04 May 2015
Take the example of a taxi driver of 21 years of age. He shuttles up to seven trips in a day. His monthly take home may be about Rs. 15000. While he is driving and is at the job, he cannot indulge in any other part time job or even read a book. He cannot add double the number of trips in a day because of his own fatigue. As a taxi driver, this is a dead end job. Look at him after six years of service. His six years’ service may not mean much because he cannot increase the number of trips in a day. Compare this with a sales person in a showroom. Many a time when the consumer is absent, then the sales person can indulge in some relaxation, watch television or even learn a new skill or increase vocabulary from a book. The sales person can become incentivized by the owner linked to extra sales form the product. When the shop floor is free then the sales person can make calls to friends, have friends over or even go out for a breath of fresh air. This job seems to be more rewarding and less risky than of a taxi driver. Consider now the profession of a singer. One hour of his time, he can entertain 20 people or 200 people. After six years of experience, the singer can attract up to 2000 people for an hour long show. He can charge multiples of tens of thousands of rupees for the same one hour now. This is not a dead end job. Go back to the taxi driver. The taxi driver can become an entrepreneur where he purchases a dozen taxis and hires it out to younger drivers. If he is diligent vigil and sincere and hands on in his business, then he has escaped from the drudgery of a dead end job.
What is your job promising you? Is it in line with your interests? Identify if your job can be scaled, progressive? Or has it arrived you into a stagnation?
How will you de-skill yourself from this stagnation and choose to re-skill? How will you become innovative? I would say that wisdom is in the ability to be innovative. For this you must allow the disruption of status quo. A society may call you a radical, so be alert to your sentiments. Have you ever gone off road in your four wheel drive? Maybe an adventurous drag race might make you produce solutions to a neighborhood problem. Sometimes a tailor can become a good designer when he applies his mind to make a designer cake. I’m sure that the best cricketers also have practiced some football. And some foot ballers may even practice as swimmers or even tennis. For the mind to get out of boredom and into innovation it is imperative that you do something which may seem a little irrelevant. I know people who attempted to give themselves a haircut to break free from the habit of going to the barber. It may not be the best design for the hair but doing that, he could kick start resolution for a new relationship problem that he had. What the person does in effect is in effect de-wiring the brain wave and rewiring its circuitry. If the objective is innovation then, we can agree that some change has to come in the pattern in which we think. This may relate to your idea of commerce, relationship, sense of security, shelter and house and even career and livelihood.
Sometimes dead end jobs, bottlenecks and arrival at back against the wall are the signs to get you out of despair. Innovate your way out and become free to kick start your new innings
Very few people want to relate to a close-up. They saw Deepika Padukone and Shah Rukh Khan in the song “lungi dance lungi dance” from the movie Chennai Express. The majority of the spectators experienced the entertainment externally. Many call this on-screen visuals as superficial. It is a few intelligent that sought to study the close-ups of the scenes. Yet they did not have the stamina to dwell deeper into the frame and the picture. It is a sharp mind that chose to deconstruct the close-up. In effect double click the screenshot. Study through all the drop downs. Encourage triple click or even quadra click to incisively discover the depth underneath the many layers of the scene. They discovered the mind of the choreographer, the intelligence of the costume designer, the combination of singer, composer, and lyricist. They understood the method and thought process that enabled this song feature. Very few people are such researchers. Innovators must resist the temptation to walk the beaten path.
Many reference journals, that has graduated into applications on gadgets and devices, such as GPS and other search engines have all risked for the person to rely on his personal faculties, on his own memory, and intellect. This excessive reliance on established references are a risk to innovation. Devoid of innovation, you too can start behaving like a robotics or another machine churning out predictable codes and programs. Boredom can become the consequence.
Sometimes dead end jobs, bottlenecks and arrival at back against the wall are the signs to get you out of despair. Innovate your way out and become free to kick start your new innings. Do not doubt that you are immensely talented. Your talent may not be optimized in a specific context and limited time. But know that with your effort and your endurance of exertion you will get the visibility of your target audience who will then be seeking your talents.
Many times your utility to other people and your usefulness to society is the measure of your innovation. Multiple exposures to diverse careers will certainly enrich and enable your maturity. The objective is to mature and grow out of dead end jobs. Like a raw fruit has a timeline and pain through to till its time of ripening, you too may have to endure till your maturity.
As much as you indulge in entrepreneurship by startups, the risk factor also follows you intimately. The risk benefit ratio is the supreme teacher in exploration of your talent. Discard your fears judiciously and responsibly begin your career escalation.
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