I often wonder about this "work experience" concept which has puzzled me a lot since my High School Days. Our society always gives preference to a person who has done similar kind of chore than a equally talented & sharp person starting afresh. And there are plenty of reasons for such commonplace behaviour. I read somewhere that mastering the most complex human endeavors requires a minimum of 10 years' experience and when you consider examples of Chess GrandMasters, Real Estate Agents, Investment Bankers, Olympic Athletes (their practice starts right from their childhood) - you would certainly follow that notion. And to some extent I too agree to this belief (you would always take your BMW / Audi for regular maintainence to an experience mechanic than a novice right;)). Anyways, here's what my thought stream at the moment goes like:
- Patience: The more time you spend pursuing any particular activity, the more you train your SubConscious and once your subconscious mind learns something well, it becomes a habit.
- Patterns: Human Brain remembers experiences as illustrations than words/numbers. A series of repititive events (the work we do daily) form a pattern in our mind and thus we follow a certain set path eventually. Try observing a colleague for a week and I bet you'll find patterns in his/her way of checking emails, sipping coffee etc. That said, all we need to be efficient in certain skill is religious practice for an extended period of time.
- Comfort Zones: Most of us (best example is me :)) like practicing what we know well rather than venturing out everyday to do stretch our skills or as my Dad says - breaking out of our Comfort Zones. In order to be real performers all we need to do is to overcome complacency & try new things. Acquisition of new skills always yields +ve results.
- The Digital Divide: Emails are amazingly fast, convenient & best form of magnification - perhaps thats why we keep checking our Inboxes every 5 minutes. But hey, aren't we all emotional people; personal face to face meetings always have an edge over virtual communication since you can best portray yourself in person.
That said, I feel that each one of us (freshman / experience professional) can make a visible difference at workplaces keeping above cues in mind. Personally speaking, if I were to hire somebody(someday ;-)), I would look for people whose attitude can be best described as:
## An exceptional yet humble Rockstar @ work
## Differentiate or Die
## Be Analogue (human)
## Exhibit passion & Emit positive vibes
## Get straight to the Point(Ideas)
## Amaze people around atlest once per week
## KISS (Keep it Sweet & Simple)