Hiroshima-Nagasaki were destroyed by atomic bombs yet Japan recovered. The Congress party was practically rooted out of Indian Politics yet it bounced back. Donald Trump was declared the most unlikely and hated candidate yet he became the U.S. President. What makes such successes happen? Is it the destiny or doing what you can? Can we reverse the career disasters we experienced or apparently heading towards?
Karmic Theory of Destiny: Apart from authoring a variety of nonfiction bestsellers, I have also authored many astrology and fortune telling books as well. So, I am pretty aware of this fact that there is no such thing as inevitable destiny. Have you noticed several astrologers and numerologists often suggest their clients to wear gem stones, perform certain rites and even suggest to alter the names of the people, products and places. Why? To alter, affect or avert destined disasters? It means, the destined outcome can be altered, tailored or changed all together.
According to the Karmic Theory of Destiny our future depends on what we did in our past lives and what we do in this life.
In this equation the Prarabdha is your past life karma and the karma is what you do or try to do in this life. Cancelling the past life and this life expressions, we get only Karma, that means our destiny depends only on what we think, try to do and eventually do in our life time. Some ancient discourses argue that since Prarabdha can not be changed hence there is no meaning of what we do because ultimately we get rewards and punishments as per our past life karma.
Ancient Hindu scripture, The Bhagavad Gita (bhagavad-gītā), often referred to as simply the Gita, is basically the only religious work that teaches a lot about how not to be afraid in life. The Gita is available in all the languages throughout the world. Basically it is a part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata (chapters 23–40 of the 6th book). The Gita is 700 Sanskrit verses, in the form of dialogue between Lord Krishna and his friend Arjuna.
Perform & Outperform : Every careerist must get inspiration from the Gita because the Lord Krishna tells, ” It’s not those who lack energy or refrain from action but only thosewho keep working without expecting any reward, achieve greater and better goals in life. Nothing can harm such people. Not even the destiny.” It is obvious from this teaching that the God Almighty only favors constantly working people. Further Lord Krishna elaborates, ” Do everything you have to do, but not with greed, not with ego, not with lust, not with envy but with love, compassion and devotion to what you see as the purpose of your life. And you will find that your failures will become your strengths and make you invincible.” Here it’s taught that one who improves his working by learning from the failures, eventually attains better victories and never fails again.
The Power of Karma: Lord Krishna explains how Karma yoga, i.e. performance of prescribed duties, but without attachment to results, is the appropriate course of action. In the next chapter he reveals that the knowledge has no Religion. He elaborates further that the one and only God favors those, who keep performing their duties and their is nothing better than doing your duties only. Anybody may improve ones life by doing what is best to do in given circumstances without finding an excuse to forgo action, because doing what you may do is superior, because it may even alter your destiny. The Gita may inspire any struggling job seeker. It teaches us that the virtue of our actions is incredibly faster and it really works three times faster. The Karma or doing your best is very important because the God really protects his children who have faith in him and has surrendered to him. This surrender is not at all doing nothing but in fact it’s doing what best you may contribute towards your life struggle. Lastly the Gita says, ” When you keep performing your duties sincerity and forget what might be the outcome of your good actions, then the almighty takes command and gives you the best.”
So, if you think your career is drowning and you don’t see any help around, instead of cursing the bad luck you must try harder and in a better manner to get help. Your such endeavors will keep you not only alive but also help you reversing your career destiny.
Reversing Career Disasters : Like Dietetics and the Cancers, I think the Career Disasters are also of several types.
The Zero Stage: The zero stage of a career disaster is being jobless. You have the desire and some qualification also but no career. You waiting a lot. Tried a lot. Applied a lot. Yet no job.
The Impending Doom : The first stage career disaster is that you have a job but things are rapidly becoming out of hand at the works place and either you feel like quitting it or being kicked out soon.
The Career Rot : This is a more serious thing. You feel ignored and sidelined at the work place and feel like being forced to either quit or suffer more humiliation. This will require better efforts and re-engineering your career options.
The Expired Career : You served your tenure and now leading a retired life. Still want to do a lot but no options coming your way. Your career is seemingly dead, despite your capabilities, experience and potential.
For all the situations mentioned above, there are some established strategies to re engineer career disasters.
Strategies of Reversing Career Disasters :
Reversing Career Disasters is actually learning the steps to achieving your career priorities in a given situation. You must clearly know that which stage of career disaster you are suffering? After this assessment try to apply the success principles to the given situation.
Find Yourself : The first remedy is to decide what you want to do? Remember, its NOT what you want to become, what you should be, what salary you should get and what your employer should do for you. It’s just what you want to do? What is your specialization? What best you may do? What you may do easily? What purpose you have in life? If you value freedom, purpose or power or than doing anything, then you should first correct your thinking. Nobody will give you any job to help you realize your fantasies. Better write down who you want to become and follow that exercise up with the skills you’ll need to learn in order to be that person. You will easily be something in sometime when you start (remember Karma here) being it. Its not easy but finding your past mistakes and without getting frustrated just eliminate those faults without ever repeating them. This small change will eventually accelerate your career progress. Throughout life keep this improvement system working- Trying, Failing, Re-Organizing, Removing Faults, and Repeating what you learned!
Big Failures lead to Big Success: Throughout the history of mankind and the civilizations we find a lot of hugely successful people in life who failed multiple times but became successful because they never gave up. They faced the problems without fear and ultimately they won.
Like I already referred the Gita above, the Life is only hard work & patience. The greatest scientist of all times Albert Einstein failed 104 times, before he was noticed. The world famous Walt Disney failed 302 times before pioneering his legendary cartoon characters and the Disneyland. The Harry Potter series author JK Rowling failed 12 times but never gave up. She finally decided to focus on writing and became a multi-billionaire authoring legend. Facebook founder Mark Elliot Zuckerberg was initially an average American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur and failed 11 times before establishing his globally social networking website.
Similarly India’s corporate giant, Dhiru Bhai Ambani was also an ordinary man and worked on daily wages earlier as a teenager. When he started his first cotton trading business, he was hardly able to dream of a bigger plan. Despite suffering several conspiracies, he never ever gave up and established on of the all time biggest business empire in India. His sons also duplicated his success and made his the Reliance Group of companies into a business dinosaur. Likewise the father of Indian industrial revolution JRD Tata, Steel King Lakshmi Mittal, Kumar Mangalam Birla, an incredibly successful Chairman of Aditya Birla Group, Sunil Bharti Mittal, the world famous Indian telecom mogul, Ronnie Screwvala the founder chairman of UTV Group, Dr Ashok Chauhan the founder Chairman of AMITY Group of Universities and institutions and Gautam Adani, the Chairman of Adani Group, all of these turned rags into riches. In every field we find that those who made a mark in life, did actually failed many a times before getting any big success.
So whenever you see a red signal and start seeing danger ahead, immediately pay attention and gather all your guts and gears, try to control the situation the best way. Don’t shy taking help from others. Stay calm. Get focused and try to find a solution. If you screwed up, don’t make excuses, instead just sincerely apologize for any misstep, miscommunication or oversight on your part. Don’t let a small mistake linger and turn into a bigger one. If you know you did something wrong, deal with it right away. In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
Plan Your Moves: If you want to succeed then you must first of all you must know what job skills are in demand and paying. If you don’t have them, manage your free time and acquire some of the in-demand skills taking part time courses. Never get disheartened by finding that you don’t possess eve 50% of the required skills. Jut make a mental note, what is easy to learn and how? Find an online course, book, or inquire at your nearest college to attain more education, skill or expertise.
The freshers should do research and find out what exactly they are able to do without any experience? They should read a lot online and try to ask help from their working seniors. Remember such networking invariably helps in education, career and job hunting. When I was studying in University, I made it my routine to everyday visit the library, canteen and staff room to meet and greet my colleagues, seniors and teachers. It helped me a lot. Without asking for help I got all sorts of assistance.
The truth is, we all face difficult situations at work but not everyone knows how to handle them. Often people let mistakes and crises cripple — even paralyze — them, but bouncing back from roadblocks in your career is not as daunting as you might think. I really believe that every crisis is an opportunity; most errors are reversible, so it’s important to remember that how you try to bounce back out of career disasters. In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. So, keep doing right things it will never fail you. Never ever over analyze an error, reliving the mistake over and over. It’s important to step back and take a overview of the situation and its long-term effects. After evaluating the scenario, consult some good professional and take a stand.
Never forget everyone loves to hear comeback, survival and revival stories. Be one. Nearly every successful person has failed at something before making it big. What you learn from failure helps you identify new ways of doing things and allows you to grow and become a better manager and leader.