Find Your Way OUT Of The Rat Race

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Ten Various Ways To Do The Rat Race.

After a while, the rat race tires you out. Even if you are winning the race, you still feel like a rat – this is what someone once told me.

And, she ended up taking a very long journey through the east.

On her return, I asked her how she felt. Her reply was that she had moments of pure joy, but most of the time she still felt the same.

Unfortunately, her travel only served to confirm her biases, without expanding her horizons. She carried her whole world with her, wherever she went.

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But I have seen several people get out of the rat race successfully, and I talked to them about their methods. Two key points I learnt are these:

You are not a rat It is not a race If you feel like a rat on a wheel, it is because you have allowed others to make you feel like one.

Rats are mammals of lower order, mainly run by a limited brain capacity and caught up in the game of procreation, nutrition and survival.

Obviously, for a human all three of these are important. But, if that is all that occupies your time then eventually you will feel like a rat.

So, what do you do to go beyond those three basics?

a. Invest in relationships: Relationships of the past were based on mutual dependence and need. They were really rooted in the three basics mentioned above. Only those who invest in relationships based on CARE, TRUST and INTEGRITY can manage to raise their consciousness above the level of the rats.

b. Speak your truth: Self expression is a necessary tool of expression. You can find many mediums – painting, novels, sculptures, inventions are just a few. The joy of creation will start to bring you up another notch

c. Co-Create: Creating a child is only the most beautiful and pleasurable way of co-creation. But, that is not the only one.

Join your consciousness with others’ and you will be surprised with the results. Those who do not see the need to do so must read this blog post on Steve Jobs.

Let’s talk briefly about the second point above. It is really not a race? Nobody took birth to race to his/her grave. If you don’t KNOW THYSELF and your purpose then you will surely get caught up in the race. Who has the biggest ‘______’ is not the way to measure the quality of your life?

It may be an expression of your contribution, or even of your truth – but there is no reason to stop your consciousness at that level.

Do not let your petty jealousies drive you – leave that job to your purpose.

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So, how do you KNOW THYSELF, and your purpose? Generally speaking points a, b, c and d above would have already brought you that knowledge. All you have to do is accept the truth as it surfaces, and live it. You will never get caught up in the rat race, no matter where you live and what work you do. That will be a true human life that knows its own value.

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Vivek Sood: Sydney based managing director of Global Supply Chain Group, a strategy consultancy specializing in supply chains. More information on Vivek is available on www.linkedin.com/in/vivek and more information on Global Supply Chain Group is available www.globalscgroup.com 

Vivek is the Managing Director of Global Supply Chain Group, a boutique strategy consulting firm specialising in Supply Chain Strategies, and headquartered in Sydney, Australia . He has over 24 years of experience in strategic transformations and operational excellence within global supply chains. Prior to co-founding Global Supply Chain Group in January 2000, Vivek was a management consultant with top-tier strategy consulting firm Booz Allen & Hamilton.

Vivek provides strategic operations and supply chain advice to boards and senior management of global corporations, private equity groups and other stakeholders in a range of industries including FMCG, food, shipping, logistics, manufacturing, chemicals, mining, agribusiness, construction materials, explosives, airlines and electricity utilities.

Vivek has served world-wide corporations in nearly 500 small and large projects on all continents with a variety of clients in many different industries. Most of projects have involved diagnostic, conceptualisation and transformation of supply chains – releasing significant amount of value for the business. His project work in supply chain management has added cumulative value in excess of $500M incorporating projects in major supply chain infrastructure investment decisions, profitable growth driven by global supply chain realignment, supply chain systems, negotiations and all other aspects of global supply chains.

Vivek has written a number of path breaking articles and commentaries that are published in several respected journals and magazines. Vivek has spoken at several supply chain conference, forums and workshops in various parts of the world. He has also conducted several strategic workshops on various aspects of supply chain management. He received his MBA with Distinction from the Australian Graduate School of Management in 1996 and prior to these studies spent 11 years in the Merchant Navy, rising from a Cadet to Master Mariner.

More information on Vivek is available on www.linkedin.com/in/vivek  and more information on Global Supply Chain Group is available on www.globalscgroup.com

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