Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value

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

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.

The unbeatable ‘Mantras’ for the work place

Stepping into your new dream job role brings a lot of responsibilities along with it. So, fresh graduates must pay attention to follow the office decorum and adhere to the do’s and don’ts of the workplace. Though every organization has its own set of rules, there are some basic things those are common for all.

Keep reading to know more…

Stick to your Plan and Commitment to Numbers

Usually young executives ignore the significance of targets and commitments assigned to them. This is a serious issue, as one need to be responsible and achieve whatever target is there. When a company hires executives they set a target for the entire fiscal year, and it is fair practice that executives need to realize and perform well. Always achieve whatever you have committed in your target, it might happen that you get less than that, but setting a low target it certainly not a good thing. You need to dedicate a lot in terms of hard work and proper estimation with a fool proof plan, to get better results for the company. There are various uncertain factors that crop up to ruin your efforts, but the bottom line is, being prepared to work against the odds. Remember ‘not failure but low aim is a crime’

Playing it Safe is Not Safe

It is natural that people tend to save their jobs at any cost. As a result, sometimes they tend to play safe with a mediocre job role and never strive enough to meet the challenges. Today’s competitive world demands a smart and active player, so it is crucial to get out of your comfort zone, take risks to achieve your professional goals, meet the challenges and bring something wonderful to add to the company’s profile. If you miss to take chances and be courageous, then your counterparts will grab it nonetheless.

Guard your Personal Integrity

Personal integrity is your most valuable asset; in fact it’s your identity. In an organization not everyone is made of the same character, some people use wrong means to rise high in their career. As a professional it is essential for you to stay clear of any such temptations that promise quick success at the cost of your integrity. When you have high personal integrity, you are morally sound, honest, responsible, and trustworthy. The reward for such uncompromising integrity is the confidence of your associates, sub-ordinates and customers, apart from your employer. It pays you in the long run and might as well land you with a significant position in the organization at the right time.

Learn to play as a ‘team’

In a game of soccer, an individual can never be a winner. Just like that in the work place, when there are large projects that comprises multiple people, your performance is not the only thing to achieve the goal. You need to work like a team of soccer, co-coordinating, understanding, and moving together in the right direction. Being a team player is the best thing in an organization, where you learn to value others’ opinions and their limitations as well.

Learn to respect ‘diversity’

In an organization people come from different ethnic, social and educational background. Being intellectually superior or having a better lifestyle doesn’t give you the liberty to humiliate other fellow executives. It’s a sign of a good human to value the diversity and have genuine respect.  To have a proper working relationship, you need to mutually respect each other.

These points would certainly add value to your professional life. Practice them and shine like a true star at work!

How to burst the Communication Barriers at work

Most of us are aware of the significance of ‘communication’. The right one can get your job done, whereas a failed communication might sabotage your hard work. When you enter the professional world, you have to interact with different kinds of people on a regular basis.

There are three kinds of people you have to constantly be in touch regarding your work: your boss, the clients, and your colleagues. It should be kept in mind that the conversation is crisp and appealing to them.

Let’s see how to interact with them professionally:
Follow up constantly

When you take the responsibility of accomplishing a task, whether assigned by your boss or contributed as a volunteer, make sure to meet the deadlines. You need to rigorously follow up the concerned person.

Follow up with your boss to know, if there are any new changes to be incorporated. Ask your team members, if they need your help to make the project meet its goals. And most importantly keep tab of everything that concerns with the client. For example – whether the product is delivered on time or not, what is the current status, etc. When you follow up be careful not to irritate the concerned person – be considerate but firm and follow up regardless.
Insist on a written confirmation.

Verbal communications tend to get confused or misinterpreted in the long run. So, it is essential to get a written confirmation. Getting the work assignment by email from your boss is a winning situation for both. You have the requirements and what exactly needs to be done, which saves lot of trouble. In addition, for a team project all the members are in loop to understand the progress if they communicate through e-mails. Dealing with clients is a delicate issue, a written communication means less confusion and better understanding. This way approvals and denials pertaining to a task are confirmed in writing.
Keep It Short and Simple

There is a popular term for communication called ‘KISS’. It means ‘Keep It Short & Simple’. Use words wisely and try focusing on getting straight to the point. Convey the significance of the e-mail in a short and crisp way, because nobody has the time and patience to scroll through pages of a long email. Time is a great asset that needs to be valued. Always state the important points on top and then branch out further to the bottom.
Admit your shortcomings

Whether it’s job or in the classroom, nobody knows everything. So, never hesitate to admit if you don’t know something. But, ask some time to find out and get back. Do research about it, and who knows you might stumble upon something more valuable and amaze your boss. Be it your boss, a colleague or the client; make sure to convey that you will give them the right information after verifying it properly, because accuracy is the utmost thing in business. Even a factual error in reports or calculations is enough to destroy the reputation of your company.
A reputation for dependability and reliability is your most valuable asset – guard this carefully.

Keep your boss in the loop

You know that reporting your boss about your work is a regular procedure (no matter how bad he is). He is accountable for the good or bad performance of the team. Be responsible and update him about the progress or inform him what went wrong, so that the issue can be handled accordingly. A good way of presenting a problem or a failure is with a possible solution – a solid recommendation for a solution will almost always draw attention away from the failure.
Follow the priority list assigned by your boss

Acting smart and doing work as per own convenience is a great mistake that young executives do. Yes! You get carried away when you are successful at achieving the goals at work, but make sure to follow your boss’s instructions. There might be a deadline for a project and the client is waiting, when you are happily doing some other valuable but less urgent task. Remember, your boss has more experience in prioritizing tasks, so be attentive and do the high priority jobs first.
Let him know, what you can and can’t do

Be very careful when you are conveying that you are unable to do a certain task. Before telling him that you can’t do it, research it at your best. If even after multiple attempts you are not able to accomplish it then show him where you are getting stuck, and what exactly you would require to resolve it. An open discussion helps to get the work done smoothly. Your boss might guide you to do it the right way and you get to learn something new. Never assume and do something wrong.

Try to be innovative and accomplish the task at hand with some positive addition, pleasantly surprising your boss.

It is completely unacceptable either not to do it or to do something else instead.

5 rules to make your mark in the corporate world

Life is full of challenges and adventures. Every phase teaches you something new and valuable. You learn things theoretically in college, but in the real world you make mistakes, get knocked down and let the experience teach you. To be a true professional, you need to keep a keen eye on things at work. It’s not all about being spoon-fed, but applying your own logic to prove your mettle.

The most important thing that bothers every fresh graduate is choosing the right job. The conflict arises when you need to choose between a ‘lucrative job profile’ over a ‘significant job role’. You will save yourself several years of hard and painful knocks in the workplace, keeping some essential points in mind.

First and foremost you need to understand your job role and how to work through difficult situations, to achieve results without losing your calm.

Let’s have a glance at how these 5 rules make you a professional:

  1. Is it right to choose profile over role

When the mind is still euphoric with memories of college and dreams of the future, you tend to go with the flow. It might tend to weigh heavily on your career choice. Usually people dream of a lucrative profile, when they enter the job market. Hence it is essential to consider the job profile and job role wisely. Mastering your role in a mediocre job role is much better than being average in a good profile.

There seems to be a preference for strategic jobs, for example, people always prefer marketing jobs over sales, finance jobs over accounts, and in HR people seem to value management over talent acquisition.

We should keep in mind that:

In the beginning of your career it is actually much better to do an excellent job in some minor area and get great results, than to do an average job in a strategic area where results can’t be directly measured.

In large organizations, perfection is the key factor to gauge your excellence, even for a minor job role. Your profile comes hardly into focus, while the company awaits results.

So, it is better to consciously seek out minor, menial jobs and excel in it – you will get noticed and have a good start in your career.

  1. Show them that you can Get Stuff Done

It has been observed that many young people don’t finish the tasks at hand or they give up. The reasons can be some problems encountered on the job or lack of enthusiasm. ‘Getting Stuff Done’ is the basic function of a business executive – everything else is secondary. Your primary responsibility and the only reason you get paid by your company is to get things done. And, by this we mean achieving a tangible and productive result for the efforts you put into your job.

At the end of the day your hard work, intelligence, or righteousness counts. Everything that matters is, what results have you achieved, to enhance the growth of the organization. The task might be very small, but the outcome might be more than what was expected of you.

  1. Always take initiative:

Taking initiatives at work has great perks. It shows that you are keen to take responsibility and introduce new ideas, and have the energy to start new things. Your professionalism and aggressiveness keeps the project moving.

  1. Be resourceful:

Show your resourcefulness and find innovative ways to achieve great results. Overcoming obstacles, thinking alternatives and bringing the best to the table, show that you are an efficient person to be counted on.

  1. Work persistently:

There are thousand things that constantly tempt you to slow down, delay work, procrastinate, have negative thoughts and give up. But, persistence makes you to be bold and kill your inner demons, while you stick to your guns and accomplish a task. It makes you not only a good starter, but a great finisher too.

4 Things That Will Change Your Energy-Work Synchronisation

There is an inordinate focus on time management in all aspects of life. When we talk of work life balance or Work play balance, we are essentially thinking of how to divide our time between various activities that we want to engage in. Time is finite, time is precious and time is money – all of the above is true but there is a catch!

While time is important, the quality of time actually determines what we get out of our time – whether at work or at play. So no matter how well you manage your time, if you are low on energy, the outcomes will be limited. On the other hand, high-energy people seem to squeeze much more out of the time that they have.

This is not to take away the importance of managing time or allocating it with care. However, managing your energy and using it with care is far more important in the overall scheme of things.

Energy is the fuel that powers the engine of life. Think of it as the raw material for success. Use it effectively and you can achieve your goals easily. Waste it and life becomes an uphill task. Unlike time, everyone does not have the same amount of energy. Enhance your energy and use the differential to your advantage.

While much has been said about time management, very little is known about managing energy. Here are some tips that you can use:

Figure out your Biorhythm: There are morning people, there are afternoon people and there are evening people. Figure out what time you are at peak energy and schedule important activities during that time.

Change your Biorhythm: Frequently work schedules are fixed and we have little control over them. In that case, it’s important to change your biorhythm. Unlike what most people think, with a little bit of discipline, it’s possible to alter your sleep patterns within about 30 days. By doing this, it’s possible to achieve peak energy at the time you need it most.

Change your mindset: Frequently a lot of energy is wasted on unproductive emotions like anger, greed, jealousy and hatred. By letting go of these emotions and controlling your thoughts you can enhance energy available for things you love to do.

Enhance your energy: Unlike time, the amount of energy you have every day is expandable. With the right eating, sleeping and exercise the amount of energy you have can be significantly enhanced. A healthy lifestyle does not just enhance your health, it provides fuel for getting more out of your time.

So, while we respect our time, let’s also start aligning it with our energy. And see the world change for you.