Career Growth

how to grow in a career using the weak ties theory

It’s a paradox, isn’t it? People you know and trust are the ones who will help you in times of need. To a large extent, that’s true. But for professional development or career options, your close relations are not so effective. In a study dating back to 1973, sociologist Mark Granovetter proved that people were 58 percent more likely to succeed in getting a job through those whom they didn’t know well.

What’s happening here? Well, turns out that there is a logical explanation.

People you know well are your strong ties. They are part of your inner circles for a reason. They enjoy similar things, prefer places you like, like the same movies as you. In fact, their perspectives are similar to yours too. And that’s why some glaring drawbacks are visible in these relations.

Self Improvement tips from Lord Shiva

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I am a huge Lord Shiva devotee. A few days ago, I visited the Somnath temple in Gujarat. I sat in the temple undisturbed, soaking his aura for a good fifteen minutes. Then I explored the imposing campus, filled with grass and tiles – both of which were kind on my bare feet – and smaller temples. But the statues of Lord Shiva in various events of His life stood out. One statue was of Him with His wife and children. Another one was where sages, hands folded in deference, surrounded Him. A third was half Him and half Parvathi, His wife. Yet another one showed Him helping the Moon God when the latter was struck by a curse. To say that these statues took my breath away is an understatement.

Lord Shiva resides in the snowy peaks of Mount Kailash. He is known as the Lord of destruction. But He is also the Lord of contentment, a hermit. When He moves from the peak of Kailash to the river banks Kashi, He becomes Shankar, the householder.

how to improve yourself every day

“I want to get better at designing”, a friend said. “My colleagues don’t agree, but I need to improve a lot. What should I do?”

This question plagues most of us. Some people believe that they are God’s gift to mankind in their fields. But the vast majority (including yours truly) believe that they are not good enough. They want to improve – every day. The only problem? They don’t know how.

Does this question keep you up at night, too?

how you can succeed by looking at things in different ways

Taraka, the demon king, is Indra’s most dangerous enemy. Only a son from Lord Shiva can kill Taraka. But Shiva has no desire to father a child. No amount of seduction from Indra’s apsaras or arrows of Kama (Cupid’s bow for the West) affect Him. In fact, this relentless effort of Indra frustrates Him enough to open His third eye and reduce Kama to ash.

Lord Vishnu then takes help from the Goddess, who dons the avatar of  Kamakshi. She doesn’t approach Shiva as a damsel, but as a a devotee. Impressed by Her devotion, Shiva marries Her and they together produce Kartikeya, who becomes the devas’ commander-in-chief and goes on to kill Taraka.

Kamakshi transforms Shiva the hermit, into Shankar the householder. She leads Him from the icy and isolated peak of Kashi to the great marketplace city of Kashi. How? Is it because She is a woman?

how to make your boss listen to your ideas

I walked to my desk and flung my diary. It thudded loudly and jolted my teammates out of their seats.

What happened?” Arun asked.

“He just doesn’t get it, does he?” I said.

“Did you speak about your idea with the boss?” he asked.

“Yes,” I said, working hard to stay calm. “And he said it’s not a priority right now. I mean, what part of ‘improved user experience’ doesn’t he understand!”

“That sucks. It was a good suggestion,” Arun chuckled. I would hate his chuckling as much as I hated my boss.

“I should change my job,” I mumbled. “The new boss will appreciate me.”

“He won’t,” Arun said.

That hurt. I didn’t speak to Arun for a couple of hours. But it was the truth. I needed to hear it, even if I didn’t want to.

Tips to get ahead in your career

One day, Narad muni asked Lord Vishnu, “Why is the statue of Garud (Vishnu’s eagle and vehicle) placed in your temples? Why not mine? Am I not your greatest devotee?”

Before Vishnu could answer, a crash was heard outside the main gate of Vaikuntha (Vishnu’s abode). “I have sent Garud on an errand. Can you check what happened, Narad?”, He requested. Keen on seizing the opportunity to prove himself, Narad rushed out and returned a few seconds later and said, “A milkmaid tripped and fell.”

Tips to improve productivity at work and in life

A day has 24 hours. For you, for Richard Branson and Elon Musk. You have so much to do. Work, meeting friends, Facebooking, sleeping and, if time permits, doing something you are passionate about. Don’t you wish there were more hours in a day? How do some people get more done in 24 hours than the rest of us can in a week!

Turns out that you don’t need more than 24 hours. True, sometimes despite managing time immaculately, you don’t. But that is rare.

How can you do more in a day? The answer lies in developing one ‘skill’ which is important in every phase of life, one which it takes practice to implement it with finesse. It’s especially important at work, because that is where we spend most of our time.

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