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The perfect employee

A shepherd’s dog manages his entire business for him. As dawn, it pushes the sheep out of their cozy pen and takes them for grazing. It ensures that none of them go astray during the long march, even tracks down ones who get lost and ensures that every sheep is accounted for by dusk. You get midnight oil to burn, but it will stand guard all night without asking for any warmth or illumination. If a wolf attacks the herd, it will even fight it till death so that you could eat, drink & merry without interruption. As per Jack Welch, its difficult for a supervisor to manage 5 reportees, but this creature manages a herd of 100+ without any tools or help… and never complains. Toss him an extra bone (that is anyways of no use to you), label it as a hike and it will bow down and wag its tail in eternal gratitude.
Shepherds get all the glory (some of them even get the credit of leading refugees across the desert & storms and have paintings all over the world)… Yet this perfect employee receives scrapes in return, no credit no acknowledgement no laurels for the hard work. If it gets burned-out/old or even perceived as a threat, it is replaced without any compassion… this is the truth of a dog’s life
Every dog has his day, but this perfect employee is still waiting for his.
Did he choose this?
The poor thing had no choice when it was chosen for the job as a puppy & groomed for the role & knows no better than to do its job loyally expecting nothing but scraps of food in return.
“But you see Mr.Anderson, as Morpheus believes you are the chosen one. You are the one to deliver them unto freedom from this world & hence me .“
 So what is it going to be Neo? The red pill or the blue pill? 
 

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Miscellaneous

new job vs. new shoe

Switching jobs is sometimes similar to switching shoes.
The old shoe, no matter how expensive, wears off after a few years and after that it only slows one down. It only gives sores, blisters and pains and no longer meets your needs, goals and expectation. A crappy shoe shows its true color months (sometimes only weeks) after you discard your old shoe and change into this one.
No shoe is no blessing either. During the initial adjustment period, you only regret and have remorse which makes one long for the old shoe which we had so carelessly left by the dumpster. Some people even manage to retrieve the old shoe and beg for it to be your best buddy again. However once the initial adjustment period is over, more often then not, one finds the new shoe to be a better fit for your toe. This time the only thing you would be thinking was, why the hell did I wait so long to try this one out. However by the time you are 100% sure that you and your shoe are fit for each other, the shoe starts fraying.
On a serious note:
Employees ofter overestimate their capabilities when they threaten to quit, but one should always remember that the corporation will continue to exist (and hopefully flourish) long after you have parted ways… much in the same way that you will continue to grow and flourish even after you have severed your ties with the current job. The job never defines a person, its just a stepping stone preparing you for bigger and better things (both professionally and personally)