When life is perfectly imperfect, literature like the genius of James Joyce provides the perfect remedy and wisdom for the moment. Life will always throw curve balls at us no matter how much we plan or how hard we work. We will fall, we will make mistakes, but we must pick ourselves up and recreate life out of life.
It certainly isn’t easy. How can one expect someone, who is continuously marginalized to stay in their current role? I love the quote from Joyce above about people trampling flowers to go embrace a cactus. Too often people are enticed by the cactus or the sheep in wolf’s clothing over the flower. It doesn’t make sense, but there is something in human nature that draws us to people who may hurt or disloyal to us versus those that our loyal. Failing to recognize the people that have made an organization effective, while recognizing others is a death nail to a team. Unfortunately, this could leave to the demise of an organization.
At the end of the day, words are meaningless. It is actions that speak volumes. People have made numerous promises to me over my career, but promises mean nothing without action. Once, after six years, someone made good on the promise they had made. When giving me the good news, however, they lied. They flat out lied. Again words are meaningless. When I speak to my employees about their futures, I’m honest in my timelines and in setting expectations. It isn’t always what they want to hear, but at least they know my word is good.
Falling is optional, but rising back up is not. So rise we must! We have an obligation to ourselves to give our best each and everyday regardless of our circumstances. If you’re in a situation where your continuously marginalized, then it is time to move on.