Career Intelligence

Words: Dr Rajgopal NIDAMBOOR

Success, as Herman Cain, the American businessman and activist, once said, is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

Intelligence, likewise, is not just a question of destiny.

Raising the coffee cup to one’s lips is intelligence; it requires improvisation.

So, we’re all intelligent.

Happiness is a sort of action. It is attained through commitment to a worthy purpose.

Happiness lies in achievement, not in possession, or satisfaction.

Intelligence is a whole new way of being smart. It requires happiness to function optimally.

Getting It Done

  • Have a work habit.
  • What are your five biggest wishes in life?
  1. Have role models
  2. Develop goals for each task
  3. Develop action plans to achieve goals
  4. Use imagery
  5. Search for joy within each task.

And, don’t make excuses.


  • Communication holds the key to doing well in life, and to succeeding in every activity you’d think of, or do
  • Communication is a means to communicate; not impress, or implore
  • Language of speech: courtesy; effectiveness
  • Etiquette.


  • Personality is made up the characteristic patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviours; they make a person unique
  • Consistency
  • Psychology and physiology
  • Behaviours and action
  • Expressions.

Gandhi’s Example

  • Mahatma Gandhi was an inspirational leader
  • To use a cliché, he was a great human being
  • His conduct was based on a virtual obsession with reputation
  • He always thought that failure in a worthy enterprise could be forgiven, but dishonour was an inexcusable blot, a shame.

This was his secret to success.

Success means different things to different people you may well ask.

The Big Question

To find your own meaning of success you need to delve deep within yourself and question your values in life. What are your strengths and weaknesses? What things are important to you?

Now, comes the big, big question.

The future is coming at you… fast.  Are you ready for it?

Step 1 

Start thinking about your career goals, right now. Because, with all the uncertainties out there, things can be scary.

Step 2

There’s nothing to worry, though.

You need to understand what you are good at, or with, not what others feel what’s good for you. This is your own power mantra — a mantra that can turn your career dreams into reality and also success.

Step 3

  • Explore all your skills and interests
  • Know what fits your personality and abilities
  • Know what it takes to accomplish your career goals.

“I know what I want to do, but I’m not sure — now what?” No problem.

Step 4

  • Know your own “to-dos” and “don’ts;” what you need to acquire to do well in life and career
  • Planning your adventure — know the benefits of having a good career plan
  • Sample career plans. Have you ever read sample CVs, interview situations and skills, and also career situations, especially of successful people?

Career Intelligence In A Tough Working World

Learn what you need to know about —

  • Key work trends that impact the lives and employability of today’s workforce
  • Managing lives and careers
  • Managing work and career
  • The psychology of the new workplace
  • How to shape strategies for progressing and building upon career goals and career success
  • Principles for optimising career management skills and satisfaction
  • How to create your work-life balance.

Isn’t this just a small step you should take today — to reap your big rewards, tomorrow? Go figure, right now.

Dr RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR, PhD, is a wellness physician-writer-editor, independent researcher, critic, columnist, author and publisher. His published work includes hundreds of newspaper, magazine, web articles, essays, meditations, columns, and critiques on a host of subjects, eight books on natural health, two coffee table tomes and an encyclopaedic treatise on Indian philosophy. He is Chief Wellness Officer, Docco360 — a mobile health application/platform connecting patients with Ayurveda, homeopathic and Unani physicians, and nutrition therapists, among others, from the comfort of their home — and, Editor-in-Chief, ThinkWellness360.

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