Soul Selfie: A millennial’s chronicle of his lessons learned

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

~Benjamin Franklin

Last year, I celebrated my 25th birthday and with this New Year as I reflect back, this is the one quote that holds true. I can spend hours reading, watching videos or listening to motivational speakers but it is by doing that I learn best.

This post is Part one of two part post where I will be sharing my learnings during the first two years of my corporate life. These learnings are based solely on my experiences and what holds true for me might not be the same for you.

I would also like to point out that being aware of your learnings is just 10% of your growth. It’s what you do with them after that counts. I will be the first to admit that of the ones I mention, I have been able to fully incorporate only a few of them while still working on the others.

So without further ado, here are my first 5 lessons on how to approach work

  1. Pay attention to detail: this is one of the biggest ones. There have been multiple instances where I have had to spend more time, energy as well as emails trying to complete something just because I kept missing parts of it. This is still something I am trying to make a habit out of.
  2. No information better than wrong information: This one has a direct effect on your credibility and is an indication that you don’t know your stuff. Do this enough times and you could end up being fired.
  3. Process only matters when it is not working – Since starting at my current assignment, I have helped create some processes while improving others and in doing so, realized that nobody questions a process unless it breaks down or has a lot of pain points. This is also true for our personal lives.
  4. Come to the table with solutions – It is good to bring problem to the attention of senior managers but what’s even better is to have at least one solution that you can propose also
  5. When in doubt, ask – More often than not, whatever you are doing affects the work that other people around you or in your team are doing. This means that a wrong step by you can easily derail the work done by the other team members. I have a good feeling you would probably not want to be that guy/girl…

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