Isn’t it hard when a person gets the credit for your good ideas or someone passes off a joke you have just told as their own?
I heard a funny story about a frog that wanted to go south with the birds for the winter. It was too far to hop and he couldn’t fly, so he thought about it and came up with a solution. He got a couple of his bird friends to hold each end of a stick in their beaks and then the little frog clamped down on the center of the stick with his mouth. The birds took off and the frog was hanging from the stick they were carrying in their beaks.
They flew over a couple of farmers who observed the scene. One farmer said to the other, “What a brilliant idea! Whoever came up with that idea is a genius. I bet those birds came up with that great plan!”
When the frog heard that, he just couldn’t contain himself, so he yelled, “It was meeeeeeeeeee” as he fell to the ground.
The moral of the story:
If someone else gets the credit for your good idea, just keep your mouth closed!
No one likes credit stealers, but we have to keep our egos in check and make sure we are focused on bigger ideas. It’s easy to get distracted as to who gets the credit and miss the goals that are trying to be accomplished. That is the world petty people deal in on a daily basis. Great leaders keep their eyes on the bigger vision, not the petty details. Great people are more concerned about accomplishing the task rather than taking all the credit.
It can be very frustrating when someone takes credit for your ideas. When that happens, remember the words of Ronald Reagan who said, “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.”