Like most immigrants to this country (USA) I (Vinod Sujan) was born and completed my undergraduate engineering education in India, finished Business School (MBA) in USA and have lived and worked as a software professional in Silicon Valley the past 18 years. During this time, I have had the opportu...
Like most immigrants to this country (USA) I (Vinod Sujan) was born and completed my undergraduate engineering education in India, finished Business School (MBA) in USA and have lived and worked as a software professional in Silicon Valley the past 18 years. During this time, I have had the opportunity to learn, grow in responsibilities, contribute to others, and be recognized for achievements. I was born in New Delhi, the capitol city of India in a very stable, strong and cultured joint family with a strong social circle. People born in a good family with strong values and strong social circles tend to be happier.
To me, life is about being happy It is About sharing and giving It is about relationships. I live life like there is no tomorrow or as they say Life can be too short, LIVE IT. I follow my heart, in a responsible way of course. My college friend says "Eat the Ice Cream gracefully before it melts" Life is also too short to be negative and judgmental of others. We all have our faults and flaws, things said, things done that we are not proud of. When you think about it, basically it comes right down to learning as you live life and go through experiences! You learn who wants to share your world of inner friends and family and those trials and tribulations you have to be a better person. You learn who is worth being in your life and who truly wants to be and at what capacity. You learn who wants to be a part of your positive energy and the love and understanding. I have been fortunate to have support, wisdom and understanding of great friends, a very loving and affectionate family and accomplished colleagues. Like everyone else, my life has been shaped by those around me.
Those of us who are the luckiest in their health and genetic endowment; luckiest in terms of family support, encouragement, and income; luckiest in their educational and career opportunities; and luckiest in so many other ways difficult to enumerate have the greatest responsibility to work hard, to contribute to the betterment of the world, and to share their luck with others. This Endowment is not our to keep forever. I want to use my Entrepreneurial mind-set to this purpose.
I have the skill to get out of my comfort zone and to adapt to the environment. Integrity, Intelligence, and Energy are my key strengths. I also have the ability to articulate my point of view and am able to create a connection through my communication. My other strengths are I dream big, act with speed, solve problems, seize opportunities, experiment fearlessly, and I am very comfortable with ambiguity. At my workplace as well as at home, I energize people to work collectively.
For me excellence is an intrinsic trait. When I want to do something, I am so persistent, dedicated and committed to it, that I live, breathe and feel it every waking and sleeping moment. I enjoy working this way and while most of the time, an 80% solution may be sufficient or rather most may not notice the difference, I must produce a 100%, for my own contentment and fulfillment. That said, it is impossible to live without failing at something either work or relationships. Unless you lived so cautiously that you might as well have not lived. In success and failure, you let humility guide you. Those who Failed on an Epic Scale have hit rock bottom and rock bottom is a solid foundation to build from. Failure sets you free because If it does not kill you, it makes you stronger. More than even persistence, I have grit and tenacity.
What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness. Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded…Sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly. In today’s society, the further up the socio-economic ladder people move, the less empathetic they appear to become. As people progress financially, they appear to become less ethical, more selfish and insular and less compassionate. I am working to change that because it will make me a better person. As we get older, we come to see how useless it is to be selfish – how illogical, really. We come to love other people and are counter-instructed in our own centrality. We get our butts kicked by real life, and people come to our defense, and help us, and we learn that we are not separate, and do not want to be.