“Success in the new economy comes to those who know themselves—their strengths, their values, and how they best perform.” — Peter Drucker
This is a cut-throat competitive world where good performers will flourish and poor performers will perish. Whatever the area of activity you are into, you must work with energy and enthusiasm without giving any chance for others to point you out. The expectations of the customers and consumers are rising globally. As a result, companies expect the best from their employees. If the employees fail to deliver the goods they will be shown the door. Here goes the story of Dave who failed to do well resulting in losing his value:
Dave was an upcoming author who authored four books. In fact, he didn’t have any idea of authoring books but he was blessed with writing skills. He wrote his first book and after being rejected by more than 100 publishers, it was accepted finally for publication. But it could not do well. Subsequently he wrote two more books and the response was good resulting in the second print run of his books. He authored fourth book and the publisher had very high expectations about the sales, and it was published. Unfortunately his fourth book failed to reach out to the readers. Finally, the publisher stopped taking the telephone calls of Dave. He felt very sad for the lack of positive response from the publisher. In fact, he wrote his fifth book and wanted to give it the publisher. Finally, Dave gave his fifth book proposal to another publisher. By then he realized that success is appreciated but failure is not tolerated in this world.
It is obvious from this story that people regard you as long as you do well. The day you don’t perform well, you will find the going tough. You must learn to compete with yourself constantly to grow rapidly. Celine Dion rightly said, “I'm not in competition with anybody but myself. My goal is to beat my last performance.” Hence, learn to compete with yourself and assess your growth regularly. When you look at any industry including the film industry there is stiff a competition, and the film stars are always under constant pressure to perform. Otherwise, they will go into oblivion. Hence, students must realize this fact. And they must be mentally prepared to work hard and smart to face the stiff competition to come out with flying colors.
“You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. That’s the mark of a true professional.” - Joe Paterno
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