Business and Career

HOW A POST-IT NOTE CHANGED MY LIFE

It was a Wednesday, mid-winter, gray afternoon and as per normal I was at my desk plugging away. As V.P. of Marketing at a major media company in NYC, it looked like I had achieved my career goals, but on the inside my soul felt as gray as the afternoon. I kind of felt guilty about it too, and this added to my heaviness. I took a deep breath in and sighed it out, and then of course my computer decided to crash. I called Joe, our computer tech, and headed out to grab lunch while he revived my computer. When I got back — Joe was gone, the computer was up and running (thanks Joe!) and there was a pink post-it note on my computer screen that said “You are the most organized person I’ve ever seen.” I was kind of surprised. Wasn’t everyone this organized? I didn’t think it was a big deal, ...

I QUIT MY JOB TO OPEN A CAFE IN THE HILLS

In reality, the series of incidents that followed quitting my job were not as rosy as the headline reads. I had an (almost) ideal life – a loving family, a happening social circle, a job that I loved (not to forget the pretty li’l fat cheque at the end of every month) and the ability to pack my bags and travel anytime I wanted. Even with all this and much more, I wanted to do something of my own. I battled for almost 2 years with the thought of quitting my job. I did not have an exact plan, but I knew I wanted to be in the hills. A digital marketeer by profession, I was bitten by the travel bug when I was 18 years old. My mother had gifted me an envelope that had to and fro rail tickets to Gujarat. I had studied in a boarding school in Gujarat and was more than happy thinking about t...

NO WORK IS LESS

I challenge you to take up a job as a cleaner or a watchman or, for that matter a hostess. You must be thinking I am crazy or probably having this one question in your head: “Why would I do that?” But my question to you is: “Why not?” I  took an initiative of a “one year challenge” to try out all odd jobs present in the society. It was not as easy as it seemed to be. It was a challenge not just to try all of the odd jobs out, but also to change perspective of the way we look at small jobs like a clerk, watchman, waitress, etc. I started a blog with the theme “NO WORK IS LESS” in which I have taken up a year’s challenge, wherein I will try out different “odd” jobs. The purpose is to prove that every job deserves respect and no job is small, be it of the CEO of ...

HOW I AM FIXING MY PROBLEMS WITH PROCRASTINATION

I hate those moments where I wake up feeling uninspired, not motivated to do much. This usually happens when there’s a lot on my plate and I haven’t figured out a plan to tackle my pending responsibilities. I hate to admit it, but I am a procrastinator. It’s not intentional. It’s not something that I’m proud of. Trying to conquer this perpetual bad habit is tough. I do it all; I set calendar reminders; I use digital checklists, and I also utilize a personal and work-related planner. Still, with these resources, I’m likely to roll out of bed later than expected, easily setting myself up for failing to get my daily tasks, especially in the workplace, done. Recently, I had the urge to get to the bottom of my issue with procrastination. First, I started writing down when and why I found myself...

THE GROWTH MINDSET

I’ve been a recording artist for over a decade, which means I’ve heard a lot of ‘no’s’ – And although I didn’t realize it at the time, every time I got knocked down, I gained confidence in myself by getting back up. Every setback fine-tuned my vision and made me more confident in my ability to keep following my passion. Hearing the word “no” taught me where I need to grow, what I stand for and where my abilities lie. Had I claimed the victories I wanted early on in my career, I’d have never developed the skills to sustain them. I would have crumbled under the stress or let myself be swept away by this fad or that. All of those hurdles, challenges, rock bottoms – are your currency for success. They are the resources you need to claim your win. The late nights, the early mornings...

APRIL SUPERWOMAN: ALEXIA WINFIELD, FOUNDER OF THE COLUMBUS BOOK PROJECT

I walked into the open space, artwork of all kinds hanging on the exposed brick around me. The concrete floor was empty aside from a folding table and the chair where Alexia sat, and two books stacked on the table. It was a welcome emptiness from the humidity outside. The books were black and white, and the spines aligned to read “COLUMBUS.” That’s exactly what’s inside of them: the city of Columbus broken down into its artists, restaurants, the fashion scene and more. Alexia Winfield is the founder of The Columbus Book Project, which was conceived out of a move from Florida to Columbus post-graduation. Alexia said she often gets asked why she traded Florida with its sunshine and beaches for Columbus, Ohio, I was wondering the same thing myself. “Coming to Columbus, I saw a grittiness that...

#METOO

You just may not understand, all this fuss about #metoo, so, I dare you to walk in my heels, and imagine it happening to you. A quick glance at your breasts, as if you didn’t see, a lingering handshake and hello, that makes you feel…well, dirty. You lead a key presentation, he interrupts, and interjects, as if you never spoke at all, nor deserve equal respect. Imagine you’re on a conference call, he puts the phone on mute, he silences your voice, to fill his giant ego suit. You show up to the office, a room, full of “bros,” men who banter about their “b*tch” wives, and talk of girlfriends as hoes. You attend a work event, mostly men and then there’s you, imagine when the new guy turns and asks, “so, which wife is it are you?” At first you think you’re crazy, that it’s all inside your...

HOW TO CHANNEL YOUR INNER BOSS LADY

Women’s empowerment can be a heavy and complicated topic, especially in today’s media. No matter where you find yourself in political and social movements you should always believe in self-betterment. So how can you channel your inner boss lady? Here are six ways to start. Invest in you Take care of your physical and mental health. Maintaining a healthy diet helps you genuinely feel good and have more energy! Try to have 30 minutes of exercise daily, even if it’s broken up into increments of 10 minutes throughout the day. Maintaining mental health includes understanding and controlling your emotions. We all have our moments, but being a boss lady means dealing with emotions in a healthy way that allows you to stay focused on your goals. I’ve found that talking with a close friend helps me ...

WHY BECOMING A WORK-STUDY CHANGED MY LIFE

Like most pre-college students, I had a summer job. When I started going to school full-time this past fall, while still working, I quickly became overwhelmed. The drive from school to work was long, in addition to having a seven to nine hour shift. Most students are available for the federal work-study program. It’s part of your financial aid, and at my school we work 15 hours a week on campus. While I may not get many hours, I love it for a completely different reason. There’s no drive I go to work right after class. I don’t have to waste the time or gas money on going somewhere else. Truthfully, I’m more worried about the time then gas money. We’re all busy as college students. As an athlete, sometimes I’m not even at home for two hours before I go to sleep. They work around your schedu...

STARTING MY CAREER OVER…AGAIN

Upon graduating high school my sights, and heart, were set on becoming a radio star! The moment registration opened I had applied for the program, and celebrated when I was accepted. This was it! My dream was coming true, my family was so proud of me. Reality hit on the very first day at college; it was not at all what I dreamed of or had heard. But regardless of the outcast status I gained due to not fitting in with the class, I still fought tooth and nail for that diploma. All the hard work paid off; I had landed a job in a major market station. It was small-time work at first, but by gosh I was determined to impress. I always offered up my time and energy to any department I could, never saying no to anything anyone needed of me. After a year, I decided to approach my boss about doing f...

ANNIE HASLAM: A “RENAISSANCE” WOMAN

Annie Haslam is the long-time lead singer of the symphonic rock band “Renaissance” that played sold out shows across the globe. She is known for her five-octave voice, recognizable in her band or solo career, and her incredible intuitive artwork. Annie sat down with Harness to talk about finding her career and overcoming obstacles to find herself. Annie, how did your journey begin? My journey began in 1947 in a smoky cotton mill town called Bolton in Lancashire.  We were a working-class family; I had two brothers, Michael and Keith, and Mum and Dad, Annie and George. I had a loving childhood with a few medical situations, but I came through okay except for an ongoing ear problem that I now live with and can deal with. …It’s a long story! My dad was an amateur comedian/singer as a hobby, bu...

5 WAYS TO BECOME A NETWORKING PRO

The word “networking” has always made me cringe. There’s something about its connotations with forced interactions that seems unnatural and insincere, let alone daunting. In my mind, my visions of “networking” had always centred on turning up to an event alone and nervy, introducing yourself to as many people as possible in forced surroundings, without ever quite knowing what you’re doing, who to approach, and whether you’re saying the wrong thing. The dragons den of networking pros, with expectation and judgement. However, my perspective on “networking” soon changed once I had got over that one little word. It’s easy to forget that often you will be networking without even realising it as you go about your life and daily jobs. Ne...

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