Archive for February, 2009

Tips for your Career

February 16th, 2009

Amazing tips which you need to follow for a successfull career

1. Seek and use feedback. Feedback will turbocharger your career and put you on the path to continuous improvement.

2. Get help. You can’t know it all yourself. Get help from mentors, friends, peers, books, classes and role models.

3. Seek out challenges. That’s how you grow.

4. At some point you will fail. It will be painful. Instead of sitting in the ashes of your life and shaking your fist at the sky, pick yourself up, learn from what happened and keep going. Ask my mother’s favorite question for all challenges: “What good can we make of this?”

5. Build on your strengths and help others build on their strengths. Figure out what you do both well and joyfully. Do the same for your team. Spend your time on developing and using strengths. Make weaknesses irrelevant.

6. Admit your mistakes, graciously. Forgive the mistakes others make. Figure out how to move on and learn from experience.

7. Say “Thank you.” Write thank-you notes. Send thank-you emails. People will remember you.

8. Learn to write lucid memorandum. You can’t communicate if you can’t write.

9. Learn to make good presentations. In today’s world this is a requirement. Learn to marshal the research. Learn to tell relevant stories.

10. Help your boss and your employer look good. That’s part of your job and it pays dividends over the course of a career.

11. Learn to keep your mouth shut when it’s important. Don’t discuss sensitive issues or your customer’s business on your cell phone in a public place. Don’t gossip. Keep sensitive documents secure.

12. Clarify expectations until they are crystalline. Make sure you understand what your boss wants from you. Make sure the people who work with you understand what you want.

13. Fight for the important stuff and give in gracefully otherwise. There are very few things in business or in life that are worth messing up a relationship for.

14. Develop habits and checklists that help you get the routine work done routinely and well. You will develop a reputation for reliability.

15. You don’t know when an opportunity to stand out from the crowd will appear. Read and study and listen so that you’re ready when a big opportunity comes your way. Create learning programs for yourself.

16. Ambition can be a driving force but it needn’t be obvious and self-serving. It certainly needn’t be aggressive. Let others become known for their ambition while you build a reputation for excellence.

17. Keep your promises. Nothing can destroy a career faster or more thoroughly than a reputation as untrustworthy.

18. Every day identify the most important thing you need to do. Then do it.

19. Work hard. Some people succeed without working hard, but some people win the lottery, too. Very few people achieve meaningful and lasting success without working hard.

20. When in doubt about what to do, act like the person you want to become.

Source : ITAcumens

Success in Life

February 15th, 2009

Here are ten points gleaned from the writings of Sri Swami Sivananda, which can lead any individual towards success in their chosen path in life. These guidelines have the power to benefit you – physically, mentally and spiritually.

1. Have a simple and unassuming manner of life.

2. Live not to eat, but eat to live.

3. Bear no envy. Commit no slander. Speak no falsehood. Practise no deceit. Harbor no malice. You will be ever joyful, happy and peaceful.

4. Righteousness is the rule of life. Lead a virtuous life. Strictly adhere to Dharma. Human life is not human without virtues. Study the lives of saints and draw inspiration from them.

5. Cultivate a melting heart, the giving hand, the kindly speech, the life of service, equal vision, and impartial attitude. Your life will, indeed, be blessed.

6. Lead a regulated life. Take hold of each day as if it were the last day, and utilize every second in prayer, meditation and service. Let your life become a continuous sacrifice to God.

7. Live in the present. Forget the past. Give up hopes of the future.

8. Understand well the meaning of life, and then start the quest.

9. Life is thy greatest gift. Utilize every second profitably.

10. Success often comes to those who dare and act. It seldom comes to the timid.

May you all attain success in life!

- Swami Sivananda