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My Students & Their Art of Living- Search for Solutions

Source | LinkedIn : By Devashish Das Gupta

As a teacher you love your students. At a postgraduate level you are dealing with adults. However does adulthood also mean mental maturity? What is the motivation for a young executive? When do you call life easy and when do you call life as tough? After putting in twenty four years today I feel disturbed after watching few incidents among my students in the past few years. Its well known that human behaviour is not rational but what will be the magnitude of irrationality is a big question. While working in the area of Consumer Behaviour I have come across some concepts which can be very relevant in this context. In this small piece I have tried to discuss this problem and some options which can be helpful. Since majority of my students come from the industry I feel that these solutions can also apply to the young executives.

We all are driven by Motivations. These motivations are driven by desires which can be materialistic as well as non-materialistic. In India as the child grows he learns to have these motivations based on the family upbringing and society. Gradually these learning shape career ambitions and aspirations. However here starts the conflict. Each human being is not designed mentally to enjoy corporate. Every individual is different and has a distinct personality. For everyone position in the company or money may not be the greatest motivators. But when I select a stream which is not my in sync with my heart it may mean frustrations in future. I had read somewhere that you need to fall in love with your work because then you stop working and start playing. But what work one will love is a question which we never delve into. We are driven by What will people say. In one of his addresses Osho said Duniya ka sabse bada rog, kya kahenge log. This means that the biggest disease on earth is the dilemma of what will people say. Once my decisions are influenced with this syndrome then I am bound to take decisions which are not in sync with my life goals. Here lies the first step to happiness in life: Always aim for anything and everything which enhances your own happiness index.

Second is our learning. A child looks at his parents and imbibes whatever he/she can. Young cricketers look at Tendulkar or Dhoni and try to emulate his shots. However when it comes to Art of Living from where does the learning come? Who should be the role model? Life is not only about achievement but also about relishing and admiring that achievement. Its also about gratitude. Its not only about dominating and getting whatever you want. Its also about adjusting, sharing and sacrifice. All of this has its own measure of happiness and pains. Today we all admire and sing paeans for Sachin Tendulkar. But, do we realise that one life completely dedicated himself for creating the worlds greatest batsman. That person is his elder brother Ajit Tendulkar. I think Ajit is a greater human being than Sachin. Sometimes in my Consumer Behaviour course I conduct a small exercise called What Makes you happy.

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