Let your achievement speak about yourself rather than boasting your own work. Let your work and achievements have their own glory. It does not mean that advertising is bad. In fact, don’t assume people know what you do. Don’t assume they know how you can help them. You have to advertise your work but not the self. Right time will come and you will be recognized for your work and that is the time to show your humbleness.
You must develop the habit of sharing your work with the world. This habit must be practiced daily. If you’re the best in the world at what you do, but no one knows that you do it, then you are invisible.
Focus less on impressing people with your credentials and more on connecting with people. After that, don’t complicate things and let your work and achievements speak for themselves.
When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.
Henry J. Kaiser
US industrialist (1882 – 1967)
Robin Sharma recites the story of Pablo Picasso:
One day a woman spotted Pablo Picasso in the market and pulled out a piece of paper. “Mr. Picasso”, she said excitedly, “I am a big fan. Please could you do a little drawing for me.?” Picasso happily complied and quickly etched out a piece of art for her on the paper provided. He then smiled as he handed it back to her. “That will be a million dollar.” “But Mr. Picasso, “the woman replied flustered, “It only took you thirty seconds to do the little masterpiece.” “My good woman,” Picasso laughed, “It took me thirty year to do that masterpiece in thirty seconds.” — Read more here
“Know what you can excel at — your ‘genius points’. Discover your talent and then work like crazy to polish them. One of the most important of all personal leadership skill is self-awareness. Know what you are really good at. Reflect on those abilities that others admire in you. Think about those capabilities that just come easy to you — and flow effortlessly from you. You might be a fantastic communicator ot have a way with people. You might posses an extraordinary ability to execute and get things done. Perhaps your special talent involves innovation and creativity and seeing what everyone else sees but thinking a different thought. Find your genius points and then develop them. Focus plus daily improvement plus time. Start today and in three to five years people will be writing about you. Calling you a genius. Celebrating your magnificence.” -Robin Sharma
The crux of this story is:
Focus + Daily Improvement + Time = Genius
Understand this formula deeply and your life will never be the same.