"chewd" with all due respect, I hope your statement is in jest! Otherwise, IT people like you, give the rest of us a bad name.
Quite the contrary, the longer it takes to fix a problem, the more your colleagues will question your skills.
To re-write (correctly) what you wrote:
"If everything goes well with an implementation, you will go un-noticed. If it fails, you will be noticed but in a negative way. If the implementation offers a clear and noticeable improvement to a business process, you will be a "hero"; especially if you provide timely and well documented training.
Bottom-line, make it work the first time and make it reliable (by testing before going live). Don't expect to be noticed as a "hero" for reliability / low or non-existent downtime. Rather, you will be a "hero" for useful/appropriate constant innovation.
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