In late 2013, I joined CNOOD after leaving the campus. In the past six years, I have grown from a green hand to a project manager. In this period, I have met all sorts of people, and displayed myself to them. The six years are not long but not short. They have brought about changes in my life, recording all my thoughts, feelings and confusions, like a camera, frame by frame.
The following are some of my perceptions I'm about to share, titled “the source of light".
The 4th year of taking work proved the darkest in my career. I met some bottlenecks at work which I was unable to break. I was depressed. Every morning after I opened eyes, I was vexed to think I should go to the company, so I was out of steam. I was doing repeated work every day, and I was at a loss what to do next.
I asked myself, “Is this what I want?” Shall I stay to enjoy the comfort of repeated work or go out to look for more possibilities? I was obsessed with the question, while reflecting my work experience over the past four years. Then a beam of light emitted from my heart, telling me I should find an outlet and rediscover myself. I should make a change.
I leafed through many books of celebrities to learn about their experiences. I realized that what made me were precisely the most valuable traits in me, i.e., independence, self-respect, standing up to myself, and caring about the society and others. They were not labels placed on me by others, nor my own imagination. With this knowledge, I became more confident.
I started to hope to play an active role in this world, in the fields of study, work, marriage, fertility and wealth. I wanted to be such a person, who, equipped with kindness, justice and responsibility, would never lose hope and inner light no matter how difficult the situation and how dark the night might be. Instead, in the best state of life, I would inspire more people.
The best time to plant a tree should be 10 years ago. But it’s not too late now.
As I thought so, the smiles at the corners of my mouth and the light steps I took told that the world started to be different.
In this frantic, hurried age, is there any softer, firmer courage?
So where is the source of light? —— Be a better self, and the light in our hearts will dispel the haze and point the way.
I am sure everyone has such an experience in the school days -- We fear others say that we work hard, because it was a shame to take efforts to get something done. So I often told my classmates I barely studied after coming home.
But in fact, every night I would still do homework round midnight.
Now, as I look back, I have found it doesn’t make a scene to study hard. It's embarrassing on the contrary.
Keeping to study hard is to make us surpass ourselves. By taking the initiatve to study, we will adapt to the times. High-flyers are all long termists. They root the goal of learning in long-term perseverance. They do not blindly follow changes in a few days, nor underestimate changes in a few months and years. Fruitful results will grow in the end.
It’s true, we must learn. Then, what shall we learn？
In the Internet age, it’s easy to acquire massive fragmented knowledge. But if we cannot solve specific problems with the ability of thinking, these efforts are close to zero in market value.
It often slips our mind that human brain should not be used only for memory. They shall be applied to think.
Chen Ming cited a case in the variety show U can U BiBi: Water freezes at zero. It is a common sense, an induction and summary of the external objective law. But when shall I turn water of some tastes into popsicles, and sell them? This is the ability to use and handle knowledge intelligently.
In this case, the ability to "think and solve problems independently" after learning is a more advanced, transferable ability that deserves extra efforts, not limited to industry and position. For career development, it is ideal to constantly improve ourselves, unfold ourselves by practicing this ability, feed it back to our career, and grow up with it.
There are numerous jobs in the world. The rarest is the one that “fits us”. Fitting is a catalyst, as it takes our talent and ability to the fullest. If we can’t wait to get into work before it starts, and have the confidence to do it well, we will gain more from this job and grow faster than others. Even if we are fatigued and drowsy in this process, we will feel unusually content, as we have found the career direction that matches our interest.
However, most of us are often not so lucky. The perfectly matched jobs are hard to come by. In increasingly fierce industry competition, the development or elimination of a business often takes place overnight. A modern enterprise will inevitably choose specialized division of labor to improve efficiency and reduce risks. But specialized division of labor also implies professionalized "selection of talent", which does not depend on personal "emotional fitness". This is disastrous for talents.
In this circumstance, how shall we deal with the relationship between an individual and career?
We must think:
What are the key factors to make the industry and business a success? What are the values to the users and society? What is the core value of my post to the company?
The answers to these questions can be summed up in one phrase -- solve problems.
Any profession, in essence, is to learn and solve problems. Marketing addresses how to let customers know about our products and services. HR solves how to supply the company with enough talent. A company is an abstract or concrete solution for certain types of users or social problems. For instance, Didi meets the need for fast ride-hailing. Eleme delivers take-out to the door.
An individual or a company has the value of existence once they can solve problems.
So the ultimate goal of learning is to solve problems. It’s important to remember that.
We must see the issues in a macro perspective rather than serving as a screw. We must expand ourselves extensively rather than being customized. We must closely link our own development with the fate of the company, and together face and solve development problems.
At different stages, we must cultivate different qualities, enrich and expand our competence and ways to solve problems, so as to “cope with shifting events by sticking to a fundamental principle” and “love whatever job we take up”, and complete the sound transmission and feedback of personal and professional two-way relationship.
My experience tells me that whether we are confused about the future or meet development bottlenecks, we can actually solve them. What we should do is to learn and internalize our knowledge into an ability to think independently and solve problems. In this way, we will establish a unique personal brand, which is conducive to the common development of the individual and work.
So what is the source of light? Our thirst for knowledge and incessant self-driven ability to put ideas into practice may illuminate the space-time avenue for career development.
During my stay in CNOOD, I got married and had a son, who is over two years old now.
A 2-year-old boy is like a fully-charged generator, loving to jump, run and explore everything new.
This little life will poke by accident through my self-righteously disguised "adult" shell, reminding me all the time that a little baby may have great wisdom.
He often dissed me speechless. But in a second I would find it made sense. Those heart-piercing and heart-warming moments make me feel overwhelmed, and let me peek a pure and colorful microcosm that is hidden in the childish little head, open occasionally to the adults.
One day as I look back, I will find that the natural philosophic thought, the hilarious witty remarks of the little child will still shine like gems, and become my most precious memory.
As a mom, the best gift I can give him is enough love and tolerance.
Let there always be stars in his eyes, and poetry in his heart.
So what is source of light? Children's innocence can light up a little world of love and happiness.
The year 2019 marked the 10th anniversary of the founding of CNOOD.
In addition to deep feelings toward the old time, the 10 years, most important of all, have left a common mark about our struggle, thoughts and experiences in every coordinate system we are in.
Time precipitates memory, and memory leads to the future. I believe what has happened over the past decade will lead us to a more correct and farther way.
It’s just like 10 years ago, even if we didn't know each other, similar souls would always meet.
Today, so many like-minded friends have rallied here, like glimmer attracts twilight, and illuminates each other. They will shine together to penetrate the haze and light the way ahead.
Jane graduated from Shanghai University majoring in Mechanical Engineering, and joined CNOOD in July 2014. She is at once a sentimental female engineer and a dependable Taurus. She works hard and loves life. She wishes to resonate with the unique organization by her usual sincerity and original aspiration of making continuous progress.
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