An opposable thumb


The only person I know, having six fingers on hand is Hrithik Roshan. I skipped some breaths when I came to know that our favorite teddy bears have six fingers on their front limbs. That extra finger works as a thumb, to hold the bamboo while eating. It helps them to hold a bamboo stem, the way we hold our toothbrush early in the morning.

Do you have an extra finger? Do you have any talent by birth, which can help in managing the resources? How do you use your extra time? What additional knowledge are you gaining?

Well, I know it is quite impossible to attach another thumb to your hand. I will not tell you to have it even if there is no extra thumb. Scan carefully, you must have something extra within you. Look at yourself, there must be something extra and exceptional, others don’t have.

As a leader, you must have one USP that is “Unique Selling Point.” Everyone has their unique quality in their own way. In the corporate world, a leader must have something which can create magic. Yes, it can be common sense and experience. As you know, common sense is no more common sense. (If you know what I mean.)

Observe yourself and look for that extra thumb within you. There might be something hidden, oblivious to you. You need to find something good in you and use it as your strength. If you are good at communication, use it as a weapon and solve every matter. If you are good at the look, highlight yourself. If you are good at having patience, share it with your team in tough times. Nowadays, the organization looks for unique leaders who can create unique results. There is no value for common people in an organization. If you are common, you can be easily replaceable and those who are easily replaced, are not valuable. You don’t know just because of your one extra potential; your team will get inspired with you. They will always follow your lead only to have that extra opposable thumb in their life too. They think, by following your lead they may achieve those, and it’s true even.

If you guide them with your additional qualities, your team will be blessed. So, have some extra talent, if you don’t have one, try to inculcate to enjoy the delicious taste of success with your fellow mates.


This scene is taken from the book “Struggle Scream Success.” The author, Banty Barman, a twenty-six years old lone wolf has beautifully depicted 101 leadership lessons for entrepreneurs from his experience of six incredible years in the direct selling industry. Born and raised in Kolkata, WB and completed his graduation from Calcutta University. His first title “A Mistake that changed my Life.” is a love story where he depicted his true love and emotions for his school life girlfriend in it. Contact him at


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