Your Dream Job : Planning your growth
For most of the successful people we know about, we think, never planned for what they achieved. On the contrary, you would find them to be very skilled planners. Any success, which is achieved without planning, cannot be easily retained and grown. It is essential for you to plan your future, work towards it and continue to fine-tune your plan as a ritual for being successful in your mission to get a dream job.
“ It is essential for you to keep ahead of the knowledge curve and constantly ask “Why” and seek “How this can be done better” and this cycle continues till the time you remain gainfully employed. “
I myself have a dream job and it never came easy. I had to plan and work for this stage for years. Although, getting this job in particular did not mean that I planned for this one specifically, but my hard work for several years qualified me to be considered for several of such jobs and landed up with one of them. I have several colleagues, classmates, ex-work colleagues and in most of the cases, they sigh when they know about me. To them it appears to be matter of destiny and luck, but in reality, one can only be lucky when you work for it.
Destiny plays a role in providing opportunity to everyone; only few can identify and exploit them to reach the stars.
In one such example, an ex-colleague of mine was passionate of starting his own company. He went ahead against conventional wisdom and took chance in investing his savings in a small startup along with another of his friend. He worked very hard and took only very small amount of money as his own salary for several months. He brought new members in his company, brought new ideas, cutting edge technology and soon his company was eyed upon by big ones for their boutique nature and world class work they did. Within two years, his company was bought over by a big global giant at a handsome price. Needless to say, he became a millionaire in no time. Today, he has himself become an investor, advising and guiding young entrepreneurs and companies in how they can make a difference. He admits, although very tough, his job was a dream job as his passion paid off.
On the other hand, three more people I know tried to do the same thing but failed. The sole reason for failure was their outlook and priority. They started the business to make money and not to make a difference with their customers.
It does not mean that everyone should look at opening their companies or doing something drastic. The sole purpose of my illustration is to showcase that the potential of every individual can be far more than what they do currently. One has to understand the same first. My previous blogs, I have clearly mentioned that without finding your passion and gaining knowledge it is not possible for you to plan well and move on your quest to success.
Planning your journey therefore should be purely based on your passion and your interests. Thereafter you need to find out organizations and individuals who can help you on this journey further.
I can put down some key points in your plan which can help you gain momentum in your quest for a dream job.
a. Ensure, you manage your ecosystem to help you find or develop your passion in your professional life.
b. Ensure you know your strengths and weaknesses and your professional passion based on the same.
c. Ensure you open all the channels for gaining knowledge by asking “Why” and then “How this can be done better” and make it your habit.
d. Plan the next step of where you want to see yourself in this quest.
i. Know who can help you and how you can reach out to them
ii. Plan your time to give full justice to your quest
iii. Plan to find mentors for this stage
iv. Create a plan B, if the previous one does not materialize.
e. Plan to improve your strengths and manage your weakness.
If you are able to plan these basic steps while you look out for a dream job, I am sure, you will be more successful than the most already in the fray
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