Beyond recognition or reward: Jaspriya Gandhok

In whatever one does; one seeks some form of recognition or reward for the work done. It acts as a fuel that fires motivation and drives to carry on. Rewards and recognitions come in many forms and faces and different things motivate different people.


This has often made me wonder what is it that motivates me, and fuels my fire to carry on with what I have set out to do – is it money, awards or recognition by peers/community? Well, it is all of these but none of them.






I realised what matters most to me is the feedback I receive from the people I interact with, through my training, coaching, mentoring and writing. The sense of fulfilment that comes from knowing that you have touched even a single life to leave a lasting impression is matchless. And I count myself blessed in this regard because in course of my professional journey I have received so much love and respect, that it has kept me going.






Recently, I was again stunned by how small things can turn out to be so important for people you don’t even know. For my article on Cheating, I received some very heartfelt comments, some of which I would like to share with you.





These words reinforce my belief that through my work, I must give a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. Most of my writing is inspired by my own experiences and sometimes, it is excruciating to lay bare your life, your emotions, your trials and tribulations in front of the whole world, but if it gives hope even to a single person, gives strength to carry on, then the pain is worth it.




I am fortunate that the nature of my work allows me to have an impact on people, however, one does not need to be professionally qualified to make a difference in the lives of people around them. Even the smallest act of kindness can turn around a person’s life. It is a choice that you have to make – a choice to be more empathetic, kind and compassionate.


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