My endeavor to do something
by Satish Nair
When I joined my present organization in 1999, I was not at all a good communicator and often I got berated by my seniors, as my authority over English was very poor and I used to write in the same pattern time and again, this made them irritated. Though my grammar was good that I could make out a good letter, I was lacking the appropriate vocabulary. The things got worse when I felt I was not getting motivated. I feel very sad and I urged myself to do something.
I took the initiative to read grammar books and surf the internet for English grammar sites and if I felt it is good, I started to save it in the computer and as the time went by I have a good collection of 200 files for grammar. I thought it is of no use, if others are not aware about this, hence I started to share these lessons among 100 colleagues – those colleagues, I know every well. I also prepared a presentation using PowerPoint and started copying lessons in sheets, on putting some efforts, I could make a PowerPoint presentation file, starting from the alphabets to advanced stages (to a great extent).
Coincidentally, while surfing internet for grammar, I chanced to visit some good inspirational sites like www.selfgrowth.com there I could see a lot of inspirational articles and at first for a fun, I started to store them and later on seriously. One day when I saw my collection of materials, at least 300 articles were there. I thought to share these materials among others, then I started to share even among senior officials in my organization. Though everybody noticed it, somebody have appreciated over mail that this is a good practice, but most of them did not. Since the feedback was meager, I discontinued sending mails one day, then the mails were pouring in from a lot of colleagues, requesting not to discontinue as those are valuable mails, relieved and pleased I restarted sending mails.
On sharing these much of materials, an idea emerged out from within that why I should write something, though I am not a master of that art “authoring”, I somehow gained the confidence and started writing inspirational articles, about attitude, behaviour, self esteem, self confidence, values, integrity etc. and recently I could send one of my articles to a competition at our group level, which was a film review, of course, inspirational. To my surprise it could fetch the first prize. This is surely contributed substantially to my present confidence level that I can continue with my efforts.
I am also doing my MBA in HR through distance learning and it is in the final stages now. I am sure that I will be able to have the MBA this year.
Now I share regularly English Grammar Tips, Vocabularies, Inspirational mails (of others and once in a week of mine) among 100 odd colleagues, though everybody is not appreciating my effort, however during interaction, I could hear from some good fellows that they are going through it and if needed, they are also saving it for future use.
I would state that my efforts are neither for the purpose of impressing somebody nor for getting appreciated or for the purpose of showing this in public, I believe that if I share the knowledge, my knowledge base will be enlarged, even if others are not taking care of it.
I would reiterate that I am not a perfect and master in the art of penning down of my own, however I am not hurting anybody’s feelings, but inspiring them with my humble efforts, I think this initiation from my side will push me forward and surely it will not cause any harm for me.