Have you ever tried so hard to do your job well but got no appreciation from your boss in the end?
And to make matters worse, you got blamed for a project that has not taken off due to things beyond your control.
That’s what happened to me. I thought I had a career. I’m climbing up the ladder, so to speak. I have been dealing with hotshots in the corporate world.
Let us backtrack…my boss and I started well, at least in my thinking. But from the moment that I have started attending office meetings, I knew I made a mistake of joining the company. We clearly had different expectations.
He thought I can be ruthless, that I can hustle for the company, in the guise of serving the investors and earning the much coveted returns on investment.
I thought he can be a father figure, someone who can guide me in my career. Surely someone who belongs to a good community would have inherent kindness and support his staff. I was wrong.
In a short time I can see that our expectations and values consistently clashed. I wanted black and white in everything, for him there can be shades of grey.
But I needed the work. And the perks and income was great so I tried to conform. I started spending long hours dealing with all kinds of issues, and pushing myself to go with their way of thinking.
In my mind, there can be a balance. I will work hard and they will be okay once they see good results.
I was handling two big projects, a fund raising and a stock market offering. When the fund raising was completed, I thought that I made it. I will now get a pat on the back for the successful completion. But a good handshake from the boss never came my way. He is at my neck for my next task.
The task was to prepare for a stock market offering. But the economy has a way of spoiling things. Timing is not good and the project started slowly. Delays became inevitable.
The boss did not like it. I did not work fast enough, nor hustled enough to get things going. His goal will not be met. So I got called for a dressing down. The boss said this was not acceptable for a person being paid my kind of salary. That was the last straw for me. I immediately resigned.
You thought that was the end? No, the boss has other things in mind. He called me a failure. I countered that we have different definitions of success. Mine was the better one.
From that time on, I harbored anger in my heart for him. He caused me to doubt myself, got me off a good career plan. But you know what? I think this was a blessing in disguise.
The moment I decided to leave, new opportunities came my way. An advanced education and opportunities to do more of what I want.
A year ago, I saw him again. We did not get a chance to talk, but I know I have started the forgiving part. I no longer feel the anger. Lately, I said that maybe he is that way because life was not that kind to him. He had to go through hardships to get to where he was. And where I am now, I knew that I was the more fortunate one.
Life indeed has a way of making things up to you. Don’t stay angry, learn to forgive and things will become better.