Head of Corporate Services
We are discussing the topic of extraordinary careers. What are the key components that make a career extraordinary?
I really like this quote by Steve Jobs “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” An extraordinary career encompasses, loving what you do, doing what you love, having the trust and the empowerment to do what needs to be done, allowing you to be who you are, opportunities to extend or expand your capabilities, working with fantastic people who are just as passionate as you are and being inspired by the leadership to give your best each day.
What are some key qualities that separate people with great careers from those with mediocre ones?
A great career is determined by the choices a person makes and by giving your best each day to the people you work with and to the organisation that you serve. Some of the key qualities include, making the choice to stay positive despite the challenges you may face; the willingness to work at what you do until it reaches the best standard; the willingness to listen to feedback from others and to learn from your own mistakes; being passionate so that others also feel your passion and enthusiasm; and having the mentality that what you do is not only for the organisation but can also transform the nation.
Who do you think of, when we mention the word- extraordinary career? Why?
The first person that comes to mind is my mother. She raised five children without any domestic help and was a dutiful wife to my father. My mother is a positive person even though there must have been days when she felt tired. She is also very encouraging and extremely supportive of all her children’s dreams and careers even though it may not have been easy to deal with five different characters, each with their mind of their own! She gave her best to us from cooking our meals, making our clothes, taking care of us while we were sick and allowing us to be who we are. Even though my mother did not go to university, she is extremely wise and applies her life knowledge and skills and at the same time is willing to learn new things. For example now she is learning to use technology in the form of her smartphone and iPad. She was also able to be herself and express herself and this made it interesting to interact and communicate with her regardless of her age. In my opinion, my mother has certainly found success and happiness in her career as a homemaker especially now that all the children are bring up their own families.