Hard-to-swallow fact: Respect isn’t always a given. And for those of us who’ve worked hard to earn it, that reality can be particularly harsh. But before we start to get bitter about it, we find ways to self-promote — nothing flashy or false, just our hard-earned accomplishments. It might be well-connected relationships. Or status within the community. A lofty business title can help, as can awards. It’s difficult to disparage the truth.