Do you like your work? Yeah, I guess – you know the pay is good and the work environment is nice, caring colleagues; sometimes things are a bit hectic but can’t complain. Ok, let me rephrase the question – if given the option, if, would you be doing this for the rest of your life? And, the answer is overwhelmingly – probably not.
The answer to the second stimuli is very simple – with time as you move up the need hierarchy your necessity for self-actualization becomes stronger. You long to be part of the misfits who gave a shot at changing the world. If Edison didn’t have his 1300 inventions, the Wright brothers didn’t risk their lives in a flight, Bill Gates didn’t start Microsoft, Warren Buffet decided to work for a financial institution we won’t have the world as we have today. However, when we do decide to pursue and long to fly, somehow the comfortable chair in our sophisticated offices hold us down. We start thinking like a business, ironically, and end up being the “Cubicle Capitalist”.
However, things are changing rapidly – around the world we now see a wave of innovation – Silicon Valley in the US, Bangalore in India, Shenzhen in China – people are beginning to understand that there is nothing wrong with giving a shot and failing because after a few decades when you are sitting on a hospital bed you are not going to regret the things you did but the things that you didn’t do (Alert 3 Idiots Fan).
So in the contextual landscape of Bangladesh – what holds us back? Why when India is moving up with their ITES industry powered by the entrepreneurial generation, we still despite having comparable demographics and relevant skill sets are far behind. Let’s take a look at three parameters that might be responsible.
So next time you see a Crazy Guy with a Crazy Laptop trying to Change the World don’t start thinking like a Cubicle Capitalist – do what you can to help him/her and maybe someday take the leap yourself.
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