Paying it forward goes beyond creating joy for others. It creates opportunities to challenge the status quo for all. Meet Arjun, Senior Manager, IT at VMware Bangalore and unearth the opportunities to forge change by being empowered to wonder.
Role: Senior Manager, IT
Office Location: Bangalore, India
Years at VMware: 6 months
What does paying it forward mean to you?
Some of us are fortunate to have careers like the exciting ones at VMware. It feels great to receive a thank you at work or cool collectibles (“swag”) at a company event. For me, paying it forward means passing on some of that happiness to someone else to make their day just a bit brighter. It could be a colleague, a neighbor, or even a random person that you come across in the community. VMware’s Service Learning program provides many opportunities for my colleagues and I to pay it forward to the community around us. Just imagine, a whole week to pass on random acts of kindness every single year. With thousands of employees joining in, this could be a start of a chain reaction much bigger than that in the Kevin Spacey movie. Come, join in – and be part of the revolution.
What does the quote, “Wisdom begins in wonder.” from the VMware Foundation’s Service Learning campaign mean to you?
I believe that knowledge cannot be found by simply trying to commit vast amounts of factual information to memory. True knowledge comes from curiosity in the things around us, how they look and work and interact with us. As the Greek philosophers realized eons ago, it is this childlike wonder that is the true source of wisdom. This wonder and passion is what drives people at VMware to question the status quo, imagine the future of digital enterprises, and try to make it a reality, today.
How do you instill this value in your child children?
Sometimes it seems that my daughters (aged eight and two) are teaching me about the joys of learning and wonder rather than the other way around! We’ve tried to expose them to multiple experiences – whether it is staying in a wildlife sanctuary, participating in the Earth Day celebrations in our local community, or learning a new language. Sometimes it does lead to unexpected consequences like seeing a wall covered with eco slogans and sketches in their room – but overall we believe it prepares them to be better global citizens.
Please reflect on having your child featured in the campaign. What does it mean to you and your family?
One of the things that attracted me to VMware was their focus on the value of community. Here I was, fairly new to the job inspired to actively participate in the Service Learning campaign. It felt great to have our youngest daughter be one of the faces of the campaign for all global employees and the wider community. Being able to see the joy and wonder on my daughter’s face upon seeing the campaign poster was something that we will treasure for a long time. And it has served as an inspiration for our older child, who wants to be featured too!
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