Smart ways to invest and attain early financial freedom


Here are some thoughts for my outgoing MBA students who are transitioning from college to corporate career this weekend

· Once you leave your college and get into the job, no one would really care how much you scored in your college.

· It is good to be having “potential” in college days – but beyond that, you will need to be “doing” something.

· Seek out grass root experience – collar soiling, shoe wearing work – experience the true nature of work and the dignity of labour early in career -  before you aim for the cabin

· Hard work does not equate to success and growth –“getting results” equates to success and growth – so focus on getting results and not the effort that you put in.

· Deserve before you desire – responsibilities, postings, promotions will all come to you – but remember – deserve before you desire

· In most companies, it is pretty easy to stand out from the crowd – most people in every company are focussed on “what is in it for them” – all you need to do is to focus on “what you are contributing to the company” and you will be standing out

· Play to win – but with fairness.

· If you are clear what you want out of life – it is not all that difficult to get it – the key is “knowing what you want out of life”.

· If something truly matters to you – you will find a way to get it

· Remember there is always more than one way to accomplish something – actually, there are many ways.

· You do not have to live your life the way the world wants you to – you can live on your own terms

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S. G. Raja Sekharan

S. G. Raja Sekharan is a visiting MBA faculty, a mentor to budding entreprenuers, a wealth management consultant, an author of a book on Investing in India and the author of this blog.

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9 thoughts on “For the 2013 MBA batch

  1. Deserve before you desire was a befitting one which I feel should go on everybody’s desk, which reminds them everyday before start of their day’s work.

    I am personally of the opinion that, it is very important the new gen does not get into the groove of already inflicted senior folks in the industry. Who are more worried/discussed about IT jargon, which the new entrants are bound to hear quite often; like “appraisals”, “onsite”, “hike/less pay compared to industry” “why should I do this” etc.

    I wish all the new grads too a wondrous stint ahead and I am confident of they brushing away the mentality of “work what’s worth for your pay check” and help create a better society.

  2. Sir,

    If I may add, Humbleness is one trait most of our MBA grads lack in. At times the degree is assumed to be a pair of horns instead of it being just a bunch of theories yet to be explored more. At the same time one shouldn’t interpret it with servility. A balance between the two is indeed a challenge.

    Tx

    1. Vj – i do not think most MBA students have “horns” – they are good people who, just like everyone else, are trying to make a place for themselves in this world – there may be a few with horns – but i believe it is wrong to generalise
      Raja

    2. Vj – i do not think most MBA students have “horns” – they are good people who, just like everyone else, are trying to make a place for themselves in this world – there may be a few with horns – but i believe it is wrong to generalise
      Raja

  3. Greetings to you Sir,

    Wonderful thoughts which will help me out in many ways, that is for sure. You are right, hard working is not enough, we have to do the right efforts for the right results, that matters a lot.

    Of course, “think about the others point of view” is the great attitude to be a successful manager.

    Thanks and Regards.

    1. Thanks Prashant – I am sure these are common principles – but then the timing of any advice is important – I thought that I must share it as the students transition from college to work

  4. To all my fellow christites who are passing out this year, the above mentioned are the most true words spoken from the heart, but would also like to point out that following all the above tips is not easy. Weather the storm and stay put, no matter what anyone says. Life ahead allows freedom as we earn, but the true freedom comes in doing what you love and following your dreams (and earnig through that). So dont go by other ppl, think and act for yourself and understand what you want in life and work towards it. Success will follow. All that is required is smart and hard work and keep the faith.

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