Tired of living in the shadows? Making a name for yourself takes lots of effort and time and all this is well-justified because nothing compares perseverance and hard work. You keep in doing your bit and eventually you should get recognition. Sadly, this doesn’t happen in the real world. Strategy and alliances are needed in addition to hard work to meaningfully succeed in life. Hard work in isolation can produce a genius, but not a successful genius (van Gogh’s name comes to my mind). So you need to network with the right people with right connections. Neil at Quicksprout asks you whose shadow are you standing in?