The Pathway to Excellence | Work | Social Purpose
Throughout your journey on The Pathway To Excellence, you need to work out how to earn proper social recognition – how to make and be acknowledged for the right choices for yourself and others to thrive in your community. 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.
Your actions should not be contrived to get praise or flattery, but rather to be genuine and authentic. You need to do what you say you will do, not just say whatever it takes to impress others. Genuineness and perseverance are valued more than over-promising and under-delivering. Accepting this and committing to quality will grow your reputation because you will be aligning your values with the value that others see in you.
You are more likely to gain appropriate social recognition if you can show that who you are, what you are doing and who you are becoming is laid on a foundation of strong and positive character. The quality and consistency of your performance, therefore, will earn you social recognition. Are you a person who strives for excellence in whatever you do? Do you value quality in your work, relationships, and goals? Do you hold yourself to this standard and pause to reflect and refine your approach when you fall short?
Your reputation will be influenced especially by the way you are interested in and prioritise the success and wellness of others while you seek to thrive. Thriving in your world is about being the best version of yourself. It’s about engaging with the challenges of the Graduate Outcomes of a School for tomorrow. so that you have the integrity to lead the meaningful life of a good person and the ability to manage complexity with authenticity as a future builder. It’s about growing and transforming yourself as a continuous learner and unlearner while providing sustainable direction to the world as a solution architect. It’s about balancing the local, the regional, and the global with perspective as a responsible citizen who works well in relationship with others, to bring success and fulfilment for all of us as team creators.
"What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise although the philosophers generally call it recognition!"
Each of us has a different need to be in the public eye. Do you want your voice to be heard? Do you want your actions to be acknowledged for their quality? Do you want your contributions to be valued? Your social standing and how others perceive you will influence how you feel about yourself. You will also need to connect your sense of purpose to how you care for people and place and planet that will enable you to earn your place in your communities as a person of character and excellence, a person who thrives.
How do you see yourself in the public eye, therefore? Ask yourself the following questions:
You are a complex and unique person with purpose, values, and something of value to offer others. Like all of us, you need to pursue a personal journey of exploration to encounter meaningfulness and discovery of what is true and relevant: The Pathway To Excellence. This journey will help you to:
As you learn more about your purpose and how this might be fulfilled through self-awareness, relationship, service, and vocation, you will need to learn to accept who you are today and strive to become the people you should become tomorrow. No doubt you can recognise the character and competencies of others, and appreciate the things that they offer as a result. If you can do this for others, then you should also learn to do this for yourself in an authentic and balanced way.
How will you be remembered? Your legacy will be the sum of your social recognition: who you were, who you became, how you responded to your mistakes and difficulties, and how you helped others with your strengths. The process of building social recognition begins with how you engage with the process of honestly and unashamedly becoming a better version of yourself by doing this in community with others. It's about thriving in a way that is both personally fulfilling and also dedicated to the service of others, especially where it helps them to transform themselves and the community in which they live. Ultimately, your social recognition should reflect the substance and character of your willingness to create a life of purpose.