6 Lessons from Professor Debraj Mookherjee


Debraj Mookherjee, a professor with Delhi University in English Literature, calls himself a -'A Man Who Never Gets Bored'!! This is really interesting as boredom leading to unhealthy consumerism or depression, is impacting the youth of today in a big way. Thus living in the moment every single day is not only a great way to be productive, it also teaches us the discipline to create the best version of ourselves.

6 Critical lessons from the conversation :

  1. Impact Quotient - When we are evaluating our every day's contribution in this world, we know what's our impact and have we really done justice to the same. Being in zone as a teacher, doctor, pilot, sales executive, engineer or actor is critical to achieve our best outcomes. Interestingly Prof Mookherjee highlights the beauty in feeling like a Tendulkar while he is taking his class everyday. The perfection in the strokes, or the examples, the words or just bringing the best out in others are all attributes of your master stroke and how well your are playing your GAME!!

  2. Value WE GIVE TO OURSELVES - When we discount our value, our actions or contributions, automatically we demean our ability to excel in our craft. No matter what we do as a human being the purpose and the belief in giving our best can be realised only when we take PRIDE IN OUR EVERY STEP... The best example in this regard is ...During a visit to the NASA space center in 1962, President John F. Kennedy noticed a janitor carrying a broom. He interrupted his tour, walked over to the man and said, "Hi, I'm Jack Kennedy. What are you doing?" "Well, Mr. President," the janitor responded, "I'm helping put a man on the moon."To most people, this janitor was just cleaning the building. However true understanding of his role was conveyed by virtue of his perspective of his role. Here's the point: No matter how large or small your role, you are contributing to the larger story unfolding within your life, your business and your organization.

  3. Empathy & understanding towards your TARGET AUDIENCE (TA) : Empathy towards people you serve is the biggest element of your ability to serve. While doing your role if others involved are not engaged in the process , it's a wake up call to reinvent. Every professional has a target audience to cater to, thus understanding about their needs, shortcomings, challenges can definitely enhance the journey on a day to day basis.

  4. Too much of hierarchy is inimical to OPTIMAL EXCHANGE OF KNOWLEDGE - Any kind of knowledge transfer is conducive when the facilitator is willing to relate to the target audience, and support healthy exchange of ideas and two way dialogue. A trendiness, liberalness in the environment where the Socratic spirit of asking questions is encouraged for optimum learning; ensures a smooth knowledge transfer. Today andragogy is gaining pace in academia across various levels. Whether your learners are visual -auditory or kinesthetic the methodology needs a blended format with intense engagement, where participants are not learning to be examined or ranked, but they have the ability to innovate and expand the scope of the domain itself...even create new knowledge base by virtue of their exposure. A teacher's biggest role is to support individuals enquiry and expansion of the knowledge.

  5. All Progress happens because of the IRRATIONAL or Unreasonable MAN -George Bernard Shaw stated in Man and Superman, “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” The unreasonable man is thus most capable of bringing in change in the society, rather than focusing to fit in and being reasonable. In any environment when we are only creating army of soldiers to comply, our society loses the inner potential to create -improve or challenge the current norms. Education needs to enable -empower -energise creators and not evaluate responses of compliant answer sheets!! One of my best experiences of learning was when I did my coaching certification where every aspect was creation-interaction-experiential projects, rather than writing exams.

  6. Mindfulness and Caring for self -Being in the moment for every action is being mindful. Whether you are enjoying your music, making tea, gardening, cooking, storytelling or sleeping being in the moment, is the best gift that you can give to yourself. Also enjoying your ME TIME is very important part of life. If one is not able to invest in caring for self or taking time out to look after oneself, life is not well lived. Self love and being selfish in engaging yourself only in positive -peaceful -purposeful -environment and actions can be the foundation for self care.

Hope some of this you are able to implement in your life!!! Do share your experiences in learning or teaching with us.

If you had the magic wand in your hand, what would you do differently, what are the questions that you would ask to transform the education system or the policies that you would like to introduce to support citizen development at an early stage...Do connect with us @ SUCCESS STUDIOS!!

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