Mini Saga #35 – Recognition

Mini Saga #35 – Recognition

By Rajesh Setty on Mon 07 Sep 2009, 5:00 AM – 3 Comments


Photo Courtesy: Polgano at Flickr

Hard work alone may not be enough to get the recognition you deserve.

Enjoy the story:


James worked hard but that was not enough. Throughout the four years, James got no credit or someone else got credit for his work. James was frustrated. One day, his long-time friend told him – “James, either you make it hard to give you credit or you make work seem easy.”

Update: Based on first comment and two emails I received, it is clear that some people are reading too much between the lines. So some clarifications below:

* In order to be recognized, you don’t need to boast your accomplishments, you don’t need to hide them either.

* You need to be humble but you that does not mean “devalue” your contributions

* You don’t have to promote yourself but that does not mean you should shy away from shocasing a masterpiece that you might have created.



1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50.

2. You can download a photographic manifesto of Mini Sagas at ChangeThis. Here is the link – Mini Sagas: Bite-sized Wisdom for Life and Business (PDF, 2.9MB).

3. For a complete list of Mini Sagas, please see the entire list here or at Squidoo.


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Anonymous  on September 7th, 2009

so, what is the fine line, in your opinion, one has to take between boasting of one’s accomplishments and being humble about one’s work?

Rajesh Setty  on September 7th, 2009

You don’t have to boast to get recognized. Look around and see all the people who are being recognized and you will notice that most are humble.

I knew that someone will read this the way it was not intended. So I am following it up with a blog post soon :)



yinka olaito  on September 8th, 2009

Humilty with discretion, knowing when to talk and when to keep quite and allow your achievements to speak for itself is great. But once a while I think one needes to speak up or what do you think Rajesh?

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