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Friday, June 6, 2014

Mind Matters!

Tune your mind to Succeed   

I was recently reading a book – Mindset – The New Psychology of Success written by Carol Dweck, a renowned Psychologist, Stanford University.  I found it very interesting, as I could relate very well with what she has written and am making an attempt to share the summary of it, here.
Growth mindset…

Why brains and talent don’t bring success
How they can stand in the way of it
Why praising brains and talent doesn’t foster self-esteem and accomplishment, but jeopardizes them
How teaching a simple idea about the brain raises grades and productivity
What all great CEOs, parents, teachers, athletes know

Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference.

In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong.

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.

Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. It enhances relationships. When you read Mindset, you’ll see how.


The current generation grew up playing sports where scores and performance were downplayed because “everyone’s a winner.” And their report cards had more positives and / or, Stars. As a result, Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, PhD, calls them the “overpraised generation.” 

How to take Failure?

If you ask me, I would say there is nothing called Failure. I consider it as a “Feedback”.  After all, failure is ok, that is the best way to learn a good lesson, be grounded and succeed. 

A fixed mind-set is grounded in the belief that talent is genetic–you’re a born artist or numbers person, math genius, The fixed mind-set believes it’s entitled to success without much effort and regards failure as a personal affront. When things get tough, it’s quick to blame, withdraw, lie, and even avoid future challenge or risk.

Conversely, a growth mind-set assumes that no talent is entirely heaven-sent and that effort and learning make everything possible. Because the ego is not on the line as much, the growth mind-set sees failure as opportunity rather than insult. When challenged, it is quick to reassess, adjust, and try again. 

We are all born with growth mind-sets. (Otherwise, we wouldn’t be able to survive in the world.) But parents, coaches, and teachers often push us into fixed mind-sets by rewarding certain behaviors and misdirecting praise.  We should not get derailed by the word “Failure” there are many little things we can start doing today to guarantee that our kids, grandkids, and even we never get derailed by failure.

FOR KIDS In school 

When complimenting, never compliment a child by saying “You’re so smart” or “You picked that up so quickly.” Instead, praise the effort or strategy by saying “That was clever of you to take that approach” or “I’m proud of your persistence.” 

In sports 

If you find a great talent in an individual, instead of saying “You are natural or gifted” you can consider saying “Practice is really making you better.” Instead of inquiring “Did you win?” ask “Did you give your best effort?” Explains Dweck, “Talent isn’t passed down in the genes; it’s passed down in the mind-set.”

In making plans for the future 

Don’t just ask about Dreams / Goals; ask about the plan or strategies for reaching those goals.

When in frustration 

Don’t permit children to refer to themselves as losers, failures, stupid, or clumsy. “Never let failure progress from an action to an identity,” says Dweck. Likewise, don’t label your kids. Don’t say this one is the artist, and this one is the computer geek. Anyone can be anything.

When in doubt

If you encounter skepticism, ask the child to think of areas in which she once had low ability and now excels, or to recall a time when she saw someone learn something or improve in ways not thought possible.

FOR YOU At work 

Instead of letting salary, benefits, and status define job satisfaction, ask yourself if you’re still learning. If the answer is yes, then you’re fortunate to have a job that encourages a growth mind-set. View its challenges as opportunities rather than stress. If you’ve stopped learning, then consider looking either for new avenues of growth or for another job.

Varada Murthy K.S.
Founder - PFLA

Sunday, June 1, 2014

What is Good Education?

What is good education?    

We can say “A Good Education is defined as acquiring skills”.  There are many different ways to be educated and many subjects that can be studied. We define good education is one that teaches a student to think.  We can go on writing, but let us just think and ponder over this;
Isn’t it also means, nurturing the child to become:

A Good human being
A Good member of a family
A Good member of a Community
A Good citizen of a country
A Good Citizen of the world

Schools have a tremendous responsibility in shaping a bright future for children.
Many argue that today’s education is more focused on the material aspects of life.  If you closely look at, “A child is a spiritual being, human being and also a material being.

All the three realities need to be addressed, otherwise, education becomes imbalanced.  Formal Schooling plays a central role in defining human character.

Spirituality in School        

Why spirituality for children?  Spiritual understanding combined with reason expands a child’s ability to better perceive,and comprehend.

Understanding of spiritual and positive values provide individuals and societies with moral accountability and that is the basis of human Integrity.
A School Community can transform the lives of individuals, the family and society.

Varada Murthy K.S.
Founder - People First Leadership Academy

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Unleash your True potential!

Varada Murthy K.S
People First HR Consultants Pvt.Ltd.
Why Goal Setting is important for Students?     

Last month, when I was conducting a Goal Setting workshop for PU students at one of the Science Colleges in Bangalore, one of the questions we debated was “Why Goal Setting is important for students”?  I thought, let me just emphasise that and add more to it, keeping students’ examination and of course, their career ambitions in mind!

Firstly, why Goals?

We can arguably say that “All successful people are intensely goal oriented”. Ability to set GOALS and work towards it is the master skills of success.  Well, the great summary statement of all religions, philosophies, mataphysics, psychology and success is “You become what you think about most of the time”.
Clear Goals increase your confidence, develop your competence and of course, motivates you to achieve higher level of success.

As Victor Frankl, the founder of logotherapy puts it “the greatest need of human beings is for a sense of meaning and purpose of life.  Goals give you a sense of meaning and purpose in life.

Goals help you get what you want… as

Goals provide the sense of direction to you          
Goals add Passion and Energy in you
Goals help avoid Wasting Time
Goals help realise your potential

Why most People Don’t set Goals?

Although most people know the importance of setting goals, perhaps they don’t set goals because:

They don’t believe in Goals
They are ignorant
Fear of Failure / Embarrassment.

Let us take an example here… Let us compare the human mind with the land because the mind, like the land, doesn't care what you plant in it. It will return what you plant, but it doesn't care what you plant.

Now, let's say that the farmer has two seeds in his hand- one is a seed of corn, the other is nightshade, a deadly poison. He digs two little holes in the earth and he plants both seeds-one corn, the other nightshade. He covers up the holes, waters and takes care of the land...and what will happen? Invariably, the land will return what was planted.

Remember the land doesn't care. It will return poison in just as wonderful abundance as it will corn. So up come the two plants - one corn, one poison.

The human mind is far more fertile, far more incredible and mysterious than the land, but it works the same way. It doesn't care what we plant...success...or failure. A concrete, worthwhile goal...or confusion, misunderstanding, fear, anxiety and so on. But what we plant must return to us.

The human mind is the last great unexplored continent on earth. It contains riches beyond our wildest dreams. It will return anything we want to plant.

Dear Students, let me conclude by giving you one of my all time favourite quotes..

Once in a Nursery in Canada, outside the wall it was written “when is the best time to plant a tree?  It said, 25 years ago!  The next line said, the next best time to plant a tree is NOW!

You feel truly happy only when you are making progress step by step towards something that is important to you. Set a S.M.A.R.T Goal for yourself NOW and remember, achieving a bigger GOAL is always one step at a time!  Let it be your forthcoming Examination or a Life Goal, one step at a time.  Don’t leave it till the last minute!     Good Luck.

Do not lower your goals to the level of your abilities.
Instead raise your abilities to the height of your goals.    
                                    - Swami Vivekananda -

                  Varada Murthy
    CEO, People First HR Consultants Pvt. Ltd.