Carpe diem, or seize the day, is a powerful phrase made popular by Horace some 2000 years ago — and has been made even more known by Metallica as it was featured in one of their death metal songs several years back.
In today’s Internet-centric world where distractions come by the hordes, seizing the day seems to be more important now than in any other age in time. It’s easy to sit back, relax, and get distracted by a plethora of information, rapid updates, and even memes and .gifs especially in the corporate world.
But every now and again there surface lessons on carpe diem that every entrepreneur or employee can utilize to foster professional betterment, work efficiency, and workplace productivity.
Here are 5 seize-the-day lessons you’ll learn in the corporate world that you can apply in your daily life.
1. Grow wiser on the daily.
Never miss out on the opportunity to learn new things while at work. Expand your skills. Attend as many seminars or pieces of training as you can. Don’t ever think that you know all that you can know about your job or the industry that you’re in. Cultivate that hunger to learn new things about your craft. Not only will you grow to be a better version of your professional self, but you’ll contribute to the long-term improvement of your company as well.
2. Don’t think that money is the be-all and end-all of everything.
Money plays a major role in business and life in general. But it should not be the only deciding factor in business decisions. Whether you’re aiming to earn big on a business deal (no matter how shady) or save considerably (no matter how awful the product or service is), always remember that there are other factors that should come into play aside from money. At the end of the day, your love for what you do and your commitment to your service or craft should stand tall and proud.
3. Great things come from small beginnings.
Do not ever underestimate the small stuff. Seize the day and start small. How many success stories have sprung up, featuring tales of how billionaires have started from the bottom rung of the success ladder and worked their way up. It doesn’t matter how humble your beginnings are, what matters most is that you’re actually starting — and that’s the most important, oftentimes hardest, step to take.
4. Take care of yourself.
Do not let anything take your good physical, mental, and emotional health away from you. Success will amount to nothing without good health. Take the time to walk, meditate, eat well, exercise, or just talk to a friend or two and decompress. When they say that health is wealth, they weren’t kidding.
5. Deal with different types of people professionally and compassionately.
Learning how to navigate the intricacies of the corporate world’s social dynamics is a great skill to learn and hone. Understanding how to professionally deal with different kinds of individuals — from the pleasant to the downright foul — will help you become a better employee, entrepreneur, leader, client, and overall individual. One way to better understand others, no matter how difficult it may be, is to remember to be compassionate towards others. Remember, everyone has their own battles. A little understanding and kindness can go a long way.