PAY ATTENTION –My story


Let me tell you how I chanced upon entering the exciting field of software. One day I was walking on the street and overheard a conversation by two persons just walking ahead of me. They were discussing about a free Computer software training program that is conducted at ECIL (electronic corporation of India Ltd Hyderabad, India) at their software unit. I was then looking for jobs and felt I should use my free time to learn something instead of just staying at home and wasting my time. So I approached my neighbor who happened to be one of the managers in the software division and he was kind enough to get me a entry into ECIL training’s. That is one event that turned my life forever. What I did was I just paid attention to a opportunity (conversation of the two gentlemen on the road). Opportunities can come as surprise from any source but you need to PAY ATTENTION.

While I was learning COBOL(common business oriented language a software language) at ECIL somebody mentioned that there are software programmer jobs at NFC(Nuclear fuel complex A Govt. Of India enterprise) that was nearby and I happened to apply and was able to get a job as scientific assistant (software). This is the second chance in my life. What you learn from this?   Listen carefully to others suggestions and grab the opportunity.

Then I paid attention to my work and improved my soft skills and other organizational skills and got promoted rapidly to become a scientific officer and this was possible because of sheer hard work ,  curiosity to learn on the job  and encouragement I received from my boss and many of my colleagues. What you can learn is that hard and smart work will always be recognized at some point of time. So pay attention to do your job well.

I have the habit of staying productive everyday by trying to do something new or learn something new. So I decided to spend my evenings after coming back from office at reading news papers to improve my General knowledge and being in software field I kept up to date on what’s going on in technology world. Even now I keep myself busy trying to catch up with the rapid changes that are happening in world  and it’s influence on everything we do on daily basis.

One day while I was reading newspapers I came across job opportunities in USA and I applied to a position based on my experience and interviewed by American company and the phone interview was in the midnight (Day time in US and night time in India). My constant reading of news papers  gave command on  English and experience in good communication skills due to , giving  tuition  in the evening to students  and day time job helped me get a job at the American company. So I resigned my job at NFC and flew to USA for a new and very exciting and great opportunity of my life time.  Many of my friends and family members discouraged me since i settled well in NFC as Scientific officer and will get more promotions and pension when i retire,  but I took the US offer boldly and today I am so happy that I took that bold step to leave a comfortable Government job and become much better professionally and personally. So what you learn from this?  Success comes to those who have guts to take the risk and work hard to reach higher goals

In this world of multi-tasking, watching movies, chatting,  voice mail, Internet browsing, email, text messages, instant messaging, Skype, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Cable TV, 24-News stations, streaming music, video on demand, billboards, advertisements,   iPhone’s, web sites, Xbox, PlayStation and mobile games, it is easy to get so caught up in all the these things that we lose focus and unfortunately, possibly aren’t paying attention when an opportunity presents itself.  So please do pay attention and always look for opportunities.

I believe that  dedication, focus, listening, reading  paying attention to minute details, hard work will lead to opportunities.

Perseverance, endurance, facing the odds with guts , support and encouragement from your well wishers are stepping stones to  succeed.

It is not a cake walk reaching great heights in life so you need to have dedication, focus and mental strength to fight against all odds and that needs you to have good health and peaceful mind.  Stay healthy with “better life with best practices”.

So don’t forget to PAY ATTENTION and  stay focused. Good luck and hope my real life story helps you feel inspired.

Inspiration is for amateurs, rest of us just show up and get to work


In the previous blog I mentioned that procrastination (postponing what is supposed to be completed )  is one of the major problems many face whether it is exams or work on hand for employees. This leads to stress and tension and also makes one to remain amateur with limited life skills.   Most of the sub optimal quality of the products we use , the quality of life citizens are living are due to the result of amateurs at work. They try their best to beat the system and remain at sub optimal levels delivering low quality service or products. This affects the quality of the whole society. Those who are reading this blog should understand that  

“Inspiration is for amateurs – the rest of us just show up and get to work. And the belief that things will grow out of the activity itself and that you will – through work – bump into other possibilities and kick open other doors that you would never have dreamt of if you were just sitting around looking for a great ‘art [idea].’ And the belief that process, in a sense, is liberating and that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every day. Today, you know what you’ll do, you could be doing what you were doing yesterday, and tomorrow you are gonna do what you [did] today, and at least for a certain period of time you can just work. If you hang in there, you will get somewhere.” Chuck-close http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/12/27/chuck-close-on-creativity/

The title’s sentence is given by a legendary photorealist chuck close (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Close)

So if you want to achieve something great you should come out of your comfort zone and work towards your greater self.

Here are some tips, so you can organize your time for a greater productive life.

  1. A workplace/study place with minimal distractions. Put away your cell phones remove the plugs of the TV sets and make sure your room or work place is not having any kind of distractions so you can finish the most important task on hand to reach your goals.
  2. A Daily walk. Make sure while walking you are not just listening to songs. If you are having something to achieve/or have a problem to solve and need a plan then watch the people, watch the surroundings and watch your mind’s thoughts. Connect the events on the road with your thoughts to come up with something that can help to solve the problem you have on hand.
  3. Accountability metrics. Ernest Hemingway tracked his daily word output on a chart to mark his progress. Many genius people track their progress every day to make sure they are reaching their goals.
  4. Important work verses busy work.  We are so connected today that distractions are so many and confuse us what is important work verses what keeps us busy. Social websites such as Facebook and twitter keeps us busy but we have to make sure what is important for the progress of us not the progress of social website and not making their owners rich. We need to know what is important for us to reach our goals and prioritize that more.
  5. Make time to relax.  We should be able to stop when we are working too much; sacrificing our health and our social obligations with our near and dear. Workaholics and people who spend too much time on one task may become sick and may burn out early. A nice stroll in the morning, evening,visiting a holy place, a park,  a nice time spent with a friend are some examples of rejuvenating our energies for the big task next day.
  6.  A supportive partner. It would be wonderful to have one who understand yours needs, help you to reach your goals, provide the comfort you need when you are worried, reduce your stress and tensions and stand beside you in your life’s journey of sorrow to grandeur

So get back to work my friends and have a quality life, while I provide the inspiration to amateurs with more blogs to bring them to quality life too.

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