Ways To Distinguish Yourself 26 Expect Recognition For Results And Not Effort

Ways to distinguish yourself – #26 Expect recognition for results and not effort

By Rajesh Setty on Fri 13 May 2005, 6:26 AM – 2 Comments

I have mentioned this in one of my previous posts and I want to repeat

it here – one thing in life has not changed – “sometimes we succeed and

sometimes we learn

Many times we put a lot of effort on some things but the results are

not there. Sometimes we put in a little effort and we get a big result.

In fact there can be many combinations of effort and result. Here are a


1. small effort – small results

2. small effort – big results

3. small effort – no results

4. big effort – small results

5. big effort – big results

6. big effort – no results

Our tendency some times is to expect recognition for our “big” efforts. In general, we can only get recognition for “big results” irrespective of the amount of effort involved.

Knowing this will reduce the amount of stress that we may have to go

through when we put in a big effort and get no or small results.

C’est la vie!


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Anonymous  on April 10th, 2006

I think I don’t agree with this philoshopy totally.

“Its better not to get rewarded for what you deserve than to get rewarded for what you don’t deserve”.

I think people definitely appreciate the efforts you are putting into it. I understand the Corporate life is result oriented, but not only product is improtant, but process is also equally important.

Why even to guage the results based on what others think? How about self respect? You will be definitely satisfied if you know you have given your best possible efforts for it but somehow it doesn’t show the results as you expect. I think you are still winner from your perspective.

What says?


Anonymous  on April 10th, 2006

Thanks for your note Aditya.

I wish what you said were true in the corporate world. Imagine this scenario: You make a promise to complete the project and but you don’t. You worked hard. But the project is not complete. You expect your boss to recognize your efforts. Imagine there is another person who makes a promise and also lives up to it.

Who will your boss recognize?

Remember that I didn’t talk about your happiness or self-respect on doing your job. You got to enjoy the journey but the world will typically reward results not the efforts.

IMHO of course.



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