Helping someone today does not guarantee that they will have your back tomorrow. However, if you don’t help them, there’s not guarantee they’ll even remember your name.
Isn’t the success enough without the success story or the recognition? Recognition is nice - I like it just as much as anyone - but should it be the goal? Doesn’t it cloud our judgement and undermine the entire process or achievement?
If tomorrow I became exactly who I wanted to be, I think I would be okay walking into a room even if no one stopped to look in my direction.