May 15, 2007

25 ways to distinguish yourself

Ever since,I met Rajesh Setty during my first unconference - Blog Camp in Chennai,I have been following his blog,post after post.He is one of the most influential persons, I have met,very elegant yet very down to earth.You can know about Rajesh Setty here

This post comes from his blog and is based on his book "Life Beyond Code" , where he mentions about 25 ways to distinguish yourself,which are mentioned below:

1. Care as if it's your own
2. Do your daily work with passion
3. Build strong relationships
4. Dream BIG!!!
5. Set the right expectations (Under promise and Over deliver)
6. Ask for help(when needed)
7. Celebrate small victories:
We know that:
a) Failure is the stepping stone of success.
b) It’s NOT not falling down but standing up every time we fall down that matters.
c) A bend in the road is not the end of the road.
8.Set high standards:
Always try to prove that you are the best to your ownself.Setting high standards would always help you to perform better
9. Know your values
10. Pursue right memberships:
Right memberships would pay off big time..May be,unconferences , TiE could also come in this category
11. Help people,help themselves:
People are happy when their problem is solved but they will be delighted when they learn how to solve it themselves.
12. Be a reader:
This point is amazing.As Rajesh says "Every good leader is a reader.Most of the people don't read".Once you have the right set of books with you,than you don't need any other motivation
13. Plan by outcomes
14. Think long term:
We overestimate what we can achieve in a day and we underestimate what we can achieve in a year
15. Embrace uncertainty with ease:
There is more help than you will ever need but only if you are humble enough to ask. For that, you need to develop an attitude to embrace uncertainty with ease.
16. Ask the right questions:
Questions have great power. One right question asked at the right time can change the direction of our lives. Hence, the quality of the questions that we ask ourselves is VERY important.It is for the same reason that we need to choose our company very carefully. If we are surrounded with the right people and for some reason miss asking the right questions, someone in our group might ask the right question for us.
17. Engage with a coach:
It is very important to be guided by the right mentor or coach.This would have a positive effect on your business
18.Be relevant
19. Get back on your feet fast(Failures are stepping stone to success):
I can easily this point to the current happenings in my life(personal and professional,both are filled with "N" no of failures) but this is really refreshing and motivating smile.Failures happen and you will fail or fall down at times. If you want to distinguish yourself, learn to get back on your feet fast every time you fall down.
20. Lead a volunteer effort:
21. Balance innovation and Continuous improvement:
Whenever an innovation project succeeds, the next immediate step would be to put that project on a “continuous improvement” roadmap. Because no project is really “complete”.So, in summary a good framework can be “Innovation > Continuous Improvement >
22. Learn to sell:
Every person is a salesman some sell skills at workplace,some sell ideas....
23. Learn systems thinking:
Systems thinking, in essence, is an understanding of the system as a whole and the mutual interaction of the underlying parts of the system.
24. Walk away from free:
Nothing comes for free though in some cases the price that you pay is not money.So get rid of things that come for Free !!
25. Influence the influencers

Found motivating and intersting than you can download the pdf of the complete article from here

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At May 15, 2007, 10:58:00 AM , Blogger Abhishek said...

No Doubts, if anyone implements even few of them they should be able to not only distinguish themselves but should be able to create a difference as well. Nicely put together by Rajesh Shetty and well presented.

At May 15, 2007, 4:49:00 PM , Blogger Ajay said...

All are good points, I am taking a prinout of it and will stick at my workplace...
Thanks for such a nice article..

-Ajay Modi


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