Harness your unique potential
Prof DC Sharma any wonderfully intelligent career aspirants lose their worth when they are put under the binding to go with the winds of time. Such restrictions, when unduly put on them, instead of helping them, stand against them. Every human being is actually guided by his own unique filter. That is why, the same situation at a workplace produces different reactions. What is stimulating to you may be tough or boring for others and vice versa.
Yet, it is a common trend among the employees to go with the winds. They try to do as their colleagues do. Just a countable few dare to do their work differently. And those who do differently are not liked by others. The same is the rule with our culture and traditions. We are bound to go as per our cultural values and traditions. And those who dare to go against any of these traditions are not
Mliked. Some people are even shunted out of their cultures on the pretext that they have brought a slur to their name and fame.
The question is, whether such people should really be punished like that? Or should the authorities learn to deal with them with different way, which is positive in nature? When an employee solves a problem at the workplace by adopting different methodology that helps in enhancing his productivity, should he be praised for his good work, or should he be asked to revise the work done and follow the method of doing things as adopted by the crowds?
The best example of a distinguished personality who dared to differ is that of Darwin. When Darwin published his theory of evolution in his 1859 book ‘ On the Origin of Species’, he was criticised to the hilt by the orthodoxy. His discovery was treated as a threat to the cultural world. People were not ready to accept his discovery. Some even threatened him, but he did not budge an inch. He knew that his discovery was not to challenge anyone but to benefit the humanity at large. So he went on with his discovery with a calculated mind and a clear conscience, which ultimately brought to him name and fame and also revolutionised the world of science.
So to get at the top of your career, dare to do something different. But you must never forget the fact that it happened to a large number of good employees, who dared to go against the office norms, even though their work and conduct were always of distinguished value and worth. Like the case of Darwin, who was ignored, criticised, even challenged at first, and who got name and fame later on, thus a daring yet distinct employee must not forget that name and fame come automatically, but they take their own toll first. The policy of ' no pain no gain' stands true in this case also. It is only after trials and tribulations that the sweet fruit is placed at your platter.
If you have a distinct calibre, a distinct mode of thinking and a distinct way of doing things, rest assured that you could reach the top. The seeds of doing something different, something revolutionary, something worthy, are there in you, so you just have to take a plunge into competition. It is quite possible, that many more people have a different mode of doing the old things. It is for you to show your worth in a comparatively better manner than those competing with you can do. And once you know the knack of doing that only sky is the limit to what you can achieve. (Prof Sharma is a Kangra-based psychologist and a noted career expert with more than 40 years’ experience. He can be contacted at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)