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Tojo: Finding Meaning

I’ve always wondered how coincidences happen in our lives – people we cross paths with, getting a call or message from someone we just remembered or thought about, events that occur, unforeseen opportunities and challenges that seem to appear….

Dr. Wayne Dyer wrote, “the word coincidence describes that which fits together perfectly”.

Meeting Nokia was a coincidence that grew to be a core part of my life for many years and still continues in some form.

What meaning have I found from Nokia experiences?

I learned how life can be unpredictable, uncertain and tough and, how quickly an organization can go from being the undisputed king to the emergency ward. I saw how all that could impact and change lives in many different ways. The important stewardship role that leadership plays became unquestionable.

I learned the value of humility especially during successful times, and the connection between personal humility and intellectual humility. I could be humble at a personal level but success could still bring in a sense of intellectual arrogance and lack of openness to alternate or critical views.

I learned how our core values and principles can be tested when we are on a highly unpredictable edge – how goodness can still exist during very difficult times and how on the other side, pessimism, protectionism and self-promotion can creep in. And, that I do have a choice.

I learned the importance of not using the same strategy or approach across the board.

I learned how challenges could bring forth complicated decision points and still help me figure out what’s truly important in life.

I learned to look beyond valuing myself with the job title or role and not to get carried away, during good and tough times.

I learned the importance of trusting myself, finding own voice, path, and meaning that will outlive jobs or organizations.

I learned about the importance of continuously challenging myself and growing before someone or something else forced me to change.

I learned the importance of not feeling frustrated or powerless when my voice seems unheard, accept the things that I cannot change or influence, focus on the ones I can and to move forward.

I learned to be more empathetic to others who may be going through difficult times and not to jump to conclusions or judgments.

The Nokia I knew had a beautiful soul. Bad things can happen to good people and good companies. As time proves, we can all find a way to bounce back strongly.

One never knows where or when our paths may cross again. Staying open to coincidences… 🙂

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4 Comments

  1. Raj Sekhar

    Interesting Article Tojo! Food for thought! Lot of Learning, listed 10! Thank U!

  2. R.Deepthi

    “I learned the importance of not feeling frustrated or powerless when my voice seems unheard, accept the things that I cannot change or influence, focus on the ones I can and to move forward.”. Extremely relevant tip for everyone. Learning this will help us realize our potential to the fullest even in adversity. Thanks much.
    R.Deepthi

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