The Quotient of Greatness.

Almost 4 years ago, I was nothing that I am now. Heck, I was nothing. A confused student of finance, an actor in college drama with no future. And going though a phase where I needed income to remove some pressure from ‘la familia’. I was still given freedom of a year to do a course or learn a skill that made me job-ready. But the pressure was still visible.

I was looking for the right courses that were a cross between reputed & cheap. It was obviously not easy. And side-by-side I was also hunting for an internship or a part-time source of income.A friend’s friend posted an opening for a copywriter at this company where even freshers could apply. I’ve written about this before, so I won’t bore you with that story right now. Long story short, I was hired and I got my chance to learn and earn in the industry of my choice… without having to do a course and saved a year.

I worked there for almost 2 years till a back injury made me take a break. Having worked there, I can boast about working extensively for all the brands in The Coca-Cola Company, some good finance brands in the country & also on a few lifestyle brands where I could express my inner poet. But deep down that’s not exactly what I took away from that company.

It was the time I spent learning from my boss there. I would name him, but he prefers not being so socially visible for reasons best known to him and would probably kill me if he figured I mentioned him on my blog. And even though I’m not on his company’s payroll, I’m still pretty afraid of that man.

He was the one who had hired me and knew that I knew a little over nothing. He along with a couple of other great influences on me there gave me the self-confidence that I clearly lacked. He practically made me read books, and some of them that are rare and not even available any more. And not just that, the man would drop movies & classic rock music albums in my desktop for me discover all the things that I had somehow missed out. I pretty much can attribute a lot of my binge-watching of movies, the ability to commit to reading a book [I used to hate reading] & expanding my musical knowledge way up from just trending pop culture. And many of these things were not something that would help me in that particular job, it’s something that would help me in life, and believe me it did.

The time where I really needed career guidance and also needed to hone my craft, I found a role model, someone who’s story is as inspiring as the person. In our formative years we need someone to look up to, someone at least in my opinion with very high standards. I spent two years in that company trying to reach the expectations he set and that frankly got me pretty high up in my skill-level.

Whether I ever turned out how he wanted me to, I’d probably not know. Even now I just can’t pick up the phone and ask him if we could catch up on a drink. Because I know I would learn a lot whole more in the couple of hours we would speak. But that respect still remains and also the fear that I don’t appear like a dweeb in doing so.

Nevertheless, he’s the dude that’s inspired me to continuously learn and work hard, regardless of what level I have reached. And sometimes when I see myself giving advice to a friend, colleague or a subordinate, I can hear my boss’ words. Especially when I offer people books. And he for me is truly, made of great.

Shouting out to Tata Motors for wanting to know my experience with a personality that’s left a mark in my life and who I believe is undeniably #madeofgreat.

But what’s in it for you to read my story, apart from knowing something more about me, I know you love that awesome reader [yes, you in particular!] Tell me could you relate to my experience?

Also there’s an amazon.in voucher worth Rs. 750 up for grabs if you give me your opinion on what you think about Tata Motors’ association with the living football legend Lionel Messi and how his greatness inspires the world! You can learn more about it, here: madeofgreat.tatamotors.com

The best comment can take it away. Cheers! 🙂

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5 thoughts on “The Quotient of Greatness.

  1. Indeed a nicely written post. I wish you good luck for the contest
    Here is my answer
    The association of Tata Motors with Lionel Messi is that of two greats. Lionel Messi has been exceptionally talented who with his hard work, determination and sacrifices has got better and tougher in his chosen sport so is the Image, reputation and quality of TATA Motors that have transformed brilliant ideas into masterpieces of engineering and created a brand and products that we are so proud of as Indians. Lionel Messi has transformed his body and the mind body co-ordination into a masterpiece of precision and excellence it would not be wrong to say that Lionel Messi is the TATA Motors of sports where as TATA Motors is the Lionel Messi of vehicles both giants in their own spheres driven by the drive to excel and lead by example. So Lionel Messi is the best choice for becoming the brand Ambassador for TATA Motors
    aaloke19@gmail.com

  2. A very unique perspective here,Loved it to the core! All the best 🙂

    As for my thoughts, I hope you like them too!

    Inspiration,
    Dedication,
    Discipline,
    Commitment,
    Trust,
    Loyalty,
    Excellence,
    Legacy,
    Immortality.

    These are not mere words but a part of our soul. Not just the ones that we carry around in our individual bodies but that supreme soul that binds us all together in this universe. That is why we teach our children values and morals so that these little pockets of our souls do not die away. But when we look around at our modern day lifestyle and society,it leaves a lot to be desired, right? Wrong 🙂 I would say,as long as we have even 1 shred of humanity left,there is a ray of sunshine and that is what we see here.

    I am inspired by your story just as I am inspired by the stories of Tata Motors and Lionel Messi. As I said above about humanity and ray of sunshine, it is very few icons left in this world who make me feel that way. Both Tata and Messi definitely make it to this short list.

    When we talk about Tata Motors,we talk about the pride that every Indian feels because this is our truly global brand, a brand with a soul, with every product made to help us fly. This is a corporate behemoth that has not amassed its fortunes at the cost of the little man but by being a part of the very grassroots. The legacy of excellence and giving back to the society selflessly is so ingrained in Tata DNA that it has become part of folklore. Even today,in any Indian home, the moment a son/daughter gains employment in a Tata company, nobody talks about salary or CTC, they just thank their lucky stars that they are a part of Tata family. The very soul of India resides in Tata. Tata Motors has taken these very same values global, making Indians proud of what they represent. ‘Look,we represent excellence, with a dollop of old world values, with love and respect’ !

    When we look at Messi, we see a boy with dreams in his eyes and a man who has put everything he had in making them come true, and he did! With singleminded focus,dedication and hardwork, he has managed to outdo every obstacle he faced since his birth personally, healthwise and family financial situation wise. Every obstacle became just another step for him to grow and reach up the sky. And still, every time he walks out on the field, he plays with the same agility, alarcity and a a hunger to prove himself as if it is his first game! He hasn’t achieved his demi-God status without superhuman efforts.

    When these two demi-Gods of their respective fields come together, there are bound to be fireworks and that is exactly what it is! Purely from a corporate point of view, there are rare instances when we see such a perfect fit form. It can be called a divine sign that a symbol of vibrancy and dynamism like no other has taken shape with the partnership of Tata Motors and Lionel Messi. More than a mere advertising gambit,it is an amalgamation of those perhaps ‘lost’ values that the world needs more of,now more than ever. Maybe the Gods are finally happy!

    Prajakta Sinha
    sinpra11@gmail.com

  3. You’ve shared such a genuine and wonderful experience. Reminds me of my first boss who always guided me an encouraged me through my teaching job. Being an 18 year old and the youngest teacher was challenging but he made it a cake walk for me. Though he is Priest he was still very awesome and also pushed me express my thoughts and gradually I did and we discussed movies, religion, humanity, kids, our hobbies, food, education and how we could make the school a much attractive institute. He was an inspiring boss, I sure do miss him!

    Now let me get a little Messi! 😛
    Life is a game and you have to be strategic and focused if you want to score big goals! Tata Motors and Lionel Messi have played the game just right.
    Both have started from scratch building up their skill sets and aiming towards excellence. While Messi won hearts of his fans with his head shots and tackles, Tata Motors stole hearts of their customers by delivering most affordable and well-thought vehicles. They analysed their competitors, they dodged negativity, they never cheated (hence trustworthy), they chased perfection (hence reliable), their skills reached excellence and they scored goal after goals constantly proving they are #madeofgreat 🙂
    When such pioneers of excellence collide together as one, they are definitely going to reach out to every one who believe in the greatness of being simple yet brilliant!

    Good luck with the competition! 😀

  4. That’s a great post 🙂 When it comes to impact and impacting millions of lives, Yes, we can see both Tata Motors and Lionel Messi being the pioneers here. While the very name Tata is enough to make us go back to all our history books where we have seen there hardly is a comparable name that has contributed so much to the society in such an ethical manner, the very name Messi conjures up images of a boy-man who has turned the world upside down with his talent, determination, discipline and never-give-up spirit. The compatibility between the values they both share is intense and that is the reason this partnership works perfectly.

    With a concern for the society at large,everything that Tata has done has inspired us to dream big, conquer the world and pour all our energy back into the society to do good and inspire good. By facing his demons, Messi has done the same. He enjoys a God-like status in the world today because he dared to dream, achieved the sky and still hasn’t lost his humanity a bit. He is still a child at heart and he gives back with his multiple philanthropic activities just like Tata does!

    Talk to any person in India, ask them about the companies they admire the most. Tata is right there at the top. This name is beyond bottomline, spreadsheets, return on investment and share price. It is equivalent to soul of India-soft, kind, diverse, dynamic, eternal. Just like that Messi has emerged as not just another football player but someone whose very life is an inspiration, whose personal struggles are a template for others to emulate and who has morphed into an eternal legend.

    While it would take eons to write about what makes Tata Motors and Messi great, as their list of achievements is too long for us to even skim over, suffice to say that this partnership is for the ages. As they say, some things are made in heaven 🙂

    Thank you for this opportunity.
    -Richa Shailendra, lovelyricha1@gmail.com

  5. ‘What drives us from within is what makes us great’, This is the founding principle behind the overall brand association between Argentinian Football Maestro Lionel Messi and Automobile Giant Tata Motors. The overall #madeofgreat campaign is made upon a clear cut vision of seeking excellence along with self-belief.

    Tata Motors and Lionel Messi, both are the ones people look up to get inspired. Lionel Messi is an amazingly renowned player with huge fan following across the world While Tata Motors is an Indian company which has achieved global distinction in past decades and appeals as a company with immense potential. Tata Motors stands at a path defining phase of its evolution story with some overwhelming produts planned in future. Lionel Messi with a global appeal complements Tata Motors.

    Thus the association is truly #madeofgreat. Legend and Talent have come together to make a truly fantastic combination. The collaboration will be a win-win for both.

    I may be reached at https://twitter.com/adityakt

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