5 Things successful people do every Monday

Successful people see red when others complain about the Monday blues. As members of #ThankGodItsMonday tribe, they never whine about the end of the weekend. Instead, they see the new week as a golden opportunity to start afresh. They rise early, exercise, plan their week, sift through emails, reach office before everyone else does and make as much headway as possible in terms of work. Leaving those who struggle to muster enthusiasm for Monday behind; successful people sail forth in the work week with. 

Here are 5 things successful people to start their week right. Next Monday morning give these a go!

1. Keep an upbeat attitude

Winston Churchill once said, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Succesful people don’t waste their energy on a bad mood. They never kick off the work week in a funk. Instead, they wake up Monday morning with a positive attitude. Gung-ho about the days ahead, they remain focused on the big prize and what they intend to accomplish.

2. Keep an organized schedule
Heading into a new work week without any planning can prove chaotic. Successful people are aware that their tasks don’t organize themselves. You need to make time to set up schedules and put systems in place. Without these processes, you’ll be wasting time that could have been used more productively. You can organize your schedule during the Monday morning commute, if you’re not driving. Make a to-do list for the day/week, and if there’s still time, start making your phone calls and check email.

Here’s your guide to loving Mondays 🙂

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3. Delegate
Figuratively speaking, successful people have a million different tasks. However, they recognize a week isn’t enough to accomplish all of them. What they can do, first thing Monday morning, is assess what needs to get done over the coming week and allocate the necessary resources towards completing tasks. This ensures you aren’t caught unawares mid-week with too much work to be completed before the week is over.

4. Are proactive
Hurdles are part any work life. But a successful person can leap ahead just by anticipating them. While planning and allocating, successful people factor in the obstacles they may encounter along the way. They always have a back-up plan in case they find themselves or a task stuck mid-week.

5. Plan their week
People who are at the top of their game at work may use their Mondays to set things up for the week ahead, but they don’t anticipate others will do the same. Which is why they believe in calling for a meeting on day 1 to discuss tasks for the week. The late Steve Jobs always set aside time to meet his team face-to-face on Mondays. “In this digital age… it’s really important to bump into people face to face, to hash things out, to look them in the eye, to yell at them and scream at them, and then to hug them and to know emotionally what they’re thinking,” the trailblazing CEO said. Successful people also use Mondays to schedule appointments so they don’t have to chase people later in the week.

No matter what, Mondays feel great if you love what you do. Only then you’ll be able to say #ThankGodItsMonday:). And here’s one more reason to love Mondays, participate in the Selfie Contest #ThankGodItsMonday and you can win a Kindle.


10 books every manager should read

10 books every manager should read

For a leader, the benefits of reading are wide ranging.

Research has shown that regular reading can improve intelligence and lead to innovation and insight. Deep reading cultivates knowledge, habits and talents that can help managers improve their leadership skills and their organizations.

In an article in Harvard Business Review, John Coleman, co-author of the book Passion & Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders, wrote: “According to The New York Times, Steve Jobs had an ‘inexhaustible interest’ in William Blake; Nike founder Phil Knight so reveres his library that in it you have to take off your shoes and bow; and Harman Industries founder Sidney Harman called poets ‘the original systems thinkers’, quoting freely from Shakespeare and Tennyson… Carlyle Group founder David Rubenstein reads dozens of books each week.”

The art of management has been discussed in more than a million books but only a few of them qualify as must-read for managers.

We list 10 books that every manager should read:

1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carngie
Published in 1936, this book is still relevant after several decades. So seminal is the book that much of the advice it proffers, like the importance of a smile and the need to avoid criticizing and complaining, is now taken for granted. But it was novel and revolutionary for its time! Carnegie’s book had a profound impact on Warren Buffet. Buffet read the book when he was 15 years old and having trouble fitting into school. He found that many of the tips helped him greatly.

Quotable quote: “Don’t be afraid of enemies who attack you. Be afraid of the friends who flatter you.”

2. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Sun Tzu was a military general who lived in the Spring and Autumn Period of Chinese history (770–476 BC), an era marked by vassal states competing against each other for supremacy. His book, but obviously, is a guide to winning at all costs. Sales of the book shot up after it found a mention in the movie Wall Street (1987) where ruthless investor Gordon Gekko (played by Michael Douglas) quotes memorably from the book. Generations of managers have read the book and internalised its lessons, its brazen emphasis on realpolitik notwithstanding.

Quotable quote: “All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.”

3. Bhagavad Gita
The business environment in the post-2008 depression era necessitated a shift towards a more principled approach towards business. As a result, many managers are now looking to the Bhagavad Gita for direction. The Gita’s growing popularity indicates that many ideas central to Indian philosophy — like the importance of putting purpose before self — are gradually gaining currency in management circles in the West.

Quotable quote: “Set thy heart upon thy work, but never on its reward.”

4. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey
This book focuses on the self rather than the organization. It contains chapters on the seven habits that include ‘Be proactive’, ‘Begin with the end in mind’, ‘Put first things first’ etc. Inculcating these habits will lead to positive change and improvement in your own self. The book begins with a quotation by scientist and educationist David Starr Jordan: “There is no real excellence in all this world which can be separated from right living.” That pretty much sets the tone for the rest of book.

Quotable quote: “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”

5. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… And Others Don’t by Jim Collins
In this book, leadership guru Jim Collins analyzes through a series of case studies why some companies are merely good, and what they must do to make the transition to great. Celebrity CEOs don’t necessarily make companies great, he concludes. Discipline, simplicity, humility and great people take an organization from good to great.

Quotable quote: “Good is the enemy of great. We don’t have great schools, great government or great companies because they are generally good—and that is their main problem.”

6. Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance? by Lou Gerstner
Gerstner took over the top job at IBM in 1993 when the company was on the verge of collapse and was charged with its transformation. The book is a fast-paced narrative of how he achieved IBM’s turnaround. It underscores the importance of speed and clear principles, and offers a remarkable example of a thorough overhaul of corporate culture.

Quotable quote: “I came to see, in my time at IBM, that culture isn’t just one aspect of the game—it is the game.”

7. Leaders Make the Future by Bob Johansen
Business environments are changing rapidly in the 21st century, and this book will allow managers to gain a deeper understanding of the nature of that change. Johansen notes that the coming years will be defined by “volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity” and proposes that managers equip themselves with 10 new skills. For example, ‘Provide clarity by cutting through conflicting facts and opinions to establish viable paths to future successes’; ‘Develop bio-empathy—an appreciation of nature’s cycles of change and the role that humans play in it’, etc. This, he writes, will allow them to deal with disruptive change.

Quotable quote: “Leaders can make a better future. We need not and should not passively accept any future as a given. Disciplined use of foresight can help leaders make better decisions today. There is short-term value in long-term thinking.”

8. From Values to Action by Harry M. Kraemer
Businesses have been facing a massive test of credibility in the past few years. The situation is especially grave in India where several corporations stand accused of corruption and crony capitalism, and have come under the courts’ scanner. Kraemer reiterates the importance of ethics and values in an organization. He also lays down a three-step process to create a company founded on worthy and noble principles; the objective should not only be profit but making a positive change in the world.

Quotable quote: “Self-reflection is the key to identifying what you stand for, what your values are, and what matters most.”

9. Beyond the Obvious by Phil Mckinney
McKinney lays down his theory about how to innovate effectively.

The author, president and CEO of CableLabs, a research and development consortium, is an acknowledged expert on innovation. His podcast, Killer Innovations, has received great acclaim. In his book, he argues that the trick to making game-changing innovations is to ask the right penetrating questions that force people to rethink and reorient their perspectives.

Quotable quote: “I believe that a good question is one that causes people to really think before they answer it, and one that reveals answers that had previously eluded them.”

10. Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

This book begins with the premise that ultimate organizational responsibility lies with the leader and proceeds to list the benefits of good old-fashioned values like empathy and esprit de corps. Sinek argues about the merits of a humane and compassionate leadership that operates with a view to long-term happiness and prosperity rather than selfish and potentially harmful short-term goals. The book does not contain many ground-breaking insights but is important because it is a timely reminder of a set of universal principles we are in danger of forgetting.

Quotable quote: “Returning from work feeling inspired, safe, fulfilled and grateful is a natural human right to which we are all entitled and not a modern luxury that only a few lucky ones are able to find.”

It’s clear that every leader and every manager-in-the-making must read to broaden their horizons, gain perspective and – ultimately – take bold, imaginative and enlightened decisions. Making time to read every single day and choosing the right books can help you become a better leader.

Are you a Monday person? Here’s how to spot one!

A Monday person is one who doesn’t think “Oh It’s Monday again…sob…sob 🙁 :(” but the one, who says “Here I come Monday :)”.

Here’s how to spot a Monday person!

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Yes loving your job makes Mondays awesome! And if that’s not how you feel #FindBetter 

Imagine if these 6 people hadn’t followed their true passion

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Passion takes you places, they say. We believe it also takes you away from places where you shouldn’t really be. As an example, here’s what would have happened to these 6 really famous names if they hadn’t ventured forth and followed their true passion!

1. Amitabh Bachchan – Radio Announcer

“Main Amitabh Bachchan bol raha hoon, Aakashwaani se. Ab, samachaar suniye…”

As unbelievable as this may sound, Amitabh Bachchan had once tried auditioning at the All India Radio (AIR) for the job of a radio announcer and presenter but in vain. With a thundering baritone that makes the world stand up and take notice, an absolute command over language, brilliant poetry recitation skills inherited from his father, and an undying passion for acting – ‘Big B’, as we know him now, successfully managed to put every skill and ability at his disposal to become a Bollywood megastar that none has surpassed since!

2. Sneha Khanwalkar – Engineer
The ‘MTV Sound Trippin’ mastermind – Sneha Khanwalkar – was once just another engineer in a country that mass-produces more engineers than Paris produces fashion trends. However, her true interest was always rooted in creating amazing music that was a treat to the ears and a joy to the soul. Having found the elusive meeting ground between engineering skills and creativity – she travelled all over India capturing everyday sounds – to create masterfully engineered music that took the entire nation by storm!

3. The Great Khali  –  Boulder Cutter
The mighty Dalip Singh Rana once cut stones and boulders by the roadside in the sleepy Himachal town of Dhiraina. Dalip always wanted to become a bodybuilder; but lacked the resources to make his dream come true. Eventually, destiny curtsied and found Dalip a job as a police constable in the Punjab Police force. Equipped with the financial backing to do justice to his true passion – Dalip went on to become a renowned bodybuilder. In little time, he was offered a chance to take his passion way further by becoming a professional wrestler at the WWE; where his life’s biggest interest became his backbone for earning an astonishing amount of money and fame on the international stage!

4. Navjot Singh Sidhu  –  Cricketer
Navjot Singh Sidhu once used to be as good at increasing the run-rate…as he is now at increasing the ‘fun-rate.’ Known for his rib-tickling puns and witticisms, Sidhu added a whole new dimension to cricket commentary by infusing it with explosive humour and wordplay. No wonder, Navjot Singh Sidhu has found the sweet spot between his career and passion.

5. Prasoon Joshi  –  Copywriter
He was always a writer and a poet at heart – but his studies, like that of so many Indians today, ended up with him getting an MBA degree. Not one to be disheartened easily, he used his MBA skills to become a renowned copywriter in the world of advertising…and didn’t even stop there! He continued to author books full of interesting stories and poems, and was eventually recognized by leading directors in Bollywood to get him established as one of the most well-known Hindi lyricists in the Indian film industry today. Who says sticking to your passion doesn’t pay in the long run?

6. Ayushmann Khurrana  –  Professor
With a major in English literature and a post-graduation in Mass Communication from the Punjab University, Ayushmann Khurrana was best suited for one job – that of a college professor. However, Ayushmann was always an entertainer at heart – and started small by doing smalltime theater roles while pursuing his college degree. He later became an RJ, a VJ, a reality show winner (in MTV Roadies 2)…and continued on to explore his true passion to finally become one of Bollywood’s best known singer-actors in recent times! Like they say, when your passion is your job…success finds you in ways you have never even imagined!

Find your way to the profession you love #MonsterMyJob. Millions of jobs. Find yours.

How to be a superstar at work like Rajinikanth

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What makes Rajinikanth a superstar? Other actors have tried to copy his walk, the way he flicks his hair, his dialogue delivery and the tricks he performs with cigarettes and sunglasses in an attempt to emulate his success. But no one’s come close to receiving the adulation shown to Rajini ‘Thalaiva’ (boss). His every film release is celebrated like a festival and sets the box office soaring to new records.

There is a lot that one can learn from Rajnikanth, especially those climbing the corporate ladder. You may not have his moves, or even need them in the office but there are quite a few lessons that one can learn from him.

#1 Don’t be afraid to start small
Life hasn’t been easy for Rajinikanth. After his mother passed away, he worked as a coolie to support his family. He even took up work as a carpenter and a bus conductor. When he made his big-screen debut in Kamal Hassan-starrer Apoorva Raagangal in 1975, he continued playing negative roles for the next two years, until he was finally cast as the lead in Telugu film Chilakamma Cheppindi.

The lesson: If the work interests you and you love what you do, there’s no good or bad. Take up whatever comes your way and build on that. Your sincerity and talent will find takers.

#2 Always be open to learning 
Keen to make a mark in movies, Rajni joined the Madras Film Institute. When noted director K. Balachander offered him a role in his forthcoming Tamil film, he suggested that learning Tamil would stand him in good stead in the future. Rajini signed up for lessons immediately. He’s now known primarily for his work in Tamil films!

The lesson: Growing complacent is the worst thing you can do to yourself or your career. A willingness to learn will ensure that you keep growing.

#3 Let your work do the talking
Tooting your own horn once in a while is fine but you can’t keep going at it hammer and tongs. Rajinikanth may be at the top of his game but how often have you heard him talking about success? Extremely taciturn, he prefers to let his work talk for him.

The lesson: If you want people to have a high opinion of you the key is not to tell them how brilliant you are. That kind of self-promotion has a tendency to backfire.

#4 Find a work-life balance
Even a superstar who does one movie every two or three years can find it tough to balance work and life. For the past 15 years, Rajini has been going to the Himalayas after every film to unwind. “I go alone, without anybody. I go into the interiors…being there itself is like meditation,” he has said. He also never schedules meetings after 9 pm, preferring to be with family.

The lesson: To truly achieve success, you must live your life striking the right balance between business time, family time, and me time.

#5 Focus on what’s inside, not the outside.
Rajini is one superstar who has absolutely no qualms about aging, balding or grey hair. He wears a dhoti-kurta most of the time, and still treasures old possessions like clothes, photos and his first car. “[On celluloid, people] feel my hero should look like a hero. Outside it doesn’t matter. People are intelligent, they know everything. Why unnecessarily give yourself discomfort?” he says.

The lesson: It’s important you let others see the real you. You’ll be happier, connect better with those around you. People who bring their authentic selves to work are not only happier, they’re much more productive.

#6 Be humble & accept defeats in your stride
The superstar is known as much for his humility as he is for his mega-successes. Viji Chandrasekhar, a co-star, says it all: “He treats everybody on sets with utmost respect and equal importance. Be it a light boy or a co-star, he doesn’t discriminate for any reason.” Rajini drives his own car, refuses an entourage during shoots and events, and has no starry airs. And if a film doesn’t do well at the box-office, he humbly takes the blame and returns money to distributors.

The lesson: People who are humble and admit mistakes are known to be more effective leaders, as these traits encourage better employee engagement and job performance.

Showmanship and style may have their place but they can never replace simplicity, humility and hard work. For more tips to shine at work, click here

How to motivate your team when times are tough [Infographic]

What makes for a good leader? There are a lot of answers to this important question, but we can safely say a good leader is NOT someone who sits back ordering employees around, micromanaging, and ruling through fear.

When a business is flourishing it can be easy to be seen as an effective leader, but when the chips are down or you’re dealing with a major setback, how do you fare?

When things go bad, office morale can slump and staff end up disheartened, unproductive and downright toxic.

We’ve compiled the ultimate guide to help you motivate your team during tough times:


Looking for more advice? Click here to get inspired

This article was first published on Monster Malaysia

10 reel life lessons we can apply in the workplace

The movies may be our escape from our daily lives but there’s no denying that they often pack in some really great work life lessons. Apart from Gordon Gecko’s classic “greed is good” statement in 1987’s Wall Street, there are plenty of other gems to glean inspiration from.

Take a look:

1. On finding a solution no matter what

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2. On the necessity to be your own person

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3. On why we need to look at problems differently

4. On team play and why it’s crucial to success

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5. On taking advantage of your specific skill set

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6. On thinking out of the box

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7. On getting up when things get you down

8. On the power of charting your own way

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9. On dreaming really big

10. On the importance of being the best you can be

If you’re looking for ways to stay motivated at work, click here for inspiration!

Want to know how to captain your team with a cool head? Let MSD show you how

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni plays multiple roles with elan. He’s the captain of the Indian cricket team, a batsman who can change the game, a wicketkeeper whose one-liners egg his bowlers on, an occasional bowler, and a role model for players and fans. It was under his captaincy that India climbed to No. 1 in the ICC Test Rankings in 2009. He led the Indian team to many wins, the most famous being the one in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup final against Sri Lanka with his match-winning knock of unbeaten 91.

But it wasn’t easy for Dhoni to get past the many challenges and tests that life – and cricket – threw at him. What’s helped him become one of the most successful captains in the history of Indian cricket is that he’s maintained his calm and led from the front under pressure. Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has famously said that Mahi was the best captain he had played under, adding that his handling of pressure was “incredible”. But Captain Cool makes short work of pressure. “It’s like having 100 kg put over you. After that, even if you pit a mountain, it will not make a difference,” he has said. 

Dhoni keep his head when all around him people are losing theirs, and here’s what you can learn from him: 

#1 Stay calm in the face of criticism
These lines of Rudyard Kipling’s poem, If, may well have been written for leaders: “If you can keep your head when all about you, are losing theirs and blaming it on you…” It’s not easy to stay unruffled when you and your decisions are gathering flak but maintaining your composure and having the ability to transform a crisis into positive action is a major determinant of success as a leader. Before the 2007 T20 World Cup, cricket analyst Ravi Shastri referred to Team India as the “underdogs”. As he picked up the trophy, Dhoni responded to that label: “I remember you called us underdogs and so we have won the cup for you.”

 Don’t let people’s remarks get to you. Stay cool and focus on your work. Let your work speak for you. 

#2 Always think out of the box
In the 2011 World Cup, Mahi, sorely out-of-form, decided that he would come in to bat at No 5 before Yuvraj Singh, the man in form. He went on to hit the winning runs and was declared man of the match. In the 2007 T20 World Cup, he chose to give inexperienced pacer Joginder Sharma the ball in the last over. In the 2013 Champions Trophy Final, which India won, he gave Ravichandran Ashwin the ball in the last over. He keeps everyone guessing amidst pressure, an ability that’s game-changing. 

 Think on your feet and be a quick decision maker. A good leader should always have a Plan B in mind.

#3 Don’t let emotions get in the way
Dhoni is called Captain Cool for a reason. No matter what the situation may be, he isn’t perturbed. Sledging? He takes it easy and won’t resort to getting into a war of words. He never gets involved in heated arguments and chooses to keep his emotions to himself. Once, abused by a bowler on field, he chose to get the umpire to intervene instead of hitting back. This calm demeanour has helped him win matches, but it’s also ensured that he can cope with losses better. 

Lesson: Set an example by staying cool, calm and collected. This helps you think about and handle the googlies being thrown at you better. 

#4 Look towards the future 
Like all great leaders, Dhoni owns up and takes the fall for his mistakes. He never hesitates to take responsibility for India’s poor performance but he doesn’t dwell on the past. He chooses to tackle things head on and come up with a new game plan and another and another. When asked halfway through a series if India were beaten, he famously said: “Till the full stop doesn’t come, the sentence isn’t complete.”

Lesson: Take responsisbilty of your actions and then work on a plan to solve the problem.

#5 Win the battle in your head
The actual battleground isn’t a geographic location or a cricket ground; it’s in the minds that the fiercest battles take place. As he says: “Nobody has seen form. It is a state of mind where you are confident and you think very positively.” The cricketer maintains a positive attitude, through ups and downs. His composure and poise rub off on the rest of the team, helping them focus on the matter – or match – at hand. 

Lesson: Work on building strengths – your own and the teams – and keep a positive attitude at all times.

To be the best, you need to #LoveWhatYouDo. Find a job that you love here.

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10 MS Dhoni quotes that prove you should #LoveWhatYouDo

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Devastating batsman, the world’s best finisher, India’s most successful wicketkeeper by number of dismissals, India’s most successful captain across all three formats of the game – we’re all familiar with tales of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s prowess on the field. But how many of us know about the struggle that preceded his success?

From small-town ticket collector to India team captain, Dhoni’s journey to fame is about following his passion. With hard work and perseverance, he’s proven that when you #LoveWhatYouDo, you’ll always score big.

These inspirational words from MSD explain why we all must follow our passion:
1. Those who knew him when he was a railway ticket-collector recall how Dhoni cycled around town and played cricket with tennis balls on practically every ground in and around Kharagpur, West Bengal. His enthusiasm, zeal, drive and motivation helped through his struggles to build a career in cricket. When you #LoveWhatYouDo, you’ll always keep your eye on the ball.


2.  The Indian captain kept wickets despite an injury to his eyeduring the recent Zimbabwe tour when most others would have retired hurt. After all, if you #LoveWhatYouDo, you’ll always be committed to seeing your tasks through.

3. A London School of Marketing study places his net worth in 2016 at a reported $31 million, of which $27 million came from endorsements. But for Dhoni, who has always said it’s important to #LoveWhatYouDo, real riches lay elsewhere.


4. Dhoni wasn’t at his wife’s side when his first child, daughter Ziva, was born in 2015 since he was playing the World Cup in Australia. If you #LoveWhatYouDo, you find the strength to make personal sacrifices. 

5. In the book Mahi: The Story of India’s Most Successful Captain (Roli Books, 2013), author Shantanu Guha Ray describes how Dhoni was a good student who sometimes got poor marks in Science and Mathematics. When that happened, he always managed to internalize the feedback of his teachers to come back with better marks in the next exam. Self-analysis and criticism is something Dhoni still takes seriously after all these years irrespective of the results of a game and is a big reason for his success. As Dhoni proves, you constantly strive for improvement when you #LoveWhatYouDo.

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6. Shoaib Akhtar once said about Dhoni, “He is one guy who doesn’t know the meaning of fear.” The hard knocks life throw at you can be tackled head-on when you #LoveWhatYouDo. 

7. Despite the incredible pressure of captaincy, Dhoni seems unperturbed by the hopes of a billion-plus people resting on his sturdy shoulders. What’s the secret behind Captain Cool’s composure? #LoveWhatYouDo. When you find your true calling, you’re better equipped to deal with the stress on the job. 

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8. A small town boy from Ranchi became one of India’s greatest cricket captains because he worked hard and followed his dreams.  If you #LoveWhatYouDo, all your efforts will help you excel. 

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9. Dhoni’s philosophy in life has been to stay focused, have short-term goals and not look too much in future. Channeling your time, energy and efforts into things that really matter comes easy when you #LoveWhatYouDo.

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10. Good times won’t last forever and when the bad times come, you need to be prepared. Dhoni has always been a realist, but one who doesn’t allow negative thoughts to hamper his game. #LoveWhatYouDo, and you’ll always be a yae-sayer. 

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MS Dhoni chose to follow his passion and did something that he loved #LoveWhatYouDo.  Find a job that you’ll love Click here.

5 quotes that prove Sushant Singh Rajput believes if you #LoveWhatYouDo, you’ll never fear failure

After acing the entrance exam and earning a scholarship, Sushant Singh Rajput was on the fast track to becoming an engineer. But the heart wants what it wants, so he dropped out of college to pursue his dreams of becoming an actor.

A successful TV stint, followed up by a promising foray into films, proves that Sushant had the right instincts when it came to following his passion.

Here’s why the actor believes if you #LoveWhatYouDo, you’ll always make winning moves:

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To be successful, you have to fall in love with your work

Sushant was introduced to dance and theatre in college, and that opened up a new world of expression and communication for him. Since then, his passion has propelled him to make fearless choices, like quitting a lucrative TV show when it began to feel monotonous.

Takeaway: As long as you #LoveWhatYouDo, you’ll discover new opportunities where you can excel.


Money isn’t everything

Sushant’s come up the hard way, and he admits the money that he earned doing Pavitra Rishta made a major difference to his life. But he also quit the show at its peak and turned down nine film offers because the work wasn’t challenging enough.

Takeaway: Job satisfaction is more important than a pay cheque.

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Trust yourself. Don’t give in to self-doubt

Lack of self-confidence can hold anyone back from achieving dreams and goals, but Sushant conquered his fears early on. Painfully shy, becoming an actor helped him find his voice. His self-assurance prompted acclaimed filmmaker Shekhar Kapur to call Sushant “one of the most inspiring young actors to emerge out of India”.


Takeaway: Think positively, and you’ll exude a self-confidence that draws others who can help fulfil your dreams.

Take failure in your stride

After the success of his first film Kai Po Che, Sushant passed up several opportunities for a big project that never took off. Undeterred, he remained steadfast in his pursuit of good work. A lot changes with success and failure, he believes, but if you can find a way to survive, and still do the work that you want, that’s something to be proud of.

Takeaway: Failure isn’t as bad as you might think — you can always learn something from it.

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Career risks are worth taking

From bringing revered fictional character Byomkesh Bakshi alive on screen to training for over 14 months to perfect MS Dhoni’s helicopter shot, Sushant has never shied away from taking creative risks for roles outside his comfort zone.

Takeaway: Taking big risks can lead to major crashes, but it can also help you move faster, climb higher and achieve more.

If you #LoveWhatYouDo, you’ll always be successful. If you don’t, #FindBetter here