For many years I had an exaggerated opinion of my contributions to the world of work.
As a young man, I worked long hours managing a Ramada Inn in Iowa City, Iowa. As needed, I checked people in and out, served as the cook and dishwasher, bartended, made up rooms, completed the night audit, mowed grass in the summer and shoveled snow in the winter. Back then, motel managers flowed to the needs of the property.
The owner, Reuben, lived in Denver and owned numerous hotels. He had no idea of the great work I was doing. I deserved a raise and a big one at that.
I called Reuben and demanded to earn what I justly deserved. Reuben said he heard my demand and would act on it immediately.
The next day Reuben flew into Iowa City and introduced me to a man named Bob Roberts.
Rueben told me Bob Roberts was the new manager of the Ramada Inn in Iowa City.
Did I mention I had an exaggerated opinion of my contributions to the world of work?