Sunday, December 20, 2009
Its been more than a year since i started settling at my current job as a lecturer and over the past year, I have changed in more ways i could have ever imagined. When i first worked there as a lecturer, i was treated with an earful of bad things about the company i work in. Low salary pay, no benefits, impossible levels of achievement to justify increment, low paying bonuses and much more. Trust me to list everything here would take up three days to write.
It came to a certain point in my life there that i realized a few things. These people who dont like the company, still comes to work, everyday, doing the same thing theyve been doing for years. They arent looking for another job, they just dont like working here but moving is too much of a hassle. Yet, they hate the company to the heat of a thousand suns. Then i asked myself, these seniors, these so-called talented people who demand they be paid the right amount, why are they still here? Is it because they are less qualified to work somewhere else? if they are, lets say less qualified, then where does the confidence to demand come from?
Im not saying i agree totally on company policies. Trust me, ill be the first to admit that, but i always think to myself, there is always a way around the "system". For example:-
"Nak Bonus kena buat tiga program yang disertai oleh sekurang-kurangnya 50 orang pelajar."
You want the bonus money? Well you do exactly that. Three programs joined exactly byb fifty students. And once youve done it, and you dont get the bonus, then you rebel. Rebelling without cause is just plain childish.
Now the one thing that pisses me off is the fact that these so called seniors (people who came before you did) are usually persistent. they dont stop with you, they even look towards those people who came after you, and long after those juniors are gone, they'll still be there working at the same desk doing the same thing, everyday.
I am a man who believes that you should make the best out of a bad situation. Yes work is bad, yes the company sucks, but its our job to make things better and not just sit and whine about it. It takes a lot to make people change, i know, but if we dont try we'll never know. This past few months, ive been trying to distract myself with work. I work my ass off and hope that when i get home, im too tired to even think about how messed up my life is. And in two months, i can feel the emotional reward already rolling in. Now about money.... I wont lie, ive thought about it, but i think it is what it is, a bonus, if you get it then Alhamdulillah, if you dont, then work harder. But the emotional and psychological acknolwedgement is almost good enough to get me through the day. When someone looks at you and tells you "Good job!" or "Youre one of a kind". The feeling is exhilirating. But then yes, i cant be stuck with the same amount their paying me forever. So yes, i want a better salary. But theyve seen what i can do. with a better salary, i can only get better. Ive made my move, ive done what is needed, ive fulfilled the requirements, Im a good worker. Company, your move!
Make the best out of a bad situation, affect the people around you in a positive way, dont let them affect you negatively. Smile! Be greatful when others are credited, work harder if you wanna be credited at the same level. Be passionate about your job. Dont expect too much in return, be honest, dont look too much on what others are doing, focus more on your job. Always look at the potential and not the restrictions. Be innovative, be smart, be fast. Dont procrastinate or procrastinate but not too much. Dont forget to relax. When youve had a long day, reward yourself but not too much. If you did something wrong, berate yourself but not too much. Always stand close to your convictions. Adapt. Congratulate your friends. Think out of the box. Be brave, Take risks. Have fun.
Im 24 turning 25 in 2010. Ive worked at the same company for roughly a year and two months. Im young, im inexperienced, im easily distracted, im scared of new horizons, and i fear being irrelevant. I dont wanna complain about it. I wanna do something about it. I wanna stop fearing, i wanna stop being distracted, i wanna walk on new horizons. But most of all, "we were all meant to shine like children do, its not just in some of us, its in all of us, and as we let our own light shine, we unconciously give others permission to do the same, as we are liberated from our own fear."