We read about the successful careers of people in various parts of the world. They are everybody’s favorites like Steve jobs of Apple and Narayan Murthy of Infosys. People will study about their lives; watch the films on their illustrative careers in order to find out what was behind their success. The answer is simpler than you think. It was their conviction that they could do it.
A burden on my back: Let me talk about the normal behavior of an employed person. Shambhu wakes up when the alarm rings on Monday morning. His reaction is – Oh hell! I have got to go to the office today. He briefly remembers the gala time that he had partied with friends on Saturday night and then gets busy with his daily chores. The tension of the traffic is writ on his face as he drives to the office. Shambhu swears at every traffic snarl that delays him. As he punches his card at the office gate, it indicates- late by a minute.
Bad work environment: With the spoilt mood, Shambhu goes to his seat. While he is scanning through the emails, he finds that on two counts, the boss is angry as he has delayed the work. He swears again and gets down finishing the pending work. But he cannot concentrate without the morning tea. The colleague tells him the morning tea would be delayed by an hour as the milk supply failed to arrive in the canteen and they are making alternate arrangements. Shambhu gets into a discussion mode with his colleague on tea mismanagement and how it would now lead to a delay in his work.
Life is hell: Shambhu gets a call from the boss, where he is pulled up for the delay in his work and loaded with more work for the day. Shambhu just cannot take the stress and needs a break. He moves to the smoking zone with another colleague and they discuss the bad state of affairs in the company for almost 45 minutes. Shambhu is still trying to get over the piles of work at the end of the day when others are leaving office. He tries to concentrate but in vain and decides to leave. To avoid the confrontation with the boss he decides to take leave on medical grounds on the next day.
A different approach: Now contrast this case with that of Naresh. The alarm bell rings, and Naresh jumps out of bed. He is excited about the new project that he wants to start in the office. He is in the office 20 minutes before time. He is finished with his emails before the office time starts. He gets down to work which is likely to come to him in the day. After an hour, he goes to the boss’s office and discusses the project that he wants to take up for the benefit of the company.
Welcome treatment: The boss treats Naresh with coffee from the vending machine in his office. He listens to the project plans from Naresh and guides him to include the company goal links into it. He also assures Naresh, that he will sanction the money required for the project. The time limit for the project is fixed for one month. Naresh returns from the office confidently as he knows he will be able to drive it through in 20 days.
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