- Nylon Media‘s president, Evan Luzzatto, who worked at Facebook from 2011 to 2014, says a motivational poster taught him to go beyond designated work responsibilities and help where help is needed.
- According to Luzzatto, the poster said “Nothing is somebody else’s problem.”
- “Even if it has nothing to do with your job, don’t look the other way,” Luzzatto told Business Insider. “Don’t complain about it, don’t gossip about it – go try and help fix it.”
Career motivation can come from anywhere – even a motivational poster taped on company walls.
Facebook’s headquarters are known to display motivational posters. Nylon Media’s president, Evan Luzzatto, worked on user operations at Facebook from 2011 to 2014, and though he remembers some of the posters as being “corny corporate speak,” he says one in particular inspired him.
“There was one that I really loved that was ‘Nothing is somebody else’s problem,’ and that’s something I try to take to heart in my career,” Luzzatto told Business Insider. “If you see an issue, no matter the size of your company, no matter what your department is, no matter what your job is or where on the corporate ladder you sit, if you see a problem, go raise your hand and help try to fix it.”
At 29 years old, Luzzatto has been president of Nylon Media for more than a year and said that in general, he didn’t see enough people addressing issues that didn’t pertain to their own work.
“Even if it has nothing to do with your job, don’t look the other way,” Luzzatto said. “Don’t complain about it, don’t gossip about it – go try and help fix it. And you don’t have to go ask for a raise in order to go fix it. Just be that person that goes and helps.”
Luzzatto tried to bring the poster’s mentality to Nylon. He noted that lending your coworkers a hand had multiple benefits, such as teaching you new skills and bolstering your reputation around the office. And the positive effects don’t stop there. Helping a coworker could be a good way to ensure that the person “will advocate for you in turn, whether it’s in that job or the next job you want or 20 years down the road,” he said.
Luzzatto continued: “I think people don’t spend enough time thinking about how the actions they take today might actually impact them five, 10 years down the road, because they remember them a certain way for the things they contribute and how they worked with other people.”