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Discovering yourself within you

Successful people are able to adapt, and use their strengths to handle the changes they encounter regularly.


For those of us who have been in the corporate world for a while, it’s difficult to piece together learnings that would be useful for those on the threshold of starting their own careers. At the start of one’s career, the future seems formidable. Who amongst us has not worried about which attributes to focus on to be successful. Whether it is acquiring great charisma, building the right skill, or is there another secret ingredient?

When we observe people who succeed in organisations, the first thing we notice is that they have diverse characteristics. Each comes with different combinations of personalities, attitudes, values, and strengths. However, what is common among the ones who succeed is that they have been able to adapt and evolve to use their strengths to handle the change they encounter regularly.

More than at any time in the past, we are being forced to deal with shifts in what we are familiar with. We can link these movements to the red and blue shifts that we learnt in high school physics that happen when light moves away from us (the red shift) or towards us (the blue shift). Technology, business models, and physical environment, all seem to be moving away from us. At the same time, relationships at work, our ties with the community, and our need for affinity seem to be moving inwards. Just as in physics, shifts are part of the world around us and if we don’t deal with these shifts, we are certain to miss something interesting.

What can we do as individuals to handle these shifts in a way that give us a better chance of success at what we want to achieve? Let’s look at three key areas – how we learn, how we work with others, and how we handle ourselves.

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