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. 

You can check out the video below to know how good advice can be really helpful. Visit this link:

“I am blogging for #SachchiAdvice activity at BlogAdda in association with MaxLife Insurance