Chhota Bheem is a cartoon character that is extremely popular where I live. He is my daughter’s favorite characters. I like to say that children love Chhota Bheem more than their parents – it is lucky for us he is not real!
Children love Chhota Bheem because he is the absolute “good guy.” He is smart, loyal, and strong. He and his friends live in Dholakpur and fight off their many enemies – and always win – in every episode. In each episode, they learn something about friendship, bravery, and being kind to others. Chhota Bheem is a good role model for children, and I think that he is a good role model for developers are well.
Well, read on my list of reasons.
Chhota Bheem uses his brain. He doesn’t always win his fights using strength, he also outsmarts his enemies. Problems at work may not be “enemies,” but developers still must use their brain to solve networking or server issues.
Chhota Bheem doesn’t give in to jealousy. Sometimes his enemies try to turn him and his friends against each other, but they never give in. Developers also must work in a team, so don’t let jealousy get in your way!
Use your resources. Chhota Bheem’s rival Kalia Pehelwan has powers, but because he does not use them properly, he always loses to Chhota. Developers don’t have the same kind of powers as Kalia, but it is always important to try your best.
Chhota Bheem often wins because he is kind, courteous, and respectful, when those he are fighting are not. It can be hard to remember that the good will always win (yes, even in the real world), and while I would never suggest that developers are bad guys, sometimes the stress of the job can make kindness hard. Be like Chhota Bheem – try your best.
Play fair. Chhota Bheem also wins against his enemies because he follows the rules. In the show, the challenges are often set up like a game or contest. Chhota wins because he plays by the rules, even when his enemies cheat. In the work place, there are not always “rules” like a game, but it can be tempting to work too quickly, or not finish a project. Whatever the temptation may be – going home early, outdoing a colleague – remember that that results will not be worth it.
Chhota Bheem has self-confidence. He may just be a child leader (partially for the sake of his audience) but he is not afraid to lead his friends and fight his enemies. Next time you are at work and there is a project that seems impossible, take courage from Chhota Bheem. He is a child, and children love him. Children might not quite understand your job, but you, too, can inspire awe like Chhota Bheem.
I hope you are all enjoying reading about developers-as-superheroes as much as I am enjoying writing about them. Please tell me how else developers are like Superheroes in the comments – especially if you know any developers who are faster than a speeding bullet and can leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)