Would you rather be the tail of a lion than the head of a mouse?
By Sunrise Fan
May 8, 2016 5:53am CST
A month after graduating from college, I was called to report and hired by a company that was the leader and the biggest in the industry all over the country. I was happy then that it did not take me long to find a job. I just had to finish a 10-day census work before reporting for work with the big company. A few weeks after I started working, another company (which was also the biggest in the sub-sector of the same industry) sent me a telegram asking me to report for work. Since I was already with the other company, and out of respect and courtesy, I went to the office of the second company to inform them that I already had work. Many years later, this second company was eventually bought by the company I worked for. After a few months working with the company, a client of my company who was also my older brother's employer approached me in the office and asked me to work for her and offered to send me to the capital city to take the review for the board exams and that I will have free board and lodging in their house there. I declined politely, saying that I preferred to stay with my present employer and that I had no intention of taking the board exams. My older brother was one of two trusted employees of this lady. She and her husband owned a logging company and my brother was their bookkeeper. My brother did many roles in the logging site - when a logger gets injured, my brother would drive the car even in the middle of the night to bring the wounded logger to the hospital almost a hundred kilometers away. He also withdrew and brought payroll money from the bank and would be at the log pond to witness the loading of cut logs into the big cargo boats of Japanese buyers. He would come home bringing big bottles of Suntory wine and soy sauce. Since no one drinks in the family, the Suntory would eventually be given to friends. Some years later, the logging company closed down because of the presence of rebels asking for protection money who burned the company's logging equipment. The narration above had proven that I have made the right decision of sticking it out with my first employer. Now the question - would you rather be the tail of a lion or the head of a mouse?
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