I get a lot email. Much of it from people I don't know, looking for advice on careers.
Unfortunately, I can't reply individually. Two reasons:
a) I don't have the time
b) I don't have all the answers.
A couple of times in a month I do write back to a few folks. Depends on when I get time and which queries are genuine. By that, I mean queries which cannot be answered through a quick search on google.
I also get some very strange emails. The kind which make one wonder about the state of the world today. Here is one such...
Title: Need sum help
Sender's identity: withheld
Reason for choosing this email: An example of how NOT to ask someone for help
i m a regular reader of ur blog but i dont term myself as a gr8 fan of urs coz there r issues where my views differ totally to that of urs.
well i m here 2day to ask for a help. with 96%tile in cat n with a 2yrs. work ex in tata steel, i expect a fw calls. i have also been called for icfai in hyd n hv to give a presentation there. there r many topics tht they have given but i hv selected 4 of them. they r
1. india china relationship.
2. is there a need for a second green revolution.
3. india in 2050.
4. india us nuclear deal.
now i want ur help to zero in on any topic n ven give me the links for th material.
do it for mr plzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
name, cell no
a) Saying you love my blog is not mandatory. It does not increase chances of my replying to you. However, specifying that you're not a fan is still a dumb idea. Whatever happened to tact, diplomacy and politeness? Esp when seeking a favour??
b) I am shocked that someone with a 96 percentile, and impressive work ex should write such an email. Both its tone and content are so immature.
c) What kind of manager will you be tomorrow, if you can't even decide which topic to present on today? Further, you want LINKS on the topic from a third party?? Any number of questions on both competence and ethics come to mind.
But Mr "Gimme Links" is not unique. There are any number of young people out there who should introspect on how to behave appropriately both online and offline. Especially when dealing with people older/ more experienced than themselves. Courtesy and respect will never go out of style. Remember that and you'll get ahead much faster in life.
And maybe, even get a reply from me.
EOL (End of Lecture).
The 'Email of the week' will be published every week on this blog. The emails chosen will help to illustrate a point or discuss a larger issue. Sender's identity will not be revealed. If you happen to be the one whose email has been published here, take this as constructive feedback. It's not personal.