[on the phone today]
Me: “Qalesan, ukajonim? [Hey, how you doin’, my lil’ bro?]”
Him: “I`m good. What`s going on?”
“Nothing much, coming back home from a library. I was prepping for exams.” [Gosh… exam period is starting at university o_0].
“What`s new?” I asked him.
“I got a new job,” he said proudly.
“At Click.” [“Click” is an IT company in Uzbekistan].
“Congrats, man. I`m happy for you.”
“Thanks so much 🙂”
He is only 20. So you can say this is his first CORPORATE job in his life.
“How did you like your first day?” I asked him, excitedly.
“Honestly speaking… I got so freaking BORED,” he said. “Man, it was SO BORING.”
“Because I have to sit on a chair, answering calls from angry customers, for 8 HOURS STRAIGHT.”
He is pretty “energetic” young man. [sometimes he doesn’t know where to spend his physical energy to.]
That’s why sitting in one place for the whole day might feel like a real TORTURE for him.
Nowadays, however, this is what MOST PEOPLE do for a living: sit in office for 8 hours… everyday… Monday through Friday.
“So boring… I was looking at my watch every 5 minutes [waiting for the work to finish],” he complained on positive tone. “Time was passing SO SLOWLY, you have no idea.”
That reminds me of one really GOOD FRIEND of our family. He once told me:
“I love my job,” at that time he was working as a senior project manager at a big telecommunications company in Tashkent [at “Ucel”, if you will].
“Every morning when I wake up,” he continued. “I look forward to going to work as soon as possible. Usually I`m the first one to come to work. I love reading books,”
[now this seems to be “out of topic”, I thought].
“As soon as I arrive at my office,” he said. “I open my e-book reader and start reading from where I stopped the day before. Even in the middle of a work-day, whenever I get some free time – even 5 minutes – I open my book and read at least 1-2 pages.”
The last thing that he said – about books – remained in my memory really well.
I`m working in office too. For eight hours. Everyday.
But I love my job. Why?
One of the reasons is that I’m trying to follow the wise man’s advice – always have an INTERESTING BOOK to read when there’s NO WORK to do.
My cousin is 2 years younger than me, so I have RIGHT to give him advice [at least that`s what I tell myself]. So I told him:
“Get some book with you every day to office. Make sure it’s an INTERESTING one. Whenever there`s no work to do [even it`s for 5 minutes], take your book and READ. This way you will not be looking at your watch all the time, you’ll be learning and growing instead of wasting your time. You`ll be feeling more fulfilled, happy, accomplished by the end of your work-day. I promise.”
You always GROW when you read a book.
And who hates the kind of job where you constantly grow… 🙂