“Dignity/ˈdignitē/ noun…The moment you live your dreams, not because of what it will prove or get you, but because that is all you want to do…” ― Shannon L. Alder
There is a saying, “Don’t kiss @#$. Kick @#$.”
The fleeting pleasure of receiving “brownie points” from people you admire can never compare to the sense of peace, purpose, and power that stems from doing the work your nature demands of you with the respect that you know it deserves.
To hell with pursuing a mere pat on the head.
Choose a life well lived and a work well done according to your own standards instead.