What does making it to the top mean?

Years ago, I cold-called a candidate about a new opportunity. It was a big step up from his current role, and he had all the right skills and qualifications.

“Sorry but I’m not interested,” he politely said.

I pressed him on it until he said something that really confused me. He told me that he “already made it to the top”.

I was familiar with his current company and looked at his resume again.

He wasn’t anywhere near the top. He would have needed a telescope to see the top. He wasn’t even a manager yet.

He explained to me that “making it to the top” for him meant he loved the exact work he did each day, he loved his company, he was treated fairly and with respect, he made enough money to be comfortable, he had excellent benefits, he had flexibility, and most importantly to him, he’s never missed a single Little League game, dance recital, parent-teacher conference, anniversary, birthday, or any family event.

He knew what taking the next step in his career meant. More time, travel, and sacrifice. “Not worth it,” he said.

Your definition of “making it to the top” doesn’t have to be society’s or anyone else’s definition.

Source: (dead link – https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-great-motivational-short-stories/answer/Pankaj-Suryawanshi-2) Pankaj Suryawanshi’s answer to What are some great motivational short stories? – Quora

Sita, Hanuman, Hulk, Spiderman – all in one story

A story happened in one of the schools in Bangalore where admission is considered impossible!!! To get admission In UKG The child could not understand why they brought her there.. When we all were standing, the school principal started to converse with the child….yes…in English only! This is one of the most memorable interview I have ever witnessed in my life.. Here goes.. “What’s your name?” “Sita” “Good. Tell me something you know” “I know many things. Tell me what you want…!” Alas, there is no better point for not getting the admission!

Sita’s mother was trying to make up the situation but the principal stopped her.. Turning to child, she said.. “Tell any rhyme or story which you know..” Again, “Which one you want.. Rhyme or Story!?” “Ok. Please tell me a story.” “Do you want to hear what I studied or what I wrote..!?” Taken to surprise, she asked “Oh! you write stories…???” “Why should I not write..?” Now even I was taken aback But she was impressed with the answer. She ( including us) would have not heard such a story in our life… “Ok, tell me story which you have written” ? Sita said – “One day Ravan kidnapped Sita & took her to Srilanka”

The opening scene failed to impress but still she encouraged the child to continue.. “Rama asked Hanuman’s help to rescue Sita. Hanuman too agreed to help Rama …” “Then?” “Now, Hanuman called his friend Spider man.” No one expected this twist in the story!! “Why?” “Because there are lot of mountains between India and Srilanka.. but if we have Spiderman we can go easily with his rope…” “But Hanuman can fly isn’t it.. ?” “Yes. But he is having Sanjeevni Mountain on one hand so he cannot fly very fast.!” All are quiet, after a while Sita asked “Should I continue or not?.”.

“ Ok please continue!” “ Hanuman and Spiderman flew to Srilanka and rescued Sita. Sita said Thanks to both!” “ Why” “When you are helped you should say Thanks!” So Sita requested Hanuman to call Hulk… All were surprised.She realized our curiosity and said “Now Sita is there, so to take her safely back to Rama she called Hulk” “What??? “Hanuman can carry Sita right?” “ Yes. But he has Sanjeevni Mountain in one hand and has to hold spider man on the other” No one could control their smiles.“So when they all started to India they met my friend Akshay!” “How come Akshay there now?” “ Because its my story and I can bring any one there!”

The principal didn’t get angry but waited for the next twist “ Then all started to India and landed at Bangalore’s majestic bus stop” Now I asked, “Why they have landed In majestic bus stop?” “Because they forgot the way..& Hulk got an idea and called Dora!” I came to know about Dora only there…! “Dora came and she took Sita to malleshwaram 5th cross ….. that’s all!” She finished the story with a smile.. The principal asks “Why malleshwaram 5th cross…?” “Because Sita lives there & i am Sita!!!”

The principal was impressed and embraced the child. She has been admitted in UKG & was gifted with a Dora doll…

Kids can really amaze… but we clip their wings (creativity) expecting them to do things as we see it right & not from their viewpoint.Let’s give every child freedom to do their own thing & watch their dreams come true.


On never being satisfied from your work

A manager asked a programmer how long it would take him to finish the program on which he was working. “I will be finished tomorrow,” the programmer promptly replied.

“I think you are being unrealistic,” said the manager, “Truthfully, how long will it take?”

The programmer thought for a moment. “I have some features that I wish to add. This will take at least two weeks,” he finally said.

“Even that is too much to expect,” insisted the manager, “I will be satisfied if you simply tell me when the program is complete.”

The programmer agreed to this.

Several years later, the manager retired. On the way to his retirement luncheon, he discovered the programmer asleep at his terminal. He had been programming all night.

The Tao of Programming

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On small stuff

For three days and nights the Java master did not emerge from his cubicle. On the fourth day the monks of the temple sent a novice to inquire after him.

The novice found the master at his whiteboard, contemplating a single dataflow diagram. The novice recognized it as a minor component of the vast system that the monks were contracted to maintain. Politely, the novice asked what the master was working on.

The master replied: “There is a defect, and I am considering the best way to repair it.”

The novice said, “You preach often about the importance of setting priorities. How, then, can you obsess about something so tiny and unimportant?”

Without saying a word, the master raised his staff and brought it down hard upon the bare left foot of the novice, breaking his smallest toe. The novice screamed in pain and staggered from the cubicle. In that moment, the novice was enlightened.

The Codeless Code: Case 1 The Small Stuff