Rudolph Was Not a Brown-Noser


Feeling like you are not doing enough to get noticed and appreciated for the things you do?  Thinking about what you need to do in order to get the attention of people who decide the future of your career or personal life?

Just remember, that to move to the top, you don’t have to be a brown-noser.  Rudoph wasn’t.  And look what it got him!

We all remember the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, right? (You’re singing the song in your head right now, I can hear it….)

Rudolph initially lived a tough life.  He was different than the others.  He had a red nose.  All the other reindeer had brown noses.  As the story goes, the other reindeer made fun of and laughed at Rudolph.  Does this happen to you?  If so, you can learn from the story – because Rudolph didn’t let this push him down.  He kept going, even with adversity.  He went about his day and focused on what he could do and what he was delivering.

The story goes on to tell us that the brown nosing reindeer excluded him from their reindeer games, making him an outcast, and treating him different from the others.  In so many circles, those who are patting themselves on the back and self bragging are getting the most attention initially.  But it’s not always strength and victory that wins in the end – but instead consistency, resiliency, and dedication.  Rudolph ignored the name calling and the “better than you” attitudes of the other reindeer.  He didn’t get lost in the race to be Santa’s favorite reindeer, fighting to move to the front of the line against the other average brown nosers.  He stayed consistent.  He did his job, and in the end, Santa picked him out of the crowd to be the leader among all of the others.

NotLikeTheRestMy challenge to you today is to stop worrying about the others.  Stop looking around and comparing yourself to the best that others can do.  Stop complaining that others are getting opportunities that you are missing out on.  Stop complaining that others are moving up in their careers and goals and you’re not moving.  Because if you do this, you will eventually get lost in the crowd and drowned in the abyss of averageness.  Focus on what you can do, focus on your goals, focus on what you do great, focus on making sure you are proactive, growing every day, moving closer to where you want to be…. and the day will come that you will be rewarded for this.

Let’s start a new phrase and make it viral.  “Red-Noser!”.  I would much rather be a red-noser than a brown-noser.  Wouldn’t you?  Let’s do our part to change the world, building a society where we focus on what we do great and how we can make things better, and end our focus on how well we can impress those who might be able to give us what we want.

Red-nosers Unite!


Author: Mike Lyles

I am an International Speaker, writer, author, blogger, and Director of QA & Project Management with over 25 years of experience. I have always had an intense passion to mentor, coach, and guide others to grow professionally. It is fulfilling to witness the look on people’s faces when you are able to share with them something that is enlightening. I want to be remembered for the way I made others feel when they were around me! I can be followed at the following additional social networks – Please feel free to add me! Connections are our best way to help others! Twitter: @mikelyles ……. follow me and I’ll follow you! Facebook: ……. send a friend request! LinkedIn: ……. send a connection request! Learn more about me at:

6 thoughts on “Rudolph Was Not a Brown-Noser”

  1. Mike, I was disappointed that there weren’t any comments posted in reply. Like Rudolph, I expect the other Red Noses are shy so I will start the ball rolling.
    One thing I noted was absent from your post – Although different, Rudolph was still a team player. He always seemed keen to join the reindeer games despite repeated rejection. To anyone reading this reply, you can’t do it alone. You need to keep trying to gain acceptance.
    Secondly, despite his difference Rudolph could pull his own weight (pun intended). When\if required, he was prepared and skilled enough to do the ‘normal’ job. He just had something else to add to the mix that could benefit the whole team.
    Next; a Red Nose is sometimes hidden as there can be many false red noses when people keep their ‘bums up and noses to the grind stone’. Perseverance is the key. Remember that when the opportunity comes (and it will) that you are prepared and DON’T rub the others noses in it. They are brown enough!
    And lastly, you should remember that if the opportunity doesn’t present itself or your boss can’t see it then you can move along. What a wonderful story it would make with Rudolph helping the Easter Bunny out to deliver chocolate eggs.
    Mike, we may never cross paths but if we do I think that it will be a long night. I hope this helps put some extra light on your tree and look forward to reading your blog in the 2014. Keep up the good work.
    Peter B

    1. Peter: this is great information! And I love your inputs and appreciate it so much. Your points are very valid and I am glad to have this as an addition to the blog! Hopefully our paths will cross someday!

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