Monday, 8 February 2016

“Film Stars must Reinvent their Careers to Avoid their Extinction” ―Professor M.S.Rao

“I am not a product of circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” ― Stephen Covey

Some people achieve career success quickly while some achieve it slowly. There are some people who encounter career stagnation leading to extinction. There are a number of reasons for such career stagnation and extinction.

People often explore the same trend in which they are successful. What made them to be successful might not be successful to reach their next level because the tools and techniques to reach each career stage are different and they must be customized.

When you look at successful film stars they explore playing new characters from time to time. They experiment regularly and work hard to get into the role of each character in each film resulting in coming out of their comfort zones. They slog very hard to prove themselves in each different character. The audience doesn’t get bored as they see their favorite film stars in diversified roles and characters. The audience also appreciates versatility. In this way, film stars are able to unlock their full potential and gradually carving a niche for themselves due to constant exploration and experimentation. Hence, to avoid career stagnation and extinction, it is essential to explore different areas from time to time and reinvent to stay relevant and beat competition.

Take Inventory of Your Inborn Talents

Take inventory of your strengths and weaknesses. List out your gifts to convert them into cash. For instance, I am strong in teaching, training, authoring, and research and consulting. I read a lot and gather information. I have the ability to convert the information into knowledge and synthesize with my 35 years of diversified experience. I author books on leadership. I am strong on social media with a reasonable number of followers. Hence, I blog articles in my area of interest and share them with the world free. In this way, I make a difference to the world and make my presence felt globally. Similarly, you must find out your inborn gifts and channel them in a right way to fast-track your career and build your brand globally.

Focus Horizontal and Vertical Career Growth

People often emphasize either on horizontal career growth or vertical career growth. What they must do is to emphasize both horizontal and vertical career growth simultaneously. It calls for crafting a career vision. When you choose your career in the initial stage, you must set your vision keeping both horizontal and vertical career growth in view. Then you must invest your efforts consistently and work hard relentlessly. Build your network accordingly to explore career opportunities. If you find that you face a challenge in your career, take a sabbatical to recharge your batteries to chart a new course. Approach experienced professionals or career consultants to seek guidance to set your career straight.  


When you look at Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Liz Wessel, they planned to enter into boardroom when they were in classroom by following their heart. Jesse Kaplan did the same in his Harvard dorm.

Monotony in the workplace often leads to frustration. Monotony in your career often leads to extinction. Ensure that your workplace is quite challenging and your career is exciting.  To conclude, craft your career vision; build connections; explore opportunities; reinvent your career tools and techniques; and raise your bar constantly to fast-track your career.

“As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living, new dimensions of the soul will not emerge.” ― Henry Van Dyke

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Professor M.S.Rao, India
Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India
Recipient of 10th International Prestigious Sardar Patel Award―2015
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