Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Let Go

Let Go


The power to 'let go' is a very important for every human being. Especially in this age of ever changing lifestyles and priorities. At a philosophical level, it' s called "Vairagya" in Sanskrit.  Advancements in technologies like ICT have made it almost mandatory for people of this age to be able to 'let go'. To be able to 'let go' is now a skill and an ability, and an important one at that. 'Change or perish' is the need of the hour. Change from Windows XP to Windows Vista and then a shift to Windows 7 and finally Windows 8 is an excellent example of how the 'let go' principle has become a norm. Further, it is also being observed that companies are investing their time and energies in making people understand the importance of this principle, and they call it by different names like "re-skilling", "unlearning", "re-learning" and so on. This also holds true to conventions and beliefs of people, which are hard to "let go". In case you're not able to adapt you would need to sacrifice in many a cases.

The millennium kids (born post 2000) are an excellent example of a generation who are able to adapt fast and learn faster. From using the basic X-Box for gaming to using E3 Xbox, this generation seems to be in a stage of "Super Vairagya" where technology, relationships, thinking patterns, culinary preferences and even beliefs are fast changing, day to day and year to year. Though, this change cannot be attributed to one individual factor, media and communications have been a huge influence. We have a generation of people who are more expressive, confident, and ready to experiment. Testimony to this is the huge number of applicants for reality shows like Indian Idol, Splitsvilla and MTV  Roadies. 

The harder part though is to let go of beliefs and being able to accept rationality, especially when it clashes with your beliefs and values. The ability to understand that you are not "compromising"  your values but adapting to what is "right" should come in. This kind of a skill set could surely take you places, because this is the way next gen organizations would expect their employees to be!

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