Affiliation and Accomplishment, two entirely different concepts yet easy to confuse one for another.
An affiliation is a label, a marker of sorts. Usually granted to mark an accomplishment but not often as one would want.
The ones seeking shortcuts look for the affiliation first, accomplishment can be done later they think.
The wannabe runner who wears a Nike, does not magically become a runner who endures through physical and mental limits.
The one born into a priestly class, does not automatically become a man of luminous knowledge.
The professional desiring labels(Manager, AVP, VP, ‘anything pompous’), will realize gods of technology or strategy have not taken over his being.
The one who covets the label falls for the dumbest trick, a semantic sleight of hand.
Affiliation is sexy, it flaunts its labels like a super model would.
Accomplishment is work, it is sleepless nights, grease or ink tainted hands, aching wrists and bleary eyes.
Accomplishment is hard. It requires learning, thinking and doing. Over and over again.
Accomplishment is enduring. It survives opinions of lesser men, builds a lasting edifice.
How you are aligned now, whether to accomplishment or affiliation is not permanent either.
One has to choose to stay accomplished. One can choose to become accomplished.
Mere Affiliation is a bad place to be. Once you choose to fall for make believe you will fall for anything.
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