Monday, October 5, 2009




Dear Sammy,

You sent me an email with a lot of complaints about your job. I respect you. I wish you all the best. And this is my honest feedback. While looking for a job, you used to tell me how you were praying day and night - “Dear God, touch the hearts of the interviewers and let them hire me…” Hire you they did.

You celebrated because you said you were tired of the boredom and doing nothing at home. My concern is that now you are complaining that it’s too much work. My dear, you were employed to work and not to have a vacation or and just relax. I am sure you don’t want to go back to the same lifestyle of sitting at home doing nothing all day, do you?

Secondly, you told me that you’ve seen people who have worked so hard in your organisation and yet they have nothing to show for it. No promotion. No salary increase. But more work. That life is unfair. Well, well, what may appear as unfair now may actually turn out to show the fairness of the world.

If you really do your best and keep going the extra mile, even if your employers don’t see your value or reward it, someone else will. Remember Joan who was never recognised? Your competitor snatched her away from your boss’ eyes and she earns double the salary. See? You reap what you sow. What goes around, comes around. Life is generally fair. When I was growing up, I heard that God doesn’t take bribes. Joan’s rise from seeming frustration to new fortunes is confirmation.

Thirdly, you have been positive all your life and yet recently you have joined a clique which I believe is influencing you negatively. You kept a positive attitude and did hang around positive people. But a few weeks back you told me how “everyone is complaining about the organisation” during breaks.

The challenge is that you have joined the isn’t-this-world-and-company-an-awful-place-club. They complain. They whine. And that is rubbing off you. I hear it in your language. I can feel it in your vibes.

Get off that club and revive the stories of you and Joseph thinking of plans to take the company to the next level and living your personal dreams. That’s much more exciting. You see, if you don’t, you will carry that negative energy into your work, performance will deteriorate and your job will be lost too. Sorry, I should have said, fired.

All I want is that fire in your eyes again. Looking up to something positive. Thinking of creative ways to produce greater results at work and in your life. That’s living a life of passion. Such people are the darlings of your boss. I know your boss is a lady and you told me she is beautiful but don’t let the word “darling” fool you. I mean favourite.

Sammy, consider yourself blessed. Many would rather have an annoying boss than an empty stomach. Many would rather have a lot of work than walking bare foot because of poverty. Many would rather be stressed at work than depressed because they can’t take care of their children for lack of a job.

Does that mean you shouldn’t seek better things? No. Be grateful for what you have now as you yearn for more. Remember millions are unemployed. Credit crunch is here. Many have lost their jobs. So, work hard with excellence. It’s a miracle you have a job Sammy. Celebrate it. Kind regards.

Ethan Musolini is the CEO of Success Africa, motivational speaker and HR consultant.