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The Secret To Success

"Lessons in Presence, Absence, and the Art of Being Valued"

By Med KarimPublished 4 months ago 3 min read
The Secret To Success
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Once upon a time, in the bustling heart of a factory, there toiled a young man whose determination was matched only by his ambition. Under the wing of an aged technician, he learned the virtues of diligence, discretion, and perpetual self-improvement. "Speak less, act more, and never cease honing your craft," the old mentor would counsel, instilling in his protege the essence of success.

A decade unfurled its wings, and with it came the inevitable passing of time. The seasoned mentor bid adieu to the factory floor, leaving his pupil to inherit not just his tools but also his ethos. The young man ascended to the role of technician, his hands still bearing the calluses of his apprenticeship, his spirit undeterred.

Yet, despite his unwavering dedication, a shadow of discontent loomed over him. Perplexed by the apparent lack of recognition for his efforts, he sought solace in the company of his former mentor. Pouring out his frustrations like molten steel, he confessed his bewilderment at being bypassed for promotion while those less seasoned flourished in advancement.

The old technician, with a wisdom as ancient as the machinery around them, listened intently. Then, with a glint of insight, he imparted a nugget of advice that would alter the course of his apprentice's destiny. "Take a day off," he urged, "for sometimes it's only in absence that one's true worth is felt."

Perplexed yet intrigued, the young man followed his mentor's counsel, submitting a leave request with a curious mix of trepidation and hope. As the hours of his unexpected respite unfurled like a rare blossom, the factory floor murmured with a discordant symphony of chaos, a testament to his indispensable presence.

Returning to his post the next day, he found himself summoned to the manager's office, where words of appreciation danced like sparks in the air. In recognition of his irreplaceable role in stabilizing the factory's operations, he was anointed with the title of Senior Technician, a badge of honor bestowed upon him by those who finally recognized his true value.

Emboldened by this revelation, the young man began to employ this newfound strategy whenever he felt undervalued. Like clockwork, each absence was met with a crescendo of acknowledgment upon his return, solidifying his belief in the power of his mentor's teachings.

Months turned into seasons, and the rhythm of absence and recognition became his modus operandi. Until one fateful day, when the gates of the factory remained steadfastly closed to him, and the whispers of termination floated in the air like ashes from a spent furnace.

Bewildered and crestfallen, he sought refuge in the wisdom of his mentor, desperate to unravel the threads of his downfall. "Why have I been cast aside?" he implored, his voice a symphony of anguish and confusion.

And then came the revelation, like a bolt of lightning in the midst of a tempest. "You heeded only half the lesson," his mentor intoned gravely. "For while it's true that absence can illuminate one's worth, it's equally vital to ensure that your presence is not just felt, but cherished."

The young man's eyes widened with comprehension, the pieces of the puzzle falling into place with startling clarity. "The second half," the mentor continued, "is the realization that consistency breeds trust, and reliability begets reverence. Like a flickering light bulb, you shone brightly in your absence, but faltered in your consistency."

In that moment of reckoning, the young man understood the delicate balance between visibility and indispensability, between absence and presence. And as he ventured forth into the uncertain horizon, he carried with him not just the lessons of his mentor, but also the profound wisdom that true success lies not in the shadows of obscurity, nor in the glare of fleeting recognition, but in the enduring radiance of steadfast dedication and unwavering reliability.


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Med Karim

"When you have a dream, you've got to grab it and never let go."

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