In my 48 years, I never discovered my ultimate joy until I started gardening as a hobby 6 years ago. Getting soil under your nails, feeling the damp soil on your hands and doing all the fertilising and digging, I’d never imagine a grown man enjoy playing with dirt, especially since it’s a major bonding activity with my daughter Mia.
But Gardening has taught me a lot in life, and also when it comes to running a business. In fact, the lessons learnt can also be extended to our Job Search Strategy. Here are some things I’ve discovered.
1. To get huge fruits, you have to water your plants daily.
One of the basic things you need to do is to keep your plants well hydrated. In the scorching heat of the Singapore sun, water dries up quickly and you need to keep the soil moist. Seedlings or ‘baby plants’ especially, need to be watered twice a day, once in the morning when I wake up, and once in the evening. This ensures the leaves get the water they need to do their job. Young plants need a lot of water. Regular watering is all about discipline and making it a habit.
Likewise, if you are in a job-search mode, you need to keep up your daily activities. Connect with your networks to look for leads, go on Linkedin to see if any interesting roles come up, follow up with job-leads already in your pipeline, etc. Like a baby plant, your jobsearch needs a lot of water during the early stages until the root system is fully developed to absorb on their own. Keep the cadence up and don’t slip.More