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 Knowledge has, even more so, been replaced by the now ever so pervasive nomenclature, “content”.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 firstname.lastname@example.org