There it was sitting on my e-mail inbox. A confirmation that I have been accepted as a part of ACE Talent Program. It is a program for high potential talents as future leaders. Your manager will need to nominate and fight for you for a spot. Think of it as an elite membership club.
I was just six months old with the company when I first heard about it and it has been part of my goal since. I wanted it. I wanted it so bad I can taste it. 3 years later, my acceptance letter (Hello Hogwarts, I am still waiting for yours) came. I almost punched an office friend in the face when he asked me to cancel attending the launch to attend something else. BITCH I WAITED 3 YEARS FOR THIS. I AM NOT GOING ANYWHERE.
The launch day came and I saw familiar faces. There was a lot of internal screaming happening while I was finding myself a seat.
The host told us that they hid questions under the chairs and we need to look for it and answer it if we do find one.
The first question was WHAT IS ACE TALENT? The guy answered, “I don’t know, I actually have no idea what it is and why I am here.” I wanted to strangle him and break his glasses into a million pieces. He was given a privilege and he does not have any idea why he is here. I wanted to escort him out of the building myself.
An ACE alumnus spoke about the program being the highest form of recognition anyone could achieve in our company. Being nominated means you are already a star, the best of the best, and joining ACE will develop you to become a superstar.
Our faces glowed with hope, drive, and inspiration. Our goals were the same, to be a superstar in our ways. And we were all taught that when you dream, always shoot for the stars.
Except me. I want to be a supernova.