Living or Surviving?

I have asked myself this question from an individual and and organizational perspective – Am I Living or Surviving? If I were living, I would be able to enjoy every moment of the wondrous life around me. But no, I am spending most of my time in anxiety, both of the past and future. Living is in the present, being there and acting out my Vision and Passion. It is not hallucinating or hyper-ventilating!!!

I am a great fan of Fareed Zakaria and he does not disappoint me in his Newsweek article titled “Is America Losing its Mojo?”( He sums up his analysis beautifully as always with a poignant observation -“Like a star that still looks bright in the farthest reaches of the universe but has burned out at the core, America’s reputation is stronger than the hard data warrant.” The important question to address from a national, organizational and / or  individual perspective is; what is the point of departure; is it from the past to the present or from the present to the future? It is not only America that needs to find out whether it is losing its Mojo but also the developing nations “whether they have a Mojo at all”? This includes China, India, Brazil and others who are touted as this new leaders of innovation. Because, one must not forget that even though it was the immigrant population who catalyzed the culture of Innovation in America (if there is a doubt, just look at the list of innovators in the past 10 decades from the US), it is the free, liberal and respecting society of the USA that made it possible for innovation to succeed.

The purpose of this blog posting is not just to discuss the Newsweek article, but to resonate the question about “Living or Surviving” in the ecosystem. Do we want to survive from one wave to another, from one depression to another recession, or do we learn to live and ride the waves that allows societies, corporations and individuals to thrive and succeed continuously without dysfunction and despair?

The answer to the above question can only reached by reaching inwards. No amount of cosmetic make-up will cure the deep ills that we have descended to. A few leaders must emerge, be it in the government, corporations, societies and families who will have that ability to guide people to a new socio – economic world order that draws its strength from addressing cause and transformation rather than just symptoms and incremental change. This will be the first step towards setting on a path of growth and progress as a leader. Clearly, it is not for all as it requires immense strength of character to  undertake an initiative of this proportion. But there is the guarantee of leadership and eminence for those who will have the courage of conviction to act on this discovery.

Let us discover how we “consume” whether it is to sharpen our senses and the perception of the impressions / images transmitted by those senses. It does not take too much to understand that Impressions and Images lend themselves to cosmetic changes and perceptions relate to a more cosmic ecosystem. The fork in the road is clear, it is just that the journey has to continue.

About Subbu Iyer

Subbu Iyer is an Innovation & Transformation Leader as with 28 years of serving customers globally. He is currently the Chief Designer & Transformer at Energizing Innovation, an enterprise that is being founded to facilitate continuous growth in enterprises and as a consequence create societal wealth. The Radical Shift that this enterprise intends to employ is focusing on the Potential rather than the Performance of a business. He has been a serial entrepreneur and an intrapreneur in his past life, having founded Nihilent Technologies and Nandaki Systems besides being associated in senior leadership roles with firms such as Coopers & Lybrand, Cambridge Technology Partners, Tata Consultancy Services, Wipro Technologies and Steria.
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