In a world where a lot of people seem to be driven by the idea of achieving success, I would like to add a note of caution. Success is not always what it seems to be on the outside, it’s not always as desirable, and sometimes it can be downright disappointing.
Success means different things to different people. However, for a young person aiming for professional success, it often means a position of power and influence in his/her desired profession and of course, lots of money. The corner office, a big car and a fat pay check are often the only things a young professional is thinking of while measuring success.
While such thoughts may be perfectly legitimate and non-toxic in themselves, they often lead to us putting the cart before the horse and inadvertently, causing ourselves and those around us a lot of grief. The chief reason for this disconnect is not only limited understanding of success but also of factors that lead to happiness in life. Often what appears to be successful is not the real thing but only a charade.
Alternatively, if young professionals focus on being of value to their profession and organisation, it will be hard to deny them eventual success. Such a success would also be permanent and fulfilling.
This will mean looking at things in a completely different way. In this paradigm, one would look at ways to make oneself more efficient and effective in the workplace. One would also look at producing value for the organisation and contributing effectively to its success.
Most readers would say it’s easier said than done – which is true. However, it’s usually easier to create value than most people tend to think. The first step is to understand what constitutes value for your organisation. A simple measure for someone who is starting off in their career would be to contribute three times by way of work than what they are getting paid for. This can be done by either enhancing the quality or the quantity of work that you put in, or both; however, care should be taken to evaluate the outcomes of one’s work as value does not lie in the work that you put in but in the outcomes that you produce.
Outcomes are the desired end result of our efforts – take for example, a farmer who works hard to grow a crop of tomatoes. If the farmer enhances his quantity of work, he can cultivate a bigger area by increasing the quantity of tomatoes produced, and if, he enhances the quality of work, he may be able to produce more tomatoes in the same area, he may also choose to do both and achieve an even better crop. But suppose, the crop is infested with worms, he may lose a part of his produce. If the price of tomatoes goes up in the market, whatever he produces may automatically become more valuable, and conversely, it the market price for tomatoes falls, all his hard work may go in vain as he will still get a lower value for his produce. In this example, the outcome is the value that can be derived by selling the tomatoes in the market. As you can see, the outcome depends on the combination of factors in addition to our work, some of which are within our control and some them are not.
Value creation depends on a lot of things, some of which are listed here:
- Quantum of effort ( hard work)
- Skill level (training )
- Efficiency ( speed )
- Effectiveness ( impact )
- Direction ( focus )
- External factors within our control ( due diligence )
- External factors outside our control ( luck )
Students at WLC College are specifically taught how to develop themselves in all these areas during their journey at the college. For an insight into the method of induction, you can visit http://www.wlci.in/jobs-careers/core-skills.aspx
I would like to see more and young people take ‘being of value approach’ in their career and profession. It’s an approach that always succeeds in the end.