the root of the tree…

While researching for a particular management-session which had a geopolitical angle, I looked at the world’s map…And I saw the geography in entirely new light…those lines dividing our world into continents and then into countries suddenly started making much more sense than they ever did to me…

Throughout my schooling and the formal education after that, my favorite sayings were ‘Live in the present moment’ (because my knowledge of history was as bad as Indian cricket-team’s recent performance overseas) and ‘Vaasudev Kutumbakam – the world is a global village’ (because my knowledge of geography was as bad as Kingfisher Airline’s current balance-sheet).

Blame it on the system, people or my own ignorance…at that time, all I was interested in was remembering the facts and never in how those facts matter… I was focusing on just their ‘utility’ and not their ‘significance’…And thus, all of them just remained pieces of information in my head and never got distilled into ‘knowledge’.

The truth is that, no one who wants to be knowledgeable has ever become knowledgeable… All you can do is ‘be genuinely curious’ and then the knowledge ‘happens’ to you.

But, how to be curious?

Well! As they say, “if you are trying to build a ship, do not tell your workers to go to the forest, chop wood, and build a ship. Instead, instill in them the desire for the sea…They will do the rest!”

…‘understanding the significance’…not just the utility.

About Sandeep Atre

Sandeep Atre, PhD: Dr. Sandeep Atre is the Founder-Director of Socialigence – an organization that specializes in the development of ‘Social Intelligence’ through its focused online-courses and customized workshops on ‘observing nonverbal behavior and understanding emotions for greater interpersonal effectiveness and self-management’. ( He is also one of the Founder-Directors of CH EdgeMakers - a leading ‘Coaching and Training’ group of Central India. In his career of close to one and a half decade, he has trained thousands of students, and professionals of more than fifty organizations and institutions. He has authored two books “Understanding Emotions Logically – A layman’s guide to the foundations of Social Intelligence” and “Observing Nonverbal Behavior – An exhaustive guide to the essential skill of Social Intelligence” and has also been a noted blogger for last many years. He has also featured at various prestigious platforms as a ‘Management Speaker’ and ‘Motivational Orator’ and has also served on various advisory and editorial boards. He has earned repute for his value-additive innovation and holistic methodology in his domain.
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