Is the failure that bad that it tarnishes one’s image forever?

Is the failure that bad that it tarnishes one?
Is the failure that bad that it tarnishes one’s image in the society forever? It’s distressing to hear the news of the suicide of students due to failure in exams, depression of youngsters due to failure in relationships, suicide by farmers due to failure in paying the debts, depressed people due to lack of meritocracy around. Does this all mean that we are not at all taught to take the failures?

I want to share the story of my failure with you all openly, maybe this will save someone from self-destruction.

I was a bright student in my school and college. Acculturation of my family was such that, we celebrated our school results more than any festival. I always stood first in my class. Got a job in the campus. Always did very good in my job and received appreciation for the work done.

With such background, when I decided to find a job in Bangalore to widen and enrich my experience, I got interview calls from various companies. I appeared for the interview for IBM and Accenture. I was not very aware of the name Accenture that time, so I almost made up my mind to join IBM and was waiting for the result of the interview. My family, my friends were sure that I would be able to join the company of my choice as there is no chance of me not getting selected.

I got the result, IBM had rejected me saying I have no process knowledge which is required for my job profile. This was unexpected. My technical interview had gone really good and I was sure to get in. All my planning of transformation in my career, shifting to Bangalore from Nashik collapsed. More than financial it was an emotional setback for me. This was not the end of my failure, there was more waiting for me. Accenture conveyed me the result. But they said, we would not consider your three years work experience as it is with very small and unknown company. You will have to join as a fresher. I understood the consequences then and there. It meant, people having the lesser experience than me will have the upper designation and can be my boss. I felt dejected and sad. My family and friends encouraged me and advised me per their own knowledge and opinions. I had to decide.

I decided to pick up the position at Accenture and prove to them that my work experience reflects in my work and is worth considering. I joined Accenture, as anticipated, a few of my team members with a lot lesser experience than me were possessing the superior designation, earning more salary, taking lesser workload, less participation in meetings as compared to me. That was humiliating, at times I wanted to pull up my stakes, but I kept my equanimity. I wanted to walk the walk and eventually that happened. I received the award for outstanding performance, got promoted and all went well. I was happy that I could sail through the situation and could get deserved and desired.

Life As BDE

Life of a marketing person is pretty hectic in nature, you have to keep track of many things at same time. You collect data about prospectus, you call, and you mail & try to get in touch with the prospective client.

And when do you do that, as a human being you are tend to do mistakes.

Once I was on calling mission to USA in night time. Previous to that week I had many calls with the directors of company but due to unknown reason a guy just outburst his anger on me and disconnected the call saying he is not interested in offered service. In such case it is your duty to remove that particular person from list and make sure you do not call him/her again, but in my case I just forget that and this week I started calling same people again!

I dialed Number and after talking with receptionist the call was connected with this guy, we will call him John. As soon as call connected I recognized his voice and was dumbstruck on what to do now. Last time he was very rude with me so I thought something in my mind and I said, Sorry John, for calling you last week. I know you were disturbed with something and I called you.  He was forgot about the last week’s incident and then he said, Ok! But what was your last call about?

And that was a golden opportunity for me. I explained all about the product, the value addition it can do to his business and he readily accepted invitation for web demo after a long call of 30 minutes.

That day I learnt a very good lesson, never back off until you tried every opportunity.

Marketing is tough and you are never off the work, you have to think about new ideas to reach to people even when you are not in office. A marketer should always keep in mind following points:

  • Never Under prepare for cold call
  • Don’t underestimate the person to whom you are calling, since he have total domain knowledge of his own domain
  • Never mess up with someone’s mood
  • Don’t hesitate to say Sorry if you are at fault
  • Don’t fail to try
  • Keep track of your all activities

What you wear that matters

First impressions are often more significant than you might think. She is not my type.He looks friendly.He looks efficient.I can tell she is an extrovert. We make snap judgments about people from the clothes they wear.For many people, what they wear is merely a matter of habit, but when we dress in the morning it might pay us to be a little more careful in the choices we make. Doing something different with your clothes might be a way of changing the impression others have of you.  Your style and the clothes you choose reflect and affect your mood, health, and overall confidence.

Especially in the workplace, clothing significantly influences how others perceive you and how they respond toward you.  According to psychological research, your appearance strongly influences other people’s perception of your financial success, authority, trustworthiness, intelligence.  Here are seven tips to ensure your clothing has the positive impact on your success:
1)Never wear dirty clothes. This seems obvious
2)Don’t wear wrinkled clothing.  Heard of an iron?Use it.You will look neat.
3)Wear clothes that fit you well. Stay away from clothing that too tight or too baggy.
4)Wear appropriate shoes and accessories.
5)Don’t wear shorts. In some workplaces, it’s perfectly acceptable for women and men to wear shorts. But, if you really want to portray yourself as professional then don’t wear shorts.
6)Always follow the dress code.
7)Don’t show too much skin. That means no short skirts or shoes that barely cover your feet.