Art of Living is Art of Giving

Art of Living is Art of Giving

In today’s Digital Age, the world, as we know it, genuflects to the all-seeing eye of Google. With countless brands, portals and online enterprises racing for our attention, seeking knowledge and information is only a click away. Knowledge has, even more so, been replaced by the now ever so pervasive nomenclature, “content”. We are all consuming, selling and breathing content that is not only insular and but also homogeneous in nature. And as we scroll through our phones and lives for content, the potent question that emerges is – have we forgotten to share wisdom?

Two thumbprints and human minds can never be alike. Each person has his own way of thinking, deducing, perceiving things. The cognitive capacity and nature of a person also differs – some people have a scientific approach, some more artistic, some critical and so on. While some credentials may be stated, wisdom is intangible. Wisdom entails experiences, emotions, hardships, goodwill, reflections, art and enlightenment that cannot be taught but only shared, felt, sensed and imbibed. In a pandemonium of globalisation, young professionals and millennials often tend to overlook or undervalue the importance of cultivating and engaging personal wisdom. Every person’s wisdom is unique to him/her. Inculcating a culture of sharing wisdom is intrinsic to not only self-discovery but also towards building a self-sustainable community.

The world today, seems no less than an Edward Hopper painting – a bleak imagery of urban loneliness. While personal and social growth are on the anvil, it is human contact and a coherent community that will be the agents of social change. It is important to develop a healthy ecosystem that is not merely a soapbox for personal opinions, but a cohesive community that thrives on uplifting and inspiring each other.

I met Jaison Jose for the first time in the year 2002 at a rock concert. I was then, managing a band called Sceptre and he was promoting Marshal Amps. Our common love for music was the icebreaker that led to a hearty conversation and eventually paved the way for a great friendship. I introduced him to some of my friends, who I felt, would help him to foster his business endeavours in Public Relations. Few years later, our association grew into a professional one when he offered me the opportunity to work with his company. Jaison was one of the investors when I founded Nodd, and two years thereon, his company had done a business of nearly Rs.10 crores from Nodd’s network. What once started off as a conversation by chance, turned into an association of “go-giving”.

Community-building is often associated with charity, that I think, is a rather simplistic connotation. I see charity as a unilateral system with tentative outcomes. Instead, a “go-giving” community is one that harvests a sustainable culture, based on empowerment, rather than dependence. It percolates a sense of belonging, trust, familiarity and oneness amongst people that is crucial for original thought and new perspective. But most importantly, it creates a community of empaths.

Growing up, I have always been sensitive towards my surroundings and done my best to make a difference in people’s lives. I have been warned many times by friends and family to “not help too much” or I will “be taken advantage of”. I never paid heed to these warnings and in fact Bob Burg’s book, “The Go-Giver” proved to be the alibi that rested my case. Empathy, I believe, is inherent in our collective conscious. A community that rewards consumers creates “Go-Getters”, but a community that rewards empaths creates “Go-Givers”.

With David Viscott’s famous quote, I take a curtain call on my first blog –

“The purpose of Life is to find your Gift. The meaning of Life is to give it away.”

About the Author: Shubham Rai, Founder & CEO, started Nodd with the benevolent quest for creating a forum that enables bright and ambitious minds to share knowledge, grow and evolve together. He can be reached at shubham@noddapp.com

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9 thoughts on “Art of Living is Art of Giving

  1. I was truly surprised at exactly how sincerely Shubham walks the talk. After having joined Nodd thanks to an invitation from Shrutin Sherry, I kept marvelling at how helpful, proactive and just so damn nice his team was! Within days of becoming a member of the network, I was awed by the speed with which I was being introduced personally, checked in on by key members, invited to an ATOM and encouraged to do an AMA.
    I’m personally struggling with my propensity for community building with my struggle to be financially stable and am literally recovering from last night’s emotionally wrenching experience of conducting what I have decided will be my final XChange Thursdays event, which I started in September as a Community building platform for social justice activists of all kinds. It was a brilliantly successful event in that it ended with birthing so many conversations and connections between ChangeMakers in different spaces all working towards the same goal…to get people geared to consuming and growing organic food themselves. NODD member Sameer Agarwal of FoodRoof.in was one of the speakers I invited and he rocked the joint!
    But the fact that I have been doing this single handed for these 8 months has been draining my resources and I’m finally closing this chapter to focus on making progress with my own stuff. But this article hits the spot and couldn’t have had better timing. This time though, I’m not surprised, because so much of my experience with NODD has revolved around deep personal resonance.
    Thank you Shubham for starting NODD, for being the ‘good kinda crazy’ needed to propel something like this and for kicking off this blog with a thought-provoking and inspiring message.

  2. Amazing… You epitomize go giving and I can endorse that as a beneficiary, really inspiring for me. Hope if everyone can follow that, the world will be a lot nicer place. I hope I can do my bit

  3. Well put Shubham. Thanks for sharing.

    ‘wise’ – to me it means data coming from failure.

    Health, wealth, fillfilment & love – makes up a good life. But data can ruin that. Many of us aren’t listening to our feelings because we’re driven by a purpose.

    And you can only learn the Gita by pausing time – that one thing that none of us really understand. It took out Einstein and Gallelio !!

    Every painter must step back to see the picture.

    Wisdom lies inside us – find your bliss and follow it. Do what it takes.

    And here lies a pack leaders’s pain – do you follow your bliss and smile all day?

    or

    do you cry and run right through enemy fire ( or any other Higgs field) and hope to come out the other side unscathed?

    Cause there’s really no way to do both is there?

    But wars must be won. And as the great general said – if you want peace – prepare for war.

  4. Well put Shubham. Thanks for sharing.

    ‘wise’ – to me it means data coming from failure.

    Health, wealth, fillfilment & love – makes up a good life. But data can ruin that. Many of us aren’t listening to our feelings because we’re driven by a purpose.

    And you can only learn the Gita by pausing time – that one thing that none of us really understand. It took out Einstein and Gallelio !!

    Every painter must step back to see the picture.

    Wisdom lies inside us – find your bliss and follow it. Do what it takes.

    And here lies a pack leaders’s pain – do you follow your bliss and smile all day?

    or

    do you cry and run right through enemy fire ( or any other Higgs field) and hope to come out the other side unscathed?

    Cause there’s really no way to do both is there?

    But wars must be won. And as the great general said – if you want peace – prepare for war

  5. Nice article and Shubham truly lives what he is saying here. I personally benefited a lot from NODD and continue to.

  6. Shubham, let me just use this opportunity to do what we as members of the NODD community don’t do enough, considering the value you and your team have created for all of us over the years: Thank You!

    I think in my case, this community was probably the first time I saw “Managed Networking” done right in India. As somebody who had to shut shop on my first venture owing to lack of investment, I gradually came to comprehend that all the things a business depends on, tracks or aims for are fundamentally drive by outreach and interpersonal integrity.

    Secondly, but more importantly, I must say that I was a quintessential case of ‘quick-to-judge-others-hence-losing-out-on-key-insights-and-help’ type person, which is one of the stereotypical tragedies of the still nascent Indian startup ecosystem. On these and many more points, NODD has been the oracle for helping me change my beliefs and be a more open, empathetic and mature person personally as well as professionally. I can also vouch the same for tens of amazingly talented and hardworking people I have met through NODD, a surprisingly high proportion of which are current / potential collaborators of mine.

    As with most other things, such epiphanies and the resulting betterment in awareness of self and surroundings is still a work in progress for me. I wish NODD the best of luck, and hope that you and your team will keep being the source of support and positive nudges in this journey. You guys are the beer, scotch and tequila for all of us! #MoveOverPitchers

    P.S. – To complement such a long post, I must be honest enough to confess that it’s time I host an ATOM. Let’s do it!

  7. What a terrific, wisdom-filled article with wonderful teaching, Shubham. And thank you for your very kind mention of John David Mann’s and my book. I’m deeply honoured!

    1. Thank you so much for taking out the time to read the piece. You’ve been an inspiration to me and everyone here at Nodd. We are truly humbled and honoured.

      Regards,
      Shubham

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