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What they don’t teach you in B-Schools

Posted by Sathyamurthy www.sathyamurthy.com on September 18, 2008

You don’t have to study in B-Schools or turn to the B-School experts to know how to save your money, earn better returns and enjoy your life.

Good advice comes from people who have lived their life in a disciplined way and have followed simple but effective rules.

I was watching today on Television an interview of Mrs. Raja Sulochana one of the famous actresses of South Indian cinema who is now retired.

She said that she leads a happy life and is comfortable following what her father told. Here is what her father told her:

a) Set aside a per centage of your earnings for your old age. Think that you never earned it.

b) Set aside a per centage of your earnings for paying your taxes to Government. It is what you contribute to the society.

c) Then don’t think twice about spending the balance. Spend that amount to get the fullest happiness that you can afford with that money

Mrs. Raja Sulochana is not and her father was not B-School graduates. But, they seemed to know what is good and what is bad.

How simple and easy our life will be, if we followed these simple rules.


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Let this dream see the light of the day

Posted by Sathyamurthy www.sathyamurthy.com on September 14, 2008

Engineering student’s solution to power crisis

Invention: The windmill developed by K. Senthilkumar

SATHYAMANGALAM: Of the 400-plus computers at the Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, 20 are greener. They do not run on the conventional power the college gets. Powering the machines, instead, is a small windmill, put up by K. Senthilkumar, a second year engineering student.

The wind turbine is designed to run in winds blowing at three miles an hour. The regular ones operate at 23.5 miles per hour. “I wanted the windmill to run in low speeds, be small, compact and home-usable,” the budding engineer explains.

At a wind speed of three miles an hour, the turbine makes 60 rotations per minute, which is enough to generate around 850 watts. Greater the wind speed more is the power produced.

Mr. Senthilkumar, pursuing computer science and not mechanical or electrical engineering, says with the wind speed, all household electrical equipment, including a two-tonne air conditioner, compressor for drawing water and grinder, can be operated. “In my calculation, a household requires about 1,000 watts a day, which the windmill can easily provide. The excess power the windmill generates is sent to a battery with an eight-hour backup,” says the boy who pursues computer science and not mechanical or electrical engineering.

He says the windmill can be set atop any building and in open space as well, as it requires only 16 sq.ft. “It will work even in congested residential areas because it has been designed to operate at low wind speeds.”

Designing the windmill took him about a year and Rs. 75,000. “I got the idea at my farm, on seeing the water flowing out of a compressor. Initially it started as a water turbine and then became a wind turbine.”

He did it as part of an engineering competition.

Source: http://www.hindu.com/2008/09/14/stories/2008091454880600.htm

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If you serve you will never work

Posted by Sathyamurthy www.sathyamurthy.com on September 11, 2008

A Paradigm Shift

One evening a scholar was addressing the participants on the concept of work culture. One of the participants asked the following question:

“I am a senior manager of Materials Department and I joined an organization 25 years ago as an Engineer Trainee and over the last 25 years I have gone through every experience in the organization.

During the initial part of my career, the job was very challenging and interesting.

However, all those exciting days are gone since I do not find my work any more interesting because there is nothing new in my job. I am now feeling bored because I am doing a routine job.

However, Sir, I am living in the same house for over forty years, I am the son for the same parents for over forty five years, I am the father for the same children for the past ten years and the husband for the same lady for the past twenty years!

In these personal roles I do not feel bored Please tell me why I am bored of the routine in the office and not in the house?”

The response from Scholar was very interesting and convincing. He asked the executive the question:

“Please tell me for whom does your Mother cook ?”

The executive replied that obviously the mother cooks for others.

Then the Scholar said that the mother “Serves” others and because of this service mindedness, she is not feeling tired or bored. But in an office,we “Work” and not “Serve”. Anything we consider, as service will not make us feel bored. That is difference between Serving and Working.

He asked the executive to consider his work as service and not merely a work !! Whenever you put a larger context around your work and see a broader meaning for your work, you will take interest in your work and it will make a very big difference in your internal energy.

Attitude Matters !!!

If you think you are working for the organization you will get frustrated. If you feel you are doing a service you will find happiness. After all, doing what you like is freedom but liking what you do is happiness!

Victor Menezes, former CEO of Citibank in his final mail to Citibank staff worldwide said: “If you like what you do you will never work for a day in your life”.

Long ago (over 15 years back) one acquaintance told me this: “When you have something to do, never think that you “have to” do it. That is forcing yourself to do something and you will not be able to put in your 100% into that job. Always tune your mind to say “want to do it”. See the magic when “have to do” becomes “want to do”.

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