A few days ago, I had the misfortune of my car getting broken to. Amongst the many thoughts of pain, negativity and feeling stupid – I was basically in a downward spiral of emotion. When you lose something that’s of value because of the content, significance and effort you made to get it, it can be quite painful, especially losing in such a manner. Just imagine a personal laptop with all your research, work and sentimental stuff, along with the tablet that was back up amongst others.
The most important part came a few hours later when I was more calm, rested and could clear my thoughts. I came to a resolve; that I am better off looking towards how I can improve my situation than stay in the puddle of pity I was in. This resolve forced me to think of new ways in which to not only prevent what happened but also see what ways I could improve in the way I do things.
These few lessons I have learned through this tragedy (which I rightly name so), and its easy to apply to any business, workplace or academic situation:
1) The manner you’d treat things at work, should be the same for your personal belongings.
I know I have a tendency to have a bit more indulgence and less discipline when it comes to my own personal belongings, because they’re mine. In as much as I respect my profession and my employer’s belongings, I should do the same with my own. This measure of consistency makes it easier to be committed both to myself and my employer/academic programme.
2) Digital storing.
Using online clouds (such as dropbox or google docs) to store your data is becoming an increasing trend. All that’s needed is good internet. This means you can virtually store and back up all your important information and mitigate many other risks and costs associated with these basic needs for data retention and protection. It makes it easier to access anytime and anywhere and can make life for an analyst or researcher so much easier. Technology rocks.
3) Letting go.
A loss is a loss, and getting to the point of accepting it is just as important as how fast you get to that point. I found that being in such a situation where all my research and data is gone, improved my skills dramatically. I was forced to act in a much quicker pace to gain all the time and work lost, I had to reevaluate my approach and sharpen the manner in which I do things. Guaranteed I learned other things I wasn’t aware of. Also understanding that there are consequences to loss, its important to move on from that as well, there is no value derived from continuously staying in pity or trying to figure out scenarios that would have had different results. The point is to learn from them in a positive manner and move on without repeating the same mistakes. As humans, we tend to diagnose the problem without ever looking to remedy it. If you’d have to choose between a default setting of diagnosing and remedying, you’d certainly stick to remedying.
These little things came about from such an incident, I must say that I still feel the loss, and probably shall for the next 3 months, but I’m glad to say I’ve managed to learn some lifelong lessons from that experience.