That’s because you are doing the wrong job

Posted: June 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

Just the other day I was listening to a radio interview. The man being interviewed was David Zweig. He was being interviewed because he just completed a book, titled “Invisibles“, now in an effort at full disclosure I have to admit, I have not read this book yet. I would like to read it but I just started reading a new book two days ago so we will see.

The book is about the power of anonymous work and the people who do this work.  I think I am going to read the book the interview and the website promoting the book has me sold on it already. During his interview David mentions how he interviewed some “invincible” who were the best at what they did and had done what they did for ages. He also mentions how he looks for a common thread with these people and finds one. What is that thread?

It seems that invisible s or, men and women who do not look for recognition or appreciation from others, take great pride and appreciate the work itself. So that is the secret!

“I can’t understand it I am good at my job. I get things done, but I feel over looked and under paid. I would just like some gratitude from my boss and others every once and a while.”

We can fall into this trap of looking for gratitude approval and ultimately validation from others. The majority cannot be wrong and if the majority of people agree with you than you have to be right and you feel better about your self.

Two things about this. One the majority of people is usually wrong. I challenge you. Show me one instance current or historically where the majority was right and I can show you two where the majority was wrong.

“The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widely spread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.”
― Bertrand Russell

“Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.”
― Leo Tolstoy

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
― Mark Twain

What makes something right or valid is not intrinsic in its acceptance.

Second is that the good feeling you get from gratitude, approval and acceptance of others is fleeting. You will be looking for it again and again and according to David you usually spend more effort in promoting yourself than doing your job.

So what is one to do? Well get a new job. Ahh, easier said than done, am I right? Now I am a firm believer in the power of education and perhaps it is time to educate yourself. A new perspective can take shape when you see where your job fits into the grand scheme of things with the corporate beast you are slave too.



Figure out why you do your job and how it affects the company the culture and the word and you will find something greater than the sense of validation through recognition you will find joy in your work.

My girlfriend told me a story about a man who got a job delivering packages at the airport. He worked for two days delivering packages. He asked no questions but his mom did and he had no answers. He went back to work with the questions, he inadvertently asked an executive at the company his moms questions. The executive was impressed with his desire to learn and the man is now an executive. See education and moms are powerful forces.

So first figure out what it is and why you are doing what you do at work. Then do the best you can at it. If you still feel like you need the validation of others well then yeah you really may need a career change, but that is like a whole other blog post and it is Friday so we will talk again









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