Have Carrot? Will work.

These few years at my current workplace have been a sort of revelation to me. This has been my first ‘real’ workplace in the sense, I finally feel at home and have a sense of doing what I am most qualified to do. Not necessary what I do best though. The first year was rough. It meant unlearning a lot of old programming behaviors and learning new ones. It meant letting go of a different kind of work ethic to adopt a new one. As time passed, the changes seemed less of a bother and more of something I did without being conscious of it.

The past year however, saw me looking at myself with a different pair of eyes. In my patchy career spanning a decade and more, I have worked at many places, learned different kinds of skills and made tons of friends. This is the first time I am harboring ideas of putting down roots. Taking steps to differentiate myself. I go so far as to even dare to dream of a career path.

There has been this one recurrent idea swimming in my brain for a few weeks now. I realize I do best when people I look up to dare me to do better. It could be a casual remark in a meeting or a more formal one on one. Positive words spur me on like no other. When I realize inane things I do like co-ordinate group lunches or put together a checklist are seen as an indication of organizing skills, I am charged to develop that skill even if I do not have it in the first place. Positive reinforcement works wonders with me.

I am not sure why I am so surprised by this ‘finding’ of mine. It is almost like a light bulb going off in my head. I also wonder if that is why K sings praises of whatever food I make? In the hope that I will eventually get there?? πŸ™‚

So, tell me. Have you had a light bulb moment?

6 comments

  1. Been there, done that ! It is funny that it does not change with age either..
    My husband took K’s route to improve my culinary skills ..

  2. We all need positive encouraging feedback from people that we are surrounded by in daily life and that includes family also. The only thing is we don’t always get it, which is when we have to be strong enough to keep going, forward in life. I get light bulb moments quite often and think that they remind me that I still do dream and feel alive.

  3. @UL: πŸ™‚
    @SS: Looks like this is a popular management methodology ;p
    @Vidhus: But then you have always been the one to lead right? If it helps you are my hero.
    @nandini:Thats right. πŸ™‚
    @Kiran: Very true. It is the positivity that keeps us going.

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