Getting Credit

By Coach Ron Wolforth-

 

Have you ever had a period of time where you think maybe the Lord is screaming at you trying to get your attention?  If so, you can almost certainly relate to this week’s story.

 

Recently I had one of those experiences.

 

It is human nature to take pleasure in compliments and being noticed and recognized for your efforts and accomplishments.  And if those compliments, recognition or accolades come from a respected authority or to a national audience, it can almost be addictive.  Fame certainly can be an addiction. It’s the reason, in my opinion, social media can be so very dangerous.

 

Consider just six of the most famous people in my lifetime: Elvis Presley, Bill Cosby, Marilyn Monroe, OJ Simpson and Michael Jackson.  In retrospect, when we pull back the curtain from their lives and take a good look inside, their lives were far from the ideal life experience.  In fact, they were deeply troubled and miserable for much of it. Fame is far from a guarantee of a rich and meaningful life.

 

Keep those famous people in mind as I share my story this week.

 

Over the past two weeks we have trained two MLB pitchers for a week each at the Texas Baseball Ranch®.

 

Each one, when leaving, gave me a similar eerie heartfelt note. It was as if the Lord wanted to make certain I got the message. I assure you I did. 

 

The gist of the messages: Ron I really appreciated you and your staff not plastering my visit all over social media and giving the world details into our work this week.  I realize you have to market your business but I have to go back to my organization and work with that staff.  By you not being in a hurry to take credit for my progress, or any potential progress, makes it so much easier to assimilate and not alienate others.  I really appreciate you recognizing that phenomena and simply being there to help me.  You and your staff’s genuine care for my development and your willingness to be more of a silent partner is so appreciated and so rare.  Thanks again.  I’ll be back.

 

As Navy Seal Jocko Willink says, “It’s amazing what can be accomplished when no one cares who gets credit for it.”  

 

Flint Wallace introduced me over a year ago to the works of Simon Sinek.  In one of Simon’s primary messages, he talks about the importance of learning to play ‘The Infinite Game’…in other words, the Infinite Game is a focus NOT upon comparison or ranking or getting credit…but one focused on continuous self-improvement, execution, service to others and self-reflection.

 

Over the past few years our organization has moved steadily toward that philosophy and away from coveting status, recognition or credit.  And our business and bottom line has almost doubled because of it.

 

In other words, our goal is not to be the ‘best’ (whatever that means) or to ‘beat our competition’ (whatever that means) or to ‘get credit’ for something… our goal is to simply be better tomorrow at what we do than we are today.   A lot of people say they would like to do that… but in truth, well over 90+% of the population is obviously far more focused on comparison and recognition than they are true measurable self-improvement.  Rarely can you serve two masters.

 

We can’t control what others do or how various people perceive our processes.  But we absolutely can control our focus, our efforts and our energies and improving the service we give our clients.

 

We have de-emphasized surface level ‘look at me’ marketing, and instead went deep into creating raving fans and improving relationships.  We utilize social media in a very narrow and strictly positive way.

 

When we made the Ranch experience 100% about the experience of our client and 0% about the stature of the Ranch… everything improved dramatically.

 

‘Getting credit’ for something may at times serve as a nice frosting on the cake.  A genuine appreciation for your efforts is sometimes a very nice feeling and should not be discounted.  But I warn you that an obsessive focus on ‘getting credit’… on ‘being recognized’… on ‘being fawned over’ is far from a prerequisite for a rich and meaningful life.  In fact, fame, credit and recognition is fleeting.

 

Sometimes you will not get credit for things you indeed should have been given credit for.   Sometimes others will get credit for what you’ve done or you will get blamed for things that are actually the responsibility of others. That scenario is absolutely true and sometimes that indeed does hurt. That happens to all of us.

 

But those minor irritations pale in significance, in my opinion, to the flaw of a constant search and need of getting credit and recognition.

 

Instead of feeding your desire for getting credit and recognition, I recommend building your desire for self-improvement and serving others.  Choose to play a different game.  I promise it will make all the difference.  If you refrain from chasing the attention and recognition of others, you will avoid bitterness, envy or feeling threatened or inferior by the success of your peers.  Instead you will place your energies primarily where they can do the most good… and that is upon being better today at X than you were yesterday. 

 

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