Go Ahead, Make Their Day!

two-women-talking-and-smilingMore than a decade ago, I was one of many writers at a Minneapolis catalog company. One of the art directors there, an older fellow, was a bit quirky and not very social. One day, I called out to him as he passed by my cubicle. I had just been paired with him on an assignment for the first time and I had been impressed with his work ethic. When he stopped and turned toward me, I said, “Jim, I just wanted to say I appreciate your conscientiousness. I enjoyed working with you because you weren’t satisfied until everything was as perfect as you could make it.”

For a moment, he was silent. When he had regained his composure, he thanked me and said that his father had taught him to always give his very best effort. I got the impression that no one had ever complimented him quite like that before and that my two simple sentences carried more weight than I could imagine.

Let’s turn the tables. How would you feel if someone took ten seconds to praise you for a job well done or for handling a difficult situation or for simply being a good parent, sibling or friend? I’d wager that a genuine, heartfelt compliment like that would probably stay with you a good long time.

Well, guess what? You have the opportunity to give others that gift every single day. I bet you can think of at least a handful of people who deserve a drive-by praising. So go ahead, make someone’s day. You just might discover that making their day makes your day, too!

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2 Responses to “Go Ahead, Make Their Day!”

  1. Kate Says:

    You’re right, Phil. Opportunities for acknowledging someone’s competence, mastery, kindness, etc. are present each and every day. I make this practice a regular part of my life. What was great about your statement to that fellow was that it wasn’t a compliment – it was an actual acknowledgment specifically stating what you admired about his work. That is much more powerful than a compliment.

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Well said, Kate. I hadn’t thought of it that way.

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