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Career Caffeine 8: Finish what you start

During my engineering, I was very excited about the idea of writing a book. I invested a lot of time in writing everyday. But after writing a few chapters, I gave up. I lost my enthusiasm. I realised that a good start is only half the job done. So I decided to work on myself.[...]
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Career Caffeine 7: Don’t ask for a job

Just after my engineering, I used to ask silly questions to recruiters and HR managers. The first thing I would ask them was – “Do you have a job opening?” If they said a “No” I would simply move on. Honestly, this wasn’t the best strategy. Now I realise that it’s important to ask smart[...]
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Career Caffeine 6: 10X your Creativity

I thought to be productive I need to keep myself engaged the whole day. So I kept myself busy every moment. Honestly I lost my creativity. I realised that sometimes good ideas come when you are doing silly things or doing nothing at all. It’s important to sit alone doing nothing, it helps you develop[...]
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Career Caffeine 5: Play at work

I learned more about team work during my school days than I learned in the corporate. Playing with friends helped me develop social skills. Here is what I have learned about the power of play – play skyrockets your learning ability, play gets you in a state of flow. Today, my career revolves around the[...]
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Career Caffeine 4: Don’t wait, act today

I thought once I get a good job, a handsome monthly income and a stable career, only then I will start working on my dreams. I wasted a few years. It was a loss. Don’t wait for all the signals to turn green, simply act on your ideas. Rely on your gut. Don’t wait, act[...]
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Career Caffeine 3: Don’t just move on!

I thought when I will change my job, I will have fewer problems. So I moved on, I changed a few jobs. I realised that the problems were more or less the similar. Moving on is not the ultimate solution. Sometimes it’s better to wrestle with a few problems and gain experience. Problems can help[...]
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Career Caffeine 2: Power of Follow Up

When I started my career I used to send my resume to known HR professionals. I thought they will get back to me when they have an opening. It didn’t work right. I learned that sending your resume, is not enough. I learned that follow up is equally important. Follow up helps you develop a[...]
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Career Caffeine 1: Review like an Olympian

I never used to track my progress, I assumed that things are going fine. This was a mistake because it was affecting my income and growth. I had no clue about my performance, it was all subjective. So I developed the habit of tracking key parameters like number of books read, number of training programs[...]
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