Why rely on life jackets when you can learn to swim

Why rely on life jackets when you can learn to swim-min

Why rely on life jackets when you can learn to swim

The mark of higher education isn’t the knowledge accumulation in your head. It is the skills you gain about how to learn.
-Adam Grant

Have you ever wondered why all your batchmates who have shared the same course, and the same teachers are at different places in life? While hunting for a job, you might have seen your peers with almost similar backgrounds landing a job just after floating the resume. Surely there is a secret that resides in human development that makes us all bloom differently despite similar educational backgrounds.

Education can only make you eligible for a particular job, but if you aren’t efficient enough to articulate and express yourselves, then no matter how strong your resume is you will miss by an inch. Education will take you to the train station, but to reach your destination, you need to know the trains and their schedules and accordingly take decisions that would take you to your destination in the most effective way.

You have built your house with all the education, now let’s build the ladder that will take you on the higher floors.

  1. A frown never says you are welcome
    Communication is the key that differentiates a teenager from an adult, accomplished from successful. You cannot answer a query if you haven’t heard and understood the question right. Similarly, even if you have heard it right, you need to frame and express the answer with clarity and assertiveness. In several colleges, students are so comfortable communicating in their regional languages that when they go for interviews in some other states they fumble despite having a stronghold on the subject. In the world of instant messaging, listen actively before you reply, articulate before you speak. A warm greeting, a smiling face, good posture, and even the way you dress are a way to communicate your willingness to rule the world.
  2. Do not just learn, think
    We have evolved so much from the Charles Dickens time that now it’s not the strongest who will survive, rather the smartest. We are so consumed in achieving higher grades that we fail to dig deeper into the hows and whys. The real world is far different than what we study in books. Develop the ability to understand the situation, look at it objectively, rationalize it and then be courageous enough to take the decision. Develop your critical thinking and the habit of asking questions or being curious enough to know why (a+b)2 = a2+b2+2ab. Having a camera doesn’t make you a photographer. You need to have the skills and the vision to understand what would make a good photograph.
  3. The touch of warmth
    When you start thinking beyond yourself, your world of opportunities increases and you become more aware. You need to balance your intelligence with an emotional quotient. In the world where crying is considered for the weak and loud voice is considered strong, we have decades of mindsets to transform. Daniel Goldmann in his book Emotional Intelligence highlights “The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice there is little we can do to change until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.” There is a reason why robots or artificial intelligence haven’t taken over the world yet. In this hyper-connected world, you need to make connections. A lone ship is bound to sink. A doctor who empathizes will always surpass the one who is blunt & precise.
  4. Be accepting of Bikinis, even though you prefer a Saree
    Since school days we have been taught to stick to what we believe, which has permeated almost all the layers of our lives. It’s good to believe in something but if someone challenges your beliefs, you should be willing to re-evaluate. We fail to open our eyes to someone else’s perspectives which limits our understanding. There is a difference between being adamant and assertive. We fail to acknowledge our shortcomings and transfer the blame on the interview process as being subjective. In this new era where computers replaced the elder workforce, people who learned to work with computers thrived and the ones who could not be open to new techniques had to quit.
  5. Create your dream, rather than following someone else’s
    Our genes do not determine the path that we want to follow. More often than not we haven’t defined our purpose in life, which makes it difficult to work towards realizing it. We are often pressured into following the footsteps of our parents when it comes to professional life. Your parents, your teachers, your friends can help you in realizing your purpose but cannot define it for you. They may be doctors, but if you know you are an artist, do not graduate with an MBBS degree. It will kill you earlier than you kill a patient by your complacency. Following a path set by someone else will only take you so far. That path is limited by someone else’s visions. Realize that you are meant for much more. Follow your dreams.

Your skills are the skin you wear. They define who you are.

The degrees and certificates that we accumulate are like life jackets, they will help you float in the sea of opportunities. But it is the strokes that will help you swim forward.

“If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.”
-Henry Ford

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