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By Ken Darby

Just When You Think You're Somebody!

Jim Tressell was on vacation with his family in Maine. When they walked into a movie theater and sat down, the handful of people there applauded. He thought to himself, "I can't believe it. People recognize me all the way up here."

Then a man came over to him and said, "Thanks for coming. They won't start the movie unless we have ten paying people or more."

Isn't that the way of life? When you are in a situation where you are well known, or famous, you expect such things. It is a little arrogant, of course, but that is how we are built.

It is good to be taken down a notch or two once in a while. It is good to have those around you not recognize you. The heart, mind and consciousness seem to falsely think that being known is a good thing. Yet, if you were to get things done, live your life in a value-filled way and simply enjoy life, fame gets in the way.

Take time to figure out who you are. Even if you are famous, that makes you no better than the next person. Your position, one of authority, gives you no rights of ownership over others nor the right to boss people around.

Good bosses know that people work much better when they can see the wisdom of things  and have a keen knowledge of how important their job is to the firm. A boss who is a control freak loses loyalty of his people, fast.

If you want to build a winning team, lose your need to be recognized, worshipped, treated like a god. The right to sign the paychecks does not include the right to be worshipped.

Respect is earned on a daily and task-by-task basis. One wrong move from the top and the whole structure follows. If you are rude, arrogant, controlling, you will not build a winning team. Oh! You might gain some points, get some money, have a brief moment of glory, but your employees, or those under you, will curse you under their breath all the way. That means they do not willingly work. Your costs mount dramatically, and in the end it will not be worth it.

So when the hands begin to clap, and they really are for you, keep your feet on the ground. Keep simple, kind and genuine, for in no other way will the adulation continue, because . . .

. . . Just when you think you're somebody!


Ken Darby writes articles, books and other material helping people achieve their goals. We pay for your dream home. For an amazing income opportunity take a look at You might want to see if an internet business is for you. For a series of short emails that shows you, sign up for the Pebble at




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