We work, we expect and then we get disappointed. This is the story of a vast majority of people in this generation. We work very hard, often compromising a lot of things in life like family time, vacations, meet up with friends, hobbies etc. with the hopes that all this hard work will pay off some day. Only it doesn’t, and then we get into a state of depression, we revolt, we become bitter and even stop working.
Why does that happen to us? Why do we look for validation of our work from others? Why do we feel the need to get appreciation, bonus and other perks in return for the work that we do? Work should never be a give and take policy. Money is just a small part of your work and its best to keep it that way. Think of work as a means to learn something new and an opportunity to get better at what you do. The biggest reward a workplace can give you is experience.
I used to be the person who yearned for appreciation, to get credit, to get more monetary benefits. I felt that it was my reward for working hard. But soon I realized that corporate world doesn’t work that way. There is a whole lot of politics that happens that is no where related to your work. Foolish people like me are made to believe that we will get what we deserve and often we fall for this trap and keep working hard with the expectation to get a reward in return. And when that doesn’t happen, we stop working.
Many people might disagree with me and I agree, not all places function this way. The point here is, don’t let bad people or process effect your ability to do your work well. If you feel undervalued, move on. Many people fear to move on because they are too afraid to get out of their comfort zone. As a result they end up staying unhappy and bitter. Think of it this way, some people like sunshine, some don’t. Some like hot weather, some hate it. Regardless of what people think about the sun, it shows up everyday smiling at us. It tells us everyday that it will continue to do whatever it is supposed to do, even if we don’t like it some days and don’t give it the appreciation it deserves.