In San Francisco; Jake Orta, a military veteran, lives in a small, single-window studio apartment, 3 blocks away from Mark Zuckerberg’s $10 million home
His ‘bread and butter’ activity is to sell items found in the trash bins outside of the CEO’s home. He has hitherto found items such as a vacuum cleaner, a coffee machine and a hair dryer — all in working condition. On other hunts, he’s managed to find more expensive items including designer jeans, Nike shoes, iPads and bicycles.
The quote by Jake Orta, in particular, intrigued me
“It just amazes me what people throw away. You never know what you will find”.
Extrapolate this into our organisational lives and you will find that there is so much that you will find relatable to this quote.
a) Often, in organisations, we let go of individuals, citing non-performance. The same person, who literally gets discarded as waste by someone, goes on to create history
Case in point was Steve Jobs, who was fired from Apple in the year 1985 and in the year 1997, he returned as Apple’s CEO, developing the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, and revolutionizing the way we work, play, and communicate
b) As you may be knowing- my spouse Anurag runs a YouTube channel for career guidance of students. He conducted an inspiring interview with Piyush Surana, from IIM Ahmedabad Co2008 . This guy was actually fired from his first job in Investment Banking @ Anand Rathi in the year 2008 after the global meltdown. Later he built a commednable career across unicorns like Uber, Ola and Zomato; and now works in a VC
c) Even in the ongoing IPL, Sarfraz Khan stands as a classic example of what kind of treasures people throw away. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) let him go. This year, Kings XI Punjab offered him a fraction (₹25 lakh) of his RCB fee (₹1.75 crore). But in a new jersey, he has come out with “all guns blazing”. And proved that he is certainly not over.
d) In the Chartered Accountant/Cost Accountant space, that #CAJobPortal.com operates in, as an end-to-end agency, often freshers are evaluated on the basis of attempts. Those with n>5 are out of the fray, in the campus placement process, for a significant majority of companies. But, eventually, these same individuals often turn out to be stable, lower cost and quite good performers in organisations that can pierce the non-so-glamorous exterior of their and help them realise their potential
I can go on and on. But the crux of the matter is that in situations that powerfully demonstrate that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Isn’t that WOW ( Wealth out of Waste)
What do you think?
Shall wait to hear your thoughts on this
Thanks & Regards!!
Sonia Singal : CA Job Portal