the red queen
Now that we all are professionals, whenever we meet old friends back from the ole b school, the conversations usually moves on to our respective jobs
Starts of with the innocuous ‘hi buddy how’s work’
Then every body starts bragging,
“I just am working in this new product launch”
“Oh, yaar very busy in these campus recruitment drives”
I also pitch in with “nothing much yaar, just a M&A deal’s keeping me busy”
And so on and so forth
The conversation I had this weekend was also identical
But then it got me thinking,
When we were in the B schools, poring over case studies, cramming for exams, everybody was so enthusiastic about their future careers
The marketing guys used to think that they will make some out of the box suggestion for the new product launch, the finance guys used to think that they will use derivatives to hedge the forex risk of some fortune 500 company and save a couple of hundred million for the company………………….
Then we started in our jobs with the same wide eyed curiosity, the desire to do some thing different and be counted.
I had the same desires too
But now 8 months down the line, I get the feeling that I am just keeping time , just counting the seconds before I can jump to another job, just doing enough to keep up with the minimum required of me.
And then I see that I am not alone, my boss is doing the same
And his boss
The freaking company is full of people keeping time
Then we move on to another job, with a honeymoon period of a few degrees of enthusiasm, and then settle into another period of keeping time
Is that what our life has come down to??
There is a phenomena called the red queen phenomena
It means a situation where you have to run as fast as you can just to be at the place where you currently are. We are just doing that, running at a speed enough to keep us where we are.