Thomas Jefferson once said- “ I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”

Do you know yourself and maximize your strength or are you someone who avoids the hard work of looking inward and question yourself.

Millions of people don’t end up living life they once dreamt of. The older you get, and the more you look around, the easier it becomes to believe that you’ll end up in a same way. Don’t fall for the trap. If all you do is follow the exact same routine every day, you will never leave yourself open to moments of sudden discovery. Do you remember how spontaneous you were as a child? Anything could happen, at any moment!

After working for four years in Freedom Employability Academy, I must say that it has been a journey full of learnings and challenges. A journey where I found a happy bunch of people and some serious ones as well. No matter where I was on the journey, in some way, I continued on — and that’s what makes it so magnificent.

Let me take you back in time when I was called for an interview. My sister who was a student at FEA Vipin Garden, helped me prepare for the interview. She had learnt this from her facilitator. I was very happy to join the induction training, but after completing 13 days of induction I fell ill and could not continue. I honestly wanted to continue but my health kept deteriorating. I went on complete bed rest.

Days later I got a call if I wished to join a new induction program again. I was extremely delighted and agreed without a second thought. I completed my induction successfully and joined FEA on Dec 16, 2014 as a facilitator at Madhu Vihar branch.

Initially I found it very difficult to manage my classroom. I struggled to make it more engaging. There were times when my supervisor used to come and observe my sessions. Those were scary moments for me. No matter how easily I worded my questions, my students struggled to understand. Then there were days of parents-teacher meetings where managing so many complaining parents and making them believe that their child has potential was too much for a struggling facilitator. I was rated as a bottom performer and used to get a lot of feedback. I was really puzzled. I wasn’t happy with my work and planned to leave the job.

Then one day I thought of trying out things differently and setting up little goals for myself. I started by observing my co-facilitators after my sessions. It had a very positive impact on my facilitation skills. Gradually I began approaching my supervisor and asked for feedback. All these people around me changed my mindset. I started to accept challenges. Managing a complaining parent became easier. Making shy students participate became more fun. I realised I could easily re-word my questions as per the need of my classroom. I began enjoying my days as a facilitator.

Senior management took notice of my developed qualities that two years later, I was promoted as a Travelling Facilitator, next as a Supervisor and later as an Area Manager.

Over all these years I have learnt few things that can make your workplace experience even better

• Feedback is a key tool for improving both individual and team performance.

• Good communication allows to build a more trustworthy relationship with one another.

• Process of developing and writing a self-assessment can be a rewarding experience. Not only will you learn more about yourself, you will establish a dialogue with your supervisor, making the performance review more beneficial to both of you.

So start communicating more, learn a new skill, ask for feedback and keep assessing your progress. I won’t say it’ll be easy. I will also not say it’ll be quick. However, I am willing to bet it’ll be worth it. Moreover, the satisfaction that comes from accomplishing just one of our goals is enough to keep us taking baby steps toward everything else on our list.

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