When I was growing up, I was quite innocent. People tried to take advantage of me because they assumed this innocence meant I was unintelligent. Perhaps I wasn’t the smartest person, but I knew enough early on in my life to differentiate between good and bad.
That’s because from almost the beginning of my life I saw people around me doing bad deeds and basking in negativity. I did not want my life and achievements to be sullied by this attitude and so I decided that I wanted to infuse love in everything I do.
Although I chose to take the path of love despite negative conditions I witnessed for so many years, I have come to understand why people are compelled to behave badly. It comes from having an inferiority complex, which I believe many people suffer from. The problem is that people who have an inferiority complex often do not recognize this trait within themselves.
People have inferiority complexes because they work for companies that have the same condition. Most businesses are driven by fear – fear of not making sufficient profits, fear of upsetting stakeholders, fear of losing market share. This inferiority complex is then transferred to employees who are constantly afraid of being reprimanded and losing their jobs.
Most people and businesses are driven by material rewards. We believe that if we make a lot of money, then we can buy an expensive house and a fancy car. This is all done to fill a void in us. But we are never satisfied. The more we acquire, the bigger the void becomes. We keep chasing things believing they will satisfy us. But the only thing that happens is the void within us becomes larger.
Many people are in competition with friends and family members. If our neighbor buys a top-of-the-line car, then we feel the urge to buy a better, more expensive car. This may bring us joy for a little while, but in the long run, the void stays empty and the desire to collect new and “better” things only increases.
As a result, any work that we do is rooted in fear and is, therefore, not meaningful. But imagine if you approached work and business from the viewpoint of love and compassion? With this attitude, your priority is not material gain but rather providing a sense of fulfillment with no monetary advantage.
When businesses operate with such a viewpoint, employees work in a way that brings them satisfaction. They no longer work out of fear because they are given the freedom to pursue their passions. When you work because you want to work, the void inside you gradually begins to fill because you feel a sense of accomplishment and pride.
Not only is this good for everyone’s mental well-being, but it also benefits the bottom line. Many studies have shown that happy employees are more productive. This, in turn, is good for the overall organization.
Everyone wants to have a job they love and where they can fulfill their passions. Going to work every day knowing that you are only satisfying someone else’s desires can be soul-crushing and inevitably leads to the downfall of the entire organization.
That is why it is so important for companies to recognize that working from the heart and infusing compassion into everything is vitally important to survival and, more importantly, complete fulfillment.