Are you working in some field that you have studies or aspired for or something else. Or have you ever changed your field of work? How easy or difficult was it? (AS ASKED BY SOMEBODY)
In life we can do a variety of things but what is needed most is the inner urge to excel in anything you put your hand on. Another thing is to enjoy what you are doing; without fetters without thinking that no job/work is dishonorable, yet, even the menial one.
In my public life spanning more than 40 years, I still am actively working and keeping myself busy and occupied. With the grace of God, I get up early in the morning, thank heaven for everything for which I am capable of and even more of which I am not even! And why not; I superannuated with 39+ years of service for which I ‘studied’ and next day when I was supposed to be sitting at home after retirement and getting pensionery benefits, with the grace of God, I got employment, and have since continued. The change from one type of job to another did not affect my working style but rather brought experience through interaction, experimenting with different people even with more caliber and intelligence than I am having thus enhancing my know-how. This helped me in add-on and adding-up what I had acquired over a period of time.
One thing I have learned in life through working with different people of different age-group, different capabilities, different attitudes/habits/temperament besides different methods of working; is their fine-tuned traits. I do not know how but I have worked under some of the best senior officers known for their efficacy but with strict discipline, sometimes with fastidious ones but I got something from each of them. I remember some of the lessons while working in different sorts of environments and with different organisational heads at different times, which are given below:-
(a) Accept the challenges which come your way. If you are not able to with less experiences or any other consideration, take the assistance of somebody who is more experienced than yourself. But never shy off the challenges. It is here your endurance and wisdom would be tested.
(b) Working in any environment or with different work-culture, make it a point to adjust – initially it would be difficult but slowly but surely, you will adopt yourself with the working environment but sometimes you have to put in your best to learn the ropes.
(c) In any organisation, it is not through appreciation you can learn – I have learned more from criticism than through appreciation though I had got some of these too. We have to make analysis of the criticism and improve on the points for which criticism has been earned. This should be one of the best learning phases in our life. It may be at work-place or any other place – formal or informal. Our worth is tested by the returns we bring to the organisation. Remember that nobody flogs a dead horse. We are criticized because we can learn new lessons through experimentation therefore we should never lose heart and continue learning new things by traversing on different paths though diverse. LEARNING NEW THINGS AT DIFFERENT SETS OF ENVIRONS makes huge difference. It may be at any place.
(d) Never have ego-centric tendencies. If you are lambasted just without your fault, just clarify your point of view, if still people do not agree, no problem, you know that you are not to be blamed, therefore, think that it is part of your thinking process. Nobody will remember this episode after sometime. Therefore ‘let bygones, be bygones.
It is, therefore, essential that we may work in any field even other than what you have aspired for and worked/trained for, important thing is not the change in work but how much we have changed ourselves vis-à-vis the environment in which we are working. It should always be kept in mind that nobody else will change for us but we have to change according to the needs of the culture-culture you are presently working and be satisfied and joyful working in any situation and conditions.