What Do You Do When People Don't Care About Your work

What Do You Do When No One Appreciates Your Work?

What Do You Do When No One Appreciates Your Work

Van Gogh painted about 2000 works of art which is worth millions of dollars today. Yet he was only not able to sell a piece of art during his time.

Edgar Allan Poe introduced to the world, a new form of writing and theme which we now know as detective stories and is so praised in the literature world today. Yet Edgar was never recognized nor was he compensated fairly during his time.

Galileo is known as the father of modern physics and is adored by many today for his great theories. Yet during his time, his theories were thought to be full of heresy and were hardly accepted due to religious beliefs.

“Dearest Max, my last request; Everything I leave behind me..in the way of diaries, manuscripts, letters, sketches, and so on is to be burned unread”. These were the words of Kafka Franz whose writing did not get any attention until years after his death. Thanks to his friend who did not heed such request, today his work lives in a museum in Prague, Czeh republic.

What do these men have in common? In as much as their work continues to be adored and worth so much millions; during their time, no one valued or cared about their work till they sadly passed away.

These stories aren’t just timelines on the history pages, they reveal an interesting fact. In fact I believe you are facing such situation yourself.

You have created a masterpiece that is sure to help a lot of people. You have crafted something so grand that it should help the world out of its misery. You probably should be given an award for your work because it is one of a kind. Yet no one appreciates your work. Some even think it is useless and irrelevant.

So what do you do when people don’t appreciate your work? Do you patiently wait till you die and hope that people will get to know and value your work or do you quit and give up because your work isn’t relevant? What is the next step to take?

What do you do when no one cares about your work

You are not a Loser

First, be aware that you are not a loser. Just because people don’t like your work doesn’t mean that it is irrelevant.

The most memorable creations are rarely comprehended by the masses — at first. This is what makes good art. It exceeds our expectations and sometimes offends our sensibilities. Jeff Goins

I can agree with this statement but the problem is that you don’t want to wait till you die before people will appreciate your work. So what can you do?

. What is Your Cause?

You need to remind yourself why you started this cause in the first place. Is your work meant to get people’s attention, to solve a problem or to show off your genius?

If your work is meant to get people’s attention or show off your genius, then you need to think of ways of keeping people’s attention because it doesn’t last long. You need to think like an entertainer or look for crazy ideas that will keep people glued to your work.

If on other hand your work is meant to solve a problem then on the next point.

Care For People First; Solve their Problems

People don’t appreciate your work because they don’t understand it and have not yet come to terms to what it can do for them. This is the reason why it sometimes can take so long before one’s work is accepted.

There is a mindset shared by everyone which “What is in it for me” and If you can’t take advantage of such mindset, then you are In for a journey. The good news is that your work doesn’t have to suffer rejection as long as you can show people how such work can solve their problems.

You need to find ways to add value and not create mediocre work that contributes to status quo.

Share Your Opinion

There is no one size fit solution to this issue which is why I need your thoughts about this issue. What can one whose work isn’t appreciated do? Please share your opinion and comment below.

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16 thoughts on “What Do You Do When No One Appreciates Your Work?”

  1. Hi Ikechi,

    Lovely post, yet again 🙂

    I loved the examples you started off the post with. Yes, all these men have something in common – they all started something that no one valued while they were alive, and now their works are all masterpieces and recognized worldwide.

    It’s the same case with us too – we put in our best of efforts, yet no one recognizes or appreciates our work. Doesn’t it happen with SO many of us? But we don’t have to lose heart as we aren’t the only ones to go through this phase. Also, one should never expect – expectations always lead to frustrations. However, being humans, we do need to a little at times 🙂

    Just because people don’t like our work, doesn’t mean it’s not praiseworthy or irrelevant. You are right, none of us want to be recognized after we are gone!

    As you mentioned, some people take time to understand your work, so have the patience and keep going on your path. If your aim is to help, then just concentrate on that and over time people will appreciate all you do. I know this happens, it does with us 🙂

    I think if you know the path you have taken is the right one, then there should be no second thoughts, whether people appreciate your work or not. You know you are right, and that feeling comes from within, especially when you are out to do good for people, and are doing it selflessly, isn’t it?

    Thanks for sharing this with us and making us think. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    1. Hi Harleena

      I love this point that ” expectations always lead to frustration”. This is truth; it reminds of the good book that warns that we should not be anxious because we can be frustrated.

      I also agree that when we know that the path we are following is right, we just have to patiently show people how that path can solve their problems. It might take long but your passion will enable to endure the Journey. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Ikechi you really provided better solutions for those who are having problem of that. But it’s better to keep on working, praying and believe one day would be one day your progress would start and you would now gain more customers.

    1. Hi Hiidee

      Thank you for the kind words. Praying and believing do have their benefits but sadly most people don’t have that much patience to watch their work grow and solve people’s problems. Thank you for a lovely comment.

  3. Hi Ikechi,

    You amaze me with you awesome posts, time and time again.

    To start off, the examples were very wisely chosen. Happiness lies in doing something that you believe in, that you do in order to help others. These great people did just that. No one appreciated their work, but sooner or later great things get the recognition they deserve 🙂

    I just remembered an awesome quote that I had read somewhere:

    “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”

    We should keep working hard and the appreciation and recognition will follow. Very nicely written Ikechi. Have a wonderful week ahead.

    1. Thank You Arpit

      I appreciate your kind words. You are right about happiness and what it can do when mixed with passion and hardwork. Love your quote and you have given me something to ponder. Thanks for sharing your insight and have a wonderful week

  4. Hi Ikechi,

    I think some people are not recognized because people do not know they exist. Sometimes you have to promote yourself, put yourself out there. If people don’t know your work exist they can’t appreciate it.

    While recognition takes time you just have to keep going and be patient, just like Van Gogh.

    But I do agree, getting people’s attention by focusing on what is important to them is a great start. People will take notice when it involves them.


    1. Hi Lea

      You are most certainly right and S love the wisdom that you have shared in this post. There is a place of recognition and when you think about it, it wasn’t that easy for one to promote himself like it is today which is one reason some people never got the recognition they deserved.

      Thank you for sharing your insight. Have an awesome week.

  5. This is the marketer in me talking of course (which hasn’t always been the case by the way, I’ve learned it the hard way myself), but it’s about how you communicate that value. I grew up among art students (so I get Van Gogh quite well), many of whom weren’t willing to share the story behind the picture, even though that story would have sold their piece. It’s because “commercial” is evil and to their opinion forces to sell your soul and destroys creativity.
    So my advise: Share the story, not just the outcome. Help them to “get” you. Today, with the tools and technology it’s easier than ever.

    1. Hi Eve

      Thanks for sharing your experience. What an insight? Never knew that this how the creatives felt about their work.

      I do agree that we should share our story. Today’s tools do helps us to solve people’s problems. Thank you for sharing. What a thought provoking comment

  6. Many times an individual isn’t recognized because they haven’t done a good job providing a platform to be noticed. they simply do not know they exist. Promoting yourself is important. Self-promotion is an art and a skill everyone should learn. If you don’t know will ever have the opportunity to appreciate what you do. Just my thoughts at the moment. 🙂

    1. Hi Susan

      You are right. I can imagine how platforms were in those days. It wasn’t easy having a platform like it is in these days. Self promotion is so important which is a skill to be mastered by every one who wants to make a difference. Thank you so much as your opinion was thought provoking. Have a nice week

  7. Hey Ikechi!

    Brilliant and inspiring post! Sometimes our ideas might be too ahead of their time and hence might not gain the recognition!

    I believe a little bit of recognition is needed to keep the momentum going. Although if you fully believe in the quality of your work, you shouldn’t let the world’s mediocrity rule you!

    Thanks for sharing this with us and making us think. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    1. Hi Nikshep

      Love this statement “if you fully believe in the quality of your work, you shouldn’t let the world’s mediocrity rule you!” and you are so right. Rather than allow such situation, you should work towards given the world more value. Thanks for sharing so a thought provoking statement. Have a nice week.

  8. Sad stories of great people they did hard work for us and when it came for reward they passed away .Lovely and attention grabbing start @ikechi,

    You are absolutely right people have the mindset that what is the benefit for me in it .But the reality is little bit different .They don’t know how much hard work is done by the creator to bring some usability for them 🙂

    1. Hi Zain

      Thank you so much for the kind words and I am glad you were inspired by this post.

      Yes people are not really concerned with how much work one puts in creativity as long as it solves their problems. The sad stories you see are men whose work was misunderstood till people began to make sense of what it can do for them. Thanks for sharing your insight. Have a lovely week.

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