We spend the most productive part of our lives, that is, post-college years in inventing the next best thing. We try to become the Next Mark Zuckerberg or Elon Musk through a really cool idea,but one person out of million gets that opportunity to make it this big in his professional life. And in a matter of 3-4 years like the above mentioned uber-successful entrepreneurs is a rarity.
The problem with most of us it that we take many things that can enhance our daily productivity for granted. We take them lightly and pay the price. We don’t know our true potential as to how we can succeed in our professional life. Everyone looks for that solid advice that can do the trick for them,but there isn’t any magic wand for this. There are, however, some simple tactics that you can use to be more productive at work and turn your professional life for the better.
Following are the 5 steps critical aspects that may look new to you,but in essence, they are more about using your capabilities to the fullest. And coupled with a positive mindset,it will surely result in optimum performance.
- Challenge your Limits as Nothing is Set in Stone
You don’t need the shape-shifting capabilities like the mythological creatures to make a mark. Like the recent villain in the new adaptation of the Stephen King novel “IT,” I am not sure all of you would like to have these capabilities. You need to find your ability to adapt to the changes in your department/company. This can be dealing with a new boss, the use of a new task management software or shifting to the night shift, for example.
We all face problems whenever we face a change in the way we are working for a long time. A change in your shift timings, for example, can have a huge impact on your productivity. Adapting to the new shift can be uneasy for many,but you have to deal with it. You have no choice but to adapt your working style and routine to the new timings and the quicker, the better.
- Master the Elevator Pitch
I just read an article recently about getting your elevator pitch ready as there are lots of events coming up where you can get a chance to present your new idea to the likes of Satya Nadella or Elon Musk. Two of the most important ones are the Web Summit in Lisbon and Seattle WA Tech Conference. While you may not be able to attend both of them, it is just for your information that such events do happen regularly where you can listen and meet with tech leaders of the world.
Whether you are a product manager in search of funding or an aspiring entrepreneur looking for capital for your startup, you can create a great elevator pitch and who knows, luck can be on your side in such prestigious events.
- Flying Cars are Coming so be ready for the New technology
With companies looking to invent flying cars and copters, we are not far from actually using them shortly. In Dubai last month, a test was recently conducted for a flying taxi service. Technology is changing rapidly,and companies like Tesla are working on to make the sci-fi movies of yesteryears a reality. The question is, are you ready to embrace the technology? Do you have a positive mindset,or you are among those who love the status-quo?
In the beginning, new technology always gets lots of criticism, but with time, it is widely accepted. Television was considered an evil invention by churches around the world. The point I want to make is that you need to make sure you are ready for the new technology and get accustomed to it quickly. Otherwise, you will lag professionally.
- Treat yourself as an Asset to the Company
If I allow you to use a time machine and go back 10 years in time, you will probably buy shares of Apple or Samsung so that after a decade you will reap rich dividends. Well, that’s just a thought, but since none is available, you need to make the smartest investment decision right now. What about a bet on yourself? But how is this going to benefit you in the long term? Let me tell you how.
Never underestimate yourself in any situation,no matter how dire it is. Treat yourself like an untapped talent. When you invest in yourself with the right strategies and resources, there’s no way that you can’t achieve success. And who knows, you may build that time machine we talked about! The only the sky’s the limit.
- Strong Trees don’t Grow Overnight
The oldest tree in the world is nearly 5000 years old. One thing you can learn from this fact is that great things don’t happen overnight. You need to work hard to achieve the dizzying heights of success you dream of daily. Success comes to those who work hard and intelligently. In all your endeavors, it is important to see what you can learn. Your constructive hobbies outside your work, like trekking, can help you re-energize quickly.
Success doesn’t come easy to anyone. There is no recipe for success that you can apply and voila, luck will be on your side. You have to adapt to changes, be ready to experiment, take calculated risks, invest,and at the end be patient, really patient. These can be termed as the best tools to succeed in today’s world. If you go about your work correctly, you’ll be able to soak up the sun at the end of the day.
I am sure that this blog post will evoke diverse reactions from my readers. Some of you will find it hard to apply what I have written here. That’s why I am ready for your feedback so that I can answer your queries. Please use the comments section below in this regard.