The Tipping Points

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Its not end of the line

It's not end of the line

It’s that time of the year when we talk about our New Year resolutions and how the past year went by, in all probabilities pretty quickly. This post is not about all that; let’s just call this the ‘Tipping Points”.

I had interesting phone conversations yesterday. The first one was with Mom. I think this was the first time she ever discussed marriage with me.
“You are not going to be settled for a while, you know that”
“Yes, I know. What settlement are you referring to by the way?”
“Work and marriage”
“You know I can’t plan either! What about it by the way?”
“Do you have someone in mind?”
“I thought I did, but don’t think it will work out”
“If you don’t find someone, you tell me OK! I am really keen on finding someone; you can of course reject if you don’t like her!”
“Oh! Geez MOM! I’ll do the searching myself and I am only 25 years old and you just said I am not settled in anyway; and would be probably living like a pauper in Mumbai”
“Ok Ok. Don’t get upset; I just want to tell you that just because we don’t talk about it, we don’t think about it. We do”
For a reckless 25 year old, marriage is a funny institution. I do believe if the person is right I would step into it and go ahead with it. I don’t think one should plan life. Its most unpredictable, very much like I am. It’s got nothing to do with age, settling down at work.
I called my akka in the evening. Of all the things that are going on; and what would be coming up in the future she mentioned something about a portfolio career. Funny I use the word career since I decided to drop it off from my vocabulary. She explained it pretty well; when quits a regular job and gets into building oneself as a product. I am a sales guy; why not sell oneself? It’s a way of looking at your career based on different skills that you bring to the table instead of industry or jobs (the traditional route). And if you have more than one skill, dependency on a specific line of work is reduced. So you have a portfolio of services that you offer instead of having a uni-dimensional profile that suits a particular type of opportunities.
It’s a monumental shift in the way we look at the work we do. It reminded me of the last day at work when my ex-boss said “Saying it is one thing and doing it another! Wish you all the best Vineet”. Well, here it is: Cheers to a new beginning towards a portfolio career!
The last conversation I had was with Anupama. I had started packing and selling of things at home; and was feeling a bit low. It’s funny how the things you grew up with; need to be let go off eventually and somewhere down the line one has to move on. I was telling her about the tumbler I have had for the past 7 years and like drinking water from that. I bought it for 20 bucks in a shop in Bangalore. I sold off my car, my bike, the almirah I used and things that give you the comfort of being your own. It’s weird but things that have no life tend develop a soul of their own.
I am moving to Mumbai in less than a week to make a fresh start; without any New Year resolutions. I believe in HOPE and like it was said in Shawshank Redemption
“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies”
I hope to find that love and peace, the fun associated with work and joy of keeping memories and moving on and taking everything in its stride, because the best is yet to come and we have no clue what’s in store!

I had interesting phone conversations yesterday. The first one was with Mom. I think this was the first time she ever discussed marriage with me.

“You are not going to be settled for a while, you know that”

“Yes, I know. What settlement are you referring to by the way?”

“Work and marriage”

“You know I can’t plan either! What about it by the way?”

“Do you have someone in mind?”

“I thought I did, but don’t think it will work out”

“If you don’t find someone, you tell me OK! I am really keen on finding someone; you can of course reject if you don’t like her!”

“Oh! Geez MOM! I’ll do the searching myself and I am only 25 years old and you just said I am not settled in anyway; and would be probably living like a pauper in Mumbai”

“Ok Ok. Don’t get upset; I just want to tell you that just because we don’t talk about it, we don’t think about it. We do”

For a reckless 25 year old, marriage is a funny institution. I do believe if the person is right I would step into it and go ahead with it. I don’t think one should plan life. Its most unpredictable, very much like I am. It’s got nothing to do with age, settling down at work.

I called my Akka in the evening. Of all the things that are going on; and what would be coming up in the future she mentioned something about a portfolio career. Funny I use the word career since I decided to drop it off from my vocabulary. She explained it pretty well; when quits a regular job and gets into building oneself as a product. I am a sales guy; why not sell oneself? It’s a way of looking at your career based on different skills that you bring to the table instead of industry or jobs (the traditional route). And if you have more than one skill, dependency on a specific line of work is reduced. So you have a portfolio of services that you offer instead of having a uni-dimensional profile that suits a particular type of opportunities.

It’s a monumental shift in the way we look at the work we do. It reminded me of the last day at work when my ex-boss said “Saying it is one thing and doing it another! Wish you all the best Vineet”. Well, here it is: Cheers to a new beginning towards a portfolio career!

The last conversation I had was with Anupama. I had started packing and selling of things at home; and was feeling a bit low. It’s funny how the things you grew up with; need to be let go off eventually and somewhere down the line one has to move on. I was telling her about the tumbler I have had for the past 7 years and like drinking water from that. I bought it for 20 bucks in a shop in Bangalore. I sold off my car, my bike, the almirah I used and things that give you the comfort of being your own. It’s weird but things that have no life tend develop a soul of their own.

I am moving to Mumbai in less than a week to make a fresh start; without any New Year resolutions. I believe in HOPE and like it was said in Shawshank Redemption:

Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies

I hope to find that love and peace, the fun associated with work and joy of keeping memories and moving on and taking everything in its stride, because the best is yet to come and we have no clue what’s in store!

13 Responses to “The Tipping Points”

  1. RamNo Gravatar says:

    Very very well written Vinni… You will do rockingly well..

  2. BhavyaNo Gravatar says:

    Vinni,

    Very touching …
    I believe u and ur talent ….
    Don’t want to say much, just that I want to see u being a successful entrepreneur.
    All the best for the new beginning.

  3. VishalNo Gravatar says:

    Dude….u r an inspiration….seriously
    Don’t know if I would have been able to show such courage and conviction had I been in your shoes..
    All the best and God Bless

    I know you gonna rock

  4. VinniNo Gravatar says:

    @Ram: Thanks! I was pretty happy with it too!
    @Bhavya: Believe me, you are like the guardian angel around me! :)
    @Vishal: There is always a time. I was always the impatient bugger. I am sure you will too eventually take the leap; and get out of the corporate rut!
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  5. hey, all the best dude… i hope u make it….

  6. SumukhNo Gravatar says:

    All the best boy!

    Keep making us proud! I keep telling everyone about you these days. :)

  7. shaifaliNo Gravatar says:

    :)
    hope is an awesome thing! it keeps you afloat no matter what
    have a happy new year..without a plan
    so much better that ways

  8. KetanNo Gravatar says:

    Best of Luck Dude!

  9. VinniNo Gravatar says:

    @Sachin: Thanks man!
    @Sumukh: :) Thanks for all the support sir!
    @Fali: And yeah, the sunrise was brilliant to start the new year!
    @Ketan: Cheers to that!
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  10. MohitNo Gravatar says:

    Best of luck vineet…..sure u will rock….

  11. Anish K.SNo Gravatar says:

    Nice post, well written, thanks

  12. VinniNo Gravatar says:

    @Anish! Thanks!
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