Recognition keeps us humble.

There is a famous quote by Ashly Lorenzana that says: “It is okay to disagree with the thoughts or opinions expressed by other people. That doesn’t give you the right to deny any sense they might make. Nor does it give you a right to accuse someone of poorly expressing their beliefs just because you don’t like what they are saying. Learn to recognize good writing when you read it, even if it means overcoming your pride and opening your mind beyond what is comfortable.

Most of the time we get so consumed with the thought of being recognised, rewarded or being famous, forgetting that it is your work that gets you the recognition you deserve. Sometimes it is not what you directly do, but rather how others indirectly, show their recognition towards you.

To us being recognised means, being able to be inspired, motivated, encouraged and entertained. To us be recognised means, being able to come from a less known Free State Province, South Africa, being able to show people out there that we can be innovative and creative so as to develop, grow and get noticed for our efforts. A small number of dedicated few people, from a semi-rural Province, can start a company with a small simple idea of an online newspaper. We never imagined within a period of less a year and few months, we will get International Readers, let alone International recognition.

Yes, you are not mistaken: We got nominated Internationally for an Online Business Excellence Award by a highly reputable UK based publishers. Yes, we have been nominated and our deepest gratitude for people who nominated FS News Online. It was not a self nominating process and we knew nothing about the Awards and their existence, until we received the notification email. Without our readers and people who made the nomination, we would stil think we are nothing.

As much as we are being nominated, we are not expecting too much; not because we are up against some of the well known, largest brands with turnovers of millions and trillions of Rands, Dollars, Pounds, Euros, et al; but of the fact that we are known and have put our name out there to be known. In addition, I have a team of realist; who understand that we are still in early stages of building our Brand. In few years to come, we can proudly say, we are ready to swim with big sharks.

For now we pat ourselves(gently) and say well done, however; the hardest tasks lie ahead of us. Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius. Whether we get to the first or final stages or not, to us, we are already winners by virtue of being nominated.

We will keep you posted with developments leading up to the Awards and give feedback of the outcomes of the Awards.

In closing, my colleague after hearing the news said: “Deep within, there is something profoundly known, not consciously, but subconsciously. A quiet truth, that is not a version of something, but an original knowing. What this, absolute, truth [identity] is may be none of our business…but it is there, guiding us along the path of greater becoming; a true awareness. It is so self-sustaining that our recognition of it is not required. We are offspring’s of such a powerfully divine force – Creator of all things known and unknown.” by T.F. Hodge.

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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.

Yours Truly,

Ishmael Phetoane

Editor: FS News Online



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