The day that Kwame dreaded finally came. His boss ,Hayford called him to his office one Friday afternoon and after the usual pleasantries told him bluntly that he will be laid off due his non performance.
Kwame was dejected and stood speechless for over a minute. Of course he has given his all as a young sales executive in one of the FMCGs, just that the results haven’t favored him. He has failed to hit a single monthly target for the past one year. He was put on performance improvement plan 6 months ago, given the necessary coaching but to no avail. So per the company’s policy he had to go!
His boss put his hand around his shoulder and said to him” I am only freeing you up for greater things, you will thank me later for doing this”. The boss then invited Kwame to spend his Saturday with him.
By 8am the next day, Kwame was at the house of his boss. They drove to the golf course to meet Hayford’s friends. Hayford then pulled out a tennis ball and asked his friends to use for the golfing that day. They all started ridiculing him and said that the work stress was getting to his head
One friend retorted, a tennis ball is completely useless in this environment. We will rather prefer an average golf ball to the best tennis ball here!Kwame couldn’t help but to also join in the giggling.
His boss later pulled out the golf balls and played a successful tournament with his friends.
After the tournament Hayford asked Kwame , “so what did you learn from my encounter with my friends this morning?”
Kwame replied, ” the best resource will still be seen as useless if it finds itself in the wrong environment”
Hayford grinned and said to Kwame, you are spot on, little brother. Now this is what I wanted to teach you. You have been laid off not because you don’t have the talents to be successful, but because this our environment is not suitable for you. Go out there keep searching till you discover the right environment for your talents.
Ten years down the line, Kwame is now a top investment banker in London, far richer than Hayford. The last time they met at a business forum, Kwame was full of gratitude to Hayford for getting rid of him at that stage of his life. He said to Hayford, “I am a superstar at my investment banking firm and handling multi billion deals across the world.
Kwame even booked a two-week all expense paid trip for Hayford and his family as a token of appreciation.
Never doubt yourself or your abilities for a second. There is nothing wrong with you. If you are not productive at this stage in your life, it is because you have not found the right environment to bring the best in you.
So don’t settle for an average life. Stop playing in shallow waters. Stop thriving in places where you are only tolerated .Keep searching for the right environment until you find yourself in circles where you are celebrated for the talents and gifts God has endowed you with.
Never give up on yourself. The world can’t wait to celebrate you.
From the desk of ROL