Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What does it mean to be supportive?

Everyone thinks it is the brave who take risks. That might be true for warriors and soldiers. But in everyday life everyone who lives the life they as they want is deemed a risk-taking individual. Have you ever thought why? We are often afraid to take steps that would bring us closer to our dream not because we fear the outcome but often because we fear what others will think of us.

Whether we like to admit it or not, conditioning and societal approval plays a big role in our decisions. We are all products of our upbringing and we cannot underestimate the importance of the support from our family and friends. When we are students we turn to our family who step up and tell us what would be a perfect match for us. As we slowly create our life in the world where job and material achievements form benchmarks, we need our friends to make us strong. So if you have a friend or a spouse or a family member who wants to venture out, never underestimate your role when it comes to supporting that person.

Chetan Bhagat
Vikramaditya Motwane

You hear of many writers and film makers and many other creative professionals who started working life with what are considered ‘normal’ jobs. Think Chetan Bhagat. Think John Abraham. Think Vikramaditya Motwane. Think of the many new film makers or writers who have waited to fulfil their dreams. In most cases, a supportive spouse or family is what kept these guys going. These are people who have made it known that they took a risk for something they loved. There are many more untold stories out there about such people who also went out on a limb, fighting conditioning and definitions of normal only to find a way to be happy.

One such person is Ajay Naik who went from being a programmer to a composer with the support of his family. Do you want to how he did it?

Picture courtesy:  Chetan Bhagat, Vikramaditya Motawane

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