For years, I’ve been grappling with the question of how professionals in an increasingly noisy and frenetic world can ensure their expertise is recognized. In the course of researching for my book (yes, I'm writing a book), I have looked up to more than 50 top thought leaders across a variety of different fields to elicit best practices and commonalities. I found plenty of useful techniques, from cultivating a trusted wingman to help promote you to others, to identify commonalities with the people you’re seeking to influence so they’ll be more receptive to your message. As I came to realize, though, there are three foundational elements to getting your ideas understood and appreciated, elements that underlie everything else. These are social proof, which gives people a reason to listen to you; content creation, which allows them to evaluate the quality of your ideas; and your network, which allows your ideas to spread. Without at least two of these, though ideally, you have all three, it’s structurally almost impossible for your message to breakthrough. Understanding that dynamic can help talented professionals, who may be prone to focusing their energy on the techniques that come most easily to them, know where to apply their efforts in order to ensure their true value is recognized.
For the past four days, I've started sharing writing prompts over my Instagram handle, Aishwarya Shah, on the topic of - strength during uncertain times. At least that's what I think I'll stick to for the next couple of days. Anyway, I don't know how many days these writing prompts might last, but its always good to write. Writing acts as an instant mood-lifting tool. Writing is therapeutic. And for that reason, for those of you who still don't follow my Instagram, I'm sharing these two poems here so that it may help you in taking control and being in charge of your life. In some way or the other. Mental Health is important inside and outside of work. Professionally as well as personally. Here are all the four writing prompts+poems that might help in taking control of your life. And do read till the end. There’s an announcement.
Laughter is a wonderful way to release stagnant, heavy, negative energy. I’ve collected funny inspirational quotes just for you. No matter what you have been feeling lately, these fun quirky quotes will make you chuckle and might just inspire your life in a positive way. Our time on Earth is never long enough, so why not enjoy it?! There are times when we lose sight of what’s most important, and these quotes about having fun and enjoying your life will remind you of it. In case you forgot, life is better when you take time to let loose and kick back. That means it’s okay to let your hair down every once in a while—no excuses! Also, I'd like to know, when you think of fun, what comes to mind? Mention in the comments below! I mean sure, inspirational quotes are required in life to give you that push you need. But life's boring without fun, right? As it's rightly said - laughter is the best medicine. But if you're laughing without any reason, you need medicine. You see what I did there? Anyway, that's exactly the reason why funny quotes work in parallel with inspirational quotes. And do read till the end. There's an announcement.
A little side note - I know I'm a little late for World Book Day, and I just realized a few hours ago that I've never written anything about books, writing, or publishing even though I preach about it across my entire blog!!! Whooosh...I know it's crazy. So today, here I am creating an entire category dedicated to the same. You'll hear a lot more from me on this - tips, the who's, why's and how's, book recommendations and reviews, and all the important details. And hey! Happy World Book Day! Six months ago, I found myself drowning in a flood of easy information. The internet—and all the lovely things on it, things like Wikipedia, Twitter, podcasts, the New Yorker, email, TED Talks, Facebook, Youtube, Buzzfeed occasionally, and yes, even the World News—provide unlimited sources of delight at the touch of a finger. The delight, indeed, abounds. But it’s not always delightful. It comes with some suffering too. I was distracted when at work, distracted when with family and friends, constantly tired, irritable, and always swimming against a wash of ambient stress induced by my constant itch for digital information. My stress had an electronic feel to it, as if it was made up of the very bits and bytes on my screens. And I was exhausted.
A little goodwill goes a long way to impact not just the life of an individual, but also that of the community, nation and the entire world! Of all the investments I have made in life, the only one that keeps coming back to me manifold is that of goodwill and kindness. An innate sense of courtesy and kindness has always been appreciated and remembered by people for years to come. And, it has invariably come back to me in some form or the other. If I were to ask anyone to believe just one thing with their eyes closed, then this is it – goodwill is the only guarantee that holds you in good stead all through life!