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Today they told me that I'm going to be replaced by someone next week.

I was fairly certain this would be the case.

I am, after all, a temporary employee brought in to handle the time in-between someone moving on to a new job and the time someone gets hired to take over the position.

"We wish we could keep you on longer, but we've hired someone to take the position."

It wouldn't be a big deal, except that I like it here at this assignment. The people are nice, the environment is friendly, and everyone has told me that I have been doing a good job and that they were likely to hire me on for a longer term.

For the record, I didn't think I would actually be hired for the job.

I'm a temp. Temp is short for temporary. I get that, and I know that coming into this situation.
But everyone around me from this company telling me that I was probably going to end up in the position I'm temping for gave me a small hope that I would be here longer-term.

Hope is a powerful thing.

It also gave me motivation to want to work hard. I've been getting as much done as I can in as short a time as possible, to show my abilities, for the potential to be given more opportunity.
Motivation toward a bigger goal is a powerful thing.

It's amazing how quickly and how easily motivation wanes when hope is crushed.

That shift (from motivated to lethargic) takes place in the mind almost instantly.


As for me, I'll still do good work for the next 7 days while I'm here. I'll still work hard, because it's important for me to know, for myself, that I've done a good job.

I also know that if someone was working inside of my business on something, that I would want them to work hard. The law of Karma says I should do the same when I'm working in someone else's business.

But those philosophies (reciprocation and personal pride from work) aren't the case for everyone.

I think some people, when hope is crushed, even if it was the smallest level of hope, simply give up.

Or worse, they become despondent, seeking revenge for what they perceive as broken promises (perception is reality) and actively working against whatever they were trying to accomplish before their hopes were dashed.

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