I cribbed in a facebook post about how I keep getting request from fellow Indians (especially youngsters) on how to get into a certain company.

I really appreciate ambition.

However only ambition won’t take you anywhere.

How to get into a company is simple, you have to be in the top percentile of the field for the role that you are targeting.

But you already knew that.

What you want to know is how to get there.

It is pretty simple. Start having fun in the field you are targeting.

Start having fun? You ask with a confused look. Yes, start having fun, it is something that you can do yourself. Liking of a field is not innate IMO it is something you learn. You can train yourself to find something fun.

Humans have three main needs:

  1. Competency
  2. Relatedness
  3. Autonomy

Any task that meets these needs will be enjoyed.

The first point is competency. You need to feel that you are competent or good at what you are doing. Set targets which you can do. If you set unrealistic targets you will feel bad about not meeting them and eventually you’ll avoid the task.

The second point is relatedness. The task you are doing should be more than just for your selfish needs. It should be for a greater social good as well.

The third is autonomy. You need to be able to choose what you want to do.

Most people miss out on the first, some on the third.

People set unrealistic goals like I’ll study 10 hours a day and then don’t meet it. Eventually they stop studying and start procastinating. Set realistic goals that you can meet. Meet them. Feel good and grow.

As for autonomy, if you don’t have parents who give you autonomy and are educated point them to this post. If not don’t think that you are doing it for them but for yourself. It is hard but it can be done. Once you have a good life you can then tell them how they were about to screw you over but this post helped you. :-)

It is as simple as that. Start having fun. Life is not meant to be in pain. Life is there to enjoy. Start enjoying.