I was at a bank’s ATM a few days ago and I met a really intriguing man. This man is a security officer that probably gets paid minimum wage but does his job with such spirit and enthusiasm you would think he was a major shareholder. People like these should be recognized and rewarded. Imagine this man as a customer service officer, he would be a perpetual ‘performer’. In my usual over-sabi nature, I told my friend that works in that bank about the guy to see if he could be rewarded or something. Guess what, the MD had noticed him years back and put him on a special reward program. Apparently, the guy is in school and will be done soon Maasha Allah and has a job waiting for him upon completion! Allahu Akbar! May Allah count us among the favoured ones. Amin.
Then I got thinking, how well do we do our jobs? A lot of us just go to work to be counted and get paid because we believe it’s not our business. (“Oga ta, oga o ta, owo omose a pe” – Yoruba for – “The servant will get paid whether the business does well or not”) whereas when you ask us – Where do you want to be in 5 years? Our standard response is I want to be MD/CEO of a company. We forget we will have to employ and manage people eventually and apart from that, truth is if you’ve formed a habit of being ordinary at your job, you’ll most likely not do anything different when (if you do find your way there) you achieve that dream of being your own boss.
Even Islam teaches us to be diligent and true in our duties and endeavours. This is portrayed in the stories of so many Prophets. The one that comes to mind right now is the story of Musa (AS) who’s hard work and honesty stood him out, earned him a wife and a family among others. Read Quran 28:22-27 below.
22 And when he directed himself toward Madyan, he said, “Perhaps my Lord will guide me to the sound way.” 23 And when he came to the well of Madyan, he found there a crowd of people watering [their flocks], and he found aside from them two women driving back [their flocks]. He said, “What is your circumstance?” They said, “We do not water until the shepherds dispatch [their flocks]; and our father is an old man.” 24 So he watered [their flocks] for them; then he went back to the shade and said, “My Lord, indeed I am, for whatever good You would send down to me, in need.” 25 Then one of the two women came to him walking with shyness. She said, “Indeed, my father invites you that he may reward you for having watered for us.” So when he came to him and related to him the story, he said, “Fear not. You have escaped from the wrongdoing people.” 26 One of the women said, “O my father, hire him. Indeed, the best one you can hire is the strong and the trustworthy.” 27 He said, “Indeed, I wish to wed you one of these, my two daughters, on [the condition] that you serve me for eight years; but if you complete ten, it will be [as a favor] from you. And I do not wish to put you in difficulty. You will find me, if Allah wills, from among the righteous.”
May Allah make it easy for us to achieve our full potentials and may He crown our efforts with success. Amin
Barakallahu lee wa lakum fil quranil kareem
السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ