A friend of mine studying computer science explained something to me recently called a NAND gate.
I won’t attempt to explain in detail, but basically, he first told me that if your input is a 1, your output is a 1. Thing is, you have to put in 0 to get 1 (NAND means “Negative-AND”, so it’s a little trickier than you might expect).
What was my output of discussing this with him?
Knowing that what you get out of something depends on what you put in. Only thing is, you gotta know what filter your work is going through, and how it affects things coming out the other end.
A “thanks” or a “great job” at the wrong time or in the wrong situation might come off as “thanks for nothing” or “great job, for someone like you.” Good intentions get misinterpreted all the time, especially if they’re run through a Negative-AND gate.
Put in good work, but try to take it a step further—do good work, but at the right time, with the right people, and maybe you’ll get something closer to what you were expecting.