Not Sure I Can Do This

Cloudy Feelings?
Cloudy Feelings?

After re-reading yesterday’s post, I’m having second thoughts about whether to continue down this path.


Because it feels like it goes against being humble, and it feels very awkward.

What is driving me, compelling me, to want to share this, is so that you see that I have no special privilege or talent.

I just work really hard. Hard work is the only antidote to life’s challenges.

And even then, it’s not 100% guaranteed.

But one thing is guaranteed. If you don’t try, you will never know.

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Dear Jeff,

    The thing that gets my attention if I feel like I am going down a road that feels less than humble is a verse in I Corinthians. Paul had every human right to brag about all he had done – his resume of all his efforts would outshine any of that day. But he dropped back and put things into perspective – if it wasn’t for God, our efforts are nothing. So through Him, we can boast in Him. He ends the comments with 1:31, a reference to the Book of Jeremiah, with “Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.'”

    God gave you the ability to do the hard work! And by you choosing to do it, He is helping you to develop and grow!

    Believe me – I am like you in that I don’t like talking about what I do if it comes across as less than humble. It isn’t the way I want to be or be perceived as being. But I thank God He has given me the opportunities and the abilities!


  2. Bob, wonderfully validating comments. Wasn’t looking for validation, but I ain’t gonna deny it feels good.

    What I’m discovering from this daily blogging, is there are so many lessons to learn about using the Internet to help make positive World changes.

    And this led to the crossroads of Marketing and Bragging.

    If you don’t market, people don’t know.

    If you don’t talk about your struggles and your accomplishments, how will people know?

    There’s a fellow on LinkedIn that has a Group called, Unselfish Self-Promotion. It’s an interesting concept.

  3. Jeff,

    That is why I have struggled for so long to be a “networker.” I felt guilty for doing it because it seems so self-serving and very opportunistic.

    I don’t want to ever be accused of being someone who uses people for my personal benefit. And that’s the way I viewed networking.

    So I try to “network” the old-fashioned way…I give to and do for others, expecting nothing in return. If they want to “promote me” in a networking way, I don’t want them to do it because “that’s what networkers do.” I want them to feel like there is a worthwhile reason they see in me for mentioning me to others. Have I added to their lives in such a way that they want to tell others?

    Networking used to be about connecting two people you know well together so that they may be of further benefit to each other. Now, how much “knowing” really goes on in networking? I don’t know.

    But there has to be some kind of workable line to cross so you can talk about your accomplishments without it becoming braggish. Otherwise, you are right – marketing becomes hard to do.


  4. Your comments are very thought provoking, Bob.

    The benefit for exposure becomes acutely apparent when you’re a solo act. Until I actually felt this in 2009, it really was only a practical concept, but no actual test had been taken to see if I could actually do it by myself.

    I guess it’s like having the goal to run in the World Championships, versus actually doing it. No one knows this, but I was to compete in the 2007 Worlds in Italy, but a season-ending injury a month before ended the dream.

    And so it goes. Everything is easier from the sidelines.

    Perhaps there’s an art or skill to promotion, without shouting or “bragging”.

    It’s one of the things I imagine MBA programs teach. Marketing, I think they all it.

    Bob, please keep me, and all the readers, honest. You insights are critical. Thank you.

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