“People need to be made more aware of the need to work at learning how to live because life is so quick and sometimes it goes away too quickly.” — Andy Warhol
To those reading this surreptitiously from a laptop, or desktop given to them by the officials of their very first job, within an environment where you are constantly pressured to perform, let me ask you something:
How do you feel?
From the retrospect of being one of those individuals very recently acquainted with the toils and excitements of the work life, have you ever faced a situation where everyone in your professional life is constantly telling you ‘you can’t do this’ or ‘you think you can do this, but you really can’t’?
Because I for one use to question the very same skills I was appreciated for in college i.e. writing.
Was I a really good as writer as I thought I was? Or was I just kidding myself?
Is my grammar that bad that I am constantly reminded that I need to work on it? And I am nothing in comparison to the superiors in the field?
Now, if I am not, am I a lost case? And if I am, is it mere career ego that’s making them push me down?
Nope. It’s neither. Because believe it or not, it’s probably the most important learning experience you will ever come across, and I would advise you to make the most of it.
It’s quite simple. I don’t doubt my skills in writing, yes my grammar may be off a couple of time, yes, my word composition may not even make sense to anyone who is not me, but I don’t have a problem with the corrections that come my way.
I will admit that it did get on my nerves at one point. People 2 or 3 years older than me probe and poke everything I do, and at times sharply point out things that weren’t mistakes to begin with, but a mere difference in choice of words. And yes, I did question my skills in writing and it did shake a better part of my individuality.
But then I realized this has to be the best way to just get better and better! All these people correct because clearly they know something more. They have been in the field longer and hence have discovered a few tips that may help you move further. So why not pick out that ‘something more’?
The trick is to absorb criticism in the right spirit. And also differentiate which pieces of criticism to take in and which ones to throw in a dark bag at the back of your mind, because you never know when the ones which weren’t applicable then, would be so in the future.
Nothing is wasted, and nothing should be. Everything you learn should be neatly sorted in folders in your head: useful, spirit enhancing, soul crushing, ground breaking, fascinating, un-heard of, sheer nonsense etc. and dealt with accordingly.
The most you can do is to make sure that if you ever do have a wide-eyed, fresh out of college person working under your guidance, you would probably not be as harsh as your superiors were at one point, towards you.
Because no one in the entire world has the power to tell you that you are not good enough. Who were they to judge you in the first place? In their eyes, you even may be a threat, or a force that surpassed their skill when they were you age.
Or you may be someone they found potential in, and they want to mold that potential in the most optimal way. Can you blame them?
I don’t see the point of fearing it anymore, I say go for it and explore all the opportunities it give you, and who knows? Their faith in your skills may just be the reaffirmation they needed to grow.
So I no write good, remember?
But I is wanting to write even more awesome-er.
And therefore, I shall learn.
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