“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”
– Bill Cosby
Over the past couple of weeks I have been very introspective about my career. My workload has increased steadily over the past 6 months. More and more responsibility is a good thing but at times it can be difficult to handle. It is even more difficult when those around you make you feel like your effort is not appreciated in different ways. This has been one of the most daunting tasks of my professional career, to know the perception of the quality of work from your peers is not as important as the perception from your boss and customers. And more so when you have peers that are insecure about their own quality.
I have been reading JorgeQ for the last couple of weeks. It is an excellent looking blog with even better writing. To my surprise early this morning he posted some of the questions that I had been asking myself along with Bill Cosby’s quote. It was interesting that someone was having similar thoughts on the subject. I was planning on simply commenting on his post and just moving on, but then I thought it would be good to post here. I am not sure if people from work actually ever read this but at this point I don’t think I am saying anything outlandish.
In career like in life we must take risks to accomplish great things. I think the greatest successes and failures in life both come from the greatest risks we are willing to take. As life progresses it becomes harder and harder to take risks, at least at this point in my life it feels that way. Responsibilities are greater, expectations are higher and consequences seem bigger as you get older. This morning I heard a conversation about golf, someone had just beaten their boss at a round last night… jokingly the boss said, you just committed career suicide. I believe this was a total joke, but maybe somewhere else this quote while unsaid might be true.
Even though we are in a workforce where standards, rules, regulations and laws are supposed to protect us and make things fair, the reality is different sometimes. Egos, personalities and interpersonal relationships affect our careers more than they should. I left my first job on principle, granted I linger longer than I should have, but in the end I left with most of my integrity. A lot of what happened there should have never happened, unethical, illegal and immoral things were the norm and in the end I had all I could take.
Today I am much further in my career and I think it is in a good place. I do want to go further and accomplish great things but I have to keep focus. Most importantly I have to keep positive not only about what I am doing but how I am doing it. I need to be able to remind myself of the positive reinforcement that I receive when I feel like I am unappreciated. It is hard but no one ever said that a job is an easy thing.