I did a lot of trainings for a big PSU bank. Entering a training room was no great pleasure, but it was work!
In a class of 50 people, about 42 would be present. On the second day about 37 would be present. However this 37 would include 8 who were not there on the first day.
After a couple of trainings, the conversation went as follows:
Me: How did you get a job in the bank?
Class: We wrote a competitive exam, it used to be very tough…..blah blah blah
Me: What are your children doing?
Class: Engineer, MBA, CA, CFA, is working in US….etc.
Me: Does it mean your kids are smart and doing well?
Class: Of course, they are smart.
Me: They are YOUR children, so does it mean you are smart?
Class: Yes. (However the vigor was lower).
Me: Now let me explain what happened. You were smart when you joined, then you stopped LEARNING. Your rationale was “My salary is fixed. It is in a band. Even if I do some other courses, MY SALARY will NOT go up. So even though the bank benefits by my learning, THEY will not pay me more.
Class: Grudgingly yes.
Me: So to PUNISH the bank, you stopped learning, so you stopped growing. Who LOST? The bank or you?
Moral: Learn and work for YOURSELF. Even if your employer does not recognize your efforts, the market will. Your immediate boss may take you along to another company. Your competitor may want you. Your customer may want to employ you – this constantly happens to good salesmen.
Work for YOURSELF, not for your employer. Growth will happen, if not immediately it will happen in some time.
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