A Quick Sand

Quicksand_22It looks good from a distance, it provides you a feeling of comfort, it keeps you relaxed for a duration. It tickles you, giggles you and then swallows you completely. Its Quick Sand – Lets understand it, get over it  and always be prepared.

How long its been for you to cherish your work while you try to get yourself into the bed at night? At least I have spent many sleepless nights and a fearful days whenever I think of what I lost today – not working on something exciting or something that added another gem to my profile.

Playing safe and taking no challenges may soon drag your feet into a quicksand of rotten skills and professional emotions towards day to day job. And, that is what keeps me on my toe, do something new, experience something new, as exciting as your first job. And feel good about it.

Its not something new, in fact, this is the story of every second person in a multinational organization primarily the so called “L5 companies” – Start ups do well on this front.

We tend to become so lazy and counter agile that we forget who we are. We forget, what did we thought of while joining the org? We forget, what is there that’s keeping you glued to the profession? And of course, we forget our own words, which we used to answer the HR – “So, why do you want to join the company?”

What do you think can we do to save ourselves from this quicksand of 9-6pm time window? I call it the human maintenance window. Because, this is the time window in which you need to fix your self not only as an individual but also as a professional.

But how do I patch myself with the latest? I think, the answers are within our own self. But before that, we got to ask ourselves a few more questions – Take a pause and think about the question before you head to the next one.

Does the new Job has something exciting for me? If your answer is no, then how can I react to it, so that I may infuse an innovativeness which can boost up my interest. If yes, then am I really working on it?

If the technologies are old but the domain is interesting, can I still spend time on technology by maintaining the balance between the techs and specs of the domain? Trust me, very few are doing this and climbing up the ladders really fast.

Are you too bothered about your manager than your peers? You need to brighten up your soul buddy! Its always good to have nice peers than a great manager. Remember there is a difference between a Mentor and a Manager. Hardly people find Mentors in Managers or vice-versa. If you have one – you are the lucky dog!

What does growth means to you? Money Or Position. I may not be able to talk too much on this one, as its too debatable and no one is wrong on his part. However, I just know one thing – there is always “a limit to everything!”, beyond which, what may keep you happy is the work you do and your passion to love what you do.

If you’ve answered these questions open heartedly, then you are good to get out of the sinking state. But if, you have just read through and not read between the lines, then may be you need more sticks and support from outside. So don’t let it loose – you can still follow your heart and wait for someone to pull you out of the sinking sand pit.

A very old saying “Opportunity strikes when you are least prepared”, is the one damn haunting line for me and so I am always trying to fight it.

The bigger question for you is – Am I?


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