Cubicles, you have decided, are the kin of prisons. They trap you to impossible hours, the tedium of an office. You offer constant glances to a clock (the one hint of personality you were allowed to have; all other elements have been taken away, were deemed inappropriate for work), watching the seconds slink by. They always seem so slow. Time, you’re certain, must be a cruel thing. There is no other explanation for how it always makes you wait.
But such waiting is necessary, you know. When all of the others leave — escaping their desks and budget concerns, hurrying toward their homes — you instead remain. It is difficult, but you manage somehow: offering the extra effort that you hope will gain you recognition. You give all you can. You sit hunched over a keyboard.
And the result is… success.
You have implemented what so many refuse — you provided more than the minimum; you have done more than what was asked.
While it is tempting (and forever understandable) to wish to abandon a career, to flee the moment the day is through, those wanting a promotion must instead stay firm. It is a nearly impossible thing to be rewarded by punching out a time card and allowing others to bear the burden of extra hours. Leaders are those who can remain with their team — or even take the place of that team entirely. Companies are searching for those who can provide a true effort, even when it’s not required.
The simplest way to succeed — beyond having a college background and being able to supply a degree — is to offer your complete energy to a corporation. It isn’t easy; it isn’t thrilling; and it will demand everything you have. But the labor you offer will be repaid. You’ll become the one who has been proven as reliable, and that is a necessity.
Work hard. Offer time. Gain a promotion through persistence.