No, this is not a post about Ghostbusters.
Hi friends - I recently got promoted!
I’ll pause to let you cheer. Thank you, thank you very much. Ok you can stop clapping now, you’re embarrassing me.
When the the promotions were announced, a few colleagues reached out to say congratulations. One of those messages stood out:
(I really hope he doesn’t mind being used as an example)
In short, this teammate (and friend) was expressing surprise at how quickly another colleague of ours got promoted
At this point I’d like to emphasize I’m not sharing this story to put anyone down, because this is exactly what I might have said a few years back, and this “pettiness” is something I struggled with a lot in the past:
“How is it fair that XXX got promoted before me when they’re not as hard-working/not as capable/not as smart?! That’s bullsh**”
I’ve since reflected on this behavior of mine (since I know it is not a good character trait to have) by speaking with mentors and reading inspirational articles like Stop competing: everyone has their own timeline
First, having a victim’s mindset (i.e. feeling jealous) only hurt myself. It’s like the old saying, “Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die”
Secondly, when I took a step back to analyze the situation objectively, the person who got promoted or awarded did indeed do something truly outstanding
Sure we can shake our heads in disgust at someone for “just” being a good storyteller (by the way it’s a very very underrated skill), but why not learn from her presentations instead? That way we can be hard-working, smart, AND great at telling stories!
Finally, I realized that in the long run, capability prevails
When push comes to shove (i.e. when shit hits the fan), if a project NEEDS to succeed, if a campaign NEEDS to launch by a certain date, senior leaders will rely on people who have real capability. And if that person is you, leverage that capability in your next career development discussion or an external opportunity!
Have you been through a similar experience? I’d love to know how you approached it! Or just let me know in the comments what I should spend my raise on 😏
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