Every One who teaches us is a GURU
The saying ‘ignorance is a bliss’ does not hold well today. Today, we are in the era of information & in order to live, survive, thrive one needs to amass a wealth of information to eradicate oneself from ignorance. We are constantly in the act of being taught at every moment either from your colleagues, subordinates, and bosses at our work place. We are either teaching somebody or we are constantly being taught whether we are consciously aware or not. On the occasion of Teacher’s Day, one need to honor each & every one of those who have taught us in one way or the other & be grateful to them for the place & position we are in our career today.
- The teachers, professors at schools & colleges have always imparted knowledge to us so as to enhance our horizons. By upgrading us in terms of knowledge, skills & attitudes we have a price tag drawn for ourselves. The price we command at our work place in terms of salary & other perquisites is directly in proportion to the knowledge which we actually put in towards our work on a day to day basis. What we are today, what career we have chosen today, how we live today, what values we have inculcated today have been primarily due to our teachers who have acted as a mentor & given the necessary inputs when we were young. They have left an everlasting impression on our minds which are difficult to erase.
- The next in line is the boss to whom we report in our department who are the best teacher at the work place. He discusses delegates, authorizes, empowers, supervises, monitors & controls our activities. By constantly interacting with him, we learn the intricacies of our job excellently & become extremely fluent. The more the job he gives the more the difficulties one encounters, more the difficulties one encounters more the pressure one has to hold on to the job. In order to tide over this difficult phase, we consciously or unconsciously step out of our comfort zone to accomplish the task which has been assigned. The experience of tiding over the obstacles gives us a great sense of achievement & confidence which makes one grow from strength to strength. We need to be highly indebted to our bosses who have made us extremely valuable.
- The colleagues, subordinates with whom we work in our department also give us ample opportunities to learn at our place of work. They pose questions, difficulties, problems quite often to see that how well we come out with the right answers on most of the occasions. We are constantly tested, experimented & the moment we help, direct, guide & coach to carry out their functions better, we become better. We can become better only when we make our subordinates better & there is no end to how much better we can become. We need to be thankful to our colleagues, subordinates who have made us better equipped by putting us into tight spots.
- The family we all have & live also teaches us to a great extent. We may be a CEO of an organization managing a great number of people, products & services. We may be considering our self as one of the finest executive in the organization in so far as our competence & skills are concerned. But when we come back home not only he needs to play the role of a husband to his spouse, parent to his child, son to his mother but play it to the entire satisfaction of all the family members. One needs to be extremely tactical & play a balancing act between career & family admirably well. This teaches us to understand & play the role well at every instance.
- Lastly, we all gather information through books, media, TV & computers. Today, we are in the era of technology. Learn the technicalities involved in these technologies. One needs to work on computers, cell phones, fax constantly at their place of work to make work easy, productive & interesting. The output which one generates from using these technologies shall take us to great heights. Understand that these technologies are human friendly. Make them our servant & not the master. Technology teaches us to be quick, fast, competent, efficient & thoroughly professional i.e., to expect more & more out of oneself.
- Eradicate ignorance. It is a disease. An idle & ignorant mind is a devil’s workshop. One does not live in a fool’s paradise if he is rightly, properly & adequately informed. Rise above the level of ignorance & see how one puts a positive image on oneself. Get ourselves taught constantly, regularly, continuously from bosses, colleagues, subordinates, friends, family members, books, technologies till such time we live.
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