For some people, being seen as a public success is very important because it boosts their ego and makes them feel important. This means that always been praised by peers and media and being seen at VIP events.
I have however learned that even though a good PR or what some call personal branding is important in today’s world of social media, instagram and the connected economy, what is more important to me is doing work that matters.
Doing work that matters is about seeking to do work that is impactful, not necessarily pretty. Doing work that matters does not necessarily care much about PR, or even been seen to be VIP cutting the ribbon with important people.
It is more important you do work that is important, do work that matters, than you do work that is pretty.
If your client (or boss) gives you a project, and it goes well, let her take the credit, because she will want more, and when she does she will come to you.
Take the blame when things go wrong and explain what you learned, and those in charge will get more comfortable with the idea that failure is a part of the creative process.
Although he made a mistake by announcing the wrong winner of Miss Universe. Steve Harvey is a class act for going back on stage and taking responsibility. That took courage and integrity.
If there is something wrong, you own that, but if someone else, particularly a client or boss wants to take credit, That is awesome.
The reason it is awesome is that they will come back to you for more of that, they are eager to work with people who make them look good.
Besides what is important to you is to continue getting the work from them, not the praise and worship from others.
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 Gandhi
You know something is important when you are willing to let someone else take the credit if that’s what it takes to get it done.
It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
What about me? Who gives me credit? If what you are after getting the work from your client, then continuously getting that work is enough credit.
Some people are stingy with giving out credit or praise for good work, but they will continue to give you a project(s) and pay you for your services, that’s okay, as long as you get the project, your value does not decrease based someone’s inability to give you praise.
I have learned never to stop doing my best just because someone does not give me credit.