Does The Past Matter?

If you applied for a job, you would be asked to go through a process – submit your resume/CV, go for an interview or a few, answer questions along the line of “why should we hire you?”, “what have you done to deserve this role?”

Sounds familiar?

Similar to a job application process, we look for the historical information to determine what’s in the future. This includes the stock market, industry market trends, company’s performance, person’s relationship history and background etc.

Since the past is the easier route to determine the future, and perhaps the only form of data available, we have better trust in that.

But is it useful or even,  better?

According to LinkedIn’s data, technology companies, being the “sexiest jobs” for this era in time, have the highest turnover of 13.2%, followed by retail at 13% and media at 11.4%. Out of the turnover rates, a studies conducted on employees’ reasons to leave a job have 6 out of 10 reasons which are due to a misfit. The rest, primarily due to relationship with bosses and co-workers.

  • Lack of recognition by management
  • Overall corporate culture
  • Meaningfulness of the job
  • Opportunities to use their skills
  • Bored and unchallenged at their jobs
  • Contribution of their work to organisation’s goals

Surely if work history does provide a good tell-tale sign, we would have been able to assess better on hiring, or even joining. People are hired because they give the perception of having accomplished certain work in the past, to be depended on replicating in the current role as well.

Many firms look for people to do the job rather than people who are willing to do the job.

Being The Artist of Your Life

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An artist’s masterpieces and works fetch a higher value after he/she has passed on.

So why do people not appreciate the artist when he/she was still alive?

And more importantly, why was the artist not affected if his/her works were not recognised?

We all wanted recognition for our work, which is why we are constantly looking for ways to impress – be it at work, in the relationship or in the society [Read: Do You Seek Acceptance?]

Yet the artist is only interested in perfecting his/her craft.

Having the same amount of time to perfect our craft, the key is to find that craft and begin working on it. That’s what many people are searching for these days, finding your passion. 

However, that’s not dependent on the work carried out in the past. The past merely paints a picture for what’s in the future. One’s work, one’s accomplishment, is still dependent on what he/she is going to do in the present towards the future.

Your Past Doesn’t Define Who You Are

In Heath Brothers’ book “Switch: How to change things when change is hard“, kids who have constantly been associated to being under-performers, managed to shift out of that frame because of leadership from the teachers and their strong emotions to implement positive change.

In the kid’s mind, he thought he could only remain mediocre and stupid as compared to others for the rest of his life. Until someone comes into the picture and provide a bright future that they both believe they can work towards.

The answer to that is in the mindset: A fixed or a growth one.

The fixed mindset says how things are set in stone and how the character is always there – I am who I am; Things are what they are; This is the reality.

The growth mindset talks about what can be changed towards the goal – This other way could work; What if I do this instead?; I am not limited by this.

And it is very often that we fall into the fixed mindset by looking at the past, be it our own or others, to determine who we/they will become in future.

Changing for the better future requires a change in the present, and forego what’s in the past. 

What are you going to work on right now?



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