Each era has a few buzz words. They capture the spirit of the times and define the focus which seems to determine the behaviour pattern. The buzz word of the current times can be several. Amongst the more common ones would be talent, technology, agility, new era, identity, relationships, developing self, waiting for one’s time to come and the list can go on.
Many of these words show an aspirational mindset. They display a pervasive need to realise oneself and to make a contribution to what one considers important. If one can do it in one’s context, nothing like it; else one seeks a context where one can realise one’s best self.
If one can aspire, realise and achieve in one’s own context one seeks relationships in that environment and often it takes the shape of identifying with local traits and projecting their greatness. Local heroes, local resources, local achievements are celebrated and one identifies with them. The context becomes important.
If however, one cannot achieve one’s best self in the environment in which one was born, one tends to migrate. One moves away from the context of one’s origin and seeks realisation in another context, almost any context where one’s talent can blossom and express oneself. This leads to the process of migration. Often pursued by the capable who could not achieve in the context in which they were born, migration provides the answer. The direction and location of migration cannot always be programmed but very often the opportunity which one can generate or visualise in another context leads to migration.
Between these two arenas, the local and the migratory, talent defines success.
The buzz words therefore have their origin in the way talent sees the situation. Talent can be intrinsic and or extrinsic. If it is intrinsic,it is easier to nurture. In that case, development of talent is organic and it is rooted in the personality. Extrinsic talent is ‘acquired’ through learning and a combination of one’s innate ability with inputs triggered by learning.
That may be a moot point. The important thing is that in the emerging era, both identity and relationships are defined and understood with reference to developing oneself.
‘Developing oneself’ can be a tricky affair if it does not integrate with the requirements of livelihood. Thus, it is that while there is an internal urge and trajectory there is also the external pressure of ‘a requirement’. The external requirement is often in the shape of‘an opportunity’. The internal urge manifests itself is a pursuit.
Dr. Vinayshil Gautam - Internationally acclaimed management expert. Chairman, DKIF