Good for Nothing

By Thomas Hubbard.  
Published on Monday, February 18, 2013

It’s crushing to think that in spite of your best efforts, you were good for nothing. That regardless of having the best intentions, they don’t count, or amount to anything. That after laboring to be the absolute best you can be, your best isn’t good enough.

For those of us who dream big, the thought of being good for nothing is the ultimate low. The thought of being useless or ineffective makes us question our decisions, reasoning—sometimes our existence.

Can you remember a time when nothing seemed to work in your favor? Maybe the challenge was landing the job you always wanted. After learning you didn’t get it, all you could think of was the hope you invested; the time and energy spent in preparation of the interview, only to have that company reject you. You know you were good…but were you good for nothing?

The same could be asked of the employee who was terminated for no fault of his own. Gone are his years of dedication and hard work; climbing the corporate ladder and building working relationships. Was his labor in vein? Was he, too, good for nothing?

Each of us, at some point, has had our love, sacrifice, or good deed thrown back in our face. Perhaps you were let down by a wayward child. Maybe you were slighted by a friend or loved one who—before they were absentminded—benefited from your patience and kindness.

The illusion of being good for nothing

The idea of being good for nothing is usually just that: An idea. Somewhere in life’s painstaking process, the disappointments we experience begin to weigh us down. Often what’s left is a wounded spirit; questioning his/her worth and moments away from throwing in the towel.

No matter how tough your journey gets, never think that you or your efforts are useless! There’s no greater tragedy than when people give up on themselves. The moment we believe we are good for nothing is the moment it becomes true.

Rethink your strategy! Learn from past mistakes and continue to follow your heart. Continue to do the right thing, but look for the bottom line when applicable. How will this affect me?  Is this person (or thing) worthy of my time and energy?  Am I really prepared should the unthinkable happen?

It’s a sad truth: Good without strategy is often good for nothing. But as long as we have a plan…as long as we live and walk in our purpose, the good we do will never be in vein! So get back out there, and let nothing suggest you are good for nothing!

This is your Monday Unleaded for the week of February 17, 2013. Have a productive week!

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