The House that Nestor Built
Mr. Nestor, the General Manager of a successful real estate firm in Lagos, tendered his letter of resignation to his boss, yesterday, after putting in 10 years in the business.
The owner of the business was filled with sadness when he received Nestor’s letter. He called Nestor to his office and tried to persuade him to change his mind because of his wealth of experience. He offered him a substantial salary raise and other perks.
But Nestor stuck to his guns.
The business owner would not give up. He invited his star employee for dinner in his palatial home the following day. He raised the issue again while they were having drinks. His wife, who had been briefed of Nestor’s impending resignation, joined in the conversation. She pleaded with him not to leave the company, which he has helped to build from the scratch. They regard him as part of the family…
Nestor smiled ruefully. They could not convince him. There was a faraway look in his eyes, which the couple did not notice.
His boss sighed deeply and made a small request. He begged his most trusted employee to help the firm to build one more house before leaving. He told Nestor, whose mind did not seem to be in the dinning-room that he wanted the house to be one of the best that he had ever built.
Nestor reluctantly accepted to do the job because he felt it would have been impolite to have said an outright ‘No! But he decided to cut corners.
He did not wait for the imported raw materials to arrive and so he resorted to using the cheap ones that were locally available. He equally used less quantity of cement, rusty nails and substandard building materials for the project. In no time, he declared the three-bed room bungalow ‘completed.’
In all his years in the building business, the house was the worst that Nestor had ever built! At least, he has carried out Oga’s wishes…
As he submitted the key to his boss, the elderly man returned it to him and said, “You can have the key, the house is yours. You see, I have been thinking of a way to reward you for the services you have rendered to this company all these years. My wife and I couldn’t think of a better way to thank you. It is the least that we can do for you. I wish you the best in all your future endeavours.”
Nestor gaped stupidly at his boss. He was at a loss for words.
Perhaps, if he knew that he was building his own house, he probably would have built an imposing mansion for himself as his kind boss practically gave him a blank cheque to execute the project.
Many people are like that Nestor. They destroy all they have laboured to build over the years—be it a career or a relationship—through a single wrong decision which often has fatal consequences.
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