Quest

The most valuable emotional state sought after by the entire mankind relates to happiness. In the hierarchy of human needs, once our survival is fully secured, we seek happiness in all our endeavours. We also develop a general propensity to perform tasks that give us happiness and having completed them, look for happiness in the result or reward thereof.

Interestingly, this phenomenon is unique to human beings. Animal and other living beings are not affected by this. For instance, a dog or a horse may show loyalty, anger, hunger but never ever betrays an emotion called happiness.

Happiness is quintessentially experiential in nature and therefore is dependent upon series of experiences that each one of us goes through. The agree ability of that experience and our perception decides whether it has given us happiness or otherwise.

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Vinod Malhotra

Something that can be measured can also be managed, is axiomatic. But perhaps this largely pertains to the realm of material space. But subtle experiences like happiness, depression, sadness or stress are not measurable on any scale or yardstick and therefore defy management per se.

The causation of these experiences are also multi-dimensional and pose serious challenge for a correct diagnostic analysis which does ordinarily lead to cure and relief.

Phenomena such as happiness or stress are essentially perceptive in nature. These are not visible on their own strength but make their impact visible on the subject who is going through that experience. Some people look happy and others look stressed out, are the usual statements that we often hear in our conversational episodes. Again these experiences are not floating around in the environment, nor are they bacterial or viral infections that we catch on from the external space. These experiences are quintessentially an internalized phenomenon which is a product of our own thought process.

From the desk of Editor
Vinod Malhotra

One of the most remarkable features of mankind and civilisations has been to constantly evolve and move forward. This process is relentless and indeed, inexorable. From being a petty hunter and gatherer to agriculture and then to Industry, humanity has come a long way in fully exploiting the inherent desire and potential, to improve and evolve. The underlying process and the phenomenon that has pushed us to a level of unprecedented growth, especially in the last century is nothing but "ENTREPRENEURSHIP". While 18/19th centuries belonged to an era of inventions, discoveries, germination of new ideas and concepts, the last one saw the growth of applied sciences leading to technological leap. 'Invent', 'innovate' and 'create' became the buzzword and the Industry was quick to respond. The really smart ones saw immense possibilities in creating a business venture that produced products, processes or services and marketed it for profit.

This really was the genesis of what is commonly described as entrepreneurship. The fundamental elements have remained unchanged but there however, are several new paradigms to choose from. The essential constituents of a sustainable model of entrepreneurship would necessarily comprise, a new idea, relevant technology, keen observation and assessment of the market needs, initiative and risk-taking capabilities. Management of all these parameters in an imaginative manner, with right mix of hard work and initiative succeeds in creating a business enterprise.

From the desk of Editor
Vinod Malhotra