How to Be a Grateful Bastard At Your Job and Get the Goods

Yes. Even if your job sucks, gratitude helps more than a sour face will

Tim Ebl
5 min readNov 21, 2023


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We’ve all met the ungrateful bastard at work. Maybe that’s your boss, co-worker, or customer. Do we love their lack of positives?

No. We do not love their ungrateful forays into our airspace. We want them to go. We like grateful people. Because we know they appreciate us.

“Don’t let the door hit you in the backside on your way out, you ungrateful bastard,” we think (or something like that, right?)

And yet, I used to be one of those ungrateful fools who refused to play the game.

Someone once told me, “I never kiss anyone’s arse. I’m here to make money, not friends.”

Unfortunately, I thought this dude was cool. So I took his words and ran with them.

My Ungrateful Attitude at Work Got Me Nowhere

The only one surprised at my lack of work success was me. But it took me years, a DECADE, to figure out that I was the problem, not the world.

What was I doing wrong?

  • I thought that work quality and perfectionism were what mattered, and I deserved recognition for these qualities…



Tim Ebl

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