Tooting My Own Horn

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I’m always a little envious of those who unabashedly bring up their own accomplishments. These are the people that tend to get ahead or “climb the ladder” more quickly than others. They’re great at selling themselves.

I am not one of those people. Heck, I can barely accept a compliment without turning red and stumbling over my words.

One thing about those who have no trouble tooting their own horn is that I’ve found them not to be hard working. I often see them skate by doing the bare minimum. It’s those of us in the background who are problem-solving and putting in the extra time to bring a plan to fruition. It’s those of us in the background that are getting our hands dirty. I find it frustrating seeing people get ahead when they’ve done very little, solely because they’re good at talking the talk.

Tooting one’s own horn is something we all need to become comfortable doing to a degree. If you accomplish something you’re proud of or have put a lot of time and effort into a project, you absolutely should let people know. It needs to be done in moderation – not every little accomplishment needs to be heard. There is a fine line between making an accomplishment known and being a braggart. I’ve worked around many who are all talk and little to no action. When they bring up some great thing they did for the zillionth time, it’s hard not to roll my eyes. Thankfully, we can turn our videos off these days!

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