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People reveal the moment they realized being nice and working hard got them nowhere

Many people shared that they were discarded and ignored multiple times despite being hardworking and nice.

People reveal the moment they realized being nice and working hard got them nowhere
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Editor's note: This article was originally published on November 22, 2021. It has been updated.


It's important to take pride in your work and have a good work ethic. It's something that's been instilled in all of us from our childhood, by our parents, teachers, and pretty much everyone. We've been told hard work is rewarded and recognized, and to be fair, they were, at home and school, in most cases. But, that might not always be the case at the workplace. From taking on extra work and staying late to being at your boss' beck and call, many people have gone beyond the call of duty and they are realizing that it doesn't necessarily mean you are recognized or rewarded for your work. Toxic workplaces thrive on exploiting 'hard working' people because it means having to pay less for work extracted. As life goes on, you wonder if all the effort you put in was ever worth it, to you personally. You're left burned out and watching life pass you by.

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One Twitter user, who goes by the name Kate Lister, sparked a discussion on the topic after asking: "How old were you when you realized your original plan of being really nice, working really hard, and taking on much more than you should in the hope you would be automatically rewarded for this without asking, was totally sh*t?" The tweet resonated with many people, garnering more than 351k likes, and was shared more than 50k times. Many shared their personal stories and revealed how their commitment and work ethic was abused, leaving them in dark places and so many with little to show for all the work they put in.



Lister then said it's important to value your own work, particularly in monetary terms. "The Joker said, 'if you’re good at something, never do it for free.' While it is nice to be nice and it is great to work hard and to try and be good at whatever you do, but do not do that sh*t for free, people! Know your worth… and then add tax," she tweeted. Here are 20 people who wished they had realized the same sooner in life.