TO: MYSELF & YOU
Bunches of fresh graduates today are surely applying for jobs to get themselves employed and finally earn their own money. Others perhaps busy themselves in building business plans to be their own bosses. In whatever way, these people are facing a new transition in their lives – from school to work. Perhaps, some of you reading this have been there. I’ve been there and am still adjusting till now. At first, I thought it was just like leveling up from highschool to college. Wrong! I realized that, yes, we acquired knowledge, skills, and of course our diploma from our schools. But alongside these things, we have also developed habits that build our character…habits that can either make us a success or a failure.
Recalling the common habits we all might have had back in college, I found out some which we need to outgrow for us to be successful at work–and not surprisingly, they’re written in the Life Manual (Bible).
- Procrastination – Murderer of time! I used to justify that procrastination is good because it lets out all my creative juices and brilliant ideas when in crunch time. I thought I’d always produce better outputs when I do it in a rush. Sounds familiar? Well, the truth is, habitual procrastination denies you of the greater things you can do with greater amount of time. Ergo, it is never good and never fit for work. I guess we all know this truth but only refuse to acknowledge it. 😛
- Compulsive buying – It’s always easy to spend the money that we do not earn. We all understand the pressure in school to catch up on latest gadgets and branded things. So instead of saving our parents’ hard-earned money, we spend them unwisely to satisfy our short-term longings. But have you ever asked yourself, “What on earth is the sense of all these?” You’re just pressuring yourself. You’re squeezing out money which you can save for a more meaningful purpose in the future. You’re blinding yourself with your ‘wants’ instead of enlightening yourself with others’ needs. You might be digging for yourself a grave of debt. It doesn’t make any sense at all. Had I only realized this back then, I would have saved more and invested earlier. Thank God for reminding me that we should be good stewards of our resources.
- Slackness – I wasn’t in the habit of keeping a planner or a “to-do” list when I was a student. I would just rely on whatever notes I jotted down (project deadlines, tasks, etc.), on whatever piece of paper, which I slipped in through whatever book or notebook I have. Sometimes, I’d depend on my “overly competitive” classmates to remind us of our assignments and their corresponding deadlines. As a result, homework would turn into schoolwork, and I’d always cram to finish each on the deadline date. But things changed when I started working. Being a scatter-brain is a no-no at the workplace. No one’s gonna remind you of your deadlines. You have to stand on your own and prove your bosses that you can really perform. So track your productivity by keeping a “to-do” list or a planner. Use any of your gadgets to remind you of your meetings, deadlines, etc. Organize yourself. Plan your day or your week. You won’t regret it.
- Work-Alone attitude – Sure, there are things we’d prefer doing alone, be it in school or at work. But generally, achieving goals is not just about you, but also about the team that you are in. Their help may not be as that visible, like giving you a hand on your task. However, in one way or another, they motivate you, challenge you, and sometimes push you to your limits. Take all these as contributing factors to achieving a goal. An African proverb says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together.” I also saw this relative image at Google that spelled out T-E-A-M as:
- Social Media leech – There’s a very rampant rape case today. The victims? Social media POST/SHARE buttons. Everyone, especially teenagers and students, are often unmindful of their posts on social media . It’s sickening. They don’t even consider the impact it will have on their reputation and credibility when they apply for work. I mean, come on, everybody’s on social media now, even your soon-to-be bosses. A feature article on global Human Resource trends even stated that social media sites are now a go-to sites of HR managers to check an applicant’s profile and behavior as well, just by looking at the applicant’s posts. If you feel like you are a suspect of raping those ‘post/share’ buttons, now is the time to change for the better.
- Disrespect – Golden rule application: If you want respect from others, give them yours.
There are still a lot other negative habits that we need to ditch to help ourselves be successful at work and live by example. If there are others you can think of, feel free to leave a thought/comment on this post.