Broaden Your Intellectual Horizon.

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Image credit: Pixabay  “Learn continually. There’s always “one more thing” to learn.” — Steve Jobs In this fast paced world, with new levels of competition sprouting each passing day, continuous learning is a necessity and not an option. In all fields, the need to be ahead of the curve dominates. Fortunately, the advancement of Information technology has bought new arenas of opportunities to learn without the traditional classroom approach and broaden one’s Intellectual Horizon at ease. With rapid innovations in various fields and the threat of automation looming, staying relevant has become indispensable. Apart from learning new skills, it’s pertinent to revisit the skills already acquired to stay significant. Organisations are set with the growing need for upskilling employees regularly to align with their business demands. In my previous organisation, most of the training’s happened through web based modules. The emergence of MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) has made it possible to attend courses at our suitability. Few advantages of learning online: It’s possible to learn at your time and convenience. Even after a hectic day, it’s stress-free to sit in the comfort of your home and learn. It’s cost effective. No need to shell out big bucks, most of the online courses are comparatively inexpensive than regular courses. It suits the speed of each person. There is always the advantage of learning at one’s pace without hindering others. Saves travel time, no hassle of going to a different location to learn. One can acquire multiple skills simultaneously. Cross skilling […]

No matter what the world says, it is okay to… live your life

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Image Credit: Pexels Even the busiest of the people will gladly find time out of their lives to criticize you- behind your back or right on your face. While you struggle to live up to everyone’s expectations, the murmur among the people never seems to die. Each human being possesses thoughts and perspectives of their own leading to the situation that no one will ever manage to please everyone around them. And that sort of thing isn’t even necessary. Really. So, no matter what the world says, it is quite alright to-   Be a homemaker OR a working woman: Depending on the thoughts the people around you hold, they will either encourage you to work, or nag you to leave your job; which is absolutely none of their business. You are an adult possessing complete sanity to think about what works best for you. Your choice is your own. Your child, your home, your job, your life.   Make mistakes: Unless you are literally or figuratively stabbing someone in the heart, mistakes are alright. If you have hurt someone, apologize and move on. Took a bad decision that ruined your life? Forgive yourself and be cautious next time. You are human. You are bound to make some serious errors in life, but you are intelligent enough to learn from them, right?   Be selfish: Being a good human being is like wearing beautiful but heavy earrings. People love them, but you have to bear its weight. It is a […]

Be Your Own Boss! Be An Entrepreneur

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Image credit: Pexels ‘’I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul’- Invictus’ by William Ernest Henley. Gone are days when the tradition of preparing for bank or other competitive exams was inculcated in our minds as a teenager. Breaking barriers, Women have been a powerful force in all facets of work including start-ups. The conventional role of choosing safe jobs is no more a compulsion and the world has given a plethora of opportunities to be your own boss, to be an entrepreneur! There is no need to fit into a mould when you can stand out and create your own identity. With the advancement of technology, it’s possible to start a business and promote the same without much hassle. A few points to be considered before commencing your business: Understand your strengths and interests. It’s easy to succeed in an industry where your passion lies. Be cognizant of your finances. Start small, eventually with the expansion, investors would follow. Capitalise on Social networking sites and utilise it most to promote the brand. Nothing substitutes hard work, especially in the initial stages when business is at infancy. Try to have a network of likeminded people who will guide you during testing times. As an entrepreneur, you’ll have the privilege of working at your own hours; implement your ideas that were hitherto not heeded. It’s not necessary to start on giant scale, a simple business from home, working flexi hours and making money is a […]

Stop Limiting Yourself – You Are Capable of Much More Than You Think

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“You are confined only by the walls you build yourself’’― Andrew Murphy Often, when we think of failures in life, we find it easy to put forth the limitations we are set with….”not enough time’’ or ‘’no resources’’ or ‘’it dint work for me in the past’’. But think about it. All those chances you missed, the opportunities you didn’t exploit…could it be achieved with a little more determination and perseverance?  Sometimes we limit ourselves since we have little conviction in fighting for the things we need, whether it is at work or in personal life. A few experiences in life taught me a very important lesson – your life is in your hands, so are your successes and failures. I quite often marvel at the elephant story contemplating about how many of us are limited by the chain we have tied ourselves with. https://academictips.org/blogs/the-elephant-rope/ We can conquer all our fears once we unshackle our inhibitions and take control of our lives. Few pointers to guide you expand your horizons and live life to the fullest: 1) Don’t bask in the haven of comfort zone; instead get ready to venture out and feel awkward while learning something new. 2) Take action before it’s too late. Go on a road-trip, apply for that promotion or take charge of the next presentation you dread about. You’ll never know you’re potential if you don’t try. 3) Don’t let past failures define you. Learn your lesson, but have the faith to carry on despite […]

En route to Linguistic Career

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Image credit: studyfrenchspanish You may have to bear with me for a few minutes while I share a short recap. Exactly a month ago one of my bestie, Techie by profession and a doting mother, was in a deep oscillation whether to take up a offer from a Tier 2 MNC or to take a break in her career and be a SAHM for quite some time. The conversation lasted long, more than fifteen minutes. She asked me to explain about the career aspects in learning a Foreign Language. At that time I had no idea about it, but I  knew a few people who were pursuing a Linguistic Career. I concluded that I shall help her out once I ask them and let her know about it. That’s the birth story of this post. Pre-requisites: Self Motivation-Never give up attitude. Experts quote that learners feel fresh during their initial days but their zeal to learn fades when they find some hurdles during their process of learning. Redefine the course-Every learner has a unique style in accomplishing their goals. Be it an online study or direct classes make sure you redesign in such a way that it becomes user friendly. It will help you in progress. Read for Pleasure-An urge to read any kind of literature in the target language. Learn the day to day phrases/words which will lead you to break the complex grammatical structures into a simpler one. Practice makes Man Perfect: Speak to yourself in the second […]

Working to Live or Living to Work? Find The Right Balance

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Image credit: Lukas From Pexels “Don’t confuse having a career with having a life”: Hillary Rodham Clinton. The quote makes us think…doesn’t it? We intertwine work with everything else and then start looking for “life” in that whirlpool. Little do we realize that work is just a part of the big picture called “life”.  Often the magnanimity of life is overshadowed by the slice of “work” that is a part of it.  Just like how family, passion, hobby are all slices too. There is no second guessing to the fact that we work an earning towards living and we work more to earn more for a better life.  However, in the midst of it all we fail to acknowledge the existence of life. The present that we are living in. We rush, run and chase but have to remind ourselves to stop, breathe and live too.  Life is the best gift that a human has ever received. But in the pursuit of living we forget the essence of life. So, a balance is sought after for a balance in work – life.  Technically, a woman who has a career and goes out of home to earn is a working woman. But what about the woman who stays at home and works for the home. Isn’t she a working woman too? Yes she is. And very rightly so. So why should “work/life” balance be applicable to a woman working outside the home and not for the one at home. Whether she […]

Making Dreams Come True With ‘Wishes and Blessings’

‘Wishes and Blessings’ is a unique platform for helping the underprivileged with the aim to spread blessings and fulfil wishes by linking beneficiaries with donors. The NGO works across the spectrum of society surpassing age and gender barriers on diverse causes including education, health, skill development and relief.  Founder, Dr. Geetanjali Chopra comes with an extensive list of educational achievements and experience. She completed her schooling from the Convent of Jesus and Mary, New Delhi, college from Lady Shri Ram College for Women & completed her Masters, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. In addition, she has undertaken courses in international law from The Hague and Utretch University in Netherlands. Here are some excerpts from an interview with Dr. Geetanjali Chopra where she talks about her second innings in the social sector, When was the first time you thought of quitting a well-paying job to do something which would be meaningful to you? I started my career in the field of journalism and later moved to academics. I taught in India and abroad. I then took up a full time job in centre for policy research as a research fellow and had 5 year stint with them and in the field of academics I was active for 10 years. I was happy, had a good pay check, was travelling the world, writing books and was quite content. But somewhere the inner satisfaction was missing and I felt that I am not able to give back as […]

Stress? Let’s Deal With It

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“Its not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.”  – Lou Holtz Each and every one of us is very well-acquainted with the phenomenon called ‘Stress’ which either is a perpetual companion or pokes its nose periodically, making sure you go mentally haywire. You could find ways to deal with stress anywhere, right from the internet to the sound advice of a friend. They are all the same- exercise, meditation, getting enough sleep, reduce caffeine intake, giving up alcohol, quitting smoking, healthy diet and the list goes on. Do they work? Of course, they do! But, how about we do something different this time, like trying to change our mindsets a bit so that we bid farewell to this nasty part of our life trying to bite our minds off? The first step to a chilled out and stress-free life is to stop caring what other people think about you. No, this does not mean that you turn up really late to an important meeting and be all relaxed about it when you are reprimanded. It simply means “do your best and ignore the rest”. If you know that you have worked to the best of your capability, the job is well done. People – at the workplace or at home – will almost always find something to criticize, in spite of you putting your heart and soul into the job getting done. If they scoff, let them. If they demean, let them. All you have […]

Maximise Your Productivity To Unleash Your Potential

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Image Credit: Freeimages “Ten years from now, do you really think all the time you spent gossiping at the water cooler or sitting in some smoke -filled lunch room or watching television will count for anything ?’’ – Robin Sharma, The Monk who sold his Ferrari. As I read through the words, it set in motion a string of thoughts of the time I spent in Coffee breaks or small talks at the Pantry. Some of us take pride in the fact that we work 12 hours a day, but if it was to be measured against Productivity, will it sum up? Towards the start of my career, I had the flaw of procrastination, especially if the task did not interest me. As a result, I spent much time dreading about it than the time it would have taken to complete. Over a period of time, self-discipline taught me the virtues of Productivity. I started my morning with a to-do list, ranked in order of priority, which set the tone for a fruitful day. I learnt to mix and match, ie doing a task that I like and going onto the other which is less interesting. Also, I learnt to say “No “for multiple Coffee breaks politely, citing deadlines. Since the major part of my day was filled with meetings, I took efforts to comb through the minutest of details that might crop up, thereby avoiding the risk of meetings running behind schedule. In my experience, I have found that […]

How involved are you in your financial planning?

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Image credit: Pixabay Have you read Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’? In her book, the COO of Facebook, Sheryl, mentions that the division of chores at her household was traditional. Her (late) husband Dave Goldberg would handle the bills and the finances and Sheryl would take care of the kids’ activities, food and, the birthday parties etc. Dave was at that time the CEO of Survey Monkey and Sheryl is still the COO of Facebook. I for one was relieved to note that it was a traditional model they followed – he handled the bills and finance while she handled the other stuff. Because it reflected mine. And maybe, yours too? Unfortunately, in 2015, Dave suffered a fatal cardiac arrhythmia while he was running on a treadmill. For anyone, the sudden demise of a spouse is indeed an irreparable loss. Yet, anybody’s guess is that an educated and accomplished COO like Sheryl would have been able to ‘more than competently’ handle all decisions including financial ones, despite the sudden upheaval in her life. I wonder if I would be able to. How about you? Would you be able to handle the financial decisions that impact your life and those of your dependant’s ‘if’ life puts you in a spot where you need to? If you are reading this, you probably are well educated yourself, and maybe have had or still have a good job. Despite your education and career, do you make decisions on ‘where’ to invest and ‘how much’ to […]