Today is a great day to decide that you will allow your work ethic to do the talking. A sign of good leadership is that your work can do the talking. People take a glance at what you have done, and they can see the vision, passion and drive. They see your vision through the lens of what you have accomplished so far, and can see how they can contribute their own quota. Leaders do the work. They develop a bias for taking action because they understand that the best of ideas, intentions or schemes do not count when there is poor execution. Stop trying to draw attention to yourself. Stop running after people. Let your work speak.
Your work and the results you have will get you the attention and support you need right now. If you are not getting as much support as you think you should, it means your productivity is not what you think it is. When Sijibomi ‘SujiMoto’ Ogundele met His Royal Highness Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Emir of Dubai in 2015. Sijibomi had already accomplished some impressive feats in the real estate industry of Nigeria. However, he was humbled and amazed when the King told him; “your dreams are too small, double it, after you achieve it, contact me”. Sijibomi noted then the irony, how different people’s perspectives about the same subject can be. Many wanted him to scale down his vision and take things easy.
You have to consider the possibility that your productivity right now is not able to open certain doors for you. It is more or less a waste of time for the people you are running after. Stay in your corner, do your thing. Do the work and let your results bring you the partners, mentors and resources you crave. Consider this quote from the Holy Bible; “and when James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised” (Galatians 2:9 ESV). When people perceive the grace of God, by your good works, they will extend the right hand of fellowship to you. Let your work do the talking.