We all know that being employed in the army is one of the most revered positions. But did you know that even soldiers suffer an identity crisis after retirement? The conditioning that a person undergoes to become a soldier and the grind to turn into a civilian once again is not an easy process. Air Veteran Ganesh Ramalingam helps returning soldiers undergo this transition with ease through his book, Eagles are born to fly high, a success guide for returning soldiers.
In this book, he beautifully sketches the learning, unlearning and relearning that one requires to be employed into a different profession after retirement. The self-help book is themed around the life of an eagle. An eagle faces a do or die situation during its mid-life. At such a point, it has to either break its beak, regrow it and pluck out its old talons or choose to die. This concept is compared with the life of a soldier and how he could choose to live with a wholesome understanding of the situation and introspection.
Speaking to Careerindia about the titbits from his book, he explains why among all other professionals, a soldier requires special guidance to shift his career.
"Every person can relate to such a situation. But a soldier is moulded at age 18, when he just turned an adult. Years later when he joins the civilians, the life outside is new and it takes special care to adapt to the normal way of living. Whereas, others are already in the civilian environment and would have some idea about another profession already when they choose to shift," he says.
From a Defence Personnel to a Sales Executive, Ganesh has sketched his life transition with insights about the hurdles faced and guidance on how to overcome it. Some of the disposable habits that he had listed for a soldier to change his profession are, stiff body language, loud voice and self-boasting. "Maintaining a journal to review myself has helped me to transform my life," Ganesh reveals. One consolidated advice he has for a returning soldier is, "To become a civilian unlearn all old habits. Channelise your built-in qualities in a different yet better way for success."
To let go of old habits and acquire the relevant skills, the author has prescribed a systematic methodology that is doable and helps in self-realisation for a retiring soldier. Eagles are Born to Fly High is available on online shopping websites such as Amazon and Flipkart as well as physical stores like Higgimbothoms.