Our work won’t speak for itself. On a good day, it may just do 70% of the talking required. But, it still needs us to make the effort to package it and make the case for it.
But, it bears repeating – it won’t speak for itself. And, even if we build it well, they may not come. In fact, unless we put in the effort to sell it, they most likely won’t.
A useful assumption, then, is that quality work will do half the talking. The rest is up to us.
The world and the places we work seem fairer places once we internalize that and do the work to make sure our efforts count – after we do the work.
PS: The note to self version of this started with – “To my intense disappointment, I’ve come to realize that our work alone won’t speak for itself.” :-)