All of us need some trappings of success, some external markers, that tell us and others that we are doing well. But the constant quest for material success and the external validation of that as achievement is a measure that is dependent on others; the world outside then pulls us up or tears us down.
So there must come a time when we look inward and learn to balance outside reference points with the inner thirst, a hunger to go from outer success to inner satisfaction. Charles Handy refers to ‘The Hungry Spirit’, a spirit that is hungry for what it truly seeks, and what it truly wants to do.
This is at the heart of living a life of authenticity, free of masks, poses and pretence. It’s a journey of mustering the courage to be comfortable with who you are and the heart that sees meaning in a life of contribution.
Our Non-Classroom Learning, often referred to as NCL, builds on these ideas and offers three distinct levels of learning:
1. Self-awareness: How do you understand yourself?
2. Self-management: How do you reflect this awareness in your behaviour and interactions with others (inter personal) and with yourself (intra personal)?
3. Societal awareness: How do you understand societal systems and needs, like the idea of India along with the idea of Bharat?