Sharpen Your Saw.

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“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” ― Aldous Huxley

Stephen Covey in his book writes about Sharpening the Saw. What is exactly sharpening the saw and why is it so important?

Every person possesses a skill and he earns by applying his skills to produce something that is used for betterment of life. He gets paid either through salary, bonus, profits, recommendation, gratitude or reward. A car driver possesses the skill to drive car safely within estimated time. A manager possesses the skill to get the work done and manage client’s expectations. A consultant possesses deep knowledge about a subject that he applies for solve a problem or design something new and he charges fees for his work. A software programmer writes programs that do work. A sweeper sweeps floor and keeps the area clean. A trainer trains people and helps those acquiring new skills.

Most people acquire skills to a greater extent in their first job where they learn a lot about their work area. The rate of acquisition of knowledge slows down as the person progresses in his age. This is true for some while for some they excel in acquiring knowledge as they grow old.

In the learning process once the person starts applying his knowledge and skills he starts making progress and soon he would do activities without thinking much about it like learning to ride a bike. After few times riding the bike the rider knows how to apply clutch, brake and change gears. Similarly, while working repeatedly on some areas the person learns to use his skills automatically without much of effort. However, there’s a catch here. The rider develops certain habits of riding the bike. He speeds on certain occasions, he gets slow on certain other. Very often he receives a feedback form pillion driver that he should have slowed down at a juncture since the pillion driver felt the bump or they just missed hitting someone since the rider had speeded the vehicle too much. When the rider knows exactly how to ride the vehicle and he has learnt it from an expert a few years ago, why did he make such errors in judgment that could cost him? The answer is he relied on what he has been doing all these days, even when that may not have been the appropriate steps. The driving conditions from when he learnt like the number of vehicles on road, the road itself would have changed. So, the rider would need to re-look at the learning and add these changes & make a conscious effort to accommodate the changes to make a safe drive.

Similarly, a car mechanic knows how to fix up a problem in a car. He has learnt it over years of experience. However, sometimes he also gets stuck in solving a problem. Why? The car model produced 5 years back and the current model have different designs. The new model has many new features not included in earlier model. New features and design could have new issues and applying the same old solution doesn’t work. Hence the car mechanic is needed to increment his skills or polish them to include the change.

A software programmer often gets comfortable writing certain types of software programs. He may not use all of the features of the coding language, yet he is able to code the program well. Now, over a period of time there are changes in the version of the coding language making the old features obsolete or addition of new features. If the coder doesn’t keep himself abreast of these changes he would still use a vintage car to travel when there are super speed cars available. This requires Sharpening the Saw.

What are the benefits of sharpening the saw and how much once should invest in it?

The benefits are numerous. First, it helps in retention of skills the person already possesses. Second, he it gives him a feedback that what he learnt and what he is applying is different, simply because he developed certain habit over years. That will give him a feedback to correct. Third, it is a chance for him to assimilate newer developments technology, change in market conditions or requirements. He may get a clue to acquire new skills since the skills he holds may not be effective to give him good fortune. This will help him in progression. Fourth, he will be able to do his job well and quicker since he might start applying what he re-learnt. Fifth, he would be amongst those 1% people who really take the effort of Sharpening their Saw. Sixth, he learns how to create time to invest in sharpening the saw. That means he is optimizing on time.

Time investment required is a meager 10% of work time. So, if a person is spending 40 hours a week, he should keep aside 4 hours of his time in re-learning. Isn’t it cool to have just those 4 hours, time well invested to create more time and more fortune?

How to create those 4 hours?

Cut down on watching TV by ½ hour every day, so for 5 working days it will be 2.5 hours.

Cut down time spent on chatting by 15 minutes each day that would give ~ 1 hour of available time.

Wake up early by 15 minutes each day that would give ~ 1 hour for a week.

Do your tasks efficiently to save ~15 minutes each day that would give ~ 1 hour each week.

Invest 10% time on Sharpening your Saw and gain 90% edge over others.

To Change Life – Take massive Action

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While a lot of time is spent in doing the analysis and defining a problem, taking action often takes a backseat. Almost everyone in a group that gathers for brainstorming on an issue describes the problem very well. Creating the solution is often dropped out or given less time and energy.

Why action is important?

In the entire population of the world <1% people have written their goals. In this population less than 10% people actually action their goals and further 10% succeed wholly in achieving their goals. Of those who take actions fail to sustain it after some time.

To accomplish any goal in life, be it related to achieving good health, wealth, relationship, new skill, charity massive action is necessary. Once the goal is set it has to be broken down in to action steps. The action steps are supposed to be executed every single day. Why is it important to perform action every single day? There are 2 benefits to it. One, taking action each day sets the momentum. It gets a person closer to the realization of his goal and second, it helps him habituate to taking actions. Once this habit is formed (as I mentioned in my earlier blog on “How to acquire any new skill in 21 days and master it in 91 days” any new habit takes these many iterations of minimum), things happen automatically without a push.

Action is an Act in Motion. We all live because of being in motion. The earth has life because it is in motion, the clock shows time by being in motion, vehicles in motion reach destination. The same is true with an intended act that is useless if it is not in motion. Goals without action are called Fantasies.

Why do people shy away from taking action?

One of the common reasons is they are habituated. To give an example, if you happen to watch people sitting in a waiting area at a train station or in a doctor’s clinic, people seated on chairs won’t move until their number is called. They won’t offer chair to other person because they get complacent with the chair are seated in. The ease, the comfort makes it difficult to stand up and offer a seat to someone else who has long been standing in queue.

In similar way, some people do not take action because they have attained a comfort level in the current position.

The other reason is they have seen people failing while pursuing their goals. Fear of failure stops perform from taking massive action. This fear appears to be so real that a person freezes. Most successful people in history including Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Mahatma Gandhi have failed yet they learnt from their failures. They learnt how to rise above their failures.

The third reason is there is no compelling reason for a person to pursue his goal and take action. A classic example is of the students who do not study until they are a week away from the exam. A week before the exam they start taking massive action by taking help from friends, staying up late, finding out ways to learn in shortest time, finding out frequently asked questions. There’s also an element of fear attached.

These are the 3 main reasons why some people fail to take massive action.

How do some people take massive action?

They are divinely focused on their goal. Their goals have a bigger “WHY” that compels them to take massive action. When the WHY is clear the HOW automatically happens. They have perfect calendaring system. They know how to set priorities, negotiate or trade priorities. Another tool they operate with is they work in absolute certainty. It is like playing a video game again and again. One can never win over kids in a video game. Why? They operate with absolute certainty. Similarly some people know the game very well. They know how to anticipate where is the bottleneck, where there are mines and where there is jackpot.

How could an average person change his state?

First step is to move from too much analysis paralysis mentality to doing mentality. Write down goals. Create action steps. Writing “why”, this goal is important. What is the payoff? What is it that he is ready to forego?

 

Make a calendar. Take action. Start small and expand. Take action every single day. Stay focused. Consider intermediate payoff when a milestone is achieved. Follow someone who has already done it successfully. Habituate.

“For things to change you have to change” – Jim Rohn.

Rich Trainers Poor Trainers

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What makes someone a phenomenally successful trainer and someone the opposite? Why do some trainers climb the ladder of immense popularity, fame, prosperity while others struggle their entire life?

Studying the lives of those that are known as the world’s most popular and successful trainers, Dale Carnegie, Jim Rohn, Anthony Robbins, Jack Canfield and many more, it is evident that these people have led an exceptional life, a life that is deeply fulfilling on all accounts. The 7 of those accounts are good health, abundant wealth, relationship, legacy and contribution, skills, recreation and fun, spirituality.

How did they master all these areas of life?

What appears to be a beginning of their journey of success turns out to be finding life’s true purpose? They all took actions in line with their life’s true purpose. What is life’s true purpose? Quite often we confuse with this question and there could be multiple answers to it. Yet, the one that is simple is to know what action makes one feel deeply fulfilled and happy. For instance, Dale Carnegie realized that he likes to motivate people to challenge their inhibitions of public speaking, teach them how to speak in public or on stage. When we serve people we naturally feel good and this feeling is so powerful that it nourishes our soul. Humans are meant to live together, work together, share. So when you are in a dilemma to know what your life’s true purpose is, you could ask yourself “what are the actions I took so far in the past that made me happy or what it that I want to do that will help others”. Once you write down options will come forward. You could then choose from them.

If your passion is to train people, the coaching, mentoring field has ample opportunities to help people. This is probably one of the single most valuable professions (not to disregard importance of other professions). The reason is well said by a philosopher “If you give fish to a poor person you feed him for a day, if you teach him how to fish you feed him forever”. This is the power of coaching or training. It can eradicate poverty, disease, war.

Trainers have the power to transform people. In this world there are millions of trainers yet only selected trainers reach out to many people. Only a few trainers are popular.

The popular trainers are those who made it in this field quietly with an intention. This intent was powerful and noble. They wanted to change people’s lives for the better. They did not wait for the right audience, the right forum, the right infrastructure, the publicity, the right music to play at background, the right number of people. They identified a person who needs help and coached him to take care of himself. Then they moved to another one and another one and it just got multiplied.

 

Rich trainers always learnt first, always listened first, always read first, always demonstrated first before training others. They could talk with conviction since they experimented first the change on their own life before suggesting it to others.

Rich trainers always worked on finding that place in the person whom they are training to that would trigger his mind to get inspired and take action. Action produced results. To be a successful trainer this is the most important quality to identify what is that spark in each person where to look for.

Yet another quality of rich trainer is to support facts with examples. Jack Canfield in his sessions shares multiple examples of people making it big in their life by shifting their thinking and taking actions.

Rich trainers have rich habits. For instance Robin Sharma, the author of famous book “Monk who sold his Ferrari” wakes up early morning and he recommends people to wake up early in the morning and work on their important tasks between 5-8 a.m. periods.

Rich trainers like to SHARE. They do not believe in holding things to self for an advantage. They believe this is a sharing universe for what one shares comes back with more sharing from someone else. It is a stream that never dries up.

Rich trainers like to GIVE. They do a lot of charity, they help people.

Rich trainers believe in making small changes each day rather than waiting for one BIG change. This is the power of Kaizen they apply.

Rich trainers get work through referrals. Their work speaks for itself. They train people and with these trainings people make change in their thinking, start acting and results show up. People around them (their friends, colleagues, relatives) watch them change and ask “Who is coaching you for this phenomenal success?”

Rich trainers balance work and personal life. The best thing is they use the Power of Focus.

Rich trainers leave their legacy. Jim Rohn for instance has left all what he has learnt in becoming successful in his books, audio tapes, and video recordings for people. While he is no more, his teachings are always with people. Every time someone mentions he achieved phenomenal success he pays his dues to Jim Rohn. Jim Rohn is still earning long after his death.

I hope this leaves a clue for you to pick up and be one of the greatest trainers the world ever had. Good Luck…………….

How to thrive during recession?

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“It is a rough road that points you to greatness”.  -Seneca

Top of every person’s mind is how to ride the recession? Backed with Fear and anxiety this is the biggest destroyer of peace of mind. More than the fear of recession it is the consequence of losing a job, unable to meet expenses, feeling unworthy, loss of lifestyle, how to pay loan installments are the real fears in mind. A person fights them every day in his mind, since it is a virtual battle and situation doesn’t change in reality this battle is always won by the other party.

Recession is an impact of falling dollar value leading to high commodity prices, reduction of purchasing power of people, leading to reduction in demand. The bigger impact of recession is borrowers unable to pay back lenders, companies producing less due to rising costs and decreasing demand. Since the cost inputs have gone up and the revenue has gone down companies downsize their staff. Other than directly revenue generating areas, staffs in these areas are cut first. People now also have to work long hours & take more work. If there is at  

 What is the solution? How could one live a peaceful life without this fear haunting him?

Let us draw the solution in some easy to follow steps in our daily practice:

Step1.

Understand this is an external event, something beyond your control. Externalizing it takes off the pressure. Once the resistance to the event goes away the rational thinking kicks in.  

Step2.

Now flip the event to see it as opportunity. People get outrageous when they hear this. How could recession be positive? It is taking away our jobs, making us unhappy. It is still an opportunity. How? During recession people go back to what they used to do 100 years ago. They used avoid unwanted expenses. They saved some money. They worked out better ways to manage their monthly expense budget. It wasn’t being miser. People adopt new habits. They may prefer to walk a few distances instead of taking a cab or use their car as less as possible. What it results is in to good walking exercise, knowing people as you may interact on the way. As you talk to more people you may hear of a new job opening somewhere or an overseas job that is in the offering.

Other positive effect of recession is for those who wish to start a business on their own. Since the startup cost is low and so is operational cost many budding entrepreneurs launch startups during recession. Microsoft, Apple, KFC were all launched during recession period. They had big idea and low budget.

For people in jobs, they could learn new skills. Usually when the economy is doing well there is a demand for your existing skills, but then one gets complacent with it and stops learning new skills. Only 1 in 10 people actually acquire skills successfully and use them. Many new courses open up during recession period as training institutes know that people would be looking for learning new skills to earn their bread and butter. Due to competition many of them offer courses at cheaper rates which would otherwise cost several thousand dollars.

 Step3.

 Once you manage your budget (outflow), learn new skills, network with people you create greater possibility of creating a better future managing the present. Now you need to be patient and wait for the right opportunity to knock door.

We see opportunities mostly within 100 miles of our house. This thinking has to change. There are many opportunities outside. There are people looking for the skills you have and they can’t find the right candidate. It’s just that they have never met you and vice versa. Advertise your skills like crazy. Talk to people. The best marketing tool in the world – Talking to people.

 Time Management.

 We learn the importance of better time management during recession. Better time management can be accomplished by right prioritization of tasks. If you aren’t clear about how you are going to spend your day, you might be wasting a lot of time. Unplanned day creates more work.

To set right priorities make a to-do list and match it up with your goals. Stick to doing activities related to to-do list. You may also make a not-to-do list to avoid wasting time. Typically my not-to-do list is not checking mails in the morning. Checking mails doesn’t produce anything other than informing. Hence I do it in the latter half of the day.

Step4.

Give as many interviews as possible, however do not apply for any job that comes your way. If one applies for any job, he wouldn’t enjoy it even if gets it and eventually he will be kicked out. You may not get through a few interviews, but that’s ok. Every interview you get better and increase probability of clearing it. Once you come home from interview write down what went well, what did not go well, how can it be improved, what steps you would need to take to master it.

In parallel, start publishing your articles on the web on the social networking sites. Let people know about your creativity. You may get some good referral.

Spend time reading. Now, reading to some people is a pain, yet the payoff is good if you spend at least ½ hour each day reading about your field of interest, you have to prioritize what you are going to read about. For e.g. If I am looking for a Managers position in IT I would read about what other managers are doing in their fields, what are the new initiatives at companies like Apple, Google. These companies invest in innovation and they have programmes for people who are interested in working on those projects. They usually do not advertise in media.

Reading biographies of successful people is a very powerful tool. Success leaves clues. You would get solution to one of your mind-blocks.

Step5.

Receive! Once you make all the efforts in the above 4 steps and show patience, opportunities show up. You’re learning elevates and you become a different or a better person. Do not accept offer from the first company who gives you offer unless you are desperate. Check how the company is, what the growth opportunities are, what is its culture, does it match your thinking. Employment opportunity is a mutually beneficial opportunity. The company that hires people is investing in them and hence when they get good people they prosper. So, never ever think that the company is doing a favor to you by offering a job.

If you aren’t sure whether the company would be good match for your career then volunteer to work as apprentice for 1-2 months. After this period you may choose to continue with full time employment or look elsewhere.

Note for those who wish to start up their own company:

During recession you may also have limited budget. Hence it is important to focus more on sustainable Cash flow generation rather than one time payoff.

Keep costs low, yet those that have high payoff, one needs to invest in. For e.g. investing in marketing tools, is needed.

Keep the business as lean as possible. Along with keeping it lean it also has to be scalable. If you receive an order 10 times higher of your regular production capacity you should be in a position to produce more in given time. Scalability comes from knowing how to secure resources on short notice.

How to grow market share phenomenally?

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Very often when we face this question, how do I better my sales figures? How do I approach people with what I have to offer them to help them with a product or service? Particularly people who have services to offer, for instance an IT consultant offers consulting on projects, estimation, migration of services, new product. A manpower consultant offers his advice on how to recruit talented people for the kind of job required in a company. The coach offers technical, leadership or personal coaching. A health consultant provides solutions to better one’s health manage weight, create more energy etc. Finance advisor advices on how to grow wealth and manage risks.

 The services offered by these people are unique, however many consultants still face the biggest challenge of attracting clients and growing their business. Some do immensely well in increasing their customer base, some manage to run slow but get a steady flow of new customers, while others struggle.

 Two people who have same skills, work hard equally why do they have dramatic difference in sales figures?

To address this question lets understand the concept of Precession. Precession is term used in context with force applied on moving objects under the influence of gravity. The earth spins around the sun while the entire universe is exerting a perpendicular force on the earth. The net result is that its axis is tilted in rotation. Yet another example is of a toy top. If the axis of rotation of toy is not exactly vertical then the toy’s rotation axis gets tilted due to the gravitational force.

The same concept applies to the purpose of any living being in this universe. It is explained by the above diagram.

In the diagram the honey bee moves each day, collecting nectar from flower to flower, yet its true purpose is to cross pollinate. Similarly every human being has a true purpose to serve while he is doing his job.

In this context, if your profession is sales or service or software programming or driving or cleaning, you are serving a higher purpose. This higher purpose is to serve people. We human beings are meant to help each other and grow together. Very often this purpose is forgotten in the quest to earn more, to outcast someone or simply to survive. This competition creates what we commonly call STRESS. Stress is the single most reason for discomfort or disease. The STRESS is created when we ignore our true purpose while doing our work. There’s no end to competing and don’t get me wrong, I am not against competition. A healthy competition would lift up one’s spirit.

So, to grow the customer base, one simple mantra that is practiced by those that are successful in their business, service is to exceed expectations. This is a big term as it may sound, yet it is simple. Suppose you are a coach and your job is to coach people on various subjects. While you teach people to gain knowledge, apply skills at work, get better at their job, what are you actually doing? You are serving people to get better in their life. You are helping them to know how to be independent, how to learn the art that would either fetch income or create more peace or better their health. This is your true precession. How to exceed expectations? Do not just coach them, mentor them. Spend weekly 10 minutes of your time with them to understand how they are doing, did they apply what they learnt, help them achieve their goals.

In service industry, giving more value to the client creates an edge. While the world is going through recession and there is pressure to reduce price, what actually is required is to deliver more than what the customer has paid for. This will create raving fan base. They would recommend your service to others. If you like a movie don’t you recommend it to your friend, family? It’s the same. People pay for value.

Why do people stick to Job?

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Why is it so scary for people who feel deep inside that their fortune would change once they change over, yet hold back their decision due to fear.

 The reason is they have FAR syndrome. What is a FAR syndrome?

F is lack of faith in self and in the universe. If we look at all the successful people in history, they started with poor resources. Many of them did not complete their education. They met with failures. Yet a deep faith in self helped them sail through. How does this faith develop? It is a product of person’s education and surrounding. The traditional education promotes a mindset of working in a job, getting good job. We are taught in school, colleges to study well to find a good job. Surrounding is the company of people. Our parents, teachers, friends, relatives promote this idea. They also promote fear psychosis. “If you do not study well, you wouldn’t get a good job and your life will be miserable”, does this sound familiar? “Your uncle was the topper in university, he retired from a high position, and you too should study well and rise in company”.

 

A is acceptance. After the person has overcome fear of failure and fear of uncertainty, the next challenge is acceptance of situation. When the person takes steps to build his business or his dream, he faces challenges, tough situations, and failures. On the first sight of failure, usually people start doubting their decision. Some regret their decision, some carry on. Some have deep faith in their ability and accept the situation as temporary challenge. No failures are permanent. When a person resists the situation it doesn’t change the situation for good, makes it worst instead. Resistance creates discomfort, stops rational thinking and the result is the person freezes. He stops taking actions. In this situation it is important to come to terms and accept the fact. It could be something’s not working for that moment, some error in judgment. All satellites deviate from their ideal path, they correct their path to reach to the planned trajectory. Similarly acceptance of situation often leads to solutions to do better and take actions to stop further damage and correct the course to achieve desired goals.

 R is Risk appetite. Ability to take risks often stops a person from succeeding in life. Risk is the possibility of an event or an act that would affect the achievement of goal. Like the earlier example of baby in womb, if the baby doesn’t take the risk of coming out of womb after certain period it would die. Similarly risk averse people would lose their purpose of life if they do not risk exploring new options. A person in job wouldn’t take the risk of starting his own company since he would risk losing stable income if he fails. How would his family live as he is the only earner in family. While this fear is true, there are ways to harmonize this fear and move ahead to take the risk. The steps for managing this risk are:

 

  1. Identify a person who has already done this before. A person who has left his job and started his own business, possibly in same field. He will be the best person to coach for he knows what the risks are and how they could be possibly managed. For instance he would highlight what worked for him and what did not. Where did he fail? He would also know the trends of the business. How much cash flow one could expect, how much would be the running expense, what would be the impact of public holidays on business or what would be the impact of recession on the business.
  2. Keeping some portion of savings aside for managing at least 3-6 months of monthly family expense and the running expense. This is a safety net.
  3. Making 90 day plan to do those activities that would generate customers and revenue. These are daily activities.
  4. Yet another best way to manage risks of future is to go in to the future and visualize all possible outcomes. For instance if you open up a coffee shop and you could possibly see that initially there are a few customers in initial months and the revenue is low. This visualization of scenario will help you estimate how much time it will take roughly to break-even.

 Above all it is very important to know WHY you want to change. Why you want to start your own business or consulting or whatever it is you want to do. If the answer is to make more money, then the business is bound to fail. 9 in every 10 start-ups fail in first 5 years while 9 in every startup that survive fail in the next 5 years. One of the main reasons is the “WHY” for business was never strong enough to sustain. The ultimate backbone of any business is to serve people, their needs. When a business exceeds expectations of its customers by giving them value more than what they paid for, the customers become raving fans. They spread the word about your business and the business grows, thrives.

Why Fridays are exciting and Mondays are equally boring?

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Almost 95% people face this dilemma in life. Fridays are phenomenally exciting and Mondays are equally boring. Friday morning when people go to work they have already made their plans how they are going to spend their weekend. It may be a weekend camping trip or visiting a distant relative or a movie or trip to a beach or simply relaxing at home with family. On the flip, Sunday evenings could be the most boring evenings of the week. People spend Sunday evenings usually with ironing their clothes, getting ready for the big week to start. The excitement of Friday has come to an end. Monday morning it is so painful to pull up that office bag and drag ourselves to office.

The 5% population responds differently. Fridays are as exciting as other days, may be marginally more exciting. Sunday evening they are happy. They are just waiting for Monday to arrive. Monday they are completely excited to go to work.

 

What makes those 5% people feel so happy about Monday?

Before answering this question, let us look at who are these 5% people?

These are the people who have tremendous attachment to their work. They are those people who are truly following their passion. Their work is their passion or they realize their passion through the work they do. These are the people that have very clearly identified their passion, learnt how to transform that passion in to productive work and from productive work in to creating fortune for them.

It does not mean they do not enjoy weekends. Weekends are equally relaxing for them as they spend time with their family. However, they look forward to work week to realize and enjoy building their passion. For instance, Henry Ford was passionate about machines; Dale Carnegie was passionate about unleashing the ultimate potential of a person; Jack Welch is passionate about realizing people’s core competency, Oprah Winfrey is passionate about talking to people about their life.

Due to this connect between the passion and work these people never go off track from their commitment at work. They always show up on time. They always expand from the position they are. They always help people realize their passion. They are 99% of the time energetic. Monday is the day when they get the opportunity to work on their passion and take it to the next level.

Let’s look at 95% population.

Their work and passion are 2 different areas. Some of them though may have newly formed passion at work and the baby is still in the egg to hatch. They will begin to enjoy once the egg hatches and the baby starts growing.

For others, work place is the place to make money; money to run the house, to pay off loans; to pass time; to appear busy. Some may also term it as to learn something. For some it is also a means to meet people, know about them. It could also be a source of motivation as they may have some goals of climbing up the ladder of role or getting recognized. If the salary or earning part is removed from their work, the work loses its attractiveness. This is how most people would feel. The reason is again traced back to passion. Passion is something that a person does even when there is no money or reward attached to it.

This is one of the major reasons why most people feel it a drag to go to office on Monday.

How can someone come out of this psych?

The first task is to identify his passion. There will be 1-2 tasks he likes to do without the expectation of getting rewarded for doing them. These could potentially be the passion. Identify those areas in current job that the person would get to work on these tasks. The next step is to talk to the Manager to let him know about their passion and what would they like to do in the current job that will create value for the company and also give them a sense of accomplishment. If there are no open positions in the area of interest, volunteer to do it along with your current work as additional responsibility. Once the person starts working on his passion areas automatically he expands his scale of growth. The deep fulfillment he receives working on his passion area is phenomenal. Many companies have realized this potential and created opportunities for people to harness their passion and creativity. Apple is one such example. At Apple what matters the most is one’s passion and it’s connect with the work that he is doing. They understand how a passionate person brings phenomenal value to the organization.

There are next 2 steps after identifying the passion. They are transformation, to transform from novice to expert.