Shameless Self-Promotion Isn’t Shameful

“Shameless Self-Promotion Isn’t Shameful”
By Michael Aaron Gallagher

Shameless self promotion isn’t shameful, it’s called advertising. Many people are afraid to promote themselves to friends, family, and acquaintances because they feel there is a stigma associated with it. You don’t want to be seen as arrogant or braggadocios.

You do want attention for your work though, don’t you? I mean, after all, if you’re planning on getting noticed in a world where people are bombarded with dozens of emails, and hundreds of thousands of ads throughout their day, how are you planning on standing out and selling yourself to them?

In the #1 National Bestseller, “How to Get Rich” by Donald Trump, he says, “Subtlety and modesty are appropriate for nuns and therapists, but if you’re in business, you’d better learn to speak up and announce your significant accomplishments to the world – nobody else will.” Of course, I’m not suggesting you adopt the temperament of Donald Trump, but what was so striking about that quote was the last phrase, “nobody else will.”

If you want to be successful in your career, you need to learn to respectfully promote yourself to others. That means dust off your resume and start sharing some of those accomplishments with the people around you. If your friends and family don’t know about something on your resume, then you’re not doing a good job of communicating. And if they don’t know about the quality of your work, how can you expect anyone else to?

“Shameless Self-Promotion Isn’t Shameful”
Copyright © 2008 by Michael Aaron Gallagher
Photograph: Courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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