Remember the technician who got his degree and wanted an overnight boost of career? Well, he got into trouble again (for the 5th time in a week). The manager screamed at his ass today for being a stupid jerk, and because he made me look really bad (being his lead) this time, I felt that it was time that he and I have a talk. So I summoned him up, and dispensed following advices to him – thought that this might benefit some of you clueless sotong out there, so I feel compelled to share this with all of you here. Feel free to disagree… I don’t really care… :
1) Learn how to adapt.
There’s a famous saying in Hokkien that describes this very well – ‘chiak keh, uar keh‘. It translates to, if you want eat a chicken, you must first get near to the chicken. Doesn’t make much sense literally but, every one of us Chinese knows this term. It means, to adapt well in all circumstances to stay alive. You go to India, you eat Indian food. You go to China, you eat Chinese food. You go to Mexico, you screw Latinos and eat jalapenos. Similarly, in the working world, you must be prepared to work for your boss and harmonize with him if you want a growth in your career. Even if he’s an asshole.
- I dispensed this advice to the doofus technician because he refused an instruction by the new boss. His excuse – because the previous boss ‘said no need’. That’s a big fucking mistake there.
2) A man’s character is judged when he is in deep shit, not when he is all well.
When you have a problem, you get the chance to solve it and show the world what you’re capable of. When you don’t have problems, you’re going to sit around being as useful as a piece of shit. It’s only common sense to guess where your boss will look when it comes to judging you. Any idiot can sit around doing nothing. But not all people can solve a problem. So, if your boss gives you something difficult, depending on how you look at it, it can be a blessing in disguise.
- Doofus technician shouldn’t have said ‘no’ to the boss’ face. Even if it’s impossible. The lowest point you should make, is to let him know you tried your best. Not you ‘failed’ before you even try.
3) Engineers solve problems, not gripe.
We engineers fix stuff. All kinds of stuff. An engineer’s life is full of hurdles and obstacles. It’s not an easy job being an engineer, that’s why not every asshole can do it. That’s why it pays well (eerrrmm, not in my case). That’s why, if you want to be an engineer, you should at least know how to handle your own shit. You should never expect everything to be readily made for your convenience and your ass being spoonfed at every available opportunity. That’s a kid’s job, not an engineer’s. If you can’t take this, then be something else. A parking attendant or whatever.
- Doofus technician wants to be an engineer, but expects things to be easy. If it’s easy, it wouldn’t be an engineer’s job. I had to repeatedly remind him that.
4) You’re being paid to work, not to loaf.
Probably isn’t the first time I mentioned this – you’re paid to do your work. Not to shirk around doing nothing. Somehow, there are a lot of parasitic sloths who are naive enough to complain of not having enough hands / time to do so many things, while he/she could have surfed / smoked / shirked less and attend to their fucking job already.
- Doofus technician is a well known shirker. Nobody gave a fuck about him until he asked for a boost of career after obtaining his degree (power up). Now that he was given the chance, he didn’t make a good use of it.
You know, nowadays I keep finding myself dispensing advices at my workplace like an old man… but I don’t remember myself being THAT old yet. I’m only 32 for fuck’s sake, but I feel like 54. Is this an indication that the society is getting dumber or am I just abnormally precocious? I don’t fucking know man.