This book is written to a formula. Author Virender Kapoor, whose credentials, singularly, are not convincingly described anywhere in all of 220 pages seeks to write a 'how to get rich fast' book but stands at a serious disadvantage because countless books, and now e-books, on this subject have been written over the last few dozen years and are already available in the market.
Not the sort to easily give up, presumably because he is charged with must-win adrenaline, Kapoor seeks his highway to success by astutely creating the catchy and tantalizingly suggestive new phrase 'Passion Quotient'. Readers are left to discover that the word 'passion' is used with no suggestive connotation.
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Without getting into details Kapoor defines the word 'passion' as doing what one loves to do. And then he asks the simple question: 'How does one find what one loves'? A thoroughbred marketer, he provides the answer in merely three predictable words: Read My Book! Passion Quotient, he says, is the ferocity with which you love to do something and you cannot explain why. In case you're still wondering what to do, Kapoor thunders: "This book talks about where passion chips in." therefore: Read My Book!
This reviewer is rather amazed at the alacrity with which the author states sweeping opinions that can be called nasty or ludicrous depending on one's point of view. Here are a few such pearls of wisdom chosen at random from amongst many strewn all over the book:
* University graduates (in India) are mostly not employable.
* We need people who can work and perform.
* Mistakes can be seen as experiments while experiments can be seen as mistakes.
* One should sharpen the passion axe, learn the tricks of the trade and develop business acumen that will really help in optimising the impact of one's passion.
* If you are overly passionate, you could go grossly wrong.
* At the end of the day you must be yourself.
By now, one expects the reader of this review to have imbibed the taste and flavour of this book!
Interestingly, Kapoor assures those who follow the conscience of passion that they needn't worry about making money. It will come. One must expect some monetary returns he reasons, because passion does not mean charity but if you do it for the love of it, you will never be disappointed with the money it would fetch you. Here the use of 'never' is particularly bold. In a way, Kapoor almost dons the garb of a guru.
An odd feature of the book is that while 'passion' is used countless times inasmuch as it refers to one's preferred and much-loved profession, job or business, Passion Quotient which, judging by the title page, is the basic subject matter of the book finds far fewer, less exhaustive mention. One memorable line portrays the intellectual growth of humankind over centuries from the primary, rough and tough Brawn Quotient (BQ), to Brain Quotient to quotients for Intelligence, Emotion and finally Passion. Intelligence being an easily understood and therefore most aimed-for factor, Intelligence Quotient (IQ) is widely understood and recognized. IQ has survived very long indeed despite unconfirmed stories about how Einstein had a low IQ of 160 vs Newton's 190.
It hasn't been accurately established that high IQ scorers are always geniuses. Today's interesting question, which Kapoor hasn't tackled, is whether PQ will stand the test of time. Our world's work and thought environments have never been as competitive as they are today. If most of us pursue vocations we love, will the collective 'ferocity' (Kapoor's word) of human effort create a prosperous and peaceful world? A final chapter theoretically analyzing PQ's pros and cons could have crowned this book, and a strong, credible defense of PQ would have cemented Kapoor's name as a contemporary applied psychologist.
(Sujoy Gupta is a business historian and corporate biographer)