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Thursday, February 6, 2014

12 Things I Want To Teach My Child

We follow a few bloggers in the agri industry and others for occasional intellectual clarity. Very few of them have the verbal prowess to provide concise meaningful advice - Dharmesh is one of those few. This article from Dharmesh Shah was well written and stuck with us. Hope you enjoy it too!

1. Gather knowledge, but also gather knowledgeable people.
You can't know everything. But you can know enough smart people that together collectively know most of what you need to know. Together, you will be able to do almost anything.

2. The memory of work disappears like the memory of pain – all anyone remembers are results.
Experience is valuable – to you. Experience yields skill and skill helps you do things and get results.
Focus on racking up achievements, not just years of service.

3. Take responsibility for outcomes.
Learn to take responsibility when something doesn’t go well. Then immediately start thinking of ways you will do better next time.

4. Share credit for accomplishments.
Most of your great accomplishments will be the result of both your efforts and those of others. Learn to recognize this -- and share the credit.

5. Celebrate your achievements, then move on.
When you achieve something, it's important to take a moment, reflect — and even celebrate sometimes. Be gracious, be appreciative, be thankful… but always feel you could do even better.

6. Don’t expect life to be fair. Life just is.
You will often think “That’s just not fair…” especially when you didn’t get your way or things didn’t turn out like you hoped. Never expect life to be fair. You may not always receive what you put in, but roughly speaking the more you put in the more you will receive. Which is fair enough.

7. See ‘boring’ as a springboard to success.
What appears to be the boring thing to do is almost always the responsible thing to do. The people who achieve the most do a lot more of the boring stuff. Routine, rigor, attention to detail, chugging away day after day... those are the path to eventual success.

8. Don’t think you’ll always get a trophy.
Everyone doesn’t deserve recognition. Everyone doesn’t deserve praise. If you want a trophy, earn a trophy. You’ll enjoy it a lot more than any of those participation trophies you tossed in your closet.

9. Don’t expect someone else to boost your self esteem.
No one will automatically believe in you. Why should they if you haven’t done anything yet? If you want to feel great about yourself, achieve something great. In the meantime, use any feelings of inadequacy to make you work harder.

10. Understand that amazing overnight success is amazingly rare. And overrated.
Even if you could strike gold in a few months, are you prepared to manage that gold? Early struggles, effort, and desperation forms a valuable foundation for long-term success.Because there will always be adversity.

11. Know when to stand-out and when to fit in.
School was designed to help you figure out who you are. Now, school’s out. No one will help you find yourself. Learn to be part of a team and to fit in when necessary. Once you do, the people around you will be more than happy for your individuality to start shining through.

12. Count yourself lucky to have 3 or 4 great friends.
Social networks are fun, but your real friends are the people who will take your calls at 4 in the morning. And actually listen to you. And actually help you. Work hard to find them. Work harder to keep them.

Credits : Dharmesh Shah