The power of eight

THE GOAL Author Shishir Shrivastava tells readers not to get distracted instead focus on the target

THE GOAL Author Shishir Shrivastava tells readers not to get distracted instead focus on the target  

BOOKMARK Shishir Shrivastava's “The Eight Powers Within You” is an inspirational book on how to succeed despite all odds. RANA SIDDIQUI ZAMAN speaks to the debutant author

Y ou can't tell a tree to grow, it is natural for it to do so. In the same way, a man doesn't need to be told to grow. But at the same time, just like a tree wilts in the absence of proper care, a man sans any motivation, starts to stagnate. Where does one find the motivation to grow…in books, among peers or seeing a successful man? Plentiful on the shelves in almost every bookshop these days, most motivational books read the same. But debut author Shishir Shrivastva with “Eight Powers Within You – Your Guide to Success”, published by Penguin, catches your attention from the very first and most unlikely page of acknowledgments, that a reader usually skips to reach the following chapters.

Containing barely a paragraph, it triggers a smile and an interest as one connects with the author acknowledging the readers and Jagdish Gandhi, who borrowed Rs.300 from neighbour to start City Montessori School, which is now the largest (according to Guinness Book of World Records) in any city. Here the author is the Head of Department, Personality Development and Career Counselling. He created this department amid insurmountable problems from his superiors – roughly the genesis to write this book.

A motivational speaker, Shrivastava notes following eight powers that can change the course of one's life; the power of imagination, words, self-confidence, goal-setting, focus, action and love! He describes each one of them basing them on science, logic, sentiments, graphs, graffiti and examples of successful people from E. Sreedharan to Barack Obama. He chose the numeral ‘8' because when written sideways it becomes infinity.

Be positive

Says the author, “There is so much negativity outside that one has to push oneself up from inside to ‘create' positivity. The universe outside is very different from the universe inside. One tends to overestimate others and underestimate oneself. . Dalai Lama once said that your enemy is your best teacher. If a person throws a glass of water on your face, you have the option of either throwing it back on him or control the anger, nurture it and work on it to set newer goals. One can't solve the problem but rise above it . One forgets that ‘I am' is the most powerful word that helps one achieve one's goal.”

Decision, commitment and action are the three ways that Shrivastava suggests to set a goal. “Once you start working on it, people around you will behave in four ways; they will resist you, mock at you, oppose you, actively combat you (by creating hurdles) and then surrender. One must not get bogged down by these hiccups but focus on the ‘surrender' part. It is like running on the track where you have runners on your left and right trying to overtake you . You shouldn't look at them but the ‘finishing line'.”

Unlike the US, where people are competitive and progressive, India has a culture of leg pulling, says Shrivastava, adding he is contemplating his next book, “How to make everyday happy and successful.”

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