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Shut UP!

No no no! Don’t get me wrong. I ain’t being rude. Well, in one sense, I am. But in a good way. Bear with me and I’ll explain you what I mean.

I am a big believer of executing plans at this very moment. I mean – now! Because, well.. isn’t ‘now’ all that we have really? If you want to travel, go book a ticket now. Yes, that kind of execution. I don’t like putting off things for tomorrow. If you really want to reap rewards of something, you have to go through the reality that precedes the rewards.

I know you had some really awesome plans for 2013 in December last year. Didn’t you? If you say No, you are lying. We all had. Let’s take a minute and review the state of those plans today – a year later.

If you have done what you wanted to do, well you deserve a hug from Santa Claus this Christmas. And if he doesn’t come to hug you, tweet me once and I will come to hug you dressed as Santa. ;)

But, if you aren’t the one deserving a hug from Santa, let’s try to get it next year. What do you say?

So, as 2013 is about to get over, let’s decide this one thing – let’s ShutUP! No no, not just our mouths but our excuses too. At least for this year. Let’s shut up and get to doing things rather than just planning about them. We spent the whole of 2013 planning and thinking. We kept thinking, “I want to have that car” or “I want to have that house” or even nerds like me thought “I want to lose weight”.

Let’s stop making excuses and get to doing things. And I too will go out and join a gym now. Let’s stop “I want…” this year and instead do something so that we can sing “I did…” next year, the same time. And often, as you must be knowing, it doesn’t take much, just a start.

To get you a little more excited, Owlgrin is starting a campaign to push you to do something this year. After all a hug from Santa deserves some effort. With the ShutUP! campaign, let’s stop making excuses and start doing things. Let’s shut up the part of brain that is responsible for telling us to put things off till tomorrow. Let’s shut up our ears to the people who say that our plan isn’t possible. Let’s shut up the little frightened guy inside us that makes us weak when we are about to make big decisions.

Let’s shut up and start up! Let’s be doers this year.

And by ‘start up’, I mean to start doing things. It is not necessary for you to start a company to get a Santa Hug. Or, if you want to really start up, this year is good to fire your boss too.

And then probably you did something this year too. Maybe small, maybe big. And no matter how big or small, if you did something, the effort more often than not, does deserve a reward.

Because you weren’t one of those who kept talking. You ShutUP and you StartedUP. Perhaps it was starting taking up the guitar classes, perhaps it was finally getting that excursion into your schedule and going ahead with, or perhaps it was asking out the girl of your dreams. :)

Whatever it was, that you think you did this year and are thankful to yourself that for once you did shut the excuses and gave it a try, we want to hear from you! And… we’ll look forward to send you a reward, because know it or not, you have been an inspiration. :)  

All you have to do, is tell us how you ShutUP (the excuses and the talking) and StartedUp (with the real thing), as a comment on this Facebook update –

Three lucky commenters get free Tees, Mugs and more! Note that to qualify for winning the “Doer Goodies” you have to press the like button on our page so that we can stay in touch with you. :)

So comment here right away – and tell us your #ShutUpAndStartUp story! We look forward to hearing from you. :)

For what you’ll become

As a founder of a startup, I don’t have a dedicated hiring team to get the great people on team. And the biggest challenge in hiring someone is to gauge what they’ll become in future.

The ugly truth is, very few people are “perfect” to be hired  immediately (and those handful of people are already working at their dream place). But the bright side is that many of these “not-yet-perfect” people have potential to be “future-perfect” people.

Sometimes, people I meet/interview are exceptional – just perfect. They know everything to get the shit done. Meeting these people feels like meeting my soulmate – breeze blows, smile bursts out on face and everything looks so dreamy. It happens, no doubt, but not usually.

Most of times, I meet people, who aren’t perfect at that particular moment, but they show the signs of having an untapped potential and being one of the “asset” to the company. These people just want a perfect role and right opportunity.

How about giving Steve Jobs the role of baseball player? Or Sachin Tendulkar the role of singer?

Some people need the right opportunity and a right role to turn into asset from human. And as the guy who has the responsibility to build a perfect team to take Owlgrin forward, I need to analyse people and offer what role would suit them. I have had instances when someone who’ve applied for developer’s job was offered other roles like content writing, but they couldn’t take up that role as their parents thought, it wasn’t “worth doing”.

Also, I have met people who’ve done no-so-great work. But this doesn’t mean that they were not-so-great people. It’s just that they were given not-so-great opportunities. A lot of great people are stuck in not-so-great places – places, where just the money is good.

I love taking risks. Even with people. It feels great to pick out great people stuck in not-so-great places and give them opportunities to bloom.

There are only a few things that make me happier than seeing someone doing great work and being happy, which they couldn’t be at their previous place.