The cool morning and hot latte. There are so many people in the subway that it’s hard to open a book. Hurrying companions on autopilot move from branch to branch, looking at phones or books. In front of me there is a pretty young girl with a thermos mug in her hands and a pensive look. Headphones are in the ears, a colorful backpack behind the back. A little farther - a noisy company of students discussing course projects. It seems to be something related to the design. At the doors, a man stands with a newspaper, unsuccessfully trying to turn the page, standing surrounded by a group of noisy tourists from the east.
Subway at rush hour, especially the central line, is a place where in minutes we meet a huge number of different people with such dissimilar stories. All of them have their own education, scope, interests, and dreams. Each in his own way perceives the people around, this world and their place in it. But they all share one thing - the expectation of recognition.
If we try to describe recognition with one short definition, I would say that recognition is a sense of value that grows on the talents, skills, and experience of each individual person. It is necessary for everyone, but not everyone can get it, often because of elementary fear or lack of initiative. It varies from person to person, as so does the form in which recognition is obtained. Someone thinks that the main indicator of the value of their knowledge is monetary reward, others expect growth, both career and increase in influence. One is looking for attention and interest from a narrow circle or the general public, and others want to be aware of the benefits brought to people and the hope those get.
Students expect high points and praise of the curator, the corporate employee is waiting for the award and hopes for a well-deserved increase, an expert in the field with pleasure and pride observes the growing interest in himself and his knowledge and the circle of people where he no longer needs to introduce himself.
Recognition, in whatever form it is received, brings confidence in strengths, qualities, and experience. Whatever a person is engaged in and whatever his expectations are from his own direction of development, recognition serves him as an indispensable and impressive support.
Recognition is not only external markers of demand, it’s more like the inner feeling of confidence and pride.
American psychotherapist Irvin Yalom once said: "If you want to be proud of yourself, do what makes you proud."
Pride is a strong and complex feeling, born of the manifestation of a person’s strengths, real or imagined by him, and based on strong roots of confidence that arises in response to the achievement of a result.
To go towards recognition, a person must be confident in what he does, in his knowledge and skills, in their usefulness and importance. Each of the people we meet is good at something. Everyone is better at something than others. And it's not always about talent, it is often a deep knowledge, a proven skill, and one of the most valuable components – experience.
Everyone is able and worthy to receive recognition. To do this, you need to assess your strengths, learn how to develop them and not stop, meeting critics or cynics on your way. And most importantly, it is true recognition that can give a person a clue - what is his vocation and how to reveal it.