“There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.” — President Ronald Reagan
So often, we expend so much energy making sure we get the credit for doing something that we lose sight of the other opportunities to do good that present themselves. At the end of the day, who cares who gets the credit? Sure, a promotion would be nice but is your promotion more important than utilizing your energy for greater good?
I’ll give an example. Let’s say Eli Manning throws a Hail Mary pass to Victor Cruz. Victor catches it at the 87 and gets brought down by the safety right at the goal line. Cruz knows if he doesn’t get the touchdown now, Eli or one of the running backs is going to get the ball and “steal” his touchdown. So he argues with the ref. Argues so much that the ref gives him a penalty. Giants lose yards for unsportsmanlike conduct. They never make it to the end zone. Game over. We lose.
Don’t let your own ambition blind you from the purpose you serve. Glory-seeking is an evil characteristic to have and it inhibits us from being the best we can be. Sure, the desire for fame propels some to the top but what after the fame passes? There is a purposelessness that can engulf you if you know your entire life has been about getting all the credit you are due. Don’t let that be you.