Memoir #1 — Memoir, From Professional to Pro & Steve Jobs

Date: 09 Jan,2017

I am highly impressed with a memoir, Shoe Dog by Phil Knight. I have just started reading it and completed 1962, 1963 & 1964. But I can visualize with clear details what he has written. He travels across time, space & ideas.
This has inspired me to create a daily Memoir.

This is the best Memoir, I have ever read & highly recommended to own a copy
(those who know me, they know I read a lot.)
I have realized that life is more fun, learning if you can reflect on it daily.

HENCE I HAVE DECIDED TO WRITE A DAILY MEMOIR.

Today’s date is an important date for world & for me as well.

For world, cause one of greatest mind of our time Steve Jobs, launched iPhone today.
For me, cause I was hired through campus placement in Bajaj Finserv by Sapan accompanied by Rahul & Madhuri. It laid foundation for my Professional career. 
I find it cool, finding something great & connecting it to your life, though it doesn’t change things but gives you sudden feeling of joy.

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This reminds of a story of my life of the same day, when I turned into Professional.
We have a ritual of celebrating such success. In Institute of Management Studies (IMS), Indore, we call this as ‘Kund Snan’ (Kund Bath).
People basically throw you, in a small tank size space & pour water with help of pipe & students across programs surround around you & three storey. And they praise and honour you with ‘IMS Clap’ , more like scout’s 3 claps yelling college name IMS..IMS…..IMS..

Blue shirt — Hired today (Me with spects & Ravi Sharma).
Rest 3 clockwise — Himanshu, Nikita & Nikky got placed earlier but dragged to this space
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I was kidding about praising & honour, it’s just way of torturing you with ice chilled water, and keep you standing there for 30 minutes.
But few people look up to you, get inspired & decide that they want to be in the same space like you. Few were enjoying this scene; close ones were proud of me while I was the only one thinking when I will be taken out of this.
Apart from this, people are so ruthless, that they used to throw other people who were placed prior to you as well.
I have had this sacred, scary, enchanting bath for 4 times apart from the original one.

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Best Part of the day

I just completed book ‘War of Art’ by Steven Pressfield.
It’s a dangerous book, like devil’s manual. Every page you turn & you will think,
‘Steven, How did you know about me? How you can even write such things?’
or, I wish somebody could have given this earlier to me?
It’s book filled with gems.
Somewhere in this book Steven says, Turning Pro is a choice.
I know, I want to make that decision of being Pro. This would be fun to be turn into Pro from Professional. This can turn into an arduous journey. I will keep posting on this journey.
As Lao Tzu say,

“A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.”

Quote that has been running in my mind for quite some time, and I have jotted few items where I think, I can practice this.

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic and power in it. Begin It Now- Goethe.”

This Memoir thing is result of this quote only. This people were touched by some divinity.

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I am happy, to connect these dots that few dates become so important in your life. They just make you feel proud and push you to take new, bold & adventurous decisions.
Ok Ok Ok….
I agree, that this is a good excuse for me to reorient myself for the goals, I have set for me.
Cause all 2017 is gonna be a great year planning fails in 2 weeks.