“Experience is a hard teacher because it gives the test first & the lesson afterwards.” by a philosopher.
These lines summarize the basic difference between a B-school & what life teaches you at work.
B-schools teach you models, case studies, strategies, best practices & so on. But success has rules which are far beyond the books.
To win, one has to master some ‘tactics’ that define the line between the ordinary & the extraordinary.
I have been fortunate to be associated with some exceptionally talented people who have constantly challenged my views & sparked new thought processes. Let me share some of these simple ideas that are not taught in B-school, but have made an impact in my life & work style.
Pride: Let’s face it, we’re alive for only a limited period of time & we’ll spend most of our lives working. That being the case, I believe the number one priority is to do whatever we do as well as we can, & take pride in that.
This pride comes from the belief that whatever we are doing is making a difference to the world. In the technology industry, it might translate into competitive advantage for some of the biggest corporations in the world.
One thing is for sure. If we are not proud of what we are doing, there is a vital piece missing. A note of caution: pride is not an inheritance or a legacy. It has to be earned.
As someone has rightly said, “Pride is the recognition of the fact that you are your own highest value & like all of man’s values, it has to be earned.”
Passion: A philosopher said, “We may affirm that nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” If we take pride in what we do, passion is in how we do it.
Again, passion cannot be taught — it is inherent. It gives you an inspired energy towards realizing your dreams. No wonder the best athletes in the world are the ones who are passionate & do not treat the game as just a sport.
Every time they walk out of the door, they know where they are going, why they are going, & they are already focused on that special place. Passion causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events & outcomes.
Results: This differentiates a hero from an also-ran & separates efforts from achievements. Most of the time we tend to complicate our lives & forget what is important & what is not.
We tend to mistake movement for achievement & focus on activities instead of results. It’s crucial to align our actions more closely with pre-defined objectives & understand the relevance of our actions — for us & for others.
I believe that thinking through clearly & focusing on a singular objective is the most important ingredient for achieving results.
The three most important lessons that experience has taught me is that if you have pride in what you do & do it with passion, results are sure to come your way.
No management book or B-school can teach you that. But take my word for it — they work better than anything you’ve been taught before.