On May 19, we invited Shailendra Raj Giri (CEO of Merojob.com) to share his experience with us. Shailendra Ji has over 18 years experience in the field of HR. He also closely follows technology and how it can enable better HR management, helping organizations achieve a higher level of productivity.
During his interaction, he highlighted the importance of investing in yourself and how the company you work with provides one with a platform to multiply this investment several fold. He closed the session by asking everyone to be accountable to themselves.
Why invest in your career?
Shailendra ji shared how important it is to love what we do. He outlined that in order to love something, you need to be good at it. No one loves things that they aren’t good at.
This is exactly the reason, he explained, why investing in our career is necessary. If we invest in making ourselves better at what we do, we will eventually be an expert at it and will excel in it. One can invest any of the following into their career:
He insisted that if you do decide to invest in your career, you will get to whatever you dream of. Shailendra Ji recalled how he had drawn a white car in front of a house where he was standing wearing a Superman costume while he was in the fifth standard in school.
And today, he does have a house and a car which (you guessed it!) is white.
Organization as a platform
If there is one thing that is common with all of us humans, then it is work. We all work in our own ways to live our lives. You may think a beggar does not work, but he does toil in the hot sun begging for your mercy. Housewives may not dress up and go to an office, but we all know that they are some of the most hard working people we know.
What we should realize, he pointed out, is that the company provides us with a platform to define who we are as a person. We spend 1/3rd of our life (perhaps 2/3rd of our active life, the other third we spend sleeping) in our workplace. It is here that we achieve success and dream about achieving something together, much like the core purpose of ACT360 (Do Awesome Things).
He pointed out success stories of two of his colleagues who started at Merojob at the entry level and now head their own respective departments. He stressed that this was only possible due to their hard work and their motivation to utilise the platform provided to them 100%.
Shailendra ji shared his story about the year when he did not feel like celebrating his birthday. This was because he could not really think of anything significant that he had done in the past year of his life. He asked us to have similar standards and to always ask ourselves, “What did you do this year?”, similar to the culture we have at ACT360 of asking “What awesome thing did you do this week / month/ quarter?”
He also shared that sometimes it is easier to be accountable if you have mentors. They can also help you when you are not hitting your targets, or even when you just need a confidante.
We would like to thank Shailendra ji for such a wonderful session. Do check out other sessions that we have had at ACT360 here.