Do you feel like you’ve been going unnoticed as of lately? Or, maybe you’ve been feeling like this your whole life? It’s not uncommon for you to go unnoticed, people are worried about the work that they have to do and the value they bring to the world.
Whether you feel like you’ve been going unnoticed at your job or by your friends, you need to understand that your situation isn’t bad. If anything, it’s an opportunity for you to work harder and smarter.
You shouldn't be aiming to impress others with your work, when you’re doing the right thing for others and yourself, you feel fulfilled. People may not say thank you, they may even try to play down the work you’ve done. What is there to be mad about if you know you’re doing the right thing?
You’re an underdog, but this is what makes you stand out without even noticing. You have a chip on your shoulder, and only a certain percentage of people in the world have this chip on their shoulders.
You walk around motivated, you understand that you have an opportunity to showcase your talent no matter what you do or where you are. This doesn't matter if you’re a writer, a singer, or a bodybuilder. People will ignore your progress and this is just a burden you’re putting on to yourself.
At the end of the day, what do you really put in the work for and for who? Why are you working overtime at work all week? Why are you spending an extra 30 minutes in the gym? Why are you posting a blog almost every day of the week?
You’re doing it for yourself because you want to get more money so you can provide for yourself and others. You’re doing it because you want to get stronger and become in the best shape of your life. You’re doing it so you can one day write a book that changes lives.
Going unnoticed for what you do is a blessing, many people don’t like the spotlight and they force themselves into it. As long as you stick to your true purpose of what you do, you will get noticed at the right time and in the right spotlight.
Think about how many people have become successful for a few weeks and then you never heard from them again. Your aim should be to impress yourself and not others, be real with yourself and remind yourself of why you do what you do.
Less Pressure From Outside Forces
When you don’t get noticed for everything you do, this makes more room for error. You don’t want to constantly make mistakes but you are going to mess up every now and then. You can’t run away from mistakes, they’re inevitable and sometimes you have to make mistakes to learn.
Think about the job you have now, when you first starting work there how many mistakes did you make? If you’ve been working at your job for a while then you probably already forgot most of those mistakes.
Some of the common mistakes that everyone makes when they get a new job is they may tell customers the wrong information, they wear the wrong uniform and they misinterpret their schedules.
When hearing these things and you think of a first-time employee, you probably say to yourself that these things are common and that’s because they are.
Eventually, as you make those mistakes over time, you learn from them and you start to fit into that job a few weeks in. So, when they go unnoticed at this new job, as most people do during their first few weeks there, they’re able to make mistakes because there’s less pressure on them as new employees.
Translate this into your life when you want to try something new. When you’re under the radar and you don’t have people watching your every single move, you’re able to make mistakes in the process and keep trying to get better at something.
This is how I perceive my work here on Medium. I don’t have a lot of followers, nor do I get a lot of reads on my articles. Yet, I don’t see this as a bad thing. I see it as an opportunity. I get to try new ways of writing and try new words that I’ve never used before in an article and I don’t have to worry about hateful comments of people trying to edit everything I write.
This makes me confident and not afraid to try something new in my posts. Use this time of being unnoticed as an opportunity to get better at something you’re not the best at now.
It Humbles You
When you live your life as someone who doesn’t get noticed for their hard work and determination you get humbled real quick. You don’t walk around as someone who is extremely cocky because you know that you’re no better than the next person.
This is not to knock yourself down but you’re nothing that this world hasn’t seen before. You understand that there are people who work just as much as you do and there are people who work even harder than you.
This gets you prepared for what life has to offer at any moment. Even if you feel like you’re the best writer out of the people you know, you won’t be surprised when their work gets noticed more than yours.
Being grounded can be hard at times, especially when it comes to disrespect from others. Yes, there will be people who will shame you for the work you do and may even hate the things you produce.
This is just another life lesson. Understanding that not everyone is going to like you or what you do is okay. You were probably told since you were young that you can’t impress everyone.
When you go unnoticed, you are less likely to impress others on a regular basis. You know you have the potential too, but you don’t get mad at the situation you’re in, you learn from it and use it as motivation.
It’s just not your time yet, no one knows when their time is going to be and that’s what makes it so exciting when you do get a little bit of recognition. You also learn from this experience so when you do get recognized, you don’t go around bragging about it.
You smile a little bit and move on because you know that life has a balance. So, you know that even though you may have got noticed today, you may not get noticed tomorrow for that same work because you now have an expectation set on your work.
Going unnoticed now is just getting you ready for when your time actually does come and you’ll be ready for that moment because you know you’ve put in the work to be there, so don’t worry, your time is coming.
Building a Stronger Relationship With Yourself
Being unnoticed is actually kind of cool, you build this relationship with yourself that is unique and strong. You feel like you’re alive for most of your life, you know, the movies where the guy has to work his way from the bottom to make it to the top.
You may be the only person that is noticing the work you’re putting in. This gives you a lot more confidence and almost more respect for yourself. You’re no longer afraid of any obstacles that come your way because you know what you’re capable of.
Even if you do get a little nervous, it’s also a little exciting because you know you’re going to grow from the situation. You also become more independent too because you can’t rely on others for your satisfaction.
At times, you will need help from other people but you become acceptable to the fact that people may not notice the struggles you’re going through.
Being overlooked can have its pros and cons but it’s a path that everyone experiences at least once in their life. The more you accept the easier it is to adjust. I’ll leave you with a quote from Joyce Rachelle that says
“Invisibility can be good as a superpower.”