“There are seven sins in the world: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice and politics without principle.”
Indians are proud of everything that they have- the food, the clothes, the colors, and especially, the man who has managed to move the world- Mahatma Gandhi. A man who countless successful people from all around the world such as Steve Jobs, Nelson Mandela, Obama, consider as one of their idols.
In school we were taught his values, his ideals, and his strategies. Those same strategies, if applied properly, could help us sail through the corporate world. To commemorate the existence of one of the greatest men in the world, let us recollect some of those strategies:
1. Persist to Achieve
Gandhi was a man of his words and a man of his actions, never did he back out of any goal that he set his mind to. Being beaten and jailed was a sight often seen during the initial phase of his resistance towards the British. ‘Full effort is full victory,’ he would say- he had promised freedom, and he had an indomitable will, that could not be broken.
Just like him, giving away to emotional battering or days that don’t seem as fruitful as the rest will do nothing to your personal growth, except give you more reasons to back out of your initial plan. With people already more than happy to pull you down, the least you can do is be your own pillar of strength during dire times.
2. Learn on the Job
A journalist once asked Gandhi why he never took a vacation. He said with pride, that his work was something that he didn’t need a vacation from. Dedication to destiny is something that a person working 9 to 5 would shudder to think of.
Not that we’re in support of completely sacrificing your life to your job- no. However, thinking of your work as something tiring and bothersome is a clear sign that you aren’t somewhere you are supposed to belong. Needing a change of pace is necessary for a few days, but needing to ‘get away from this’ is a red flag. Get a job that you would love to call your own, not something you have to.
3. It’s Not All Yours
Gandhi didn’t do anything expecting something in return. Once, while he was travelling in a train, one of his shoes fell out – unable to retrieve it, he threw the other shoe out as well, so that the person, who found it, would find a pair.
You need to realize the importance of others in your victory. Maybe not in office, but perhaps, somewhere outside. Maybe the additional help you get at home, or the fact that the same driver drives you to office every day, should make you realize that you have achieved all that you have because of certain support factors in your life.
Practice compassion in all ways possible, and don’t be afraid to be creative. Karma will always come around and do you good.
4. Be the First to Believe in Your Plan
“All of us have great abilities and great responsibilities. All of us play a very significant role in the flow of History. The reason we never realize is because we never believe we can have a worldwide impact.”
Colonialism had made its way into India’s identity. It was impossible for a single man to believe in himself, let alone dream of unifying the nation. Democracy was India’s key asset that could be used to drive the British out of the country – however, not only was it impossible for the others to believe, but the man doing it was skeptic just as well.
However, to make the change, you need to believe that you have the powers to do the same- and that’s what Gandhi believed in.
No matter how out of the box it may be, your plan has the power to change the world. Even if you initially do not have enough faith in your plan, developing some in advance helps keep you motivated. Believing in your own plan drives you towards your path, and even if you don’t achieve what you ideally wanted to, the satisfaction of at least having had the opportunity to tread the path to perfection will have its own benefits.
Believe that what you’re doing is for the best. Do it with a clean heart, and maintain your strength of character- never do anything for want of credit or approval.
5. Learn to be Humble
The man who freed India wore the same, simple clothes every day. He hated having his pictures taken, and even after being so popular he had dedicated his life to simplicity. He didn’t like being in the limelight, and he considered it his birthright and responsibility towards humanity to free the country.
Simplicity in being sorts out your life; and life, is not easy for anyone.
Fetching compliments and posing as competition to your collegues may not get the results that you wanted. Instead, you could try to help your collegues and juniors to ensure the completion of your goals.
With people facing enough and more difficulties every day from stress at work to having to balance their lives at home, complicating their life beyond what is already there, will tangle the mess even further. This October 2nd, vow to make yourself a better person at work.