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Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

Updated on December 7, 2011

Give Credit

With in our culture, there lacks a notable etiquette for giving credit where credit is due. In fact, we pay much attention to trendy topics, and correspondingly less to quality topics potentially deserving of our credit and accolades.An apparent inability to stimulate interest in one's peers or audience can be daunting to an artist, performer, or anyone whose personality is closely infused with their efforts. Such a circumstance forces questions: Why aren't I getting the credit I deserve? Is there something I should change stylistically to better connect with my audience? And then the big questions: What is wrong with everybody? Is it something about me? I don't have to take such an emotional thrashing, should I give up?

Perhaps you project some defunct personality trait through your work, like a body odor or bad breath that keeps people at arms length. Maybe you're not as talented as the next guy, or your technique or delivery is flawed. While these things could all be true, does this necessitate your giving up? In school they teach us that we are the best, our kindergarten teacher gives us a star for keeping our fingers out of our noses. Good parents tell their children that the world is their oyster; some good parents also tell their children to leave cookies out for santa. The realities projected onto malleable minds are not always accurate, regardless of intended interest. I suggest that everyone desires attention to some extent and also acknowledge that all attention is not good attention.

For some reason, you chose an activity in which your ideas or words will be put under scrutiny. The likes are a great encouragement, even the dislikes legitimize your relevance and yet the "no comments" tend to irk you. Are your efforts so milk-toast as not to catalyze any polarity in thought, nor stimulate any interest? Maybe you should take your product back to the drawing board indefinitely.But coach said to never give up and grandma said to follow your heart, so you press on diligently. Note that accolades are given to the most visible amongst us, not always the most talented.

So you work on your visibility, you network, you brand and you market on some scale. This must become your strong suite, although you developed your product in the laboratory, what good is it to only chemists, the world needs you! Keep convincing yourself, that even though the market is saturated with others just like you with similar ambitions, that you will stand out because you're special. Plus look at everyone on top, they're weak, and flabby, their heads are inflated by undeserved credit. Quite contrarily, you're hungry, lean and under appreciated.

I did a hub titled "When Is It Okay To Hate? " in which I examine the word "hater" and in comparison, recognize it's similarities with withholding credit where credit is due. Although withholding credit skews fair game, no one is obligated to give you their confidence. Also, just because your work is visible doesn't mean that it has been viewed. There may be other pressures associated with vouching for your work that discourage your audience. I'm sure you'll figure it out.

P.S. Wilkinson IV


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      Innuentendre 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thank you CBartelmey. I won't dissapoint.

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      CBartelmey 5 years ago from Colorado, United States

      You have a writing style that I really enjoy. It has a certain flow about it, almost like music. Looking forward to reading more.

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      Innuentendre 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thank you Cardisa! I agree this is something we are probably all guilty of. Of course sifting through unrecognized talent can be tedious!

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      I agree that we often do not give credit where it is due, not only as writers but as people. We often ignore even those close to and pay more attention to others because they are "popular". That needs to change.