It’s true. And we have all been there.
Perhaps you don’t have the best job in the word or the nicest boss or the cordial co-workers. You take it day in and day out because you say to yourself that you are lucky you have a job.
Someone shared a story recently with me about her first day in a new job with a new company. She decided to take some clients out to lunch but ran the risk of not making it back to the office in time for a team meeting. As the clock slowly ran out, she couldn’t exactly hurry the client along while out to lunch so she kept pace and ended up getting to the meeting a few minutes late. So what happened?
The head of the division called her out in front of everyone and said ‘I don’t care who the f*ck you are, but you don’t come to my meetings late.’ And you know what she did?
She said, ‘I was taking one of your f*ckin clients out to lunch. Do you have a problem with that?’
You know what happened next?
He respected her.
She stood up to him and on his level to boot.
Not so sure I would take this approach. I’m not even sure I would’ve said anything at all (I might’ve said ‘do you want me to leave?’) and it made me think about all the times we are crushed, that we live with the norm because we don’t see a way out. We are thankful for what we have and too busy doing that than to make time to pursue something better.