Career Lessons from a Popular Game
We are all familiar with the game Treasure Hunt; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasure_hunt_(game). There is one treasure and a number of contestants chasing it. The game itself is simple. A series of clues are to be followed, in sequence, to reach the treasure; on cracking the first clue, you are rewarded with the second clue and so on. And, the one who cracks them all first, clue after clue, gets the treasure.
Isn’t the pursuit of career-growth remarkably similar? Let us compare the two.
In our professional lives, the treasure is the bigger role, better designation, greater authority, and the higher status and income, that we all aspire for. And, the clues leading up to the treasure are the feedback we continually receive, from the world around us; our bosses, colleagues, subordinates, friends and family. The feedback/clues that are handed to us may be formal or informal, implicit or explicit, obvious or subtle. At times the clues may even be cryptic; for e.g. opportunities placed in our way.
Those of us who are on the look-out for feedback, pick up the clues and act on them. And sure enough, we are rewarded with the next clue. And when we act on that too, we get the next clue and so on, till we eventually get to the treasure.
How well are you pursuing your own career-growth? Are you on the lookout for feedback/clues? How skilled are you at sensing interpreting and acting on them? Are you getting closer and closer to your aspiration / the treasure?
– by Ravi Santhanam for ZEUS
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