Harry Truman once stated that it is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. Care less about whom gets the credit and focus more on the production of the work that generates the results.

When the work is over, what real value is generated from the assumed, assigned or even manipulated credit taken from another worth? It’s natural to want the symbolic credit and appreciation of others to boost our self-esteem, but credit in the end remains largely unnecessary.

Some will boast about themselves to get others to agree whom deserves the credit while others more deserving have already moved on to their next best actions. Entanglements ensue when people jostle for credit in order to position themselves above another for their own vanity.

Aim clearly to move on with or without credit to accomplish more. There is more work that will need to be done. If credit is due to another, give it fully. If you feel credit is due to you and you don’t receive it, remain focused on the work. Upon honest reflection, you will always know for yourself where it is you stand as you achieve or fail yet to achieve. Wisdom lies with those who continue on to do the work.

“There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.” — Indira Ghandhi —


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