There’s a difference between a toxic environment and difficult environment. A toxic environment is a plunge while a difficult environment is an opportunity. More like, an opportunity to discover the light at the end of the tunnel through perseverance.
How do you really differentiate between the two environments? The best way to look at it is by taking some inspiration from real-life perseverance stories. Here is the story of 3 extraordinary people whose perseverance is inspiring and contributing to the world in infinite ways-
Satya Nadella wasn’t born with a net worth of $85 million. It isn’t his luck that he is the CEO of a tech giant. He joined Microsoft in 1992 and it took him 22 years to work for a position that was cultivated by Bill Gates. He pioneered the ‘Cloud Computing’ division of Microsoft and has written about his success and struggle in the much appreciated autobiography ‘Hit Refresh’.
Robyn's parents owned a local service station which ignited her interest in finance and cars. She served in multiple executive roles for more than 10 years to have enough domain and industry experience to become the COO and CFO of Tesla. After years of experience into accounting, finance, and operations, she's now a Chairman at Tesla.
Howard was born to a poor family and was the only one to attend college through a sports scholarship. He started his career in the late 1970s, joined Starbucks in 1982 and after 6 years, bought and transformed Starbucks into the juggernaut it is today.It was a revolutionary method of expansion, a game changer for the beverage industry. I am not too fond of coffee but who can say no to Starbucks?
Years of perseverance
Notice the position from which they started their career and the number of years it took them to reach where they are today. They realised the potential of technology and automation and decided to employ it to make our lives better.
3 things that I couldn’t help but think about when I was reading about their journey-
- We don’t know if they were always appreciated for taking an initiative or were given credit for an idea.
- We also don’t know if they were given what they deserved each time.
- Did their managers always agree with them? No. Howard Schultz quit his job because of this but did he give up on his idea? Again. No.
People like these are stubborn. No matter what, they don't want to give up. They will do whatever it takes but what they won't do is quit. More like, they don't believe in short cuts. Short cuts will never reap results for a long-lasting success. If you want to be at the top, first of all you have to be not afraid to get their alone. And in order to get there, you have to make sure that you keep going. That's what leaders do.
How do we spot leaders?
As a matter of fact, it is not that difficult to spot great people. They have an aura that speaks for them because they never conceal it. They let it open for others so that they can learn from what they see. In fact, they-
- Don’t run at the first sign of danger
- Look at a challenge as an opportunity to grow
- Speak their mind with confidence and sincerity
- Want to lead a team and see it grow
They realise that no matter what they have to be persistent because perseverance is what differentiates them. Further, it makes them stand out from the rest of the crowd. Perseverance it what helps them go miles.
It’s okay to take time because it does take time
Assuming the position that leaders are in today, it definitely took them many sleepless nights. Nothing happens overnight. And no, I am not saying that appreciation and recognition are not important. Neither do I support the idea of working extra long hours. In fact, we have advanced into a world where technology is ensuring that you get your due credit. peopleHum has tapped into this technology such that you know your goals, timelines, KPIs,and accomplishments. It is automated and highly analytical to help you keep up with this data-driven corporate world. In fact, you can identify goal completion percentage and how engaged and mindful your employees are. Hence, guide them through their journey of both personal and professional development.
To make the most of it, all you have to do is believe in ourselves. Be smart, a risk taker, a game changer. Take inspiration from someone else's perseverance stories and learning from their struggles and failures. Break the rules if you have to but never make excuses because not everyone is born with a silver spoon in their mouth.It's alright to take time. It's even okay to go on a break if you have to as long as you are able to find the right motivation. Seek help, take suggestions, ask for advice. Keep working.And therefore, never quit.