Almost 4 years ago, I was nothing that I am now. Heck, I was nothing. A confused student of finance, an actor in college drama with no future. And going though a phase where I needed income to remove some pressure from ‘la familia’. I was still given freedom of a year to do a course or learn a skill that made me job-ready. But the pressure was still visible.
I was looking for the right courses that were a cross between reputed & cheap. It was obviously not easy. And side-by-side I was also hunting for an internship or a part-time source of income.A friend’s friend posted an opening for a copywriter at this company where even freshers could apply. I’ve written about this before, so I won’t bore you with that story right now. Long story short, I was hired and I got my chance to learn and earn in the industry of my choice… without having to do a course and saved a year.
I worked there for almost 2 years till a back injury made me take a break. Having worked there, I can boast about working extensively for all the brands in The Coca-Cola Company, some good finance brands in the country & also on a few lifestyle brands where I could express my inner poet. But deep down that’s not exactly what I took away from that company.
It was the time I spent learning from my boss there. I would name him, but he prefers not being so socially visible for reasons best known to him and would probably kill me if he figured I mentioned him on my blog. And even though I’m not on his company’s payroll, I’m still pretty afraid of that man.
He was the one who had hired me and knew that I knew a little over nothing. He along with a couple of other great influences on me there gave me the self-confidence that I clearly lacked. He practically made me read books, and some of them that are rare and not even available any more. And not just that, the man would drop movies & classic rock music albums in my desktop for me discover all the things that I had somehow missed out. I pretty much can attribute a lot of my binge-watching of movies, the ability to commit to reading a book [I used to hate reading] & expanding my musical knowledge way up from just trending pop culture. And many of these things were not something that would help me in that particular job, it’s something that would help me in life, and believe me it did.
The time where I really needed career guidance and also needed to hone my craft, I found a role model, someone who’s story is as inspiring as the person. In our formative years we need someone to look up to, someone at least in my opinion with very high standards. I spent two years in that company trying to reach the expectations he set and that frankly got me pretty high up in my skill-level.
Whether I ever turned out how he wanted me to, I’d probably not know. Even now I just can’t pick up the phone and ask him if we could catch up on a drink. Because I know I would learn a lot whole more in the couple of hours we would speak. But that respect still remains and also the fear that I don’t appear like a dweeb in doing so.
Nevertheless, he’s the dude that’s inspired me to continuously learn and work hard, regardless of what level I have reached. And sometimes when I see myself giving advice to a friend, colleague or a subordinate, I can hear my boss’ words. Especially when I offer people books. And he for me is truly, made of great.
Shouting out to Tata Motors for wanting to know my experience with a personality that’s left a mark in my life and who I believe is undeniably #madeofgreat.
But what’s in it for you to read my story, apart from knowing something more about me, I know you love that awesome reader [yes, you in particular!] Tell me could you relate to my experience?
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