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Don’t wait to take that first step

Most of us wait for the right opportunity to get our dream job. We wait for a ‘wanted’ ad to appear in the newspaper before even planning the next jump in career. Even businessmen wait for information to get the ‘dream’ contract.

This is a big mistake!

Even if our dream job or project is currently not available at present in the market, we can create the opportunity. Chanakya was a great believer in self-effort rather than depending on fate or destiny to shape up situations. He says,

“One trusting in fate, being devoid of human endeavour, perishes, because he does not start undertakings or his undertakings have miscarried (failed)” (7.11.34)

Obviously then, if opportunities don’t knock at our doors, we go to opportunities and knock their doors! Now, how does one do that?

Here are a few tips:

Show your capability, not just by words but by result-oriented actions too. And learn to work with others, for that’s the secret for succeeding in any project.


Know your strengths

Before you go around banging on doors, do a little bit of introspection. Know your strengths. Focus on what you are good at. Chanakya calls this as a person’s Swadharma (what one is naturally capable of doing). Create your dream work/project around what you can deliver better than others. Prepare your resume or business plan clearly highlighting your past experience and what makes you different from the others.

Tap into the right person

Now, a good resume or a business plan is not enough. We have to market ourselves. For this, it is important to know who the people are and which companies would like to use our services. Mail your proposal, call up and take appointments. Finally, go and have a word with them. A face to face meeting is an absolute must. Don’t wait for someone to call you. There are many companies that have vacancies and projects to be executed but do not advertise.

Be clear on the financials

Let’s be honest—there are no free lunches. Before you pitch yourself, also think through how much money you want to make from this new initiative. During the meetings speak and work on the financials and economics involved. A win-win situation can happen only when we are clear about our roles, goals and more importantly, the financials.

Remember, when you finally get your dream job or project, it is not enough. In fact, it’s the beginning. From there on comes the time to deliver what you promised.

Show your capability, not just by words but by result-oriented actions too. And learn to work with others, for that’s the secret for succeeding in any project.

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