National Award winning actor Ashish Vidyarthi was in Hyderabad recently to introduce the concept of “Lead, Evolve, Accelerate and Productivity” (LEAP). Says Ashish, “LEAP is all about developing our existing practices and evolving or adapting to new practices, according to the surroundings and conditions. Leadership is all about ‘delivery at the right time’. At times no work manuals will help you. If you have to cross the road at Charminar, will standard operating procedures work?”
“My mother Reba Vidyarthi was a Kathak dancer while my father Govind Vidyarthi was a theatre personality. Later on, he worked for Sangeet Natak Akademi and documented many dying art forms of India. “For me, the ever smiling face of my father was an enigma which I understood later in life. Do not worry of being ‘targeted’ in life. Become the ‘target’ yourself. The whole universe is available to you. In turn, ‘smile’ and be available to the universe.
“After a point I realised that I was not giving ‘dates’ to my film producers. I was giving ‘days of my life’ which can never come back again. Life does not depend on reasons for failure. Losers will always spell out valid reasons. Clarity in deed would bring peace and inner beauty in life. There is immense power in acknowledging the contribution of every human being in our life. One must constantly make the effort to absorb this power by getting the blessings of all human beings.
“Gossip’ is the biggest enemy in a healthy relationship and creates distrust. I have cut it off from my life. Learn to be straight. Martial art expert Bruce Lee had a principle of defence. When someone attacks, avoid it with the minimum movement. I have learnt a lot from people who don’t practice what they preach. I am deeply inspired by the Michael Jackson song Man In The Mirror. We all need to reflect upon our mirrors. We all need to make that change,” concludes Ashish. — Musician, Creator of ‘Jaywant Guitar’ and a freelance photographer