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Saturday, September 12, 2015

You Don't Fail Until You Quit

This happened just yesterday. I was in a discussion with some of my younger colleagues on their achievements and lessons learned of past one year. It was a very  engaging discussion and everyone came up with lot of good thoughts on what they had achieved and what they had learned in last one year. It was a very important discussion and all the more important because it is their first job and it was the first year of their career.

All of them came up with great pointers on the lessons that they had learnt in the last one year. Here are the top six which I would like to share:

You are on your own

Come what may, you are your own. You will get all the help possible from the support system around you but at the end of everything you are on your own. Even GOD helps THOSE who HELP themselves.

Never Lose Hope

There will be difficult times when you will think that things are not working, you may start to lose hope. There will be times when you would be on the verge to give up. That is the time, that is the moment when you need to close your eyes, take a deep breath and tell yourself "Not Yet". I am not giving up. I am going to try One More Time.

Business Impact

Your ability to understand the business impact of what you do will take you to great heights in your professional life. It doesn't matter whether you are at a senior position or a junior position, it doesn't matter whether you are a business consultant or a technical expert, your ability to understand the business impact will be a key aspect in defining your professional success.

What Goes Around, Comes Around

What you sow is what you reap. Your Karma will strike back, it may not be in the exact same form and shape but when it does you will know. So take a pause, think before you speak, mark your words and think before you act because everything will back to you one day with compound interest.

Learn the Art of Negotiation

80% of your professional success depends on how you communicate and negotiate, only 20% is skill based. So whoever you are, whatever you do, learn the art of communicating and negotiating. Don't just listen, pay attention. Don't just see, but observe. Don't just speak, but make sense.

Think Globally, Act Locally

Last but not the least, the thought that went through my mind with jet speed is Think Globally, Act Locally. I was Awestruck with this thought and started to imagine the multiple ways in which this thought can be applied to our day to day lives. So, I decided to google it and guess what, I found About 6,29,000 results in 0.32 seconds. Here are few key results:

Think Global, Act Local for the Planet, for the environment.

Think Global, Act Local for the Community
Think Global, Act Local for the Business, for the Customer
Think Global, Act Local for the Digital World, because digital is changing the world we live in
Think Global, Act Local for your own growth as a person and as a professional

Hope this helps the readers to learn from the experiences of others.

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