Yesterday, on 15 August 2019, we all celebrated India’s 73rd Independence Day. Now that the celebrations are done–today, let’s treat this as a magnificent opportunity to nudge ourselves to think of all the ways we can exercise our independence, especially in our career.
So, in honor of this wonderful day and inspired by the quotes of the great freedom fighters, here are 15 easy-peasy tips to attain career independence –
#1 Start with a desire
Swaraj is my birthright and I shall have it.
– Lokmanya Tilak.
It was a powerful desire of our many visionary leaders, just like Lokmanya Tilak, to make India an independent nation.
Likewise, make career independence your birthright and develop a powerful desire to have it.
#2 Take baby steps
Independence wasn’t achieved in a day. It took consistent small efforts by many patriots. Likewise, get into a regimen of taking consistent baby steps to achieve the career independence you desire.
So set aside some time every day to work towards your career independence. As less as 10 minutes a day, but every single day is good enough!
#3 Question yourself… constantly!
The sword of revolution is sharpened on the whetting stone of ideas
– Shaheed Bhagat Singh.
Questions lead to ideas. You already are a storehouse of ideas. So get into the habit of questioning yourself every single day and spend some time reflecting on the answers.
#4 Get clarity
Freedom of mind is the real freedom. A person whose mind is not free though he may not be in chains is a slave, not a free man.
– Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar
It is important to free your mind of the thoughts and the easiest way of achieving this freedom is to write them down. Writing it down will get you clarity. And clarity is the freedom of the mind.
Another bonus tip here–ditch the strong urge to go digital. Use the traditional pen and paper!
#5 Begin with the expectations you have from your career
What is it that you are expecting you to have from your career?
What is your idea of career independence?
Think of all that you can. Write it down.
#6 Unearth your career superpowers
Jai Jawan Jai Kisan
– Lal Bahadur Shastri used this slogan to enthuse the soldiers to defend India and simultaneously cheering farmers to do their best to increase the production of food grains to reduce dependence on imports. Everyone must make the best use of their superpowers to save the nation.
All, and I mean every single one of us has some superpowers or the other. Most of the times they are buried deep inside. Unearth them. Spend some time by yourself to reflect on what are you truly good at. What are your superpowers?
Once you have unearthed them, direct them towards your career independence.
#7 Take charge of your career in 60 seconds
If you have read tip #7 more than once, let me assure you, there is no typo.
Taking charge of your career is damn easy. It takes merely 60 seconds!
– Amit Chilka
Here’s what you have to do. In 30 seconds list down the lows in your career. In the next 30 seconds, list down the highs in your career.
Focus on improving on the areas responsible for your lows and doing more of what gave you the highs.
Write a plan to work on the areas of improvement.
#8 Better yourself every single day
Don’t see others doing better than you. Beat your own records every day, because success is a fight between you and yourself.”
– Chandra Shekhar Azad
What is that one small thing you can you today to be a better version of yourself?
Begin your day with this question. Write down the thoughts you have. Act on it.
#9 Love what you do
– Shaheed Bhagat Singh
This slogan became one of the rallying cries of the independence struggle and motivated the youth of India to take part in the freedom struggle. It awakened in them the feeling of patriotism and a pro-independence sentiment.
Ask yourself–what difference could I make so that the other people would love? The answer to this will help you find meaning and success in what you are currently doing thus awakening the love for your work.
#10 Ditch the orthodox ways of spending leisure
Aaram haram hai
– Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
If television (/Netflix) is your way of spending leisure, then give it up–just for 10 minutes a day to begin with. Spend time reading or learning something new that will help you advance your career. One new thing just for 10 minutes a day.
#11 Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
– Mahatma Gandhi.
To err is human. So make mistakes. Observe others making mistakes. And then learn from these mistakes. Think of how you can avoid them in the future.
#12 Learn the tricks of the trade
In attaining our ideals, our means should be as pure as the end
– Dr. Rajendra Prasad
To get ahead fast and attain career independence, all you need is a different strategy. Instead of giving up or trying to use unfair means, it would be wise to learn the strategy that works.
Ask those who have already done it.
#13 Influence those around you at work
Ab bhi jiska khoon nahi khaula khoon nahi vo paani hai, jo desh ke kaam na aaye vo bekaar jawani hai
– Chandrashekar Azad used this slogan to light the spirit to fight for the country.
To be looked up to, you must be able to influence others. Career independence is all about the intentional influence you can exercise on others.
What are the small steps you can take to influence those around you at work?
#14 Create a system for success
Tum Muje Khoon Do, Mai Tumhe Azadi Dunga
– Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose gave this slogan to motivate the people, form an army and to fight more actively for the freedom of the country.
Let’s face it – you can’t attain career independence all by yourself. You will need a set of like-minded people to help you attain it. So build a system of people who could help you in your journey.
Connect (informally) with people around. Strike a conversation. Be open to talk about your aspirations. Accept the help they have to offer.
#15 Make a choice
Do or Die
– Mahatma Gandhi
If you ever get to a point where things are not working; remember life always offers you two choices–quit your current job and move on, or fall in love with your job. So make a choice whether to stay put or to move on.
In a nutshell –
Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamare dil me hai, dekhna hai zor kitna baazu-e-qaatil me hai
– Ramprasad Bismil
If you have decided to march towards career independence, nothing can come in your way.
I wish you a happy career independence! Jai Hind!
P.S. You can take your first step to attain your career independence today by scheduling a 30-min no-cost strategy session with me at www.designyourcareer.co/strategysession.