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Get to the Point

Posted by livin on May 3, 2010

I gave my third speech from the CC manual of Toastmasters today. Here’s a copy of the speech as-i-delivered-it. Hope you enjoy it:

Project 3: Security is a Myth

Sitting on a hefty profit of twenty thousand rupees with a smile on my face, a spring in my step & a touch of arrogance in my head, i left for a cup of tea & for the daily dosage of office gossip with my colleagues at 11:00 am. Over the tea, as i was boasting about my “fundamental” skills that how i can identify the intrinsic value of a company & it’s stock price i received a SMS from moneycontrol.com. Sensex down 10%, trading suspended for 1 hour. The tea cup in my hand slipped & fell to the ground taking along the pride in the heart & the smile on my face.

Mr. Toastmasters, ladies & Gentlemen,

In a matter of 15 minutes, my profit of 20 thousand bucks took a sharp U turn & there i was sitting on a hefty loss of 30 thousand bucks. Friends, in that moment of silence & grief, i realized, Security is a Myth & Safety an Illusion.

All our lives, we believe in the Mirage created by this world that we are secure. That nothing can happen to us. Still accidents happen & people die. Humans, as I have come to the conclusion, are most optimistic fools as was demonstrated by the financial crisis of 2008.

Or let’s take another example & step back a few years in the history. On 26th December 2004, the greatest earthquake in 40 years occurred in Indonesia. The earthquake generated a disastrous tsunami that caused destruction in 11 countries. By the end of the day more than 150,000 people were dead or missing and millions more were homeless. Who of those 1.5 lakh people in their wildest imagination would have thought that tomorrow will be the last day of their lives.

How many times I have read/heard this story. A person, in a good health goes to a doctor in the morning & in the evening discovers that he has a life threatening disease & his days are numbered. Eg: Lance Armstrong, Steve jobs, & even that Jennifer in Eric Segal’s famous novel “Love story”.

Still, we live with a frown on our face & sadness in our hearts. We fight with our neighbours & get irritated by the smallest of provocations. We tightly guard our homes, our jobs, our families, our “stuff” forgetting that all this is nothing but an illusion.

We take unusual kind of risks. We drive like Michael S, beating the speed limits, crossing the traffic signals, believing that nothing will happen to us. However, We never take the risk of following our heart. We always wanted to do something different. May be start a restaurant, or be a part of a NGO or follow our passionate hobby of being a fashion photographer. But we never took that risk fearing the outcome but forgetting that Security is nothing but a Myth.

We have all heard Steve Jobs telling us many times & I quote  “”””You’ve got to find what you love. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.””””

Friends, things happen in split second. Never wait for the “right” time, “right” opportunity to knock on the door. Because your time is NOW. It’s NOW or Never. It’s your life, Make it large.

Remember: A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.

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