Life Lessons I Learnt Working With My First Boss

Sometimes life lessons often come from where you expect it the least and it is often in hindsight, no rx when we steal a look into things that went by, site that we get present to the beautiful lessons we learned.

I mentioned in my previous write up about my first boss who I disliked for some stupid reasons. Although, I worked with him for a small time, he taught me those first lessons I required as a fresher.

Here they are:

Slog: I started with an assumption that success comes easy if you are smart and intelligent. A good degree hanging by your neck is all you require to succeed. The way I was taught right from my school to the highest qualification I acquired made me believe so!

Now this manager had built his career selling and one thing he knew for sure was the importance of slogging every single day in the field. His performance (whether good or bad) the previous day or the previous month never stopped him from taking action.

If he failed yesterday he would work doubly hard saying that since the last effort did not fetch him the result he was looking at, it meant that the effort had to be twofold today.

Similarly, if he had a great last day he worked doubly hard saying that he needs to build upon the momentum or that he can’t afford to become complacent.

Most of us, when we start working get misled by the ‘get successful quick’ scheme of the day that stresses upon smart work (cutting corners as one my friends commented on the last post). We want the keyboard shortcuts of cut, copy & paste to be equally true for our real lives!

Unfortunately, while our education system keeps updating on the academic curricula, trying to make each degree / course relevant to the needs of the industry, it fails miserably when it comes to developing the right mindset for growth and teaching the importance of slog!

More and more organizations are looking for people with the right mindset (the ones who can be coached) instead of those who are talented or stamped the best by the best educational institutions. They want people who are willing to roll their sleeves up than those who look for cushy jobs working indoors.

There is nothing called ‘failure’; all there is, is an ‘outcome’: Immaterial of whether he succeeded or failed (as we call it in our language) he would often say there is nothing called as success or failure, all there is, is an outcome. Profound indeed!

We live in an environment where we are trained not to fail. Failure is looked down upon and all our lives, most of us get conditioned to join the rat race.

When we are young we are expected to outshine every other student in the class. As we grow physically, the comp