Are you a camel or you have a camel.....?
6/27/2012 4:40:15 PM -
Your adaptation, advantage, uniqueness and ability to survive and be successful can go deadly against you. It can become the strength of your boss if you are not aware of it well. This cardinal message, every corporate employee must learn and remember, definitely from a camel - ship of the desert.
The suggestion is not against your adaptation or having uniqueness, but you should know how it is been 'seen' and 'used' by others in the corporate world especially your boss. If your strength is very 'specific' and is going to help you to be successful only in certain specific 'situations' and otherwise you are 'naïve and innocent' despite having such 'strength', means, you are going to be a best 'cart puller' to your boss and the corporate.
About camel, ship of the desert, everyone knows. Camel is a very unique mammal adapted to live in desert. Camel has highly specialized feet adaptation that will help them to walk freely and easily on the desert sand.
The camel also has a 'hump' to store water. Whenever water is available, camel drink the water in excess and stores enough water in the hump. Camel can live in dessert for months without drinking even a drop of water. No other such a big mammal would have ever evolved like a camel to live in desert.
Indeed, camel is the best example for most successful animal to live in desert. Unfortunately, camel is very dumb and innocent. Its uniqueness or the ability to survive in desert no way help the camel to deal the danger or sense them in advance and be smart.
Perhaps, nature would have thought that no other big animal would prefer to live in desert nor would be as successful as camel. Hence, beyond its unique ability to live in desert, no other capability, camel has acquired or nature has provided.
The uniqueness of camel only has helped its enemy - the man, to identify and use it for various purposes in dessert. For meat, milk, water, skin and also to meet transportation requirements in desert, man uses the camel. The poor dumb creature has become a 'mute witnesses and 'helpless victim' to the atrocities of man, despite having such a wonderful 'adaptation or uniqueness or ability' to live in desert.
Many employees do live like a 'camel' in the corporate world. They are not aware of their capability, strength, uniqueness or the potential. Since they are unaware of their 'self', naturally they are used as 'camel' by the corporate.
Only their uniqueness and capabilities expose them to a vulnerable state in the corporate like how camels are exploited in the desert due their uniqueness. Such employees are exploited rampantly due to such uniqueness or strength they posses. It is not wise to blame the capability, but one has to develop awareness or 'capability' to know the capabilities.
Look at a camel and learn from it. Time is not too late and your learning from camel will certainly help you in future. Keep the nature as your teacher and be an everlasting learner, learn to live, learn to be successful and learn to be happy.
Ref: Management book- jungle wisdom for corporate management - lessons from university of nature by Swami Sukhabodhananda and Dr S Ranganathan