Training Engineering Graduates: Inculcating habits for Future Success

Richard St. John in his motivating TEDtalk lists down following 8 secrets of Success:

A deaf and blind girl astonished the world by conquering her adversity and rise as a symbol of courage and determination. It’s not a miracle but passion that acts behind the success of Helen Keller. Article lists down exercises to find your passion.

If we found fun in our work then the hard work doesn’t bother us. If we manage to engross fun in work then eventually it leads to success. In this article, Guy Kawasaki explains how adding joy can improve workplace.

Be Good or Perfect
By incorporating deep practice one can achieve excellence. And this mastery over the skill makes you successful. As Daniel Coyle in his famous book, The Talent code, mentions the result of deep practice in turning Brazil into the best soccer-playing nation.

Focus is the foundation on which you can create the building of success. It’s the clear sense of purpose that motivates you to proceed until the goal is achieved. As Alexander Graham Bell said “concentrate all your thought upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus”. Psychologist Dan Goleman argues that improving focus leads to excellence and outlines the steps to improve focus.

Push Yourself
Push yourself beyond your limit. That is the fifth key to success. According to Richard St. John, “you gotta push through shyness and self-doubt.” This pushing can be of two kinds external i.e. motivation that comes from outside and internal that is motivation from inside. In this HBR article, Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project, explains that testing our limits will make us better at whatever we are doing.

Service is another asset that results in success. Adam Grant, Psychologist and Professor at Wharton Business School, explains how helping others improves our chances of success.

Bill Gates claims that his company at first was only an idea. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of bestseller novel ‘Eat, Pray & Love’, in this inspiring Ted talk, shares the idea that all of us “have” a genius.

“You gotta persist through failure. You gotta persist through crap! Which of course means “criticism, rejection, assholes and pressure.”(Richard St. John). Surviving through hardships and difficulties, and persisting in a given task leads to successful accomplishment.

At HiSpark program, we strive hard to build such an environment that helps engineering graduates march towards career success. To know more about the program, visit

Neha Vashishtha, Ph.d in Linguistics. She can be reached
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