A strong work ethic is lacking in people nowadays. Professionalism is a key component, which helps an individual to describe himself and his standards. Good news is, professionalism is a skill which can be developed. A person with higher standards on the job reflects integrity and respectfulness.
Below are some ways to amplify professionalism on the job:
A fundamental quality of professionalism is being on time, no matter what. Even if no one is monitoring him, he comes well on time and finish all the assigned work. He meets all deadlines given to him.
Responsible and Accountable
To be more professional, start taking responsibility for your actions. Take responsibility for your problems, assignments, and tasks. If something is not delivered on time to the client, rather than making futile excuses, a person with higher degree of professionalism will take concrete actions to resolve the issue.
Structured and Well-Organized
well organized. It starts with smaller things such as keeping your desk clean
and arranged. Well maintained professional employees value time more than
anything else. They know that being organized and structured will eventually
help them save time.
Good hygiene is of highest importance for such professionals. Keep your clothes clean, hair combed, brush your teeth and use deodorants. Appearance plays a vital role in your overall presence and impact over others. Your appearance gives it away even before you say a word.
Being consistent is another very important trait a professional should have. Consistent efforts give consistent results. Being result-oriented is good, but it should not be achieved with irregular efforts. This might work in short-term, but professionals know it far better that long term impact is always rewarded and provides authenticity to their credentials.
Be aggressive, be motivated, be ambitious, but don’t forget to be humble. There is no point keeping your boss happy with your sub-ordinates looking to get rid of you. Maintain high standards in the way you treat everyone around you. Kind words and a wide smile go a long distance.
What is life? How to live a fulfilled life? What to do with our life?
All these questions come to our mind once in a while. We try really hard to live every single day as good as we possibly can. But, after going very far in our life journeys, we look back and notice that we could/would/might have lived better. Once the top priorities of our life don’t really even matter anymore. We analyze and come to the conclusion of the sad truth, which is, we didn’t even concentrate on portions of life which really mattered the most.
Where is the problem?
Let’s try to understand the mechanics of life closely. What are the parameters which govern us all life long?
Below is a compact life formula. Try to fit yourself in this non-linear equation of life and see how you are doing.
H/F: Happiness or Fulfillment
Δ1: Choices in your life made by you
Δ2: Choices in your life made by others on your behalf
n: Comfort zone
Now, in the above formula, as you can see, Happiness or Fulfillment is directly proportional to ‘Money’, ‘Relationships’ and ‘Health’. That means, if we have more money, better relationships ,and good health, our lives will be more fulfilling and happier. Don’t you agree with that? Indeed, it is true.
Furthermore, in the formula, Happiness is inversely proportional to the Difference of ‘Choices made by others for you’ and ‘Choices made by yourself’. Which means, the smaller the difference the greater the happiness. Notice one thing here though. If Δ2>Δ1, the final value of ‘Happiness’ goes to an imaginary value (For those who are not aware, negative values inside a square root result into imaginary values). In other words, you actually didn’t live at all. It was an imaginary or virtual life which you lived. Always try to keep the difference (Δ1-Δ2) as bigger as possible to uplift the Happiness factor.
Another important factor in this Life’s formula is ‘n’ – the comfort zone. The more the value of ‘n’ the lesser the value of Happiness and fulfillment in your life.
Now, the most important parameters of this formula, which no one tells us about and we usually neglect them. Those are:
The value of α is of the order (10^-9), the value of β is of the order (10^6) and the value of γ is of the order (10^9). Now, if you put these values in the formula, you will see that though H/F is directly proportional to money, the value of α is too small. Which means, even if you earn more and more money, the happiness/fulfillment will not be increased by that order – because of the very low value of α. On the other hand, the value of β is high and hence ‘Better relationships’ add up to a higher level of Happiness/fulfillment. The value of γ is even higher. Which tells us that, the better the health, the most positive impact it will produce on our happiness and fulfillment.
Conclusion: We tend to notice only the variants – m, R and H. But, key to highly fulfilling and enormously happy life is to give utmost importance to the variants α, β and γ together with other factors such as n and (Δ1-Δ2).
Essentially, there are two types of people in the universe.
Type 1: They are too sweet and awesomly innocent. They believe in what is told to them without posing any questions. For them, it is like – why even bother.
Type 2: They look for evidence in everything they hear. They don’t stick to a side. These are the people who play a role in taking the human race forward. This world as you know it needs these people more than ever before.
Imagine what would have happened if there were no Type 2 people around to ask these great scientists the hard questions about their theories. We owe a lot to them.
To understand this better, keep reading further. Read closely the ideas and thoughts of these famous figures and how insanely wrong they were in understanding this world.
ARISTOTLE (384 BC – 322 BC)
He believed in a geocentric world. He thought that the earth sits at the center of the cosmos: the sun, moon, planets, and stars, embedded in crystalline spheres, revolve around it. Nothing can be farther from the truth.
NICOLAUS COPERNICUS (1473 – 1543)
He thought that the planets orbited the Sun, and that the Moon orbited Earth. The Sun, in the center of the universe, did not move, nor did the stars.
Copernicus was correct about some things but wrong about others. The Sun is not in the center of the universe, and it does move, and so do the stars. Also, both Copernicus and Ptolemy thought the orbits of the planets were circular, but we now know they are elliptical.
ISAAC NEWTON (1643 – 1727)
He was wrong about what caused gravity. He thought gravity was some type of universal pulling force that held everything together and was just part of the way things worked in the universe. He was a mathematical genius and could explain all other scientific aspects of gravity with phenomenal precision, but not what caused it. He invented something called gravitational pull.
In 1915, Albert Einstein published his Theory of
General Relativity which explained that gravity was caused by the warping
of space around massive objects. Space actually curved around these objects in
space. We are being pushed down to the Earth by the curved space, not
pulled down as Newton explained. Einstein’s theory was proven in 1919 and again
in 1921 with the help of the great astrologist, mathematician and physicist,
Arthur Eddington. It has since been proven many times.
ALBERT EINSTEIN (1879 – 1955)
He published his Theory of General Relativity, but in order to get the math right, Einstein had to create a new constant number (an unchanging value, like ‘pi’ or ‘e’) and stick it inside his general relativity equations to balance them. He called it the “cosmological constant,” and it helped the equations account for the unchanging nature of the universe.But, we all know today that the universe is expanding and not static.
If Copernicus hadn’t doubted the theories of Aristotle, or if Newton hadn’t doubted the theories of Copernicus, or if Einstein hadn’t doubted the theories of Newton, we would still be living in the world with the earth as it’s center and the sun revolving around it and with bunch of Type 1 people around us.
Because these scientists were all Type 2 people, they dared to call the given into question.
It is your choice. Decide your own type. We have tons of Type 1 people already. Type 2 people are rare and scarce. Try to be one of them and you will thank me later.
When we are born, gray matter in our brain is a blank sheet of paper, and ready to be carved. Our subconscious mind is ready to accept any thoughts. It doesn’t know how to categorize those incoming thoughts as positive or negative. Hence, it accepts everything for a fact (as positive). This happens for the first 5 to 8 years of our lifetime.
The model of our brain is written in those 5 years. That is why it is very important to be careful about how parents and teachers treat their kids in those early years.
Whatever is fed into the kid’s mind in those first 5 to 8 years will be a hard truth for him. He will analyze the world based on that rule-book and suddenly the world will become polarized for him. He will start defining the things and people in the world as negative/positive, likes/dislikes, or love/hate based on that conditioning.
If you look inside yourself, you will notice that for some reason you have the tendency to assume a few things in life as hard truth even though you don’t have facts to support them.
For example, fear of water, fear of heights, fear of God, disliking the places other than home, thought of your parents being always right or thinking of yourself as weak, thin, fat, lazy, etc.
You will find yourself believing in such things sub-consciously without thinking. The reason for this is that it was stored in your memory as truth when your brain was all open to accept inputs.
For the same reason, so many people find it extremely difficult to accept something which goes against their hardwired rule-book. The reason could be anything including fear, ego or assumption.
To put it simply, your life’s outline is decided in the first 5 to 8 years even without your approval. It seems scary, right?
Indeed it is.
Some people are too brave, some are way timid. Some are aggressive, some are defensive. Some are leaders, some are followers and so on and so forth.
Nobody chooses deliberately to be timid or a follower. But, it was explained to him as truth in those early years of his life and he follows that path all lifelong. More often than not, a poor person’s child ends up poor and rich person’s child ends up rich. That is why the gap between rich and poor is always increasing.
It’s a chain reaction. Poor people stay poor because their thoughts are poor. They were convinced of taking fewer risks because they think life is harsh. They accept their faults because they think – that is their destiny.
But there are a few people who dare to challenge what is given to them. They deny the already defined rule-book for them. They love to write their own rules by their own means. And, to do that, they make efforts to reconfigure their sub-conscious mind’s rule-book. These are the people who go into history books.
Finally, a humble request. Don’t get your life defined by the rule-book written by somebody else.
Each one of us has a spark to new skills, be it singing, dancing, playing any sports, or honing public speaking skills.
The initial few days of learning that particular skill are really daunting. All the skepticism hovers our mind. We try to compare our ‘newly thought skill’ with a connoisseur of that field. We judge our selves and somehow do our work reluctantly. I have gone through all these experiences, and after speaking with friends and family received similar feedback. This experience is backed by a couple of books which I read as well. So, on a high-level similar thought process is experienced by the majority of people. One thing which is 100% true is that when we master the skill, life becomes awesome and we enjoy it very dearly.
The tricky part is going through the process and experiencing all these not so motivating thoughts, and how to stick to a routine so that we can learn the skill.
Let me share one of my experiences where I learned one skill a couple of years back and then the going through the recent one which triggered my neurons to write the articles.
2016 was the year when I thought to learn swimming. First thing I was doing is making a group of close friends so that it becomes comfortable going together for the class, which I later felt is not a very effective step. Going with a group can be tricky when others are not very keen to learn swimming and just joining you for namesake. Take the bold step. Rather than looking for friends to accompany you, find the training center and register as per your time schedule. Initial few days will be very hard to quantify your progress which is normal, but enjoy the process. Waking up early and getting ready for classes and enjoying the practice session is very important. Watching youtube videos, reading extensively about swimming helps. Make it a personal experience so that you and swimming are not separate. Eventually, I was able to swim alone on the 27th day, maybe it was quick may be long, but eventually today I can swim which is indeed a blissful experience. People when jumps and forays all the hurdles, the new skill is waiting to embrace you. Do not stop in the middle and make daily progress.
The new skill which I am trying to learn is sketching, somehow it was in my mind that I cannot sketch, but after watching one of the TED talks, I was determined to draw. I wouldn’t say it was very easy, but yes I am in the process of learning it and determined to sketch freely! I am following a couple of blogs, YouTube videos, and articles. I must say, it was a really enriching experience.
Below is a recent sample exercise of drawing circles and sketches, which is indeed a lot better than my previous drawing skill !!