Childhood stories have a habit of lingering in your own mind… As I write this blog a story I read as a child comes to my mind…

Once upon a time there was a merchant who used to travel long distances alone for his trade. He used to wander across the places, meet people and carry out his business. His expertise was not only his trade but his travels across the country had given him a wisdom to assess people with his intuition. In one of those trips, he started walking back home after concluding his trade. He was walking alone and with quite a handsome sum of money in his purse. As he started walking, a stranger approached him and asked him if he could walk with him as he was also going in the same direction. The stranger was polite and well-mannered but in reality a petty thief. Merchant accepted the proposal but his intuition gave him an alarm. Each night as they rested in some temple or a lodge, the thief would wake up and search the belongings of the merchant. He never got any money. As the journey came to an end, Merchant said, “Well, my friend thank you for your company and safeguarding my money every night.” Looking at the perplexed expression, the merchant explained. “I used to keep my purse under your pillow every night as I was sure that is one place you will never search.” The merchant smiled with the twinkle in his eyes and said goodbye…

Well, the merchant was so right in his understanding of human psychology. Whatever we are seeking is always with us but we never explore it. My years of experience in corporate world taught me one thing – “It’s up to you how complex you want to make the problem and how far you want to look away”. Many a times we confuse introspection with “ostrich syndrome – Head buried in sand”. Introspection and reflection does not mean being ignorant of the outside world. It just means that while outside world may give you lots of inputs, interpretation has to be your own. Always trust your intuition after assimilating all “facts”, “Figures” and “benchmarking data”. Your solution is always with you, provided you trust yourself.

As I write these posts on unlocking human capital, I will be writing lots of stories including some of my own “Aha” as well as “stupid me” moments of realization… Reason for writing stories and anecdotes is two-fold: First, I believe in keeping things simple as well as enjoyable – fun is never frivolous; Second, I have a deep faith in reflective abilities of the readers – who will hopefully enjoy reading these anecdotes and may reflect on some of their own stories. Finally unlocking human potential is all about unlocking your own stories and learning from them – happy reading!