By Vichalya Wijesuriya Ceylon Today Features
People complain, like a lot. People are whiny, we are whiny as a nation. Whether it is the weather or someone singing a song, we have a problem. When you are among whiners all day and suddenly you find someone out of the ordinary, it makes you think twice, it makes you wonder if you are on the wrong planet.
One of my previous bosses said one day, the word 'motivation' should not be in our vocabulary. Trains break down, busses get late, kids fall sick, relationships fall apart, laptops crash when you really need it (in my case). This happens every day; it has become a part of our day to day life. No job, jobs that don't pay well or jobs that don't pay at all. Problems. Complains. Issues. The list goes on.
A couple of weeks back, a colleague ordered a cab to go home after work and the driver we got was good looking (according to her) and suddenly started talking to us in English with a very heavy accent. So I Whatsapped her saying "ooooh how that :P" and she replies "He can't be a cab driver must be working part time". So after a while this guy started talking to me asking me to rate him. I'm a genuine fan so I said that he was good.
Then he said "I'm a marketing manager working part time for this cab service which I started two days ago" Usually I don't pay attention to random small talk but since I was so curious I asked him what made him do it, then he says his colleague resigned from office a week back, leased a car and joined this cab service and he makes Rs 8,000-9,000 within a day. So at the end of the week they make Rs 40,000 and for a month – you do the math. His colleague is very happy, has no pressure and its good money. He was saying that the first day he started was Sunday evening around 4.00 p.m. and by 11.00 p. m. he earned Rs 6500. The best part is that they don't need to wait for hires and the customers they get are within a
2 km range.
Sri Lankans have too much ego. We think too much about reputation, we worry too much about what others think. We simply worry too much.
We settle for something lesser, something not so great, we let other people's opinions drown ours, we let it influence us and we let it affect our decisions. Only if we learn to let go of what make us depressed, and find a way to find something better, a new job, a part time job or complete career change, go for it. Don't settle for something which keeps you unhappy.
This reminds me of a quote by Steve Jobs, "You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle.
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."