Leaving The Comfort Zone – BW Businessworld
Please tell us more about the thought process behind your book’s title. Were you seeing more people today saying a ‘no’ or not taking up newer things?
The instinct to say ‘no’ instead of a ‘yes’ is a comfort zone phenomenon. People who are in their comfort zones prefer to be safe. Every time they step out of it, they feel discomfort because they are not used to that area or to taking a risk. For me, it is not just about the people today or this generation but about how their thought stream runs. Being in a comfort zone is an instinct. It does not matter what age a person is but because of this, they miss out on several opportunities in life.
Why did you decide to write this book now?
I have had many life experiences that have taught me that there is a huge difference between being in the comfort zone and being out of it. There are innumerable examples in my life of how hanging on, and taking a positive view of the situation can turn the situation around. Positivity is infectious. We must move forward even in the worst circumstances. We may fail and there there is no guarantee to be successful but not being defeated is victory in itself. The situation cannot change, it’s only our thoughts and mind that can change the situation. Ultimately, it is about taking control and not being habitual in your response.
What is the one key takeaway you hope the readers have from the book?
I’ll quote from the book- ‘It’s not the years in your life that matter, it is the life in your years’. Don’t worry too much about whether you are going to live 80 or 100 years. That is desirable for most people but the more important part is how much life is there in your years. I am living, you are living but some of us are going to use that to enhance our life and for some, it is about just morning, evening and night. One must understand this. When people say life is short, check how much life is there in your years. Some people are over-focused on the word success, but success is not about financial or career success. One needs to relook at life. If life is short, then am I doing justice to it?
We understand you are already working on your next book. What is that about?
The second book is already out and it is in print right now. The book is about parenting, a completely different area. But I always believe in experimenting. So, my books will certainly follow that as well.