Credit

The underserving of credit seek it the most, the deserving the least. To frame good luck as a victory of skill steals credit from the hands of Fortune and places it upon a trophy shelf for safe keeping. The achievements of the deserving are theirs alone, not Fortune’s, and they will re-create them again and again. The powerless seek credit as a means to elevate their status. The powerful don’t care for it because it is actual change they seek, not mere recognition.

I do not mean to say that stealing other people’s glory is fine or tolerable. It is immoral and suffering it is a misfortune – however large a misfortune depends on what has been stolen. The point here is that being overly concerned about credit, the chasing of it, is a petty endeavor brought about by a weakness in your own position – an unbalanced desire for status over actual change and a doubt in the future success your own abilities may bring. Don’t seek credit – seek a position which makes credit irrelevant.

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