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Growing: A Reflection on Self-Propelling Behavior

In pure and utter gratitude, I dedicate this blog to SwervePoint, my bosses, and the Programs team for all of the support, feedback, criticism, advice, assistance, praise, and general love that has fostered my happiness and growth as a young professional for an amazing, growing company.

I got promoted–officially!  According to urbandictionary.com, promotions are defined as “an increase in pay, title, and responsibility for an employee within a company that should be based on his hard work – but occasionally is based on nepotism, office politics, or sycophantic behavior while on the job. Example: No one seemed surprised by Joey’s promotion at work, as he is the boss’ son.”  So let’s see where my promotion came from?  Am I just another Michael Scott?  Well,  I cannot be enjoying the spoils of office politics.  My idea of office infantry tactics is generally retreat and build reinforcements.  The fallout left by office drama never seems to have a victor anyway.  And while sycophant does come from the Greek, συκοφάντης (sykophántēs), sycophantic personality traits have escaped my own personality and are not typically reflected in Greek culture (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sycophancy).  Is it possible then that my mother had an illicit liaison with my much younger boss a couple of decades ago?  I wish so I could bring some sensationalist scandal to my blog and instantly increase my subscribers!

I have worked long and hard for this promotion. But growing is not about working harder or longer.  It is about working smarter.  Sadly, I know far too many young professionals, including myself, treading for hours in torrential waters, becoming weary of responsibilities and believing that survival through the storm is enough, whether the storm is the economy or a new huge project.  But growing, promotions, and careers–these things are brought to life by taking survival steps to the next level.  Thunder through major responsibilities by working efficiently and creatively, rather than wasting energy.  If you are wavering on this point, ask a much larger storm, ie. your boss, for constructive criticism on how to make waves instead of ripples.

Then embrace the opportunities you are given to let a little lightning illuminate how capable and accomplished you are lest someone’s cloud overshadow your surge.  There is a fine line between shameless self-promotion and self-propelling behavior, but it must be floated upon.  As Machiavelli said, “For, if everything be well considered, something will be found that will appear a virtue, but will lead to his ruin if adopted; and something else that will appear a vice, if adopted, will result in his security and well-being.”  So balance self-promotion with the virtue of humility by being gracious.  But be realistic–if your time and efforts deserve praise, if you are being a force of nature in the workplace, let others know the kind of impact you make.  After all, physics says a force of a nature requires a reaction, and hopefully a promotion!

I’ll leave you with the lyrics from Child in the Night and a quote from William Jennings Bryan, “Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.”  Go forth and prosper!

Child in the Night, by none other than Ludacris

It’s gonna get in ya, child of the night
.. and the hood rolls on
How do I begin to, do this shit right
.. get my hustle on

Look here!
Now I’m a man of many talents and a man of my word
But on my path to see the light sometimes my vision gets blurred
It’s all a part of growin up and seein life at it’s worst
Then tryin to iron out my wrinkles, puttin family first
It seems like the whole world is out for sinkin my boat
But with God as my navigator I’ll be stayin afloat
And I admit to bein caught by many foolish distractions
Then I’m forced to pay the price as the result of my actions
I’m battlin with MYSELF and every DAY it’s a war
Curiosity killed the cat, why am I Curious George?
Gotta keep my nose up outta thangs that ain’t none of my biz
And just cause somethin looks don’t really mean that it is
Get through the agony and anger, the pain and strife
And take the necessary steps to try to change my life
I got some questions for you Lord cause my mentality’s hood
So why is everything that’s bad for me feel so good?


Now I’m a only child, so excuse some of my selfish ways
I got spoiled when I was young, spoil myself today
Oh but I feed at least a thousand stomachs and how I’ve done it
is from the ground up a hundred miles and runnin
Dodgin and duckin everybody tryin to hammer me down
A self-made millionaire, baby look at me now
Can’t tell me nothin still hungry as the day I began
Cause all I ever really needed was a pen in my hand
And a, pad in my lap, didn’t matter in fact
Me and my momma lived in one room, and what’s badder than that
was a young man forced to grow up at the age of 12
Tryin to get in where I fit, streets givin me hell
But yet I give it right – back, so how you like – that
Continue doin wrong ’til I was on the right – track
Tell me ’bout heavy money I might give it a PUSH
But a, bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
Come on


No matter how much older we get man, we all still children at heart
We all make mistakes, it’s all good

Now I’ve tried plenty of times to get rid of my bad habits
Livin life on the cuttin edge, takin a stab at it
And learnin from my mistakes, try not to make ’em twice
Just admittin when I’m wrong, tryin hard to make it right
And baby, nobody’s perfect in this world of ours
There’s plenty people gettin stitches in this world of scars
But over time, pray to God that he can heal your wounds
Try to love and love again until they seal your tomb
Cause life is short if you don’t know this it’ll pass you by
That’s why my head is in the clouds tryin to pass the sky
Never blinkin for a minute, keep my eyes on my foes
They wanna catch me in the open, bring my life to a close
Meanwhile that’s why I’m bringin so much life to my shows
I’ve seen smiles I’m makin changes turnin glitter to gold
Don’t let these devils play you down or belittle your soul
Just be happy with yo’self and it’s so simple to grow
Come on

In pure and utter gratitude, I dedicate this blog to SwervePoint, my bosses, and the Programs team for all of the support, feedback, criticism, assistance, praise, and general love that has fostered my happiness and growth as a young professional for an amazing, growing company.

  1. 03/03/2010 at 2:33 am


    there’s no substitute for hard work … most successful
    people have worked hard for what they have … a few have
    gotten lucky along the way, but that’s the exception.
    the other important factor is the people who recognize
    your talent and effort … i worked very hard for 4 years
    for a boss who took all the praise and passed along the
    criticism … it took me that long to realize that i was
    never going to get anywhere in that environment … you
    obviously not in that situation, which is great

    • workingreekgirl
      03/03/2010 at 1:14 pm

      Thank you! So true as long as it is smart and efficient hard work! Yes, I am happy to say I am in a supportive environment that exists as a partner in my growth.

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