The Difference Between Knowing Well and Well Known
I’m on my way to a conference of hospital administrators. Every day they have the opportunity to be conductors of chaos, orchestrating a cast of characters for the well-being of their community's sick and injured. Outside of their world, they are what folks in entertainment would call, “unknowns.”
Every occupation is filled with folks who make a difference on a daily basis, but they are not celebrities. In American culture, and because of our increasing influence; around the world as well; we lavish attention and praise on folks because someone else knows them. We form crowds around athletes and entertainers, because they ran a touch down or sang a song.
Today, I’m going to ask you to do a little exercise with me.
Tell yourself that you are a star; a celebrity who is treated well wherever you go.
Smile all day, because someone is watching and taking pictures. Imagine that your paper has been delivered, your trash picked up and boss is nice because you are getting the attention that you deserve.
Imagine that the only difference between you and a celebrity is well known and know well.
Today, the tables have been turned and those who know well are the ones we fawn after and the well-knowns will have to get their own coffee.
Imagine that the more you know about your job and the better you do it; the more people will write about you and stand in line for an autograph.
Imagine that your work has made you a star, so do it well.
Be you, know you, be known
Bertice Berry, PhD.