Author: CA Anurag Sharma | 15th Dec 2020 | Read Time: 3-5 mins
For those who don’t know me:
A Qualified Chartered Accountant & a CFA charter-holder with 6 years of corporate experience working across MNCs, my introduction would be incomplete if I didn’t mention what I actually do that is food to my soul— hi, this is Anurag Sharma, and I’m an educator by passion & choice! Currently I’m teaching Business Law & BCR to CA Foundation students and it fills me with immense joy and pride to guide and mentor them and contribute to their success in my own little way.
As I sit to write this, I’m aware that some may feel why I’m talking about something that’s quite saturated by now. Yes, I feel like sharing a perspective or 2 about the already-so much-talked-about web series on Harshad Mehta. Well, as they say, it’s never late to share your thoughts!
I’m sure most of us have already seen the web series [The SCAM 1992], and while the entire social media is busy tagging HARSHAD MEHTA as either a Hero or a Fraudster, I would like to appeal to the readers to look at the glass half-full perspective for once.
Before you guys put a gun to my head, yes, I’m aware of the fact that his methods were not legit and how 1000s lost their money in the stock market and suffered. But I’m not trying to glorify him here. What I’m trying to get at is that we can learn something from everyone- its an art to be able to develop such thinking process where you know how to kill the noise and just focus on how you can benefit from whatever’s in front of you. I would like to highlight the key positive takeaways I could see by observing the whole Harshad Mehta fiasco.
- Challenging the status-quo and not accepting others’ version of YOUR worth!- If he would have listened to people around him and accepted it, he would have never seen the inside of BSE, let alone become the The Big Bull.
- Thinking big in life-He always believed in his dream and dreaming big in life, and then working towards that day in & day out.
- Taking risk in life & not playing it too safe [Risk hai to Ishq hai]- Thinking out-of-the-box is another trait I couldn’t ignore in his personality. When his trading account was suspended, he entered into advisory business. He basically pushed open another door for himself when the first one was closed in his face.
- Being confident & having faith in your ability- He was never afraid to reach out to people and put his best foot forward. If you are not confident about yourself, how you expect others to be confident about you and your ability.
- Fighting for your dream & working hard to make it see the light of the day– Lot many obstacles and criticism were hurled at him but he never took it as a setback, but rather used it as a stepping stone.
Of course, its also important to learn from his mistakes. One should know when to stop! Being opportunistic and exploiting loopholes is 1 thing, but there is a limit to playing the system. Last but not the least, never ignore the advice of the people who truly care for you & love you.
The stories & events that we see, hear and read—they are a mix ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’. And it is always up to us as to what we want to draw from them & how we want them to influence us and our lives. This time, I choose to draw an inspiration from this story and learn to always go after your dream and put in everything you must to achieve it. It doesn’t matter what your background is and where you come from, you have the power within to change it and gift yourself a better tomorrow–period.
I would like to know what you all think…please drop your thoughts in the comments box.
Thanks, Anurag Sharma
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