“Of course, I am!” Thats what you would say, wouldn’t you?
But… ARE YOU?
Let me tell you a story:
A friend of mine, Masood (not his real name) works for a decent sized company which exports garments to various countries.
Masood’s boss got an offer from abroad & resigned from the company. Since Masood always dreamt of taking that ‘chair’, you can imagine Masood’s happiness when this was announced.
However, when the management decided to promote Saquib – one of his juniors – to the position, Masood was shattered and couldn’t hide his disappointment. He confronted the management.
And the reply he received was, “You were not ready for this promotion.”
He was confused & couldn’t understand why.
On pondering about this for over a week & discussing with someone who he considered a mentor, he gradually understood why the other guy was promoted and not him.
Masood realized that:
1. Although he was a good worker, he never took extra responsibility.
2. He had also refused some voluntary projects on the pretext of being ‘busy’, ‘committed’ or ‘family issue’.
3. He rarely came up with ideas during meetings & discussions. Meetings always ‘bored’ him. Usually others talked in these meetings & Masood would just listen. Whereas, his junior Saquib was usually well prepared for most of the meetings. To the extent of presenting his ideas in a power point, prepared in advance. (A couple of Saquib’s ideas had also been executed & the company benefitted tremendously from it.)
4. He was ‘smart’, but not for the organization. (His friends considered him very ‘intelligent’, but that was outside office. In the office he was a ‘9 to 5’ person, doing what he was told. “Tension-nahi-leneka”-type, meaning ‘NO PAINS’.)
5. He finished his job in time – at least most of the times, and did what he was told.
6. He could be considered ‘average’ at best, based on his every-day output. And was happy with it (up till now!).
7. He always did what he was told, but rarely took initiative.
8. The company routinely offered training courses & also paid for higher studies for anyone interested, but Masood considered them a ‘waste of time’. He always thought it was ‘useless’ to develop oneself, especially when you are past ‘university age’ & have entered ‘practical life’. (Masood is 32 now)
9. He loved to ‘relax’ in front of the television every evening and was more than ‘well-informed’ about the ‘political scenario’ of the country.
10. Since he was sitting at home watching ‘serious’ talk shows & ‘news’ most evenings, he was not up to date on whatever was happening in his industry. (Whereas Saquib would share news reports & international trends with his boss & the management & during meetings – having researched it thoroughly at home.)
11. He was always complaining that he didn’t have time to do everything. And never thought of the television as the culprit. (I dont want to get into his personal problems with his wife who always complained of ‘TV’ becoming her ‘sautan’ [second wife]).
12. He always ate his lunch alone or with two of his old colleagues, never mingling with new people. Hence, people knew him but not well enough. (Since Masood had kept low and had not cultivated friendship/relationship with colleagues outside his department, not too many people knew him well enough to have an opinion about him.)
In short, he realized that although he would have loved to take that seat, he never truly worked towards it.
Has this happened to you, yet?
And if your boss resigns, do you think you woud be considered for the job? Or one of your colleagues would take it?
Hope Masood’s story helps you to grow yourself for the next level.
Dare to dream.
Keep improving yourself.
God bless you, always.