‘The great prize in life is work worth doing’

Shri Gurcharan Das has classified three categories related to work, in his article ‘The great prize in life is work worth doing’ in his TOI blog dated 13-11-2011.

The first one wants to work but cannot find it. If the person is qualified or experienced or competent enough and finds not enough opportunities or even if he is not as qualified or experienced or competent but still finds not enough opportunities, the society is certainly ripe for a massive expression of discontent. This is being seen in several countries across all continents, may be for varying reasons.

The second one is the one who does not want to work. This category would come into existence and grow where the governments, in their genuine or false notions of idealism of welfare permit fermentation of easy ‘comfort zone’ for those who could and should work but can get way by not working because of such schemes. This constituency gets restless when their ‘comfort zone’ is curtailed or disturbed when the system attempts to address efficiency or effectiveness of the schemes.

The third one is those who work but do not value their work. This class comes up when the state has created unequal platform between employers and employees for permitting the interplay of what is judicious and fair working conditions vis-à-vis rewards of good work.

The Spoilt – anyone who gets what one wishes whether one deserves it or without putting in reasonable efforts – and the Spoiler – be it Governments or Parents or Society – both suffer, if not in the short term, then certainly in the long term.

The author has very aptly used the former American President Theodore Roosevelt’s quote “far and away the best prize that life offers is a chance to work hard at work worth doing,” as an apt warning signal for all stakeholders, particularly for the Spoilers .

He has posed a million-dollar question, too: how to find one’s passion, while working for making a living?

This is the poser for me to end this post and take up my own search for what my passion is and how shall I realize it?

One way to look at the issue is what Shri Chetan Bhagat has aptly said in his blog ‘Happy Diwali (and why I am still here)’ [http://www.chetanbhagat.com/blog/2011/10/24/happy-diwali-and-why-i-am-still-here/“.. be the ambassador of change in your own world. You don’t have to be a celebrity, authority or a powerful person to effect change. You just have to change yourself, and set an example for others. Slowly, people will see the right path.”


In July 2011, I opted to retire from my active career as a practicing management professional. In the 38 years that I pursued this career, I had opportunity to work in diverse capacities, in small-to-medium-to-large engineering companies. Whether I was setting up Greenfield projects or Brownfield projects, nurturing the new start-ups or accelerating the stabilized unit to a next phase growth, I had many more occasions to take the paths uncharted. The life then was so challenging! One of the biggest casualty in that phase was my disregards towards my hobbies - Be with The Family, Enjoy Music form Films of 1940s to mid-1970s period, write on whatever I liked to read, pursue amateur photography and indulge in solving the chess problems. So I commenced my Second Innings to focus on this area of my life as the primary occupation. At the end of four years, I am now quite a regular blogger. I have been able to build a few very strong pen-relationships. I maintain contact with 38-years of my First Innings as freelance trainer and process facilitator. And yet, The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.

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