I’ve learnt over time that being successful in adulthood has alot to do with commitment. Lets forget the excitement and freedom that comes with it for a bit, though I know you can’t leave those two out. But the fact remains that commitment in spite of how you feel is paramount.
Take for instance, you get married today, two days after, or at the expiration of your leave, your boss is going to expect you back at the office. Worst if you’re an entrepreneur, you have to go back as soon as possible so you can take orders and open your business place. Or in some cases, you receive very disturbing news about your health from your doctor yet your boss will still expect you to show up at work because there’s no one else that will do the job that you were paid to do. Another example is in bereavement. You’ll probably get a few days compassionate leave at most and afterwards, you’ll be expected to deliver a pitch perfectly and close a pending business deal. Even when you’re robbed on your way to an interview, they’ll still expect you to show up and nail it. Worst case is when they expect you to flash a smile at your hater in spite of the hatred and pass the files professionally. They will also expect you to show up at work in spite of heavy downpour whether you have a ride or not. And to add to it, your kids will expect their meals whether your salary is delayed or not.
In the corporate world, life doesn’t stop for you to soak in any moment long enough. That’s to say you just have to feel whatever you feel intensely and for however long you can before reality resumes duty. Agreed, there’s neither strong nor weak, victor nor villain in life. Our battles are unique, and there’s no yardstick for measurement. But the corporate world expects us to be strong and fearless. And in all sincerity, if we’re gonna be great, then there is a certain level of stoicism we must display.