Thursday, 7 April 2016

Does your Spirit Cross Boundaries?

If it does then, you are one of the premium members of exclusive club of movers and shakers. All those captains of industry and commerce today emerged because at one point they decided to push up the boundaries in their studies and work. Storming the norm is the hall mark of successful entrepreneurs. A word of caution: you have to learn about testing the boundaries:
Boundaries are there staring at you at every moment of your life. Some of them are mandated by law and morality, others are dictated by ethics and etiquette. Codes of discipline prevails in professions, so are the norms of society that abhor taboos. We feel at least, our thoughts are free of these restrictions. However, some monotheistic philosophies consider even the thought of having alternate super power as sacrilegious. May be that is why most of those who challenged boundaries are atheists.
Undoubtedly, every person has some urge to break out from the barriers. Consciously or unconsciously we all are influenced by what Jalaluddin Rumy wrote centuries ago: “I am neither of East nor of the West; no boundary exists within my breast”.  Science and technology is the proof of the pudding for those who venture out innovating, re-learning and re-engineering. They had one thing in common: a spirit that urged them to do so against all the odds in the form of challenges and threats from society at large and the industry to which they belong in particular. Their experience can be summarised below:
1.         Know the present boundary, its scope and details
2.         Assess what they can do best and what they cannot do best
3.         Understand the border line between reality and fantasy
4.        Convince that whatever done in pushing up the boundary is not illegal
5.         Push the boundary away, driven by dream and dedication
6.         Be ready to put up with opposition from every quarter
7.         Implement the new idea, item or action passionately
8.         Whether it is success or failure never give up
You can find out whether you have a spirit that can cross the boundaries, it is easily done by preparing a cosmic analysis of your body, mind and spirit. Once you know how your spirit operates you can cross the boundary successfully.

Muthu Ashraff
Cosmic Adviser
Mobile:   +94 777 265677

Monday, 4 April 2016

Are You Fox or Hedgehog?

A Greek parable says that the fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing. I have penned down features of fox as well as hedgehog. Check where you fit in:
1.    A generalist, who knows many things, not necessarily in depth, drawn from variety of ideas and experience
2.     Collect lot of info related to the purpose from outside and do a complex analysis of all these to identify choices or alternatives
3.     Always look for a broader pattern and picture and search for the best plan or strategy that can succeed
4.     Pursue after many ideas or things so that even if one fails the other one can succeed
5.     Do everything in a nonchalant manner
6.     More concerned about position, market-share and turnover.
1.     A specialist who knows one thing so well
2.     Collect quite a few info relevant to the purpose from outside and inside and do a simple spot analysis to arrive at the choice
3.     Always go for a narrow pattern and picture and perch on plan or strategy that one can do best
4.     Simple yet defining mission to work on, for greater success
5.     Do everything passionately
6.     More concerned about survival, cash-flow and profitability.
Depending on the type of career or business you are in you can be either fox or hedgehog. The brass fact is that sometimes combining features of both can make a big impact. In any case, you would better do a cosmic analysis of your body, mind and spirit to assess whether you should follow either fox or hedgehog or decide to don the skins of both.
Keep talking!               
Muthu Ashraff
Cosmic Adviser
Mobile:   +94 777 265677

Monday, 28 March 2016

Are you a Ladder Holder?

A ladder holder is a person who advices and assists ladder climbers to go higher in life, career and business. Other than getting the satisfaction of seeing people through to their achieving goals and ends successfully, ladder holder is left with nothing for himself in terms of material wealth. Check the following cosmic analysis of ladder holder to see whether you fit in:
Ladder holders are often communicative people with a high felicity in written and spoken word. They give clear advice, concise instruction and useful hints. All these they do in simple yet in persuasive language with illustrations if needed. At times they can crack jokes pregnant with deep meaning. Rarely do they become angry or annoyed with ladder climbers. When that happens, they make it just a temporary one and are back in form as usual.
An important feature of ladder holders is that they can easily sync body, mind and spirit. This helps them to be visionaries and at the same time imbue upon climbers the sense of practicality. They do this urging ladder climbers to have larger than life goals. They often say “Aim at the stars so that you can reach the Moon”.
Ladder holders are good at blending strategy with tactics and follow your moves on every rung you step on. At any time you falter or lose balance or keep the wrong foot they come with a snappy remark to keep you on track. As proven guides they have their eyes on everything and often give summary advice so that climbers are well focussed.
A smiling and pleasant countenance is the hall mark of any ladder holder. You can spot them easily in a meeting or in an audience with facial features that invite you to look at them and in turn they are ever so willing to listen to you and encourage you to talk about you, your life and goals. They are friendly, helpful and often express their willingness to help you sort out your issues.
Ladder holders are plenty amongst academic staff and in service oriented industries. Style & fashion, music & theatre, life & entertainment, clothing & apparels are key industries where you can bump into ladder holders.  Sports is another area where you spot them. High-risk career such as airline pilot and business like trading & investment in stocks & shares are full of ladder holders.
Muthu Ashraff
Cosmic Adviser
Mobile:   +94 777 265677

Friday, 25 March 2016

How to piggyback effectively?

In life, career and business you have to develop skills in using the hallowed strategy of piggybacking so that you can reach your objectives. This note explores the examples of piggybacking and what you need to use it effectively.
Defining piggybacking is very simple: judicious use of someone else or something else to make a gain without damaging the other. To put it bluntly it is to ride on somebody’s back without hurting him or her. When you do this and the result is gain for you and loss for the person who carried you on his back, then it is not piggybacking but deemed as abusing of privileges.
Examples of piggybacking galore in personal life as well as career or business life. A key example in personal piggybacking is to use another person’s credential in gaining favours such as obtaining credit card or entrance to prestigious clubs. Day to day examples include getting your friend or neighbour to recommend you to a person in government or authority to get some approval. In sum using others’ connection for non-harmful purposes is very common.
In career piggybacking occurs when a fairly weak performer is attached to a department headed by a high performing boss. Under his feathers the weakling gets salary rises and career growth where the performance is assessed as that of a team.  Secondly, using the boss as piggyback, a below average worker can get plums and rewards for being loyal subordinate.
Today piggyback marketing is in the vogue. Whether you are in high-end or mid-road or discount product lines you can use either of the two proven strategies of piggybacking. One is to open a store in a supermarket or mall for your product in close proximity of famous store that sells same product, a branded one to foot. This attracts huge traffic of likely buyers who wish the same product in affordable price. Another strategy is for you to scout for a branded product store that sells items somewhat related to your own product.  For example, you are selling cufflinks and accessories. You can open a specialty store within the branded product store that sells shirt and men’s clothing but not accessories.
Before embarking on piggybacking you would better do a personality analysis of yourself. This investigation would find out whether you can do piggybacking effectively and ethically too.  This is called as cosmic analysis of your body, mind and spirit. You may have talents and lot of tricks in your sleeves but if your body, mind and spirit are not in sync then you will be found out as an abuser of privileges or worst a big cheat.
Keep talking!
Muthu Ashraff
Cosmic Adviser
Mobile:   +94 777 265677