladder.
That’s what my  Career has been all these years – A ball of Yarn.
What is Existential crisis ? What causes it ? And what is the solution .
A problem solver as I am, my theory is the antidote to Existential Crisis is Systems of Engagement.
A system of engagement could be –
  1. Love
  2. Movie
  3. Book
  4. Social Media ( Facebook, Twitter, Linkdedin)
  5. Social Networking
  6. Friends
  7. Family
  8. Conversation with strangers
  9. Writing
  10. Research
  11. Parenting
  12. Music
  13. Art
  14. Trekking
  15. Travel
  16. Running, Jogging, Walking
  17. Gym or Fitness Regime
  18. Meditation or Mindfulness ( this requires a separate discussion altogether )
  19. Paid Work
  20. Voluntary Meaningful Non Paid work, Mentoring, Community Service
When you aren’t engaged with any one of the above, you experience Existential Crisis.
Problem Solved.
My 2nd theory –  Fall in Love, Travel or Write a Book or do any of the above  to evade Existential Crisis.
Prince Hamlet experiences an existential crisis as a result of the death of his father. This is shown especially by Shakespearein the famous soliloquy which starts, “To be, or not to be: that is the question…”
That begs the question – Do people who suffer from Existential Crisis  experience Positive Disintegration ? And as a result do they Self Actualize faster ? 
An existential crisis is a moment at which an individual questions the very foundations of their life: whether their life has any meaning, purpose, or value.[1]This issue of the meaning and purpose of existence is the topic of the philosophical school of existentialism.

No wonder I am drawn to Philosophy by Neitzche 

Open Letter to All Students of Life

Happiness lies in action , in showing up.
Be Thoughtful & Maintain a Bias for Action
Do hard work and smart work both as situation demands consistently
Navel gazing doesn’t  move mountains but produces qualitative thought
Reflection and Quiet time is necessary for creativity / innovation to occur
Question everything . Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Stay true to your friends
Connect with people from closely knit communities
Passion is the fuel to realize dreams
Talent is God given, Stay humble
Master your craft
Value & seek the company of wise folks
Love your parents & thy neighbor
Spot Comedy of errors. Comic relief is a must.
Learn to laugh at your mistakes but never repeat them
Develop A sense of humor to bear the cross
Remember fondly of folks who adore you
Make moments count, Be memorable
Take pride & interest in your career , no matter however humble or great.
You are the child of God meant to do stuff as you will
Being is enough
Read great literature and poetry
Gratitude is the best kept secret to healthy relationships & happy mind
Praise & appreciation works wonders. It makes 2 people happy -the giver & receiver
Stay curious , Stay hungry. Remain a student of Life.
Boss is always right & you are the boss of your Life 

Does Philosophy make us a better Leader ?


The richness of inner, rational beauty always spreads and deepens  ~ Nietzsche

An instant smile gleams through my face when I hear this bollywood song ” Philosophy ka craze hai, Kehti hai yeh ik phase hai ” as if LYRICS were written exclusively for me. ” 

At 35, in the quest for Truth and self discovery, to interrogate myself, my way of Living, answer questions about Morality, Free Will ,  I  discovered and took to reading deeper and original Philosophers eg Nietzsche, David Humes et al to be a different kind of person. Once you believe in Growth mindset ( Carol Dweck ) , you tend to believe you are not carved in stone and can evolve as you will. 
I believe PHILOSOPHY is utmost for an EXAMINED LIFE . 

An unexamined Life is not worth Living –  Socrates

Philosophy answers lots of big questions about LIFE & once you  gain further understanding you tend to develop an inner compass to sail through various situations in LIFE. 

Further Resources to explore for inner strength , beauty and to further deepen thought around Philosophy for Life.

1. Open Culture

1100 Free Online Courses from Top Universities. & collection of 120 Free Philosophy eBooks.

2 . Philosophy for Life  – Book  

3. Plato at the Googleplex – Why Philosophy won’t go away – Book by Rebecca Goldstein

4. On Strategy – What Managers can Learn from Philosophy ( Coursera MOOC ) 

5. How Philosophy makes you a better Leader – HBR article