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Only a Sith deals in absolutes. I will do what I must.
- Obi Wan Kanobi
- StarWars III - Revenge of the Sith


Things I Thought Last Week

The events of the past week had me doing some serious thinking about where I am heading – life wise. I have been working with a single company for the past 4 years. This is the only company I know since my post-graduation. Knowledge about other companies and their work cultures have come to me only from my friends. Now, it is not that I don’t like it here – in fact I love my job. It is a very satisfying experience since I get to see results and progress.

But, last week a long-time and trusted employee had to leave the company. This forced me to think about my future. It made me recollect a dialog from a James Bond movie, where the scientist guy says that you should never let your enemy know that you are bleeding and most importantly you should always keep an escape route ready. This event helped me think about my old resolution and analyze the steps that I have taken to keep the resolution. Situations will change, in my workplace and in my life. It only makes clear sense to anticipate the future and prepare for it – to keep an escape route ready.

To put this in perspective, it is not that this company does not want to keep long terms with an employee. I myself am a relatively long-term employee. I know that it is circumstances that push things in a particular direction, which may not be acceptable to common sense. I also understand that sometimes the employee cannot do anything to improve the circumstances. It just keeps getting bad.

A company wants production and progress. To achieve progress, anybody who becomes a hurdle or liability must be eliminated. A person giving production contributes to the progress of the company and becomes valuable (needful) and therefore gets opportunities. Performance is only so good as the amount of production it produces. Clear and simple and there is nothing wrong with this.

So, where am I? Am I heading in the right direction? I think ‘Yes’. I work hard. I have made it a point that I never let myself get stagnant in this company. I try to make sure that everyday in the company is like my first day; a day where I must prove myself and never rest for long on my past laurels. The only thing left to do is to start making an escape route. I have started working towards that too. This just means that I will try every bit as hard till the day comes where circumstances lead me to leave. That day, I will not feel sorry, but use my escape route. At least, from now, that would be my plan.

Two more dialogs that I recently heard and liked:

1. Everything worth having is difficult to achieve
2. Struggle is nature’s way of strengthening you
3. Different does not mean bad or worse – it just means “different”

P.S: I also have to start going to a Gym. My back has started aching. This is also one (somewhat neglected) area about which I must do something; otherwise nothing of the above crap makes any sense.
Monday, March 06, 2006 at 2:00 AM. Comments: 1.
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