If I’ve learned anything in the work place, it’s that most people simply want recognition for a good day’s work. Pay and promotion are secondary to a simple gesture of a pat on the back or a “well done.” Yet, why is it that praise is so often lost in the shuffle? When just saying “thank you” is so easy and cost effective, silence often replaces.
I remember going through a rough stage in my career where I felt invisible. Like Ralph Ellison’s protagonist in the Invisible Man, even with 1,369 light bulbs shining brightly around his basement room, he still felt like nobody noticed.
“I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids – and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.” This quote has stuck with me for well over two decades since first reading Mr. Ellison’s 1952 classic in high school.