Sunday, 1 February 2009

Worker ant

Today I read about the boss of Thai Express in the papers. He's only 33 years of age but in 6 short years, he has grown his restaurant business from a small cafe to a 76-outlet behemoth! What impressed me most is, he did this all by himself. Though his father-in-law is extremely wealthy, he did not accept any help and wanted to prove that he could do this on his own. Well, he has a big ego but he is so driven, he became very successful.

It makes me wonder if I were in his shoes, would I reject the luxurious penthouse offered by his father-in-law and choose to rough it out in a small rented apartment? I'm quite sure I would. I am not sure if my ego is as big as his but I would feel extremely uneasy and obligated to accept gifts or easy money like that.

It's almost every young lady's wish to find a rich man, marry him and live the good life. Well, I've never had that dream. Instead, I've always wished I could earn my keep and be independent. I like living in a house I have paid for and find it more fulfilling to pay for my own vacations. Similarly I like building a company from scratch without soliciting help from all over. I always like a rags to riches story. Even if I get really lucky and had a windfall, I would still find something useful to occupy my time.

Mum says I'm born to be a worker. I think so too. I'm not a 'queen', I'm just a worker ant.

2 comments:

Schmidt said...

Can't agree more. People who rely on themselves find more contentment throughout their lives. We do not rely on an external source for fulfillment.

Nick Phillips said...

I know what you mean. Even if I struck a million bucks I'd still want to do something with my life ...

Now if only striking that million would be so easy ... LOL!