There is a tomorrow, day after too...

" I don't care about what work I do, I am getting a great pay" Does these words sound familiar or heard too often these days?? I have, neither once nor twice but innumerable number of times. In the age of booming software industry everybody is a prince. Is this software boom eternal? Is this going to keep us in the same princely manner as it is now?

An acquintance changed 6 jobs in 2 years of our course completion. An year in call centre, then in quality, then in testing and then welcome to development. A complete domain change does not deter people now, all they want is money. It might not affect when you are a fresher or a few years old in this industry, but whats going to be the future after a few years, when you need to lead, you need to manage...

I want to present a small story, rather a real one which is often heard in my hometown, a place which is famous for its coffee and the scenic beauty. There came a period when the Brazil coffee saw a down-trend and there was an immediate surge of demand for my-town coffee. The estate owners packed all sorts of coffee beans they had, good, bad, new, old, spoilt.... as if that was their only chance to sell coffee at the export rate(Read it as High Rate). As if there is no tomorrow!!! All the people made tremendous profits, land prices went sky-high, the life style of these "blessed few" changed drastically and the city saw a complete makeover. There was a saying, whichever new car coming to India, first comes to this-town. I have seen all kinds of cars doing rounds on those terrible roads. They were a class apart....

A few months later, all the exported coffee was rejected stating bad quality and there was no taker for coffee from this coffeeland. Being used to all the amenities and luxuries of life for a few months, these people were unwilling to down play, they continued their classy lifestyle at any cost, even through loans. A city which could have been a mark on the global map, sits their in half anonimity.

Do we see any resemblance here? India is a low cost centre for all the service industry. In a hurry to grab the financial mirage are we under-playing the work? Are we dreaming of building a sky scraper without worrying for the foundation at all? Once we were blamed for grabbing the jobs of those poor fellows in west. If we don't show the quality of work, if being the low-cost land is the only factor, then we might end up blaming Chinese & other potential nationals for grabbing our jobs!!!

What it takes us to be consistent? A good quality service, which-ever the field it may be. If we make our foot-hold strong, people would still give us jobs for the better service, for the greater product. If we are making money now, we could still CONTINUE to do so... If we build our capabilities and expertise in whichever field we are in, the financial factor would surely search us, where-ever we are. Afterall money is also one important aspect of life. Its not a run for a few miles, its a continuous run, till exellence and beyond. In the course of time we might stand up as a leader in technology and services, in short as a nation developed, self sufficient and strong.A great man has said, its always good to have answers to three questions at any point of your life, even if the current state seems bright and strong,1. What would I do if I loose my current job?2. What would I be five years down the lane?3. What would I want to see when I am in death bed and look back at my life till that instant?Its always very satisfying to pamper yourselves with all that appeals to your mind and eyes. Afterall for whom are you earning all that. Still its good to have some ready money (liquid cash) with you always for any unplanned events or emergencies. Its very good to live in present. But its also very important to think of your future, after all its the "today" of tomorrow. :o)