Friday, 10 April 2009 9:30 AM
While it's great to want to "get out there" and put yourself in front of "industry" people, there is definitey a right and a VERY WRONG way to go about it. At the end of the day, there is no REAL way of confirming if you are "the next big thing". Potential sponsors see through this facade no matter how much you pump yourself up. The best advice is to be yourself, be honest about your achievements and reap the rewards. REMEMBER that true respect is earned not "awarded".
Everyone wants praise and attention for a job well done. But for every Tiger Woods making news for a game-winning shot, there are a million Average Joes doing great things but receiving no credit. If you're upset by the lack of attention you're getting for your leadership, perhaps its time to reevaluate why you are a leader in the first place. True leaders lead to help their team, community, or office--not for fame and attention. Sure, receiving recognition feels good, but remember that you are there to lead the group in front of you, not the ones watching behind you. Spectators will soon forget about you, but those you led will remember what you've done even after you are gone.