This was texted to me recently; however, it was about the southern California weather. But the sentence struck a cord.
I was brought up not to brag, not to boast, crow, or grandstand. Therefore, when I’ve won an achievement, accomplished a goal, I didn’t even know how to act when congratulated.
At some point, in college, I read a quote that stated – If you don’t toot your own horn, who will?
So began the long, arduous process of learning to reveal my accomplishments without blustering.
Sometimes, I may shift into a swagger, but mostly I try to announce my triumphs with pride.
Recently someone said to me, “aren’t you lucky?” upon hearing of my success. And I said – it’s hard work. That’s the truth. Perhaps there’s a bit of fortuitousness involved, but fortune does not favor the unprepared.
So I say – work hard and shout success from the rooftops!