An old TISA friend recently shared some deep thoughts with us:
I wanted to share some of my experiences, where I had moments of realisation of how a changed attitude (which I acquired due to TISA) can make a huge difference in one’s life.
To cut the long story short- I have joined as a Partner and CTO of an EduOnline Startup. This startup has been founded by a good friend with whom I have been freelancing since 2008. We are also co-founding another start-up in parallel, which will be into mobile app development for clients in USA.
In one of the daily calls which I have with my co-founder, who is now based in New York, US, he said- “Do you know what impresses me the most about you? You stammer. Now you had two choices- Either you sit and cry that everyone is making fun of me, or you focus on your strengths and make it so big, that stammering doesn’t matter. You chose the second path. That’s why I always loved working with you, and I still do.” I actually had this courage to take this path only because of TISA. Until then, I was always scared about stammering and had doubts about how it will shape my career.
Another incident- we are currently interviewing a few candidates for CEO, so that we can focus on technical R&D. After interviewing one candidate from an IIM, my co-founder said- “He doesn’t sound confident. You stammer, but when you talk, you talk with conviction. This guy talks fluent but seems unsure. How can we hire him?”
On Thursday, I had gone to a college as a speaker for a 1-day seminar. I was talking on current IT education. I stammered at a few places. Even when I was answering questions during the Q&A. But even then, one professor from another college approached me and said that he liked my talk and wanted me to do this talk again in his college!
Reflecting on these three incidents- and there are many more-, I understood it was all my mistake that I made this stammering so BIG. TISA really turned my life upside down- just by changing the attitude. I am sure you all had these kinds of moments?