- When you go (and if you do), what could be the reason?
- What makes you most insecure right now?
- What is the best part of your work?
- How do you feel about work on your worst days? How could we make it better?
- How do you feel about work on your best days? How could we do more of those?
- What part of the job you hate?
- If you had to change one thing forever, what would that be?
- What would be a part of struggle that you look forward to?
- What is an unnecessary struggle?
- Do you sometimes tend to lose your faith on the company? How can we make sure that the trust remains intact?
- How can we make your job a better place to be?
Random thoughts on the go
1. Went to the mall after 20 months perhaps. Had to buy chappal. Went to Crossword Book store, got lost there and came back 🙂
2. Good to see life back to normal. I feel good for dahi papdi waale bhaiya, SIM card waale bhaiya, e rickshaw waale bhaiya, shakarakand waali Didi, and all those people whose employment depended on going out.
3. As I was going through the Crossword Book Store today, I also thought of fundamental rules of life. Here we go:
4. A good question for you: What parts of “normal” are even worth returning to?
A Mastery in saying no
The vibe never lies.
Your soul shouldn’t be exchanged even in lieu of diamonds.
In the past two weeks, I said no to two writing gigs that could have made me six figures.
And since the money involved is too big, first response is to ignore everything and jump on it.
However, in both those cases, I realized I wouldn’t be happy or be myself – I would be just putting a price tag on my soul. And that is the last thing I signed up for.
Thus, I said no. Without surprise, felt light and easy beyond measure.
The best Content Writer is also a contented writer – who is feeling contented with every business relationship they have.
That doesn’t mean not having more gigs. However, that does mean feeling happy while doing the work – and trusting yourself, that when you say no when the vibe doesn’t match, much better ones with better vibes come to you.
Standing for yourself is priceless.
The secret about good client relationships
Five ways to have better client relationships:
1. Always give more than you are paid for.
2. Listen to them even though you think you are right.
3. Trust they know their business better – and that trust leads to better work together.
4. If you are not able to deliver work on time, let them know.
5. Work on their work as if it were your own work. What you will see is magic!
Hard work. Work. Execution. Power. Results.
Rinse and repeat.
The equation with boss
The moment one uses this word, it comes across as someone who is dominating, trying to pull you down, and thinks nothing in your interest, only in the interest of getting work done.
While I have worked with several bosses over the past years, I understand getting a good one is merely a chance of luck. Otherwise we are all doomed.
When you have a good one, there may be times when you may still want to change parts of their personality.
Of course, you may be considering job switch or client switch (because the client is also a boss) or making any other move, there is something you can always change, which is: becoming more elevated in your state of mind.
This may sound like the most obvious answer.
Feeling bad and rejected because of boss? Make a more elevated state of mind.
Feeling resentful towards them? Create a more elevated state of mind.
Want to do gossip about them? Create a more elevated state of mind.
You may actually not want to do that in all these situations, and just go and deflate their car tyre as an easy option.
However, here’s the harsh reality friends: Unless you change your own attitude (no matter how good it is right now – remember, elevation 😇), you won’t have the power to change your attitude towards someone else.
By all means keep looking for a new job if this one doesn’t feel right for you.
However, in the midst, in the process of finding out a new one, is it really worth your time to spend emotional and mental energy on someone who probably doesn’t care? Perhaps they are going through a bigger life problem that you aren’t aware – and their behavior is simply a reflection of that problem. Maybe their kid is not as bright as you and that’s why they want to pull you down.
Perhaps none of these reasons exist and still they aren’t humanly nice to you. Everyone is fighting a battle we don’t know – not even about our immediate family.
To make the change outside, starting within is perhaps the first step. And the last one. And all the steps in the middle. Everything else will be taken care of.
No, no one would change because of that. But you won’t be losing yourself in the process of coping up or finding a new boss. That’s when, you become your own boss.
Feeling worthy each day!
Warren Buffet says that he enjoys his work so much that he would tap dance to work, and paint on the ceiling of Sistine Chapel.
Life is supposed to be like this.
At a point of time in my life, my life didn’t look like this. I hated my days.
Yet I continued investing in my learning.
And what came out of it, is totally novel.
Life feels blissful. Even if I work more, it is the best version of my life so far. Still to get better each day.
The thing that saved me, that will probably save you as well, is: investing in my learning each day. No matter what.
Everything else is just a byproduct.
Badminton, not so good
When I had just entered tenth standard, I also exited something superimportant: playing badminton on the street with my neighbourhood friends.
Of course, it was justified back then. Board exams were coming up, I needed to focus on what was important. Playing wasn’t. (I don’t believe it now, back then I did.)
In a consequent events of getting plumper from 11th standard till first year of college, I finally started taking health and fitness seriously from second year onwards, and also achieved wonderful results post that.
Fast forward to yesterday, I was playing badminton with a bunch of friends, who otherwise, play the game daily.
And boy o boy, what a sad demise the team had which I was a part of.
I was leaner than them, had a stronger body with a lower fat percentage than them, can do a headstand and also do a plank effortlessly; over and above the strength from training in the gym.
Yet, here I was, flunked beautifully in the sport that had been a part of almost entire childhood of mine.
What I learnt from last night’s sport was this:
1. No matter what you can do, when someone else practices more, they become an expert at it. The same applies to business and life. Working more, creating more, and failing more, will lead to greater changes of success. Invariably.
2. Your future is designed by what you do in the present, not what you did in the past. This applies to all those who didn’t have a beautiful past, and also to those who had great habits in the past and now have left them.
Today is the past that will be created in the future. Take care of it, and if you want to experience some fun, make time for your metaphoric badminton.
The DM thing
Gone are the days when DM used to be used for poking. Now it is used for networking.
Maybe or maybe not with the intention of making the sale, however definitely with the intent of forming meaningful connections.
With that, DMs have some inevitable rules, like:
1. Use the first name (with correct spelling).
2. Do a research in their profile.
3. Follow them or send them a connection request instead of sending the DM straight away.
1. Copy paste a standard DM with name replaced, people sniff honesty miles away.
2. Ask for the sale straight away (please).
3. Ask them to visit your profile. (If you are engaging enough, they will, eventually.)
With that, just remember one thing: Anyone can be a pro-DMer (yes, I just used that word), whether they are an introvert or extrovert.
As long as you are interested in the other person and digging out the gold in them and being respectful, you’ll be a pro (with practice of course).