Authors Bharat and Savita Wakhlu on how to achieve success and be happy in life
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Authors Bharat and Savita Wakhlu on how to achieve success and be happy in life

Authors Bharat and Savita Wakhlu speak to HT on their book ‘Navigating the Maze- Simple, Smarter Strategies to Fast-track Success’

pune Updated: Sep 23, 2017 16:42 IST
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Authors Bharat and Savita Wakhlu.(HT PHOTO)

Authors Bharat and Savita Wakhlu speak to Hindustan Times about their book ‘Navigating the Maze - Simple, Smarter Strategies to Fast-track Success’ . The authors will conduct an interactive session at Sumant Moolgaokar Auditorium, MCCIA Trade Tower, ICC Complex, SB Road on Saturday, 10:30am to 1pm.

What is your core approach to achieving success and happiness in life?
Our core approach to achieving success and happiness has three parts; firstly, we need to realise that it is our emotions and feelings - deep in our interiority – that endow us with a sense of well-being and inner satisfaction that is always associated with true success. Secondly, by working on our thoughts, we can choose how we feel in any situation. However difficult or complex things might be outwardly, we can still choose to determine the way we think, and therefore feel, about whatever may be happening on the outside. And thirdly, success is a very ‘personal space’. We therefore need to choose how this space will ‘look and feel’ to us, based on what’s important to us, what we are passionate about and enjoy doing, rather than going with the herd or doing what others suggest.

What are the power skills and competencies that today’s professionals need to succeed at the workplace?
Today’s professionals need three core capabilities to succeed, not just at work, but even as they traverse through diverse roles in life. These are; self-mastery, which has to do with the way we see ourselves, being mindful, and making appropriate choices at all times; interpersonal excellence, and the collaborative manner in which we engage and communicate with others to forge lasting, effective and harmonious relationships, and finally, setting goals and performing to achieve extraordinary results. Specific skills and competencies that are needed emerge from these three broad areas.

Your book is titled ‘Navigating the Maze’. What exactly is the maze?
The title of our book is a trick title. Imagine a set of people who are all wearing kaleidoscope glasses. They are then asked to walk on a straight road. Because all of them are perceiving reality through their own filters, they will think that even the straight road is a curvy one and full of coloured obstacles. They might even get angry and fight with one another asserting that their ‘colour’ for a specific ‘obstacle’ is the right one. Because the people are all wearing ‘reality-distorting’ glasses, even something that is simple, would look like a tough maze to traverse and navigate.

What are some of the biggest mistakes that some of today’s professionals make in their work-life?
We think that one of the biggest mistakes that many professionals make is to think of success only in terms of money. Money is not seen as a means to an end; instead, the hoarding of money is seen as a goal in itself. In the process, such professionals ignore the most valuable things in the universe – the well-being of our planet, for instance. Even their own health is often neglected, as is the health and well-being of the people they work with. The mistake is to ignore life - which is truly the source of all that is valuable- and pursue a blinkered, distorted world-view that adversely affects us all.

What inspired you to write the book?
We wrote this book because we know that people everywhere are capable of much more than what is apparent currently. Both of us are committed to people – around the world - discovering their true potential, and living their lives productively, joyfully, and in peace and harmony, in whatever roles they might choose to pursue. Our work over the past three decades, both within corporate organisations and within communities, has been oriented towards this.

First Published: Sep 23, 2017 16:40 IST