"Don't work for recognition, but do work worthy of recognition" - H. Jackson Brown.
A friend sent this quote to me after I explained to her my ambivalence about being recognized by Gartner as a "Leader" in their Web Application Firewall Magic Quadrant. I had mixed feelings because I wanted to believe that I knew the market, I knew our competitors, and I certainly already knew what our customers were telling us about our Web Application Firewall. Our customers are happy. The product is getting better. Market share is growing in a growing market. I didn't need someone else to tell me we were a leader! In other words, like most - if not all - of my colleagues and friends, I want to feel intrinsic pride in the work that I do.