Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Peter & Jane: A Conversation Over Coffee

Peter: So, what do you do for a living?

Jane: Well...I'm a senior manager at XYZ. Basically, I oversee the entire portfolio of products under our company's flagship brand, making sure that the bottom line increases over time. What about you? What do you do?

Peter: I play the guitar, make a couple of bucks here and there, but I travel...I travel most of the time.

Jane: Ah, I see...oh well, if only I could live a nomadic lifestyle like yours... going places is actually my dream.

Peter: Why can't you?

Jane: *laughs* You must be kidding! I work 10 hours a day, not including the few hours after work, clearing emails. You see, I am responsible for the performance of the company's sales. That's a huge role! I'm an important person in this company.

Peter: How does that work?

Jane: How does what work?!

Peter: You said you'd like to travel the world but instead you choose to be tied down to this "huge, important role", working 10-12 hours a day. Which part of that makes sense?

Jane: You see, it's all about stability. A steady and secure growth path. I'm able to buy my family stuff from time to time, and eventually when I settle down, I'll be able to provide for my kids. Their education and their needs. After all, I do get to take a few days off once a year to travel.

Peter: If that's the definition of stability, then no thanks. I'd rather not have anything to do with it.

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