The Choices you made, the results it Became

There is an old saying “As you Sow so shall you reap”  which many of us have heard this from our parents in our childhood or they keep saying up till now but did we gave a thought from where this proverb has originated and do we follow in our life career.

Firstly, let me give you the meaning and explore through the culture of British & Thai of this proverb. In English it means “you will get the result of what you did” and this can be traced back in Galatians 6:7 of the Holy Bible, King James Version: “Be not deceived; God has not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption, but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting”. In this world, everyone, even people of different religions, always cannot dare and deny the truth of life that the results of their deeds will always come back to them.

In Thai it is translated as “Oxen come back to their stall at their owner’s house” which represent how the Thai people acquired knowledge from their daily life by seeing oxen come back to their stall, giving rise to this proverb. Thai people in the countryside take groups of oxen to eat grass in the same wide field in the village, and when oxen of many people are together, it is hard to see which ones are each owner. However, it will be clear in the evening of the day because all oxen will automatically go back to their stalls at their owners’ houses, so Thai people compare this to the belief of “the results of what you did, good or bad, will finally come back to you” 

Have we ever thought of this proverb in our own life? Does your present situation is the result of the decision you made in the past? Have you ever contemplated your actions keeping the consequences in mind?

I failed so many times in my education and career but it took me some amount of years to realized that it was because of the choices I made in the past and decisions that I took. I used to keep blaming my present because of not having any resources in the past or the dreadful situation. After many years the lessons that I have learned is, we can always find a way to improve ourselves and make our life better. The small good deeds you do every day counts and little did you realize it adds up to large chunks.

Always visualize how do you want to see your future and what are the skills & experience you need to gather to be an expert in your filed. We should also understand, it is not only about for an individual but also what is the good deed you can do in a day to make this world a better place to live?

It’s like planting a seed and remove the idea of your success is related to luck. You need to take care of your seed, irrigate with hard work, add manure and intelligence, and watch it grow to a tree.

Let me know your thoughts on how your present situations could have been better if the choices and decisions were different in the past.

Are you still learning or you know it all?

“A Scientist reads hundreds of books but believes he has a lot more to learn. A religious person reads one and he thinks he knows it all” ~ Anonymous

When people ask me about my profession and as I answer that I am a Business Consultant in one of a leading Information Technology firm, the next question I get a lot is “Did you do an MBA degree?” of course! not. How did you land up in this profession?

Firstly, let me give a little bit of background on how the mindset of a typical middle-class family works in India. The parents have struggled hard to fulfill their children’s education, so the least expectation they have from their children is either they become an Engineer or a Doctor as this is the only two professions with high paychecks and respectable in the society. So with the same expectation, I did try my hands on completing a 4 year engineering degree however failed in the first year and I switched to a normal 3 year BA degree.

I was lucky enough to secure myself a job once I completed my degree and during my career, the only thing that has led to moving ahead in my career is I am always open to learning and I firmly believe that the learning process never stops.

I did not need an MBA degree to reach the position where I am today, it was always my curiosity and learning process that led me to my profession.

I still remember and in touch till date with of my mentor in one of the organizations that I have worked used to say to me that “If we look the profession of a Doctor or a Lawyer they are always learning and still thinks there is a lot more to know, why can’t we apply the same principle in our profession” 

I realized that even though you complete a 4-year college degree or an MBA and think that you have known everything then that’s the end of your career. After having 8+ years of experience in my profession, this is one of my new found interest in trying my hands in writing and I am still learning.

I would like to end with an example, it may not fit the context that I have written however, it’s an interesting piece.

In the 19th century when India was fighting for freedom, one of the revolutionary freedom fighters “Bhagat Singh” was to be hanged by the British Government. When the time came for his execution, he requested to spare some time so that he can finish reading “Mein Kampf” to learn the ideology of Hitler.

“Learning never ends because life never stops teaching you”

Where do you see yourself Five Years Down the Line?

I have been asked by a lot of companies during my interview “Where do you see yourself Five Years Down The Line?” The time I started my career, I wasn’t sure whether I would continue to pursue my career in the same profile where I have got the job or my interest lies somewhere. One thing I was very much sure that I haven’t figured out what my five years plan looks like and I was not worried about it at all.

To summarize the fact, after 8+ years of my professional career I never thought I would pursue my career in Sales & Marketing. If I look back and start connecting the dots, I was always curious about how does any business functions. I vividly remember the days where I was used to working at a BPO during my college summer break, my curiosity was “Why does a company located in the US or European Countries outsource their Call Centers?” this led me to know that the model has been the most cost-effective solution and great opportunity in the economy for a developing nation.

After completing my graduation I got offered in an eCommerce company as a Customer Representative and never thought that I would have a career transition in Sales & Marketing. As the company was a Start-Up I got to gain knowledge on how does an Online Retail Shop functions right from managing the inventory to delivery of products to the customer. “I still didn’t figure out Where do I see myself Five Years Down The Line” 

It was a very informative and learning stint in my career at the eCommerce company however it lasted for 1.6 years as I got an opportunity to work in Sales for a mid-size IT firm. There was no break or transition in my profession after that and after spending 7 years in the Information Technologies industry, I still think there is a lot more to learn and be curious.

My “Five Years Down The Line” has been a roller coaster ride, the message I want to conclude is that It’s OK not to have a plan, you have to figure where your interest and passion lies and the path will follow.

Five Years is a long time and what I have always learned in my life and profession is that be a lifelong student, your learning process should never stop even though you complete a 4-year degree graduation.

Recently, I started this blog and write about my life & profession experiences. Who knows how’s my “Five Years Down The Line” looks like. Please let me know your experiences below in the comment section.

Why MBA? A degree or Status Quo

When I communicated with a lot of MBA’s the first thing that I ask is “Why MBA?” some of them remain clueless to give any answers, while other wanted to complete an MBA to maintain their status quo but few of them were clear on their career path and how an MBA degree would add credibility in the long run. I have always suggested a young professional or a fresher out of college that before thinking of enrolling yourself for an MBA, get some hands-on experience in any noble profession that will or not give you a path to pursuit with your career.

Being in corporate for 8+ years, I still ask myself that do I need an MBA to progress ahead with my career or shall I keep learning without pursuing an MBA further. I have also realized that no matter you have a degree or not, the learning process never stops. To progress in your life & career, be a life long student.
The world moving ahead with the advancement in technologies, AI, automation & machine learning being the buzz word we need to have that paradigm shift in our thoughts to achieve faster & better results towards our work.

Getting an MBA degree or graduating from one of the ivy colleges has no longer been the main criteria to get a job in one of the MNC’s or high profile jobs in this 21st century. If you see companies from the likes of Google, Microsoft, or Tesla no longer need an MBA or a 4-year college degree to land a job there.

You need to be an expert in your profession and as I mentioned earlier the learning process should never stop.

Your five years of life & career will entirely depend on the kind of books that you read and the people you are around it.

Starting out your Career in Sales

When I come across a lot of MBA’s graduate, they do not want to start their career with Sales. They are always on the lookout to get into Business Management or Marketing, Business Operations, etc. They always have a fear of dealing with the pressure, rejections in Sales.

The point is if you want to understand how any business functions, get into Sales. If you want to know how the revenue of a company is flowing, get into Sales. No company or organization can function without Sales and every company requires a Sales Men to get the money flowing.

Below are some of the points to keep in mind when starting with your Sales Career.

  • The first and only rule is to be very self-disciplined with your job.
  • You will face a lot of rejections while reaching out to prospects and it should not be taken personally.
  • Always know your audience whom you are targeting.
  • Follow your instinct and be a solution provider, not a salesman with your prospects.
  • Be very passionate about your job and always keep learning to improve yourself.

The more time you will spend on this career the more skills you will acquire and the more time you will face with your customers/prospects the better you will familiarize yourself with the products/services that you sell.

You will also have very good control over spoken & written communications as you will be interacting with your prospects/customers every time.

There is also a lot of commission that Salespeople earn with their job apart from their Salary. Once you start receiving this commission you will certainly have financial freedom.

The more you will sell, the more commission you will earn.

How Do I Shape My Career

Many of us might have often heard the term “You become what you think of” and its eventually true as well, because everything you do in your career it shapes who and where you are. Every experience you have shapes your worldview.

The question you need keep asking yourself is: What are you today in your career that is shaping your future? Are you acquiring the right skills & knowledge of your interest in order to be masters in the future?

Your mindset is the most powerful tool and it has to build up in a way how you want your career to look like in the future. Building you mindset is you are taking in experience and learning from them.

I still remember when I used to work in a BPO during my summer breaks in college, I was always curious how the BPO business is function in India and how do you target those clients who is ready to outsource their businesses. Which eventually led me start my Sales profession right after my college and have been helping companies to secure most value out of their Technologies Investment.

We should also remember that life is uncertain, and nothing works according to the plan, so build your mindset to roll with the changes. I have also seen people taking up any job based on the salary & brand, but not considering how this job will shape my career.

The time you start your career, make enough mistakes till you turned 30. Keep innovating, learning from your mistakes and by time you hit your 40’s you should only be doing what you are good at, because there is very less probability in success when you try to do new things from the scratch.

Always look for a mentor whom you can idolize and support you while shaping your career. Look out the characteristic you want to build and the mentor who have them. Observe them closely. How do they embody the characteristics you want? Try channeling their energy when you need to draw on that strength.

I always keep mentioning in my blogs & whenever I speak with some that, always keep a reading habit because the person you will be in the next five years is based on the books that you read and the people that you hang out with.

So, What are you doing to shape your career? I’d love to hear you in the comments.