CONFIDENCE IS AN OUTFIT.

 

Confidence is the only outfit one cannot buy.

Many individual think self-confidence is all about ignorance and arrogance. However confidence focuses on having a sense of purpose, positive outlook and faith in yourself.

Without confidence becoming an Entrepreneur is nearly impossible. If you want to become an entrepreneur, or you are an entrepreneur that wants to improve your ability to be successful, you need to begin focusing on building confidence in yourself.

Confidence is a key part of success in business. There is the difference between having faith in yourself and feeling scared out of your wits. It is about having trust in what you know and your abilities to handle the unexpected events that life puts in your path. It is also a belief you are the one in control of your life and your goals. It is that unexplainable and untouchable attribute that allows you get in touch with that inner self that allows you to express yourself fully.

“Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.”  Peter T. Mcintyre, Philosopher

Entrepreneurs who have no basis for their confidence are doom to failure. Unbridled confidence is often a sign of someone who is lacking the whole package. Self-aware entrepreneurs base their confidence on their experiences, including their various mini venture.

Similar to a musician, entrepreneurial skills are honed and refined over time by putting them into practice. Legitimate entrepreneurial confidence is derived from one’s ability to execute, just as a musician gain self-assurance by practicing their instrument.

 

ARE POLAR BEARS NEXT IN LINE OF EXTINCTION?

Polar bears evolved from brown bears over 38 million years ago. Today there are around 19 known species of them around world.

We all know polar bears live only in Arctic region where they use sea ice as a platform to walk and hunt. Now imagine that platform dissolving in sea water. How are they going to survive?

Simple, they’ll adapt to land just like their brown cousins. Right?

Wrong.

The first problem is time. They took over 10,000 years to evolve from brown bears to big, white ice dwelling creatures we know today. Even if they do somehow “Re-adapt”, the pace would be too slow compared to the warming climate trend.

This brings us to second problem. Polar bears are highly specialized, both physically and physiologically, for a world of sea, ice, and meat: shorter, stockier claws to better grip prey and ice; smaller, more jagged molars and larger, sharper canines, better serving an almost exclusively carnivorous diet; all-white coats to provide camouflage while stalking prey; larger, thicker bodies to increase the ratio of surface area to body mass, helping the bears conserve energy and body heat; and a more elongated body, skull and nose to enhance streamlining and better enable the bears to thrust their heads through snow and ice into seal denning lairs and breathing holes.

These changing adaptations are affecting their reproduction system.

A female polar bear can give birth only once in every three years. And if the female bears are stressed regarding living environment or lack of food, they do not engage in reproducing at all. And at the top of that, 60% of the cubs do not survive more than a year due to changing climate. In 2001-2010, their population has decreased 40% from 1500 to 900. Today there are less than 25000 polar bears in the world.

Ultimately, whether polar bears can adapt to land may be irrelevant.  Polar bears are defined by the sea ice ecosystem they inhabit.  Without it, polar bears will cease being polar bears.  Even if they could somehow manage to persist on land, they would quickly encounter and hybridize with their brown neighbors (as they have already begun to do), and the iconic, white sea bear we recognize so readily today would disappear.  For all practical purposes, the species would be lost.

Fortunately, NRDC and others are working hard to prevent that from happening, by combating climate change, protecting polar bear habitat, and working with the international community to ban the global trade in polar bear parts.  Through these efforts, we hope to curb rising temperatures, decelerate the loss of sea ice, and buy these emblematic bears as much time as we can.

Will polar bears adapt to land? Or they will just disappear in next 100 years?  Let’s do everything we can to make sure we never have to find out.

 

 

CORPORATE CULTURE.

 

When we think about corporate culture, we think about a “cool” factor that sets a company apart as a unique and special workplace. Corporate culture is the values and beliefs on which the organization performs its activities.

A strong corporate culture is supported by intuitive and social science.  According to James L. Heskett, culture “can account for 20-30% of the differential in corporate performance when compared with ‘culturally unremarkable’ competitors.”

But what makes a culture? Each culture is unique, and myriad factors go into creating one, but there are four common components of great cultures. Isolating those elements can be the first step to building a differentiated culture and a lasting organization.

  • Vision: Vision or mission is simple statements that provide a purpose to the organization. That purpose, in turn, orients every decision employees make. When they are deeply authentic and prominently displayed, good vision statements can even help orient customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders. Nonprofits often excel at having compelling, simple vision statements. A vision statement is a simple but foundation element of culture.
  • Value: A company’s values are the core of its culture. While a vision articulates a company’s purpose, values offer a set of guidelines on the behaviors and mindsets needed to achieve that vision. Many companies find their values revolve around a few simple topics (employees, clients, professionalism, etc.), the originality of those values is less important than their authenticity.
  • Practice: Of course, values are of little importance unless they are enshrined in a company’s practices. If an organization professes, “people are our greatest asset,” it should also be ready to invest in people in visible ways.And it follows through in its company practices; it must encourage more junior team members to dissent in discussions without fear or negative repercussions. And whatever an organization’s values, they must be reinforced in review criteria and promotion policies, and baked into the operating principles of daily life in the firm.
  • People: No company can build a coherent culture without people who either share its core values or possess the willingness and ability to embrace those values. That’s why the greatest firms in the world also have some of the most stringent recruiting policies. People stick with cultures they like, and bringing on the right “culture carriers” reinforces the culture an organization already has.

There are other factors that influence culture. But these components can provide a firm foundation for shaping a new organization’s culture. And identifying and understanding them more fully in an existing organization can be the first step to revitalizing or reshaping culture in a company looking for change.

OCEAN OF PLASTIC.

About 71% of earth’s surface consists of water.

The ocean remains one of the most expansive, mysterious and diverse places on Earth. Unfortunately, it is being threatened by pollution from people on land and from natural causes. Marine life is dying, and as a result the whole oceanic ecosystem is threatened simply by various sources of pollution.

One such hazardous pollution is plastic pollution.

More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year.

The proliferation of plastic products in the last 70 years or so has been extraordinary; quite simply we cannot now live without them. We are now producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use.

Plastic is cheap and incredibly versatile with properties that make it ideal for many applications. However, these qualities have also resulted in it becoming an environmental issue. We have developed a “disposable” lifestyle and estimates are that around 50% of plastic is used just once and thrown away.

Plastic is a valuable resource and plastic pollution is an unnecessary and unsustainable waste of that resource.

Plastic is harmful to environment is many ways. It does not break down easily and it is considered as food for marine animals.

But we could prevent this much plastic from ever entering the ocean.

For example, only 14% of plastic packaging is recycled, and it’s the biggest source of plastic pollution in the oceans, according to the report.

If we reused more plastic packaging, and turned it back into other plastic products, the report concludes, we could significantly decrease the amount that goes into the oceans.

If we are to preserve ocean and its natural beauty, drastic measures have to be taken to combat this pollution and keep what we hold most dear.

 

CAMPUS TO CORPORATE: A BITTERSWEET TURN.

 

We can never forget our campus life. Doesn’t matter if it is hanging out in canteen or just wandering around aimlessly. We love doing the above more than attending our boring lectures. Without realizing we make N number of memories while doing nothing but just having fun.

Then all too soon the festive is over. One day we are enjoying coffee and Maggie with our friends with no worry of the world; and next day we are dressing up for our campus interview; A bittersweet moment for all of us.

Sweet because this interview can be our ticket to success and bitter because we’ll have to kiss our college goodbye.

With college life coming to an end and corporate life waiting to swallow us, we are allowed to feel petrified. The thought of being thrown from crazy college life to wilder corporate life can bring tears in our eyes. And on the top of that our seniors would never leave us alone without sharing their unpleasant experiences of “difficult targets” or “rude boss” and of course, “bulling colleagues”.

It’s alright to be scared, and it’s most definitely alright to be nervous.

But what is not alright to not know WHAT YOU WANT….

Not going to lie. Working for a company is not easy. Our boss is investing in us, so it’s natural for him to demand return on investment.

But our work becomes a lot easy when we are working for our passion. Doing a job that we love and we are good at. But do we know what we are good at?

Let’s find out with a small exercise.

We’ll close our eyes and think about our golden college days. We’ll try to see what our trump card was when we used to deal with our notorious friends. Remembered something? It doesn’t matter if it was our sheer wit to counter back or just our good communication skills. These are the factors that will help in coping with our corporate life.

Corporate life is not difficult. It is just different which can be conquered by our own tricks we learned during our campus life.

The journey from college to corporate is a crucial one. With many things to be taken under consideration. ICCE helps students to learn these etiquettes that would help them through their corporate life through their college2corporate program. Join this program to learn the life of corporate.