you have it, enjoy it
on business, success and satisfaction
July 5, 2005
"I have two sales executives," my friend said while sipping
his glass of gold-label Johnnie Walker. "One would is content
with making 3000 bucks a month. But the other
one is not.
makes 3000, he will go
for 4, and if he reaches that, he'll aim for 5. That's the
way I like it; to make the 'move'. I need people more
like him. What do you think?"
We were sitting in the bar on the 51st floor of
a luxurious hotel with a bird's eye view of the shimmering
lights of Dubai, "Middle East's
Manhatan". The bar was full with the sound of music and loud
giggles and laughs of pretty high-class hookers looking for wealthy
I paused for a while and said, "My man is your
other sales executive. After all, if you have ten villas and houses,
you can phisically
live in only one of them. If I'm not fully enjoying the dime
I'm making right now, it would be a total waste to make a quarter.
Indeed if I had a secure income to cover an acceptable quality
of life for me and my family, I would give up the business I am
in right now."
"Would you?" He asked with a tone of disbelief in
"Yes I would, undoubtedly."
"Then what would you do?"
"I would do something more fruitfull, something
that gives me more satisfaction. Like in the arts, or social activities."
"Or a humanitarian job?" said the other friend
"I don' know, maybe. I don't feel fit at this age.
The trade business is a little, or
rather very, dirty. You need to see and understand in order to
make a business successfull;
you have to crash and trash many clear cut principles. So a humanitarian
job may not be right for me, but there are a lot of things which
can heal my inner side. Maybe
I sound a little idealistic and unrealistic. I have done
my best to get to my goals using merit and credit, and not through
connections or short-cuts. But if you want
to overcome limits, the gains are not worth the costs.
in the simple principle that we work to live and
"But then there will be no moving forward. Don't
"Not at all," I said. "I have been movingforward
all my life. There are lots of ways to go. One moves forward financially
and accumulates thousands or millions of dollars and
enjoys it. Good for him. But if he doesn't, then he is only a slave
To me, moving forward means challenging and
promissing new experiences."
Parviz Forghani writes satire in his Neghneghoo.com.