Right from the moment I took up the HDFC Ergo project, I knew it would be a challenge. The client had envisioned a full-fledged office when they brought the JTCPL Designs team on board and the deadline set would seem challenging even for a regular project. However, this one had an added difficulty with the site previously being a gaming zone on a recently decommissioned mall floor plate. The one ingredient that kept me going was optimism, which was only strengthened by the client’s and my team’s faith in me.
Optimism, generally, is considered as a mental attitude – a happy belief that the outcome of some specific endeavor, or outcomes in general, will be good. Optimism doesn’t play a bigger role than when we are facing an uphill task. No matter which field or background you belong to, whether you’re the CEO of an MNC or a student in college. Optimism benefits everyone and almost every situation; it is like a positive force field that quietly does its work and keeps you going even when you thought you couldn’t.
In the context of architecture, optimism becomes imperative as even a minor miscalculation could lead to unimaginable loss to the client and/or the team. Having the mind of an optimist helps one to better awareness which leads to better choices, and therefore to better end results.
Optimists and pessimists approach situations differently with their varying ability to cope with challenges. However, there are a lot of pessimists who call themselves realists which is why, the concept of optimism becomes so important in today’s day and world.
In general, I feel, India as a country believes in positivity because of our faith in karmic justice. It becomes very important for leaders to understand, what they practice is often projected onto their team. Leading a team with values such as optimism helps boost the entire team’s perspective towards taking up bigger challenges and expanding horizons to set and surpass benchmarks.
Just like concrete & steel come together to fortify structures, determination and an optimistic approach can strengthen the infrastructure of your life.