What Makes You So Special?

What Makes You So Special?

A few days ago, I decided to update my Resume. Yes, being an Entrepreneur Designer and Yoga teacher, for some reason I still felt the need to keep a Resume ready. I made myself comfortable on my meditation cushion in my yoga space, the laptop screen open in front of me, and I began adding points on to the document.

10 minutes into this, my gaze drifted to the lush green view of the Banyan tree in front of me. The leaves looked new born, bright green and healthy, as the raindrops washed over it, the long chocolate brown roots looking rejuvenated. 

Being a creative person at heart, I always welcome a magical moment that might inspire me or leave me in a state of wonder.In that moment, I suddenly felt like I was experiencing the latter. I began to ponder, why was it that I felt this need to list down my professional achievements good and proper? As I looked out at the slender branches of the enormously dense tree, which were now dancing gently to the wind, a thought dawned on me. 

It’s because looking at this piece of structured document, I felt special. Special because it listed out some of the outcomes of what I had really worked hard for. It validated to me that I was adding value to society through teaching Yoga and creating designs by employing Indian Craftsmen. Nothing wrong with that. Just as your resume would to you, mine too gave me some solace. I had managed to achieve a small part of many more aspirations to come.  That led to another question - did my Resume truly define who I am? Did it really define the being that I am in this moment?

Nature with its magnetic allure, I looked out to suddenly see the most beautiful parrot sitting precariously on a branch.  This mischievous bird with its deep red beak and resplendent green feathers, looked as if it had perched itself right there to respond to my musings. Without any resume to it’s name, let alone even a name or identity, this bird looked pretty special as it was, just sitting there, looking blissful as ever, enjoying the now light drizzle.

What makes you so special? What makes each one of us so special? Sometimes, the answer need not be profound. It can be as simple as this queenly looking parrot – just hanging out on the branch and being. The fact that you exist; that there is no one is this world exactly like you, is what makes you so very special. Just by being, being the person you are, which does not mean your name, what you do, where you live and how much you earn, but simply that you are here in this world, is what makes you special like no other, literally.

Feeling amused at how nature was responding to my contemplations as if reading my mind, I gazed outside to notice that the delightful looking parrot was now gone. Instead sat close to its spot, a rather large crow, cawing away.  My mind was clearly flowing with thoughts and the Resume completion had taken a backseat. Would I call this crow special? I’m not sure. It wasn’t exactly beautiful like the Parrot. But, if I were to use the above logic, then yes, this crow could be described as extremely special. I began to draw a parallel. When we say special, we reserve this word for only a select few.  Special in the dictionary is defined as better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual.

Or otherwise different from what is usual – and since only one of you is living in a current population of 7.7 billion (Findings up till June 2019 according to the most recent United Nations estimates elaborated by Worldometers.), I’d say that is phenomenally different from the usual.

By applying this concept to everyone around us, recognizing that each person is special in their own distinct way, irrespective of their shortcomings, can help compassion, respect, love and bliss well forth within and without.

Divine qualities exist in each one of us. Sometimes they get clouded with our own thoughts, beliefs and experiences, but they are still very much present. We can begin to embrace our own uniqueness and beauty, understanding that a great Resume is a great bonus, aspiring for improvement is a great aspiration, but you being here exactly as you are – that is something special nothing or no one can compare to.

Just as my thoughts began to clear, the crow, the special crow, flew away into the sky. I noticed a sliver of sunshine and the expansive blue sky behind the clouds began to emerge.

 -Written by Tarini Nirula, Founder & Creative Head at Tarini Nirula Accessories and YogaTara.

To know more about Tarini’s ongoing journey, or for your feedback, please write to –

info@tarininirula.in  | www.tarininirula.in


 

    

 

   

Posted on Aug 15 2019

    

The #1 trait to being a successful Entrepreneur

Is it possible to possess that one element which could make your dream become a reality? Without a doubt, the answer is yes.

When I started my entrepreneurial journey 5 years ago, little did I know what an enthralling path lay ahead of me.

After graduating from National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), just like so many young designers around the world, I too had a dream, to be my own boss, own a company, and become famous one day.

At the time, believe it or not, I had no idea how I would make this happen, I just knew I really, really wanted it.

What could I do to make this vision that was in my head come into existence?

5 years down the line, I have my answer.

‘A strong and barely controllable emotion’ called Passion.

If you forget the word (which is widely overused) for a second, and actually delve into the feeling of it, it means something much more grand and powerful.

The sensation of feeling ‘passionate’ about something - creating something new, wanting to spread knowledge, motivating people, helping others, making people happy, or even owning a company worth a 100 crore - this feeling is enough to guide you to making all of the above a reality.

An Entrepreneur who inspires me, Oprah Winfrey says -

“Your true passion should feel like breathing, it’s that natural. Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”

The important part is this – If you can first identify what you feel passionate about, and then every single day religiously, surround yourself with facets connected to that passion, inspiring ideas will start flowing to you like magic. Teamed with effective execution and a strong resolve, your dream will start becoming your reality at a quick pace.

Chances are, even if you are not the best at what you feel passionate about or you are on the path to discovering what that is, eventually you will wake up with a feeling of excitement and sleep with a peaceful sense of gratification. This will open magnificent opportunities for you.

To quote another inspiring entrepreneur, real estate investor, radio show host, and the founder of Rich Woman, Kim Kiyosaki -

 ‘Every Successful person in life began by pursuing a passion, usually against all odds”

Being a successful Entrepreneur or a Startup does require other components too don’t get me wrong, but if you possess a strong passion or desire, you will be in rhythm with a feeling that you will never want to let go off.  

I am still on a path, which I know for certain is leading me to my dream becoming a reality, and there is a lot yet to learn. But because I feel deep passion for what I do - Creating designs, generating employment, promoting Indian craftsmanship, sharing what I’ve learnt through my experiences in any small way, and running my company, I am already living a piece of my dream ever single day. And I wish for every one of you to make your dream turn into your very own magical reality.

-Written by Tarini Nirula, Passionate Founder & Creative Head at Tarini Nirula Accessories.


To know more about Tarini’s ongoing journey, or for your feedback, please write to –

info@tarininirula.in  | www.tarininirula.in

Posted on Apr 25 2017