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What's This Book About

What's This Book About

This book is about Johnny Bunko, who's a lot like you and me. He's a great guy, who set's off on his career, like what everyone around said he was supposed to do and lo, he ends up in a dead end job @ Boggs. All this changes, when he gets the chance to summon Diana, a genie-esque career advisor by cracking the chopsticks he acquired at the ukai sushi & noodles. But there's a catch - he only has six pairs of chopstick and each crack materializes to an unprecedented session of career wisdom from the whimsical Diana.

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Lesson 1 - There's No Plan

Lesson 1 - There's No Plan

You can't sit there at age 21 or 31 or 41 or even 51 & map your life's trajectory all out. You may think X will lead you to Y will lead you to Z, but it never works that way. The world changes. In a decade, your job might be in some other geography and even your industry might not even exist. And, you'll change too. You might discover a hidden talent.

That doesn't mean you should let random things happen with you, you'd need to make smart choices, based on instrumental reasons or fundamental reasons. This would make you an enlightened pragmatist.

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Lesson 2 - Think Strengths, Not Weaknesses

Lesson 2 - Think Strengths, Not Weaknesses

The key to success is to steer through weaknesses and focus on your strengths. Instead of trying hard to improve what you're bad at, capitalize on what you're good at. This creates more instances of flow state in the work you're doing.

Additional lesson - In a big company, nothing is private. Leverage it to create more chances, suiting your strengths. This would gain you more visibility.

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Lesson 3 - It's Not About You

Lesson 3 - It's Not About You

It's not about you, but your clients. Use your strengths to improve others' lives. You're in your role to serve, not self actualize. This mindframe solves the clients' problems and adds value to their process or output. The most valuable people in a team, bring out the best in others. They aid in their teammates success and make their boss look good.

Always remember : Think outward, not inward.

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Lesson 4 - Persistence trumps talent

Lesson 4 - Persistence trumps talent

One among the most powerful force in the universe is compound interest.

Though talent is important, the world is littered with talented people who didn't persist and thought they could ride on talent alone, whereas people with comparatively less talent pass them by.

You get intrinsic motivation, just for the fun of doing a task. The more intrinsic motivation you have, the more you persist. The more you persist, the more likely you are to succeed.

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Lesson 5 - Make Excellent Mistakes

Lesson 5 - Make Excellent Mistakes

Instead of focusing to avoid failures, a crummy way to achieve spectacular success is to make huge & honking mistakes, that puts you a little closer to excellence & makes you little better, probabilistically.

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Lesson 6 - Leave An Imprint

Lesson 6 - Leave An Imprint

Think about your purpose, to recognise that your life isn't infinite. You should use your limited time here to do something that matters. To potentially do a service of something larger than yourself. To leave anything a little better than before. This isn't just a career advice.

This summary is a small imprint that I leave, embedding a few crisp lessons in you, through the medium of this digital dust.

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DIANA (THE CAREER ADVISOR GENIE)

Bun.ko (v) - to make a mistake from which the benefits of what you've learned exceed the costs of the screw up

DIANA (THE CAREER ADVISOR GENIE)

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CURATOR'S NOTE

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