8 Reasons why people hate Mondays

Monday blues. Mundane Mondays! Scary Mondays. Most of us hate Mondays but why! Here are 8 reasons why people hate Mondays. But it is all in the mind. See it in a new context and you might just start liking it again (check Monster’s guide to loving Mondays below).


No matter what, Mondays feel awesome if you love what you do. Here’s our guide to loving Mondays! And one more reason to say #ThankGodItsMonday,participate in the Selfie Contest and you could win a Kindle.

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5 Reasons why employees who love what they do are the happiest

Remember that one person in the office who brightly wishes you “Good Morning!” on a Monday and actually means it? We are about to give away their greatest secret!

1. Their job is the same as their passion
People who change their passion into a job experience happiness and contentment irrespective of the challenges they face. You’ll never see them post a status with #MondayBlues.



2. They combine the very best of childhood and adulthood
Ever met people wishing they could have their ‘childhood’ back? The remarkable ability to combine the endless flow of creative energy and never-ending curiosity of ones’ childhood with the clarity and level-headedness of adulthood; comes naturally to people who love what they do.

3. They deal with challenges, not difficulties
People who truly love their job seldom have a day when they are dreading about how to ‘deal with’ a difficult task. On the contrary, they see every ‘roadblock’ in their way as a tool to sharpen their skills and expand their knowledge.

4. They know when to stay and when to quit
People who love what they do never lose sight of their objectives. If an organization is unable to provide them with the right opportunities and challenges for their growth and expansion; they will gladly move on and find better elsewhere. 

5. They are perpetual success magnets
Ever heard of the phrase, “passion sells?” The phrase exists for a reason. Everyone loves a person driven by passion. Their ideas require no convincing. Their dreams are born of conviction – and more often than not become realities. 

The thing about loving what you do is that it will always keep you happy. And once you’ve tasted true happiness, you’ll continue to want more and more of it.

If you’re feeling motivated already, and eager to integrate your passion with your work, find better with Monster India # MonsterMyJob. Millions of jobs. Find yours. 

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Edison hired people with a mind of their own. Do you, when you hire?

Not big on formal education qualifications, the American inventor looked for people with open minds – and lots of curiosity!

We all have our own stories to tell about the weird questions we got asked at a job interview or a Personal Interview at a   B-School. But have you heard about how Thomas Alva Edison – the great American inventor – interviewed people who wanted to work with him? There’s an interesting story there!

After the initial round of questions, if Edison came across a bright candidate, he would take him out to dinner before making up his mind on whether to hire. The interview would continue over dinner, and when the food arrived, Edison would take a  bite and remark, “I think this needs more salt!” And then he’d watch the candidate.

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If the candidate tasted the food  and then decided whether to add the salt – Edison would hire him. But if he added salt first before tasting the food – the person would not be hired. Edison knew that people who easily believed what other people had to say, or made assumptions without first hand knowledge or experience, would not be able to look afresh at problems and find innovative solutions! They would have closed minds, he reckoned. Edison was looking for people with a mind of their own – and the conviction to back it.

“Talent and intellect are nice to have. But it’s willingness to give a 100% effort that makes the difference.”    

Has it happened to you that you heard from friends about how difficult it is to get into the IITs and IIMs – and you then make up your mind that it’s very tough and you won’t make it there? You then approach the entire admission process with an “I can’t do it” attitude. In many cases, we even give up without trying, assuming that we can’t do it – simply because someone else can’t do it.

That’s no good. And it probably sets you up for failure. Maybe CAT was tough for a friend but you do know that enough people clear the test every year, so no reason why you can’t! Go through it with an open mind – a positive, can-do attitude, take charge – and the results could be surprising. Talent and intellect are nice to have – but it’s the willingness to give it a shot – a 100% effort – that usually makes the difference.

In fact, if you are looking for inspiration, you need look no further than the life of Thomas Edison. The man who invented the light bulb and also founded General Electric was atrue genius.

He was not a great student at school, and had to be pulled out and educated at home. Edison was also hard of hearing. None of that mattered. Edison went on to become a prolific inventor with over a thousand patentsto his credit. Do you blame your schooling for coming in the way of your success? Do you find yourself blaming your limitations for your failures? Don’t. If he could do it, you can too.

Edison famouslyremarked that “Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration.”Now that’s a great line to live your life by! Most of us spend a lifetime waiting for the inspiration, instead of sweating it out and slogging at whatever we set out to do. More often than not, success is the result of hard work – not great ideas.

Remember that. And yes, don’t add the salt!

By Prakash Iyer, MD, Kimberly-Clark Lever and Executive Coach.

Life lessons from a baby giraffe

Life Lessons

Baby giraffes never go to school. But they learn a very important lesson rather early in life. A lesson that all of us would do well to remember.

The birth of a baby giraffe is quite an earth-shaking event. The baby falls from its mother’s womb, some eight feet above the ground. It shrivels up and lies still, too weak to move.

The mother giraffe lovingly lowers her neck to smooch the baby giraffe. And then something incredible happens. She lifts her long leg and kicks the baby giraffe, sending it flying up in the air and tumbling down on the ground. As the baby lies curled up, the mother kicks the baby again. And again. Until the baby giraffe, still trembling and tired, pushes its limbs and for the first time learns to stand on its feet.

Happy to see the baby standing on its own feet, the mother giraffe comes over and gives it yet another kick. The baby giraffe falls one more time, but now quickly recovers and stands up. Mama Giraffe is delighted.

She knows that her baby has learnt an important lesson: Never mind how hard you fall, always remember to pick yourself up and get back on your feet.

Why does the mother giraffe do this? She knows that lions and leopards love giraffe meat. So unless the baby giraffe quickly learns to stand and run with the pack – it will have no chance of survival. Most of us though are not quite as lucky as baby giraffes. No one teaches us to stand up every time we fall. When we fail, when we are down, we just give up. No one kicks us out of our comfort zone to remind us that to survive and succeed, we need to learn to get back on our feet.

If you study the lives of successful people though, you will see a recurring pattern. Were they always successful in all they did? No. Did success come to them quick and easy? No, no! You will find that the common streak running through their lives is their ability to stand up every time they fall. The ability of the baby giraffe!

Have you heard about a young sales executive from Kolkata who dreamt about becoming an announcer on radio? He auditioned with All India Radio for a job. The authorities felt that he didn’t have a particularly good voice and he was rejected. He refused to accept defeat and continued to chase his dream.

He tried for a role in the movies. He got rejected. They thought he was too tall. He kept trying and got a few lucky breaks. But most of his early films flopped. He did not give up. He played an angry young man in a movie that became a super hit. And the failed radio announcer went on to become the country’s biggest superstar – widely admired for his baritone voice! His name? Amitabh Bachchan.

The road to success is never an easy one. There are several obstacles, and you are bound to fall sooner or later. You will hit a road block, you will taste failure. But success lies in being able to get up every time you fall. That’s a critical life skill. And it’s the habit of all successful people.

Learning to win in life is quite like learning to ride a bicycle. As you start to ride, you might fall and get bruised. It doesn’t matter. You need to get back up and continue to ride. Fall one more time? Get back up again. That’s all it takes. Learn to get back up every time you fall.

And just remember one more thing. Next time you find a friend or a parent kicking you, don’t get upset with them. Like the mother giraffe, they may only be trying to teach you one of life’s most important lessons. It doesn’t matter how many times you fall. What matters is your ability to pick yourself up and stand on your feet once again.

By: Prakash Iyer, MD, Kimberly-Clark and Executive Coach.

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You think you have tried everything but are still waiting for the success you deserve. Have you thought about what’s holding you back? Is it because:

a) The past is haunting you

b) You are full of regrets

c) You just don’t know what to do

Far from being a go-getter, laziness, self-doubt, or just a negative attitude may have turned you into a ‘no-getter’. But, all is not lost, you can still change your destiny, where you can get to where you want to be.

We hope this infographic will inspire you to #GoOutAndBe and turn your professional life around.

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Azim Premji: Take Charge of Your Career Destiny

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THE funny thing about life is that you realize the value of something only when it begins to leave you. As my hair turned from black to salt and pepper and finally salt without the pepper, I have begun to realise the enthusiasm and excitement of youth. 

At the same time, I have begun to truly appreciate some of the lessons I have learnt along the way. As you embark on your careers, I would like to share them with you. I am hoping that you will find them as useful as I have.

The world you are entering is in many ways very different now from what it was when I began my career. It was the late sixties and India still depended on other countries for something as basic as food. We aroused sympathy, not admiration whenever we went overseas. Recently, someone told me, that when visitors came to India then, they came to see what they could do for India. Now, they come to see what India can do for them. As a hopeful Indian, I look at our country as one which is rich in ethnic and cultural diversity and one that has an effective, secular democracy which will help us build an enduring society.

Lesson 1Take charge
This was the first thought that came to me when over four decades ago, I stepped into Wipro factory at Amalner. I was 21 and had spent the last few years in Stanford University Engineering School at California. Many people advised me to take up a nice, cushy job rather than face the challenges of running a hydrogenated oil business. Looking back, I am glad I decided to take charge instead. Essentially, leadership begins from within. It is a small voice that tells you where to go when you feel lost. If you believe in that voice, you believe in yourself. When it comes to choosing your careers, you have to take charge of your own destiny.

Lesson 2: Earn your happiness
The second lesson I have learnt is that a rupee earned is of far more value than five found. In fact, what is gifted or inherited follows the old rule of come easy, go easy. I guess we only know the value of what we have if we have struggled to earn it.

Lesson 3: Nothing succeeds like failure
The third lesson I have learnt is no one bats a hundred every time. Life has many challenges. You win some and lose some. You must enjoy winning. But do not let it go to the head. The moment it does, you are already on your way to failure. And if you do encounter failure along the way, treat it as an equally natural phenomenon. The important thing is, when you lose, do not lose the lesson.

Lesson 4: Nothing fails like success
The fourth lesson I have learnt is the importance of humility. There is a thin line of difference between confidence and arrogance. Confident people are always open to learn. A recent survey of executives in Europe showed that the single most important quality needed for leadership success was the willingness to learn from any situation. Arrogance on the other hand stops learning. It comes with a feeling that one knows all that needs to be known and has done all that needs to be done.

Lesson 5: There has to be a better way
Partly as a corollary to what I have just said, we must remember that no matter how well we do something there has to be a better way! Excellence is not a destination but a journey. Creativity and innovation sometimes need inspiration from other disciplines. It is probably not a chance that Einstein’s interest in music was as much as his interest in Physics. Bertrand Russell was as much a mathematician as a philosopher. Excellence and creativity go hand in hand.

Lesson 6: Respond, not react
There is a world of difference between the two and in terms of success and failure. The difference is that the mind comes in between responding and reacting. When we respond, we evaluate with a calm mind and do whatever is most appropriate. We are in control of our actions. When we react, we are still doing what the other person wants us to do.

Lesson 7: Remain physically active
It is easy to take health for granted when you are young. I have found that exercise not only improves the quality of time but also reduces the time you need for sleep. The truth is that stress will only increase in a global world. You must have your own mechanism to deal with it.

Lesson 8: Never compromise on your core values
Mahatma Gandhiji often said that you must open the windows of your mind, but you must not be swept off your feet by the breeze. One must define what you stand for. This is not difficult. But values lie, not in the words used to describe them, as much as in the simple acts. And that is the hard part. Like someone said, “I could not hear what you said because what you did was coming out far too loud”.

Lesson 9: Play to win
Playing to win brings out the best in us and in our teams. It brings out the desire to stretch, to achieve that which seems beyond our grasp. However, it is not about winning at any cost. It is not about winning every time. It is not about winning at the expense of others. It is about innovating all the time. It is a continuous endeavour to do better than last time.

Lesson 10: Give back to society 
All of us have a collective social responsibility towards doing our bit to address them. Of all the challenges, the key to me is education. We have a paradoxical situation, where on the one hand we have jobs chasing scarce talent and on the other, rampant unemployment and poverty. The only way to bridge these two ends of the pole is by providing quality education that is accessible by all. 

The address was delivered by Azim Premji, Founder, Wipro, on August 12, 2006. 

The best of 2018: Top 10 articles that you loved

top 10 articles of 2018

Over the course of the last year, we shared practical advice, handy tips, useful recommendations, best practices, uncompromising facts and busted myths to help job seekers Find Better, and faster, at Monster.

These articles, among others, shared tips and tricks to help you find the dream job, balance work and life better, and stay happy at work.  

So here’s the list of the top 10 articles of 2018 that you liked:

  1. 5 Tips to Find Better Jobs on Monster 

    Looking for a change in the new year but struggling to find the right job?Read the article to find out 5 handy tips that could make your job search fruitful.  

  2. How to Stay Happy at Work 

    Work should be much more than just a paycheck, especially since you spend a better part of your day at your workstation. But how many of us actually look forward to going to office or not have Monday blues? However, what if we told you there is a way to be happy at work? Interested? Read it here to know how.
       
  3. How can IT professionals future-proof their careers in the era of AI?

    Technology is evolving at a rapid pace, bringing about changes we are still trying to understand. AI is one such development that is weighing heavily on the minds of the current workforce. But does it have to be a cause of concern? This blog explores how IT professionals can co-exist with AI. Read more

  4. 5 things you can do to stop being overwhelmed at work

    Does thinking about work induce stress and fatigue? Is there too much on your plate and is bringing you down? Fear not. You don’t have tochange your job to improve your situation. You can beat the blues and manage work better. Here is how

  5. Recession free professions

    Wondering what jobs endure in the business world come rain or sunshine, find out here

  6. How to answer 10 most common interview questions 

    Want to know what are the questions that almost every interviewer asks? And more importantly what should be your answer? Click here to know more.

  7. How to write an impressive resume!

    Your resume can be your one chance to make an impression on a recruiter who is probably deluged with million applicants. However, how do you stand out from the crowd? We share some tips to make that lasting impression through your resume. Read more.
     
  8. Think your performance review was unfair? Here’s what you should do 

    It stings to get a bad performance review at work but reacting emotionally may not be the best way forward. Read the blog to know what steps you can take when you get a bad rating from your boss. Read more

  9. The Negotiation Dance

    Negotiating your salary can be tricky. It is akin to a dance where both you and your prospective employer match step for step. Balance, grace and sense of rhythm are all crucial for you to come out on top. Find out here what it takes to ace this dance. Read more

  10. Find the sweet spot between your passion and job 

    Confused about choosing between your passion and your job? What if you could combine both. Surprised? This blog tells you how to find that sweet spot between your passion and work. Read more

4 lessons you can learn from Sachin Tendulkar to achieve your career dreams

lessons you can learn from Sachin Tendulkar

With the maximum number of Test runs (15,921) by a cricketer, most ODI runs (18,426), most ODI centuries (49), most Test centuries (51), and a ton of other records, Sachin Tendulkar is unarguably the greatest batsman of the modern era. 

Embodying many of the qualities that are required to survive and flourish at the highest levels of a discipline, a glimpse into Sachin’s sporting life holds many important lessons for working professionals. Here are a few key takeaways from the Master Blaster’s career to motivate and inspire you at the workplace.

  1. It all starts with #LoveWhatYoDo

    Sachin’s passion for the game is well known to his legions of fans. In the past, the Master Blaster has compared playing cricket to visiting a temple. Sachin’s passion for the cricket is also borne out by former India cricketer and fellow Mumbaikar Chandrakant Pandit who observed him from an early age. “All he wanted to do was to play cricket. Till his last day in cricket, he retained the passion, and the hunger of that little boy who was impatient for his turn at the nets,” Pandit said in an interview following Sachin’s retirement in 2013.

    Career lesson: If you want to excel in your career, you’ve first got to be passionate about the job you do. Having your passion as a career intensifies focus, fosters creativity and innovation, and inspires you to pursue excellence just like the Master Blaster. On the other hand, doing a job just for the sake of it could negatively impact performance, impede career growth, and take a toll on your physical and mental well-being.

  2. Discipline and preparation

    Arguably the most gifted batsman of his generation, Sachin never took his talent for granted. Training and preparation became the hallmarks of his career during his prolonged stint in the national side. While on tours, Sachin was known to lead a highly disciplined life, restricting himself to his room, eating early, and trying to get enough sleep ahead of the game. His match preparation was meticulous, taking into account variables such as pitch, venue, quality of opposition, and his own form and confidence levels.

    Career lesson: While talent is important, honing it constantly through training and discipline is the key to achieving lasting and long-term success. Meticulous preparation is vital for professional success irrespective the level of natural talent. There is a lot of truth in the saying that goes, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”

  3. Ability to evolve

    It’s not enough to prepare; it’s also important to evolve. Sachin epitomized this after returning from surgery for tennis elbow in 2005. With his fans wondering if his game would ever be the same again, the Master Blaster turned to his willow to provide his response. Soon he was back among the runs, a more dangerous batsman than before. Sachin had adapted his game, and while his early power was missing, he more than made up for it with his strike rate and shot selection.

    Career lesson: It’s necessary to keep reinventing yourself for long-term career success. Circumstances will change, compelling you to learn new skills and competencies and work in novel environments. If you want to reach the pinnacle of career success, keep an open mind and be willing to adapt and evolve. Consistently high performers always find a way to adapt to changing situations and make the best of the new conditions.

  4. Ability to handle pressure

    If you thought you had excessive workload, spare a thought for Sachin Tendulkar on whose young shoulders the hopes of billion people inevitably rested. Australian opener Matthew Hayden mentioned that “it is beyond chaos” when Sachin comes in to bat—“it is a frantic appeal by a nation to one man.” Sometimes, the pressure tended to take an ugly turn. In the James Erskine’s docudrama, Sachin: A Billion Dreams, the Master Blaster recalls there were times when his children were harassed in school after a bad day on the cricket pitch. Sachin did not let such incidents unruffle him and took it all in his stride.

    Career lesson: While work pressure and stress is a reality that is never going to go away, there are ways to deal with it effectively. Maintaining a cool head under all circumstances is the key to handling job stress. Taking up a job you love too helps in making stress bearable—and sometimes even enjoyable! A healthy diet, adequate exercise, and proper sleep are some of the other tips to follow to manage stress and handle pressure. 

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10 Legends who showed us ‘Loving What You Do’ can change the world

Get inspired from these legends

Greatness – A word that everyone is in absolute awe of; an honor that many would give away their very lives to achieve. And yet, those rare few who did achieve it were barely even interested in it! How did that come to be, you wonder? It happened, because the greatest men and women who walked amongst us weren’t exactly chasing greatness – they were just following their true passion. Are you doing the same? Here are 10 people (there are many more) who have achieved legendary status in their respective professions, simply by staying true to their true passion! 1. Dr. A P J Abdul KalamThe former president of India, also known as the ‘Missile Man’, came from a humble background in Tamil Nadu. As a child, he was deeply fascinated by space and was highly passionate about ‘conquering the skies’ in one way or the other. His passion took him to the Aeronautical Development Establishment of DRDO (Defence Research & Development Organization) and eventually to the ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) – where he showed the world that even the sky isn’t the limit when one has ‘Wings of Fire!’ It is his love, dedication and passion towards his job that made him the man that he was. 2. Nikola TeslaThe man to whom we owe the very presence of electricity in our homes, Nikola Tesla was a man driven by passion for his job. Also credited for his path breaking work on electric motors, X-Rays, Hydroelectricity and Wireless Communications among others, Nikola was so passionate about experimenting with stuff that he was known to stay locked up in his room for days on end, putting things together and calibrating every creation of his to perfection! No wonder his passion took him to great heights. 3. Steve JobsHe’s known for giving the world a seamless mobile and computing user interface that’s beautiful to look at and easy to navigate. What’s not too well known about Steve Jobs though – is the fact that he took calligraphy lessons to better understand what fonts to select for his operating system; and even pursued Zen Buddhism in an endeavor to understand how the human mind thinks and acts! Do we even need to add that he was also the guru of ‘following one’s true passion’ — for the remarkable success that he achieved as an innovator? 4. Sachin TendulkarLittle Master, Master Blaster, Bombay Bomber — the names change, the man and his true passion remain the same. Perhaps the greatest batsmen that the world has ever known; Sachin Tendulkar; was once just a 14-year-old boy who used to practice cricketing shots in a room…with a ball tied to a string! Such was his dedication to his true passion that he even practiced his skills on wet rubber balls and tennis balls to simulate the experience of playing on spin-friendly pitches! Is it any wonder then – that his relentless pursuit of his true passion got him where he is today? 5. Wilbur and Orville WrightThe first passion-driven ‘duo’ to feature on this list, the Wright Brothers were driven with just one obsession – to develop the ability to soar high into the skies and go where no human being has ever been before. Once pursuing a commonplace career in the printing industry together – the Wright Brothers’ changed career tracks to spend hours building sand cushions and wind tunnels – in order to safely launch themselves into the air on a plane and make history! To anyone who says sky is the limit when it comes to following ones’ passion, we say, it’s just the very beginning! 6. Anurag KashyapAs a college student, Anurag Kashyap was extremely passionate about theater and films. We say ‘extremely’ because he attended the International Film Festival of India in Delhi — and watched every single one of the 55 films screened during the festival! He boldly decided to pursue his true passion for a living and came to Mumbai apparently with just Rs. 3,000 in his pocket; then slept on beaches, parking lots, and even under a water tank! Little wonder then that his dreams came to fruition in a massive way, where he became famous for directing huge box office successes such as Dev.D, Gangs Of Wasseypur and Bombay Velvet! 7. EminemMarshall Mathers – best known as Eminem – was very passionate about rapping since his childhood days. However, he was barely accepted or acknowledged as an hip-hop artiste primarily due to prevalent cultural stereotypes and racial conflicts. Driven as he was, Eminem stayed true to his passion and practiced his art whenever he found free time; sometimes even writing rap songs on tissue papers and visiting cards! Eventually, his true passion brought him the nickname of ‘Rap God’; a title that many fellow musicians would kill to own! 8. J.K. Rowling‘Struggler’ was practically Joanne K Rowling’s middle name. Born and brought up in Gloucestershire, England; Rowling went from being the ‘nerdiest student’ in school to a bilingual secretary and an English teacher. Born with the heart and soul of a writer; she decided to give her true passion a chance and wrote the now legendary ‘Harry Potter’ series. Not only did she channel many of her life-experiences as plots in her books; she also paved the way for countless others by showing people that following one’s passion can do miracles for them!9. Sylvester StalloneIf ‘true passion’ was a movie – you’d find Sylvester Stallone starring in it as its lead actor. A student of drama and theater, Stallone was hell-bent upon following his true passion in acting even if it meant having to do odd jobs in the meantime such as cleaning lions’ cages at zoos. Putting everything on the line, he approached directors with a self-created script for Rocky that featured him in the lead role; and the rest, as the cliché goes, is history.  10. Sudha ChandranWhen your passion becomes your job, even disability can’t handicap your sky-high aspirations. Just take the example of dancer and actress Sudha Chandran, who was incredibly passionate about the fascinating art of classical dance. Not only did she turn her true passion into a lifelong career – she didn’t stop even after losing a leg in a car accident, thus becoming an inspirational icon to millions of others! Her passion and her determination made her a household name all across India, not only for her dance skills, but also for her amazing acting skills. We salute her amazing will to pursue her passion for a living, at all costs! Not sure where your passion lies? Here is a8-step guide to find a career you are passionate about

Impossible is nothing: Life lessons from Muhammad Ali

impossible is nothing

Olympic medallist at 18, the youngest pugilist to take the heavyweight title from a reigning heavyweight champion at 22, the first to win the world heavyweight title three times—the late Muhammad Ali’s career is a clutch of sporting records.

From the son of a sign painter in Louisville, Kentucky to exemplerary sportsman, social activist and crusader for racial equality, Ali travelled a remarkable distance to reach thepinnacle of human success. All of which go to reinforce the idea he articulated so forcefully—that impossible is nothing more than a woeful state of mind.

A man of quick wit and great charisma, the legendary boxer’s famous quotes serve as useful workplace lessons. Here’s a look at his words that teach us all to punch above one’s weight.

1. “Don’t count the days, make the days count.”
A great sportsman himself, Muhammad Ali inspired other people to excel by urging them to live their lives to the full. At the workplace, this translates into working both harder and smarter, shedding negative baggage and adopting a positive frame of mind. It means coming to office with the intention of making a difference every day. You will surprise even yourself with the positive changes you experience once you decide to make every day count.

2. “Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
The next time you are saddled with a tough assignment or an impossible deadline, remember these words by the legendary boxer. They will inspire you to rise to the challenge. On the other hand, certain management experts also believe that being assigned a difficult task is recognition of an employee’s potential. Thus, if you are assigned a difficult assignment, take it up as a “dare” and set about accomplishing it in small steps by assessing what is required, breaking it up into manageable parts, prioritizing correctly and tracking your progress.

3. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
We all want great results without hard work. But the reality is that success necessitates hard work and the degree of success we achieve is often proportional to the amount of hard work we put into something. Even champions like Ali feel a strong urge to quit but the attribute that separates them from the rest of the crowd is the extent to which they can steel themselves and continue to toil. But hard work by itself is seldom enough—it’s important to pair it up with smart work to be truly successful.

4. “I never thought of losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That’s my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.”
Accepting defeat with grace and humility is one of the signs of a true professional. During the span of your career, you will not always end up on the winning side—and you need to be ready to take it into your stride when you fail at something. An ability to accept defeat with grace and dignity will improve your image in the eyes of all your colleagues. It will make also you appear as a mature and stable individual who can be counted upon by the management and colleagues. 

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