“As a child, I had Plutophobia, which in simple terms means fear of wealth. I felt this irrational fear while talking to or dealing with rich people and it was probably the outcome of my upbringing. Hailing from a conservative family, I had my reservations about socializing with people who belonged to the higher stratum of the society and this fear went on to remain with me even after I started earning a living.
When I was starting out my professional life, I came across an interesting opening, but I neither had the qualification nor experience that it required. However, I was sure that I was the perfect fit for the job. I tried to apply for it, called to request an in-person meeting and even tried to go attend the interview directly without an appointment, but in vain. So I tailgated someone who had access to the building, found the HR cabin and told the man sitting across the table why I deserved this job. He seemed amused, but nevertheless decided to give me a chance and asked me to go through the interview process, following which, within two days, I had the job.
It was crazy that I pulled off something like that. But I was always skeptic about managing my finances and not very comfortable thinking or talking about money. So I decided to switch my attention from money and focused it all on creating value for my organization and clients. The pay seemed like a secondary motivation. I kept going and continued working with the same outlook. The fear transcended into this quality where I prioritized value addition over money; And that is what brought me where I am in my professional and personal life!”
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