Why You Must Continue to Produce Excellent Work Even Without the Proper Recognition

When you’re putting your blood, sweat, and tears in your work, you may expect that someone will give you a pat on the back for a job well done. However, this isn’t always the case; you don’t always get the recognition you feel you deserve. And this situation can persist for a long time, even after you’ve mentioned it to people who could potentially rectify the situation.

Sometimes the people who should notice your excellent work are too busy to see anything. Sometimes, they don’t give you the accolades you deserve because they’re insecure and thus avoid offering praises to others. Sometimes, they don’t realize how important it is to “give honor where honor is due.”

There is a slew of reasons why you may not be receiving the recognition you feel you’ve earned by producing quality work. But whatever the reason, not receiving such recognition can lead you to cultivate frustration, sadness, and resentment—to the point that you may be tempted not this give your best at work anymore. If no one notices your work and gives you credit for it, why bother putting in all this effort?

It’s normal to feel unappreciated when you’ve worked hard, but no one seems to care about it. And the temptation to stop putting in the effort can be intense, especially if you’re surrounded by other people who don’t seem to care as much about their work (and they’re getting away with substandard work). It’s not a pleasant feeling.

However, despite this unfortunate situation, you must continue to produce excellent work. In fact, you continue to perform at your best and over-deliver. You should not let other people’s reactions (and actions) define yours. It’s not always easy, but it’s necessary. You don’t control how people view your work and react to it. But you control the effort and attention you put into it.

You produce quality work because you’re a quality person. Period. Receiving accolades from others is a nice bonus, but it’s not your goal. Your goal is to produce the best work you can. You’re a person of excellence, and a person of excellence produces quality work. It’s been said, “Doing the right thing is always the right thing to do.” Well, giving your best effort is always the right thing to do; producing quality work is always the right thing to do.

Remember that “who you are” follows you wherever you go. Thus, your work ethic, your commitment to excellence, the transferable skills you learn by producing quality work, will follow you wherever you go. Your work habits and mindsets, good or bad, will follow you in your next position. Therefore, the bad habits and mindsets you pick up now will haunt you later; you’ll struggle them to undo later.

In an ideal world, you would always get proper recognition for your excellent work. However, this isn’t always the case. That’s not justification for you to compromise your integrity by lowering your standards. Hold yourself to high standards, and find your reward in knowing that you’ve given your best.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.