How Will You Measure Your Life?

“Remember the Importance of Humility…I got this insight when I was asked to teach a class on humility at Harvard College. I asked all the students to describe the most humble person they knew. One characteristic of these humble people stood out: They had a high level of self-esteem. They knew who they were, and they felt good about who they were. We also decided that humility was defined not by self-deprecating behavior or attitudes but by the esteem with which you regard others. Good behavior flows naturally from that kind of humility. For example, you would never steal from someone, because you respect that person too much. You’d never lie to someone, either.”

These are the words of Harvard Business School professor Clay Christensen to the HBS graduating class of 2010.

The students wanted him to address them not on how to apply his principles and thinking to their post-HBS careers, but on how to apply them to their personal lives. He shared with them a set of guidelines that had helped him find meaning in his own life.

Partake in their experience and learn from this successful man below:

http://hbr.org/2010/07/how-will-you-measure-your-life/ar/1.

 

Thinking Like A Visionary With A Strategy

‘In what past situations have you shown most

evidence of visionary/strategic thinking?’

Vision is foresight. It’s looking at the horizon as opposed to the bottom line. Strategy on the other hand is positioning for the good of your objectives; being proactive. These two words are so different yet so meshed, they are like ones parents! Mum and Dad; Vision and Strategy!

When I first heard this question, I laughed! I tend to do that whenever I come across mind boggling statements. My first thought of an answer came inform of a song ; Morgan Heritage’s Nothing To Smile About! The dramatic route is always attractive to the mind! Anyway, I was puzzled. I asked one of my friends and they humorously said that the only time they thought they had shown visionary thinking was when they woke up at 4am to cram their notes before an exam! Their vision is that they didn’t want to fail!

As job hunters and/or young entrepreneurs, putting our spectacular thoughts into words can be a challenge at times. Here are a few suggestions that I think could help as possible forms of responses (in no particular order):

  • Your decision to do that particular course. By choosing to pursue Business, Engineering, Architecture e.t.c., you had a reason/plan. If you don’t already have one, research and write them up. Be sure to include words like, Vision and Strategy! 🙂
  • Taking up that leadership role in your community. Surely you had a plan for that move, right?
  • Social Media Initiatives. Those charitable events or a causes you have helped hype through Facebook or Twitter.
  • Mentorship. If you never thought of that friendship you have as mentorship, start doing so! If your friend is older, you are the mentee. If you are the older one, you are the mentor. It may not be as decorated as the mainstream mentorship but that advice you give or receive should never be in vain.

I’m sure there are more! Do share them with me here.

What’s awaiting us out in the world are situations that will test us and more often than not, what determines whether we emerge victorious is our power of being accurate discerners of our own capabilities. That’s our reality.