Don't Care Who Gets the Credit


It is amazing what you can accomplish when you don't care who gets the credit. I don't know if President Truman came up with this thought, or if he found it somewhere. Kind of funny - but in the spirit of the quote - it doesn't really matter who gets credit for originating the quote. Did the person write the quote so they become a famous quoter… or to help people become better leaders? 

I had a conversation with a good friend who was sharing some personal disappointment about this very thing. He had invested a fair amount of work in a project. He was not the only one, others contributed also, but his role was pretty substantial. It went well, produced good results and much of that was due to him. But when affirmations were handed out, he was not mentioned. He had what we would all have - that sense of disappointment, not being valued, being overlooked…

It is difficult - when we work hard, make good contributions, and aren't affirmed. It is human nature to be disappointed.

Which is why Truman's quote is so important.

This gets down to some deep basic motivation. Why do you do what you do? Do you do it because you love doing it… and it is worth doing… and it is going to add value to the world… and Jesus has called you to do it?

Or is it to be noticed… to get some prestige… some stepping stone opportunities…

When you do what you do, and you don't care who gets the credit - you are at a place of great freedom. You don't have to maneuver for credit, you don't have to go through the self-promotional fixation that is everywhere, you don't have to be competitive and you will be much more collegial in it all. I know this may sound naive in the rough and tumble world of the marketplace. Everyone does what they can to be noticed and singled out. But it is a hard way to live, especially over time.

At the bottom of this powerful motivation is your desire to bring glory to God by doing what He wants done. When that happens - God gets the credit and the glory. Which we know He deserves anyway. For where did the opportunity come from? Where did the gifts and talents you have come from? Where did the strength and energy come from? It all comes from God.

And here is what we do know. God notices everything... and God remembers. He notices, remembers and loves all your faithful and fruitful labors for his purposes in the world. One day you will hear the most powerful affirmation that is possible, from the AUDIENCE OF ONE. "Well done, good and faithful servant..."

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International
BrianRice@lcileaders.org

LCI - Helping you "not care who gets the credit."