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SOCIAL RECOGNITION

We need to work through the best way to gain appropriate social recognition – how we make specific choices that will build our standing in our communities in an honourable fashion.

We all want to feel heard. We all want to feel seen. We all want to feel valued. Our standing within our community, and the perception others have of us, play a central role in how we feel about ourselves. If we are people of good character, individuals of integrity who are genuinely interested in the success and wellness of others, then in our being and becoming, we are more likely to receive social recognition for how we learn, live, lead, and work.


We need to learn to accept who we are and also strive to become the people we should become. Each of us is a rich, complex, and unique person with purpose, value, and something to offer. We recognise the character and competencies of others, and we appreciate the things that they offer as a result. If we can do this, then we should also apply this thinking to ourselves. Thriving in our world is about being ourselves and becoming a better version of ourselves honestly and unashamedly. It's about creating a life of meaning that is both our own and dedicated to the service. Social recognition helps us to believe that the things we are doing are important, that the people around us accept and love us for who we are, and that we have value.
"What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise although the philosophers generally call it recognition!"
William James
The quality of our social recognition is also based around our disposition towards caring for others. Being selfless and putting the interests and needs of those around us above our own is how we come to be recognised as someone who lives to better the lives of others. How we prioritise the growth and development of others is integral to how we are perceived, and requires conscious and active effort in order to become reality.


Recognition also comes from the standard of our performance. Are we people who aspire to achieve and perform at the highest level in everything we do? Do we value and prioritise excellence in our work, relationships, and ambitions? Do we hold ourselves to this standard and take time to reflect when we don’t meet it? We need to do what we say we are going to do, rather than hope to impress people. Genuineness and perseverance are respected much more than promising too much, and making excuses subsequently. If we accept this and commit ourselves to a life of excellence, our reputation will grow in turn. We need to be ourselves, and have faith that if we are so that others will recognise our value and contributions naturally, rather than because we have engineered our actions for the purpose of credit and flattery.


When the time comes for us to hang up our hats, how will we be remembered? Our legacy will be the sum total of our social recognition: who we were, who we became, how we responded to our mistakes and times of adversity, and how we contributed to the lives of others. 

We can contemplate our Social Recognition by considering the following questions:
    • Are my integrity and values held in high regard?
    • Is the reputation of the team, group, or organisation and regard for its achievements most important to me?
    • Would I like to be remembered as someone of the highest standard for the quality of my work and contribution?
    • Would I like to be remembered as someone who exercised and modelled respectful interpersonal relationships?
    • Would others judge the arc of my career journey as worthy, accomplished, and impactful?

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