LESSONS from FAILURE.Smooth 98.1
Today is LESSONS FROM FAILURE. I’m dedicating this to those working for businesses. They are the engine of commerce. They integrate the work. And my lesson from failure today is this: it is all about you. Yes, It is always all about you. See, there would be no such thing as a workplace without you. The term workplace is only a word. It is the individuals behind it that give life and meaning to it. Drawing from my experience as a trainer amongst other things, I have come to an understanding that the challenges, squabbles, contentions and conflicts within the workplace are results of a wrong mindset that allows people to interpret the issues around them in a way unfavorable to their greatest good. Now, have you ever wondered why you do what you do and why you work where you work? Who do you work for anyway? If you can answer these questions correctly, it would neutralize all the issues around you now and put them in perspective. Would you wear a different attitude and a different approach to your job if you were working for you? Well, one thing I have found to be true is this, nobody owes you anything. Whatever you do or do not do within the workplace would be your responsibility.
The truth is: you are working for yourself. This is the mindset we must sustain if we will ever be revolutionary and invincible in our operations. Those who regard and thus handle every task that comes their way as a personal challenge are able to advance their careers faster than those who deal slack handedly. For those in the latter category, they only put in effort commensurate with their perception. They are not able to connect their work back to themselves. They believe they are working for a big boss somewhere up in the glass house and so their work gets no extra input from them beyond what has been specified. This is a rather myopic point of view, and what you must understand is that failure to see the big picture will always cost you. The former are those who see the big picture. Those who know for certain, that the quality of their input will either bless them or curse them. These are those who work for themselves.
Now, I remember training for a high flying financial institution a while back. In attendance was one of the deputy governors of the Central bank of Nigeria. At the end of the training session we got talking and he gave me a brief insight into his background. How he got into the Central bank as a clerk and through consistent diligence in the right direction, without the help or sympathy of anyone, rose through the ranks to eventually become the deputy governor of the Central bank. Listening to him, I just couldn’t help but think; this is a man who by sustaining a mindset of responsibility to self had been able to raise himself from obscurity to undisputable relevance.
The average man is selfish; he would do anything to better his lot. But many mar their lot with the terrible assumption that they are bettering it. Many are diligently employing the tools that will destroy them thinking they are advancing. I’ve noticed that most of what people know are rarely enough for the actualization of the plans of their heart; but there exist this self-hypnotism that blinds them to the volume of what they don’t know and empowers them to define the gap as a form of strength. I mean, What if you truly knew that your attitude and competency on the job could make or mar you? Would you work harder and smarter with more enthusiasm? For most of us a little raise or maybe a promotion would definitely do a lot of good but our attitude to our work denies us of it. Stereotyped workers characterize today’s workplace. Workers who desire more money, more perks but not more work. Most of us miss the whole point because we are not able to connect our daily input on the job back to ourselves. Your job is your business, the same drive required to sustain and drive a business is what you must bring to bear on your job. Life does not give you what you deserve; it gives you what you negotiate. To negotiate effectively, you need to have something you are giving, something valuable and needed. Something people will be willing to pay a large sum to acquire and a lot more to sustain.
This reminds of the story of a young black woman who worked in a big firm in an American city that did not particularly favour coloreds. But this young black woman was different; she worked so hard on herself and on her job it was hard not to notice her. She had such a broad knowledge of the company and the industry she became amazingly invincible. Somewhere along the line, she got married and was going to relocate with her husband to a city that was not only afar off but did not have a branch of her company. This being the case, she tendered in her resignation. But she had become so valuable, the company wasn’t going to let her go. So they doubled her salary, covered her transport expenses to and from work and an all expense paid vacation for herself and her husband to be taken intermittently. What made her so relevant? Who benefited from all her hard work? She did! So who was she working for? Herself!
This is the understanding that has taken some from zero to hero. My objective today is very simple; I want you to return to the workplace tomorrow with a difference in your approach to your work. Refuse to approach your job this week and for the rest of your career like you are doing anyone a favor. Never forget, nobody owes you anything, but you owe yourself and all those counting on you everything. It is all on you. Ask questions, learn, keep improving yourself and never complain. This four will take you places: Always ask questions, always learn, always improve yourself and never complain. Give your best to your job and life will reward you as you work for you.