What we Can Learn from Cactus
“ Some cacti may bloom after a few years, while others might take up to 35 years before they have their first bloom “
If there is one plant that elicits mixed emotions from people, it is the cactus plant. The cactus is a desert plant with prickly spines, no broad leaves like some other plants and can survive for a very long period of time with very little water.
You could compare the physical traits of the cactus plant to that of a human being. In other words, the cactus is like us as humans, who can be a really complex species.
But, there are real life lessons that we all can learn from this plant. Lessons that would help guide us through our daily activities and serve as a reminder whenever we drift from our personal, professional and career paths.
You can't please Everyone!
They say beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder and this rings the true with the cactus plant. While it is granted that the cactus may appear unattractive to many people, it is equally seen as beautiful to others. This is the same with each and every one of us. You may seem attractive to some people and unattractive to others, this is just a fact of life. You really cannot please everyone but yourself and like the cactus which seems comfortable in its own skin, you should too. It only depends which point of view you adapt.
Patience is a Reward in Itself!
As mentioned earlier, the cactus plant is known to survive for months and even years without a visible source of water. Cactus is capable of preserving precious water and moisture because of this trait. It means that a cactus is very patient.
We all should be patient as well. We should trust in our innate abilities, put in the hard work and discipline and wait for the inevitable rewards that are sure to come. Being patient and keep the discipline may be hard to some people, but it is needed. Self – discipline will get you in the meaningful goals.
We all touch different plants daily and never even give a thought to it. Imagine if roses and dandelions could talk, maybe they would say - "put me down!".
These plants offer little or no resistance (except for the occasional prick from the roses thorns). But a cactus plant is different, a cactus plant cannot be touched in the same way as many other plants.
If you touch a cactus, you will literally feel it. However, the cactus still maintains a seemingly calm posture despite being prickly to touch. It is this temperament that we all should adopt. We all should stay calm, even in the heat of adversity.
By keeping calm, you will be able to make the right decisions. Breathing might be a good way to learn how to come down.
Cacti are prickly to touch and once you have been stunned by the spines, chances are you would be very reluctant to touch the plant in future. The lesson here is that the cactus can be painful to touch and by not touching it in the same way as you did when you got stunned, you have learnt a valuable lesson.
Also, in life, you should learn from your mistakes and see those as a part of your personal growth.
JUST REMEMBER YOU WILL BLOOM AS YOUR CACTUS DOES!
The importance of career coach cannot be overemphasized.
As you are on the verge of making that crucial career decision that can either lead to success or failure, here is a summary of what you stand to gain from eliciting the assistance of a career coach expert.
Everybody is born to fulfill a specific purpose in life. It is this purpose that defines each and every one of us. But not everyone has found their life's calling and not knowing who you are and what you should do, can be really frustrating. This is even more so as we all get older in life and begin to reflect on our life so far.
By knowing your purpose in life, you immediately receive the energy, drive, enthusiasm and desire required to be successful.
Many people in their 20s,30s,40s - well educated and with some work experiences feel desire to make a positive impact on the world, but they are not sure how to do it at present situation. They can try to discover on their own for example by creating a vision board / map by using a help of website like Betty Vision.
Or they can ask their self the following Question: “What would you do if you never had to earn another euro? “
You can write down your answers and it might lead you to your dream job.
“Bear in mind that our talent is purposely created not just for us, but to help those around us.”
An expample :
A Czech actress Eva Holubova during the COVID 19 was working for free, preparing online talks shows to keep in touch with people. She even played for free online without audience “one woman show Hvězda” We can for sure say that she has discovert her talents to make the difference in the world.
I wonder if Eva Holubova was influenced by her parents...
As many young people are often greatly influenced by their parents, immediate environment and peer pressure. Parents rightly want the best for their teenagers, but their intentions (as good as it may seem) may not be the right choice for their teenagers.
This tool might help them to better understand of kid talents Clifton Strengths 34
Or you can decide to use service of career coach expert that will help to educate both parents and their children on what the best career choices may be.
A career coach will leave no stone unturned in reviewing the current abilities and future potentials of the teenager. So that at the end of the day, the teenager would be provided with a set of career choices that he or she can pick from.
By cooperating with coach, you still have to decide on what career path you should thread, but this time you will have a better understanding of who you are and what you are capable of doing.
All the career coach will provide you with career options based on your present. This is not saying that a person cannot change or be better in the future.
Albert Einstein the illustrious physicist was known to have learning disabilities as a child, but turned out to be one of the greatest minds in the 20th century. So, a career guidance expert will not tell you what you cannot do, but instead provide you with career options that they feel you would excel in.
Since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been forced to completely alter their lives. Public institutions and private businesses had to adapt to look for alternative ways of achieving their respective work and business goals. In this age, the internet has been pivotal to this change and plays greater role in how people get things done on day to day basis and from their homes.
People working remotely attend to their day job without having to physically commute to a workplace. Remote working relies on the use of online communication tools that help people to transact business deals without having to meet in person.
With no obvious solution insight to the coronavirus pandemic, it is becoming more necessary for everyone to make changes to the way they live, work and even study.
Remote Work Opportunities
For starters, remote work offers people a higher level of work flexibility.
Parents are now able to make out time for their children, something that was only possible over the weekend not too long ago. Now there is a better balance between work and family time more than ever before.
It would surprise a lot of people to learn that remote work has enhanced the efficiency of work in a number of industries.
In the educational sector for example, the use of online video communication tools like Zoom by schools to tutor students during this lockdown period has proved to be really effective.
The teacher and student relationship has been seen to improve while parents are also able to better monitor the academic progress of their kids and wards.
Remote Work Recruitment Opportunities
Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, many businesses have suffered from the effects of the worldwide lockdown.
The downturn in the economy has had an adverse effect on several industries, such as; the aviation, tourism, and manufacturing sectors.
However, despite this grim scenario, there are other industries that are currently thriving.
The IT and communication industry has never had it better with many more people relying on the internet to get things done.
The online freelance industry is another sector that has recorded increased recruitment of freelancers on a part- or full-time basis by employers.
There has been an upsurge in the recruitment of web designers, graphic designers, content writers and so on, ever since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Online stores have also benefited from the lockdown with people around the world placing orders for virtually anything.
From everyday groceries to electronics, online stores have been able to tap into the current situation to meet the immediate requirements of people by making home deliveries when needed.
With a rising demand for home deliveries, these online stores have also been able to engage in large scale recruitment of delivery people who would help in ensuring that provisions are delivered to the homes of those that ordered for them.
"As the world adjusts to the effects of the coronavirus, the one thing that is certain, is that remote work is here to stay."
Advancements in communication and virtual interaction technology are bound to improve with time leading to the availability of more effective remote work tools for virtually every industry.
Power Draw Consulting recently interviewed Mr. Radoslaw Mazur, Sales Director of Fit Ivest International Sp. z o.o.
In the interview, Radoslaw shed more light on his professional background. He also offered a glimpse into his personal life while hinting at those that inspired him to become as well-respected leader. He also offered a word of advice on team building, communication and leadership to the next generation of business professionals.
To get started, please could you tell us a little about your background?
My professional background is a very diverse one. Over the years, I have worked in 5 different business sectors. And these include; Tourism, Software (Saas), Fringe benefits, Furniture and Health & Fitness in B2B and B2C markets. In the last place I worked, I was responsible for Sales and Marketing strategy in Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Slovakia. It was my primary responsibility to build new teams, set up ecommerce sales and digital marketing.
What would be your advice to someone aspiring to be where you are now?
First of all, you have to ask yourself where you would like to be in your professional life? And what gives you satisfaction? If you know this answer then you have to set up steps on how you can get there. It looks of course very simple and easy, but it is not and requires a lot of determination. You also have to be patient and constantly developing your skills, as the world is changing at a fast rate. Last but not least, you have to have a bit of luck.
Looking back through your established career, what would you identify as a personal highlight?
I am really proud that I was able to build well motivated and engaged teams. I always had an open and trustful communication in all my teams. This created a conducive environment where different views and opinions could be freely shared. This way of cooperation brought about better employee satisfaction and engagement. And at the end of the day, it led to an even better all-round performance by the companies that I worked for.
What are your personal motivators?
As a sportsman, I would say I was born to compete. Competition gives me a lot of satisfaction and the power to go further. I love to work with people. I like sharing my experience, providing guidance and developing people to reach their goals. I also like a dynamic environment where I can experiment, try new solutions and ways of doing business.
Can you identify how your organization stands out from the market and your competitors?
We keenly listen to all our customers. We are also very interested in hearing their experience with us. That is why we launched our online sales which was a huge success. People want to be able to choose how they can buy products and services. They want to use new technology for communication so…we are there.
What advice would you give to future aspiring leaders and why?
To be a leader you have to build trust within your team. Without trust, your team will not be as efficient as they could and should be. The goals of your business should come first at all times and teamwork is key to the success of your business.
Who is the most inspiring person in business for you and why?
There are many people that inspire me. Some of these people have written wonderful books and articles that I have read. So it is difficult for me to pick one at the moment. However, I really like Seth Godin, Simon Sinek, Philip Kotler and Marshall Goldsmith. I also admire my wife and children who give me a lot of inspiration in my both my professional and private life.
This was a revealing interview that provided an insight into the keys to career success from the point of view of the Sales Director.
As highlighted by the Sales Director, focus, patience and determination are essential to any success story. While trust and effective communication plays a vital role in the success of every business.
Finally, the role of mentors cannot be overemphasized, as even great leaders like the Sales Director had to draw inspiration from others.