Business Transformation

Never Die as an Unsung Hero or Heroine

“I think that teachers have the hardest job in the world, and they are the most unsung heroes so much of the time.” —Emma Walton Hamilton

Most people on the planet earth die as unsung heroes and heroines. Only a few people are recognized for their contributions. Although most people work hard with passion and wait with patience to achieve recognition and success they fail miserably during their lifetime. And the world respects successful people, not unsuccessful people. In this regard, we will discuss the causes of unsung people and offer tools to die as sung heroes and heroines.

Causes for Lack of Recognition

“In our world of big names, curiously, our true heroes tend to be anonymous. In this life of illusion and quasi-illusion, the person of solid virtues who can be admired for something more substantial than his well-knownness often proves to be the unsung hero: the teacher, the nurse, the mother, the honest cop, the hard worker at lonely, underpaid, unglamorous, unpublicized jobs.” —Daniel J. Boorstin

Here are some reasons for the lack of recognition for some people despite working hard. They led a simple and humble life. They remained quiet and were shy to brand and promote themselves. They failed to hog the limelight. They failed to network and make a noise. They lacked tact and diplomacy. They acquired hard skills, not soft skills. They could not manage politics. Usain Bolt rightly remarked, “Competition is the easy part. Behind-the-scene is where all the work is done.” They might be on the wrong side when opportunities were thrown at them. They were not prepared to seize opportunities. They worked for their causes, not applauses. They were givers, not takers. Above all, their preparations did not meet the opportunities.

Tips to Achieve Success in Your Lifetime

“Everyone dies. Not everyone really lives.” —William Sachs Wallace

Observe the following tools and tactics to achieve success and fame during your lifetime. Emphasize more on smart work and less on hard work. Learn when to hold and when to fold. Be adaptable. Reinvent with changing times and technologies to remain competent and relevant. Never be scared of failures. Treat failures as lessons and move on with valuable takeaways. Never stop dreaming big because of failures. Take feedback regularly to identify what did not work to adopt new tools and techniques. Hire mentors and coaches to acquire knowledge, skills, and abilities and ensure that your career ladder is leaning on the right side of the wall.

Conclusion

“The womb from which you emerge determines your fate to an enormous degree for most of the seven billion people in the world.” —Warren Buffett

Be happy that you have contributed your best. Be happy that you have made a difference. Be happy that some of your friends have earned fame and enjoyed all the facilities. Inculcate the attitude of gratitude. Remember, if everyone achieved success and fame these words would have lost relevance forever. To conclude, contribute your best irrespective of the outcome to avoid regrets on your deathbed.

“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and saw that service is a joy.” —Khalil Gibran

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Professor M.S. Rao, Ph.D.
Professor M.S. Rao, Ph.D. is the Father of “Soft Leadership” and the Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants, India. He is an International Leadership Guru with forty years of experience and the author of fifty books including the award-winning See the Light in You: Acquire Spiritual Powers to Achieve Mindfulness, Wellness, Happiness, and Success (Waterside Productions; January 16, 2020). He is a C-Suite advisor and global keynote speaker. He brings a strategic eye and long-range vision given his multifaceted professional experience including military, teaching, training, research, consultancy, and philosophy. He is passionate about serving and making a difference in the lives of others. He trains a new generation of leaders through leadership education and publications. His vision is to build one million students as global leaders by 2030. He has the vision to share his knowledge freely with one billion people globally. He advocates gender equality globally (#HeForShe). He was ranked #1 Thought Leader and Influencer in HR globally by Thinkers360. He invests his time in authoring books and blogging on executive education, learning, and leadership. Most of his work is available free of charge on his four blogs including Vision 2030: One Million Global Leaders. He is a prolific author and a dynamic, energetic, and inspirational leadership speaker. Professor M.S. Rao, Ph.D. is an opinion columnist for the CEOWORLD magazine. Follow him on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.