I spent 45 minutes teaching one of the new guys today. Each time I am faced with someone like him, I have an internal conversation with God that goes something like this “God, I know you are testing me, because I need him to teach me to be patient. I know that, so Help Me God.” *smile, sigh inside, smile*
OK, let’s go back to the someone-like-him part. Basically he is very timid, very polite, takes a bit too long to digest info, very hesitant, needs extra encouragement to answer any question but eager to learn. A YOUNG, DECENT GUY. early 20’s, so no we are not talking about anything fishy here (no pun intended)
During our session, I was encouraging him – “come on, do it faster because the client is worse than me – you can do this!”
new guy : OK OK i’m nervous – takut
So then I switched gear from being a tough-love-monster to nice-auntie-next-door. Kesiannya, am i that scary? I said don’t worrylah you just need to practice, apologized for being impatient at times and gave a few words of encouragement and constructive advice.
new guy : Akak, macamana saya nak jadi macam akak?
Here I am, wanting to be like someone ELSE (nicer, more patient, bla bla bla) and he said that. I know what he really meant, but the timing was just so comedic. I laughed inside and kept my poker face and said, ” You kena kerja 20 tahun kot”. Time made us who we are today.