… without you trying to ‘teach me a lesson.’
I get that you’ve paid your dues, toiling away at the minutiae of day-to-day life with the odds stacked against you.
I also get that I’m a privileged smart-ass who comes from a ridiculously entitled generation, having been told we’re awesome for the last twenty-something years by our helicopter parents.
We’re not all so bad, though. Most of us inherently know that in the scheme of things we’ve accomplished jack shit.
But that doesn’t mean we don’t want to. That doesn’t mean that it’s not really hard to balance our desire to climb with the gentle reminder that patience is a virtue.
Many of us didn’t exactly come out of school at the optimal time. In fact, 17 million Americans with college degrees are doing jobs that don’t require them. Not to mention the immense amount of debt incurred from student loans.
We know it’s not easy. We know that it’s not how hard you get hit, but how fast you get back up. And we’re okay with that.
What we’re not okay with is this notion that we need to perform some ridiculous task with no benefit to our organization just because we need to pay our dues and walk through the snow with no shoes. There’s other ways for us to show you how bad ‘we want it.’
I’d like to think that Erika Napoletano would bitch slap you for even suggesting such a thing.
Please keep this in mind before ‘testing’ us just to display your authority. Most of us genuinely want to learn. Hell, our generation even likes consistent criticism so long as it helps us get better at our job. We just want to know ‘why.’ We want to know we’re making a positive impact.
Have you ever tested someone just for the sake of it? Have there ever been a time when you felt like you were unfairly tested? Why is it that this practice is prevalent in our society?
[Full disclosure: This post isn’t about someone in particular. I LOVE my job. My boss is also bad ass. This post stemmed from a note I scrawled on a sticky note next to my bed while reading Neil Strauss’ “Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead.”]