Hey! You dont count!
It’s the time of the year when new kids from college start joining their first companies. It’s a nice time for us old hands to watch the enthu of the greenhorns. Over the past 3 years, I have seen supreme enthu levels from quite a few faschas.
Usually- after around 6 months- these kids start settling down. They understand a little bit of how things work and for some reason begin to believe they are really important. Over multiple sessions I have heard comments like
“You know if I leave today, the whole work will come to a stop. I am the only guy who knows area X”
“My manager is completely dependent on me, without me there is no way this product will ship”
” My VP personally told me I am critical to the company”
” My leaving might affect the stock price of my company”
Let me share this secret with those of you who are entering our world.
You don’t count!
Do not believe that you really decide the fate of the company and thereby the world! Yes even if your VP told you that personally you dodo.
Like Gandhi’s mantra- always keep asking yourself this
“If I die in a gruesome accident today- Will my company declare bankruptcy ? Will my lead not be able to feed his kids as a result of that? ”
Surprise! The answer to both is NO!
The company survived without you, and it will continue after you. And after your kids too.
So, with that out of the way- Come in- Have fun , enjoy the party, learn. And don’t ever tell me how important you are to your company. Ok?
– Just spoke to a hyper enthu intern who said some of the above comments. Frustration rebounds.
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