I’ll never forget the day my friend begged his father for a Rolex to look more professional.
He had recently graduated and he was on the job hunt, and wanted to make a good impression on potential employers. I could understand his logic—a nice watch could make him seem more reliable, mature, and successful—but I knew it wouldn’t make a difference in the end.
My friend had grown up in a relatively wealthy family, so his dad had plenty of money to spare.
He had always been spoiled, so when he asked his dad for a Rolex, his dad didn’t hesitate to make the purchase. I was skeptical, but I didn’t want to rain on my friend’s parade, so I kept my doubts to myself.
A few weeks later, my friend was still without a job. He had been to dozens of interviews but was never offered a position. He was beginning to get discouraged and was convinced it was because he didn’t look professional enough.
He was determined to buy a Rolex, so he went back to his dad and asked for more money. His dad was obviously spoiled him and buy it for him straight away.
My friend was still convinced that Rolex was the key to success. He went out and purchased the watch and wore it proudly to every interview. Unfortunately, he still wasn’t getting any job offers. He was increasingly frustrated, and I could tell he was blaming the Rolex for his lack of success.
It was then that I decided to speak up. I reminded him that a Rolex or any other Seiko watch doesn’t matter—it’s what you do that counts. People will judge you based on your skills, qualifications, and character, not the watch on your wrist.
I also reminded him that a flashy watch is no substitute for hard work and dedication.
He still believes that packaging is what counts, after failing to get a job he went to start a retail business but it closed down in less than a year.
But it’s ok, papa money can burn