Back when I graduated from high school, I was voted “most inspirational’. At our recent 30-year class reunion, when people found out I’ve been a motivational speaker for the last 18 years, they weren’t surprised. But, my blog post isn’t about my award, it’s actually about what happened afterwards, that gave me a lesson. I was hanging out with some acquaintances talking about graduation. One of them told me that there was an article in the newspaper ‘Local Girl Makes It Big’. I got all excited, ran and bought the paper, came back and scanned the whole thing looking for my name in print. My so called ‘friends’ just sat back and snickered. You see, there was no article in the paper, they were just trying to ‘put me in my place’.
Don’t get me wrong, I know it was kind of a cruel joke to play, and not particularly funny. But what I learned was a lesson that at times, I need to re-learn. It’s not about the recognition or the accolades that makes me do what I do. I have dedicated my life to helping other people feel good about who they are so they could do better work and lead a life of their dreams. Once in awhile my ego gets really caught up with recognition as if I am still searching for that article about me! Can you imagine? So for today, I am going to focus on what I do, the people I serve, and the impact I can make. If that results in some form of recognition, that’s a bonus, not my focus.