Thursday, January 5, 2012


THE 3 P’s

If my memory serves me right, I think it was General Eric Vas [Lt Gen EA Vas (15 May 1923-18 Aug 2009)] who, in one of his pep talk speeches, told us that if we wanted to enjoy service life we should not bother about three things: PAY, PROMOTION and POSTING (The 3 P’s – as he called them). I think this applies across the board, to all careers, including those in the private sector.

Many of us focus too much on money and perks (pay or salary or “package” – call it what you like). Nowadays, most elite educational institutions boast of the high salary packages their students are offered in campus placement interviews and it seems that pay is the primary consideration for selecting a job.

In my time too I found many of my colleagues comparing their PAY with others. Yes, this is a sure shot formula to feel miserable – compare with someone better-off than you.

If you want to feel unhappy and frustrated all you have to do is to live a comparative and competitive life.

So, like an ambitious careerist, make sure that you get into an all-out no-holds-barred competition for PROMOTION.

And to add to your misery, don’t forget to compare your POSTING with your more fortunate colleagues (By “Posting” I mean not only the geographical location but also the type of appointment and designation).

So tomorrow, when you go to office, remember the 3 P’s.

If you are obsessed with the 3 P’s, it is a guaranteed formula to make you frustrated and stressed out at work.

And if you want to enjoy your work and career, you know what to do – don’t bother about the 3 P’s – for it is a fact that if you live a non-comparative and non-competitive life you are sure to be happy and content.

Bye for now. I think I will elaborate on this subject a little later right here in my Blog. But before I say good bye, let me remind you – Remember the 3 P’s.

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K said...

Couldn't agree more with the bit about comparing salaries. Particularly true about service officers. I can only partly agree about the posting bit as in my view one should ignore the location and the post at a junior level as one can very well live on love, fresh air, dal and roti, but one can't continue in an out of the way place as one matures, since the realities of children's education and the need for the spouse's career become important. Further the reality of postings is that if you don't pay attention to your career profile and insist on getting your due, one can very soon get sidelined. Still your article is good and brings out important aspects to maintain sanity and happiness. said...


Nice Post Great job.

Vikram Waman Karve said...

Yes, K - You are right - it is easy to get sidelined in service if you are not very career conscious