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CAREER FAQs

Updated: Jun 6, 2021


Q: How to wake up at 5 am every day?

A: If you are thinking that waking up everyday early is a tough task, you are absolutely wrong. Is is very easy and simple. STOP THINKING.

You have to understand basic human nature that it restricting itself within comfort zone and as soon as you think of going out of it, it will bombard you with zillion reasons why you shouldn’t do it. What am I trying to tell you, is your brain is your enemy at such times. So, where am I going with this, again, stop using it at such time.

Now, the technique!

Look, you have already thought it through that you want to wake up at 5am, you know it is a good habit. Now, set an alarm, and order your mind that you are waking up at 5am tomorrow. Once, the alarm goes off, STOP THINKING, don’t let your mind start resisting. Get off the bed and go to the washroom and splash some cold water on your face. Thats it, that’s all you have to do.


Important Note- You will fail to wake up everyday if, you don’t have proper schedule planned for at least next 4-5 hours. Why? Because, it is not about just waking up, it is about staying up too. Once you have a set up plan as what you will do from the time you wake up i.e. 5am till say, 10am, your mind will not allow other thoughts to come and you will see that you are focused on completing those tasks you planned. Doing this will train your mind such that, after some time, waking up will not feel like such a huge effort and you will also realize how beautiful watching sunrise, listening to birds chirping, cool fresh breeze, etc can be.
 

Q: How to find your greatest strengths and weaknesses?

A: We are lazy, our mind is constantly trying to pull us down right from the start when you want to get off your bed. It is used to doing the same things again and again, everyday and it hates changes. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses will help you to control your actions. There is a brilliant way to find out what your strengths and weaknesses are.

List out all those who really know how you are, how you think, how you react. They are mostly either your mom, your closest friends, could be your mentor if you share everything with them, your colleague, your professor, etc. List their names. Ask for their time, and be serious about this. Meet someplace quiet, ask them point blank, that you want to hear everything that they think you have (focus on skills than qualities). And just listen to them and make notes. Once you have a list of your skills from everyone, you will see a pattern, some common skills that everyone thinks you are good at. There you have it, now you just have to figure out how you can monetize those skills.

Believe me, it works. It has worked for me. I have done this and results astonishes me even today. Because I was able to figure out how I can earn money using my skills. I strongly believe that you can find yours too. "Happy hunting!"


 

Q: What are the most effective ways to manage your time and develop decision making ability?

A: There are two quotes that sums up the answer to this question.

“Planning is nothing, Plan is everything” and

“If you Fail to Plan, you Plan to Fail”.

Re-read it, again, again. Let that fit in your head. People who assume that they will plan when they have all the information, they will wait forever. Another side of this also very crucial that is, managing time is all about making decisions. We know what we should do and when, but do we do it? Why? We are afraid to make decisions, we are afraid that we might miss a better opportunity.

Suppose we planned to start studying in 5min, we think that since we have 5min, we will maybe check our social media, and by the time you realize, 20min have passed. That was your decision of not stopping on time or decision you made to check your cell phone.

Think of it this way then, if you do something productive, it will improve you and your skills and soon you will be so good that your skills will be visible to anyone who speaks with you and eventually opportunity will fall on your lap. If you wait to make a decision, you will not move and make any progress and hence no improvement in you or your skills.

Now, how do you assume that without doing anything, that magic should happen and you should get what you want? You won’t. You get what you deserve, you have to be prepared to get what you wish for.

Next time you think of managing time, think of the most important and necessary things you need to do and just do them and forget about any other things that might have given you temporary joy.


 

Q: What are the top 5 things you should do to improve your communication skills?

A: This is a very popular question that I am frequently asked. Communication skills in todays world is probably the most important skill one should acquire. To be clear, people believe that they should be born with it but it is not true, if we really go in depth of how the life has progressed of people who are great at communicating, we will start to see a pattern of things those people used to do that has resulted in their exceptional communication skills. So, what are these things that they did and how you can acquire, well, the answer is simple, and it is not easy.

I believe, 5 things you can do to improve your communication skills are:


Try to say the same thing in multiple ways:

This is a straight forward process that will jog your memory and will force you to think. This is a preliminary step because this step will help you to think in different angels which is a very helpful asset when answering someone with different perspective



Read Books, listen to podcasts and watch videos:

By doing this, you will learn about perspectives and good stories and great examples. These perspectives, stories and examples will be very helpful when you are trying to convince your point. Also, reading, listening and watching videos will improve your vocabulary so that you can use perfect word that will match the sentence. Believe me, using a proper word turns out to be more effective while conversing.


Ask a lot of questions:

You have to understand what communication skills means to get this point. People will think you have good communication skills if you are able to put your thoughts in a way that will be on the same level as the person you are speaking with. Asking a lot of question will help you get an idea of how the other person thinks and that will give you a clue on how you can say the same thing in different way that will get your point across.

Try to make a healthy discussion with everyone: