Wednesday, October 19, 2011

What Rajnikanth can teach you about parenting, leadership and life in general..


"I will do what I say, I will also do what I don't say"

If I told you that someone said this to me, you'd probably look askance and ask me to look up the closest shrink.

Unless of course, I give you some more context to this "conversation". This is actually what the guy told me:


Naan solrathaiyum seiven, sollathathiyum seiven." - "I will do what I say, I will also do what I don't say."

- Rajnikanth  
Annamalai (1992)

At this point in the conversation, the context probably doesn't even matter. If I did something to piss Rajnikanth off, I must have done something horribly wrong. It doesn't matter whether why I did what I did, or whether I was in the right or Rajni was in the wrong.

I got Rajni angry..

And if I know what's good for me, I don't want to get Rajni angry.

He may be the poorest guy on the screen, but he has one thing that the rich villain who promises to make a million chopped pieces of Rajni's mother's liver does not

He not only does what he says he will do, but he also does what he doesn't say he will do.


And even an infant from P.O. Village Krishnapuram in district Madurai of Tamil Nadu State knows that Rajni does what he says he will do.

He's got style, panache, and class,

But more importantly he's got credibility.

And that's pretty much what every parent, leader, manager, terrorist, hunger striking activist, politician, and whoever has anything to do with anyone else pretty much needs, if she needs to convince another human being to change their ways.

PS: I really wish this was my original idea to begin with, but I cannot. Most credit goes to the Worthwhile Canadian Initiative blog post
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