August 2016 Editor's Note: Allow Your Light to Shine Without Dimming Others
Somebody recently mentioned to me, "You tend to hold back when it comes to talking about your accomplishments or standing your ground when it comes to promoting yourself." Without immediately getting defensive, I went ahead and accepted this constructive criticism to evaluate why others would view me this way and came to realize it was the truth.
Once I came to this conclusion, I began noticing how much others around me displayed some of the same behavior patterns. Many of us do it out of fear that we will be viewed as someone who is too self-absorbed. But the part many of us are missing is that there is a difference between being "self-absorbed" and "self-aware." When you are self-aware of your talents, you have a better appreciation for them. Sharing your accomplishments can actually be inspiring in a way that it lights the fire for others around you to tap into their inner brightness while also holding you accountable to keep pushing further by setting a standard of excellence.
Of course, it becomes a snore festival when you over share at every moment of the day, but you also should not be afraid to standout and show off when it really matters. There is a way to give credit to those who have helped you along the way without allowing yourself to fade all the way in the background. You can always politely mention the resources used, but when you demonstrate the consistent work ethic put in to get there, others begin to respect you as "your own unique entity" as well.
"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within." - Maya Angelou
Jacqueline Laurean Yates