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Wednesday, April 20 2005
Jon Kennedy, webmaster

Being discovered
2 - recognition

"Being discovered" has much in common with recognition, mentoring, and even discipleship. Recognition for a talent or an attainment can inspire a person to attempt and reach higher plateaus than he or she might otherwise attain. "Con men," presumably, can pretend to have achieved important recognitions which they turn into at least temporary success (Johnstown recently had a case of a man allegedly pretending to have earned a teaching credential that enabled him to teach high school, for example) but I've never found it possible to pretend to be something I'm not. There may be only a small disconnect between playing confidence scams and practicing what the "success manuals" and seminars recommend, "visualizing success," as a step to achieving leadership in a chosen field or endeavor.

The most important recognitions in my life have been being hired as editor of the Nanty Glo Journal at age 20 and my master's degree. Both were earned through years of small steps in a consistent direction, but the editor post can also be attributed to my being recognized in my teens as a teachable and worthy protege by Andy Rogalski, my predecessor as editor, my mentor, and the one who nominated me for the job when he announced his resignation.

Probably the first formal public recognition I ever received was a "scholastic achievement" award from the Blacklick Township School Board and the Twin Rocks VFW Post at eighth-grade graduation. The actual award was a one-volume encyclopedia-dictionary that I have lugged with me everywhere I've gone since, and still proudly display in my home library. I'm not sure I was in the top five in my class in honor roll grades, but have always assumed the award was based on my participation in school life (singing solos for PTA meetings, creating skits for school assemblies, and such).

I don't know whether any members of the high school faculty attended the eighth grade graduation or even if they read about the details of it in the next week's paper, and have never been aware of any changes winning that honor wrought in my life. I'm sure the fact that I was Gary Kennedy's younger brother made a bigger impression on the high school faculty than my eighth grade achievements or the fact that I was writing weekly in the Mountaineer Herald.

Voted most likely to succeed in my high school senior class, I won no school honors at that graduation, but had already won a state senatorial scholarship to Johnstown College/Pitt, which was supposed to be mentioned by the guest dignitary delivering the graduation speech, JCP President Theodore Biddle. But he somehow overlooked me and sent a written apology for the oversight a day or two later (I believe there were several other seniors whom he did mention). His written recognition (in the form of the apology), may have been even better (as anyone who has read Dale Carnegie would know) because, for one thing, it probably impressed me in his memory thereafter and we were more friendly during my undergraduate college years than, I'm sure, most students are with their college presidents.

Having to work to support myself through college, it wasn't until seven years after high school graduation that I won my bachelor's, at a college in New Jersey even smaller than JCP, and at that event I received the President's Award for outstanding contribution to college life. Though I appreciated the recognition, I doubt that it had any role in my acceptance to the MA journalism program at UCLA three years later.

—I started this topic as a look at the negative ramifications (mainly) of "being discoverd." It looks like it will take a while to get there.—

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Thought for today

45 Natural Highs

Think about them one at a time before going on to the next one.

35. Making eye contact with a cute stranger.
36. Making chocolate chip cookies.
37. Having your friends send you homemade cookies.
38. Holding hands with someone you care about.

Sent by Jules Nagy  

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