The world is a place of constant change; it’s something we’re often reminded of as the new year comes to pass. 2019 is no different, and there’s little we can do to predict the course of the year as well. But before we embark on this 365-day journey once more, there are a couple of things that I would like to share – personal experiences mostly. And who knows? This just might help some of you out there to lead enriching professional lives.

Witnessing Industry 4.0

In recent years, we’ve experienced a shift in the form of AI-powered bots and automation. They are almost everywhere now, regardless of maturity or nascency. People want to jump on the bandwagon, and for good reason, given the merits that come with it. However, this progress also brings with it a common misconception, with most people identifying with this progress as something that stands to threaten jobs.

But there’s more to it, in new job roles emerging from these next-generation technologies, and the fact that artificial intelligence is more augmentative than anything. What it does is free space for strategy and growth, to eliminate the mundane and remind us of the importance of human capital. In a way, the organization is its people – the nucleus to transformation and future change.

With students, there lies an opportunity to truly transform or redefine what you might have once called your limits, to build a life regardless of your current path or choice, to step out of your comfort zone. Bearing Industry 4.0 in mind, I’d like to use this article to offer clarity, at least in some form, in launching your professional careers.

Redefining the Future of Your Professional Legacy

What anyone needs is an idea, a seed for the future – something that influences, inspires, or changes both you and the people around you. There are obviously a couple of components to it; in part, seek excellence in whatever you wish to explore or experience. At the same time, aspire to acquire and achieve your goals with discipline, dedication, and a touch of determination. On the surface, this comes across as basic advice, something any teacher could have offered. But on a deeper level, what you need to understand is that there are two futures to choose from – one of desire, and one of destiny.

And that’s when you realize, that what any student might require is the zeal to perform basic tasks of discipline at a high enough level to maybe change destiny, if that is what you desire, of course. It’s about being smart, understanding the ABCs as they say.

From my experience, I’ve witnessed great success by structuring what I do around a 5P framework.

  1. Purpose

To understand what your deep, driving desire is, to move your will in line with that desire, and to liken your deeds to the will towards said desire. At the end of the day, isn’t it your collection of deeds that determine your destiny?

  1. Perseverance

It’s not about winning all the time, it’s about keeping your dream alive. This part of the 5P framework is about never succumbing to failure or defeat, to get up when you fall, to keep going.

  1. Patience

Success is a result of patience. Everyone experiences failure, yes, but it’s also important to understand that success isn’t immediate. To experience it, just find it in your heart to see it through to the end.

  1. Pride

Whatever you do with the intention for positive growth, from where you belong to the way you think or act, what you require is a sense of pride and achievement. Always remember that what you do does matter, to someone, be it your family, child, community, or country.

  1. Passion

Work is merely a part of your day, but your passion, that persists. The goal is in transforming your passion into work; learn to love what you do for your success. Chase your dreams until you accomplish them. After all, the pursuit of excellence comes from within. Your career is a journey, not a destination.


In closing, I’d like to add once more that technology today is more augmented intelligence than artificial intelligence. When it comes to critical thinking, creativity, people management, coordination, emotional intelligence, and more, what we see is an abundant requirement of people power, human capital. And no matter the future, your story is for you to shape. Intelligence is you.

About the Author

Naganagouda SJ Vice President & Head – Human Resources. He can be reached at