Deepavali passed just like that. Somebody did played fireworks/crackers in the evening but not as much and as loud as yesterday night (almost midnight and after midnight). At first, I wanted to talk about this topic but now I changed mind.
It’s okay to dream big because that’s your goal in life. When you are given the chance to stand out from the crowd, grab it and don’t let go, not until you really have to. There’s no second chance in everything you do or want. And not everybody given the one and only chance they hoped for. Sometimes luck and fate come together. But no matter what, we should always have faith.
I’m telling you how I see things. Different people have different perspective, nobody is the same. Either you take it or you leave it. I’m just sharing my thoughts with you here.
I don’t mean sell yourself to become escorts or prostitutes. What I mean is promote what you do, who are you, and how can you help to people you meet. You may not succeed the first time when meeting a stranger but you will, through exposure, experience and opportunity ahead. I’m not good in selling myself, not yet.
You don’t have to purposely sell yourself. Get into chats, introduce yourself. Don’t tell me you can’t talk. I’m sorry. No offense to those who really can’t talk. I’m referring to people that are so shy that they don’t want to open their to talk to people. If so, how do you expect people to know you more or better?
Exchange name/business cards.
I don’t consider mine as business card because my intention is to have a name card. Business cards to me, have more information and company logo. Whichever it is, is should stand out as something that people will remember. Something people will keep-in-view.
Don’t design childish name cards unless you are working in any related field. Make it simple and not over crowded with words and/or images. You can try to be creative but don’t overdo. You won’t want people remember you the wrong way.
It’s okay to struggle to begin.
I assume everybody struggle to begin, continue to struggle until goal achieved. It’s a process that we face, either you like it or you hate it. We start from the lowest up. Only foolish people will skip steps and these people don’t get to enjoy the way we did.
If you want to manage a big company, you need to know what is it like as the lowest position in the company. If you have never been one, you will never know how those people work and feel. Don’t expect them to listen to you.
Knowledge is important because it’s a guidance to move on. When I got the my first job as data entry clerk, I didn’t mind the salary paid because I want experience, I know nothing about the working world, I’m new. I remembered the manager asked if the pay around RM1k before EPF and SOCSO deduction okay. I said okay because I need the knowledge and experience more than the pay. That was year 2003.
I had a friend who came back from UK with certificate, no experience at all, asking for at least RM3k, and he was jobless for a long time. One day, he left, and went back to his hometown Kuching. His family is rich. He wasn’t willing to work from low level and low pay. After that, I hear no more from him.
I changed jobs. I was a door-to-door sales person for a month, then I quit. Most of my savings gone to daily, long hours parking, talk and talk but not income. Rain and shine, I still have to knock on doors, get chased by dog, etc. But that was experience.
I got hooked on sales but it wasn’t good. Then moved on to something technical that I’ve more interest in, and that was until now. Alongside with sales, I’m still struggling to earn a living.
While struggling, I found on-and-off writing jobs, that actually helped to expand my knowledge. Sometimes I’m like touring to different places without actually there. Not much support by family but I don’t care. I don’t get this opportunity all the time. When is there, I just have grab it!
Sometimes need to be “thick face”.
They want to scold you? Let them.
They want to talk bad about you? Let them.
GOD knows the truth.
If you want to survive, be “thick face”. If you show you emotion and get carried away by it too easily, you can’t survive the job, no matter how much you like it. No matter how I hate it, I will take it. You will learn it, along the way.
Some people wants you but they want to test you first. Maybe for job purpose, you get harassed, scolded, bullied, in front of a crowd. If you are “thick face” enough, you will pass the test and hired. If not, you will lose this job. Sometimes you need to apologize to certain people, even though is not your fault.
Some people admire people who are “thick face” enough to get hired. And these “thick face” people are the most wanted and appreciated in certain work fields. If you can “hold back” and face whatever challenges ahead, you are almost reaching your goal. This is one golden opportunity.
Stop being low-esteem, get rid of negative thoughts.
You aren’t going anywhere, not even when the one and only chance waiting for you, if you don’t get rid of low-esteem and negative thoughts. You have to be strong, be positive to achieve. Don’t be superstitious because it won’t get you what you want. Your chances are running away.
Whatever it is, GANBATE! Keep it up!