Success & Failure on the Same Page!

As an Entrepreneur , one gets to experience success and failure almost equally. How do we treat success ? How do we treat Failure ?

We are happy that we succeeded in our efforts, time invested, and to see our strategy worked.. In the case of failure, how do we react ? Disappointment ?, Helplessness ?, Discouragement ? When we succeed , we normally do not think back on how we succeeded , we tend to enjoy the moment . In failure, we tend to think, what/how/Who went wrong?

From the history of those who succeeded, we see they went through more failures than successes? The biggest advantage , we have when we fail, is that we have time and space to rethink on how we are going forward. What worked…What was the weak link in the chain of events ? Lets never waste this time and space, this will be like the 2nd foundation for us to leap out of our situation.

I Believe, whatever happens …happens for the good (long term basis). We would not be able to see it immediately. My professional experience has shown that what we thought was loss of opportunity of financial gain, turned out to be a big blessing! This has happened number of times. People, Places teach us , fine tune us. It is a big challenge to overcome this momentary failure…lets always look ahead..on why we started out to do what we do? This will encourage us and rekindle our will to move on.

My sincere conclusion is, lets not make a big thing about failures..whether it is our failures, the failure of our team, failure of our Co. … there is larger success awaiting us. Let’s place our strengths, will power to surge ahead to attain the goal. Life is a journey… success and failure and even sometimes waiting for opportunities is part of this journey . Hope & Pray that we all achieve the purpose of our lives!

My First Job Interview & Job Offer – IT Trainer @ Officers Training Academy , Chennai

This happened during the mid 90’s, when I was on the verge of completing my 1+ years IT Course. The job opportunity came through my Faculty and it was as at OTA, Chennai as trainer for teaching IT fundamentals to the Officer Cadets.

On the day of the interview, I arrived there to see almost 50 other candidates for the same role. I had brought my tie, but had not tied it in the proper manner. A classmate of mine, who was one of the Officer Cadets, saw me and pointed out that the tie was not properly worn, he came forward and helped me wear it well.  The interview process long as it included Group Discussions, Technical Interview and HR Interview. Finally by afternoon or so, the results were announced. Two candidates were selected. One was a girl and the other me. The salary and perks were all good. One will treated as an Officer etc . The time came to take a decision. Both of us, who got selected , were discussing the offer and both of us declined the offer.

My reason to decline the offer was that somehow during the whole process, I could not see myself as a IT Trainer, though the work place was very impressive , salary and perks good.  I questioned myself, whether I will be happy doing this job for a couple of years as it was a contract for 1-2 years. After analyzing what was expected in the role and what would be my contribution. I decided to turned down the offer. I always cherish this job opportunity and it gives a great sense of achievement, that my 1st interview was also my 1st job offer.

My Key Take Aways :

  1. Analyze well on what the role entails, before you decide.
  2. Check, if you are will be satisfied / happy at the beginning and end of the work.
  3. Salary and Perks will never compensate Happiness and Peace of mind.
  4. It is ok to say ‘No’ after proper job-interview analysis is done.
  5. Each Interview Opportunity is a learning experience.

Steady Job Hunting!