What Your Job Can Teach You About Yourself

4 years ago

If there were one question I could ask all my friends -- near and far -- it would be this:

"What has your work life taught you?"

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I worked as a software professional for close to eight years at my first job. So what were the takeaways from my work life ? Read on.

  • Every day is a new learning -- We never stop learning, and I love this the best about my work. Words to live by at work - "Every day brings a new experience, and with it comes new learning. The day you stop learning, you cease to grow." :)>
  • Independence -- Nothing beats the feeling I get when I earn my own money. The sense of independence that comes along with it is such a huge satisfaction that can never be replaced by anything else. :)

  • Confidence -- Since childhood, there was one thing I was always confident about -- that I could never be confident. That changed once I started working. I get the opportunity to speak to different clients from around the world, and my job gives me the platform to garner confidence in order to deal with them successfully. :)

  • Communication -- There was a time when I feared public speaking. My legs would shiver and my voice would tremble just at the thought of it. Now when I look back, it makes me realize that hosting that event at work or speaking about that presentation wasn't as bad as I thought it to be. :)

  • The Monday Blues is a thing of the past -- When I had just started working, I dreaded the so-called "Monday Blues." But only with time comes experience. Hence, after a year or so of actual job experience, there was no such thing called the Monday Blues. :)

  • Make a new friend every day -- My job involved working with different teams and different people on a constant basis. Just what I want, since I love meeting new people. It's weird, but my face glistens when I get to add new contacts to my phone book. :)

  • Good memories every day-- Today, I recollect the tons of good memories that my workplace gave me right from the first day. Sure, there were some not-so-good memories, too, but the good ones definitely outnumber the not-so-good ones by a vast difference.

  • Some workplace friends are forever -- Just like how we have "Best Friends Forever" at school and college, even workplace friends are forever. I befriended a group of 15 good friends right from the first day of work who are there for me at all times, even today. Psssst ... we call ourselves "Oceans' 16" even today. :) 

  • Work is fun, too -- Not only did I enjoy celebrating every festival at home, I equally enjoyed celebrating them at work. Back in India, the favorite festival to look out for was Diwali. And while here in the US, I just can't get enough of Christmas and New Year's. :)

Now it's your turn.

Go on and tell me -- "What is your profession, and what has your work life taught you?"

You can either reply in the comments below or post on your blog. I would love to read it. :)

Yours' truly,
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