A nice article by Srikanth. And an honorable mention as well!
"Is our work alive?" - Sri Tirumala
I talked to a very good friend of mine, an ardent writer, sportsman, and fantastic human being, Harimohan Paruvu
He referred to a few exceptionally skilled and successful people and their behaviour on the field and off the field.
He mentioned Kapil Dev, the greatest ever who played for India. He was such an amazing bowler. He realized early on that his instrument to deliver the best is the cricket ball.
So he would treat it with the highest regard. He would never kick it or treat it with disrespect.
He would maybe talk to it before his delivery and express the intent of his mind, heart and hands to the ball. The ball would talk back and fulfil his intent.
He also mentioned one of the greatest legends that ever played Indian Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar.
He would get up every morning before his practice, fold his attire, clean his cricket kit and shoes, and polish his bat. He would talk to them to deliver his extraordinary skill.
For these legends and many more in cooking, music, and other forms of artistry, the instruments or objects that they use to deliver their talent are living, breathing friends and companions.
They work in harmony with them to deliver their best. They treat them with respect and ask them for a favour, and their instruments deliver it.
I love my product, I love my company, and I always wonder, do I love it and believe in it enough to “talk to it” in order to deliver my dreams and objectives?
The day we do that with our work, our instruments - whether they’re software or machines (such as bikes or cars) - will work like magic. They will appreciate our respect for them and give 200% back, and results will shine.
Don’t just love your talent, make your work and product a living, breathing entity, and you will experience their magic.