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Taken at Bourbon Eatery & Coffee
I read about Jackie Chan winning an Honorary Award at the 2016 Governors Award, and I was pretty surprised because I assumed that he already got one since long time ago. I mean, he's been such an incredibly talented actor, director, producer, and even singer, isn't he?
What was so inspirational for me is what he stated in his speech:
“That was 23 years ago, I see this little thing (Oscar statuette) in his (Stallone’s) house. I touched her, I kissed her, I smelled her..... Then I talked to myself, ‘I really want one’.”
And then he said, “After 56 years in film industry, making more than 200 films, I’ve broken so many bones. Finally, this is mine.”
There are a lot of times when we think about giving up on something that we do, or about quitting from chasing our goals, because the journey has been consistently bumpy and it seems like we are not going anywhere closer to what we look for; and I believe that Jackie Chan’s speech have touched so many hearts that have to go through such situation.
My husband resigned from his job on early 2016 (he was my fiancé back then) due to his position that forced him to do things that were against his conscience, only 4 months before we got married. He has been in search for a new job since then, and he did everything he could to get back in the game, including contacting his network, dropping applications through job sites, and of course, sending out his CV and attended a lot of job interviews.
It didn’t go quite well, because there has always been a condition that did not meet the expectation of either party (my husband or the employer), even after the second or third stage of the recruitment. There were several times when the company finally gave him the offer letter, which my husband had to decline due to the poor salary increase (some even offered a decrease!) and benefits; while what happened in some other times was that my husband’s skill set was not considered fits to the institution’s expected qualifications. He has been going from bank to bank (his expertise is in Wealth Management area) for interviews, and the result was null for months. He tried his best not to let me see his desperation, but we wives know, don’t we?
However, guess what? One day, 8 months after he resigned, a newly promoted boss from a well-known international Asset Management company contacted him, saying that she knew his number from a mutual relative, and she wanted to meet up and discuss things. We knew straight away that it would have been a job interview (and it was!).
It took another month for the hiring process that includes some interviews, a panel presentation to the boards, and some discussions through phone calls and whatsapp texts. I was in the bathroom when he got the final call, and my heart beat so fast during shower. He ran towards me and screamed happily as he hung up, and I just knew that it was a good news: He was officially hired! We hugged and jumped feeling so thrilled. I mean, this company is one of dream destinations of many bankers out there, and my husband got that job!
When I look back, I smile gratefully because my husband did not stop there after the rejections. I think the hard part is embracing the fact that nothing worth having ever comes easy. It would take time, patience, and actions. It might also take some broken bones, or the courage to get up again after all the no’s. What happened to my husband just makes me believe again that - no matter how cheesy and boring it sounds - if we don’t give up, the hard work will pay off.