Episode # 323 – “Why should we have a ‘Plan-B’ for everything in life?” – Vidura’s key answer!!!

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In the previous episode we had begun a very important discussion on why “Prevention” is always better than “Cure”. In other words, Vidura is trying to remind King Dhirdiraashtra of this very important point that it is better not to leave it to a point wherein the problem becomes too late and too complex to handle. Vidura explains that a “Panditha” is a person who is able to forsee and anticipate problems in a mission well in advance and would seek to find out solutions for it, so as to counter them in an effective manner. This is an extremely important character not only for an effective king but also for our lives today. In fact, many of our problems that we face in today’s life is mainly because of our lack of anticipation of the issue and lack of advanced planning to mitigate them successfully. This is what we call in corporate terms as “Plan-B”. In Management terminology, for every project to become successful we cannot just stick on with one way of working and methodology and one direction of approach. It is always better to have multiple directions of looking at successful completion because, if the main methodology hits some hurdles that might lead us to a deadlock situation, we can always bank upon the “Plan-B” to move on with the project. This “Plan-B” should be devised at the initial stage itself so as to avoid confusions and hiccups during the middle of the implementation stage.

Such is with respect to projects at a corporate level and this important point is also applicable to our personal lives as well. Right from financial aspects till other important personal aspects, it is always better to have a “Plan-B” for everything. For instance, we have a culture amongst people of India to “save” our money every month by minimizing our unwanted expenses and this helps us to mitigate crisis situations in our family which might demand a big expense of money. This is one way we try to “anticipate” problems in advance and take corrective measures to try and mitigate them better. Based upon this practice in our country, banks have various saving schemes for people such as fixed deposits, relative deposits, public provident funds, etc. wherein we can save our money for a short, medium or a long term for a fixed interest rate according to the respective scheme of saving. Thus, we witness in today’s world the direct application of this point by Vidura to King Dhirdiraashtra.

Similarly, in other aspects as well, the point of “anticipation” finds lot of significance. Right from saving energy, water, electricity and other utility services, we are practically witnessing the application of this point every passing day. Of course nowadays we are running into a crisis for many things in this world including water. Many cities across the world are running through severe water problems and this is a problem in India as well. So as responsible citizens of our respective countries and the world, we should make sure that we use our natural resources such as water, etc. judiciously so that we can somewhat prevent what might be called as a “man-made deficit” of resources later.

Hence for today let us ponder over this very important point and let us try to create ways through which we can anticipate potential problems well in advance in whatever we do. Once we are able to anticipate future problems, we can devise strategies to mitigate them effectively and thus we can be better prepared to face the challenging world ahead of us. We shall wait till tomorrow’s episode to witness Vidura’s next point of discussion! Stay tuned! 😊

Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Kerala, India. A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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