Transitional seasons of life are always a bit strange to adjust to….
I put together a few important lessons which I have learnt during my 20 years of work experience and written this to my nephew on a very special day when he was entering into a new phase of life-going into his first job, a stepping stone on his long and successful career journey which was about to begin…. Never stop learning…. getting a driving license do not permit you to drive in a GP. What you learned is important….what you learned about how to learn is essential….it’s the foundation for your life-long success. Be someone that your colleagues want to work with….Bring a positive attitude to everything you do….Keep the commitments you make. You’re not as smart as you think you are, even if you are as smart as you think you are…. Recognize, as well, when to stand by your beliefs and when to flex in the face of good advice. For as Mahatma Gandhi said, “It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.” You never get a second chance to make your first impression…..From the very first moment, remember you are creating an impression. Do what’s required, from the menial to the extraordinary, to get the job done…. Keep in mind it’s more important to work in a good organisation than to start with a good position. The harder and smarter you work, the luckier you’ll get….In the long run, good work discipline matters as much or more than talent. Learn to listen, listen to learn…. And even if you fundamentally disagree with what’s being said, your ability to demonstrate understanding of others’ points of view will open your minds. Always do your homework…. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail, chance favors the prepared mind.
Don’t learn the tricks of the trade, learn the trade….There are no short cuts to becoming excellent. Strive to recognize and compensate for your weaknesses…. Because it’s certain that you will be called upon, at many points in your career, to do things that don’t naturally play to your strengths. So get on the path to self-awareness early.
Network your brains out….There is an old career maxim: “It’s not who you know, it’s who knows you.” Treat each relationship as a bank account into which you must deposit at least as much value as you hope to withdraw. Don’t lose yourself trying to be what you think others want you to be….
Take good care of yourself, stay happy, healthy and in this journey you’ll be great!!