Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Passion Quotient - Virender Kapoor

The book is about passion and how it's an important part of success and profit. Virender Kapoor has been the Director of one of the Symbiosis Institute Business Management colleges and has written 18 books, one of which is PQ. His books cover topics like Speaking like Modi, Succeeding the Akshay Kumar way, Excellence the Amitabh way, Innovation from Einstein, Leadership the Gandhi way, What to Learn from Military Principles, Effective Leadership, A Wonderful Wife, Life with Values, 12 Essential Abilities of Extraordinary People,  Winning Instinct, Wonderful Boss, Jugaad, Heart over Matter and so on.

He says passion is about energy, excitement, care and that which makes you go the extra mile. To find your passion check your own profiles and your memories and you will find what drives you - your values, convictions, desires. Identify what you risked things for, what you did with no transactional element to it, what came easily. Once you identify it, spell out your whackiest expectations. A list of career drivers are provided to help find direction. A passion profile is also indicated.

To be passionate simplify, adapt, face your fears, take risks. And to find fizz on the job be self-driven, achieve, share, learn and have goals. He gives profiles of 10 people whose passion brought rich rewards - Sunil Mittal, Sabeer Bhatia, M.F. Hussain, Narayana Murthy etc

Passion and creativity go tother he says and he deals with how to be creative as an individual and as a team. How to foster passion in schools and colleges and how children and parents should be and think is also dealt with. He winds up with a leadership chapter where he profiles JRD Tata, Mother Teresa and General Patton.

I thought the book went all over the place. There are a few useful tips but nothing concrete or earth shattering. At one place there was 'Right' instead of 'Write'. Surprised Bloomsbury could make such glaring errors. The book tries to inculcate the missing factor into our lives and is an honest effort in that sense but it spreads itself too thin. The bios don't help at all because we all know their stories. In the same genre, Frank Bettger's book which talks of enthusiasm is brilliant - it gets the point across forcefully. Despite a noble objective, I felt the force with which the passion quotient could have been put across was missing.

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