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How To Stay Motivated At Work

Chaldal CTO Tejas Viswanath explains how a sense of purpose helps him to take on big challenges at work.

Enter Tejas Viswanath

For me, work isn’t really “work”, in the traditional sense of that word, where you come into the office, get your day’s work done, and head out at 6 pm. The way I approach it can be best described through a Japanese concept known as ikigai, variously translated as “a reason for being”, or “a reason to get up in the morning”.

On a good day, when I wake up, my mind is filled with ideas, I can feel the excitement in my nerves and I can’t wait to get started. The difficult part is in choosing which of those ideas to focus on for the day and pushing everything else out of my mind.

I’m driven by my vision to see a highly connected world. Our world is very inefficient today because systems don’t talk to each other; and when they do, they don’t do it very well, for a lot of non-technological reasons (politics, walled gardens, incompetence etc.).

I believe we have maybe executed 5% of what we’re capable of, given our current set of available technologies. It is possible to create an environment so remarkably different it will appear magical.

It takes a lot of grunt work to work on each piece of the vision, but every day I know I’m a step closer.

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