Move On Up

Yesterday was my first official day as chief mate. The regular C/M on the crew opposite mine got injured at home and personnel asked me to stay on two extra weeks to fill in for him; I couldn’t say no. A lot of friends here and back home are very happy for me, but I’ve come to find that there are some people here who don’t like how I took this position so quickly. They feel there are others who have been here longer who deserve it more than I do. To my mind it’s less about deserving and more about qualifications and timing. Few people here have much concept of what I’ve gone through to get where I am, and so I guess it could be easy to assume I haven’t worked hard enough to deserve this. I can’t say I’m surprised, but it is a bit of a shock to be resented so bitterly. 

The truth is that my choices and the path I’ve taken over the last few years are the reason I was given this opportunity, and I can’t apologize for that – I won’t, because it would be unfair to others who struggle to attain goals similar to mine. In the end, wonderful as it is, this is still simply a job and I’ll do it proudly to the best of my abilities. I can’t let someone else’s reality become my reality; that just wouldn’t make any sense. No one has the right to dictate your life and the ones who try are wasting their breath. 

5 thoughts on “Move On Up

  1. There will always be a percentage of people that are upset. Some because they felt they should have been promoted (often they don't even take the necessary steps to do so), some because they think their buddy should be promoted, others because of race or gender, others sinority. I think you expressed a good grasp of that and I'm glad you chose to ignore them and keep on chugging.Congrats, Todd


  2. Congratulations! Clearly you've earned it. You're responsible for your career, and those folks are responsible for theirs. A guy I used to work for liked to quote his dad, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen and America's first four-star general in any service: \”When the train of opportunity rolls into the station, you'd better have your bags packed and be ready to jump aboard.\”


  3. Some achieve by their work and ambition and merit. Some expect reward via their sense of entitlement. Congratulations on your well deserved and hard-won promotion.


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