I finally figured out what it takes to survive at work. I need to have a loud mouth. Being Asian doesn't help me much because I was brought up thinking that I need to keep my mouth shut and my head down. I've learned, though, that that doesn't get me very far.
I need to be like the others that I work with. Some people that I work with, they have no shame in proclaiming to others how hard they work, how much others loooove their work, and how many brilliant ideas they have.
Any opportunity they have to "one-up" someone else, they take it. Every chance they get to get their digs in to make you feel like what you do is not as important as what they do, they seize it. And, any time that they have to make colleagues think that we could never have managed without them, they remind us. More importantly, they let those around them know when others praise them for their work.
In fact, they are praised ALL the time. Why? Because they aren't afraid to open their mouth.
I finally figured it out. I don't know why it took me this long. In order to get ahead, I need to be a loud mouth, too.