“Describe what you think is the best job in the world”
Posted on: October 25, 2021.

Author: Prabhukrishna M, Content Creator/Chief Editor, Yokibu Editorial

The interview for CNN-IBN would be going live shortly, and in the few minutes before getting in front of the broadcaster’s television camera, I reflected on the eventful journey that had brought me here…

I, like millions of aspirants in the job-seeking world, had no more than a vague idea of what a “dream job” was going to be like.

Except for one thing.

Whatever the job was, I had to achieve a premier position in it.

I was not an exceptionally bright student at school or college, but neither was I dull. I was smart, knew what I wanted, knew that “a job is no longer a job if you love what you do”, but not-too-certain how to get it.

And I was ready to work hard for it. Day and night. It was the only thing I knew would work, and the only way I knew to go about getting a job. Short-cuts did not favor a person like me. Only smart-cuts did.

Writing, I discovered, was not only what I liked, but also what I was good at. Improving and improvising wasn’t going to be too tough. So, I started. And the first thing I learnt—L-S-R-W.

Three skills preceded Writing—Listening, Speaking, and Reading. I listened a lot, asked the right questions, and read even more—sometimes up to 14 hours a day.

And, writing, like any other skill

is perfected only through practice.

For one hour every day, I would write, about what I had listened to, or read about, that day. And, every day, I tried a new style or technique of writing, employing engaging literary devices to spike reader interest.

I would write short stories, essays, and poetry,

…and send them to magazines and news-dailies,

…hoping to get published.

A few of my poetries that I’d sent to vernacular magazines won “Best Poetry” cash prizes, and fewer articles of mine were published in those magazines. None ever appeared in the newspapers.

Sustaining myself on the prize money, while pursuing my studies, I parallelly worked on a 400-page manuscript for a novel. I finished college, graduated with an M.A. in English Literature, and…

…armed with the finished manuscript, I approached every book publisher in the city, big and small.

Nothing immediately, however, happened in the beginning. My manuscript, as with many of my initial literary works, were rejected on not-so-concrete grounds. Yet, I did not get dejected. I pursued … resolutely.

While not waiting in the lobbies of publishing offices in the city, I applied for a few literary jobs … and managed to secure part-time teaching work as university lecturer of undergraduate English.

I continued to write daily—beyond working hours—and send my work to the usual literary channels. One morning, as I was getting ready to leave for my university work…

…I received a call from the local office of a well-known publishing house. I was given the name of a person, an address, and a meeting appointment. My manuscript had been picked up!

The meeting concluded on a triumphant note. The initial print run would carry 1,000 copies of my novel, distributed by the publishing house representatives directly to bookstores.

A sense of euphoria, as I had never felt before in my life, surged through me, as I held in my hands the first paperback copy of my novel. I would receive an author’s share of 15% for every book sold.

Book promotion events began in earnest. Unexpectedly, the initial print run was an instant hit. Pre-booking numbers reported by the bookstores demanded 100,000 more copies of my work to be distributed.

At the close of that year, book sales crossed the coveted “more-than-one-million-copies-sold” mark. I became a best-selling author working on a 10-year publisher’s contract for five more book installments.

Subsequently, book sales turned meteoric, with 10 million copies of my books translated into six languages and sold internationally in more than 12 countries.

There was nothing more I could have wanted…

for a person who never knew to expect for what had happened to happen.

*

The interview went on air at the scheduled slot.

The television cameras rolled.

The CNN-IBN news anchor asked the warmly-smiling, confident-looking author before her, “So, what do you think is the best job in the world?”

He thought for a moment, then answered, “Failure, is not failure, if a person learns from his mistakes, never repeats it, makes significantly newer yet progressively fewer mistakes, and accommodates only constructive criticism.”

“That person places excellence over perfection, accepts appreciations humbly, ignores detractors, attaches no pride to personal merits and achievements, and is grounded at all times.”

“A job is no longer a job if you love what you do…

…and any job that provides for all this, I think, is the best job in the world.”

The interview concluded with the enlightening words of the author drawing a thunderous round of appreciative applause.


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