Recognition is nice, but don’t just do work just for it. I’ve learned a few things in life watching award shows, attending award events, seeing people work for a prize: only a few come out with the “trophy”. Guess what, that doesn’t mean any of the others were undeserving of that same reward. And guys 99% of the time award giving is so subjective.
As an introvert with very high standards who doesn’t make waves or standout in any way I’ve seen myself passed over time and again for awards, recognition, and what not. When I was a senior in high school I got really upset when I was over looked for an award. It was then that I realized I was never going to be the outgoing person who made waves and stood out–like the student who did get the award. Somewhere between freshman and senior year of college I stopped caring about trying to stand out.
To this day I’ve done everything (starting a business, teaching, taking on projects and other responsibilities, being in charge of projects…) because I wanted to. Because it’s made me happy. Because I knew I could make a positive difference.