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Generosity Makes Us Great

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Two Opinions on Uncovering Our Greatness
This is a monthly column on becoming a great human being and has two opinions on the subject from western and eastern part of the world namely Michael Thallium from Spain and Dr Amit Nagpal from India.

Michael Thallium, Spain

I would say my dear Indian counterpart Dr Amit Nagpal is quite generous, that is what I feel since we started collaborating and writing this series of articles on how to become a great human being. However, my award for generosity goes to my parents. I think all of us have someone in our lives who has been generous to us, and experiencing that can lead you to being generous towards other people. So, generosity is something you can learn the same way you can learn the opposite, too.
The Latin word generosus means “of noble birth, noble, excellent in kind, of superior quality.” Generosus was related to the verb genero, which means, “to beget, produce, bring to life, generate. So, generosity is the quality of being generous, that…

Are People Basically Good or Bad-Hug and Nudge

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Hug and Nudge-Two Answers to One Question
(Vol III)

Sometimes a warm hug is the answer to our question 
and sometimes a gentle nudge is the answer.

'Hug and Nudge' is a fortnightly column with two different perspectives from two different continents and cultures on the same question in personal development area viz. 
Jennifer Sertl (based in New York, USA) and 
Dr Amit Nagpal (based in New Delhi, India).



Question-Are People Basically Good or Bad? If I have had more bad experiences than good, how do I shed the emotional baggage.(A great question asked by V. Jain, India)



Jennifer Sertl's Answer
What makes a hero? Courage, strength, morality, withstanding adversity? Are these the traits that truly show and create a hero? Is the light truly the source of darkness or vice versa? Is the soul a source of hope or despair? Who are these so called heroes and where do they come from? Are their origins in obscurity or in plain sight?”  ― Fyodor DostoyevskyNotes from Underground
Are people nat…

From Blog to Book to a Global Personal Brand

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2004. The peace of Pondicherry city (and serenity of Sr Aurobindo Ashram & Auroville) inspired me to write again (after a gap of 14 years). And the story on customer relationship management became the cover story of May 2004 Marketing Mastermind (an ICFAI publication). The passion to blog and write a book took another 6 years to happen.

A typical passionate personal branding journey has three steps:- Start a BlogWrite a BookConsolidate your presenceI believe that blogging is the first step or foundation for an online personal brand. The Blog can have text, videos, podcasts, cartoons, paintings, photos and so on depending upon your skill and the domain in which you want to build your brand. The blog should be followed by launch of a book alongwith consolidation of online presence.

Personal Branding increases your revenues through book sales, speaking/consulting/webinar assignments and so on. The fundamental activities required besides writing, are knowledge of branding principles, net…

Interesting Anecdotes-Stories From My Life

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"Enlarge as a Human Being,  Excel as a Social Media Being and  Evolve a s a Personal Brand"
My life has been packed with interesting stories and anecdotes. Here are a few of them:-



Drama or Sincerity
My students would challenge me with tough questions, now my clients do A client asked recently, "While writing my story, how do I decide, how much of drama and how much of sincerity?" A tough question indeed. I replied, "If you have the reputation for sincerity, you can add a bit of a drama and (on a lighter note) if you have a reputation for drama, then I suggest you focus on sincerity.You have to see what will pull them, drama or sincerity"

----------------------- The Beautiful Lady and a Naughty Audience
Recently during a Personal Branding Workshop with Sales and Marketing professionals, I tried to make things simple for them and told them you can apply AIDA model (Awareness, Interest, Desire and Action) of product advertising to personal branding also. I was tryi…

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