Work hard in silence and let success make all the noise.

An entrepreneur is defined as a person who organises and manages an enterprise. Entrepreneurship means different things to different people. While the vision may differ from the grand to the humble, one thing is common – your degree of success will depend on the commitment and hard work you put behind your enterprise. Continue reading “Work hard in silence and let success make all the noise.”

Don’t Let the Opinions of Others Consume You!

This is a bad, bad world. People will judge you. People will have an opinion on anything and everything you do. The world is filled with people with those uncles you meet on your every train journey. They will give you so many opinions contradicting to their stance and want you to follow them, too. But you, as students, have to understand that this life is yours to live and enjoy. Continue reading “Don’t Let the Opinions of Others Consume You!”

How would you like it if you were suffocating?

Wait..why this question?

We’re here to discuss climate change, not get targeted.

Yes. But as Elon Musk aptly puts it, “We’re running the most dangerous experiment in history right now, which is to see how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere can handle before there is an environmental catastrophe.” 

Yes you guessed it right, the topic for the day is CARBON DIOXIDE.

Why is it such a big deal? It’s just another gas and the plants absorb it anyways.

How is it causing havoc in the first place?

This is how it goes: The sun emits heat energy in the form of Ultraviolet rays and visible light. While the earth makes its own effort in keeping the atmosphere cool by emitting part of it as infra red rays, gases like carbon dioxide manage to trap some of the heat and make the atmosphere warm.

So it’s simple, the greater the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the warmer the surface of the earth, because the plants can’t absorb all of it!

CO2 (emitted highest when compared to other heat absorbing greenhouse gases like methane and nitrous oxide) is added to the atmosphere in large quantities by human activities like burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas, deforestation, and cement production for rapid urbanization.

It is a vicious cycle that will only come back to bite us if not controlled.

The figure below gives a depiction of the cyclic changes the whole process can cause:

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It is important that every single individual plays a role in controlling this, because gases do not stay in one place after emission.

Humanity has suffocated the earth enough, it’s high time we try and let it breathe now.

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How to shop in an environment friendly way

If you are finding it too hard to adopt eco-friendly changes, chances are that you are biting off more than you can chew! All you have to do is adopt one change at a time. We have already discussed about simple changes in our last blog. Hope you have started to incorporate those little changes in your routine! In this blog, we shall discuss about another environment friendly, simple lifestyle change involving shopping.

You wait until your limited weekly stocks of your groceries and other supplies are finished. Then, you go shopping! You shop till you drop and stock up on supplies enough to last through another week. A small addition gets added to your final bill every time you shop- the plastic carry bags- because you opt for them! Once you are done with stacking all the supplies in their shelves and containers, you would toss the plastic packing and the carry bags into trash bins. And every single trash bin of this kind contributes to the growing piles of recalcitrant landfills, causing your share of damage to the environment.

Your contribution to healthier environment is few simple shopping changes away.

Plan before you shop: Do you really need to go shopping? Or you are addicted to retail therapy?! Make a list of all that you had been planning to buy. Give your list a second look. How many items you listed down are essential? Do you really need that extra pair of jeans or that new bright scarf? Planning before you shop not only saves time but also gives you a chance to take a better look at our needs. Things you don’t really need are likely to be trashed.  If there are items you can do without, omitting them from your shopping list saves money as well.

Bulk shopping: Instead of stocking up on supplies that would only last for a short time, but thinks you can stock for longer. Buying in bulk quantities not only saves time and money (& fuel!), but also save the environment as items in bulk come in compact packing. Go for products that come in environment friendly packaging.

Prepared Vs Fresh: Can’t you set 15 minutes of your day aside to was and cut your own veggies? Of course you can! Why then should you buy prepared or preserved vegetables? A visit to the green grocer will ensure you consume fresh veggies. This helps support local farmers and grocers and also cuts down the extra packaging that comes with prepared foods.

Shopping bags: Stop asking for plastic carry bags! Ask for paper bags or carry your own cloth/reusable bags instead!

Trust us, the Earth will thank you for every single change you make, no matter how small it was!

Do you have what it takes?

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The first thought that haunts every aspiring entrepreneur is, “Have I got what it takes?”

The idea of having your dream company sure is flowery, but there are months and years of grueling days and sleepless nights that go into taking it where you aspire to.

So what do these successful entrepreneurs have that always keeps them a step ahead of the others? What gives them the edge?

Over the next series of posts, let us uncover some of the major skills that can turn a yearning idea into a successful company.

The most important skill you need to be successful, irrespective of your college education or any sort of training is perseverance. The first things that we ever learnt in our lives, how to walk, to talk, to eat, have all been through constant effort. Focus, on that one goal and then build your short term objectives around it.

Learn from your mistakes. Take the lesson. Move ahead.

You are allowed to fall, but if you don’t hold the passion to stand back up, you never will.

Most aspiring entrepreneurs get diverted by the small obstacles that come their way and instead of thinking more about the long term goals, they start focusing on what comes next. NO. No business always works as planned but perseverance will keep you going even when the going gets tough. Halt, plan and change what needs to be changed.

It is the flexibility to adapt that will keep you moving in bleak outlooks.

Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take you to accomplish it, the time will pass anyway.”

 

Goal without a plan is just a wish.

It is easy to set a goal if we know what we want to accomplish in our life. But these goals can take up a concrete shape only if we wish to work hard to achieve it. Goals are considered to be the things that we wish to accomplish in the longer run. In order to make sure that the goals are accomplished, the person needs to have a plan or an idea about how he wishes to achieve it. Continue reading “Goal without a plan is just a wish.”

Is Global warming a serious threat?

Studies conducted over the last few years, have been indicative of the fact that nearly one fourth of the species living on Earth, could indeed be headed towards extinction by the year 2050! It also is quite apparent that the effect of global warming and climate change is already beginning to transform the life on earth greatly. So, is global warming a serious threat? And, if yes, why? Continue reading “Is Global warming a serious threat?”

Corporate skills the “secret” ingredient?

While on one side it is the harsh reality that our education system still has a long way to go to learn and disseminate awareness about the idea that “grades do not decide a child’s future”, one bright ray of hope is the rising awareness in students imbibing corporate/soft skills.

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What exactly are corporate skills?

Corporate skills are interpersonal skills that a person uses to interact with another – from communication to listening to gestures to stance.

Corporate skills are slowly becoming a necessity by aiding an individual in prepping up for upcoming corporate culture after he/she gets a job.

There are multiple benefits in empowering a student with corporate skills. He/She learns to have

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So, how do you get involved in scenarios that help you develop your corporate skills?

Step Out: While grades can be important, so can extracurricular opportunities – take part in competitions, organize things, be a part of a team, make presentations, do whatever it takes to talk and interact with more people. The more you do that, the better you get at it.

In short, make yourself available to trying new things. You never know what might just click, and in the meanwhile, you will be in the pink of your preparations to face the corporate world.

Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?

For one such opportunity that is now knocking on your door, check out ICCE Green (R)evolution Certification Programme and join hands with people who believe in standing out of the crowd!