This is the last post in this story and will be the final post on this blog for the time being.
I am currently working on developing a new blog, in which I will give my opinions and share discussions with readers in relation to ethical issues relating to business. I aim to launch my new blog by about mid-late April.
I would like to thank all readers. Writing this story has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I hope all readers have enjoyed reading it. In particular, I would like to thank Iron Pugilist and Brad Shorr for their frequent contributions to discussion relating to this story.
I would also like to thank my mother, who, despite living on a different continent, has kindly proof-read all of my posts prior to publishing.
In time, I hope to write stories about a day in the life of other, different characters on this blog. But for now, this will be the last entry.
So, here goes – the last post:
6:15pm Is there a better way?
Sigh. The end of the day.
Another up-tight, frustrating day.
At this time of day, I sometimes reflect on my life. I get up, battle traffic, work under constant pressure to meet unrealistic deadlines and then battle traffic again on the way home.
Leave home in the dark, arrive home in the dark. Home to work, work to home, home to work, work to home, home to work, work to home, and so on and so on. The story of my life.
There must be a better way. But what else could I do? Here are some possibilities:
· Find another job.
This action could produce a better pay and conditions, as well as a more positive work environment.
However, on the downside, traffic chaos, tight deadlines and office politics are common features of many work environments. So too are modest salaries, unless you’re a senior manager.
No. More drastic action is required.
· Go into business.
A few problems. Firstly, business owners work long hours. Secondly, I would need capital. I’m flat broke and don’t have any rich uncles. Finally, I need a unique product or service.
Ok, legitimate businesses are out of the question.
· Join Amway.
I could always sell Amway.
I’ve heard you can do well out of that. My brother’s friend had a colleague at work who knew someone whose neighbor went to one of those Amway seminars and heard someone speak who retired at twenty-three - all from selling Amway.
Then again, I don’t really fancy calling up my friends, relatives, neighbors and acquaintances and trying to con them into doing Amway with me.
· A get-rich-quick scheme
I could always try one of those deals where you just pay fifty dollars, with promise that within six weeks you’ll be making three thousand dollars per week without having to do anything – ‘the cheques will just come in the mail.’
I once responded to such an advertisement. The kind gentleman promised to give away his ‘proven secret to wealth’ for only fifty dollars. That he did. After sending my money I received a prompt reply. The reply simply stated “Do what I do.”
Unfortunately, promoters of such schemes typically make a star appearance as scam artists on current affairs’ programs shortly after my money has been sent.
· A property investment seminar
I could always go to a ‘free’ property investment seminar and learn how to get ‘great deals’ on an investment property.
My friend went to one of these. In the end, he bought a property from a development company associated with the presenter. Later, he discovered that the price he had paid was about twenty per cent above the fair market value of the property.
I am not certain about my future direction, but I do not see a promising future in my current position over the long term. Accordingly, over the coming weeks or months, I will need to give serious consideration to the types of opportunities which may hold more promise for me.
But now, it’s the end of the end of the day. Time to relax.
At this point, many would kick back, smile and say, “Another day, another dollar.”
But my salary does not warrant this. For me, the appropriate version of the saying is:
“Another day, another ten cents.”