We tend to get wrapped up in our own selves both in work and life itself. We focus so heavily on the work that we’re doing that we may forget that there are others in our group that are struggling. There’s one question above any other that will help propel you from where you are now to where you want to be…
“Can I help?”
Alternatively, “how can I help?” “What is the worst work here that needs tending?”
Roll your sleeves up, knock your head against the worst problem, and get that off their plate. Maybe at first, they won’t notice or even appreciate it. Keep going. You’re not doing it for them. You’re not taking care of their dirtiest work, their grime, their “I don’t really want to deal with this right now” tasks just because you want to impress them or because you’re looking for favors.
You’re doing the work to build your skillset. By taking on increasingly more difficult work, work that challenges you, embarrasses you, and makes you feel humble, you grow and become better than where you were before. Eventually, someone may step in and say “can I help?” to your lingering minor annoyance.