Instead of Making Yourself Known, Do This Instead

Instead of making yourself known

Do this instead

Imagine, you’re sitting on you couch somewhere, maybe in your room, or in your bed, maybe even your office. You begin to scroll through Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or TikTok. As you scroll through each social media platform, you see different stories from those who you think of as friends, though you may never have even spoken to them. You notice the person with whom which you create a rivalry in your head has just posted a new article, video or project they have been working on, a lot of their friends and your friends are congratulating them, and you feel: a twinge of jealousy, a deep-rooted feeling of envy. You don’t normally consider yourself the jealous type, especially when it comes to accomplishments of those you believe are your peers; those whose abilities and interests relate to your own or match your own.

The natural urge to compete and to win is a low-level drive that motivates much of our behavior. That is until our higher facilities become activated. There is a higher-level game afoot and it cannot be accessed with wins that you did not earn. In our culture, we have a bad habit of drawing attention to ourselves, this is so bad but, when we finally have all the attention, we have nothing to show for it, or we just wanted it for self-gratification, thus playing the game of pity.

Instead of making yourself known with your successes, only to draw attention that will be extinguished shortly after it appears, focus your time and energy on creating lasting value, contributing to your character and helping your internal understanding of who you are and what you’re capable of. Find and install inner discipline into your habits, thoughts and daily actions.

Be the person that you want to be and focus on creating something that speaks for itself.

As Lao Tzu said: "He who speaks does not know; He who knows does not speak.

Therefore, let others and your work speak for you.

Instead of making yourself known, make yourself valuable.