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This Is the Best Thing You Can Do for Yourself When You're Feeling All Alone in Your Career

You probably think you’re the only one who influences your career path. Realistically, it was you who powered through those three rounds of interviews, you who signed on that big client, you who put in long hours to get that promotion—right?

But the thing is, you’re not the only person in those situations I just described above. On the other side, the hiring manager had to hire you despite you being maybe a bit underqualified. The client had to take the risk of signing on with a new company. The manager had to put his or her faith in you that you were ready for more responsibility. In addition to all your hard work, someone else also took a chance on you—even if he or she didn’t explicitly contribute to your achievements.

This is the major theme in a recent post by Bijan Sabet titled, “Who took a chance on you?” In it, he lists out and gives thanks to the people throughout his life who gave him a shot despite the odds.

One reader was so inspired by the idea he made his own list titled, “‘The Credit Goes to…’ Resume.” And in his, he acknowledges the co-workers, investors, customers, and friends who lead to his career successes. These people gave him ideas, room to grow, and the confidence to go after his goals—non-tangible things, yes, but still just as important.

His closing statement says it all: “Reading my resume laid out this way really makes me believe in luck and privilege. Merit is part of the story, but never the whole story. Huge gratitude to the people on this list and to the dozens of other people that have helped give me opportunities.”

So, the next time you’re feeling like you’re alone on your career path, forced to slog through it all by yourself, consider writing out your own “The Credit Goes to…” resume and showing gratitude to the people who helped you along the way.

It’s not only good for you, but it’s a great reminder that you’re never alone in your journey—and that you’re surrounded by some pretty awesome and supportive people.

Photo of two friends writing courtesy of Alys Tomlinson/Getty Images.