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Looking Back, Looking Ahead....

10 years - almost one-third of my life ! That's the time I have spend as a professional ! Seems unbelievable...When I started my career, I wasn't sure how long I will have a career...Today, I know I will work for atleast another 10 years....I have changed from a naive, wide-eyed 24 year old to a practically wise and experienced person who is much better equipped to handle a back stab, ignore a social media barb, and avoid nay-sayers. I have learned which battles to fight and which ones to walk away from ! I now know that pig headed people who sit on moral high grounds cannot be rationalised with - it is a waste of time and energy that can be better spend elsewhere. There have been several other learnings as well.... 1.  Being around people who respect knowledge motivates you to spend time and effort on increasing your knowledge - It is an enjoyable way to grow in your professional life. 2. There will be people at your workplace who will be willing to bend all rules to progre…

That First Year..

My dear friend send me a book for my birthday - titled Bringing Up Vasu - That First Year. It was written by an IIM grad and when the book was out there was enough marketing noise around it, but I never bought it...I am not sure how much of the fictional account in the book is autobiographical, but reading it made me think about my first year with my baby... Given that I will be going through the whole drill very soon, it was good to look back and reflect...I did a quick browsing through my old posts to see whether I had written something after 1 year and couldn't find anything...Maybe there is a post which I am unable to trace now...Anyway, how I would have talked about that first year then and now is drastically different, so I can write about it again... The book talks about stuff which I could hardly relate to...My experience was very different...The protagonist takes a break from her career to look after the baby and suffers huge guilt pangs every time she tries to get back …