“Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don’t feel like doing them.” ~ Julius Erving What do you think is necessary to succeed in your field? What do you think is a key ingredient for success? An important thing, I believe, is being a professional. What does it mean to be a professional? The quote above explains it:
I recently came across an interesting article titled Microsoft’s Odd Couple. In the article, Paul Allen – the co-founder of Microsoft – told the story of how he and Bill Gates met and started Microsoft. I find the article insightful. It contains many lessons on how to be successful at what you do. Here are the lessons I learned, along with excerpts from the article:
Do you want to boost your personal growth? If you do, then what you must do is this: expand your comfort zone. The fact is, we all have a narrow world where we feel comfortable. Life is easy there. You can go through your day almost on autopilot. That, however, is not the way to grow. What you should do instead is expand your comfort zone. Why? Because then you can handle more situations. You will be able to handle more of what life throws at you. Your ability to cope will increase.
Are you satisfied with your results? If your answer is no and you want to improve them, then what you must do is this: Change the way you do things. The fact is, your results come from your processes. They don’t come out of nowhere. Your exam grade, for instance, comes from your study. So here is the principle: If you want to change your results, change your processes. I came to realize this when I taught a course called Business Process Modeling at a college. One of the principles there is that a company’s results come from its processes. In fact, the processes can make or break the company. I then realized that the same principle also applies to individuals.