The beauty of good advice


Advice is a funny thing isn’t it? It’s free but it teaches the most valuable lessons in life. I realized the importance of good advice during my first job.

It was the summer of 2011 and I had entered the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore, with a heart full of hope and a mind full of endless dreams. To say I was scared would be an understatement. Never being out of my comfort zone, the city was alien to me. But I was fascinated with the promises it held.

For the first week of my new job I arrived well before on time. Nobody noticed my early arrivals. And so I thought, why get up early at all! So from the next week I started coming in late. 5 mins here; 10 mins there.  And it continued. I wasn’t aware that my boss was noticing my late arrivals.
One day I was exceptionally late, almost an hour, and I noticed my boss standing beside my cubicle. He called me and asked “This is your first job isn’t it?”

I nodded.

“Then how can afford to be late?” He said.
I looked up to him gingerly.

He met my eyes and continued “When you’re young, people expect great things from you. You might think that those great things can be achieved by doing something exceptional. But the reality is that they start from small habits; as small as being on time.”

I didn’t know what to say. He looked at me and kept his hands on my shoulders and said “If you dedicate yourself, you can do great things. But to do that you have to be disciplined. You might think 5 minutes don’t matter. 10 minutes don’t matter. They do. They matter a lot. So don’t ever waste your time.”

It’s such a small and simple piece of advice, but it completely changed the way I perceived time. After that day, I have always tried to reach somewhere as early as possible. And I must say, I have always been appreciated for the same.

So thank you boss! Your #SachchiAdvice​ was invaluable. 

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The day my dad's #SachchiAdvice changed my life


If i have to talk about the one advice that changed my life for the better, it has to be the one where my dad pushed me to do my Post Graduate in Mass Communication and Journalism.

I had finished my college exams and was thinking: 'This is it. I am done with studying. Now i am all set to work.' The main reason for this was that i had studied till college in my hometown. I was like that frog in a well who knows everything around him, but nothing of the outside world. And according to me going to Bangalore to find a job was my ticket out.

I had communicated the same to my parents. They were kind of onboard with it and didn't mind my decision. Then a tragedy struck our family. We lost my sister to a cardiac arrest. The whole house was filled with gloom and i felt obliged to stay back and take care of them.

I remember that day clearly. We had come to Mysore to meet my aunt and i was sitting in the hall when the topic of my education came in. I boldly said that i will not study anymore and want to work. My dad sat down beside me and said "You know Thousif, you can work your whole life. But the time to study comes only once in life. Yes, you can study at a later date but once you start working, trust me, you can't go back to studying. Work is like that. It puts responsibilities on your shoulder that you can't abandon just like that. Work becomes a part of you and it's really difficult once you get settled into work routine."

We discussed for a long time. But that one piece of advice stuck with me and the next morning i went along with him and got the admission papers for a course in Mass Communication and Journalism as i loved to write.

Today, i am the Creative Producer in one of the leading explainer video companies in Bangalore and i have my dad to thank for it. The advice he gave me that day shaped my life and will continue to do so till the end of my life.

My father's #SachchiAdvice didn't just make a difference in my life, it showed me a new way to live life and i'll always be thankful to him for that.

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